Hawk-i with in­dige­nous RTOS

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence in India -

To­wards achiev­ing Fi­nal Op­er­a­tional Clear­ance (FOC) of the Te­jas LCA, Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited car­ried out a hot re­fu­el­ing of the air­craft fol­lowed by a sor­tie at Ban­ga­lore on 26 Fe­bru­ary 2018. Hot Re­fu­el­ing is a sin­gle point pres­sure re­fu­el­ing of the air­craft with the en­gine in op­er­a­tion, a process by which a fighter air­craft is re­fu­eled (in be­tween sor­ties) while its en­gine is run­ning, thereby cut­ting down the re­fu­el­ing time by half and the turn-around time sig­nif­i­cantly.

HAL’s Hawk-i with in­dige­nous Real Time Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem (RTOS) has been flown, this be­ing the first time that an in­dige­nous RTOS has been cer­ti­fied by CEMILAC. RTOS is the sys­tem soft­ware which pro­vides a stan­dard run-time en­vi­ron­ment for real-time applications ex­e­cu­tion in a safe and re­li­able man­ner. The RTOS per­for­mance has been val­i­dated on the Mis­sion Com­puter of the Hawk-i trainer, the HAL-RTOS to be op­er­ated as a stan­dard Real Time Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem for any fu­ture avion­ics sys­tems in­dige­nous de­vel­op­ment.

The In­dian Army’s re­quire­ment for ded­i­cated at­tack he­li­copters in­te­grated with var­i­ous Strike Corps is likely to be “ful­filled soon”, the Govern­ment of In­dia hav­ing is­sued a Let­ter of Re­quest (LoR) to the US Govern­ment for pur­chase of Boe­ing Apache AH-64E at­tack he­li­copters. The LoR for­mally be­gins the FMS (for­eign mil­i­tary sales) process which fol­lows the US gov­ern­mentto-govern­ment method­ol­ogy for ex­port of US-built ar­ma­ment. This will be fol­lowed by the US re­sponse with a Let­ter of Ac­cep­tance (LoA) to take the Apache pro­gramme for­ward, “ne­go­ti­a­tions would fol­low”. Al­though, the In­dian Army has long pro­jected their re­quire­ment for 39 such he­li­copters, the ini­tial batch of six Apaches is seen as an im­por­tant break­through in the Army’s case for in­te­gral at­tack he­li­copters.

Ear­lier in 2015, the Govern­ment of In­dia had placed or­ders for 22 Apaches plus 15 Chi­nook heavy lift he­li­copters to be op­er­ated by the In­dian Air Force but these are es­sen­tially to sup­port the In­dian Army’s Strike Corps.

Tata Boe­ing Aero­space in­au­gu­rate Apache fa­cil­ity

On 1 March 2018, Tata Boe­ing Aero­space Lim­ited (TBAL), a joint ven­ture be­tween Boe­ing and Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Ltd. (TASL) in­au­gu­rated its mod­ern fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad, which will be

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