Boeing plans to fly Two Super Hornet aircraft to India
Boeing is planning to fly two F/A-18E fighter jets for an operational test to Goa facility for Indian Navy this summer whom Boeing looks as a potential buyer of super hornets. Boeing’s India Business Development Officer, Alain Garcia also pitched foe Super Hornets to Indian Navy and made strong statements for sale of F/A-18 jets. It has been specifically designed for carrier operations, it can also can from the Indian Navy aircraft carriers such as INS Vikrant & INS Vikramaditya, F/A-18has excellent Stobar Performance that will definitely meet with the requirements of the Indian Navy.
STOBAR is used for the take off and recovery of fighter jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Boeing is also in talks with Indian Defence department for sale of its P8I, F-15EX, KC-46 tanker used for aerial refuelling that will boost India’s defence capabilities.
Why ISRO’s RLV-TD landing experiment is important for future space exploration & travel?
ISRO will begin an important phase for its reusable launch vehicle test at the end April, this month that will set the stage for India’s space exploration in future. DRDO is planning to test its RLV-TD Test Vehicle from Chitradurga’s AirStrip situated in Bengaluru, Purpose of the test is to check the landing capabilities of the Reusable Landing Vehicle.
The RLV-TD vehicle will be launched from a helicopter at an altitude of 2.3 to 2.4km, from where the Reusable vehicle will travel its journey to the landing strip. The RLV-TD vehicle will travel like any normal Aircraft on the landing Airstrip on its rear wheels, parachute integrated in the vehicle will control the velocity of the vehicle and make it stable.
Reusable Vehicle will bring down the cost of launches done by ISRO, ISRO is planning to use the vehicle atleast 15 times which isn’t possible in any of the current ISRO Launch Vehicle. It will eventually cut down the cost of space experiments and exploration which will in turn benefit mankind.
IAF seeks hand held Anti Drone Guns, as threat of enemy drones grows
IAF has pitched for hand held Anti Drone Guns amid growing threat posed by enemy UAVs, requirements put forward by IAF are : Drone Guns must be easy to use, portable, easily operated by single soldier or person without any training or any specific skills required by Anti Drone Guns, Range greater than 300 metre, Guns must be able to shoot down drones. On April 22, Rajnath Singh on 6th edition of Defence India Startup Challenge calls upon Industry to develop such guns which will boost India’s Make In India Initiative.
Drones Guns are meant to destroy any low flying enemy drones and unmanned UAVs that are used by enemy countries for smuggling and terror activities in Indian Border areas as we have experienced last year in Punjab’s Pathankot
Unmanned AMCA In Future: AMCA to get Auto Pilot and an Electronic Pilot System
An Avionics engineer for the AMCA program has recently confirmed that AMCA will be getting an Auto Pilot feature that will be used to fly AMCA with minimal Pilot Intervention, that will eventually be used to make AMCA pilotless in future, that is Unmanned AMCA, AMCA will also feature an Electronic Pilot, a mission pilot system which will instruct pilot while flying AMCA.
Mission Pilot or an Electronic Pilot feature will help actual pilot in the identifying and managing & understanding situation around him, Mission pilot will help pilot in making choices during better choices in any tough mission.
Electronic pilot will help AMCA’s pilot for striking deep in the Enemies Territory, there will be no need of ground support in such an aircraft, AMCA Mk2 will have many advanced capabilities like Automated take off and landing, automated air refuelling, & Artificial Piloting features from remote area away from fighter Jet.