SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 02-14

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Issue Features

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    Balance the Fleet
    By Group Captain (Retd) Joseph Noronha

    If all goes well, around 2035, the IAF will have a range of transport aircraft that will enable it to meet any airlift requirement, whether strategic or tactical.

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    Is Delay Affordable?
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    As per the OEM, delivery of the Rafale can begin only three years after signing of the contract. As things stand today, it appears the contract may be signed only by March 31, 2015...

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    Sophistication with Simplicity
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    The concept underlying the philosophy of a Special Mission Aircraft is to combine sophistication with simplicity

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    IAF’s Rotarywing Assets
    By Group Captain (Retd) A.K. Sachdev

    The ongoing acquisitions would definitely bolster the IAF’s helicopter fleet to a capability level higher than what it is today.

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    Multi-role Maritime Helicopters
    By Lt General (Retd) Naresh Chand

    The RFI is for helicopters with a maximum all-up weight of between 9 tonnes and 12.5 tonnes.

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    Going Unmanned
    By Group Captain (Retd) B. Menon

    None of the UAVs in India have any stealth features. All of these are slow when compared to manned aircraft and have smaller payload capabilities.

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    Self-reliance & Sustainability
    By Air Marshal (Retd) Dhiraj Kukreja

    The aerospace sector, military and civil, has bright prospects as the demand for air travel and military aircraft will only increase in the coming decades.

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    Time for Private Intervention
    By Group Captain (Retd) A.K. Sachdev

    The stunted growth of aviation manufacturing industry is largely attributable to the fact that public sector has been at the forefront of this industry at the cost of keeping deserving...

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    Embraer, Bombardier to Grab Lion’s Share
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Forecast International has stated that demand for air travel in developing countries will create a market...

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    Embraer’s Strategic Foray into China
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Realising the potential for exponential economic growth, the Chinese Government has embarked on policy liberalisation in the aviation sector.

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    William Boeing (1881 - 1956)
    By Group Captain (Retd) Joseph Noronha, Goa

    He was a perfectionist and a visionary. The secret of his success was his passion for adventure and the gift of taking chances at the right moment.

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

    With over 500 companies both from India and abroad participating, Defexpo 2014 ought to provide opportunities for the original equipment manufacturers to showcase the latest technologies and products...

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    GSLV-D5 Launched Succesfully
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    As a New Year gift to the nation, on January 5, 2014, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-D5 with an indigenous cryogenic engine from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre entering a select club of nations.

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    Introspection is the Key not Blacklisting
    By Air Marshal (Retd) B.K. Pandey

    Blacklisting of foreign companies or cancellation of tenders, impede technological upgrade of the indigenous industry.