SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 8-2017

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    MILITARY | BOEING
    Boeing: & Still Counting...
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Boeing has emerged as the leading company from US on the front of Indo-US defence cooperation and partnership.

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    MILITARY | ARMY AVIATION
    6 to Indian Army
    By Ranjit Kumar

    Indian Ministry of Defence has cleared a proposal by the Indian Army for the acquisition of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from Boeing Defence and Space

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    MILITARY | VIEWPOINT
    More Rafale for IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Given the state the IAF is in today, there is urgent need to induct modern fourth-generation combat aircraft in the numbers required and as soon as possible.

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    MILITARY | FIFTH GEN
    5th Gen Fighters, Stealthy & Lethal
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Fifth-generation fighter aircraft are known for stealth, precision attack capabilities, speed, agility and situational awareness which makes a huge difference in the battle-space

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    MILITARY | COMBAT FLEETS
    IAF vs PLAAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The PLAAF will pose a daunting challenge for the IAF whose combat fleet at this juncture is short of the numbers required and less capable than the adversary

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    MILITARY | LOCKHEED MARTIN
    The Best for IAF & Industry!
    By Rohit Goel

    In an informal interaction with SP’s Aviation, Randall L. Howard, F-16 Business Development and Abhay M. Paranjape, Executive Director, International Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, make a case for why F-16 is the best deal for India also for the successful eco-system.

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    MILITARY | HAL
    Hawk-I and LCH Unveiled
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    “In the present geopolitical situation, India is located somewhat sensitively. We have had multiple threats in the past and therefore, defence preparedness is something India can never compromise on.”  —Arun Jaitley, Minister of Defence

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    CIVIL | LEASING
    Can Leasing Be Made More Affordable?
    By Byron Bohlman, Vancouver/Canada

    Ministry of Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey recently called for greater participation from policy makers and users to promote MRO services...

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    CIVIL | ENGINES
    Revving up the Engines
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The world’s top jet engine makers are ramping up research and development efforts to cash in on a booming global market for commercial airliners that has produced large orders

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    CIVIL | REGIONAL AVIATION
    Pilot Shortage Hits Regional Operations
    By R. Chandrakanth

    By 2027, CAE expects the global commercial fleet to grow by 12,000 aircraft to roughly 37,000 aircraft, meaning a total of 440,000 active pilots will be needed

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    BUSINESS AVIATION | TAXATION
    'Make in India' Will Not be Possible...
    By Colonel Sanjay Julka (Retd)

    True ‘Make in India’ in Aviation Will Not be Possible Without ‘Moratorium on All Taxes’

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    A Word from Editor-in-Chief
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    The Government of India is likely to approve purchase of additional 36 Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation of France which the combat fleet of the IAF badly needs

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Russia keen to sell MiG-35 to IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India with the MiG Corporation’s chief saying the country has evinced interest in the aircraft and talks were on to understand its requirements. Ilya Tarasenko, CEO, MiG Aircraft Corporation said that after having presented MiG-35 in January, the MiG Corporation began to actively promote the aircraft in India and in other parts of the world. “We are proposing supply of the aircraft for tenders in India and we actively work with its Air Force in order to win the tender,” he said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS 2017 Air Show.

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    HALL OF FAME
    René Fonck (1894-1953)
    By Joseph Noronha

    With immense skill as a fighter pilot, René Fonck hunted his prey fearlessly and ruthlessly, patiently stalking the enemy before mounting a quick and decisive attack

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    LAST WORD
    Revamp Operational Capability
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Apart from the deficiencies in the combat fleet of the IAF, reports by the CAG on other assets raise serious doubts about the operational preparedness of the service