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Saturday, February 11, 2017

I am dreaming of my daughter joining Army and serving Siachen: Hanimanthappa's wife

The Hanumanthappa family at their Betadur home.
The Samadhi of Hanumanthappa.
Hanumanthappa’s daughter Netra.
Hanumanthappa’s wife Mahadevi.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Aero India 2017: One month for plane carnival; security top priority

By Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, Jan 14: Devotees chasing ‘things with wings’ will descend on Aeronautical Capital of India soon for the ‘11th International Show on Aerospace, Defence, Civil Aviation, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering’ a.k.a. Aero India 2017. 
Exactly one month from today, from February 14 to 18, all roads will lead to Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka, which has been hosting all editions of Aero India since 1996. 
While the 10th edition, in 2015, saw a record participation of exhibitors, the organisers say a new benchmark will be set this time. With the extended Christmas and New Year Holidays finally getting over, more foreign companies are expected to make a last-minute pitch in the next 15 days.
“As of now, we have sold out 100 per cent of the space allotted for exhibitors. There will be now another set of booking till the end of January, with the holiday season getting over,” says an official. 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Delay in wing deployment caused Nirbhay missile’s third failure

By Anantha Krishnan M
Mathrubhumi English Online
Bengaluru, Jan 15: The recent failed mission of subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay is pointing towards a slight ‘pause’ (delay) during the process of wing deployment. This malfunctioning of the mechanism that deploys the wing appears to have resulted in the missile developing a very high roll-rate, which led to the Inertial Navigation System (INS) losing its frame of reference. This caused the missile to veer away from its intended flight path, leading to a situation which called for aborting the mission from safety considerations.
Sources within the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), who reviewed the video footage of the missile’s failed flight, confirmed to Mathrubhumi that the wing is normally deployed in less than 500 milli-seconds (0.5 sec.) after booster burn-out and separation of the booster section from the main missile.
“In the previous missions, we have been achieving the wing deployment in around 300-350 milli-seconds. This time the wing seems to have got stuck at 60 degrees position for about 1.5 seconds causing the damage. This is what we have assessed so far. The missile appears to have developed the high roll rate due to the partially deployed wing”, an official said.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Surgical Strikes: For God’s sake, spare the military!

Operational military matters are sacrosanct and discussing them like movie reviews is foolishness. Proof of surgical strike should never be made public. And, those desperate for some cross-border military actions, must watch some Hollywood thrillers and get satisfied. And, for God’s sake spare the military!
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Friday, October 7, 2016

NCW capabilities as a concept taught to trainees at Training Command now: Air Marshal Nair

Bengaluru, Oct 7: The Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 84th anniversary on October 8, having established in the year 1932. In the last eight-plus-decade, IAF extended its reach to some of the most difficult terrains in the world, signalling its supremacy and operational capabilities.
The modernisation process in the last decade alone saw the IAF upgrading its fleet and facilities, including new training standards for the air warriors. Training men to match the needs of modern times has been a challenging task for the IAF over the years.
In an interview to Mathrubhumi’s Talkathon series, Air Marshal S R K Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Training Command, gives an insight into some of the thrust areas on focus in the IAF now. 

Full interview, here: http://bit.ly/2dAoDAp

Official video link as IAF turns 84

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Young SasMos team delivers mission-critical panel for Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets

Bengaluru, Oct 6: Much before Prime Minister Narendra Modi readied the blueprint for his Make in India mission, a young team of aerospace engineers from SasMos were developing mission-critical electrical panels for F/A-18 Super Hornet, a fighter its makers Boeing says is the ‘most-advanced one’ that took part in the MMRCA race. While Rafale eventually won the race, Boeing says the Super Hornet didn’t lose either.
On Thursday, SasMos handed over the first electrical panel assembly for the Super Hornets to Boeing -- a high quality job, delivered on time. While often technology might and its mission capabilities eat up all the space when success stories in military aviation are celebrated, the passion behind men gets miniaturised.
This piece should beat that trend, because, more than technology, it is the passion of a young team that’s propelling this chapter of ‘Make in India' story.
Headquartered in Hoody Village, near Whitefield, SasMos HET Technologies Ltd, Managing Director Chandrashekar H G said he had no money when military aviation inspired him. The Mysorean fell in love with flying machines while pursuing his Mechanical Engineering at National Institute of Engineering.
“It’s a real technology that stands out from the rest, because it files. We were just a handful of us who began this passionate journey, with only hope funding us,” says Chandrashekar, now 50 years old.
According to him Make in India is an inspiring concept. “Because a very strong thought is being communicated to look within the country. We are excited at the new opportunities offset has given us,” he says.
The average age of engineers at SasMos is 30 years and today the employee strength has gone up to 450 from the initial 20 in 2008. Interestingly, Chandrashekar’s love for his friends is visible in the name he gave to his company. SasMos stands for Shastri and Mosale – two of his close friends.
Having delivered cockpit panels of F-15s earlier, he says his team took on the challenges of Boeing and its work philosophies. 
“It needs a lot of hardwork to live to a Boeing mandate. We decoded their expectations. We motivated ourselves. And, we knew if we did it once, we could do it again and again,” says Chandrashekar.
While the rules of game didn’t permit him to share any technical details of the electrical panels, nor the numbers, all he could say was it plays a mission-critical role.

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