OKs sale of P-3C logistics support to India
Nov 15: The day Lockheed Martin opened its office in New Delhi,
the US Defense Department has told Congress it approved the sale
to India of logistics support worth $133 million for two Lockheed's
P-3C reconnaissance aircraft it plans to lease.
Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the logistics
support includes training devices, operations and maintenance training,
as well as spare parts.
Maryland-basedLockheed would be the prime contractor, which DSCA
said would help improve India's security, while at the same time
strengthening the US-India strategic partnership. Congress has 30
days to block the proposed sale, although such action is rare.
spokesman Jose Ibarra said the notification did not include the
leasing of the actual Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft and had no immediate
details on that part of the deal. The Pentagon said the two leased
P-3Cs would replace two existing Indian Navy patrol aircraft, Soviet-built
IL-38 Mays, which were quickly reaching the end of their operational
maintain security, it is necessary that India replace these fixed-wing
aircraft with an airborne operational capability for land-based
maritime patrol and reconnaissance," DSCA said in a statement.
officials in February first announced the company was in talks to
sell up to 12 P-3Cs to the Indian navy. The company had no immediate
comment on Monday's news. India's rival, Pakistan, announced in
August it had acquired eight P-3Cs from the United States, which
would help boost its naval capabilities.
IAF take next step in growing relationship
Capt. John Redfield
Cope India Public Affairs
AIR STATION (INDIA), Nov 9: The U.S. and Indian air forces opened
the next chapter in their growing relationship as the Cope India
2006 exercise began here Monday.
"The reason we have come together for this exercise is so that
we can work together," said Indian Air Force Group Captain
Hari Kumar, exercise director.
About 250 U.S. Airmen from Pacific Air Forces join several hundred
of their Indian counterparts for the two-week, dissimilar air combat
training exercise in which simulated combat flying takes place among
different types of aircraft.
F-16s from Misawa Air Base, Japan, and an E-3 AWACS from Kadena
Air Base, Japan, are the U.S. air assets, while the IAF will fly
several MiG model aircraft as well as the Su-30. In addition to
Kadena and Misawa, U.S. Airmen are also participating from Yokota
Air Base, Japan, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and Andersen AFB,
exercise is a great opportunity for a number of reasons," said
Col. Rusty Cabot, deployed U.S. forces commander here. "It
increases the interoperability between ourselves and our fellow
airmen from India, enhancing our collective ability to help maintain
peace and stability in the region. And we can cultivate our shared
bonds as we train together side-by-side."
Even before the exercise kicked off, the sharing of knowledge began
in earnest Saturday when about 75 Indian airmen toured the AWACS,
learning more about the aircraft's mission. Pilots, air traffic
controllers and IAF leadership were impressed with what they saw,
said Lt. Col. Pete Bastien, AWACS detachment commander. "In
the same way that we Americans are excited to see the MiGs up close,
so too were our Indian counterparts excited to see our aircraft."
In fact, one of the Indian pilots even returned early from his mission
"because he heard we were giving tours of the aircraft, and
he wanted to be sure to see it,"Colonel Bastien said.
This exercise is the third Cope India in three years. In 2002 the
focus was on airlift operations. In 2004 F-15s from Elmendorf AFB,
Alaska, deployed to India for an air combat exercise.
prepare specifically for the current exercise, Airmen from the two
countries had a pair of exchange visits in the summer. Six IAF members
visited Misawa, and two Misawa Airmen came here.
joint military air exercise begin
(West Bengal), Nov 7: The 13-day Indo-US joint military air exercise,
Cope India '06, began on Monday morning at the Kalaikunda airforce
station in West Midnapore district amidst protest demonstrations
by Left Front activists.
security measures have been taken in view of the exercise with the
police putting up barricades on roads leading to the airforce station.
The joint exercises
mark 2002-2005 as the most active years of military-to-military
exchange between the two countries in over 40 years.
The Pacific Air Forces sponsored event is the third Cope India exercise,
but the first one featuring an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and
control system aircraft in Cope India's second Bilateral Dissimilar
Air Combat Tactics Field Training Exercise.
E-3, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, is capable of providing all-weather
surveillance, command, control and communications needed by
commanders of U.S. and other allied air defense forces. It's joined
by F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, and a variety
aircraft, including the Mirage 2000, MIG-21, MIG-29, SU-30 and Jaguar
India '06 will provide valuable training for aircrew and maintenance
personnel, and enhance military-to-military relationships between
the U.S. and Indian Air Forces. By conducting fighter operations
together, the USAF and IAF are promoting cooperation and regional
stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Martin reinforces commitment to India
DELHI, Sept 9: Lockheed Martin, which is in race to sell 126 multi-role
fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force, has announced a new team
to give a new thrust to business in India.
Martin, the largest US defense contractor, has offered its F-16s
to New Delhi. In the efforts to boost its marketing efforts here,
both the Corporation and the Aeronautics Company have named senior
Royce Caplinger will be moving to New Delhi to assume responsibility
for all corporate-led initiatives in India. Presently based in Washington
DC area, Caplinger has been with Lockheed Martin for over 18 years
and most recently was responsible for coordinating the Corporation's
international fighter sales with the US Air Force and other elements
in the Department of Defense. He expects to be working from the
long-established Lockheed Martin Liaison Office in New Delhi with
effect from September 20.
Martin has been present in the Indian market for a long time and
with the evolving relationship between the two governments I am
excited to be leading our corporate effort to cement those relationships
and carry them forward," Caplinger was quoted as saying when
his assignment was announced.
Aeronautics Company, a business unit of Lockheed Martin, also announced
their new team. Mr. Orville Prins was assigned to lead a senior
level team based both in New Delhi and Fort Worth, Texas. Prins,
a long-time Lockheed Martin employee has enjoyed a distinguished
career including the leadership of many of the significant programs
for the company.
at Lockheed Martin view India as a country with considerable technological,
manufacturing and business capabilities which will provide us with
the opportunity to establish many long-term partnership relationships,"
senior support staff based in Fort Worth, Mr Mike Kelley, a 22-year
veteran of Lockheed Martin, will support Prins. Kelley, a frequent
visitor to India during the past several years, has now be assigned
to New Delhi. He has been housed in the new Lockheed Martin Corporate
Offices. His responsibilities will include day-to-day liaison between
Mr. Prins' organization and Government of India customers.
