SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 10-2021

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    MILITARY | VIEWPOINT
    Powering the LCA Tejas MK 1A
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The deal for 100 GE F404 engines would help further strengthen ties between India and the US especially after the latter has declared India to be its major defence partner

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    MILITARY | 50 YEARS
    50th Anniversary of the Indo-Pak War 1971
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Overall, the conclave was an extremely enlightening experience not only on the war with Pakistan in December 1971; but more so the prevailing geopolitical and geostrategic disposition of the nation

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    MILITARY | EXERCISE
    More Advanced, More Innovative ‘Blue Flag’ 2021
    By SP’s Correspondent

    After two weeks that filled Israeli skies with fighter jets from around the world, the fifth Blue Flag exercise ended with each participating air force returning with the experience and knowledge gained at the largest and most advanced international exercise ever held in Israel

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    REGIONAL AVIATION | E2 OPERATORS
    Leading Operators
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Launched in the market in 2013, Embraer believes E2 to be the ideal tool for operators wanting to enter new markets and take advantage of new opportunities

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    REGIONAL AVIATION | E2 OPERATORS
    Bamboo Airways Announces New Nonstop Routes
    By SP’s Correspondent

    On October 14, flight QH1692 connecting Hanoi and Dien Bien touched down at Dien Bien Phu Airport, marking Bamboo Airways’ launch of nonstop Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City – Dien Bien routes.

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | GULFSTREAM
    Never Resting on the Laurels
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The future has landed as Gulfstream reveals G800 - its longest-range aircraft, and G400 - its first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | NBAA-BACE 2021
    Shines After the Pandemic Pause
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    With sustainability taking the centre stage, innovation emerging in many forms, some of the most advanced aircraft flying in, industry stalwarts inspiring the next generation, and discussions defining the path for the future, the event was a hand full

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    CIVIL | AKASA AIR
    New Kid on the Block
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Airlines gearing up for 2022 start. The new airline has recently received NOC from the Ministry of Civil Aviation

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    TECHNOLOGY | ROSOBORONEXPORT
    Rosoboronexport showcased latest security equipment and solutions at Interpolitex 2021

    At Interpolitex-2021, Rosoboronexport promoted civilian and dual-use products, special equipment for law enforcement and security agencies, developed and manufactured by leading Russian companies.

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

    With the launch of G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream history, and the G400, the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade, Gulfstream is displaying a bold vision and revolutionising business travel through their endless pursuit of excellence and innovation

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Launch of GSLV-F10
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Early morning on Thursday, August 12, 2021, the GSLV-F10 rocket carrying Earth Observation Satellite EOS-03 successfully blasted off from the spaceport at Sriharikota. As the 26-hour countdown for Thursday’s launch concluded, the 51.70-metre tall rocket lifted off majestically at 05.43 am from the second launch pad at this spaceport.

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    HALL OF FAME
    The Magnificent Mustang P-51
    By Joseph Noronha

    By the time Mustang production ceased in 1946, 15,469 aircraft had been built. It last saw military service with the Dominican Air Force and was retired in 1984

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    LAST WORD
    Need to Achieve the Status of OEM
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The deal with Airbus for 56 C295 aircraft will certainly provide an opportunity for the Indian private sector to enter the technologically intensive and highly competitive aviation industry

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    NEWS DIGEST
    Defence Minister asks forces to be ready at short notice on “volatile” border
    By Vishal Thapar

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asked India’s armed forces to be ready to respond to the “volatile situation” on the borders at short notice in the face of any contingency.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Rajnath Singh Chairs Ambassadors’ Round Table for DefExpo 2022

    In a major outreach to the friendly foreign countries as also to the defence manufacturing industries of the world, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the Ambassadors’ Round Table for DefExpo 2022, in New Delhi on October 25, 2021.

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    Boeing Delivers Eleventh P-8I to The Indian Navy

    Boeing is continuing to expand the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 11th P-8I on October 18, 2021.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    DRDO and IAF Jointly Flight Test Longrange Bomb Successfully

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) team jointly flight tested successfully the indigenously developed Long-Range Bomb (LRB) from an aerial platform on October 29, 2021 at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA-PACIFIC
    11th Defence Technology & Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting Held

    The DTTI Group meeting between India and the US was held in the virtual mode on November 9, 2021. The meeting was co-chaired by the Secretary Defence Production, Raj Kumar from Ministry of Defence & PTDO (Performing the Duties of) Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment from US Department...

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | AMERICAS
    USMC Acquires 2 MQ-9A Reapers

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) completed the transfer of two MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to the US Marine Corps on October 15, 2021.

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    Appointments

    Rajiv Bansal took charge as the Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday, October 1, 2021.
    Air Marshal J. Chalapati VSM, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, has taken over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command with effect from October 3, 2021.

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    QuickRoundUp

    On October 11 this year, Airbus Helicopter announced that its Helicopters UH-72 Lakota fleet has exceeded the one million flight-hour mark, some 15 years after the first Lakota UH-72A entered service for the US Army in 2006, following the first delivery of the newest UH-72B to the National Guard.