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Telephonics of New York Partners with Mahindra

CNN Money reports that India’s Mahindra Defense Systems, a Mahindra Group company, and Telephonics Corporation, a Griffon company announced that their joint venture in India, Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems (MTIS), has begun manufacturing the RDR Series of Airborne Weather Radars at their Prithla facility near Delhi. This is the first airborne radar manufactured in the private sector in India.

“Manufacturing of our RDR airborne weather radar is a key milestone. We are pleased with both the progress MTIS has made, and with the support of our joint venture partner, Mahindra and Mahindra,” expressed Joseph Battaglia, president and CEO of Telephonics.

“MTIS continues to make significant progress in its charter to build an indigenous capability to support aerospace and defense programs leveraging the advanced technologies offered by our partner Telephonics,” said S. P. Shukla, member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and group president, Aerospace and Defense.

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July 3, 2015   No Comments

India Keen to Utilize U.S. Expertise For Next-gen Aircraft Carrier

 India is hoping to incorporate American expertise in catapult launch technology into its recently announced indigenous 65,000-ton aircraft carrier INS Vishaal, India’s most ambitious aircraft carrier project. This was disclosed after the signing of the 10 year U.S.-India Enhanced Defense Framework Agreement by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

INS Vishaal will carry an increased number of aircraft and helicopters, so  a key technological requirement for it is the catapult assisted takeoff but arrested recovery capability. India is also interested in the latest American Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arrester Wire System for the new carrier reports Defense World.Net.

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June 8, 2015   No Comments

India Evinces Interest in ISTAR Aircraft

Airforce-technology.com reports that India has offered to buy two intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance – ISTAR – aircraft from Raytheon on a government-to-government basis. These planes use an active electronically scanned array radar which is able to increase the ground-detection capabilities of the air force by scanning targets at distances greater than 18,641 miles in a minute, and analyzing that data in 10 to 15 minutes to identify the targets. The request was made to visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, when he was in New Delhi earlier this month.

Source: Raytheon

Source: Raytheon

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June 8, 2015   No Comments

India’s Top Leaders to Fly in Modified Boeing 777 Aircraft

The Defense Acquisition Council of India has approved the acquisition of two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from the national carrier Air India for the dedicated use of the Prime Minister and the President of the nation. These aircraft will then be specially configured for travel by Boeing which will also install sophisticated advanced self-protection suites to jam and beat hostile incoming missiles besides having encrypted satellite communication facilities reports Defense World.

Boeing 777-300ER

Boeing 777-300ER

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June 5, 2015   No Comments

Airbus Partners with India’s TASL to Build Transport Aircraft in India

In a historic decision taken by the Defense Acquisition Council, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) will partner with Airbus in a $2 billion deal to manufacture the C-295 transport aircraft that will replace the aging Avro transport planes. This decision is expected to pave the way for the establishment of an aerospace infrastructure in the private sector.

“Airbus had bid jointly  with TASL for the Avro transport aircraft replacement tender with the hope that they [Airbus and TASL] will together draw major plans to join hands in the aero market, including joint production of a variety of helicopters,” an executive of the Tata group said.

Airbus C 295 Transport Plane

Airbus C 295 Transport Plane

The council also approved the purchase of 145 M777 ultralight howitzers from the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems on a government-to-government basis, along with a proposal for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to jointly produce Ka-226T helicopters with Russia. The Ka-226T twin-engine helicopters will replace India’s Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

Defense News mentions that the proposals cleared by Defense Acquisition Council just need to be  approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the prime minister. The India Expert does not expect any problem with such approvals.

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June 5, 2015   No Comments