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Tejas LCA crosses impressive milestone – logs 1,002 flights

India's prestigious Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme logged an impressive milestone completing 1002 flights on Thursday. The sortie lasted about 30 minutes, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) sources said here, and was carried out by Group Captain JA Maolankar, chief test pilot of the National Flight Test Centre. The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft took off for its first flight on 4 January 2001 in a sortie that lasted 18 minutes. The flight was carried out by the very first Tejas aircraft called the Technology Demonstrator-1 (TD-1). The programme has come a long way since. "That the programme achieved this milestone without any major setbacks bears testimony to the skill and competence of all the programme components. The Tejas team has become a role model for executing large R&D programmes in the country," programme director MS Subramanyam said. The first phase of the LCA programme (Full Scale Engineering Development-Phase I) was geared towards demonst…

China can't stop India's missile system

India considers its emerging anti-missile system an absolute necessity. As each day passes, the signs of instability in Pakistan become more troubling and the drum beat grows louder from Pakistan's Swat Valley, where a militant culture is taking root which is neither tolerant nor passive in nature. Beijing cannot be happy about India's anti-missile plans and what this might mean for China's long-term strategic interests in the region. More than anything else, it is the uncertainty of the outcome that is causing it such discomfort. The US seems determined to surround China with US-built anti-missile systems. Using North Korea as a valid excuse at first, the US anti-missile footprint could soon extend from Japan - including Japanese cruisers stationed offshore - and South Korea to Taiwan and India.
Sure, China's trade with India is growing quickly, but that may prove to be inconsequential. According to Dr Jing-dong Yuan, director of the East Asia Non-proliferation Prog…

Brahmos Cruise Missile to be Test Fired January 20th

The test-firing of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos will be held on Tuesday January 20th 2009 near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It was earlier postponed due to heavy fog and rough weather conditions. This is to be the third testing of BrahMos missile in desert conditions. The missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, was scheduled to be test-fired on Sunday from the Pokran firing range. Reports said a delay in missile's transportation to the test site also led to the postponement which was also linked to prevailing weather conditions. BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia who have together formed the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. The acronym BrahMos is perceived as the confluence of the two nations represented by two great rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russi…

India Working Towards LASER Based Missile Defense System

India is said to be developing a LASER-based weapons system as a part of its Ballistic Missile Defence to intercept and destroy incoming missiles after they are launched in enemy territory. A ballistic missile take-off has three segments. When launched, it is called boost phase, and followed by the mid course when it reaches the highest point of its trajectory and lastly the terminal phase when it is coming close to the target on ground. "If you have a laser based system on an airborne or seaborne platform, it can travel at the speed of light and in a few seconds, we can kill a ballistic missile coming towards us," DRDO's Air Defence Programme Director V K Saraswat told reporters in New Delhi. He said the laser-based interceptor will give 'more time' to the BMD system to kill a ballistic missile launched from a distance of 2000 km. "Suppose if the missile is being launched at Indian target from 2000 km. If I have to kill it there, I will have to travel th…

Nuclear Plants - Fast Breeder Reactors - Being Redesigned to Cut Costs

Scientists and engineers at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) are hoping to save around Rs.5 billion (Rs.500 crore or $104 million) by modifying the design of four fast breeder reactors on the anvil for nuclear power plants. "The proposed reactors are going to be different in many ways from the prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) designed by us and which are under construction," IGCAR director Baldev Raj told reporters. With the Rs.35-billion PFBR project progressing at good pace at Kalpakkam, 80 km from here, the Indian government has sanctioned building of four more 500 MW fast reactors. A breeder reactor is one that breeds more material for a nuclear fission reaction than it consumes, so that the reaction - that ultimately produces electricity - can continue. The Indian fast reactors will be fuelled by a blend of plutonium and uranium oxide. While the reactor will use fission plutonium for power production, it will also breed more plutonium than …

India buys Warrior spy in the sky

Antenna Technology Communications (ATCi) has sold its Warrior Satellite Monitoring and Surveillance System to the Indian region. The Warrior Satellite Monitoring System is designed for government and military use and allows snooping on satellite communications. It can manage, control, and archive the data, voice and video content being carried on any given satellite on any given transponder in its viewing arc simultaneously. It also allows search and retrieval technology which can load metadata into an interlinked network of IP storage servers to provide high grade snooping tools. In a press release, Antenna Technology said that, thanks to the terror attacks in Mumbai, there has become a heightened requirement for extensive monitoring and surveillance of everything in the sky for India and other countries around the world. ATCi's CEO, Gary Hatch, said that the company had a long-standing history in successfully implementing several surveillance and monitoring systems for the …

DRDO completes upgrade of MiG-27 for IAF

India has successfully completed the upgrade programmes on the Indian Air Force's (IAF) MiG-27 ground attack fighter aircraft. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out the avionics upgrades on the fighter aircraft. Initiated in 2002 through a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and IAF, the upgraded MiG-27 aircraft obtained the Initial Operational Clearance in June 2006, which led to the subsequent formation of operational squadrons, DRDO officials said here today. In the upgraded MiG-27s, the avionics system is built around a modular mission computer termed Core Avionics Computer (CAC). "These functional modules are powering the mission computers on Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircraft as well," sources said. The upgraded ground attack fighters are equipped with Inertial Navigation and Global Positioning System (INGPS) providing accurate naviga…

US in talks with India for providing missile defence

As part of their overall strategic partnership, the US and India are engaged in talks over sale of missile shield systems to help New Delhi face any nuclear threats from Pakistan and other "volatile" countries in the region, a media report here said today. Quoting unnamed US diplomats, the Financial Times said the preliminary talks took place mainly at a scientific and technical level and American defence officials had conducted computer simulations with their Indian counterparts. Noting that India is a partner of the US, the officials said "we want to provide it with whatever it needs to protect itself. This fits into the overall strategic partnership we are building." The Indo-US relations blossomed in the recent years culminating in the signing of a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement. The report said India's need for greater protection against threats emanating from Pakistan and other volatile countries in the region was highlighted by an esca…