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Thursday, November 27, 2014

We are on expansion mode; focus on new-age technologies: INA Commandant

Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Commandant, INA. Photo: IN

The Indian Naval Academy (INA) is gearing up to build infrastructure and capabilities to meet the increase in intake in the next five years with the Phase-II expansion plans going live. The INA, a premier training establishment of Indian Navy, situated at Ezhimala in Kannur district of North Kerala's Malabar region, is on an expansion mode which will see the cadet strength eventually double in the Phase-III stage. 
In an exclusive one-to-one with OneIndia, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Commandant, INA, said that current shift in focus of training in the Indian Navy mandates an officer to be able to man, operate and maintain the gen-next assets. 
"To fight the future wars at the sea, we want our officers to be equipped mentally, physically and technologically. At INA, we have been giving a huge stress on tech learning with the best of systems available for the cadets," says Vice Admiral Suresh who is being part of the Indian Navy for over 33 years.
* Phase-II plans in full swing
* Attracting the best talent
* Huge demand from foreign navies
* Training ships likely to be part of INA in future

Read more on OneIndia, here: http://bit.ly/1ry28KO
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mission Aerofi set to propel ‘Make Indian’ concepts in aerospace

By Anantha Krishnan M

Mission Aerospace Foundation of India (Mission Aerofi), an organisation that promises to develop products from home-grown platforms for the world market is all set to take off in Bengaluru on November 29. The official launch of Aerofi will be held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) situated inside the Indian Institute of Science campus. Former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Fali H Major (Retd) will be the chief guest during the occasion.
The first project of Mission Aerofi could be the development of a quad-copter (a flying machine with four rotors). With over 50,000 quad-copters flying all over the world currently, the team is keen to join hands with Belgium for this project. "This Indo-Belgium product will target to incorporate new technologies such as structural batteries, which is part of the airframe structure itself, as also advances in cognitive technologies for multiple quad-copters to cooperate to execute missions. Quad-copters are popular for their short take-off capabilities and are effective for surveillance missions," says Anurakar Mishra, CEO of Genser Aerospace and Information Technologies Private Ltd and the brain behind the new organisation.
Read the full report on OneIndia, here: http://bit.ly/1rmGcm1

Friday, November 21, 2014

Will Parrikar give go-ahead for single-tender Avro replacement bid?

By Anantha Krishnan M

Manohar Parrikar
All eyes are on India’s new Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is set to chair his first Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting in New Delhi on November 22. Among the crucial decisions to be taken by Parrikar, the 13,000-crore ‘private sector only’ Avro replacement project initiated by the UPA-2 regime would be the most-awaited one. Aimed at encouraging the private sector to take major lead in India’s aerospace and defence programmes, the project envisages the delivery of 56 medium transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF), under the ‘Buy and Make’ category.
The decision to keep PSUs like aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) at bay from the tendering process has already ran into trouble. The tender was issued during A K Antony’s regime in May 2013 and was strongly opposed by some of his Cabinet colleagues as well. The tender had sought foreign OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to identify an Indian partner other than HAL, to supply 16 aircraft from their original facilities and provide ToT (Transfer of Technology) for manufacturing the remaining 40 aircraft by the Indian partner.
As per the tender, foreign OEM would remain as the main contractor and the Indian partner would only remain as a vendor. The contract, when finalised, will be signed between the OEM and the IAF. The tender has so far been extended several times with the foreign OEMs failing to identify a capable Indian partner. Finally, the Tata-Airbus consortium (Airbus Defence & Space and Tata Advanced Systems) now remain as the single vendor, offering the Airbus C295 as a replacement to the Avros.
While the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) prohibits clearances of defence projects under single tender, sources tell OneIndia that DAC can overlook the rulebook taking into account the ‘existing exceptional situation.’ If Parrikar uses this ‘special route’ to bring in the Airbus C295, it might be seen as a deviation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong ‘Make in India’ pitch. However, those supporting Airbus C295 would argue that a major work share will be done in India thereby fulfilling PM’s Make in India dream.

