Archive for the ‘Aero India’ Category

India Inc comes out with flying numbers

February 12, 2007

Airlines, logistics players and businessmen line up with orders.

Obscured by the roar of fighter aerobatics at the Aero India 2007 air show in Bangalore from 7-11 February, is the buzz of business being done in a far less glamourous field: civil aviation.

Visitors feast visually on the red-and-white Russian MiG-35 and the American F-18 and F-16 on the display tarmac, but a new generation of moneyed Indian businessmen prefers to inspect the largest display of executive jets ever seen at an air show in India.

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Ficci earnings may soar past Rs 35 cr

February 12, 2007

THE FEDERATION of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) expects to generate revenues in excess of Rs 35 crore from Aero India 2007 – the sixth edition of the international aerospace and defence exhibition. Considering that international aviation majors had to pay more than Rs 50 lakh to the organisers for setting up infrastructure facilities such as exhibition stalls and hospitality chalets alone, the revenue figure of Rs 35 crore appears to be a very conservative figure.

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L&T smiles with $680m orders from forces

February 12, 2007

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has orders worth $680 million from the Indian defence forces, which are to be completed over a five years. “We have to prove ourselves in India first before we can go elsewhere,” L&T’s Chairman A M Naik said at a meeting with newspersons on the sidelines of Aero India 2007, where companies such as EADS and Boeing Co are competing to grab a slice of India’s defence spendings. L&T also announced that it has entered into a MoU with US aircraft maker Boeing, to jointly explore business opportunities in India’s defence sector.

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Ratan Tata takes off in F-18

February 12, 2007

Tata group chairperson Ratan Tata on Friday hit the skies again as a co-pilot in the multi-role combat aircraft F-18 Super Hornet.

The 69-year-old industrialist flew the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet of the Boeing Corporation from the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Bangalore a day after he co-piloted a F-16.

“Tata took off at 9.45 a.m. in the Super Hornet with pilot Dodd Nelson of the US Navy on an hour-long sortie over the Bangalore skies. He went through a pre-flight briefing for about 15 minutes before he embarked into the cockpit,” a Boeing official told IANS on the tarmac.

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Global majors flaunt air power at Aero India

February 12, 2007

Birds of different kinds have flown in from across the world to India’s silicon hub to flaunt their air power at Aero India, the international aviation exposition being held at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF) here.

Billed as the largest air show in South Asia, the biennial five-day event has come of age to become a strategic platform for global aerospace majors from the US, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Israel to pitch for the growing pie of the Indian military and civil aviation requirements, driven by a burgeoning economy.

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Shop for planes, or just watch them

February 7, 2007

The sixth edition of the country’s biennial air show, Aero India 2007 will take off at Air Force Station, Yelahanka from Wednesday. By far the largest edition, the five-day show will reverberate to the roars of over 50 aircraft ranging from the tiny Hansa to the giant C-130 Hercules, to mean fighting machines like the Su-30MKI, F/A-18F Super Hornet, Gripen, F-16 Fighting Falcon, Light Combat Aircraft, MiG-35 and to sleek business jets like the Falcon and the Bombardier.

Impressive flying displays have been slotted for twice every day, with the highlight of the opening day undoubtedly being the flypast and the displays by the colourful Surya Kiran and Sarang aerobatic teams. They will perform on all five days.

The air show will have over 500 exhibitors (including 300 from 33 overseas countries) who have exhibited their wares and services in 11 hangars and outdoors, spread across an area of over 30,000 sq. m. Also in attendance will be 35 air force chiefs, and 40 official delegations along with their business teams.

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Defence products: BEL, Northrop Grumman tie up

February 7, 2007

Northrop Grumman Corporation, a US defence contractor, and Bharat Electronics Ltd on Tuesday said both the companies will co-produce defence-related products for India.

As part of the arrangement, the companies will explore business opportunities on potential co-production opportunities in support of the Indian government’s current and future aerospace and defence electronics requirements as well as Northrop Grumman’s International market requirements.

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Scripting an Indian success story

February 7, 2007

Now the Indian air traveler flying between smaller cities connected by Kingfisher Airlines can also enjoy unlimited in-flight entertainment. The new ATR aircraft recently inducted into the fleet have 17 LCD colour screens spread throughout the cabin. The TVscreens operate on a drop down mechanism. No headphones or earphones are required since the audio comes through overhead speakers.

“In view of the explosive growth in the Indian civil aviation market, it is imperative for aircraft manufacturers to provide the best services to Indian travelers,” says ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato. In a short span, Toulouse, Southern France-based regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has captured a major share of the civil turboprop market in India. ATR aircraft are operating to smaller Indian towns that did not have any regularly scheduled air service.

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Sky is the limit

February 7, 2007

Tighten your seat belts and get ready to fly-by-wire, literally. Sounds amazing but Indian audiences are set for pulsating action at Aero India 2007, the biennial international air-show cum defence exhibition to be held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore from Feb 7-11, 2007. In a sign of growing importance of the Indian aviation market – civilian as well as defence – F-16s and F-18s of the United States will steal the thunder with their flying demonstration at the sixth edition of Aero India. And, vying for the eyeballs would also be the newest MIG-35 fighter from Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) MiG.

That’s not all. Besides the F-16s and F-18 Hornet, the flying demonstration would also feature some of the most advanced and sophisticated aircraft – C-130J, P-3 Orion, CH-47, C-17 from USA, Grippen from Sweden and Falcon from France.

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Sweden Invests in Gripen’s Future

February 7, 2007

Sweden has put its full weight behind Saab as the latter has entered the battle to win the Indian Air Force’s requirement for 126 MRCA — multi-role combat aircraft. While they wait for the Indian government’s RFP (Request for Proposals) to be issued, there is no letting up by Saab to keep the fighter ahead of the times by continuously upgrading the Gripen.

The industry team behind Gripen is embarking on a software upgrade that sharpens Gripen’s claws in the air-to-surface role, and enhances all of the aircraft’s operational capabilities. Under a SEK1 billion (US$139 million) contract, signed mid-2006 between the Gripen group of partner companies and FMV (Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration), Swedish Gripens will receive a completely new system software fit, known as Version 19. Work on the contract will continue for two years, to be completed by the end of 2008. Version 19 introduces new capabilities for Sweden’s Gripens, some of which are already in use with Gripen’s export customers. In that respect the version 19 upgrade is an important step towards a common standard for the entire Gripen ‘family’.

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