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16 Nov 17. Hyderabad To Play Key Role In Missile Development: Ministry Of Defence Official. Hyderabad is one of the major cities for aerospace and defence in the country with a strong base comprising leading defence establishments and laboratories.
As India aims to develop major weapon systems indigenously in the next five years, the city can be the hub for missile development and production, said Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor for Raksha Mantri and Director General, Ministry of Defence.
The city which had just about 20 companies two decades ago has now over 1,000 companies operating in this space.
The State government’s policies have enabled faster growth in the recent years. With the Central government aiming at encouraging home-grown technologies, Hyderabad has a lot to contribute, Reddy added. He was in Hyderabad on Thursday addressing a CII Conclave on ‘Connecting the dots in Telangana’s Defence and Aerospace sector’. (Source: Google/Defence Aviation Post)
17 Nov 17. BAE engineers develop novel technology to protect pilots from threat of laser attack. Our engineers have developed a low cost, lightweight, flexible system that can block dangerous laser light to protect pilots and flight crew from hostile attacks. Utilising a novel film the technique is selective in the way it prevents laser transmission, meaning a high level of natural light through can still shine though the canopy with minimal colour distortion. As a result, pilots are protected from dangerous laser incidents with no deterioration in vision. Laser attacks targeting pilots and air crews are becoming a major concern across the world with most attacks reported to take place during take-off and landing. They are caused by cheap, high-powered hand held devices that are readily available on the internet. Results of these attacks include distraction, obscuring of instruments and dials, a high probability for short-lived ‘flash’ blindness and even permanent eye damage.
Executive Scientist here at BAE Systems, Dr Leslie Laycock said: “Lasers operate at specific wavelengths. A series of successful trials undertaken in a laboratory environment have proven our method is effective against a wide variety of laser wavelengths. We have been able to achieve a visible light transmission in excess of 70%. Our system allows the majority of the light through, providing protection without the need for heavily tinted industrial goggles. This allows pilots to more effectively see instruments and their surroundings, whilst simultaneously blocking the dangerous laser light.”
As technology advances, the wavelength of proliferated lasers may change. Due to the adaptability of this technology, pilots will always be protected as the film can simply be upgraded and selectively tuned to combat new laser threats. The next phase of development will see experimentation and commercialisation within the public sector. (Source: ASD Network)
16 Nov 17. US official: If Turkey buys Russian systems, they can’t plug into NATO tech. If Turkey moves forward with its buy of a Russian air defense system, it will not be permitted to plug into NATO technology, and further action may be forthcoming that could affect the country’s acquisition or operation of the F-35, a top Air Force official said Wednesday. Turkey has reportedly finalized a deal with Russia for the S-400, an advanced anti-aircraft missile system. According to a Nov. 12 Reuters report, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli claimed that it had made an order for the missiles and further terms of the agreement were “just details now.”
If true, the development could have a drastic effect on Turkey’s military cooperation with the rest of NATO, which fears that Turkey is moving away from democratic norms and is fostering a closer relationship with powers such