Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Weaponised version of ALH Dhruv multi-role helicopter has been named 'RUDRA' the god of tempest in Hindu mythology.
The version is armed with 20mm gun turret,70mm rockets, MBDA Mistral air to air missiles.
The ALH Dhruv was developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and will be delivered to Indian Army in 2013.
The variant will augment IA's closer air support for infantry along with the Mi-35 and Mi-25 attack helicopters currently operational.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
On Tuesday another Indian Air Force MIG-21 fighter aircraft crashed soon after take off from the Naal airfield in Rajasthan.
Pilot sustained the ejection but died later due to injuries.The aircraft was on a routine sortie.
This is the second MIG-21 crash this year. MIG-21 is dubbed "flying coffins" due to frequent crashes.
The type which entered service with IAF in 1963 and will be phased out by 2017-20.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Space Shuttle launched on 8 July was on its last mission, bringing three decades of flights of this unique spaceplane to a close. ESA’s new website highlights this era and its important role in European space endeavours.
The boxy black and white craft is the queen of technological marvels from the late 20th century. From its first launch in 1981 the Space Shuttle has been the way to fly to space for many of humankind.
It has transformed spaceflight: it dispatched and partially even returned many satellites and deep-space probes, it helped to end the Cold War by docking with Russia’s Mir space station and it made assembly of the International Space Station possible.
Impressively, the Hubble Space Telescope was delivered into orbit, repaired and maintained by Shuttle on five missions.
With some 2.5 million moving parts, the orbiter with three main engines fuelled from the huge external tank, and the complementary twin solid rocket boosters form a package that is perhaps the most complex technological system ever built.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
India has finalized to ink a $4 billion order with Boeing to buy 10 Boeing built C-17 Globemaster Heavy-lift aircraft, with an option for an additional 6 more.
These aircrafts would significantly augment India's strategic airlift capabilities. C-17 can carry a payload of 75 tonnes to over 4000 km distance and takeoff from a 2km long airstrip.
This deal would make India,the biggest operator of C-17 after USAF. Currently IAF operates a dozen Russian origin IL-76 for heavy lift and 104 An-32 as medium lift aircraft.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
India successfully carried out the second test flight of its MALE (Medium Altitude High Endurance) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle RUSTOM on May 21.
Rustom-1 is developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment(ADE), a DRDO lab engaged in pioneering R&D work in the field of aeronautics in India.
Rustom is designed to have an endurance of 14 hours and an altitude of 8000 metres, a DRDO release said.
This flight is a precursor to payload integrated flight and has met all its objectives.