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Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Kaveri Engine Production in Final Negotiation Stage: Antony

India’s negotiation with a French firm for developing a production version of its indigenous Kaveri engine for its military aircraft is in the final stage of cost negotiations, Defence Minister A.K. Antony told the Rajya Sabha Wednesday. 

Negotiations with French firm Snecma are being conducted by a tender purchase committee with members from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and defence finance department.

“It is proposed to develop production version Kaveri (K10) engine on co-design and co-development basis with Snecma of France. The technical evaluation for this proposal has been completed. Tender purchase committee is negotiating the commercial aspects,” Antony said in a written reply during question hour.

He said so far, nine prototypes of Kaveri engines and four prototypes of Kaveri Core (Kabini) engines have been developed, and about 1,975 hours of testing have been conducted on Kaveri and its core engines at ground and altitude conditions.

Kaveri engine prototype (K9) was integrated with an IL-76 aircraft at Gromov Flight Research Institute in Russia. After adequate engine ground runs, the scientists had successfully completed the taxi trials and the maiden flight test of Kaveri engine with IL-76 aircraft for over an hour on Nov 3 last year, followed by three more flight tests.

“These flight tests covered a six km altitude and a speed of 0.6 mach (0.6 times the speed of sound),” he added.

India had sanctioned the Kaveri engine development project on Mar 30, 1989, with a probable date of completion in December 1996 and a cost of Rs.382.81 crore. The project cost was later revised to Rs.2,839 crore.

Some of the major reasons for time and cost overruns are first-time development of an engine, lack of skilled manpower in engine manufacturing, enhancement in the scope of project during development, lack of infrastructure for engine manufacture testing and component/system level testing within the country.

“Flying test bed trials was not originally included as a milestone in the project. Engine and component failure during testing, which is inevitable in these kind of projects, resulted in changes in design and material based on various reviews,” Antony said.

Foreign manufacturing agencies too showed less priority for the project in view of minimum order quantity, that is the production order quantity from other engine houses.

US sanctions imposed in 1998 (after India’s nuclear tests in Pokhran under the National Democratic Alliance regime) affected the delivery of critical systems and components, he added.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tejas Updates

SOURCE : livemint.com

Israel’s Derby missile is the weapon of choice for India’s Tejas fighter. A contract will be signed by March with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd to supply the air-to-air missile system to be fitted on some 200 jets, said P.S. Subramanya, director of India’s Aeronautical Development Agency, which is developing the light combat aircraft.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has ordered 40 Tejas planes. The aircraft recently obtained restricted initial operational clearance, with a full clearance targeted for December 2012. While the IAF has expressed an interest for 100 of the Mk-II version of the fighter, the navy is looking for 60 of the naval versions, Subramanya said.

A key criterion for the full clearance is the integration of a so-called beyond-visual-range missile. Delivery of the missiles is, thus, expected in the second half of 2012.

Other elements of the clearance include an increase in the angle of attack from the current 20-22 degrees to about 24 degrees. The angle is the highest at which the aircraft can meet air flow without stalling.

India’s Sea Harrier jets carry Derby missiles. Fourteen of them were upgraded recently with the missile in a limited-upgrade programme.

The Python missile, closely related to the Derby, was also an option for the Tejas, Subramanya stated.
The Tejas Mk-I variant has obtained initial operational clearance. Mission capability will come with the integration of weapon systems that include the Derby missile. The Mk-II will be fitted with a more powerful engine than the first variant.

The Sea Harrier upgrade with the Derby missile was criticized by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) last year in a report, saying the navy zeroed in on the Derby without a proper open tender procurement process. During trials, the Derby did not perform at the required range, but was still accepted, the CAG said.

The decision to go with a foreign missile was made last year. The Defence Research and Development Organisation is also developing a similar missile called the Astra.

Subramanya said the Astra was doing well in ballistic trials from the ground, and in a couple of months it will be tested on the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter, of which some 124 are in service with the IAF, which has plans to induct an additional 150 similar aircraft by 2015. “A new missile is always tested on a proven aircraft,” said Subramanya. The Astra is intended to have a range of about 80km.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Aero India 2011 - Some Pics

Photo Courtesy - AeroIndia.org

Eurocopter looking for deals worth €10-15 billion

Eurocopter, a division of aerospace and defence company EADS, is looking at projects worth €10-15 billion (around Rs60,000-90,000 crore) over the next five years, with India being the largest market for military helicopters in Asia.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to replace its entire fleet of over 600 Cheetah-Chetak helicopters, which Eurocopter had jointly produced with HAL.

The helicopter major is bidding for the order of 197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters that Indian government plans to procure. For this, Eurocopter showcased the best in its breed of helicopter — the AS550 Fennec. The military-certified and combat-proven AS550 C3 Fennec has exceptional performance at high altitude and in hot weather conditions.

