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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lall Moves Back to US

Neelam Mathews
Aug 31, 2014

As reported, Vivek Lall  has confirmed he has moved from Reliance Industries Ltd to being appointed as CEO for Commercial Strategic Development, General Atomics, California.
GA that has been in India just for two years, is into nuclear energy and high technology defense applications. It is pitching for EMALS.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

India clears purchase of Apaches, Chinooks

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29th August 2014 - 18:14

by Neelam Mathews in New Delhi
India clears purchase of Apaches, Chinooks
India has cleared the offsets proposal for 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy helicopters for the Indian Air Force. 
The Defence Acquisitions Council, (DAC), headed by the defence minister, announced the move on August 29.
The approval comes on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled to visit to the US on September 30. 
It takes both deals closer to completion with clearances to be made by the finance ministry, which shares its minister with defence, and by the Cabinet Committee of Security.
Meanwhile, the long pending, oft re-tendered, 197 Indian Army/Air Force Reconnaissance Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) bid for the Indian Army and Air Force, has been officially scrapped, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Boeing, last year, signed a MoU with Bangalore-based ................................................Read more....

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pilatus Signs PC-7 Offset Deal in India

Indian Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flew the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad in June this year.
August 27, 2014, 10:17 AM
As part of its offset agreement related to a purchase by India’s air force, Pilatus Aircraft has signed a 10-year contract with Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) for the Indian company to supply aerostructures for the PC-12 NG utility turboprop single. Tata will replace existing supplier PZL-Swidnik of Poland. This is India’s first major private partnership, and results from the 30-percent offset obligation (worth about $165 million) that Pilatus incurred in its sale of 75 PC-7 Mk II trainers and associated systems to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The PC-7 contract also requires Pilatus to cooperate with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in creating a depot-level maintenance facility for the aircraft.
TASL will produce PC-12 wings, fuselages, ailerons and flaps at its existing facility in Hyderabad. The first ship sets are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2016.
Since induction of the first PC-7 Mk II early last year, “the IAF has achieved more than 15,000 flying hours and accumulated more than 27,000 landings,” Markus Bucher,CEO of Pilatus, told AIN. Already, 45 of the 75 have been delivered. The final delivery will be made by the middle of next year. The order, worth approximately $497 million, was signed in 2012 after HAL failed to deliver its Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) to replace the IAF’s obsolete piston-engine HAL HPT-32s.
A request for information (RFI) for an additional 106 basic trainers has been released. A source told AIN that Pilatus is the front-runner to supply more PC-7 Mk IIs, since theIAF has expressed satisfaction with the aircraft.

Sri Lanka anticipates further development

Jane's Airport Review

Neelam Mathews
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Mattala Rajapaksala International Airport represents part of the island's bid to position itself as a tourism and cargo-handling destination
For decades, Sri Lanka relied on a single international gateway at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. However, this airport has reached saturation point beyond its designed capacity of 6 million passengers per year, processing 7.32 million in 2013.

The first phase of Mattala Rajapaksala International Airport went operational in 2013.1565965The first phase of Mattala Rajapaksala International Airport went operational in 2013. (Neelam Mathews) 
"Sources at the airport indicate that AASL is in advanced discussions with Oman Air and held talks with AirAsia X. SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena told IHS Jane's that he expects MRIA to become a hub for leisure traffic to the Maldives. The airline plans by 2015 to shift its narrowbody MRO operations from Bandaranaike International to a new USD30 million facility at MRIA with two hangars. It will also operate a training academy at the newer airport.,,,,,,,,,,
Once business picks up, MRIA could be further expanded. The MRIA project covers around 5,000 acres, and once the second and final phase is completed, the airport will increase its capacity from the present one million to five million passengers and 150,000 tonnes of cargo per year.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
IHS Jane's understands that fuel systems - contracted directly by the Ministry of Petroleum through Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to Dubai's Amana Pipeline Construction - are being tested at MRIA. A proposal for a 40 km pipeline from Hanbantota Port was deemed unfeasible due to lack of aircraft movements and a shortage of funds.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
The fuel farm at Mattala Rajapaksala International Airport.1565966The fuel farm at Mattala Rajapaksala International Airport. (Neelam Mathews)
"We understand however, there are problems with the construction of the fuel tank at the Hanbantota Port and this must be addressed before a pipeline can be considered. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The recent integration of Sri Lankan into the oneworld alliance is likely to increase activity at Bandaranaike International Airport, which has launched a new phase of expansion. "We will help position Colombo as the new gateway of South Asia and forecast our transfer passenger traffic increasing from slightly over 40% to 50% thanks to synergies with other oneworld carriers," said SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena.
Work on expanding the passenger terminal will begin by the end of 2014 with the addition of a second departure hall and a second pier able to accommodate up to eight aircraft directly in contact with the terminal. Capacity will then be boosted from six to 12 million passengers.
The extension is due to be operational by 2016.
Neelam Mathews

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Breaking! Finmeccanica refuses comment

Neelam Mathews
Aug 26, 2014


While there are some good tidings coming from the Modi government, I must say the practice being adopted to release an 'unofficial' statement through just a certain segment in the press, is in the steps of the past government. There are no sources quoted and no official sources.

This is truly sending wrong signals to our foreign partners we want to do business with and leaving OEMs to clam up and probably writhe in agony.

An example is this  Statement issued by Finmeccanica on the AW101 deal - 

"With reference to the many and often contradictory press articles concerning alleged decisions by the Indian MoD relating to existing contracts and future business with Finmeccanica companies, Finmeccanica would like to clarify that at the moment it has not received any official communication from any of the relevant authorities. Thus, Finmeccanica will not make any comments on these press reports."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Breaking- Good Tidings on Defense FDI

Neelam Mathews
Aug 25, 2014

Our expectations from the Modi Government are reaping rewards already.

Impatient industry people will be glad to hear that very soon services can be used for offsets. The previous government's hair-brained idea is out of the window. Hopefully this policy has come to stay and there will be some provision to ensure it is not being misused. Bringing in financial institutional funding too, could be a step in the right direction.

We are also hearing, but could not confirm the new FDI structure will clarify that the Indian stake of 51% in a joint venture can be split, giving some relief and hopefully more investment in an industry that has failed to take off. As for 100% FDI, it will be on a case-to-case basis. Which is fair enough.

Licensing is also being rationalized.
Now we just hope politics will not come in the way of nation building.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Airports India and US combine in security initiative

21 August 2014

Key Points

  • Rapiscan and L-3 will have the chance to showcase their technologies to the AAI and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
  • As the aviation market in India grows, new airports will require investment in security equipment to meet international aviation safety and security standards
A USD200,000 security co-operation agreement under the Aviation Co-operation Program (ACP) is to be signed between the US Trade Development Agency and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) later this month or in early September 2014, IHS Jane's has learned.
Under the Aviation Security Equipment Testing and Evaluation Program, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will provide technical assistance and host visits of Indian aviation security officials to its testinglaboratories.........