Martin Aeronautics Co., a business area of Lockheed Martin, is a
leader in the design, research and development, systems integration,
production and support of advanced military aircraft and related
technologies. Its customers include the military services of the
United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products
include the F-16, F/A-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, C-5, C-130, C-130J, P-3,
S-3 and U-2.
company produces major components for the F-2 fighter, and is co-developer
of the C-27J tactical transport and T-50 advanced jet trainer.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
people worldwide and is principally engaged in research, design,
development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology
systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2004 sales
of $35.5 billion.
offers Super Hornet to IAF
DELHI, July 22: Hours before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, returned
home after a successful meeting with President George Bush, the
bonhomie between India and the US was visible here when an American
firm, Boeing, offered its latest Super Hornet aircraft to the Indian
Air Force (IAF).
the decision of President Bush and Prime Minister Singh to strengthen
cooperation in nuclear, defence and security issues, Boeing Vice
President Chris Chadwick said the offer was in tune with this decision.
Chris said "the premier aircraft will help guarantee the security
of India and its people."
informed that the Boeing received the Request for Information (RFI)
document in November last and hoped to receive the Request for Proposals
(RFP) in the next couple of months for IAF's combat planes. The
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is in competition with Mirage 2000 of France
and Mig-29 of Russia, Grippen of Sweden and F-16 of Lockheed Martin
(USA) for the multi-role combat aircraft requirement of the IAF.
said that Boeing was in talks with the IAF and Navy for the Super
Hornet aircraft and he also offered co-production of aircraft in
India. He said the IAF would initially need to buy 18 aircraft before
India could transit into co-production. "We have co-production
(of the earlier version of Hornets) with a number of countries apart
from country support," he informed.
said the Super Hornets were now being operated only by the US Navy
and provided "the latest in advanced technology available anywhere
in the world". The Super Hornet is the second (Block-2) phase
of the Hornet which is flown by eight countries -- the US, Kuwait,
Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Finland, Switzerland and Spain.
fighter is fitted with electronic beaming capabilities, ray radars,
day-night strike with precision- guided weapons, besides integrated
and networked systems providing enhanced interoperability, situational
awareness and support which allows direct communication with the
troops on ground or ships at sea.
about which of the aero-support systems would Boeing be ready to
provide to India, Chris said it would depend on the recently concluded
Indo-US Defence Framework and the issue was "premature"
at this stage. "We will enter into discussions with all those
who seek this aircraft across the board," he added.
said if Boeing succeeded in getting the Indian deal, the Indian
industry could build parts of the fighter jet and "we could
look at marketing" to third countries as well. But no discussions
have taken place as yet on these issues. Asked
about supply of spares for the aircraft, Chris said that was "totally
subject to US government's releaseability". He
informed that Boeing was in discussions with Japan, Malaysia and
Switzerland, which were looking at acquiring the Super Hornets.
Shrikhande, Managing Director, Boeing India, said "the Super
Hornet provides the latest technology available anywhere in the
world today and for the foreseeable future. And just as importantly,
the Super Hornet was designed for continued growth. It provides
for tomorrow's capabilities and technology and it is available today."
Let's make Siachen a 'peace mountain'
June 12: In a bold idea in the midst of peace process with Pakistan,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today favoured conversion of Siachen
Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, into a "peace
mountain". However, Singh ruled out any changes in the "established"
boundaries of the country, saying it related to the nation's "honour"
first Prime Minister to visit the Siachen sector in Jammu and
Kashmir situated at over 12,000 ft altitude, he said efforts should
be made to create such an atmosphere of peace here wherein "nobody
fears any threat, there is no scope for any conflict and this
place becomes an example of peaceful environment."
who was briefed by top army officers about the prevailing situation,
noted in an address to troops here that "Siachen is called
the highest battlefield" where living is very difficult.
long shall we allow such conditions to prevail (in Siachen),"
he asked. "Now the time has come for us to make efforts to
convert this battlefield into a peace mountain." He added
talks were going on with Pakistan in this regard.
that India wanted peaceful relations with Pakistan, the Prime
Minister, however, asserted that in pursuit of this, "we
are not ready to accept any changes in the drawn and established
boundaries of the country. "We feel, these boundaries are
important not only for our security but it relates to the country's
honour also. For this prestige, Indian soldiers are happily bearing
difficulties here (in Siachen)."
the contributions of the soldiers towards unity and integrity
of the country, Singh assured soldiers in this inhospitable sector
that all their needs would be met.
a CT Scan facility which would be made available here, the Prime
Minister said that two home theatres would also be provided to
the soldiers here for entertainment. Singh said he was "very
happy" to meet the troops deployed here and proud of the
determination and patriotism displayed by the soldiers. Noting
that the Government was continuously concerned about the well-being
of the forces, he said he had decided on visiting Siachen to see
for himself the conditions in which the troops were living here.
wanted to see for myself as to what your living conditions and
arrangements are and what are your problems and what the Government
can do to address those," the Prime Minister told the soldiers.
Singh said the path of the future may be ridden with challenges
and difficulties but with everyone's contribution these will be
made no major move to check terror: India
DELHI, May 3: India has said there had been no end to cross-border
terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir despite the growing thaw with Pakistan.
It also said that Islamabad had made no "significant"
effort to dismantle the infrastructure supporting terrorists sneaking
into the country, according to the Defence Ministry's report for
2004-05 released on Monday.
report also noted steps taken by India and China to improve their
ties but said New Delhi would continue to keep a close eye on
Beijing's military modernisation programme, particularly in areas
like Tibet that border India.
that 2004-05 had "ended on a hopeful note" for India-Pakistan
relations, the report said, "there was an end to cross-border
terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. "While there was some decline
in the level of infiltration, this was more on account of measures
on the part of the Indian armed forces than any discernible change
of heart or action by Pakistani authorities," said a Defence
was no evidence of any significant Pakistani effort to dismantle
the infrastructure of terrorism such as communications, launching
pads and training camps on its eastern borders with India, comparable
to its western borders with Afghanistan." The report said
despite the operations against the Al Qaeda and Taliban elements
on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the principal threats to peace
and stability in the region remained "the combination of
fundamentalism and terrorism nurtured in madrassas and training
camps in the area and the danger of proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction and access to them by fundamentalists and terrorists".
to China, the report said both the countries were maintaining
peace and tranquillity in their border areas and had stepped up
efforts to resolve their boundary dispute. "However, the
report has observed that China's close defence relationship with
and military assistance to Pakistan continued," the statement
said, "India will continue to monitor development of military
infrastructure by China in the border areas and its military modernisation
including the maritime sector".
annual report is a formal document that outlines the defence ministry's
policy and contains an assessment of threats to national security.