“The field trials with full mission equipment were completed flawlessly.It is a fully certified and a reference helicopter across the world that has been sold in many countries, underlining its capabilities. It is a huge order and we are sparing no resources in this campaign (reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters),” said Norbert Ducrot, senior VP, Eurocopter.

Eurocopter is also eyeing other major projects in India, including cooperation with HAL on co-developing and co-producing a 10-12 tonne helicopter specially designed to address the needs of all the armed forces.
Eurocopter will offer the AS365 naval Panther for the tender to the Navy and Coast Guard. Panther is the military version of the civilian Dauphin, which has been very well received in the Indian market.

Ducrot expects huge potential in newer segments such as helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), disaster management and pilgrimages. Eurocopter, which has turned its attention to these emerging segments, has set up an Indian subsidiary in New Delhi to improve its training and support systems and expand its footprint in India.

It also plans to introduce the EC135 suited for HEMS segment. Eurocopter has a target of selling 100-150 helicopters in Asia this year with 10% of it coming from India.

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India's Pride at Aero India 2011

‘Flying car’ - Maruti 800 at Aero India 2011

It might come as a surprise to many that a ‘flying car’ has stolen the limelight from supersonic fighter planes, transport planes and helicopters that are currently on display in the Aero India 2011 airshow in Bangalore.

The ‘flying car’ has been designed by an engineer 52-year old A K Vishwanath who has modified a 800 cc Maruti hatchback car and given it the abilities of fly – hence, his participation in an airshow that is meant for the flying machines!! The Maruti was a small car and had been built in India under license from Japan – it has now been phased out. But – this engineer has fitted four rotors to four corners of its roof which imparts it helicopter like qualities. It can lift off virtually.

Vishwanath sees enormous potentials in his invention – it would be a boon to people who hate the congested and polluted roads apart from the potholes on Indian roads.

Source : AllVoices

Aero India 2011 - Eurofighter Vs Rafale

IAF pilots from City to test-fly Tejas

Wing Commanders Paranjal Singh and Manish Kumar from the Indian Air Force’s 45th squadron, the Flying Daggers, will test-fly India’s light combat aircraft Tejas for its final operational clearance.Confirming this, one of the test pilots from the National Flight Test Centre (NTFC) told Deccan Herald that test engineer Kumar will be part of the two-member team that has already joined the NTFC team and began training.

The IAF team will ascertain the operational capabilities for inducting Tejas into the Air Force and fly the limited series production (LSP-7 & 8) platforms due for delivery in March.

Among other things, these pilots will check for the angle of attack, which is cleared for 20 currently although the NTFC has tested for 22. The angle of attack is expected to reach 28-30 by the time Tejas attains the final operational clearance (FOC).

The flight control system, weapons system and air-to-air fuelling will be some of the other things that will go through rigorous testing before the FOC.

“Tejas is a pilots’ aircraft. The handling quality is as good as the Mirage platform if not better, and the control system is awesome,” said NTFC chief test pilot Rohit Varma.

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US officials fly on combat jets during Aero India '11

US Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, who experienced flying on board an F-16 Super Viper fighter aircraft during the ongoing Aero India 2011 event, described it as “a dream come true”.

“It was magic,” quipped the official after flying on the combat jet.

With a thundering sound, the F-16 roared to the sky and flew for nearly an hour.

A visibly relieved Roemer quipped: “All is well,” after the warplane made its landing. The fighter flew on the opening day of the international aero show in Bangalore.

Leading the second largest contingent of defence and aerospace companies after India, the US is showcasing its superior technological advancements in the aero show.

A large number of aircraft, including fighter planes, transport aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems are on display by leading US defence majors including Lockheed Martin,
Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

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LCH in Aero India 2011


Sunday, February 6, 2011

IAF inducts C-130J Super Hercules

 The Economic Times News

The Indian Air Force Saturday inducted the first of the six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft into its transportation fleet that is expected to enhance the armed forces' reach for specialist operations behind enemy lines.

The induction ceremony was held at Hindon airbase near the capital and witnessed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik and US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer.

The aircraft, India's first such acquisition from the US through the foreign military sales route in decades, arrived at its new home at Hindon airbase Saturday. 

Shahid Kapoor to fly a F-16

DNA News

Film star Shahid Kapoor, who is playing the role of a fighter pilot in his forthcoming film Mausam, will fly the American F-16 Super Viper combat aircraft at the Aero India show in Bangalore next week.

"Shahid Kapoor will fly the aircraft on February 12 during the five-day air show," Lockheed Martin officials said here.

"It's a huge honour and privilege and, at the same time, probably the coolest thing I have done yet in life. I am super excited about it," Kapoor, who will be the first Bollywood actor to fly F-16, said.

A confident Shahid Kapoor said he has successfully undergone several tests and hoped to sail through the remaining ones.

Kapoor has undergone rigorous training for the last one month.

Most of these tests are related to flying at a very high velocity and making sure the person doesn't suffer from motion sickness.