Also read:

* Make in India campaign in focus
* Choose independent directors carefully, MoD told 
* We should be allowed to compete, says HAL
* Future bids will be different, says expert
* About Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) 

Full report on OneIndia here: http://bit.ly/11Kny1q

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chandan needs your support. Do chip in with help

I will become a real pilot one day, says terminally-ill boy Chandan

Photos: Uday Foundation

By Anantha Krishnan M | OneIndia News 

Bengaluru, Nov 19: Fourteen-year-old Chandan is on Cloud 9. Thanks to the Indian Air Force (IAF), his biggest dream of becoming a ‘fighter pilot’ has been fulfilled recently. On the eve of Children’s Day, Chandan ‘earned’ his wings after dating the fighter planes and flight simulators. 
“Till then, I had seen planes only on television. I am very happy. But, I have more dreams now… ,” Chandan told OneIndia during an exclusive interview. He even had a one-to-one session with the IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. 
Chandan’s plane passion refuses to die. He knows he is hit by the deadly cancer. His doctors and parents haven’t told him about his very slim chances of survival. “May be three months more… God-willing little more,” says Rahul Verma, Founder of Uday Foundation, who has been supporting Chandan and his family for the last couple of years. 
Shuttling between All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and his temporary place of stay being arranged by the Uday Foundation, Chandan refuses to give up. “He is the real fighter,” says Rahul. 

A studious child 

Chandan’s father Girish Mandal (39) ran a small-time business in Smasthipur district of Bihar. In the last couple of years, the family has moved to New Delhi for Chandan’s treatment at AIIMS. “He is extremely good at studies. His results were really good. He never missed any of his homework and his Masterji was always happy with Chandan, who did his schooling till 7th Standard,” says Mandal. 
After planes, Chandan is fond of computers and he is even a good hand at the game of carrom. “This Diwali my father bought me a new phone. I think he paid Rs 4,000 for the phone. I love it and it gives me good company,” Chandan told OneIndia over phone from Delhi. 
The entire interview was done in Hindi and on a conference call mode, with Chandan’s father and Rahul Verma joining in. “He was excited when we told that a writer covering planes and ships will be calling him from Bangalore. He wanted to quickly complete his treatment and talk about planes,” says Rahul Verma. 

Surviving on pain killers 

A look at Chandan’s medical report can be disturbing. The family says the doctors have tried their best. Chandan is administered heavy dose of pain killers, including Morphine tablets. His entire body is hit by cancer, which is now in a very advanced stage. 
Every alternate day, Chandan visits AIIMS and undergoes chemotherapy among other treatments. “The doctors are now keeping the boy out of pain and I think they have exhausted all modes of treatment. His days might be numbered, but every moment of his life matters to us. I am thankful to IAF for taking my kid to a plane. I have never seen him so happy,” says Mandal. 

Uday Foundation’s role 

Rahul Verma of Uday Foundation says that Chandan and his family were spotted outside AIIMS couple of years back. “It is the case with many poor families in Delhi. They stay outside the hospitals. We did manage to raise some funds for Chandan. In India we do not give any dignity for the poor people. Chandan’s father couldn’t return to work in the village due to the boy’s illness,” says Rahul, who was instrumental in reaching out to the IAF. 
Today, Mandal works as a volunteer with the Uday Foundation and in return he gets some support to take care of Chandan’s medical needs. “The Foundation is a volunteer-based NGO and conducts a series of programmes for the healthcare of children. We also run activities for children in hospitals,” says Rahul. 

Air warriors are proud of the boy 

Speaking to OneIndia, Wg Cdr S S Birdi, IAF Official Spokesperson, said that air warriors take lot of pride in fulfilling the wishes of Chandan. “It was a very special day for all of us in IAF when we could do something to make Chandan’s wishes come true. The IAF Chief himself was very moved by Chandan’s fighting spirit. In many ways Chandan is the true fighter. The boy was extremely happy after being with us. We are united in our prayers that he overcomes the illness at the earliest. Chandan has touched our hearts,” Birdi said. 