It said "effective diplomacy" backed by "credible
military power" would be India's answer to challenges like
terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which
were among the country's primary security concerns.
response to these threats and challenges had always been "restrained,
measured and moderate, consistent with its peaceful outlook and
reputation as a peace-loving country".
to the situation in Afghanistan, which had a direct bearing on
peace and security in the region, the report said threats posed
by remnants of the Taliban and other fundamentalists groups continued
to challenge the Afghan government and were a cause of concern.
Bangladesh, the report said it had been "insensitive and
unresponsive to India's concerns regarding the presence and activities
of Indian insurgent groups from the northeast and (Pakistan's)
ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) on Bangladesh soil, large-scale
illegal immigration and the criminalisation of the border".
to developments in Nepal, the report said the Maoist insurgency
there could be "addressed effectively only through a national
consensus between constitutional forces. India is of the view
that there can be no purely military solution to the Maoist insurgency".
The report also expressed serious concern over links between Nepal's
Maoist rebels and left-wing extremist outfits in parts of India
and the "possible expansion of their influence".
the situation in Sri Lanka, the report said India remained committed
to the unity, integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka and to a
"comprehensive negotiated settlement acceptable to all communities
of the island nation" and reflecting the pluralistic nature
of Sri Lankan society within the framework of the united Sri Lanka.
India: DGR showcases talent
(Bangalore), Feb 15: It was a stall with a difference and a special
mission at the Aero India 2005. Although other Indian stalls, be
it those of HAL, DRDO and IAF, had a mission to showcase India's
might and strides in the aviation sector, this one cared for and
worked for the welfare of our ex-servicemen who have been valiantly
defending the nation. Yes, we are talking of the Directorate General
of Resettlement (DGR) that helps servicemen find new livelihood
after they retire from the Armed Forces.
many know that about 60,000 men (mostly at young age) retire from
the Forces every year, informs Mr A N Srivastava, Director (Publicity),
DGR, Ministry of Defence. "We help train these men find new
jobs and reorient them towards second career," he adds proudly.
theme of DGR stall was "Access to excellence in human resource
potential in ex-defence personnel". Going by the number of
visitors, one can say that the DGR succeeded in its mission by putting
up a stall at the five-day Aero India, which has been billed as
the biggest air show in Asia. The seriousness of the present United
Progress Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre on the job front
could be gauged from the fact that the Defence Minister, Mr Pranab
Mukherjee, found time to visit the DGR stall and reviewed its activities.The
Director General Resettlement, Maj Gen K S Sindhu, was at the stall
to receive the Defence Minister.
Mr Mukherjee, a large number of high-ranking officials, including
the Deputy Army Chief, Lt Gen J B S Yadav; the Deputy Chief (Operations)
to Integrated Defence Staff, Air Marshal F H Major; the Secretary
(Finance), Ministry of Defence, Ms Somi Tandon; and Gen Shankar
Roychoudhary, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) paid a visit to
there were senior officials from the private industry including
Microsoft, Larson & Toubro, Transworld (UAE), Titan, Indian
Airlines, Crescent Air Cargo Services, Mahindra & Mahindra,
Kirloskar, Amtrak, MEL Systems and Dakshin Udhyog who showed keen
interest in hiring the readily available human resource.
the USP of ex-defence personnel, Mr Srivastava said "they are
disciplined, devoted, hard working, matured, educated, work under
stress and adaptable in meeting deadlines." He said opening
up of the defence sector to the private industry has made our task
easier to help our men switch over to another career. "Of course,
we need to create more awareness in corporate world about the huge
availability of talent. The private industry needs to understand
the benefits of hiring a well-trained talent as compared to spending
huge amount on training new staff."
Srivastava said "we have people trained in managerial skill,
technical officers, engineers, lawyers and HRD personnel. The presence
at Aero India helps us reach the corporate world. Needless to say
that aviation and tourism, which is one of the fastest growing sectors
in the country, has huge potential to hire our men."
informed that in the past the DGR has been holding seminars in conjunction
with the CII and PHDCCI at different metros and towns to create
awareness in the private sector of the availability of diverse talent
of ex-servicemen. "We are not approaching the industry with
a begging bowl. The benefits are mutual," he added. Mr Srivastava
informed that Reliance was one of the companies that have been imparting
transitional training to the ex-servicemen.
on Embraer aircraft
Feb 11: India’s Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C)
programme has got a boost with the Brazilian aviation major Embraer
signing up an MOU with the Defence Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO) to support its development in India.
Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, had expressed desire for
India to develop its own AEW&C programme on Wednesday while
opening the five-day Aero India 2005, billed as the biggest air
show of Asia.
Mukherjee’s announcement and signing of this MOU with Embraer
marks the revival of the indigenous AEW programme, which was suspended
after the crash of a test platform near Arakkonam in Chennai on
January 11, 1999. The DRDO had then mounted rotodome radar on an
Avro aircraft in an unsuccessful attempt to configure an “eye
in the sky”.
this agreement, an indigenously developed airborne early warning
radar will be mounted on the Embraer 145 aircraft. India is expected
to initially buy three of these aircraft for the development phase.
Based on the progress of the development programme, more aircraft
of this type could be ordered.
Cabinet Committee on Security has approved an investment of Rs 1,800
crore for this project. It is the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS),
the Bangalore-based DRDO unit, which has revived the airborne early
warning (AEW) system programme.
government analysts and Embraer engineers are collecting necessary
technical data on the aircraft for the study. At the request of
the Indian government, an Embraer team recently visited DRDO and
held in-depth discussions to support DRDO personnel in their task.
analysis is expected to result in an initial contract for three
EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft and technical support during the development
effort," said Mr Romualdo Barros, Embraer’s Executive
Vice-President for Defence Market.
may be recalled that India has already signed a tripartite contract
with Israel and Russia for the acquisition of three Airborne Early
Warning and Control Systems. Under this agreement, Israeli Phalcon
radars will be mounted on Russian-designed Il-76 aircraft.
force multiplier will give the Indian Air Force considerable strategic
advantage in the region. Restarting of the programme for indigenous
development of the eye in the sky reflects India’s emphasis
on the acquisition of more such assets.
Embraer 145 has a successful record as an intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance (ISR) platform, and is one of the world’s
bestsellers in its category. Short response times allow it to reach
high operational altitudes quickly and to cover a broad area.
Embraer 145 aircraft is able to be operational for more than seven
hours without refueling from its base and can be deployed on a wide
range of all-weather mission. It is learnt that US-based Gulfstream
is also in touch with the DRDO for selling its platform for the
Embraer sealed a contract with India for the supply of its “Legacy”
variant for VIP travel. India is buying five of these aircraft.
"The company considers this partnership a significant milestone
with the Indian DRDO, an institution renowned to be one of the leading
high technology developers in Asia," said Mr Romualdo Barros.
