Category — Aviation & Aerospace

India to Buy $317 Million in Training Services for Boeing P-8i

India’s Ministry of Defense approved the purchase of Boeing‘s P-8I Training Solution along with a 10-year comprehensive maintenance service for $317 million. This training solution accurately simulates P-8I aircraft and mission systems, and will help the Indian Navy train and realistically rehearse for sophisticated missions involving P-8I aircraft.

The P-8I for Indian Navy, courtesy Boeing

The P-8I for India’s Navy, courtesy Boeing

This aircraft is equipped for long range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations. Its communication and sensor suite include equipment developed by state-owned defense and private manufacturers.

January 9, 2018   No Comments

India’s Supersonic Missile Interceptor Successfully Test Fired

On December 28, 2017, India successfully test-fired its in-house designed and developed Advanced Air Defense (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any low altitude incoming ballistic missile. This was the third supersonic interceptor test carried out for the year.

The single stage solid rocket-propelled AAD interceptor missile is part of India’s planned two-layered ballistic missile defense system and is designed to shoot down incoming enemy missiles at altitudes of 12-25 miles. According to sources at India’s Defense Research Development Organization who organized the test, the AAD interceptor destroyed an incoming Prithvi ballistic missile within 18.5 miles of the earth’s atmosphere.

Sub-sonic missile

The interceptor is a guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator. It has its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking and homing capabilities, and sophisticated radars. It can intercept medium-range ballistic missiles traveling at speeds of Mach 3 to 8.

January 9, 2018   No Comments

Startups in India’s Defense Sector Forge Ahead

With the Government of India permitting 100 percent foreign direct investment in India’s defense industry, many startups in India’s private sector have started to design technologies that can be used in manufacturing defense equipment.

Bangalore-based Aadyah Aerospace builds electro-mechanical actuators, control actuation systems and electro-optics systems for missiles and launch vehicles.

Since military equipment can’t always be tested on the field, CM Envirosystems, another Bangalore-based startup designs and manufactures environmental test chambers which simulate real environmental conditions. The company provided these environmental test systems for Agni, India’s ballistic missiles program.

A smartphone with Start Up displayed on it

Samhams Technologies, ideaForge and Omnipresent Robotics are creating better quality drones that can be used in cloudy and foggy environs.

Entrepreneur says that biotech engineer Leo Mavely, founder of Axio realized the importance of the untapped healthcare market in the defense sector. His product Axiostat is a sterile, single-use haemostatic dressing intended to be used for temporary control of moderate to severe bleeding of wounds. Malvey added that the company has supplied these dressings to one hundred battalions in India, and have also shipped around 350,000 units worldwide.

Bangalore-based Tonbo Imaging makes digital imaging systems for equipment such as guns, unmanned aerial vehicles, and battle tanks. It earns nearly 80% of its revenues from the Indian defense services. This startup specializes in products such as advanced night-vision cameras, fire control systems, and advanced weaponry through “nature-inspired technology.”

December 29, 2017   No Comments

In India, Lockheed Martin to Focus on Women-led Startups

Having supported startups in India for more than a decade, many of which were led by women, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin plans to invest in technology startups, with a special focus on women-founded ones, says its deputy executive vice president Lorraine M. Martin.

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Martin recounted initiatives to encourage women to join the technology manufacturing workforce and toward inspiring them at early ages towards science, technology, engineering and math. She said, “We (at Lockheed Martin) would like to have half the workforce as women, which is what our population is. All the studies have shown that diverse workplaces are more productive. Studies show that companies with women in senior leadership perform better.”

 Lockheed Martin’s India Innovation Growth Program offers $2 million a year of resources and mentoring to startups through competition. The company has partnered with the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, and with the Tata Trust, that has helped to double their resources, Martin told the Economic Times.

December 22, 2017   No Comments

GE, India’s Tata to Manufacture Jet Engine Components

GE Aviation, a division of Boston-based General Electric, and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., entered into a partnership to manufacture components for engine-maker CFM International at a new factory that they will build in Hyderabad, India. (CFM International is a joint venture between GE Aviation, and Safran Aircraft Engines of France.)

The components made in India will go into the LEAP engine used in the new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX planes, both of which are part of GE’s global supply chain.

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The two companies will also pursue military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the India market. Parent group Tata Sons said that a new Center of Excellence will be set up to help develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing in India and build related capabilities, reports Mint.

“We look forward to working with GE to build more expertise and strengthen India’s defense manufacturing capabilities,” said N. Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons.

December 15, 2017   No Comments