Aero india report: Taking to the sky

Aero india report: Taking to the sky

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The ninth edition of Aero India 2013 was held in Bangalore, India, recently. Speaking at the event, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony said that in view of immense opportunities available in the aerospace industry, the revised Defence Procurement Policy of 2010 has provided for more public-private partnership model to the industry. He appealed to all stakeholders of defence industry to take advantage of this policy initiative and develop world-class products and technologies so as to make India a hub in the entire sub-continent.

After the Brahmos success story, India and Russia are working together for the development of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). Talking to reporters, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the chief of air staff (CAS), IAF, said that India would receive three prototype FGFA aircraft from Russia between 2015 and 2018. He said the design phase of the aircraft is over and the R&D phase would begin soon. He also expressed hope that the much awaited MMRCA contract would be signed by mid-2013.

More than 600 companies and 78 overseas delegations participated in this biennial event. The aim of the event was to promote products and services offered by Indian defence industry in the international market and provide exposure to the Armed Forces, R&D personnel to the latest technology available in the aviation and aerospace industry. Spread over an area of 1,25,000 sqm (approx), this year the largest overseas participation was from USA followed by Israel and Russia. The major attraction of the event were aerobatic teams – Flying Bulls from Czech Republic, Russian Knights-Russian Air Force Aerobatic Team (who arrived late) and IAF’s Sarang Aerobatic Team.

Organised by Department of Defence Production, MoD, and managed by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the five-day event showcased the latest international technology in the fields of military and civil aircraft, radars, UAVs, avionics and subsystems in defence and aerospace sector.

The 10th Aero India will be held at Bangalore from 18-22 February 2015.

Indian Army gets indigenously built Rudra attack helicopter

The indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopter Mk-IV army version `Rudra` was handed over to Indian Army during the show. Designed and manufactured by HAL, the helicopter is fitted with day and night targeting systems and can carry a mix of weapons (70 rockets, anti-tank missiles, air-to-air missiles and 20 mm turret gun), providing the required capability to search and destroy any targets.

Rockwell Collins agreement with Tata Power SED
Rockwell Collins and Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) announced a teaming agreement as part of their pursuit of the Indian Air Force Software Defined Radio (SDR) programme. Under the terms of the agreement, Tata Power SED is the prime contractor and Rockwell Collins will provide technology for the team’s SDR offering. For the Indian Air Force programme, the latter claims to be providing industry leading SDR technology designed to provide the best value in features, technology and growth capabilities. This technology features a digital radio architecture that allows easy reprogramming with different waveforms and operating modes through the use of digital signal processing technology.

TAML signs MoU with Strongfield Technologies Limited
Tata Advanced Materials Limited (TAML) recently signed a MoU with UK based STL (Strongfield Technologies Limited). Under the agreement, the two will jointly explore the potential business cooperation areas in various segments of the Pilotless Target Aircraft activities as well as other aerospace and defence activities. The parties wish to establish a long–term profitable and stable relationship with an aim to better meet their customers’ needs in India and abroad, and also contributing to offset programmes. While TAML is engaged in the design, manufacture and supply of composite products for aerospace, armour, defence, transportation and infrastructure sectors, STL is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of high-tech components and equipment for defence and space applications and provides engineering, design and consultancy support.