Posts Tagged ‘india’

India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant.

The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines.

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#Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

October 5, 2015

Here’s a high-tech counterpoint to the traditional Westerner’s view of Indian train travel, a picture of thousands of smiling brown faces crowded into – and onto – antiquated rolling stock, bodies sprawled over the rooftop, hanging off the sides of the train, enjoying the subcontinent sunshine, while a splendidly uniformed buffet car representative tiptoes delicately amongst the huddled masses, offering tea and samosas.

From now on, those huddled masses might also be wielding smartphones, laptops and iPads and surfing the information superhighway, as we used to call the internet back in the last century. Google is collaborating with Indian Railways and RailTel to bring high-speed WiFi to 100 of the country’s busiest railway stations – serving over 10 million commuters a day at a stroke – by the end of 2016.

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Goodness gracious me

Goodness gracious me

China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

August 8, 2014

China plans to extend its railway line to Tibet to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan once an extension to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and a key site in Tibetan Buddhism, opens in August.

Critics say the railway spurs an influx of migrants, who threaten Tibetans’ cultural integrity. Beijing believes Tibet’s mineral reserves are worth around $96bn.

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China to India, via Tibet

China to India, via Tibet

Farewell, curvaceous Amby! As Hindustan Motors ends production of India’s iconic #Ambassador, our Bangalore blogger reflects

June 4, 2014

As E&T news reported last week, Indian car-maker Hindustan Motors has announced the end of production of the Ambassador, India’s trademark vehicle which has barely changed since its introduction in 1958.

Hindustan Motos said weak demand and financial difficulties had been the main reason behind the decision.

The Ambassador, though now considered completely Indian, was modelled on the Morris Oxford III manufactured by Morris Motors, an Oxford-based company, between 1956 and 1959. The brand’s decline can be traced back to the 1980s when global automakers started setting up dealerships in India, offering cars with advanced design and better technology.

Kavitha Srinivasa, our Bangalore-based blogger who regularly writes her View From India column for E&T online, remembers the Ambassador fondly in a recent post:

The very thought of an Ambassador Car evokes nostalgic memories and a sense of belonging and dignity. That’s because bureaucrats and political bigwigs have been chauffeured in a white Ambassador with a red beacon on top. It has been a symbol of power. The iconic car has also been sought after by the armed forces.

A chauffeur driven Ambassador Car always stood out in the traffic. It’s understandable why it was called the king of Indian roads. After all, it was a status symbol. While the Ambassador remained a VIP car, it also evolved into a large family car, in this case, joint families. That’s because of its roomy interiors and boot space which made it ideal for long drives and outstation trips. The car was the final choice for rough terrains and came much before sports utility vehicles (SUVs) hit the Indian roads.

I’ve had many such pleasant drives. As a large extended family, we drove out of the city in the Ambassador during the Eighties. Come Sundays, and it was time for a picnic…

Read Kavitha’s rose-tinted Amby recollections in full on the E&T website.

India's Ambassador car

India’s Ambassador car: curvaceous

Mangalyaan, India’s mission to Mars – an annotated graphic

October 8, 2013

It’s getting crowded out there on Mars. As if myriad Rovers traversing the Red Planet’s surface weren’t enough, now every Tom, Dick and Harri are sending interplanetary craft (Carpenters music optional) in its direction.

The latest nation state to fling some space hardware Mars-wards is India. Its Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will perform a 160-day study of the planet as it orbits in an elliptical journey. If all goes well, more MOMs will follow.

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Mangalyaan, India's Mars mission

Mangalyaan, India’s Mars mission

Nuclear power: up in India, down in Japan – an annotated graphic

October 24, 2012

An infographic double-header today, as we mull on nuclear power’s varied fortunes in certain parts of the globe.

In India, they’re planning a huge increase in nuclear power, with plans to build 48 new reactors by 2032. Over in Japan, understandably chastened by the Fukushima experience, they are being more circumspect about future use of nuclear, electing to close down some power stations and stop using nuclear power altogether during the latter 2030s.

That said, those nuclear power stations already under construction in Japan will be completed, presumably primed to deliver 20 years of nuclear power.

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Nuclear power increase in India

Nuclear power increase in India


Nuclear power vascillation in Japan

Nuclear power vacillation in Japan


India blackout and electricity power outage – an annotated graphic

August 2, 2012

Following the widespread power blackouts in India earlier this week, we present this infographic detailing the extent of the outage. It also recalls other major national blackouts in recent years from around the world, from Brazil to China. Britain in the 1970s is not featured. Ahh, we remember fondly those evenings huddled around a camping gaz stove, candles guttering in the winter night.

You might also like to read about the experiences of E&T’s correspondent in India, who offers her first-hand account of the India blackouts and the effect on the national psyche in her View from India blog.

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India's blackout and power outage

India’s blackout and power outage

India to buy French Rafale fighter jets – an annotated graphic

February 28, 2012

While we’re in the military zone today, what with our earlier post about gigantic blimps hovering over battlegrounds in Afghanistan, it seemed opportune to post this reflection on the decision by India’s defence ministry to buy 126 French-made Rafale combat aircraft. Costing a whopping $11 billion, it will further strengthen India’s position as the world’s fourth largest air force. No, we didn’t know that, either!

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Dassault Rafale factfile

Dassault Rafale factfile