Author Archives: Pratik Sawerdekar

World’s First practical personal jetpacks now in India

Martin Aircraft Company, the inventors of world’s first practical personal jetpacks have announced that they have signed an agreement with India’s M2K Group based in New Delhi to start productions of Martin Jetpacks in India. Under this agreement India will serve as the manufacturing base of Martin Jetpacks and all orders placed from sub-continent will be fulfilled by the Indian ...

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Indian Light Combat Helicopter TD-2 successfully tested by HAL

Another major milestone was by achieved by India’s state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). According to our sources the HAL’s flagship helicopter development program Light Combat Helicopter’s (LCH) second prototype TD-2 (Technology Demonstrator) achieved its first flight at 1500hrs IST. This a major boost for the program as this prototype is expected to be a weaponized version. The nature of ...

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Northrop Grumman offers MQ-4C Global Hawk to Indian Navy

Northrop Grumman has responded to Indian’s Navy tender for HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) UAV. The tender was announced on 20th October 2010 which mentions neither the number of units to be purchase nor the value of the tender (Tender Ref. No: AH/8051/HALE). It is also not clear as yet which other manufacturer has responded to the tender but India ...

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C-17 purchase gets thumbs up from Indian Government

Indian Government’s Cabinet Committee for Security cleared the purchase of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III’s. Once signed the deal will be the largest Indo-US defence deal valued at $ 4.1 Billion. The deal is expected to be signed shortly and will be via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.  The deal was facing delays and criticism for being very expensive. ...

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Price dispute over Indian Helicopter’s engine

State owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India has withdrawn from talks with French engine maker Turbomeca for designing a new engine based on the existing “Shakti” engine for the Indian Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). Reason for this is believed to be fees charged by the French company which HAL considers as exuberant. Turbomeca is a French manufacturer of low- ...

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Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation is fully privately owned French Aerospace and Defence Company specializing in design, development and manufacturing of civilian and military aircraft. Dassault Aviation was founded in 1930 as Société des Avions Marcel Bloch by Marcel Bloch. The company changed its name to Avions Marcel Dassault in 1947 when Marcel Bloch changed his name to Marcel Dassault. The company renamed ...

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Threat analysis of Chengdu J-20 the chinese stealth fighter

China recently showed the world its latest fighter aircraft in a typical Chinese way with the Govt media denying it but allowing Chinese hobbyist to upload images of the aircraft on the internet. According to latest reports the aircraft is carrying high speed taxi run and is expected to take to the skies anytime. A Chinese stealth aircraft will definitely ...

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Chengdu J-20 China’s first stealth fighter takes to the skies

The latest buzz on Internet is that the China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group is preparing to test its first stealth aircraft known to world as the J-XX and now official J-20. According to enthusiasts living nearby, the aircraft has already done taxi run and top level officials are coming to the facility to witness the first flight. This comes as ...

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LCA Tejas finally gets Radar!

India’s most ambitious military program to build an indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) reached a major milestone on 23rd April; Friday when it first test flew a radar onboard. The LSP-3 model of the aircraft carried a radar inside its nose for the first time. This comes more than 9 years after it first took to skies. The Hindustan Aeronautics ...

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Light Combat Helicopter

India’s long awaited Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in works since 2006 finally flew after months of speculation. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had announced that the attack helicopter will take to skies for the first time in February 2010 but it didn’t happen. The LCH finally flew on March 29 which was a rather quite affair with only the HAL engineers ...

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