Indian aerospace industry has reached remarkable achievements and
Embraer is proud and thrilled to participate in this initiative.
Besides the upcoming contract to supply our EMB 145 ISR Platform,
we could be involved in some engineering work," he added.
added, “Embraer is working hard to build a strong relationship
with India, which started in 2003 when five Legacy aircraft for
Authorities Transport were contracted by the Government, and we
are always willing to cooperate with new programs such as the new
Government selected the Legacy to replace the aircraft used by country’s
authorities and high-ranking officials. Out of the five, four would
be in transport configuration for the India Air Force (IAF) and
one would be configured for the Border Security Force under the
Home Ministry. These jets will feature a self-defense system, including
chaff and flare dispensers. Embraer will begin deliveries to India
Legacy was developed from the ERJ 135/145 regional jet platform.
The highly successful ERJ 145 jet family is composed of the ERJ
135 (37 seats), the ERJ 140 (44 seats) and the ERJ 145 (50 seats)
and has accumulated over six million hours flown.
Legacy jet has been highly appropriate for the transport of government
authorities and business leaders around the world. Its interior
is built using only the finest quality hardwoods, fabrics and finishes
and can comfortably seat up to 20 passengers.
altitude, the Legacy can efficiently cruise 3,250 nm. This range,
in combination with a large 1,410 cubic-foot cabin, optimizes working
conditions providing comfortable trips.
the most spacious cabin in its class and priced at about a third
less than comparable aircraft, the Legacy offers an unprecedented
balance between capability, safety and value.
to develop lead-in jet trainer,
a trimmed version of LCA
Feb 11: India has begun concept studies to build a lead-in fighter
trainer, a fighter-class aircraft for training pilots as a sequel
to the homegrown Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft, according to
Mr M Natarajan, Scientific Advisor to the Derfence Minister.
the concept here at the Aero India air show, Mr Natarajan said "we
are working on a lead-in jet fighter that will be a trimmed version
of the LCA."
however, said the project was not connected with the twin-engine
Combat Attack Trainer (CAT), a modern version of the Advanced Jet
Trainer that state-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
(HAL) has initiated. He said the lead-in fighter would have the
same range of 800 kms like the Tejas.
Natarajan, who is also the Director General of the Defence Research
and Development Organisation (DRDO), said "the concept and
the requirements for the new aircraft are being worked out."
Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), is the lead
agency to build the tailless, delta-winged, fly-by-wire, single-engine,
multi-role supersonic fighter (Tejas), which, he said is also working
on the Medium Combat Aircraft, a medium-range twin-engine combat
MCA is a single seat twin-engine aircraft, to be powered by a homegrown
thrust vector Kaveri engine and will use smart structures and antenna,
integrated modular avionics, tail-less technology for stealth features
and will have an active lomar flow control, designed for long range
offensive operations, officials said.
ADA Programme Director, Mr M B Verma, said the technologies developed
for the LCA is being used in other aircraft programmes in the country.
experience gained by India in avionics, control fluid dynamics,
composites in developing the combat aircraft has caught attention
of other countries. I reckon now that India has all the capabilities
in designing a modern fighter aircraft," said Mr Natarajan.
the U.S. aerospace major, Lockheed Martin, has said that it had
secured the export licence from the American Government for the
sale of P-3C Orion, the maritime surveillance aircraft, and the
C-130 J `Hercules,' to India.
Lockheed Martin regional vice-president, Dennys Plessas, said that
it was his "understanding" that India was looking to buy
eight to 12 P-3C Orions and six to eight C-130 Js. "That will
be their initial requirement."
said a team of U.S. naval officials would visit India next week
to hold talks with Indian Navy officials over the sale of P-3C maritime
surveillance aircraft. "Specifications will be decided at the
meeting." Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with Hindustan
Aeronautics Ltd. on Wednesday for refurbishment and maintenance
of the P-3C.
Plessas said the US Government was considering India's request of
information on the F-16 class of fighter jets and he hoped that
Lockheed Martin would get the clearance at the earliest.
is a long drawn out process but we hope to add India to the list
of countries we work with."
the United States, India had sent a request to France, Sweden and
Russia for 126 multi-role combat aircraft of 20 tonne class. The
deal would be an inter-governmental one.
start to Aero India 2005
(Banglore), Feb 9: The five-day Aero India 2005, billed as the biggest
air show of Asia, commenced to a colorful display here on Wednesday.
Soon after the Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, opened the
show, the flying display by the Sukhois, Mirages, Jaguars, Hawk,
Surya Kirans, the Advanced Light Aircraft (LCA) and the Advanced
Light Helicopters (ALH) mesmerized the audience with their sheer
and maneuver capabilities.
indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) made its first public
display. Similarly, India's latest acquisition, the Russian-made
IL-78 air-to-air refueller, tugged two Mirage 2000 fighters taking
fuel over the skies. Again this was the first public display of
of three Indian Air Force Mi-8 helicopters in the national tricolour
and ensigns of the IAF and the aero show marked the start of the
event at the Yelahanka airbase, 25 km from Bangalore.
formation of three aircraft -- the homegrown Advanced Light Aircraft,
the Kiran trainer and the Sukhoi-30 MKI -- flying at a low altitude,
gave the audience a taste of things to come.
the Tu-142 took to the skies, the dignitaries were reminded that
it was the 'albatross of the Indian Navy', which could fly non-stop
for over 18 hours.An arrowhead formation of three Jaguar aircraft
was tailed by three prototypes of Tejas, the homegrown Light Combat
Aircraft in the Indian tricolour.
the tailless, delta-winged, fly-by-wire, single-engine supersonic
fighter, being developed by Department of Research and Development
Organisation's Aeronautical Development Agency, made its maiden
fight on January 4, 2001 and is expected to replace the IAF's MiG
fleet from the next decade.
of global military and civil aircraft-makers are showcasing their
products at the show.
the show, Mr Pranab Mukherjee said India's state-run aerospace industry
aims to take a page out of the IT sector's book by promoting itself
as a potential offshoring base for foreign companies. Joint ventures
that take advantage of India's low-cost engineering and science
skills can cut development and marketing costs, he added.
Defence Minister said "there is tremendous scope for outsourcing
from India in areas where the companies are competitive. We are
keen to welcome international collaborations that are in conformity
with our national goals."
India's aerospace industry opened up to foreign companies as part
of broader economic reforms in 1991, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics
Ltd. (HAL) and other state agencies had focused for five decades
on national defence.
now makes aircraft doors for Airbus, part of Europe's EADS, and
is set to produce 44 of the 66 Hawk trainer jets New Delhi is buying
from Britain's BAE Systems Plc under a joint programme. BAE also
has a software joint venture with HAL.
