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Safran and HAL open Helicopter Engines MRO in Goa

Indian Defense Minister Mohan Parrikar inaugurates the HE MRO.

The Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar inaugurated Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO), a Joint Venture of Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), in Goa The maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility will offer services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti (a HAL co-development of the Safran Ardiden 1H1) engines installed on HAL-built helicopters from a 1,000 square metre office …

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Tata-Lockheed Martin delivers 50th C-130J empennage

Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL), a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin Aeroframe Corporation delivered the 50th C-130J Super Hercules empennage assembly on 16 September. TLMAL was established in 2010 and began production of C-130J Super Hercules airframe components in late 2011. TLMAL is the single global source of C-130J empennage assemblies included on …

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HAL competes first flight of Light Utility Helicopter

First flight of the HAL Light Utility Helicopter. HAL Image.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has completed the first flight if it’s new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The flight is reported to have lasted about 15 minutes and marks the commencement of the aircraft’s flight test program. The LUH is powered by Safran’s Ardiden 1U engine and is intended to replace the Indian air force’s aging Chetak and Cheetah fleet. It …

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France confirms Airbus A330 MRTT order

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has confirmed an order for a further eight A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft out of the original contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in November 2014. This brings France’s total firm order of the MRTT to nine, including the initial aircraft. The remaining three are scheduled to …

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India orders 22 Apache and 15 Chinook Helicopters

The Indian Ministry of Defence has finalized an order with Boeing for 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The order includes production, training and support of both the helicopters. The order which is worth around 2.5 billion US dollars, was cleared by the cabinet committee on security on the 22nd of this month just before …

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Indonesian C-130 crashes in Medan

An Indonesian Airforce Lockheed C-130 Hercules has crashed into a residential area in Medan, Indonesia’s third largest city. The aircraft took off from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on with around 113 people on board, but the aircraft made two stops in Pekanbaru and Dumai before it crashed, due to which it is not clear how many people were on the …

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Goverment clears Tata-Airbus C295 transport order

Airbus C295 military medium lift transport. Airbus image.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) government has cleared the lone bid of the Tata-Airbus consortium for the CASA C-295. The aircraft will replace the ageing Avro fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The deal is expected to be worth Rs.11,930 crore (USD 1.87 Billion). The aircraft will be the first to be built …

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India finalizes deal for 36 Dassault Rafale’s

The Rafale performing at Aero India 2015.

India has finalized a deal for 36 Dassault Rafales during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France. The deal comes after three years of Dassault and the Indian Air force (IAF) working on the larger Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract. The Rafale was shortlisted in 2012 as the final aircraft during the IAF’s MMRCA competition. The original MMRCA tender was …

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Indian Navy Dornier crashes near Goa

Indian Coast Guard Dornier Do-228.

An Indian Navy Dornier Do-228 has crashed into the sea near Goa. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the incident occurred late last night. The navy has begun a search and rescue operation for the two officers on board the aircraft. 1/2Navy Dornier on routine training sortie off Goa "ditched" into sea at 10 pm on Tuesday. …

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Bangalore airport closures due to Aero India show begin today

Runway 09 at Kempegowda airport, Bangalore. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru will be partially closing airport operations starting today due to upcoming Aero India 2015 air show to be held at the adjacent Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka. Bangalore airport closure timings Dates KIA airport closure timing in IST (UTC +5.5) Purpose February 10th to 16th, 2015 12:30 – 15:00 (12:30pm – 3:00pm) Practice Day …

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Embraer KC-390 makes first flight

Embraer KC-390 - Maiden Flight. Embraer Image.

Yesterday Brazillan airframer successfully performed the first flight of the KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet. The aircraft bears the registration PT-ZNF and is powered by International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-E5 engines. The aircraft was crewed by test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker who flew the …

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USAF chooses 747-8i platform for next Air Force One

The US Air force has announced that the Boeing 747-8i will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One. The decision, made official through a Determinations and Findings document, authorizes the commercial aircraft purchase by other than full and open competition. The Air Force intends to purchase three numbers of the aircraft platform as well as …

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Exclusive photos: Air Force One arrives at New Delhi IGI airport

President Obama is on a visit to India. Our photographer Uday Krishna caught the two VC-25A that transported the President, tail numbers 28000 and 29000 more commonly known as Air Force One on their approach to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport. The President is on one aircraft and the other serves as a back-up. The two aircraft are maintained …

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Boeing completes successful first flight of KC-46 Tanker

United States Air Force Boeing 767-2C. Boeing Image.

US airframer Boeing has successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker program. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Washington, USA at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field in Renton. The aircraft will receive its military systems following certification. The KC-X tanker competition was floated by the …

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Indian Navy receives sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol and sub hunter aircraft

Indian Navy tail IN325, sixth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

The Indian Navy’s sixth and newest Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has arrived INS Rajali better known as Arokkanam naval air station, about 55 km west of Chennai. Tail number IN325 arrived on November 24th on schedule. The final two deliveries of the eight aircraft order are scheduled in 2015. The P-8I is the Indian Navy’s version of the famed …

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Photos: Embraer rolls out it’s KC-390 airlifter

Embraer rolls out the first KC-390. Embraer Image.

Yesterday Brazilian airframer Embraer rolled out the first prototype of it’s new KC-390 military transport from it’s production hangar at Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The KC-390 is a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to develop and produce a tactical military transport and aerial refueling airplane. The design of the aircraft is intended to establish new standards in …

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