Jay Menon

Jay Menon
India Correspondent,
Aviation Week
Indian Navy Aircraft Crashes Off Goa Coast 
An Indian navy surveillance aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of the western state of Goa on March 24, the latest in a series of deadly disasters for the country’s military.
India’s Mars Orbiter Expected To Outlive Six-Month Baseline Mission 
India’s first Mars mission has successfully completed six months in space and is expected to stay in orbit for another six months to explore the red planet and its atmosphere.
India To Start Production Of LCH In 2017 
India plans to start production of its indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in 2017 to provide its defense forces with an attack helicopter.
Pakistan C-130B Upgrade May Soon Get Underway 
Malaysia-based aircraft maintenance company Airod will carry out the upgrade program of Pakistan’s C-130 transport aircraft fleet, an official says.
India Planning To Launch 10 Satellites Per Year 

NEW DELHI—India’s state-run space agency has proposed launching 10 satellites annually starting this year, setting an ambitious goal toward expanding the country’s space exploration program.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is currently launching four or five satellites every year. Most of them are for domestic use.

The “idea is to develop our space program” with the annual launching of at least 10 satellites, says S.K. Shivakumar, director of the ISRO Satellite Center in Bengaluru in south India.

India To Launch 10 Satellites Every Year 
India’s state-run space agency has proposed launching 10 satellites annually starting this year, setting an ambitious goal toward expanding the country’s space exploration program.
India To Test Reusable Launch Vehicle This Year 
India will conduct a test flight of its reusable launch vehicle this year, marking a significant step toward bringing down the cost of access to space technology.
India To Launch Satellites For Better Earth Observation 
India is working toward launching satellites with superior Earth observation capability in a bid to improve imaging from geostationary orbit, the country’s top scientist says.
India Delays Launch Of Fourth Navigation Satellite 
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says the scheduled March 9 launch of the IRNSS-1D navigation satellite has been deferred after an anomaly was found in one of the telemetry transmitters of the spacecraft.
India Spent $13.5 Billion For Foreign Defense Buys Since 2011 
India spent 838.48 billion rupees ($13.5 billion) acquiring defense equipment from foreign vendors during the last three fiscal years, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar says.
Vistara Hopes To Have 20 Aircraft By 2018 
The airline, a joint venture between India’s Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Ltd, now has five Airbus A320s in its fleet. It plans to add six aircraft by April, and gradually increase to nine by the end of this year, Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh.
India To Buy More Pilatus PC-7 Mk. 2s 
India will buy 38 PC-7 Mark II basic trainers from Pilatus in addition to the 75 aircraft already purchased from the Swiss airframer to meet the need for 181 Basic Trainer Aircraft for Stage I flying training for the Indian air force.
Indian Order For ShinMaywa US-2 Likely This Year 
India tends to drag out defense equipment orders, but its increasingly close relationship with Japan augurs well for ShinMaywa’s chances of completing a deal for US-2 amphibians.
Design Of India’s AMCA Fighter Fixed, Budget Next 
While New Delhi negotiates for a small share of Sukhoi T-50 development, its defense ministry engineers prepare a fighter that would be 80% Indian
Airbus A330 May Be India’s AWACS Platform 
India will soon finalize a platform for developing its indigenous Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft (AWACS), with Airbus Defense and Space apparently emerging as the sole bidder with its A330 widebody aircraft.
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