I want plane models, says Chandan 

Chandan now wants to have some models so that he is always in touch with flying machines. “After watching planes fly on TV and later seeing them at very close range was a great feeling. I have lots of pilot friends now. Now, I will also become a real pilot one day. I want some plane toys (models) so that I can always see them. I want to sleep next to them and carry them to the hospital so that I don’t get bored, “says Chandan. 
The interview was wound up with an assurance to Chandan that plane models will be soon land in Delhi and delivered to him. 

Will you chip in? 

Chandan’s family needs financial assistance and you may contribute towards the cause of boy’s treatment. His bank details are below: 

Master Chandan Kumar, Account No. 600510110003936 (Savings Account), Bank of India, Hauz Khas Branch, A-21, Green Park Main, New Delhi, PIN: 110 016, IFSC Code: BKID0006005 (For online transactions). 

[The photos used in this report are copyrighted property of Uday Foundation. They are being published with permission.] 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OneIndia Exclusive: DRDO to abandon Kaveri project; GTRE gets revival package

By Anantha Krishnan M

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to wind up the Kaveri engine (GTX-35VS) programme, signaling an end to a desi dream of equipping its own fighter jet with a home-grown power plant. Sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to OneIndia on Tuesday that the DRDO has already moved a file recently seeking the closure of the ambitious engine development project undertaken by Bengaluru-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE).
The proposal now needs to get the approval of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and finally the clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) – a process expected to take at least a year. The Kaveri project, which began in the mid-80s, was aimed at powering the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
GTRE has spent so far Rs 2,106 crore on the project so far and could only fly the engine for 73 hours on the IL-76 Flying Test Bed (FTB) in Russia. The delay in the project saw DRDO choosing the GE 404 engine for Tejas Mk-1 and GE 414 for Tejas Mk-II. 
* GTRE gets additional funds 
* Part of DRDO’s bold decision, confirms DG
* Years of hard work won’t go waste: GTRE Director 

Read the full report on OneIndia: http://bit.ly/1EZw22J

Hacked email ID contained no sensitive info: HAL

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) said on Tuesday that it lost no sensitive information following the hacking of one of its email IDs on Monday. It was on Monday evening that the members of national media received an email from HAL’s Corporate Communication department with a one-line message.
The link in the mail (“Watch this article’ with URL failed to open making it evident that the account has been hacked. The emails to the media got generated from HAL’s email ID halmedia@gmail.com.
HAL said that the email was never used to transfer any sensitive information. “It acted as one of our channels to communicate with the media. We operate through official IDs as well, but for the convenience of the media, we have been keeping the gmail account active. It’s widely believed that gmail accounts have the ability to carry large files,” an HAL official said.
* Account secured
* CorpCom initiative 
* Historic blunder
* Last LCH email
Ready the full report in OneIndia, here: http://bit.ly/1AaFgcA

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

RotorPlus: HAL-funded LCH TD-3 undergoes first flight successfully

India on Wednesday pinned an inspiring page to its chopper chapter when Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) successfully conducted the maiden test flight of the third technology demonstrator (TD-3) of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). Piloted by Wg Cdr Unni Pillai (Retd), HAL's Chief Test Pilot (CTP), Rotary Wing (RW) and ably assisted by Gp Capt Hari Nair (Retd), Deputy CTP (RW), the 20-minute maiden outing of LCH TD-3 was a flawless affair. The successful flight is a huge morale-booster to HAL, as the TD-3 project is being funded (Rs 80 crore) completely by the company, as part of the ‘bold strategy by the Board' to fast-track the programme. HAL has also set aside Rs 126 crore for LCH TD-4, which is expected to fly soon.
The LCH TD3's flight had its own share of suspense with the Bengaluru weather presenting a gloomy picture all through Tuesday. However, not-withstanding a light drizzle, the pilots took off the LCH TD3 from HAL's Helicopter Division and headed towards the Hoskote segment with a Dhruv chopper as the chase. The confidence of the pilots were evident when they did a low fly-past over the Helicopter Complex before touching down completing all flight parameters as prescribed during the pre-flight briefing session. "Every test point was done exactly with nothing unusual noticed during the flight. We are confident that the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) will now be achieved in September 2015, three months ahead of the deadline," HAL Chairman R K Tyagi told OneIndia.