Minister said India had the capability to make advanced alloys,
process technologies and aircraft equipment, and the industry was
considering diversifying into making civil aircraft.
Bangalore is the centre for India's $16 billion IT and business
services outsourcing industry, it is also the main centre for aerospace.
a press conference after the show, Mr Mukherjee said India was open
to long-term defence cooperation with the United States including
purchases of hi-tech weapon systems. However, he made it clear that
issues like dependability of supplies and technology transfers would
have to be first sorted out.
are glad the United States is showing interest in defence supplies
to India," he said in response to a question and added that
New Delhi was open to discussions to sort out mutual apprehensions.
whether US laws compelling the administration to impose sanctions
in case of differing positions on nuclear weaponisation would come
in the way of purchases of American weapon systems by India, Mr
Mukerjee said, "no position is irreconcilable as the US administration
amended the Pressler's law to supply arms to some nations. So such
issues can be sorted out".
said that India was interested in long-term and uninterrupted supplies
of weapon systems, their spares and transfer of technology before
concluding any deals.
Minister's remarks come in the wake of heightened bidding by the
French, Russians, the American and the Swedish to bag the lucrative
Indian contract for 126 multi-role fighters for the Indian Air Force.
indicated that some of the major armament purchases like the multi-billion
dollar deal for acquisition of French Scorpene submarines and unmanned
aerial vehicles for the Army would go through soon.
the sensitive issue of India's bid to acquire two Russian-made Akula
nuclear powered submarines, he said, that there was no firm commitment
from either side yet and the deal would depend on the situation.
refueling to steal the Aero India show
DELHI, Feb 8: India's recently acquired mid-air refueling is expected
to steal the flying display at India's premier air show at Bangalore
from Wednesday. Dubbed as Aero India 2005, the Navy's Sea Harriers,
capable of vertical take-offs and landings, would be showing their
skills for the first time at the air show.
course, the evergreen multi-role aircraft Sukhois, the MiG 29s and
MiG 21s, Jaguars, Mirage 2000s and the Surya Kirans would be displaying
their incredible flying skills. Besides military aircraft, our very
own 14-seater Saras would regale the audience on all the days. Another
civilian aircraft, Falcon-2000 is also expected to show its prowess.
20 foreign military and civil aircraft and 15 Indian planes would
be displaying their flying skills during the show, which can now
match its rivals at Dubai or Singapore.
three variants of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), different variants
of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJTs),
and the recently modified Chetak helicopter called Chetan would
also enthrall the audience. Two private Indian aviation companies,
Bangalore-based Indus Aviation and Coonoor based Zephyr, will display
Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, would inaugurate the air
show on Wednesday. While the US is showcasing five aircraft -- KC
135, two F15-Es, Herculus C-130 and maritime surveillance aircraft
P3 Orion, the United Kingdom is bringing the Advanced Jet Trainer
Hawks, the Brazilian Learjet-60, the Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,
the French ATR-42, the Russian MiG-29 and the Americans would display
Bell 407 helicopter.
Grumman Corporation will be demonstrating the capabilities of its
Hawkeye 2000 airborne early warning aircraft at the Aero India.
The company designed, developed and produces the Hawkeye 2000 for
the US Navy. It is currently offering the aircraft to the Indian
navy as the solution to its requirements for an airborne early-warning
and battle-management command-and-control system. India is one of
a growing number of countries looking at the Hawkeye 2000 to help
satisfy the demand for integrated defense capabilities.
of the participating countries include Belgium, Chile, Brazil, Canada,
Germany, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Greece, Israel,
Italy, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Singapore,
South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Thailand
aircraft giants like Airbus, ATR, Eurocopter, EADS and Boeing will
also participate. Several known companies from across the globe
including Sibat from Israel; Avia Export, Irkut Corporation, Rosboronexports
from Russia; Dassault, Thales, GIFAS from France; Raytheon and Bell
Helicopters from US would also be present to capture the growing
the opening day, two Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft will fly over
the Yelahanka Air Force base, the venue of the air show, plugged
into the IL-76 tanker -- the mid-air refueling aircraft of the Indian
Air Force. This will be the first public display of India's mid-air
refueling capacity, acquired following the purchase of the IL-76
tankers last year. This prowess will, however, be on display only
on the first day.
success of the Aero India, even before its take off, can be gauged
from the fact that as many as 210 foreign and 140 Indian companies
are participating in the five-day show. Their number was 176 and
74 respectively in 2003. According to Aero India 2005 joint director
of exhibitions, Squadron Leader R K Dhingra, "all available
exhibition space in Aero India 2005 is sold out. This year we have
provided 30 per cent more space than the last year. In the year
2003, we had booked 8,500 square metres of space. The show has exceeded
Ldr Dhingra said the new features of this year Aero India include
a new hangar with annexes that include additional 4,200 sq m of
indoor display area; a state-of-the-art media centre with media
lounge and briefing rooms for presentations; space for additional
chalets; and more outdoor display area with additional 20,000 sqm
Officer Commanding of Yelahanka Air Force Station Air Commodore
S.P.Singh informed that elaborate arrangements for maintenance and
security had been organised for the show.
Defence Exhibition Organisation under Department of Defence Production
and Supplies, Ministry of Defence, are the organizers of the fifth
edition of the show. The first air show was held in 1996. The show
has grown both in stature and size with each successive edition.
three-day international seminar, organised by Defence Research and
Development Organisation, also commenced on Monday at Bangalore
on the topic of "Aerospace Technologies - Developments and
Strategies". For the first time, a National Conference on India
Aviation is scheduled as a part of Aero India.
to lease nuclear submarine to India
Oct 21: India will take a nuclear-powered submarine from Russia
on lease, according to news reports. "Moscow and New Delhi
have signed a contract under which the Indian Navy will get a Project
971 multi-role submarine on a 10-year lease," the Interfax
news agency said, quoting a military industry source. The submarine,
said to be 85 per cent ready, will be handed over to India in 2007.
Earlier reports said that Russia was to lease two nuclear submarines
Russian media report last week said that the construction of two
unfinished Project 971 nuclear submarines, suspended due to the
lack of funds, had resumed at the Amur Shipyards in Komsomolsk-on-the-Amur
in the Far East after India made an advance payment of $100 million
towards the lease contract.
Project 971 third-generation submarine (NATO code name Akula-II)
is the most advanced Russian nuclear attack submarine said to be
equal or superior to the U.S. Sea Wolf and modernised Los Angeles-class
submarines. The Russian Navy's Akula-II subs are equipped with 28
nuclear-capable cruise missiles with a striking range of 3,000 km.
