Post Archive

March 2011

StratPost recently got a chance to visit the INS Cankarso, a Car Nicobar-class Water Jet Fast Attack Craft. Built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers [GRSE], the vessel was commissioned in June last year.

The navy and the defense ministry have identified South Korea’s Kangnam Corporation to be L1 [Lowest bidding and technically qualified] for the procurement of eight such vessels.

The Indian Ministry of Defense has opened bids for the tri-service purchase of Very Short Range Air Defense (VSHORAD) systems. The initial purchase of 5185 units is expected to be worth USD 5.8 billion (INR 26,000 crore).

Images from the Golden Jubilee celebrations of INAS 310 Cobras at Dabolim in Goa.

The Indian Navy’s electronic warfare and intelligence gathering squadron, INAS (Indian Naval Air Station) 310, better known as Cobras have completed 50 years of service.

The Indian Defense Ministry is planning to amend the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP) barely three months after its latest version was released, in an attempt to streamline the process for evaluation of offsets for defense contracts.

After more than 14 years of service, the head of Boeing Defense, Space and Security in India, is leaving the company at the end of this month. Dr. Vivek Lall has spent the last four years driving Boeing’s presence in the Indian defense market.

The purchase of ten C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready to be approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

Let’s speculate about the Indian Air Force USD 10 billion tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) and draw some conclusions, for fun.

Malegaon terror attack accused Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit will get the opportunity to examine the witnesses against him in the Court of Inquiry, under Army Rule 180.

My friend and fellow traveler on the defense beat in India, Indo-Asian News Service reporter Nallan Chakravarthy Bipindra reported the story of the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) having to cut short its flight in distress on the second day of Aero India 2011 in Bangalore last month. StratPost photographer Shashanka Nanda took pictures of it happening.

This is the blog I wrote for the Wall Street Journal after the ride in the Lockheed Martin F-16 at Aero India.

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, was shot dead Wednesday when his car pulled out of his home in Islamabad, making it the second high-profile killing in less than two months over the controversial blasphemy law.

StratPost managed a closer look at the BAE Systems-built Eurofighter Helmet, dubbed the Star Wars Helmet by the company, and saw how it works.

Washington has turned down Pakistan’s proposal to swap US official Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in Lahore, with Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who is serving a prison term in US for killing marines in Afghanistan, it was reported here.

India has agreed ‘in principle’ to allow an investigating team from Pakistan to question Mumbai witnesses of the 2008 terror attack, Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Tuesday.

With Indians continuing to flee violence-hit Libya, India Tuesday said it has made arrangements for three daily special flights from Tripoli and is firming up other arrangements to bring home its nationals living in the north African country.

Describing piracy as ‘an international menace’, External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna Tuesday warned Somalian hijackers of a ship with Indians on board not to harm those in their captivity.

The Indian Army’s skiing expedition that hoisted the national flag at the South Pole on Army Day Jan 15 was Tuesday flagged in here by Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony.

The Sir Creek maritime border dispute between India and Pakistan is unlikely to be resolved soon, the navy chief, Admiral Nirmal Verma, said here Tuesday.