[RotorPlus is a OneIndia series focusing on various home-grown helicopter programmes 
undertaken by HAL. The series will not be appearing one after another.]

Read the full report @Oneindia: http://bit.ly/1tHNfFs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Telangana plugs on to PM’s Make in India wagon; to lure aerospace firms with inspiring incentives

Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao has charted a flight-path for the growth of aerospace and defence in the state. KCR's dream of capturing the legacy of the defence sector in the region will be spelt out during a three-day international conference set to take off at the Novotel Hotel in Hyderabad on November 12. The CM and his team have lined up some proposals to inspire plane parties to spread their wing over the skies of Telangana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ‘Make in India' pitch is expected to get a further boost at the event, with the Telangana Government ready to embrace the idea wholeheartedly.
In an exclusive interview to OneIndia on Tuesday, Dr V K Saraswat, Chairman, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), said that in addition to exploring the opportunities in aerospace and defence sector, the meet will also capture the available supply chain logistics in the region. "The idea is to avail the growth in the sector in line with PM's Make in India campaign. Hyderabad has many defence establishments and the CM is keen that the benefits reach the entire Telangana region. The government is ready to give land, communication systems, infrastructure and tax incentives to companies who are willing to spread their businesses in the region," Dr Sarswat said.

Full report on OneIndia site: http://bit.ly/1zJIljm

Monday, November 10, 2014

100 days more for Aero India 2015; MoD waits for Parrikar’s magical touch

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Defence Exhibition Organisation (DEO) are all set to review the preparations for the 10th edition of Aero India 2015 scheduled to be held at the Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka, in Bengaluru, from February 18-22, 2015. With 58-year-old Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar taking charge as India's full-time Defence Minister, the 36th individual to head the top ministry, sources confirm to OneIndia that ‘new vision' for the air show will be out soon. Going by the tone of the officials, it is clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ‘Make in India' dream will get a major boost during the show. 
With just 100 days to go for the plane carnival, the officials are eager to capture the vision of Defence Minister Parrikar. "This time we have been given a free hand to brand Aero India and transparency will be the key. The policy change and the mindset of the government so far has been clear that the show should be meaningful highlighting India's strengths in defence and aviation manufacturing. Officially the show will be called as ‘10th International Show on Aerospace, Defence, Civil Aviation, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering.' The launch of the logo will be held soon after the new minister settles down," a senior government official said.

Read the full report on OneIndia: http://bit.ly/1w9czpB

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tejas trainer PV6 completes first flight successfully

By Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, November 8: The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme received a shot in the arm when PV6 (Prototype Vehicle 6), a final configuration two-seater trainer aircraft from the flight-line, successfully completed its maiden flight at the HAL Airport in Bengaluru on Saturday. The flight was piloted by Grp Capt Vivart Singh along with co-pilot Grp Capt Anoop Kabadwal, both Test Pilots from the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) here.
Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Director P.S. Subramanyam told OneIndia that the flight lasted for around 35-minutes. “Yet another flight that stuck to the textbook plans. The pilots were able to do all the planned maneuvers with great ease. The new engine was tested to full power under all available conditions,” Subramanyam said.
The PV-6 climbed to a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet, touched 0.7 Mach (speed) and pitched up to 14 degrees angle of attack (AoA). This is the 15th Tejas variant to have flown as part of the programme, the earlier ones being TD1, TD2, PV1, PV2, PV3, PV5 (Trainer), LSP1, LSP2, LSP3, LSP4, LSP5,LSP7, LSP8 and SP1. A naval variant (NP-1) of LCA is also undergoing flight trials now.
Final trainer prototype: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chairman R K Tyagi, who spoke to OneIndia from Delhi over the phone, said that with Saturday’s successful flight of PV6, the series production activities will gain further momentum. “It’s another achievement done by my team along with other stakeholders. Today, I am confident that every Tejas variant coming out of our hangars will act as our brand ambassador,” Tyagi said.
HAL said that all systems onboard PV6 responded as expected during the course of the flight. The PV6 is the second two-seater having the capability to deliver all air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons as mandated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the programme’s much-awaited Final Operational Clearance. “We wanted to check the functioning of the twin cockpit and its features on board PV6, based on which the series production requirements of the two-seater trainer will be finalised. Further flights of PV6 will ensure that all the post-flight feedback from the pilots is incorporated,” Tyagi added.
2700-plus flights sans any major incidents: Since its maiden flight on January 4, 2001, various Tejas variants have together completed 2,772 flights as on date logging approximately 1800 hours. With no single mishaps till date, the HAL-ADA-IAF combine have given a new thrust to the programme, notwithstanding its delays. In addition to the new engine (GE-404 IN20), PV6 had on board a new communication system, radar, EW sensors and navigation systems for automatic landing. Operations from the front and rear cockpits are fully exchangeable.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Can DRDO fulfil PM Modi’s wish of youngsters heading 5 laboratories?

Hit by the short range ‘wish missile' fired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi two months back, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) might be waking up to the reality that the change is imminent, and it's now or never. While addressing a DRDO award function in August this year, PM Modi had asked the top brass to set aside five laboratories for scientists below 35 years - a message that went viral on social media sites.

In an interview to OneIndia, Dr K Tamilmani, Director-General (Aero), DRDO, said that the PM's wish to hand over the mandate of running some labs to youngsters has become a mandate now. "The PM's call to promote young talent has been well received by the youngsters within DRDO. We have been doing this exercise in the past as well and it will get a new focus now. It has to be a well-thought out plan keeping in mind factors such as project execution, financial management, administrative abilities and most-importantly leadership qualities," Dr Tamilmani said.
* IIT graduate heads Rs 22-crore futuristic project: DRDO 
* Modi’s idea is great, execution tough: Pushpindar Singh
* Creation of new labs the only solution: DRDO Director
* Ready to take risk, let young guns take charge: PM Modi
To read the full report, hit the OneIndia link: http://bit.ly/1x5LKWf

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sky thriller: When Jaguar striker chased Nirbhay missile

Among the tweets that went viral on Oct 17, 2014, the day India successfully test-fired its first subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, one read, #Jaguar fighter chases Nirbhay missile! This tweet from this writer took many by surprise. Fighter plane chasing a missile was definitely a new phenomenon for many devotees following India's military might. And, two weeks after India's successful attempt of launching Nirbhay, details are now available with OneIndia about the well-coordinated ‘sky thriller' choreographed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and executed by the Indian Air Force (IAF) with support from the Indian Navy.
According to sources, the IAF readied two Sukhois (one on as a stand-by) at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station ahead of the launch. The pilots were thoroughly briefed about the designated flight-path, timing of the launch and duration of the flight. Hotlines at the DRDO's Interim Test Range (ITR) in Balasore and IAF HQ in Delhi were busy with the top brass ensuring that the missile sky chase by the fighter goes as planned.
* Pilots will have to keep a safe distance: IAF
* Inspiring role by Services, says DRDO DG
* A great coordinated effort, says ADE Director
* Chasing is a skilled job, says Tejas Test Pilot
To read the above points in detail, hit the OneIndia link: http://bit.ly/10eij8B 
Image credit: Stitch India Digital