The Indian version is expected to be armed with the 300-km Club
nuclear-capable missiles. During 1988-1991, India leased a second-generation
Charlie-class nuclear submarine from Russia.
exams on April 17
DELHI, Oct 21: The National Defence Academy and the Naval Academy
Examination, will be held on April 17 next year. The last date for
receipt of application is November 16, according to a press release.
respect of applications received by post from the candidates residing
abroad or in certain remote localities, the last date is November
23.The candidates must apply in the common application form devised
by the Union Public Service examination (UPSC) for its examinations
which can be purchased from any one of the designated head post
office or post offices throughout the country against cash payment
of Rs 20.
case of difficulty in obtaining application form and central recruitment
fee stamp, the candidates should contact the postmaster concerned
or UPSC 's Form Supply Monitoring Cell on telephone number: (0091-11)
23389366 or fax number (0091-11) 23387310.
Navies to practice anti-submarine warfare
By Deepak Arora
DELHI, Sept 29: For the second consecutive year the US is sending
a nuclear-powered submarine for a major naval exercise with India
to be conducted in the Arabian Sea. Exercise Malabar 2004, to be
held off the Konkan coast from October 4, will see seven frontline
warships and submarines of the Indian and US navies practicing advanced
anti-submarine warfare and anti-terrorism operations.
is the sixth in the Malabar series of manoeuvres since 1992 and
the third such war game held by the two navies since India and the
US resumed defence ties after the 1998 nuclear tests by New Delhi.
Besides the USS Alexandria, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered
submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, the US Pacific Fleet
will field the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, the frigate USS
Gary, Ticonderoga missile cruiser and Oliver Hazard Perry class
the first time, the US Navy will include long-range maritime and
submarine hunter aircraft P3C Orions in the exercises. New Delhi
and Washington are in an advanced stage of negotiations on the Navy
acquiring ten of these aircraft on Government-to-Government sales
to augment its depleted maritime capabilities.
the weeklong exercises with its accent on anti-submarine warfare,
the Indian Navy is fielding one Delhi class guided missile destroyer,
one Brahmputra class guided missile frigate, German acquired HDW
Shishukar Class Submarine, a replenishment tanker, TU-142 long-range
patrol aircraft and Sea-Harrier jump jet fighters operating from
Goa land bases.
the anti-submarine warfare, the two navies would also undertake
manoeuvres on sea-control missions, fleet air defence, surface firings,
maritime interdiction operations and VBSS (visit, board, search
and seizure) operations.
maritime interdiction and VBSS operations assumed significance in
the context of the war against terrorism. These operations would
allow the two navies to conduct mock drills in which personnel from
warships board and search vessels at sea.
Malabar series of exercises are regularly conducted as part of enhanced
cooperation between the two navies. The India-US exercise is being
held at a time when New Delhi is considering proposals from Malaysia
and Singapore for joint patrolling of busy sea-lanes of communication.
pc hike in India's defence budget
DELHI, July 8: The Finance Minister, Mr P Chaidambram, has proposed
a hike in the defence spending for fiscal 2004-05 by a whopping
27 percent, allocating Rs.77,000 crore for the sector, largely with
an eye on major arms deals currently in the pipeline.
the Union Budget for the year 2004-05 presented in the Lok Sabha
today, Mr Chidambaram proposed an increase of Rs.11,700 crore over
the allocation of Rs.65,300 crore for defence in fiscal 2003-04.
But actual expenditure on defence during 2003-04 was about Rs.60,300
crore, with the new allocation marking a 27 percent hike.
Finance Minister stated that the increased allocation was largely
for concluding several major defence deals to modernise the armed
forces. He said the allocation for "capital expenditure",
parlance for funds provided for arms purchases, would be hiked from
Rs.20,953 crore to Rs.33,483 crore. "As promised in the national
common minimum programme (NCMP), the Government is determined to
eliminate all delays in the modernisation of the defence forces,"
Chidambaram said "having regard to the trend of defence capital
expenditure in recent years, it has become necessary to make a higher
allocation this year."
sharp hike in India's defence budget has come almost a month after
Pakistan increased defence spending by 20 percent for fiscal 2004-05.
Pakistan had increased the defence outlay to Rs.19,392 crore, Rs.3,300
crore more than the budget for fiscal 2003-04.
has recently inked several major defence contracts, including a
$1.5 billion deal with Russia to acquire the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft
carrier and a 795-million pound deal with Britain's BAE Systems
to purchase 66 Hawk advanced jet trainers (AJTs). It has also clinched
a deal with Israel for three Phalcon airborne early warning radar
systems worth $1 billion.
the doubling of capital outlay, it also appears that the Government
would go ahead with pending proposals to acquire French killer class
Scorpene submarines, 125 multi-purpose fighters for the Air Force
to replace aging Mig-21's and with about Rs 4,000 crore project
to increase the firepower of the infantry.
a hefty hike, India's defence expenditure still forms only 2.5 per
cent of the GDP, much lower than China which spends 6 per cent and
Pakistan 5.5 per cent of their GDP on defence. Mr Chidambaram, however,
gave no indication that the Congress-led UPA Government had plans
to create a Rs.25,000 crore rolling fund to buy sophisticated military
hardware as mooted by the previous BJParty-led NDA government in
its interim budget in February.
Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, had last month said such
a concept was not constitutionally or legally valid.
TTO News Service
DELHI, July 2: The National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), a body
that assists the National Security Council (NSC), has been constituted
by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with India's former High Commissioner
to Pakistan S K Lambah, as its Convenor.
will be 15 members in NSAB which advises the NSC on security and
defence matters. The NSAB is a multi-disciplinary body comprising
persons of eminence from outside the Government. The tenure of the
NSAB members has been extended to two years instead of one year
in the past. Former DRDO scientist Amitav Mallik, has been retained
from the previous NSAB.
serving in Pakistan, Lambah was also posted as India's envoy in
Russia and Germany. The other members of the NSAB include Mr Hamid
Ansari, Mr Manoj Joshi, Dr C Raja Mohan, Lt Gen (Retd) S S Mehta,
Air Marshal (Retd) P S Brar, Vice Admiral (Retd) P J Jacob, Mr D
C Pathak, Mr N C Saxena, Mr B K R Rao, Mr Ram Mohan, Mr Ashok Khosla,
Dr Meenakshi Gopinath, and Dr S K Sharma.
giants begun rebuilding links
with Indian defence firms
- With the Indo-US ties looking up, the American military aviation
majors, including Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters and Boeing have
begun rebuilding links with the Indian defence establishments. The
Indo-US ties have slumped to new low after India had undertaken
nuclear tests in May 1998. However with the sanctions having been
lifted by the US Administration, the American firms were seen rebuilding
links with the Indian military at the recently concluded Aero India
2003 air show at Bangalore.