Kapoor will have to pass a flight simulation test before he gets into the cockpit which will be like flying the actual flight in the same conditions. He will fly the plane from the Indian Air Force Station Yelahanka as co-pilot, as a part of the show from February 9 to 13.

Lockheed Martin is the manufacturer of F-16 and is in the race for supplying 126 Multirole Combat Aircraft to the Indian Air Force. Kapoor, 29, joins the likes of celebrities such as Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata, wing commander Rakesh Sharma--the first Indian to have gone in space and MP Navin Jindal who have flown as pillions in two-seater versions of fighters.

The movie is being directed by Kapoor's father Pankaj in which he would play a fighter pilot opposite Sonam Kapoor.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

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China’s AVIC Apparently Seeks Foothold in US Defence Market

Defpro News

In another, let’s say, interesting move since the unsuccessful plan to bid in the US tanker competition with Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov in late 2010, U.S. Aerospace, Inc. reportedly is negotiating the possible co-operation with the state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to compete against established US manufacturers in future US defence procurement programmes.

According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the Chinese aerospace group, which received great attention in the Western media for state-of-the-art fighter aircraft projects, including the stealthy Chengdu J-20, is in talks with U.S. Aerospace to offer the Avicopter AC313 for the replacement programme of the Marine One presidential helicopter. WSJ’s information, reportedly, is based on unidentified sources involved in the alleged partnership.

In addition to the fact that such a partnership is rather unlikely to be awarded any significant defence contract (), the probability of such a partnership coming into effect may also be questioned. In March 2010, U.S. Aerospace caused a great stir when its Los Angeles-based lawyer, John Kirkland, announced that the company would bid in the KC-X tanker programme together with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). However, these reports were quickly disclaimed by a UAC spokesman, saying that such rumours were absurd and that the company did not have any plans to enter the competition. That same year, U.S. Aerospace teamed up with Antonov , and Kirkland confirmed to Reuters that the company would submit its offer, even if the Pentagon rejected their request – the bid was then rejected for having been filed too late.

Now, U.S. Aerospace, which is being referred to by the WSJ as a “tiny, unprofitable California company”, is apparently trying their luck with a Chinese partner. According to WSJ, the two companies are also interested in putting forward the Hongdu L-15 Falcon supersonic advanced jet trainer as a candidate to replace the ageing T-38 fleet. The US Air Force and its allies are expected to purchase a great number of future trainer aircraft during the next few years to prepare pilots to fly supersonic fighter aircraft.

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China Developing Counterspace Weapons

China is developing counterspace weapons that could shoot down satellites or jam signals, a Pentagon official said Feb. 4 as the United States unveiled a 10-year strategy for security in space.

"The investment China is putting into counterspace capabilities is a matter of concern to us," Deputy Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Gregory Schulte told reporters as the defense and intelligence communities released their 10-year National Security Space Strategy (NSSS).

The NSSS marks a huge shift from past practice, outlining a 10-year path for the United States to take in space to ensure it becomes "more resilient" and can defend its assets in a dramatically more crowded, competitive and challenging environment, Schulte said.

A key reason for developing the new strategy was "concern about the number of counterspace capabilities that are being developed," said Schulte.

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New upgraded Mig-29 UPG of IAF

Russia’s MiG corporation Friday carried out the first test fight of a MiG-29 fighter modernized under a contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF).’On Feb 4, a MiG-29UPG fighter carried out its first test flight. The flight lasted for an hour and was flawless,’ MiG said in a statement.

The IAF has awarded the MiG corporation a $900 million contract to upgrade all of its 69 operational MiG-29s.

These upgrades include a new avionics kit, with the N-109 radar being replaced by a Phazatron Zhuk-M radar.

The aircraft is also being equipped to enhance beyond-visual-range combat ability and for air-to-air refueling to increase flying time.

In 2007, Russia also gave India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) a license to manufacture 120 RD-33 series three turbojet engines for the upgrade.

The first six aircraft are being upgraded in Russia while the remaining 63 will be refitted at the HAL facility in India.

Source : RIA Novosti (IDRW)

New Russian Air Defence System at Aero India 2011


A Russian firm will disclose information about a new mobile short-range air defense system based on the Strelets launcher at the upcoming Aero India 2011 air show.”The [Kolomna-based] Engineering Design Bureau will present for the first time details of a new ultra short-range air defense system based on the Strelets launcher for the portable Igla missiles,” Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said in a statement on Friday.

The Strelets multiple launcher unit was developed for use with the 9M39 Igla (NATO SA-18 "Grouse") and Igla-1 (NATO SA-16 "Gimlet") missiles. It provides an automatic remote launch capability in either single-round or salvo modes when mounted on various launch platforms.

Aero India-2011, which will be held in the southern city of Bangalore on February 9-13, will attract the record number of over 600 manufacturers, vendors and suppliers from 63 countries.

Russia will be represented by 35 companies, including MiG, Sukhoi, Almaz-Antei and Engineering Design Bureau.

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