SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 1-2018

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    MILITARY | 2018
    Hopes From 2018: Crucial Aspects for IAF
    By Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh (Retd)

    Capital procurements for the Indian Air Force are anchored on a long-term perspective plan based on the threats and the geopolitical environment

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    MILITARY | MRO
    Disruptive Technologies in Military MRO
    By Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh (Retd)

    Identifying emerging disruptive trends in technology affecting MRO well in advance, will ensure that military MRO will be able to provide the required combat availability of the war fighter

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    MILITARY | UNION BUDGET
    Defence Budget 2018: IAF Modernisation Damper
    By Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh (Retd)

    The defence five-year plans are formulated in consonance with existing threat perceptions, the “Raksha Mantri’s operational directives” and the 15-year Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP)

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    MILITARY | WRAP-UP
    2017: Eventful for Military Aviation
    By Rohit Srivastava

    While the Indian government has initiated steps to address issues related to strengthening the capabilities of the Indian armed forces, much still remains to be done

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    MILITARY | UPGRADE
    Jaguar Upgrade Now or Never
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Any further delay in the upgrade, especially re-engining of Jaguars will lose its purpose as the aircraft has 15-20 years of residual life

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    CIVIL | UNION BUDGET
    Impact of Budget on UDAN
    By Arpita Kala

    From hawai chappals and hawai jahaaz to flight operations affected by smog, Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley has big plans for Indian aviation

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    CIVIL | COCKPIT CREW
    A Concrete Step to Address Pilot Shortage
    By John Slattery

    The airline industry offers tremendous opportunity and job security for pilots, especially with such robust growth in air travel projected over the next twenty years

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    CIVIL | RCS
    Air Deccan's G.R. Gopinath: Mad Scientist or a Brilliant Visionary?
    By Arpita Kala

    After revolutionising commercial aviation sector with 1 tickets and e-tickets, the pioneer of affordable flights may have bitten off more than he can chew with Air Deccan 2.0

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | 2018
    Hopes From 2018 – Gulfstream Perspective
    By Jason Akovenko

    Another initiative for 2018 is to continue our focus on providing customers the most advanced technology from start to finish

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    A Word from Editor-in-Chief
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    Our valuable readers will notice that we have redesigned SP’s Aviation. We do believe that the new appearance of the magazine will appear to be much smarter, more readable and compact, and therefore interestingly informative

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Italian Court on AgustaWestland Case
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Italian Court of Appeal of Milan has acquitted Giuseppe Orsi, former President of Italian defence and aerospace major Finmeccanica and Bruno Spagnolin, former CEO of its subsidiary AgustaWestland, of corruption charges involving a multi-crore deal with India for VVIP helicopters.

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    HALL OF FAME
    Kelly Johnson (1910-1990)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Johnson’s method was to assemble an exceedingly small team of elite engineers in close proximity in an environment where innovation, creativity and productivity could flourish

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    LAST WORD
    An Opportunity Squandered
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Delays in taking decisions in the procurement of military hardware has adverse effect on the modernisation process of the Indian armed forces which in turn has implications for national security

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    Eric Chen, previously President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, succeeds Laurence Barron as Chairman of Airbus China. George Xu has been appointed CEO of Airbus China.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Quick RoundUp

    Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Russian PGMs for India

    Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared the procurement of 240 bombs, at a cost of 1254 crore from M/s JSC Rosonboron Exports, Russia.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    India’s Most Lethal Missile Agni-V Successfully Test-Fired

    On January 18, 2018, India has successfully test-fired its most lethal, indigenously-designed and built 5000km range intercontinental, surface-to-surface, nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

    India plans to test an extended-range variant of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile by the end of this year. New Delhi has already tested a 400km variant of the missile...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Russia Releases Infographic on Sukhoi Su-57 Fighter

    The PAK FA Programme involves the design, production and delivery of a fifthgeneration fighter aircraft to the Russian Air Force which will increase its combat potential.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Additional Contract for F-35

    Amid fresh UN-imposed sanctions on North Korea and further bellicose threats made by Pyongyang, Japanese and South Korean media have reported that their respective governments are considering additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighter orders.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) for UAE

    The UAE has expressed interest in purchasing India’s indigenous Astra BVRAAM to arm its fleet of Mirage 2000-9 fighter aircraft.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    RFP for Tejas

    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has received a RFP from the IAF for 83 Tejas Mk-1A light combat aircraft (LCA). The RFP comes following the November 2016 clearance for funds for the programme...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    DRDO Successfully Conducts Interceptor Missile Test

    Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System of DRDO has successfully scored a direct hit on incoming missile on December 28, 2017 from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    China’s Wing Loong II Reconnaissance-cum-Armed UAV

    A recent flight by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s Wing Loong II has set a new record with the UAV hitting five successive targets with five separate types of missiles.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    RFP for Indigenous Light Combat Helicopter

    HAL has received a RFP from the IAF and the Indian Army for 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH). The LCH is a 5.5-tonne class, combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF ) Contract for Boeing

    Boeing is to carry out repair and support services for the RSAF following the award of a US Air Force $480.4 million fixed-price-incentive-firm contract which comes as a 100 percent FMS to the Gulf kingdom...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Boeing Contract for Qatar

    Boeing has been awarded a $6.1 billion USAF contract as part of Qatar’s F-15 programme. The deal provides for the FMS requirement to procure 36 new F-15QA aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | AMERICAS
    Missile Defence Agency (MDA) orders THAAD

    MDA has almost tripled its production orders for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptors from the system’s manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: SPACE | ASIA PACIFIC
    ISRO Launches 100th Satellite

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed into orbit its 100th satellite “Cartosat 2” on January 12, 2018. The Cartosat 2 satellite was the main payload of ISRO Polar...