Sunday, February 11, 2007

Bangalore: The focus has shifted from fighters to choppers. Not just in the Indian Air Force, which will be headed by a helicopter pilot for the first time, but also at Aero India which wraps up on Sunday.
After Air Chief-Designate Air Marshal Fali Homi Major went for a spin in the American CH-47 Chinook helicopter, Boeing IDS (Integrated Defence Systems) capped off its offerings to the armed forces with a feverish sales pitch for the multi-mission helicopter.
The IAF plans to buy 12 heavy-lift helicopters to buttress its tactical and combat support requirements, in a deal that is estimated to be upwards of $500 million. Tom Cunningham, director, International Business Development, said once the deal goes through, his company would take 24-30 months for deliveries. Sikorsky's CH-53K is also likely to compete for the IAF's helicopter tender. The IAF is yet to release the the request for proposal for the heavy-lift choppers.
During the airshow, Boeing flew several IAF pilots in the Chinook to give them a glimpse of the chopper's "versatility and maneouverability".
10/02/07 Rahul Singh/Hindustan Times

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Bangalore: Just three days after a crash that killed a senior pilot, the Indian Air Force's aerobatic helicopter Squadron, the Sarangs are back in the air.
They will perform at the Aero India event in Bangalore.
The Sarang team uses the Indian built Dhruv helicopter also known as the Advanced Light Helicopter.
Friday's crash was the first ever fatal crash of the indigenous helicopter. The co-pilot of the helicopter, Wing Commander Jaitley who survived is in a critical but stable condition.
Preliminary reports indicate that the Air Force has cleared the helicopter of a technical malfunction. A full investigation into the causes of the crash are still going on.

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Bangalore: A full-scale mock-up of a new attack helicopter will be the highlight of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) display at the Aero India show here next week, even as India's premier aircraft maker looks to cementing new partnerships with key aviation giants during the five-day show.
HAL has been working on the ALH design for the last one-and-a-half years and is expected to roll out the prototype in 2008.
The LCH is the second rotary wing HAL has designed after the Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH).
Apart from the Dhruv, HAL will showcase the indigenously developed Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) and the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), as also a fully-functional front section of an Jaguar fighter equipped with the upgraded DARIN-II avionics suite.
The company will also exhibit its advancements in machining, composites and state-of-the-art technological capabilities in aviation and aerospace.
HAL is also set to interact with aviation majors including Boeing, Airbus, GE, Safran, Martin Baker, Elbit, Pratt & Whitney, Dassault, Eurocopter, Honeywell, Bell, EADS, BAe Systems, IAI, GAE, SAAB, Alenia, RUAG, Lockheed Martin, Irkut, Sukhoi Design Bureau, Rosoboronexport, RAC-MiG and NPO Saturn, a company statement said.
02/02/07 Indo Asian News Service/, FL

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