Helicopters for Civilian Use in India

If India hopes to keep up with increasing passenger demand and tap into the huge potential on offer, it will have to deploy helicopters for various uses, including medical services, to put out forest fires, during flood relief, disaster management and for law enforcement. However, the most promising and immediate use of helicopters could be to help business travellers hop to meetings in and around congested urban hubs like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, and improve regional connectivity, in the relatively remote Northeast.

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A Look at India’s New and Improved Defence Procurement Policy - Part 1

India released a long-awaited, modified Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) in 2016 which includes several new measures that are likely to improve the ease of doing business here. The document outlines a roadmap for how India will go about acquiring new defence equipment, with a promise to review it on an ongoing basis.

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Forging Ties and Flying High: Indian and Canadian Firms Network at Arsha Consulting’s Aerospace and Defence White Paper Launch

An Indian aerospace components manufacturer discussed the nuances of building local partnerships with a potential customer from a leading Canadian firm. A representative from L-3 Wescam weighed in on the appointment of India’s new defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. An executive from the Adani Group was engrossed in a conversation with a newfound connection from Pratt & W ...

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The Modi government that came to power three years ago has made a deliberate effort to bring this sector under its ‘Make in India’ efforts to spur growth and encourage local manufacturing.

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The launch event of the white paper – ‘Indian Aerospace and Defence market, Opportunities for French-speaking companies,’ was held successfully at the welcome lounge bar of Hilton Hotel, Bangalore, on Wednesday, 18th January. The event was organised by Arsha Consulting and sponsored by Embassy Office Parks and the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC). At the event, two documen ...

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Earlier this month two of the world’s largest democracies – India and the United States–exchanged strategic ‘handshakes’ even as India was designated as a ‘Major Defence Partner’ of the US. The outgoing US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter was in India where this unique status was bestowed on it strengthening bilateral ties between the countries. The status will mean deeper co ...

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As 3D printing enters its mature phase, with complex engineering and development processes and, among other things, full colour, multi-material printers, new trends are emerging in the UAV industry. More flexible and affordable UAV development and production will likely translate into an explosion of models, makers, as small businesses compete with giants, and even basement ope ...

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(This is a sequel to an earlier post)What is the most challenging question about using UAVs to fight poaching in Africa?If you ask the team at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the answer is “When and where to fly them?”The research group has developed a new multifaceted approach against poaching, based on the premise that random sup ...

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Any idea how much the horn of a rhinoceros goes for, in the so-called right places?  Would US$60,000 US a kilo – or about $250,000 for a large specimen – sound exaggerated? Actually, these figures are from 2012: it seems that a sizeable rhino horn can now fetch as much as $500,000 in certain Asian markets, e.g. Vietnam.  All in the name of a superstition that provides poacher ...

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With its vision to transform from a regional power to a global power, India is giving greater importance to its defence sector in the country’s long term strategic planning. It is well known that India plans to spend over 10 years on defense modernization. With the growing power, India enjoys higher purchasing power which is evident in its several high-end defence deals either ...

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