Category — Aviation & Aerospace

Boeing to Set Up Engineering and Technology Facility in India

Seattle-based commercial aircraft maker Boeing will invest $170 million to set up a new facility for engineering and technology which will manufacture and assemble electronics /avionics in Bangalore, India. The Karnataka state government gave permission for the project which will be set up on about 36 acres of state-owned land at Aerospace Park.

Boeing 777-300

Business Line reports that Boeing expects Indian airlines to order up to 2,100 new aircraft worth $290 billion over the next 20 years which, according to the plane maker, is the highest-ever forecast for the country. Boeing also expects single-aisle planes like the next generation 737 and 737 Max to account for most of the deliveries.

“The increasing number of passengers, combined with a strong exchange rate, low fuel prices, and high load factor bodes well for India’s aviation market, especially for the low-cost carriers,” Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president, Asia Pacific and India Sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said.

December 11, 2017   No Comments

Arms Trade Arrangement Admits India

In a significant development for India, export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) admitted the country as its 42nd member of the organization. Admission into the WA is an affirmation of India’s position as a responsible nation in the arena of dual-use goods and technology, besides transfer of conventional arms. This step will raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation and also help it to acquire critical technologies for its defense and space programs. With the exception of China, all the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council are signatories of the WA, which is headquartered in Vienna.

Per the Wassenar website, the goal of the Arrangement is to “promote transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.” Participants are required to “ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine the goal.” The aim, according to WA, is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists.

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In June last year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), another key export control regime, as a full member.

Since its civil nuclear deal with the U.S., India has been trying to get into export control regimes such as the NSG, the MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the conventional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies, reports the Financial Express.

France‘s Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler congratulated India on ‘joining” the Wassenaar Arrangement. “One more recognition, after MTCR, of the growing role India plays in today’s world,” he said.

December 9, 2017   No Comments

Boeing To Hire 800 Employees in India

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Boeing is set to hire 800 employees over the next two years in India. The company plans to take fresh hires on board for job functions ranging from core engineering to frontline factory workers, and also support functions such as human resources, top company executives said. While Boeing’s India operations will likely have 1,500 direct employees by the end of this year, the company also expects its partner firms to increase the count of  7,000 people working on its projects.

“We’ve set aspirations to have 25% of our footprint outside the U.S. We’ve focused on key target markets and obviously India is a big one of those,” Heidi Capozzi, Boeing’s senior vice-president for human resources globally, said.

Boeing 777-300

LiveMint reports that India’s booming aerospace industry represents a major opportunity for international firms operating in the space. The country is set to become the third-largest aviation market by 2025, a year earlier than expected, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association published in October.

Boeing will train new graduates. “People such as Aircraft maintenance engineers— there are a lot of them graduating but not enough [who are] trained,” Pratyush Kumar vice president of Boeing India, said. “We are building that right now and it should come online in the first quarter of next year,” he added.

 

November 24, 2017   No Comments

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