India, which was held at Bangalore from February 5 to 9, had attracted
some 175 firms from 22 countries. The show, one of Asias largest
aerospace exhibitions, saw firms hawking a wide array of military
aircraft they want to sell to India.
executives of U.S. firms discussed with Indian companies and Defence
Ministry officials on potential sales, including offers to provide
aircraft that could replace Indias ageing fleet of Russian-designed
fighters and transport aircraft.
Martin, whose relations with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) were snapped by Washingtons sanctions following Indias
nuclear tests in May 1998, has now offered P-3 Orion maritime patrol
aircraft T-50 trainer jets, F-16 fighters and C-130J Hercules transport
aircraft with Indian players.
lost time due to the sanctions but we have restarted dialogue (with
HAL) and we are discussing certain classified areas in research
and development," said Jagdish Malhotra, Lockheed Martins
national executive for India and Sri Lanka.
Martin had been collaborating with HAL to develop a digital flight
control system for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Indias
home-grown fighter before the sanctions came into force.
Plessas, regional vice-president for Lockheed Martin, said his firm
was willing to work with HAL to co-produce jet trainers and transport
aircraft for the Indian military. "Lockheed Martin is seeking
partnerships with (Indian) industry and military and Aero India
is an excellent forum for that," he said. "The Indian
Air Force (IAF) has a requirement for 20-tonne aircraft, and the
Hercules can meet this."
U.S. firm will also benefit if India goes ahead with plans to lease
up to 12 P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the US Armed Forces.
Lockheed Martin made the Orion but its production was stopped in
1995. It will, however, take care of maintenance of any Orions leased
70 percent of the hardware used by Indias armed forces is
of Russian origin, but New Delhi has begun looking in recent years
to Israel, South Africa and France to diversify its sources of military
equipment. Several aircraft of Russian origin used by the IAF, including
MiG-21 fighters and An-32 transport aircraft, are nearing the end
of their service life, and the US firms are hoping New Delhi will
choose their products as replacements.
which showed off its Bell 407 helicopter at Aero India, is expected
to make a bid for filling an Indian Army requirement for helicopters
to be used at high altitudes, like the Siachen glacier in Jammu
and Kashmir where soldiers are manning posts at heights of up to
21,000 feet. After the air show the Bell is using the helicopter
for live demos with the Indian forces.
growing military-to-military contacts between India and the U.S.,
American military sales have not taken off largely due to New Delhis
fears of sanctions. The only major deal signed by the two sides
in recent years was Raytheons $146 million contract last year
for selling eight weapon-locating radars.
US executives like Mike Kelley of Lockheed Martin believe these
problems could be overcome if the deals are made under the "Foreign
Military Sales" (FMS) programme, a government-to-government
agreement whereby the U.S. government will guarantee the supply
of military hardware. "We have advocated the FMS route for
the proposals to supply the P-3 and the Hercules," he said.
and the US have been quietly strengthening their strategic ties
in a range of areas including military training and intelligence.
Last year, the two countries held military exercises in each others
country after a gap of four decades. The first of the exercise code-named
"Balance Iroquois" and involving Indian para-commandos
and US Special Forces, along with military aircraft from both countries,
was held in the Indian city Agra. The exercise took place in the
framework of our ongoing military-to-military relationship.
next exercises were held in Alaska, where the Indian solders trained
with the American Special Forces from the US Pacific Command. In
October, joint naval manoeuvres took place in the Arabian Sea for
the first time involving a cruiser-destroyer group of three or four
warships and maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
and intelligence links developed by Bill Clinton have received a
further boost under the Bush administration, especially after the
September 11 terrorist attacks in US. The US lifted the remaining
sanctions on India over the nuclear tests and accelerated its intelligence
sharing with the Indian military establishment, in particular over
Islamic extremist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The US "global
war on terrorism" and its invasion of Afghanistan tied in with
Indias branding of all Islamic fundamentalist groups, including
those opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir, as "terrorists".
the past one year, several high-level defence and state visits have
taken place between the US and India, including by Prime Minister
A. B. Vajpayee and Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, Defence Minister
George Fernandes, Finance Minister Jaswant Singh and Foreign Secretary
Kanwal Sibal. From the US side, the Secretary of State Collin Powell
and Defence Secretary Rumsfeld among others have visited India.
Isreali firm to market ALH
- Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has emerged
as a leading aerospace company and is now eyeing the international
market for new products such as Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
this connection, the HAL recently signed MOU with Israel Aircraft
Industry (IAI) for joint marketing of the indigenously produced
ALH, according to Mr N R Mohanty, Chairman of HAL. IAI’s avionics
would be integrated into ALH platform.
ALH called "Dhruv" has been developed as a multi role,
multi-mission state-of-the-art helicopter in the four-five tonne
categories for the military, Coast Guard as well as civil operations.
fits well into the civil role both for passenger and cargo version.
The wide body, spacious and quiet cabin, hinged doors, emergency
exits, smooth and vibration free rides, guarantee passenger comfort.
The seating capacity is 12 passengers and two crew in normal configuration
and 14 passengers and two crew in high-density configuration. The
first civil variant flew on March 6 last year and is undergoing
test flights for certification which are planned to be completed
by June this year.
Mohanty informed that HAL has also inked a pact with Turbomeka,
a subsidiary of French major Snecma, for co-designing and co-developing
"Shakti" engine in India for ALH. Shakti engine would
have 12 per cent more power than the existing one with better operational
capability in high altitudes and carry more payload.
addition, HAL would soon float a joint venture company with Snecma
for producing small aero engines for civil aircraft and the products
would be jointly marketed globally by the joint venture company,
which would also manufacture turbo chargers for Indian Railways
and target other railway overseas, he said.
Chairman said HAL has bagged a US $ 9 million orders from Russian
company Ikrut for supply of "sub-assemblies" for Sukhoi-30
company has also bagged a US $ 5 million export order from British
aerospace company Rolls Royce for supply of castings and forgings.
Under the deal HAL will export to Rolls Royce forgings to a value
of US $ 5 million over the next three years and this could potentially
grow to US $ 10 million over the next five years.
Mohanty said HAL has already manufactured and would export to Rolls
Royce its first batch of ring forgings, which would be incorporated
into Rolls Royce civil aero engines under manufacture in the UK
for world-wide operations. HAL has met all the systems and process
approvals of Rolls Royce and has become a member of the Rolls Royce
global supply chain, he added.
and Rolls Royce have worked together for over 40 years. HAL manufactures
under licence the Adour engine for the Indian Air Force Jaguar fleet
and is also licenced to repair a number of Rolls Royce engines.
