The army has reported the killing of two terrorists belonging to the Lashkar e Toiba in Bhadarwa in Doda in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“These modern aircraft don’t just crash like that. Whether it is a Mirage 2000 or a MiG-29 and certainly a Sukhoi-30, they don’t have anything going wrong with them,” says Air Marshal Harish Masand.
The scenario envisages the eventuality of the collapse of the Pakistan state with the country being overrun by Taliban, throwing-up private armies of feudal warlords, with the possibility of some getting access to nuclear weapons. The Indian security establishment sees itself bereft of options in case of a Pakistani nightmare scenario coming to fruition.
Five months past the attacks on Mumbai, the promise of tangible Indo-Pak cooperation has become more urgent but remains just as distant. India has been unable to persuade Pakistan on several counts. It would like its neighbor to take an unequivocal and committed stand and refrain from dragging its feet going after the perpetrators of 26/11.
“This refers to forces restructuring especially in light of the security environment in the region. The commanders will be looking at increasing mobility and modernization of the forces. The restructuring would ‘naturally’ be in light of the existing army doctrine, Cold Start,” said one army officer.
‘All we are saying is the technical evaluation has been completed and any decision will be taken by the Ministry of Defense. People have made their own interpretations and assumptions. People have been reading too much into this.’ : IAF officer
A source at Dassault told StratPost, “Other bidders might say on paper that they meet the requirements of the RfP. But if the others bidders say they meet the RfP requirements they are lying.” Dassault has warned the claims made by bidders for the MMRCA may be exagerrated and may end up scuttling the process.
Sources in the Indian Ministry of Defense told StratPost the aircraft was out of the running for failure to meet the General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQR) during the technical evaluation. Read the whole story behind the reasons for the disqualification of Dassault’s aircraft.
The Indian Navy has denied reports of an urgent security review meeting of its commanders taking place in Visakhapatnam. Naval sources told StratPost, “This is a routine annual commanders meeting. It happens every year, and there’s nothing urgent about it.”
According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, this is the 17th experiment of Arrow intercept and the 11th examined, as they were developed as part of the improvement program, ASIP, the collaboration between Israel and United States.
Quoting Israeli defense officials, a Jerusalem Post report has blamed the controversy over the $1.4 billion Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) contract awarded to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Russian and US defense companies, Muslims in India and has speculated on the involvement of Iran as well, in attempting to scuttle the deal.