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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Here's the DRDO menu for Aero India

DRDO biggies during a press ,meet in Bangalore on Jan 25.
(DRDO Press Release as it is below. It is unedited. Some of  the stuff below are old and can be boring. Still, it gives you an update on what the desi boys are up to, at Aero India. I am out of Bangalore and hence, this quick cut-and-past job!)
Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India is hosting the 09th International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2013 at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore from 06th to 10th February 2013. Defence Exhibition Organisation, MoD has appointed Federation of Indian Chambers Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as the Event Managers of Aero India 2013
2. Aero India 2013 is an aviation – linked platform which is instrumental in showcasing India’s ability to be in the forefront of technology spectrum, the country’s global outlook and its potential as a major market for the aviation industry. It is a perfect forum to promote and showcase aerospace related products to a discerning professional audience. It also provides a world of opportunity to network with aviation industry of national / international repute and benefit from sharing of expertise in the fields of R & D, production and development support with other global players.
3. The main thrust of DRDO – ADA Pavilion at Aero India 2013 will be centered around projections of aerospace related R & D advancement made by DRDO Labs and the coordinated efforts of various R & D Work Centers of DRDO. In all 21 DRDO Laboratories are participating and show-casing their technological might in various formats viz., Indoor & Outdoor Exhibition and Static & Flying Displays.
4. DRDO-ADA Indoor Exhibitions pavilion is designed based on the system centric theme with the Technologies clustered around it. There will be 14 major system centres, i.e. Technologies themes as indicated below:
a) Combat Aero Systems
b) Aircraft Systems
c) Avionics and UAV Systems
d) Aerial Delivery Systems
e) Surveillance Systems
f) Certification of Aero Systems
g) E W Systems
h) Materials
i) Missile Systems
j) Propulsion Systems
k) Explosive Technologies
l) Sensor Technologies
m) RADAR Systems
n) Simulator Systems
5. Proposed Outdoor / Static display includes the following :
a) LCA Naval variant 1:1 with Armament mock - ups
b) Rustom – 1
c) NISHANT on Launch Vehicle
d) Missiles on Launch Vehicle
e) Akashdeep Aerostat
6. Further, Tarmac display of Indian LCA Fighter Variant and Flying display of Light Combat Aircraft and AEW&C are also on offing during the Exhibition days.
7. DRDO under the aegis of Department of Defence Research and Development, Ministry of Defence, works towards “Enhancing self-reliance in Defence Systems” and undertakes design & development leading to production of world class weapon systems and equipment in accordance with the express needs and the qualitative requirements laid down by the three services.
8. DRDO is spearheading research & development activities in various areas of military technology which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation and life sciences. DRDO while striving to meet the Cutting edge weapons technology requirements provides ample spinoff benefits to the society at large thereby “contributing to the nation building”.
9. DRDO has been working to address every facet of the requirement of the Armed forces, anticipating future needs, keeping track of Global Technology Developments and working towards meeting all requirements of today and tomorrow.
10. DRDO is committed to providing state of the technologies and products to our Armed Forces. We hope that in the coming years there will be greater opportunity to share our experience and working knowledge with relevant organisation and broaden our working base with many more partners from India & Abroad.
11. The nucleus of the Tejas Aircraft is the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) whose principal partner is the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited. The Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, Various DRDO and CSIR Laboratories, Private and Public Sector undertakings and several Academic Institutions have actively participated and contributed to this truly National Venture which has directly and indirectly bridges major technological gaps in several disciplines
12. Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), The Air Force variant christened as Tejas is the Smallest and Lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class. This single Engine, Compound-Delta-Wing, Tail-less Aircraft is Designed and Developed by ADA to meet diverse needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
13. Tejas is an amalgamation of contemporary concepts and technologies such as relaxed static- stability, fly-by-wire control, advanced digital cockpit, integrated digital avionics systems and advanced composite materials for the airframe.
14. The Tejas development programme which is in the advanced stage has completed Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) requirements and continuing system performance towards reaching Final Operations Clearance (FOC).
a) Tejas has completed 1986 flawless flight trials till date:
b) Cold Weather & High Altitude Trials at Leh and Pathankot
c) Hot Weather & Weapon Trials in the Desert Terrains of Jaisalmer & Uttharlai.
d) LCA will be participating for the first time in the “Air Power Demonstration” called “Iron Fist”. There, it will demonstrate the Capability of Swing Role in weapon delivery, performing both Air to Air and Air to Ground operations.
e) Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed production order on HAL for 40 LCAs and production activity is under progress.
f) LCA’s other variants include Two-seater LCA-Trainer and LCA-Navy with capability of taking-off from Aircraft Carrier Ship as well as Ship Deck landing capability with Arrestor Hook Recovery System being incorporated
g) The Naval Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at Goa.
h) Initial work has also been started on future programmes like Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft and Unmanned Air Systems.

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