SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 7-2021

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    SPACE | TOURISM
    Pacing up to get beyond the borders
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    With ambitious plans awaiting, for the future of space travel, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX are transforming the space industry and getting attention on the sector

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    SPACE | ISRO
    India Advancing towards its first human spaceflight mission
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    ISRO successfully conducts the third long duration hot test of the liquid propellant Vikas Engine for the core L110 liquid stage of the human rated GSLV MkIII vehicle

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    CIVIL | REGIONAL AVIATION
    Embraer’s E2 Jets Score over Turboprops
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The largest aircraft in the E-Jet E2 family, the E195-E2, has been designed and developed to maximise returns and provide appreciable levels of efficiency on high-density routes

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    EXCLUSIVE

    VIEWPOINT | IAF
    Strong and Potent Aerospace Force
    By Air Chief Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (Retd)

    Over the last couple of decades, Indian Air Force has evolved to become strong and potent, capable of mounting operations 24x7 and launching independent operations from a ‘cold start’

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    VIEWPOINT | IAF
    Role of Indian Air Force In The Future
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The statement by the CDS regarding the role of the IAF being merely to support operations by the Indian Army, has been somewhat disconcerting for personnel across the spectrum in the IAF

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    MILITARY | RAFALE
    Rafale Operationalised as Delivery Progresses
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    India receives the seventh batch of Rafale aircraft, making the total fleet as 24 out of the 36 from the deal

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    MILITARY | DRONES
    Drone Attacks: Are We Prepared Enough?
    By Lt General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    While the discussion around the use of armed drones is not new, not only do these concerns remain unresolved but, with drone warfare continuing to expand and evolve, new layers are being added to the controversies posed by the use of armed drones

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    CIVIL | DRONES
    Analysing Draft Drone Policy
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The new Drone Policy is aimed at making it easier for companies and individuals to operate Drones, while also streamlining the certification process for manufacturers, importers and users

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | SUPERSONIC
    The First Supersonic Business Jet Shuts Before Production
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The Nevada-based company that was expecting to begin output of the first planes in 2023, was hit hard by a financial crisis

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    CIVIL | SUPERSONIC
    Economics of Supersonic
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Aerion’s shut down brings Concorde’s ceased memories, and yet other optimistic names are paving a way for supersonic travel in the decade ahead

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

    In the interest of National Security, it is of utmost importance that role of the IAF in future military operations is not undermined by the policy makers and the thought leaders in the military establishment of India. Without any doubt, the IAF has evolved into a strong and potent aerospace power, capable of launching independent operations from a cold start

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Visit by Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Indian Air Force, to Bangladesh
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Indian Air Force (IAF), paid a two-day visit to the neighbouring country Bangladesh on the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart, Air Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan.

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    HALL OF FAME
    Gerhard Barkhorn (1919 - 1983)
    By Joseph Noronha

    In March 1944 Barkhorn was awarded Germany’s second highest decoration – the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for 250 aerial victories

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    LAST WORD
    Drone Threats Intensify
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Drone attacks on the air base at Jammu on June 27, clearly shows the immediate requirement of anti-drone systems to protect vital military and civil infrastructure in the country

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Ajay Bhatt takes over as Minister of State for Defence

    Ajay Bhatt took over as Minister of state for defence on July 8, 2021. After assuming charge, he called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at his office in South Block.

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Eighth Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called for an open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific based on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations while addressing the 8th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus on June 16, 2021.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Essential Defence Services Bill

    The Government introduced ‘The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021’ in the Lok Sabha on July 22, which seeks to prohibit any agitation and strike by anyone engaged in the essential defence services.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on a Three Day Visit to Ladakh

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Ladakh from June 27-29, 2021. In his address, Rajnath Singh lauded the unparalleled dedication of the veterans in ensuring safety and security of the nation, reiterating the Government’s commitment towards the welfare of the ex-servicemen.

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    DRDO Successfully Flight Tests New Generation Agni P Ballistic Missile

    DRDO successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore on June 28, 2021.

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    DRDO Successfully Flight-Tests Surface-to-Air Missile Akash-NG

    Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flighttested the Akash New Generation (NG) Missile system, a surface-to-air missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha on July 21, 2021.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Tata Boeing Aerospace Delivers 100th Fuselage for the AH-64 Apache

    Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) announced the delivery of the 100th fuselage for the AH-64 Apache combat helicopter to Boeing from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hyderabad.

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    NEWS DIGEST: INDUSTRY | EUROPE
    Airbus Expects Green Hydrogen to Power its Future Zero-Emission Aircraft by 2035

    Green hydrogen is a critical part of Airbus’ strategy to lead the decarbonisation of the aviation industry.

  • NEWS DIGEST
    Appointments

    On July 8, 2021, Ajay Bhatt, a Member of Parliament from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar constituency, Uttarakhand, took over as Minister of State for Defence...
    Boeing Company named Brian West as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 27, 2021...

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    QuickRoundUp

    Underscoring its growing popularity with operators worldwide, Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite now equips more than 500 H135, H145, H160 and H175 rotorcraft around the world with over half a million flight hours logged to date by this fleet.