Month: September 2011

Antony to miss FGFA flight demo

Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony will be on a three-day visit to Russia next week, but will not get a chance to witness the ambitious Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) flight demonstration due to scheduling problems.

’71 war martyr remembered by school

Second Lieutenant Radha Mohan Naresh was killed in action on December 10, 1971, defending the Raipur Crossing, one of the fordable points of the Munnawar Tawi river, the Indian line of defense for the Akhnoor Sector, ten days after being commissioned into the IX Jat Regiment at the age of 21.

IAF’s Sukhois to base in Jodhpur

India’s topline Sukhoi-30 MKI combat aircraft will soon be a permanent fixture in the skies over Rajasthan, with the Indian Air Force (IAF) deploying a squadron of the air superiority fighter jets at the Jodhpur air base on Saturday, from where the Pakistan border is a mere two minute flight away.

Gorshkov trials delayed 5 months: Report

The first sea trials of the INS Vikramaditya, the erstwhile Russian carrier, Admiral Gorshkov, have been postponed by five months. Russian website reports that the sortie, which was earlier scheduled for the end of this year, is now being planned for May 2012.

Navy’s P-8I takes off

The Indian Navy’s first P-8I, Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft took off on its first flight on Wednesday from Renton field in the US State of Washington, taking off at 1202 hours and landing two hours and 31 minutes later, at Boeing field in Seattle.

Naval LCA starts its engine

The naval LCA is still not ideally suitable for carrier-based operations, with the current GE-F404 engine slightly underpowered. This will change with the development of the naval version of the LCA Mk II, which will be powered by the GE-F414 engine.

Coast Guard aims for ambitious expansion

Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will be one of the biggest in this sector in the world by 2018. ICG assets have increased by 50 percent and the number of stations will go up from 22 to 42. Indian shipyards are building 156 vessels for the ICG and 12 Dornier aircraft will be inducted within two years.