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India needs to pay attention to its navy’s aviation arm

India’s navy has only 11 BAE Sea Harriers left in its fleet. The service inducted close to 30 of the fighters in the 1980s, but more than half have been lost in accidents.The latest crash took place last week, resulting in the temporary grounding of the aircraft.The navy was due to take delivery of its […]

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Bad miscalculation by India’s private carriers

India’s privately owned carriers miscalculated when they threatened to go on strike on 18 August.After announcing bravely on Friday that they would stop operations in protest against the lack of aid from the government, several of their members got cold feet and started to break ranks over the weekend. The civil aviation ministry also took […]

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“Fly by wire failure” led to Indian Su-30MKI crash

According to India’s defence minister, the fatal crash of the IAF Su-30MKI in April was caused by a failure in the aircraft’s fly-by-wire system.The country’s Su-30 fleet was grounded for three weeks after the crash, and they were allowed to fly again after investigations indicated no serious fault in the aircraft.As these are only the […]

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The curious case of Israel in India

First a warning – this is a slightly longer post than usual, but I think this topic deserves it.I was on holiday when this story in the Jerusalem Post, that Washington blocked Israel Aircraft Industries from offering an Elta Systems radar for the Saab Gripen proposal to India, came out. I have since had time […]

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India to get more Sukhoi Su-30s by 2015

India’s defence minister said yesterday, almost as an afterthought during remarks to the upper house of Parliament, that the IAF will have 230 Sukhoi Su-30s by 2015.That is a significant announcement. It is the first time, to my knowledge, that India actually set out a firm target for the Su-30s and represents an acceleration of […]

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SpiceJet results reflect the challenges facing Indian airlines

India’s SpiceJet has reported a sharp increase in its net losses for the last fiscal year, but it surprisingly had a relatively strong fourth quarter.It is still not clear if that is a sign that things are taking a turn for the better in the Indian airline industry, but the fact remains that the carrier […]

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India’s Maharajah needs new clothes

For an airline known as the “Maharajah”, or emperor, of the skies, it has been quite a come down for Air India in recent weeks.We knew that things were not going well at the state-owned carrier, which in reality has been a mess for several years. But the first sign of how bad things were […]

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PARIS 2009: Eurocopter takes Indian lessons

Eurocopter has learnt its lesson from the last time around, and is sending the militarised AS550 C3 Fennec (above, at the Paris Air Show) to India for the light utility helicopter trials. The last time around, it used the civilian version of the helicopter, the AS350. This became a controversy when it won that competition, […]

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PARIS 2009: Indian airlines face up to bleak times

Two years ago when I was at the last Paris Air show, top executives from the Indian carriers were out in full force signing orders and meeting manufacturers as they rode the wave of optimism about the country’s airline industry. There was a wave of excitement as reporters followed the likes Kingfisher CEO Vijay Mallya […]

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PARIS 2009: Boeing eyes Indian military contracts

India is becoming an increasingly important market for Boeing, with many of the company’s military products corresponding to the country’s ongoing requirements.Jim Albaugh, president of Boeing IDS, said in Paris that the company is looking at strategies to win the highly lucrative Indian contracts that could be worth in excess of $20 billion in the […]

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