Friday, October 31, 2014

HAL conducts critical Ground Vibration Test on modified Sukhoi with BrahMos missile

An exclusive grab of Sukhoi undergouing GVT test at HAL's Nasik facility.
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) conducted the critical Ground Vibration Test (GVT) on a Sukhoi aircraft, which is being integrated with the air version of the BrahMos missile. Confirming details to OneIndia, HAL Chairman R K Tyagi said that the GVT is an important step towards the modification of the Sukhois, which are set to carry the BrahMos missiles in future.
"The recent GVT was aimed at assessing the dynamic behavior of the modified Sukhoi platform. The tests were carried out for a total of nine configurations," Tyagi said. The GVT was done at HAL's Nasik Division in Maharashtra. A team of experts from the ground test department of HAL's Aircraft Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Bangalore conducted the GVT in the presence of quality experts, IAF officials and members from the BrahMos Aerospace team.
* Tests on nine configurations of the aircraft
* Repair and overhaul stores facility open
* We shall take on the challenges, HAL Chief
* Space will be our new home, says Rakesh Sharma
Full report in OneIndia: http://bit.ly/1wN8yJe

Monday, October 27, 2014

Experts see several implications to Chinese submarine’s visit to Colombo

Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, Commander of Sri LankaNavy being received by Chief of
the Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan at South Block in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: IN

The visiting Sri Lankan Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera perfectly played to the gallery on Monday. Ruling out any Chinese military presence in the island nation, he said, "India's security is as our security." He wanted India to believe that the co-operation between China and Sri Lanka are purely commercial in nature. His comments come after concerns expressed in various quarters over the increasing presence of the Chinese military in Sri Lanka. Last month, the People's Liberation Army-Navy's (PLA-N) Type-039 Song Class submarine had docked in Colombo, signalling China's reach in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). While Vice Admiral Perera claimed that the submarine was not a nuclear one, experts in India feel that its visit has several implications.
Full report in OneIndia.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#FridayFury | Nirbhay scores a Perfect 10 | #Update 10

DRDO Chief Dr Avinash Chander joins the celebrations at ITR soon after Nirbhay (below) mission was declared successful. 
And here comes the final piece (updated copy) for the day, which went live on http://news.oneindia.in/ now. Do remember where you read it first! Have a great week end! READ THE REPORT HERE.

#FridayFury | Nirbhay launch pix from DRDO | #Update 9

#FridayFury | Video footage of today's Nirbhay launch | #Update 8


#FridayFury | Mission Accomplised: DRDO Chief | #Update 7

Photo courtesy: Manjeet Negi

Here's a 11.40 am copy I filed for OneIndia. Range and other figures will be updated in another copy set to go live in couple of hours. READ HERE.

#FridayFury | #BreakingNews | NIRBHAY SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRED | #Update 6

India on Friday successfully test-fired home-grown subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur. Nirbhay, with a strike range of 800-1000, km took off from the Launch Complex-3 of ITR today at 10.04 am. As per the script, it crossed all the 10 way points before hitting the designated target area. Stay tuned for more updates.

#FridayFury | #BreakingNews | 40 minutes more to go | #Update 5

  Booster separated. Wings open. On it's way to cover intended range; about 40 minutes more.

#FridayFury | #BreakingNews | Nirbhay test-fired at 10.04 am | #Update 4

#FridayFury | Final countdown begins | #Update-3

  DRDO top brass confirms that countdown for 2nd launch of India's subsonic cruise missile  has begun. All activities are happening inside the heavily-guarded Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur.

#FridayFury | #Breaking News Final countdown to begin at 9 am | #Update-2

Nirbhay launch. File photo
DRDO sources confirm that the final countdown will begin at 9 am. Sources also confirm that the launcher activities have been completed @ LC-3 of ITR in Chandipur. 

