SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 4-2019

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    MILITARY | ANALYSIS
    “The IAF Lives Up to Its Motto to Touch the Sky with Glory in Darkness and by Day”
    By Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis (Retd)

    The highly complex Balakot operation was planned and conducted by the IAF through outstanding team work within the service, as well as with other government agencies

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    CIVIL | FINANCE
    Leasing & Finance Market
    By Satyendra Pandey

    That India is forecast to be the third largest aviation market globally by 2030, is evidenced by the massive fleet orders where there are over a thousand aircraft on order

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    CIVIL | ENVIRONMENT
    Lower Emission and Higher Flight Hours: A Necessity for Future
    By Zorawar Singh Jaiswal

    The aviation sector has recognised the need to minimise emissions to sustain air operations in the years to come

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | CHINA
    A Story of Tentative Growth
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The anti-corruption drive in 2015 did briefly jerk the business jet market in China but further on with the economic boost, the market shows immense promise despite regulatory issues

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | GULFSTREAM
    Gulfstream Sees Nearly 40 Per cent Increase in Fleet Sales in China, Large-Cabin Aircraft Lead Regional Market
    By Roger Sperry

    Since 2014, Gulfstream Aerospace has seen its fleet in Greater China grow by more than 35 per cent; and by more than 24 per cent overall in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    SPACE | ANALYSIS
    Mission Shakti
    By Air Marshal S.B.P. Sinha (Retd)

    With this test, India joins an exclusive group of space faring nations consisting of USA, Russia and China.

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    SPACE | A-SAT TEST
    India Dismisses NASA Concerns
    By Vishal Thapar & Ayushee Chaudhary

    Debris to clear in 45 days & poses no threat to International Space Station, says DRDO chief, while declaring a satellite kill range of 1,000 km

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

    The Balakot air strike was the first time after the Indo-Pak war of 1971 that the IAF has been authorised to operate across the international border

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Additional Su-30MKI Fighters for the Indian Air Force
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    In an effort to arrest the shortfall in the combat fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF), India has asked Russia to help build another squadron of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets at the factory of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at Nashik in Western India.

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    HALL OF FAME
    SR-71 – Catch Me If You Can!
    By Joseph Noronha

    The SR-71 Blackbird soon set records as the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft – a distinction it held throughout its memorable career

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    LAST WORD
    Review Defence Procurement Procedure
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The process of procurement of urgently required military hardware including weapon systems and combat aircraft as laid down by the DPP, certainly needs a fresh look

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    SPECIAL REPORT
    US Approves $2.6 Billion Sale of 24 MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters to India
    By Vishal Thapar

    Amidst heightened India-Pakistan military tensions, the US has approved a government-to-government sale of 24 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to India which will significantly bolster its anti-submarine warfare capability.

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    SPECIAL REPORT
    HAL Declares a Record Turnover of $2.8 Billion
    By Vishal Thapar

    Anxious to shed the reputation of a laggard, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on April 1 asserted that it is delivering ahead of schedule on a contract for 40 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) for the Indian Army and declared a robust financial performance with a record turnover for 2018-19.

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    SPECIAL REPORT
    Damage to Landing Spacecraft Delays India’s Moon Mission
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Chandrayaan-2, India’s second Moon mission which is aimed at landing a spacecraft on the surface of the lunar satellite, has been delayed further.

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    SPECIAL REPORT
    PSLV-C45 Successfully Launched EMISAT and 28 Global Satellites
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    In its first-three orbit mission, ISRO launched the PSLV-C45 at about 9:27 hours on Monday, April 1 from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

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    SPECIAL REPORT
    Tata picks up 20 per cent stake in Delhi Airport
    By Vishal Thapar

    The Tata Group is set to make its debut in India’s airport sector by picking up a 20 per cent stake in GMR Airports Ltd, which runs the Delhi airport - the country’s largest and Asia’s sixth biggest.

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    Air Marshal R. Nambiar Assumes the Command of Western Air Command as AOC-in-C. Air Marshal D. Choudhury has taken over as Senior Air Staff Officer, Western Air Command.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    MI-26T2V Helicopter Completes Preliminary Flight Tests

    Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has successfully completed preliminary flight tests of the Mi-26T2V helicopter.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Raytheon to Modernize Space Command and Control System

    The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and a consortium of tech firms led by Raytheon are modernizing and simplifying the legacy Space Defense Operations Center, a 1990s-era system that tracks and monitors space debris.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    US Air Force Contract for Lockheed Martin

    The US Air Force has contracted Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control with a $13.3 million modification for SNIPER Comprehensive Advanced Targeting Pod.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    Raytheon Contracted for Tactical Boost Glide Hypersonic Weapons Programme

    Raytheon has won a $63.3 million contract to further develop the Tactical Boost Glide hypersonic weapons programme.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | EUROPE
    Germany’s Tender for Heavy-Lift Helicopter

    Germany released tender documents for the Bundeswehr’s heavy-lift helicopter (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber, STH) on February 28, 2019 which set out the performance and programme details...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    BEL and Elbit Systems Sign TCA for HMDS

    Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Elbit Systems Limited, Israel, have signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement (TCA) for Licensed Manufacturing of Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS)/Helmet Pointing System...

  • NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    HAL Contract for Thales

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has awarded French company Thales a contract to supply 70-mm rocket launchers to the Indian Armed Forces.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | AMERICAS
    Piper Introduces New Trainer Aircraft

    Piper Aircraft announced two new value priced additions to its trainer-class line, the Piper Pilot 100 and Pilot 100i.

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    NEWS | DIGEST: INDUSTRY | AMERICAS
    Boeing’s Latest Unmanned Platform

    Boeing has introduced its newest Unmanned Platform, called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Boeing Australia designed the system, which is the company’s largest investment in a new aircraft outside the US.

  • NEWS | DIGEST: SPACE | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Egyptian Satellite EgyptSat-A Launched

    The Egyptian satellite EgyptSat-A, which is owned by Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences and built by RSC Energia, a Moscow-based aerospace contractor, was launched from the Baikonur...

  • NEWS | DIGEST
    Quick RoundUp

    The Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre has awarded Sallyport Global Holdings a not-to-exceed $375 million contract to provide base operations support, base life support and security services in support of the Iraq F-16 programme.