The supply of forgings takes the HAL-Rolls Royce partnership to
a new level of success and both companies believe this would lead
to further manufacturing contracts.
Chairman said "this is an important milestone in the long-standing
cooperation between Rolls Royce and HAL. This would go a long way
in strengthening our relationship further in the spirit of partnership."
HAL looked forward for enhanced participation in the programmes
of Rolls Royce for supply of parts, components assemblies, repair
and overhaul and servicing aero engines and industrial gas turbines.
Royce India’s Managing Director Tim Jones said the HAL ring
rolled forgings would be incorporated in engines including the Trent
800 which is now on offer to Air India for the Boeing 777.
Mohanty informed that Airbus Industrie has requested HAL for quotation
on "structural assembly order" relating to its Airbus
stated that India and Russia would go ahead with a project to co-design
and co-develop a multi-role cargo aircraft. He said HAL has also
developed an Intermediate Jet Trainer in a record three and half
years and the maiden flight would take place soon. Indian Air Force
has announced to place orders for 16 numbers of IJT.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall S Krishnaswamy, has told
HAL that Rs 300 crore would be sanctioned for designing and developing
of Light Attack Helicopter which, Mr Mohanty expressed hope, would
take to the skies in two years.
said HAL has so far delivered 12 ALHs to services and has bagged
an order from Mumbai-based offshore helicopter operator Azal Helicopters
for purchase of civilian version of ALH.
Chairman said the HAL would set up two dedicated hangers - Centre
of Excellence for machining -- in Bangalore at a cost of Rs 70 crore
in the next 12 to 18 months.
said HAL’s sales and profit during the year 2001-02 were Rs
27,750 million and Rs 3,740 million respectively. HAL’s operational
profit to sales ratio was approximately 11 per cent. The company
also paid the highest ever dividend of 57 per cent of the paid up
capital to the Government of India. The company’s debt equity
ratio is a healthy 0.22.
India salute to Columbia shuttle crew
Feb 5 -- Dazzling and breathtaking air display by the indigenous
Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), fighter aircraft Sukhoi and Surya
Kiran jet trainers marked the inauguration of Aero India 2003 here
the air show, the Indian Air Force (IAF) aerobatic team of nine
Surya Kirans paid a moving tribute to the space shuttle crew by
flying in a bowing formation. The seven astronauts, including India-born
Kalpana Chawla, had perished in the Columbia space shuttle blast
last week. The moving gesture to the departed souls made many eyes
mist among the large audience who had come to attend the opening
Sukhoi-30 MK 1 displayedawesome power of the fighter aircraft, which
was inducted into
the IAF last year. The majestic flying display of the supersonic
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), designed and developed indigenously
by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics
Ltd (HAL), signaled the entry of the Indian aerospace industry in
the global aviation market.
the fourth international exposition, the Defence Minister, Mr George
Fernandes, urged the international community to collaborate with
India in the defence sector and serve the mutual interest.
opened defence production to the private sector, with Foreign Direct
Investment upto 26 per cent, we are looking forward to creating
a defence industrial base capable of producing world class equipment,
at highly competitive prices, in cooperative partnership with industry
in the private sector," said Mr Fernandes.
said the research and development work being done in some of our
defence laboratories was being made available to this sector for
this context, the Defence Minister said, "we are keen to welcome
international collaborations that are in conformity with our national
goals and that serve the mutual interest of the collaborators."
inaugural ceremony was attended among others by the Ministers of
State for Defence, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta and Mr O Rajagopal, the
Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr S M Krishna, the Defence Secretary
(Supply and Procurement), Mr N S Sisodia, and the IAF Chief, Air
Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy. Several Ambassadors, including those
from the US, the UK and France were also present at the opening
ceremony. Besides India, over 176 reputed companies from 22 countries
are participating in the exposition.
Fernandes stated that India has grown in technology and industry
base from the days when the country was only buying from other nations.
"Our basic thrust has been for indigenous development, design
and manufacture. In fact, over the years we have been engaged in
manufacture of our own basic trainer aircraft, jet trainers, fighters
said India along with Russia would be co-producing 50 and 100 seater
civil aircraft in the next few years.
addressing a press conference, Mr Fernandes said the Advanced Jet
Trainer (AJT) deal is likely to be finalized "soon". He
said the papers for the deal have been placed with the Union Cabinet
after considering all proposals in this regard. It is learnt that
the British Hawk is the frontrunner for the multi-billion dollar
deal for 66 aircraft.
the inaugural speeches, the three ALHs flew over the VIP enclosure
in a wing formation, displaying the copter's maneuvers with ease
for several kinds of exercises, including main battlefield and rescue
or relief operations.
three variants of the ALH, which have been inducted in the IAF,
army, and the navy last year, have also performed feats undertaken
by the defence services in real-time battlefield and rescue or relief
operations. The commandoes participated in these real time maneuvers.
a rare display of aerial maneuvers, the IAF pilots took off in three
different aircraft - two Mirage 2000, two Surya Kirans and ALH helicopter
-- flew together in an arrow formation and demonstrated their skills
in handling simultaneously fighter jets , jet trainers and helicopters.
Witnessed by a dozen high level defence delegations from various
countries, including Italy, Czech republic, Namibia, and South Africa,
and hundreds of delegates, the multiple aerobatics conducted by
wing commander Nirmal Singh from the supersonic Sukhoi-30 MKI clearly
stole the thunder of the aero show.
off from a low range of 300 feet at 200km per hour speed to dizzy
heights of 3.5km at a speed of 650km per hour, the fighter pilot
demonstrated the super agility of SU-30 MK1. To the delight of over
5000 people, who gathered for the inaugural show, Singh performed
spectacular feats such as box turn maneuvers and vertical Charlie,
making skilful u-turns and semi- radius loops.
Roads to construct Rohtang tunnel
DELHI: THE Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has been entrusted
with the construction of nine km long Rohtang Tunnel which will
be an alternate route to Leh. The work on the project will begin
this year and is expected to be completed in ten years.
The organization has also been entrusted with the construction of
an 18 km long four-lane expressway between Jammu and Pathankot on
NH1A. This is part of the North-South corridor of the prestigious
National Highway Development Project.
Border Roads Organisation was conceptualized in March 1960; primarily
to meet the defence infrastructure needs of the country especially
in the Border States. Over the years, the Organisation has diversified
into the construction of permanent RCC as well as steel bridges,
airfields, townships, tunneling works and hydroelectric projects.