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CCS clears 3rd Production line for LCA-Tejas
According to Government sources closer to India Today, CCS meet chaired by PM Narendra Modi cleared a proposal to ramp up the production of indigenously built LCA Tejas fighters. CCS meet was chaired yesterday by PM Modi and one of the crucial agenda was approval for HAL to set up third Tejas production line. HAL already has identified land near Nekkundi for setting up structural assembly hangar, process shop and sheet metal shop, among others. But CCS clearance will allow HAL to start the process of seeking various clearance and also prepare a report for capital expenditure required for the new facility. Defence Analyst Ranesh Rajan speaking to idrw.org informed that CCS Nod only means HAL Proposal has been approved and final clearance is still far away but still can be seen has positive progress and it is expected that in next few years a 3rd production line facility will be established to execute Indian air force orders placed for 83 Tejas MK1A .
Tejas’ to prove its mettle with 8 ‘G’ maneuvers during Aero India 2017
Made-in-India ‘Tejas’ fighter jet will demonstrate its combat-readiness with the challenging and risky 8 “G” maneuver during Aero India 2017 commencing on February 14.This will be the first demonstration of this maneuver after the fighter jets joined the IAF fleet as the new “Flying Daggers’ 45” squadron in July 2016. Such a tight climb and turn are executed by fighter jets during combat, soon after firing an air-to-air missile. The 8 “G” maneuver was one of the key operations mandated by the IAF for Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of ‘Tejas.’
SAAB offers Maritime Gripen to Indian Navy
Swedish aircraft manufacturer SAAB plans to offer the maritime variant of its Gripen single engine fighter jet in response to the Navy’s tender for 57 carrier-based aircraft.
Last month, the government had issued a Request for Information (RFI) “to procure approximately 57 Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighters (MRCBF) for the aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy.”
“Gripen is in the process of responding to the RFI for maritime aircraft,” Tony Ogilvy, Head of Marketing of Gripen Maritime, said on Friday.
The maritime variant of Gripen is based on the latest Gripen-E variant, however there is no flying prototype yet. “We have a certified design for the Gripen-M. We have to now go into prototype building now
Intech DMLS launches India’s first indigenously developed jet engines
Intech DMLS Limited, a metal 3D printing provider and metal additive manufacturing establishment in aviation sector, has launched the country’s first indigenously developed jet engine series.
“Jet engines has been developed by a private establishment and augurs well for the industry in looking inwards for innovation in the high technology aviation sector,” said Sridhar Balaram, Founder and Managing Director, Intech DMLS.
The company established in 2012 and has its headquarters in Bengaluru specialises in metal 3D printing provider and metal additive manufacturing. With this India has become the first country in Asia and only the fourth country after the US, Europe and Israel to indigenously develop such an engine in the private space.
Jointly developed Indo-Israeli Barak-8 Missile test fired at Sea
Israel Aerospace Industries’ Barak-8 surface-to-air missile was recently test-fired at sea to verify its capabilities.
The Barak-8 is operated by the armed forces of Israel and India as a means to defend against airborne threats including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and cruise missiles.
The weapon system’s features include all-weather supersonic skimmers for high-altitude targets, standalone data link optimizing task forces, and a vertical launch capability. The system can be used to engage multiple targets at a time during sever saturation scenarios.
BMD interceptor test a success!
India today successfully test-fired its interceptor missile off the coast of Bay of Bengal, marking major milestone towards developing a Ballistic Missile Defence system.
The interceptor was launched from A P J Abdul Kalam Island (earlier known as Wheeler Island) at about 7:45am, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
This test flight is for engaging the targets in the region at an altitude above 50 km of earth’s atmosphere”, our New Delhi correspondent reports quoting a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) official.
“Both, the interceptor and the two-stage target missile were successfully engaged,” he said.
The target was a simulated hostile Ballistic Missile approaching from more than 2000km away was launched from a ship anchored in the Bay of Bengal.