SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 5-2018

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    MILITARY | VIEWPOINT
    Desire to Preserve History of the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Inducted in 1946, the Dakota was an iconic platform and in the initial years of post-independence India, was the mainstay of the transport fleet of the IAF

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    MILITARY | EXERCISE
    "Gagan Shakti" Aerial Might on Display!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Exercise Gagan Shakti will also convey a message to Pakistan and China that any threat emanating from them, would be dealt with in a befitting manner

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    MILITARY | EXERCISE
    "Gagan Shakti" May Give China & Pakistan a Cause for Concern
    By Arpita Kala

    11000 sorties by 1100 aircraft, disaster-relief evacuation drills and more, the air warriors are ‘shaking the heavens and splitting the Earth’

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    INDUSTRY | BOEING
    US Aerospace Industry and Boeing's Standing
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    One of the aerospace majors in the United States (US) is the Boeing Company that is virtually the pillar of strength for the US aerospace industry

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    INDUSTRY | VIEWPOINT
    A Powerful Impetus for 'Make in India'
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Production of a fighter aircraft in India through a joint venture, will provide a major impetus to the Make in India programme in the Indian aerospace industry

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    CIVIL | SPICEJET
    SpiceJet an Emerging Leader
    By Arpita Kala

    While rivals battle controversies, the low-frills carrier kicks off the new financial year with impressive accolades

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | EUROPE
    Have European Private Jets Finally Emerged from the Great Recession?
    By Arpita Kala

    Rising from the ashes of 2008 economic crisis and dispelling Brexit fears, business aviators gear up for the upcoming EBACE 2018

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | GULFSTREAM
    Tailored to Mission Requirements
    By Roger Sperry

    When the G500 and G600 enter the market, they will offer the same high-speed capabilities as the G650 and G650ER and give customers additional range option for diverse business needs

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    UAVS | TECHNOLOGY
    Trending Now — Drones
    By Joseph Noronha

    The US has a lead in military UAV development in the world, but China is swiftly closing the gap, thanks to intellectual property theft, reverse engineering and innovative skills

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    BY THE WAY | CANTONMENT TALES
    Kalki Koechlin Knows How to Fly, Courtesy Her Dad
    By Arpita Kala

    The Dev.D actor tells us how daddy Joel Koechlin’s experiments with making light sport aircraft shaped her childhood

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

    In the first week of April this year, a RFI for 110 fighter aircraft, single or twin-engine, was issued. Hopefully this will be pursued by the Ministry of Defence with vigour and the numbers will be appropriately enhanced to close the ever increasing deficiency in the combat fleet

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    HALL OF FAME
    Ernst Udet (1896-1941)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Udet’s superiors soon recognised his suitability as a fighter pilot on account of his aggressive attitude and he found himself in a fighter unit flying the new Fokker EIII.

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    LAST WORD
    5th Gen Fighter – Still a Distant Dream
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    In its overall assessment, the IAF did not consider the FGFA platform suitable for induction and recommended cancellation of the project.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    On April 17, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company elected Nelson Krahenbuhl Salgado, as an interim measure, for the position of Executive Vice-President Finance and Investor Relations, replacing José Antonio de Almeida...

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Quick RoundUp

    Czech Republic’s Aero Vodochody will team up with Israel Aerospace Industries to improve and market the light attack and trainer aircraft L-159. According to the technical and marketing cooperation agreement...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Defence Planning Committee

    The inaugural meeting of the Defence Planning Committee (DPC) was held on May 3, 2018 under the Chairmanship of the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    India Seeks Armed UAVs

    The Indian government has announced its intention to amend a deal with the Pentagon. Instead of buying 22 unarmed Guardian naval surveillance drones, New Delhi now favours the acquisition of armed drones...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    China’s Fourth-Generation Fighter Aircraft

    China’s fourth-generation J-10C Chengdu fighter aircraft has entered operational service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Pakistan Test-Fires Enhanced Cruise Missile

    In a statement on April 14, 2018, Pakistan’s military said that it has conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of the locally-developed Babur cruise missile.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Boeing’s AGM-84 Missile for Saudi Arabia

    The production line of the AGM-84 Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) is being restarted all for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Israel Considering Procurement of V-22 Osprey

    Israel is considering joining the potential procurement of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft with a larger heavy-lift package that aims to replace its fleet of aged CH-53 Yasur helicopters.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Lockheed Martin ’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)

    The first range test of Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C LRASM from an F/A-18 Super Hornet will take place later this year.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)

    Marine Corps’ F/A-18 Super Hornet squadrons have fired the APKWS during recent training. The low-cost 2.75 rocket utilises a laser guidance kit that gives it a precision-kill capability and allows the Super Hornet pilots...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Contract for Lockheed Martin for THAAD

    Lockheed Martin received on April 17, 2018, a $200 million modification for continued Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) and Patriot system integration work.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    US Air Force Opens Space Training to Allies

    During her keynote speech at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, on April 17, 2018, citing the National Defense Strategy, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that beginning in 2019...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Arms Transfer and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

    On April 19, 2018, President Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum approving a new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy. He has also established a new Administration policy...

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    NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Oxygen Systems for South Korea’s KF-X9

    British aerospace equipment manufacturer Cobham has been selected by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to provide oxygen systems for South Korea’s indigenous fighter KF-X.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | AMERICAS
    Successful Test of a Partially-3D Printed Warhead

    Orbital ATK announced the successful test of a partially-3D printed warhead designed for hypersonic weapons on March 29, 2018. The testing comes just sixty days after conception...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | EUROPE
    ILA 2018 Air Show Takes Off In Berlin

    ILA Berlin opened on April 25, 2018 and will close on April 29. Now in its 109th year, the bi-annual event held South of Berlin, presents modern aircraft, new air and space technology and features a programme of displays...