#FridayFury | All set for Nirbhay launch | #Update-1

DRDO sources confirm that the launch is scheduled at around 9.30 am today from LC-3 of ITR in Chandipur. 

Friday Fury: Subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay ready to strike

Image Courtesy: Stitch India Digital
Nirbhay, India's first home-grown subsonic cruise missile, is all set for its launch from Interim Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur (Near Balasore in Orissa) on Friday, Oct 17. This is Nirbhay's second launch, the first being terminated mid-way on 12 March 2013 owing to a technical snag. Nirbhay, with an expected strike range of 800-1000 km, is the first missile being made completely in Bangalore. The missile was nurtured at the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) premier laboratory Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) in Bangalore's C V Raman Nagar, an area infested with defence units. Copyright@OneIndia

Read the full story in OneIndia. English | Hindi | Tamil Telugu

Thursday, October 16, 2014



Here's an exclusive video footage of last year's maiden launch of Nirbhay, India’s first subsonic cruise missile, which had to be terminated after 20-minutes into its mission. Nirbhay had travelled almost 250 km towards the target after the launch, but a technical snag dented its designated flight path. Capabilities like the lift-off from the canister, the booster separation, ignition of cruise vehicle engine at high altitude, wing deployment, control guidance and way-point navigation were proven during the launch. 
The video is of 2:37 minutes and till 1 minute the launch frames have been captured by various ground-based cameras. The remaining part has been shot from a Sukhoi (Su-30 MKI), which flew parallel to the missile.
As DRDO scientists gear up for the next launch (on October 17, 2014) of Nirbhay -- India's first 'Made-in-Bangalore Missile' -- this video sourced after 'lots of effort' should inspire many, considering some of the first-time technologies our scientists could prove. This footage was first shown to a select audience during DefExpo in Delhi this year.
Gratitude to sources, who have time and again reposed faith in Tarmak007. This video will be truly a treat to all the devotees of India's aerospace and defence might.
Best wishes to Team DRDO for Nirbhay's second launch!


Inspiration from an aborted flight: http://bit.ly/1C3n5DX
Agni-II Prime failed, but nobody died! http://bit.ly/1ocAWjd

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

APJ@83 | I have full faith in our youth who will propel India's future: Dr Kalam

Photo: Billionbeats
People’s President and India’s inspiration machine turned 83 today. In his own words: “I will be entering into 84th orbit around the Sun.” Nothing has changed in the life of former President of India, who still stays awake till 1 am reading and replying to his fan mails. Amidst visitors, calling him on at his No 10 residence on Delhi’s famous Rajaji Marg with birthday wishes, Dr Kalam granted an exclusive interview to OneIndia. Every day matters and every moment matters to me. Every 1st of January, I design what should be my mission for that year and start working towards it. Based on my experience, I achieve almost 60-70 per cent of what I have planned. You see, my mission never stops,” he said. (Copyright@OneIndia.)
What are his regrets in life?
Why did he stay a bachelor?
What's his take on youth power?
Where should India be by 2020?
And, what it takes to be an Indomitable Spirit?
(You can catch the full interview at OneIndia, India's leading news portal. INTERVIEW LINK HERE.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#Nirbhay Update | Missile integration begins

#GoodLuckNirbhay #NirbhayLaunch Final integration of the missile with the launcher underway at Balasore. Integrated test with the range resources to take place today and tomorrow. 

Get constant updates on: https://twitter.com/writetake

#NirbhayUpdates @writetake

#GoodLuckNirbhay #NirbhayLaunch Catch all the latest news of Nirbhay launch  on https://twitter.com/writetake

#NirbhayUpdate | Lighter version?

#GoodLuckNirbhay #NirbhayLaunch DRDO will work on a lighter version of #Nirbhay depending upon the success of the current missile.  

#NirbhayUpdate: 100 scientists, 1 missile!

#NirbhayLaunch Over 100 scientists, 75-80 from ADE, working on last-minute launch formal
ities of
#Nirbhay missile.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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