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Saturday, June 25, 2016

We have fulfilled Kalam’s desire: BrahMos CEO S K Mishra

Bengaluru, June 25: BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra said that his team has fulfilled one of the desires of former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday.
In an interview to Mathrubhumi, after the Su-30MKI touched down at HAL’s Nasik unit successfully completing a 58-minute demonstration flight carrying the 2.4 tonne BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, Mishra said he is an ‘extremely satisfying man’ executing another dream of Dr Kalam.
“We are all delighted that such a heavy missile was carried airborne by Sukhoi safely, securely and successfully during its first demonstration flight. No other country in the world has done this exercise so far and that makes our mission so special. It is a happy moment in my life,” Mishra said.
He said the mission also demonstrated India’s increasing technology capabilities in missile and military aviation fields.
* Test-firing in October or November this year
* Irkut Corporation excited about Sukhoi prospects
* Dr Kalam knew the potential of the missile * More trials ahead of final firing from Balasore
Full report here: http://bit.ly/28TBtpM

Video: Sukhoi taxing with BrahMos ahead of 1st demo flight


Sukhoi does demo flight with BrahMos integrated

It will be No 45 Tejas Sqn

Stay tuned for a report on this great event soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

SP-3 warming up for first flight

HAL hoping to have have 1st flight of SP-3 soon, just in time for #TejasSqn formation.

#TejasSqn: A symbolic event now

IAF to set the ball rolling by forming the first #TejasSqn. More Sqns to follow when more SPs fly out of HAL hangars.

Finally, Tejas Sqn at striking distance

Finally, finally India's #Tejas set to enter #IAF Sqn. July 1 is what we hear. Watch this space.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Shutterbug Sharath | Tarmak007 intern's day out at AFA

Tonnes of pix, here: http://bit.ly/1Xx9pOO
Photos: Sharath Pillai

Shutterbug Sharath | Tarmak007 intern's day out with HTT-40

Tonnes of pix, here: http://bit.ly/1ZZGfWJ
Photos: Sharath Pillai

Woman heading IAF in future a possibility: Arup Raha

Read report, here: http://bit.ly/1PzNfnh (First appeared on June 18, 2016)

Photo Feature | Women fighter pilots ready to touch the sky with glory

Album here: http://bit.ly/1PzM07E
Photos: Sharath Pillai/Tarmak007

Women fighter pilots have made us proud: Air Marshal Nair

Read report here: http://bit.ly/1PzEiuh (First appeared on June 18, 2016)

More women will get inspired to join IAF: Parrikar

Read report, here: http://bit.ly/1Uh8lhC (First appeared on June 18, 2019)

Red letter day for IAF with women fighter pilots checking in

Read report here: http://bit.ly/1UFTrvE (First appeared on June 18, 2016)

Photo Feature | When Parrikar batted for young India’s plane dreams…

Photos: Sharath Pillai/Tarmak007

Parrikar sees huge potential for HAL’s HTT-40

Read report here: http://bit.ly/267nG6x (First appeared on June 18, 2016)

We are encouraging defence exports to friendly nations: Parrikar

Read report: http://bit.ly/1rtfq12 (First appeared on June 18, 2016)

HTT-40 has the full backing of IAF: Manohar Parriakar

Full report: http://bit.ly/1QbNLh9 (First appeared on June 18, 2016)

Parrikar terms Chinese intrusions as an ‘annual affair’

Report here: http://bit.ly/1W3uAXV (Appeared on June 18, 2016)

Women pilots have equally opportunities in IAF: Air Marshal Nair

Report here: http://bit.ly/28ItqwZ (Report appeared on June 17, 2016)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Propelled by HAL youngsters, HTT-40 ready to impress Parrikar

Bengaluru, June 16: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will roll out their Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) – the Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) – for an ‘official flight’ at Old Airport in Bengaluru tomorrow.
Witnessing the event will be Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, whose backing has infused fresh life into this HAL-funded project, which had earlier flown into turbulent weather, with a not-so-happy-customer in Indian Air Force (IAF).
As first reported by Mathrubhumi, the BTA had its maiden flight last month (May 31) with HAL’s Chief Test Pilot Group Capt Subramaniam (Retd) undertaking a ‘normal circuit flying mission’ for around 30 minutes. Co-piloting the maiden mission was Group Capt Venugopal (Retd), a Test Pilot with HAL.
In the last two weeks, the HTT-40 had seven flights, logging over three-plus hours totally.
Read full report here: http://bit.ly/1WORcfF

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Propelled by youngsters, HTT40 takes off


Breaking | HTT-40 maiden flight successful

Details to follow.

