Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
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.
India Gets Two Repaired Ka-31 Helos From Russia 
Russian Helicopters has delivered the first two repaired Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters to India, with the remaining four helos to be handed over in the “near future.”
India Targets Launching 19 Satellites In 2015-16 
India has lined up six indigenous satellites and 13 foreign satellites to be launched over the next year, putting the country’s space agency in the global limelight, according to Junior Minister for Space Jitendra Singh.
India Likely To Sign Boeing Helo Deal During Carter Visit
India is likely to sign a nearly $2.5 billion deal for 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters during an upcoming visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
India’s Cryogenic Engine Tests Successful 
India has made further progress toward the goal of putting heavy satellites into orbit with the successful testing of an indigenous cryogenic rocket engine, a senior space official says.
India C-130J Support Deal Gets U.S. Nod 
India has received approval from the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for a $96 million support deal for its Lockheed Martin C-130J airlifters to help them meet local transport and disaster assistance requirements.
India To Launch Saarc Satellite In 2016 


NEW DELHI—India is working with its neighbors to establish a dedicated satellite for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) region by next year to fulfill the requirement for satellite transponders for communication and weather forecasting.

India’s Mars Mission Completes 800 Orbits 
Indian Space Research Organization Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar says the Mangalyaan mission still has 39 kg of fuel and is likely to survive “several years” in orbit.
India, French Firm To Jointly Develop Missile System 
India has approved a plan to jointly develop a short-range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) system with major European missile developer and manufacturer MBDA for deployment on navy warships.
India’s Second Moon Mission To Be Fully Homegrown
India’s second lunar exploration mission – Chandrayaan-2, to be launched during the next two to three years – will be completely indigenous, the country’s top scientist says.
India To Launch Saarc Satellite In 2016 
India is working with its neighbors to establish a dedicated satellite for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) region by next year to fulfill the requirement for satellite transponders for communication and weather forecasting.
India May Scrap Order For 126 Dassault Combat Jets 
Less than two days after India agreed to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition, India’s defense minister signals plan to abandon larger deal.
India Rethinking Rafale Fighter Deal 2
India is rethinking its long-delayed 126-aircraft Medium-Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal, and may opt to scrap the fighter purchase in favor of government-to-government sales.
India Nears Deal For 36 Dassault Rafale Fighters 4
India plans to purchase 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition “as quickly as possible,” though both the Indian and French governments said further negotiations are still underway.
India Kicks Off Month Of Missile Testing 
India recently test-launched its nuclear-capable Dhanush missile, and plans two additional missile tests this month.
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