Sunday, September 25, 2011

Second Successful Launch of the Indian Shourya Ballistic Missile

India has tested the Shourya nuclear-capable surface/surface missile September 24, 2011, at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast, about 15 km from Balasore. "The launch of the missile was perfect like in text book and followed the path exactly to the pre-defined target in the Bay of Bengal," S.P. Dash, director of the test range, said.

Authorities evacuated more than 2,000 people living close to the launch site in Orissa state - shifting them to temporary shelters, due to security concerns over the test.

This flight paves the way for its production and induction into the Services. It was designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads. The missile can be used by both the Navy and the Army because it could perform various roles.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mahindra-NAL C-NM5 conducts first flight

Utility vehicles major Mahindra Group's maiden aircraft, the C-NM5, has completed a successful test flight, the company announced here Wednesday.

The 45-minute flight of the C-NM5, conducted Sep 1, tested the basic handling of the 5-seater all-metal aircraft.

Subsequent flights evaluated the aircraft stability and control under different flying conditions and further tests are continuing to comply with international regulatory standards before putting it up for global sales.

The aircraft has been developed in a public-private partnership between National Aerospace Laboratories and Mahindra Group's Mahindra Aerospace, with GippsAero, Australia (a subsidiary of Mahindra Aerospace), said Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of the $12.5 billion Mahindra Group.