Archive | September, 2011

Industry picks Tata to lead IAF Avro successor program

Representatives from CII, ASSOCHAM and FICCI have recommended the Tata Group to lead the development of a replacement for the Indian Air Force (IAF) Avro HS 748 Medium Transport Aircraft.

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Naval LCA starts its engine

The naval LCA is still not ideally suitable for carrier-based operations, with the current GE-F404 engine slightly underpowered. This will change with the development of the naval version of the LCA Mk II, which will be powered by the GE-F414 engine.

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Coast Guard aims for ambitious expansion

Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will be one of the biggest in this sector in the world by 2018. ICG assets have increased by 50 percent and the number of stations will go up from 22 to 42. Indian shipyards are building 156 vessels for the ICG and 12 Dornier aircraft will be inducted within two years.

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Assam Rifles chief may face action for misusing funds

The Indian Army has sought repatriation of the Director General of the Assam Rifles, Lieutenant General Rameshwar Roy for an inquiry into allegations of misuse of regimental funds by expenditure on his wife’s clothing, hair dressing and other gifts.

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Mechanism soon to resolve border row with China: Antony

India has said it was evolving a joint mechanism with China to resolve their long-pending territorial dispute, while it acknowledged that the border had remained by and large peaceful since their 1962 conflict.

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Pakistan wants stronger ties with Saudi Arabia: Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari said that Pakistan valued its close bilateral ties with Saudi Arabia as ISI chief Lieutenant General Shuja Pasha left for that country Monday amid strained ties between Islamabad and Washington.

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US asks India to modify nuclear liability regime

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked India to ensure that its nuclear liability regime conforms with the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.

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Saab offers India ‘unjammable’ RBS 70 NG VSHORAD

The RBS 70 NG is a ‘beam-rider’, steered by a user-operated laser beam and is not susceptible to deception by counter-measures dispensed by target aircraft, like chaff or flares.

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The Age of Stuxnet

The world changed forever in 2010 and the jet age is firmly behind us. As we explore this brave new world, we will, in the interests of informing each other, reach into bits of the Internet that are perhaps best left alone. This is old-fashioned reporting combined with internet-age opinion, with a few glances thrown at a crystal ball, now and then.

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Navy thwarts pirate attack on two cargo ships

Attacks by Somali pirates on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden were thwarted by an Indian Navy warship last week, navy officers said here Monday.

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