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P8I makes its maiden landing at INS Rajali

P8I makes its maiden landing at INS Rajali

Indian Naval Aviation received a major fillip with the arrival of the first of eight Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft at Naval Air Station Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw with Gurkha soldiers

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw with Gurkha soldiers

"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha." - Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

Singapore Army Chief is a Sikh of Indian origin

Singapore Army Chief is a Sikh of Indian origin

Of Indian-origin, Ravinder Singh is the first non-Chinese Singaporean army Chief in 30 years and the first non-Chinese to hold a significant leadership role in three decades. On 25 March 2011, Ravinder Singh took over as post from Chan Chun Sing at the age of 41, prior to which he was the deputy secretary of technology in Singapore's defence ministry.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton Calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton Calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force as he Calls on Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of the Air Staff Indian Air Force on 06th March 2013 at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi during his visit to India.

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, JMSDF visiting India

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, JMSDF visiting India

Admiral DK Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff, with Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) at South Block, New Delhi

The Infantry Regiments of the Indian Army

The Infantry Regiments of the Indian Army

One of the rare photo recording all Infantry Regiments of great Indian Army in their ceremonial attire.

Aero India 2013

Aero India 2013

Indian Army jawans showing performance during Aero India 2013

Spectators enjoying the Aero India 2013

Spectators enjoying the Aero India 2013

Spectators enjoying the Aero India 2013 air show, at Yelahanka in Bangalore on February 08, 2013.

Aerobatic display by Russian Knight Riders

Aerobatic display by Russian Knight Riders

Russian Knight Riders performing at Aero India 2013, at Yelahanka in Bangalore on February 08, 2013.

Sarang Helicopter team performing aerobatic display

Sarang Helicopter team performing aerobatic display

Sarang Helicopter team performing aerobatic display while some participating Aircraft seen in the fore ground at Aero India 2013, at Yelahanka in Bangalore on February 08, 2013.

Army's Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV

Army's Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV

The Chairman, HAL, Dr. R.K. Tyagi handed over the advanced light helicopter MK-IV Army Version ‘Rudra’ to the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P & S), Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, during Aero India 2013, at Yelahanka air base, Bangalore on February 08, 2013

LCA Tejas displaying low-flying aerobatic skills

LCA Tejas displaying low-flying aerobatic skills

India’s own LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas displaying low-flying aerobatic skills at Yelahanka Air Base, Bangalore

A view seen from the cockpit of US C-17 Globemaster

A view seen from the cockpit of US C-17 Globemaster

A view of spectators seen from the cockpit of US C-17 Globemaster aircraft in Aero India 2013 at Yelahanka Air Base, Bangalore

HAL's Advance Light Helicopter

HAL's Advance Light Helicopter

HAL Advanced Light Helicopter Mark IV at Aero India 2013 at Yelahanka airbase in Bangalore.

BEL Weapon Locating Radar

BEL Weapon Locating Radar

Bharat Electronics displaying Weapon Locating Radar during Aero India 2013 at Yelahanka airbase in Bangalore.

Claude Arpi with French Air Force Pilot

Claude Arpi with French Air Force Pilot at Aero India 2013

Consultant Editor Claude Arpi can't hide his excitement as he gets up close and personal with a pretty French Air Force pilot, with the mighty Rafale in the background at Yelahanka airbase on day two of Aero India 2013.

Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne flew Jaguar

Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne flew Jaguar

During his two day visit to Rajasthan Gujarat Sector, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne Chief of the Air Staff flew Jaguar aircraft based at Bhuj airbase. He had commanded this Squadron, called ‘The Cobras’, from 1990 to 1992 as a Wing Commander and is now the Commodore Commandant of ‘The Cobras’.

INS Tarkash Arrives In India

INS Tarkash Arrives In India

The Indian Navy's brand new Krivak-II class stealth frigate arrived off the coast of Mumbai today to join the Western fleet. The ship sailed from Russia to the UK and back via Oman. The first of the follow-on three frigates, INS Teg, was commissioned in April this year.

Boeing used potatoes to improve Wi-Fi

Boeing used potatoes to improve Wi-Fi

Boeing engineers have managed to improve the Wi-Fi signal in their plane cabins with the help of 20,000 pounds (more than 9,000 kilos) of potatoes. The sacks of spuds took the place of human volunteers in the signal tests as the way they physically interacted with the electronic signals proved very similar to their human counterparts (to say nothing of the fact that potatoes can be kept cooped up in a grounded plane for days on end without becoming irate). The tests were designed to investigate wireless signal behaviour which can be problematic in the enclosed space of an airplane cabin as it deviates as passengers get up and move about. This then leads to weak and strong patches of signal, disrupting connectivity in some seats. "Inside the aircraft it's a very complex electromagnetic environment," said metrology engineer, Dennis Lewis. "Some seats might have very strong signal and some might have very weak signal. As things move around -- as people move and the galley carts are pushed up and down the aisles -- then those signal levels can change." But using a combination of specially developed measuring and analysis tools and lots of potatoes, the Boeing engineers have been able to better understand the distribution of these hot and cold spots and safely tweak the Wi-Fi setup accordingly. "Every day we work to ensure that Boeing passengers are travelling on the safest and most advanced airplanes in the world," said Dennis O'Donoghue, the vice president of Boeing's Test and Evaluation sector. "This is a perfect example of how our innovations in safety can make the entire flying experience better." The substitution project was known by the researchers as Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution.

Indian Navy receives first P-8I

Indian Navy receives first P-8I

Indian Navy receives its on-site delivery of the first P-8I aircraft from Boeing in Seattle, in accordance with the contract. India will receive this aircraft and two more of its eight contracted P-8Is in 2013. The program is progressing on schedule as Boeing assembles the fourth and fifth P-8Is, which are designed for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. The photo (left to right) depicts the P-8I being used for weapons testing, the P-8I delivered on-site, and the third P-8I aircraft, which recently entered the company’s mission systems installation facility.