Saturday, February 28, 2009
The keel of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier has been laid. Photos from inside the IAC drydock and the INS Viraat refit in the parallel repair dock will be posted here later tonight. Stay tuned.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Express has reported today on the government's extension to Dr S Prahlada (in photo), Chief Controller at DRDO looking after the crucial functions of s
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I will be in Kochi for the keel-laying ceremony of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) INS Vikrant at the Cochin Shipyards. Will post photos and info once I get there.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The keel of India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, to be the second warship christened INS Vikrant, will be laid on February 28 at Kochi. But it is now clear that while Cochin Shipyards will build three aircraft carriers in the current 37,500-ton category (the second and third are to be christened INS Viraat and INS Vishaal apparently), design work has already begun in earnest to develop and build two more aircraft carriers with not only much larger displacements, but possibly nuclear propulsion as well.
Unlike what the model in the photograph depicts, the new INS Vikrant will almost definitely be inaugurated with a flight of MiG-29Ks as its commissioning deck birds rather than the Naval Light Combat Aircraft (the Express has a report about this today). More details soon.
Photo by Shiv Aroor / LiveFist
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Hindustan Times defence correspondent Rahul Singh wrote this superbly evocative piece on his fighter flights at Aero India 09. Rahul flew both the F-16 Block 60 and the F/A-18F Super Hornet, and entered the hallowed 9G club on the former. One of the most vividly written pieces about an experience about something that usually leaves you, well, without words.
Photo Copyright HT
Photo Copyright HT
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Here's the Maitri short-range surface to air missile (SR-SAM) on display at the MBDA stall. This is the programme that succeeds the defunct Trishul shipborne point-defence missile programme, and is a joint venture between DRDO and MBDA, with developmental feeds from the VL-MICA and Trishul programmes. (Photos by Shiv Aroor)