Shore-Based Test Facility nearing completion, NP-1 set for low- speed taxi trials

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    Bangalore:- India’s first Shore-Based Test Facility (SBTF) is nearing completion. Built at the Naval Air Station, INS Hansa in Goa, the facility would replicate as a
    static model of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
    (IAC) being built at the Cochin Shipyard. The SBTF
    would have a 14 deg parabolic profile ski-jump
    for take-off and an arresting gear for landing.
    Sources told Express that all stage design
    documents of the facility have been received
    from the Russian side. “The take-off area is
    nearing completion and the progress of arrester
    gear structure manufacturing and site work is on
    schedule. The factory acceptance test (FAT) of all
    five Russian specialized equipment has been
    completed at original equipment manufacturer
    (OEM) premises,” sources said.
    The Russians (JSC Rosoboronexport) are
    executing the design consultancy and supply of
    specialized equipment work as per a 2009-pact,
    valued at $60 m. The approximate budget
    provision for Indian participants is about Rs 175
    crore.
    The equipment from Russian are expected this
    year, with the take-off area scheduled to be
    completed by June this year and landing area by
    the end of 2012.
    The primary objective of SBTF is for certification
    of LCA Navy aircraft for ship-borne operations.
    This is the mandatory requirement prior to
    aircraft operations are taken up from the IAC (INS
    Vikrant) for carrier compatibility test (CCT). “The
    facility will ensure timely induction of Naval LCA
    (NLCA) into naval service and conserve ship-
    based test flying effort. Apart from the flight
    testing of NLCA, the SBTF can be subsequently
    used for training of naval pilots on NLCA and MiG
    29K. The SBTF will be the one-of-its-kind facility in
    the South Asian region. The US and Ukraine have
    a similar facility.
    The SBTF will be a equipped with restraining gear
    system with ski-jump for take-off, arresting gear
    system for landing, optical landing system, TV
    landing control system, light signaling system
    and other associated auxiliary units, exactly
    similar to the IAC.
    Spearheaded by the NLCA programme office in
    Bangalore, the complete structural work and
    system integration of SBTF is being carried out by
    Goa Shipyard Ltd. The Civil Engineering activity is
    being undertaken by CCER&D (West), Pune in
    collaboration with R&DE (Engineers), Pune. A
    telemetry ground station with the state-of-the-art
    technology is being setup for flight operations by
    the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC), Bangalore.
    While the SBTF work is probably ahead of the
    schedule, sources say that the eagerly-awaited
    first flight of NLCA (Naval Prototype NP-1) is on
    course. The platform is said to have undergone a
    trial for nose-wheel checks (70 km) on Valentine’s
    Day, while a LSTT (low-speed taxi trial) at a
    possible max speed of 140 km/hour is scheduled
    for February 18. This would be followed by a
    HSTT (high-speed taxi trial) at a maximum speed
    of 200-200 km/hour and then the subsequent
    first flight.
     
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    Re: Shore-Based Test Facility nearing completion, NP-1 set for low- sp

    came across this...

    goa - Google Maps
     
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    Re: Shore-Based Test Facility nearing completion, NP-1 set for low- sp

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    here is the pics of ready ski-jump in goa...
     
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    Re: Shore-Based Test Facility nearing completion, NP-1 set for low- sp

    yes, it is the shore based arrester recovery base...
     

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