HTT-40 all set for first flight, weather-permitting

By Our Defence Correspondent
Bengaluru, May 30: A young team of engineers and designers from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) are praying for clear weather on Tuesday (May 31) morning so that their pet metal bird could kiss the sky for the first time.
The Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) is scheduled for its first flight between 8 am to 9 am. HAL officially is mum on the first flight, considering their will be an ‘official flight’ later in the presence of ‘biggies’ from Delhi.
Insiders in HAL say that Group Capt Subramaniam (Retd), Chief Test Pilot, HAL, will take the yet-to-be-named BTA (Basic Trainer Aircraft) on its maiden sortie over the Bengaluru skies.
It has been overcast in Bengaluru during the last couple of days and the weathermen are predicting ‘scattered thunderstorm’s in the morning of Tuesday.
But the weather worries have not dampened the spirit of Team HAL, which created a record of sort by conducting some pre-flight parameters within three days.
Full report, here: http://bit.ly/1U7UjZC

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Arrested recovery landing next big test for NLCA

By Anantha Krishnan M

Bengaluru, May 28: With the ongoing pre-Monsoon trials for the naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) entering its last lap, the designers would now shift their focus towards the maiden arrested recovery landing missions (post-Monsoon), at INS Hansa in Goa.
While the current campaign is scheduled to end next week, sources confirm to Mathrubhumi that the prototypes would be now readied for arrester hook landing trials from the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), on their return to Bengaluru.
“Extensive data has been gathered so far and these would be analysed by various system groups. We would assess whether any changes need to be incorporated on the prototypes. Later, arrester hook will be installed on NP2. We have already carried out the Ground Vibration Test (GVT) and Structural Coupling Test (SCT),” an official said.
At Bengaluru, based on the flight test data, scientists have already conducted wind tunnel tests for different combinations of LEVCON (Leading Edge Vortex Controller) and Slats to obtain optimum configuration.
“Structural Test Specimen (STS) tests have already been carried out on the specially-built Main Airframe Static Test (MAST) created at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The limit loads for high sink rate and full arrester hook loads have been successfully tested. This is an important precursor for the taxi-in engagement at the SBTF,” says the official. @Mathrubhumi
* Ski-jump launches no more a major challenge
* NLCA launches done with R-73 missiles
Full report, here: http://bit.ly/1sDHGPH

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Moon-lit Mission for naval LCA at SBTF in Goa

By Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, May 25: Military minds propelling India’s naval fighter jet programme from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had a successful ‘Moon-lit Mission’ at INS Hansa (Goa) recently.
Officials who are part of the ongoing maiden night trials of naval Light Combat Aircraft (NLCA), at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) in Goa, told Mathrubhumi on Wednesday that the maiden night flight of NP-2 (Naval Prototype), a fighter, was planned on a Full Moon Day.
“The first night sortie for NLCA was carried out on May 21 from the normal runway on a Full Moon Day. The Moon was shining at its best on the day when the pilot was tasked to evaluate the cockpit performance. The first night ski-jump from SBTF was carried out the next day (May 22),” an official said. 
For Test Pilots world over, the Moon plays a key role during their practice night sorties, a fact well-researched and documented by Institute of Aerospace Medicine, a key wing of Indian Air Force, situated in Bengaluru.
“Night flying is a different ball game all together. And, especially for a naval platform it becomes really critical considering the challenging environment, when operating from a carrier. Light is a critical component during flight operations in night for a fighter. The pilot need to adapt to different facets of light and darkness,” says the official. Mathrubhumi
* Disorientation fears overcome during first flight
Full report here: http://bit.ly/20zrtWK

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