Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
India’s Mars Mission Enters Comms Blackout Phase 
India’s Mangalyaan Mars probe has entered the “blackout” phase of its mission, in which all communications between the satellite and Earth will be blocked for about two weeks.
ISRO To Launch Communication Satellite For Strategic Purposes 
India is targeting July/August to launch the GSAT-6 communications satellite to provide strategic application-based services to mobile phone users and vehicles as well as to help with scientific experiments.
Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer Crashes In India 
An Indian air force Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) crashed in the eastern state of Odisha on June 3, marking the fourth accident in recent months.
India, BAe Systems Sign Deal For Hawk Upgrade, Maintenance, Export 
India will soon upgrade its Hawk Mk.132 jets and start developing more of the aircraft for export, in addition to making them for its own military.
India To Launch Astrosat In October 
Astrosat, India’s first astronomy-centered satellite, is set for launch in about five months; the parameters of the spacecraft are “normal, which indicates everything is functioning well,” ISRO states.
India To Test Multi Object Tracking Radar 
India plans to test its first indigenously designed radar system – the Multi Object Tracking Radar (MOTR) – in June, a space scientist says.
SpiceJet to Raise Funds, Swell Fleet Size 
The company’s promoters will raise an additional 3 billion rupees ($47 million) “through various sources,” and increase its fleet size to 45-50 aircraft by fiscal year-end, which is March 31, 2016, an airline official says.
India To Launch First Astronomical Observatory In October 
The spacecraft was fully assembled last week and “switched on,” a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says. “Everything is functioning well.”
Another Indian Air Force Sukhoi Fighter Crashes 
Both pilots ejected safely. According to a defense ministry spokesman, the twin-seater aircraft “was on a routine sortie when a technical problem forced the two pilots to abandon the fighter.”
India Set To Launch First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 
The 40,000-ton Vikrant, meaning “bold” or “courageous,” will be undocked at the state-owned Cochin shipyard in southern state of Kerala on May 28 following completion of some pending structural work, a yard official says.
India’s Avro Replacement Proposal Gets DAC Nod 
Sixteen C295s would be provided in flyaway condition by a Tata/Airbus team and 40 more from a new Indian production line. The proposals will now be considered by India’s defense cabinet committee for final approval.
India’s Plan To Buy Airbus Refueler Aircraft On Course 2
India’s plan to procure midair refueler aircraft is progressing well, the country’s defense minister says, marking a major step to increase the operational reach of the air force.
India’s LCA Falls Short Of Government Expectations 
India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is under fire from the country’s audit watchdog, which found “deficiencies and shortfalls” in the aircraft, throwing into question its readiness to be inducted into the Indian air force (IAF).
India To Build Two New Communication Satellites 
Indian authorities have approved a proposal to develop two communication satellites to augment the country’s telecommunication, television service and in-orbit backup systems.
India, France Set Up Special Teams For Rafale Deal 
India and France have decided to expedite an intergovernmental agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighters by establishing special teams to work out the details of the acquisition process.
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