Category — Aviation & Aerospace

India Test Fires Cruise Missile

On November 7, India conducted a flight test of its homegrown  long range  land-attack cruise missile Nirbhay (Sanskrit: Fearless), which can deliver nuclear warheads to a strike range of 621 miles. The sub-sonic missile is designed to carry a 661 pound nuclear warhead.

“The flight test achieved all mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash down. The missile cruised for 50 minutes, achieving a range of 402 miles,” said an official from India’s state- owned Defense Research and Development Organization.

Nirbhay Missile

The two-stage missile is 19.6 feet long, 1.7 feet wide with a wing span of 8.8 feet. It can fly at a speed of  0.7 Mach. Its launch weight is about 3,307 pounds, reports The Times of India It is designed to fly at low-altitudes to evade enemy radars and missile defense systems.

November 14, 2017   No Comments

Jaipur Airport: World’s Best in 2-5 Million Passenger Category

In the 2017 survey by Airports Council International – Airport Service Quality (ACI-ASQ)  India’s airports at Jaipur and Srinagar were ranked as first and second respectively in the category of 2-5 million passengers. The airports won this award last year too.

Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, Airports Authority of India, received the ACI-ASQ Award  in Mauritius.

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The Airport Service Quality Awards are the aviation industry’s most prestigious accolade. The awards recognize airports which have achieved the highest passenger satisfaction ratings in the ASQ Survey – the world’s benchmark measure of airport excellence. It surveys passengers at the airports on their day of travel reports India’s  Press Information Bureau. Every year, this program delivers some 600,000 individual surveys in 41 languages in 84 countries. It measures passengers’ views on 34 key performance indicators, including airport access, check-in, security screening, restrooms, stores, and restaurants.

 

October 25, 2017   No Comments

Consul General of Atlanta Says India is a Largely Untapped Market

Nagesh Singh, consul general for India in Atlanta, said that despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, India remains a largely untapped market which has plenty of opportunities for partnerships with domestic companies. He added that India hopes to increase bilateral trade with the United States from $120 billion to $500 billion in 2025.

Nagesh Singh, India's Consul General of Atlanta

Nagesh Singh, India’s Consul General of Atlanta

GSA Business Reports says that Singh outlined many areas of business opportunities in India:

  • Defense – India is the second-largest importer of arms with an annual expenditure of $15 billion in 2016.
  • Automotive – India is making strides to become the third-largest automotive market in the world by 2022. The country has a $300 billion market and produces only 20% of vehicles sold there.
  • Infrastructure – India plans to spend $1 trillion by 2030 to upgrade roads, bridges and utilities.
  • The country also represents a $600 billion retail market and a $120 billion aerospace market.

Singh noted that businesses in India plan to invest more in the United States. “India is becoming a very important part of providing direct investment to this country,” he said, adding that a recent survey of Indian businesses showed 90% of them want to invest more in the United States.

 

October 16, 2017   No Comments

Amazon Files Patents for its Drones in India

Using unmanned aerial vehicles, Amazon Prime Air proposes to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes or earlier, and Amazon Inc., filed a patent application in India for exclusive rights on multi-scale fiducials to be used on its drones to identify them from different distances.

Amazon LogoBusiness Standard reports that these fiducials will have three or more scales, where the child fiducials are nested or linked by a relative position to the parent fiducials, facilitating target identification and tracking. Another application may be focused solely on an innovation that will enable target identification of other drones or similar aerial vehicles. Earlier, Amazon Technologies had filed a patent application in India for a technology that would ensure a quick response from the propellers of a drone in case it detects an object like a human or an animal in its path.

Amazon will expand its drone operations once it establishes the safety and reliability of these systems.

October 12, 2017   No Comments

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics To Go Public

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, state-owned aerospace and defense company based in Bangalore, initiated the process of an initial public offering to divest 10% of its shares.

The IPO is for 361,500,000 equity shares with a face value of $0.15  each.  “A discount of up to 5% on the offer price may be offered to retail individual bidders and to eligible employees,” Hindustan Aeronautics said.

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Company chairman and managing director T. Suvarna Raju termed the partial disinvestment as a major milestone for the company, reports the Times of India.

October 8, 2017   No Comments