Category — Aviation & Aerospace

India, U.S., to Deepen Defense and Security Cooperation

The U.S. State Department cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, in a deal estimated to be worth $2-3 billion. According to General Atomics, the Predator Guardian UAV, a variant of the Predator B, can be used for wide-area, long- endurance maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

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A joint statement issued after the India U.S. Summit at the White House, said, “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation, building on the United States’ recognition of India as a Major Defense Partner.”

The U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative remains the premier forum for deepening collaboration on defense co-development and co-production, it said.

Key military and civilian defense leaders continue to meet via reciprocal counterpart visits and strategic and policy dialogues, promoting closer service ties and improving inter-operability among our forces, the White House said.

Resolving to expand maritime security cooperation, the two countries announced their intention to build on the implementation of their “White Shipping” data-sharing arrangement that enhances collaboration on the maritime domain awareness. Trump welcomed Modi’s strong support for the U.S. to join as an Observer in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, reports the Times of India.

The annual MALABAR naval exercise, occurring in July in the Indian Ocean, will be the most complex to date, including participants from the U.S. Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

 

June 27, 2017   No Comments

Air Traffic Within India Grows 17Percent in May

According to monthly traffic data released by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 101,710 passengers took to the skies in May 2017 — a 17.36 percent rise over last year’s numbers of 860,690 for the same month.

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, was at top spot for punctuality with 85 percent of its flights arriving and departing on schedule. It also flew the maximum number of passengers.

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SpiceJet recorded the highest seat occupancy, registering 94.4 percent load factor during May this year, reports the Economic Times.

June 26, 2017   No Comments

Rolls-Royce to Increase R&D Headcount in India

Rolls-Royce plans to increase its workforce to three times its current number at its research and development center in Bangalore, India, by end of this year.

Rolls-Royce Director Benjamin Robert Story and Rolls-Royce India President Kishore Jayaraman met Federal Minister for IT Ravi Shankar Prasad to express their interest in engaging with the ‘Digital India’ initiative, reports the Times of India. The company expressed interest in investing in Indian startups working on artificial intelligence, machine learning technology and data analytics.

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June 26, 2017   No Comments

India Signs $100 Million Service Deal with Boeing

Seattle-based Boeing and India’s Navy signed a $100-million contract, that requires Boeing to maintain spare parts and personnel in India, ready to respond to any defects or failures in the P-8I fleet over the next three years. This ‘performance-based logistics’ contract requires Boeing to continue the warranty services it has so far provided under an initial production contract, which will expire in October.
Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India and vice president of Boeing International said, “With this contract, the Indian Navy can be assured of achieving exceptional operational capability and readiness of the P-8I fleet.”

The Business Standard says that India’s Naval pilots fly their P-8Is on eight-to-ten hour surveillance missions over the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Each P-8I carries seven tonnes of weaponry on board, including advanced Harpoon missiles and heavyweight torpedoes.

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June 20, 2017   No Comments

Lockheed Martin Offers to Make F16 Fighters in India

Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced that it can  jointly manufacture its F-16 Block 70 fighter jets with Tata Advanced Systems Limited, India. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show 2017 and it will provide India the opportunity to produce, operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the combat-proven multi-role fighter.

India proposes to acquire 150 new warplanes for $12 billion, and Lockheed and Tata confirmed to CNNMoney that F-16 production in India will move forward only if Lockheed wins the order.

Highlights of the Deal:

  • Lockheed says, “F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the U.S.”
  • This partnership supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative
  • India stands to become the manufacturing and export base for all F-16s worldwide: 26 countries where 3,200 F-16s are currently flown

CNNMoney quotes a Tata spokesman who said that Lockheed and Tata are also in talks to make F-16 components in India if the air force deal doesn’t materialize.

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June 20, 2017   No Comments