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ISRO’s big scheme to send small rockets into space

India’s space agency aims to create a consortium of companies to build and market a small rocket to launch low-weight satellites at lesser cost and within shorter durations, as it seeks to tap into burgeoning global demand for such services. Led by Antrix Corp — the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation — the […]

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Institutes want Govt to play bigger role in funding tech research: Nasscom study

As many as 92% of India’s technology institutes want the Union government to play a bigger role to encourage research and innovation, and enhance industry-academia collaboration to boost innovation, according to a joint study by Nasscom. The study, which featured interviews with representatives of 75 prominent technology institutes across the country and industry representatives, found […]

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India’s Light Combat Aircraft Fires Beyond Visual Range Missile

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has successfully test fired the I-Derby beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missile at test range off the coast of Goa on April 27, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.The missile was fired “to expand the firing envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation […]

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All tests on heaviest satellite Gsat-11 to be over by May 17: ISRO chief

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is currently doing a series of tests on its heaviest communication satellite Gsat-11 weighing over 5.7 tonne after recalling the same from the European spaceport to look for any “potential anomaly”.Talking to TOI, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan said, “We are currently doing tests on Gsat-11 at our Bengaluru’s ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC). All tests, including […]

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HAL offers 40 more Sukhois at one-third of Rafale’s cost

With the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter — the backbone of the air force fleet — nearing the end of its production run, its manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), is taking up a case to build 40 more. If the defence ministry accepts HAL’s proposal, the inventory of the Russian fighter would be enhanced from the planned 272 to 312.With HAL offering to price […]

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BANGALORE TO LOSE NEXT GENERATION FIGHTER PLANE PROJECT

The Aeronautical Development Agency, which had conceived and designed the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, has set the ball rolling for building the next generation defence aircraft, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), by extending an invitation to private players in Coimbatore to build a technology demonstrator.The proposal is not only the first time an […]

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AeSI holds technical meet in Hyderabad

The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) organised a Technical Meet and Aerospace Luminary Lecture, which saw nearly 400 eminent scientists, engineers, industrialists and professionals from the sector here. Dr VK Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog, said: “Miniaturisation will be the key in all the futuristic vehicles. We need to pursue cutting-edge research in hypersonics, propulsion, stealth […]

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IAF to send Sukhoi to Australia for multilateral drill

Moving a step towards consolidating the Quad, the Indian Air Force is set to send its Su-30MKI fighter jets to Australia for its maiden participation in the multilateral air Exercise Pitch Black 2018.At least four to five front-line combat aircraft and one C-17 transporter will fly to Australia in July for the three-week-long air exercise […]

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India, US, Japan all set for Malabar Naval Exercise with China in the Crosshairs

Indian warships are now steaming towards the Western Pacific to take part in the top-notch Malabar naval exercise with the US and Japan off Guam, with the three countries keen to further bolster “interoperability” in the Indo-Pacific amidst China’s continuing aggressive moves in the region.India will be fielding its stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, missile corvette […]

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Jaguars – $1.5-bn upgrade with AESA Radars, Engines, DARIN III to make it a cutting edge Fighter

Jaguar strike aircraft number JM 255, parked in a Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) hangar in Bengaluru, is superficially similar to the other 600-odd fighters in the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet. In fact, it is unique in IAF history as the first Indian fighter to be integrated with an AESA — or active electronically scanned array […]

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