SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 9-2015

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    CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (IAF) INTERVIEW
    Scaling new heights!

    On the occasion of the 83rd Anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman, Chiefs of the Staff Committee, spoke to Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief, SP’s Aviation

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    FIGHTERS
    Rafale: So Near, So Far

    Inordinate delay in the finalisation of the deal for 36 Rafale jets could well undermine the efforts of the IAF to modernise its combat fleet

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    HELICOPTERS
    The Future

    Advances in technology have led to significant improvements in rotorcraft

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    FORCE MULTIPLIERS
    More Force to the Force

    Since fresh induction of combat aircraft is beset with uncertainty, the IAF is pursuing force multipliers with renewed vigour in order to enhance its combat potential

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    TRANSPORT
    Reaching Everywhere Every Time

    To exploit the full potential of air power, the IAF’s transport fleet needs to be equipped for all contingencies, strategic as well as tactical, during war and peace

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    TRAINER AIRCRAFT
    Trainers in IAF

    The fleet of trainer aircraft in the IAF that plays a critical role in building strong foundations has been in disarray over the last decade

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    MARKETING FEATURE
    UAC: IAF's Reliable Partner

    For many years Russia and even the Soviet Union has been Indian Air Force prime supplier delivering a variety of Sukhoi, MiG, Ilyushin and Antonov aircraft.

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    INTERVIEW | INDUSTRY
    Expanding Global Footprint Through M&A

    SP’s Aviation spoke to Robert Mullins, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio & Business Development, Cobham Plc and H. Shankar Managing Director, Cobham India, to know more about the company’s global and India strategies.

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    EXCLUSIVE | SPANISH AMBASSADOR
    IAF is Exceptional: Gustavo de Aristegui

    The Ambassador of Spain in India, Gustavo de Aristegui, in an interaction with Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief of SP’s Aviation, explains how Spain has in the last about four years deepened ties with India...

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    VIEWPOINT | CHINA
    China's Strategic Expansion

    In the recent years, China has embarked on consolidating her control over the South China Sea, an area over which she claims indisputable sovereignty

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    FIRST
    Water on Mars!

    NASA confirms evidence that liquid water flows on today’s Mars

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    SPACE | GSLV
    Feather in Cap India's Space Voyage

    Through the successful development of the cryogenic engine, ISRO has not only scripted a new chapter in its history, but has ensured substantial financial gains for the nation

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    CIVIL | REGIONAL AVIATION
    Southern Comfort

    Presently, India has 14 scheduled operators including one cargo operator and three regional operators, all the three from South India

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    CIVIL | INFRASTRUCTURE
    Infrastructure for ATF?

    Under the proposed special purpose vehicle it is mandated to set up fuel farms to be operated on the lines of an open access model across major airports

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | AIR CHARTER
    Fraught with Challenges

    The government should take decisive steps to improve infrastructure, nurture healthy competition, rationalise taxes and airport charges and such other liberal policies to boost growth...

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    Hall of Fame
    Willa Brown (1906-92)

    Unfazed by the racial prejudice that pervaded the country, Willa Brown became an activist for racial equality and strove to dismantle as many barriers as possible

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    A Word from Editor-in-Chief

    As the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 83rd anniversary, we look back with an overwhelming sense of pride at the role this glorious organisation has played both in war and peace especially after independence.

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    Last Word
    Need Autonomy

    The moot point is whether or not, Ashwani Lohani can replicate his achievements in the past in his new assignment as the CMD of the national carrier