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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
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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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Video of NLCA maiden night flight from SBTF

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NLCA platforms begin night flying from SBTF in Goa


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(Video of NP-2 carrying out fuel jettison tests)
By Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, May 24: The naval prototypes of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – NP-1 (trainer) and NP-2 (fighter) – have begun their night flying activities for the first time from the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa.
This is virtually a back-to-back campaign for the NLCA team, considering they only finished the previous trials at the end of April. The detachment includes scientists and engineers from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The current trials began on May 21 and are expected to continue through this week.
“The night trials are critical for the project. This is for the first time that both NP-1 and NP-2 are undertaking night operations from SBTF. Both have done extensive night trials from normal runways,” says an official.
So far both platforms have carried out four sorties with the time duration ranging from 25 to 30 minutes.
“It’s important that we complete these sets of trials before Monsoon sets in. Pre-Monsoon winds are favourable for undertaking the tests. We are also fine-tuning some of the parameters we have tested in April. Ahead of the current campaign, both platforms underwent some stress analysis tests in Bengaluru,” says the official. @OneIndia
* Fuel jettison test done in April
* Radar and data link too tested
* Hot refueling routinely carried out


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Loaded with inspiring stories, 'Precious Souls' launched

THE LAUNCH: (Left to right) Air Marshal S R K Nair, Dr Muhammed Majeed, Dr Nazeema Maraikayar, Anita Nair, Dr Malathi K Holla (on wheelchair) and Anantha Krishnan during the launch of Precious Souls in Bangalore on 14 May 2016.
HOUSE OF KALAM: Family members of Guru Kalam with Dr Kota Harinarayana (4th from left) at the launch of Precious Souls.
PRICELESS MOMENTS: Parents of special children and invited guests share their thoughts.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Precious Souls author Anantha Krishnan with novelist Anita Nair during a one-to-one capturing the key phases of the book project.
GURU DEVO BHAVA: NCC Air Wing cadets unveil the painting of Guru Kalam during the occasion. The painting done by an Army sepoy is autographed by Guru Kalam, who gifted it to Inspired Indian Foundation on June 12 2015. The Foundation would now auction the painting for undertaking the causes of unsung heroes. The 40x37 inch oil painting has treated teak frame. 

By Jose George

Precious Souls: A journey into the inspiring lives of special children and their families, the second book by best-selling author Anantha Krishnan M. was launched at Hotel Royal Orchid in Bengaluru on May 14 (Saturday).
The book, launched by Dr Naseema Maraikayar (Founder-chairperson of Abdul Kalam International Foundation and niece of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam), Air Marshal S R K Nair (AOC-in-C, Training Command, IAF), Dr Muhammed Majeed (Managing Director, Sami Labs), Anita Nair (Author), Dr Malathi Holla (Para Athlete) and Anantha Krishnan M, chronicles the lives of 24 special children who have dared to defy all odds by exploring their creative urges.
Precious Souls has a foreword from former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam who was moved by the inspiring stories of these children. “I hope this great attempt by my journalist friend will create awareness among people about special children, their needs, and their gifts,” wrote the ex-president.
The event began with the unveiling of a painting of Kalam titled Mission, Melody &Missiles, by an army soldier Renjith C Thalavoor. The painting has a signature of Kalam.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Naseema Maraikayar urged people to understand and appreciate the special children and work towards making the world a better place for them. She also announced the decision to appoint Ananth Krishnan as the strategic advisor to of Abdul Kalam International Foundation.
During the interaction with author Anita Nair, Anantha Krishnan said it was during his discussions with Malathi Holla for his first book, A Different Spirit that he came across more closely with people with different abilities and was moved by their resilience. When asked what inspired him to write about special people an emotional Ananth said it was Abdul Kalam who said if you do anything do it perfectly, giving everything you have, who inspired him to look at the lives of special children and spread their stories. He also urged his fellow journalists to work towards creating awareness about people with different abilities.
Speaking on the occasion, which was hailed ‘an evening dedicated to mothers’ Dr Muhammed Majeed said this event will go a long way in helping the cause of the differently-abled.
Parrikar on Precious Souls. 
The parents of the special children shared their experiences of bringing them and the joys and the many challenges they face.
Four special children, Adithya Venkatesh (keyboard), Vaibhav Kutnikar (tabala), Anubhav (vocals) and Samuel Ashish Marcus (guitar) mesmerised the audience with their enviable music skills. 
Three leather-bound copies of the book, one for Rs.12,000, a second for Rs.11,000 and the third for Rs.10,000 were auctioned on the occasion. The proceeds were handed over to the families of special children with economically poor background.
The evening also witnessed the presentation of G Santha Teacher Memorial Journalism Award 2016 to Ms Rekha Satheesh, Deputy News Editor, The New Indian Express and Youth Icon Award 2016 Ms Devi Unnimaya of Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Secondary School, Kerala.
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

HAL on mission mode to ramp up Tejas production

LCA-Tejas Division GM V Sridharan.
Bengaluru, March 24: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is sparing no efforts to ensure that the series production at its LCA-Tejas Division in Bengaluru picks up momentum. Often at the receiving end for poor production schedules, HAL officials are now determined to plug the loopholes that dented their image.
During a facility visit to Tejas Division recently, OneIndia was witness to the shift in HAL’s work philosophies.  The state-of-the-art hangar was abuzz with activities. The jigs were getting loaded with plane parts. Majority of employees are now working from morning 7 am to 9 pm, which General Manager V Sridharan terms it as a ‘voluntary effort.’
A team of young designers and engineers were seen working hand in hand with support staff at the shop floor to ensure that the Indian Air Force (IAF) got the required fighters to form the first Tejas Squadron in Bengaluru.
* Components for SP-3 to SP-8 get on to the jigs
* Our actions will speak now: Sridharan
Most modules getting outsourced
Raju says young team will do wonders
Read the full report, here: http://bit.ly/1MDNNqS

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tejas not singled out during post-Iron Fist briefing: IAF

Bengaluru, March 23: The Indian Air Force (IAF) clarified that it never portrayed India’s home-grown fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in ‘poor light’ after a section of media reported on a probe into ‘failed bombing missions’ during Iron Fist exercise held in Pokhran ranges recently. 
The IAF also clarified that its post-Iron Fist briefing did not single out Tejas, instead presented an overall review of the Fire Power Demonstration (FPD) held on March 18. 
The negative publicity for Tejas, which is on course towards fulfilling the Final Operational Clearance (FOC), is said to have caught the attention of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday, who was chairing a top-level review meeting on the fighter programme in Delhi. 
* Missed target figures in Tejas review meeting 
* 106 bombs hit targets, only 2 malfunctioned 
* Only Jaguar LGB had a clean strike 
* Everything can’t be spectacular; it’s not a movie 
* Lack of awareness on fighter’s abilities 
Full report, here: http://bit.ly/1PqOAva

Saturday, March 19, 2016

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