Asia-Pacific Staff

Asia-Pacific Staff
Indian Air Force Inducts Four Chinooks 
The aircraft are part of a $3.1 billion contract that India signed with Boeing in September 2015 for the procurement of 8 Chinooks and 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters.
India Proposes Expanded Tejas Derivative 
Much as Saab created an enlarged Gripen, India’s defense technology agency wants to lengthen the HAL Tejas and give it the F414 engine.
Lockheed Martin Proposes Improved F-16 For India, Calls It The F-21  1
Technologies from F-22 and F-35 are added to F-16 to entice India. But the MiG-35, Su-35 or Rafale could minimize fleet fragmentation.
Seven Contenders Vie To Make India’s Next Fighter 
Though a final request for proposals and eventual contract award may be some time away, the multibillion-dollar prize is large enough to attract six contractors that are preparing to tie-up with Indian companies.
India Test-Fires Prahaar Missile 
India has test-fired the indigenously developed Prahaar surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile.
India Launches Two UK Satellites 
India’s space agency has successfully put into orbit two British satellites—NovaSAR and S1-4—in a rare night launch for the country.
Naval Variant Of India’s LCA Performs Arrestment Test 
As part of preparations for the naval version of India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to begin aircraft carrier operations, the indigenous fighter has undergone tests to check its arrestor hook system.
India Tests Interceptor Missile 
The indigenously developed Advanced Air Defense interceptor missile was test-fired from a defense test facility on Abdul Kalam Island, off the eastern coast of Odisha, on Aug. 2
ISRO Partners With Industry To Build 27 Satellites 
“The three firms and their partners will work with the URSC to [each] assemble at least three small to medium satellites every year, to have 27 satellites by the end of 2021,” ISRO says.
Japan’s US-2 Amphibious Aircraft To Be Made In India 
Japan’s Shinmaywa has agreed to manufacture and assemble its US-2 amphibious aircraft in India in collaboration with Indian conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. (M&M).
India To Continue Light Trainer Purchases 
A recent fatal accident is not likely to stop a follow-on order for up to 100 aircraft.
India’s Hawk Flies With New Operating System 

BENGALURU—India’s upgraded Advanced Hawk trainer jet has made its first flight with an indigenous Real Time Operating System (RTOS). 

Saab Seeks Inroads In Indian Fighter Deals  3
The Swedish company is promising an Indian production line, access to advanced radar and technology for India’s Tejas fighter.
The Lasting Effects Of India’s AW101 Scandal 
Senior India air force officers stress that a permanent solution is needed for the country’s out-of-date VVIP helicopter transport situation.
Can France, India Work Out Fighter Deal?  58
India may be the world’s top weapons importer, but fighter deals there are notoriously difficult to land.
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