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India leading in digital avionics, says expert
>We have bridged the gap between quality of products in other countries and in India, DRDO official
>"Miniaturisation is only area where we still have to work"
>We have to translate the R & D into main products, says Dr. Saraswat
VELLORE: "Indian avionics is headed for good times and we are becoming self-reliant in the field with 70 to 80 per cent indigenisation in aerospace systems," said Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Chief Controller (R & D), distinguished scientist and Programme Director of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hyderabad.
Dr. Saraswat said India was leading in digital avionics, while also developed fibre optic systems. About 20 to 25 major industries in the private sector were able to manufacture digital components for aviation equipment.
"As a result, fly-by-wire control systems are being used today in missiles and launcher vehicles, which we need no longer import. We have bridged the gap between the quality of the products available in other countries and in India." Miniaturisation is the only area where we still have to work. It is cost intensive.
Miniaturisation can be done only through micro and nano systems," he said, adding, that the Indian Government has made financial provisions for the same.
Dr. Saraswat said that a large number of our private industries, which were manufacturing components, had graduated into sub-system manufacturing recently Asked about the contribution of academic institutions to the indigenous development of avionics, he said, "We have produced some of the best aeronautic engineers and experts who have contributed not only to India but also to the development of avionics in several other countries such as Germany. We have 15 national institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science and the National Institutes of Technology, and many of these institutions have done excellent work in the design and development of sub-systems. We have to translate the R & D into main products," he noted. Earlier speaking at the seminar organised by the School of Mechanical and Building Sciences (SMBS) of the VIT, Dr. Saraswat stressed the need for bringing down the cost of launcher vehicles.
In the first ever direct military sales offer, US aviation giant Boeing has put in its bid to sell Indian Navy eight long range maritime reconissance and anti-submarine aircraft P-8A and also invited India to be its development partner.
"A high level company team today submitted its proposal to develop and deliver which is currently under development for the US navy," Rick Buck programme manager told newsmen here.
So far, US companies have been only making military sales to India on government to government basis and Buck said that the proposed offer for sale of P-8A would be a direct military sale."The proposed aircraft which is expected to undergo first tests in 2009 for the US navy would provide India with futuristic technology and significantly improved maritime patrol and reconissance capability", the Boeing official said.
Boeing is second major company to respond the Requests for Proposals (RFP) floated by the Navy in December. Besides Boeing, the offer has gone to Lockheed Martin, French Dassault and ATR company, BAe, Brazilian Embraer, Russian Illuyshin and Tupolov and Alenia Aeronautica.
On offer of technical partnership to Indian navy, Buck said "US navy, the prime contractor for the P-8A programme, were looking for development partners for the project. He said Boeing's proposal includes the development of Indian Navy's need-centric P-8A configuration, significant participation for Indian industry, test and certification activities and eight aircraft to be delivered over a four year period.
Originally posted by Harlequin
i can honestly say that Stealth Spy HATES anything that is British or even European.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Is it just me or does anyone else feel like the US is driving itself into another potential 1979 Iran situation? I know its important and fun to be “buddy-buddy” with an emerging power in the region but I don't know how we can have no reservations about offering them advanced military tech. Their relationship with the Russians isn’t making me feel great either. Maybe I'm being unfair but I don’t have too much confidence in their technology transfer regulation and in their ability to keep secret tech out of unwanted hands. Can we also be so sure that India will always comply with our actions? I don't won't our systems to be use against us.
IMHO comparing Nimrod to the P-8 is like comapirng the F-15 with the F-22. The latter in both cases seems a generation ahead.
Additionally, the US is not offering India these technologies and weapons for free as some sort of "aid package" but are being paid for at rates that one might be justified for terming as unjustified. Similar stuff is also on offer from Russia and several European entities.
Lastly, it is the US which seems over enthusiastic to sell its weaponry to India while the antogonastic term is more apt for the reciprocative reaction.
ARUN DHAR AND SUJIT CHATTERJEE NEW DELHI, APR 14 (PTI)
Proposing new initiatives to build further confidence in ties, India is seeking larger interaction with the Chinese armed forces by scaling-up the level of joint exercises and training programmes.
"My efforts will be to have much larger participation in joint military exercises, more exchange of visits by armed forces personnel and an expanded mutual training programme," Pranab Mukherjee, who embarks on his first visit as Defence Minister to China early next month, told PTI today.
Though India and Chinese navies have held two rounds of joint naval manoeuvres of substantive content, the interaction between the ground forces has been confined to border bonhomie meetings and mountaineering expeditions. There has been no no air force to air force contact.
Now apparently, Mukherjee wants to break the ice by proposing greater military-to military interaction, even as top emissaries continue to sit across to resolve the boundary dispute across the Himalayan frontier.
"We have developed relationship with China politically, economically and commercially....These all-round developments, I think, should also be reflected in defence cooperation," Mukherjee said.
Observing that the two countries have taken "good initiatives" in developing confidence building measures along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Mukherjee said "their (China's) admission of Sikkim as an integral part of India is a major development, which the Chinese Prime Minister made during his visit to India in April last year. "In that context, my efforts would be to expand this (India-China) relationship in defence cooperation by larger participation in joint exercises, exchange of visits (by armed forces officers) and training and defence-related activities. I would like to build-up closer cooperation with China," Mukherjee said.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Your views on this CW?
And anything more on that prototype test flight of th FC-01 end of this month?
First op unit to be delivered in 2007 aye? Optimistic..but commendable if true.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
my point is that no matter how much is offered to purchase our systems we should not sell them, National Security should always come before Boeing’s profits.
Yes we do seem a bit eager. I wonder why? Perhaps short term geopolitical goals are being put in front of long term security and military dominance? It wouldn't be the first time.