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

It was reported on Friday that an Indian Ministry of Defense secret file relating to offsets for the procurement of 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) by the Indian Air Force (IAF) was discovered on the roadside in New Delhi. Figuring out offsets for the MMRCA tender is a …

The United States Air Force F-22 Raptor’s planned evolution includes an auto recovery system, called the Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System). This system allows the aircraft to recover to level flight, automatically, if the pilot is momentarily incapacitated.

It hasn’t been all work and no play for the Indian paratroopers exercising with the US Army in Alaska. In fact, after last week, they might not be missing home all that much.

The Hindu has reported that the US has announced its intention to remove India’s defense and space related organizations from the list of entities subject to export restrictions.

The British Sunday Telegraph has reported that the Eurofighter Typhoon is ‘winning the fight for the contract to supply 126 fighters to the Indian Air Force’.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has published an Associated Press report saying President Barack Obama has announced a preliminary agreement to supply ten C-17 aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Written by former navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash to the editor of Outlook magazine, but never published, it took issue with their coverage of the naval war room leak case and makes interesting reading as it details the admiral’s side of the story. His wife’s nephew, Ravi Shankaran was implicated in the case and was arrested last May in London.

Saab has created a new website especially focusing on its campaign to win the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft tender of the Indian Air Force.

Bernhard Gerwart, CEO of Military Air Systems at EADS Defence & Security, said, “Yesterday, I had some meetings with the leaders of the IAF and the MoD and it was more or less confirmed that we had done the flight trials very well,” adding, “Mind you it’s just a feeling,” while pointing out the IAF had made no official statement to him.
Blog: LM mag’s new website out

Lockheed Martin’s magazine, Code One, has unveiled a new avatar on the internet and if you’ve got an aviation history itch that needs scratching, the website is especially cool, as they’ve got their hands on LM’s film archives, and uploaded footage of first flights of some aircraft Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies have produced in the past.

Tendulkar will be the 22nd person to be granted an honorary commissions in the IAF. Here’s a list of those commissioned before him.

The report says he was shot outside his home, in his car and says Nyamwasa’s wife believes Rwandan President Paul Kagame to have been responsible for the hit.

The Brazil-North Korea pre-game rituals will include two South African Air Force Gripen fighters buzzing the stadium.

A middle ground has to be found with the ultimate and long-term aim of making, not only officers, but all ranks of all arms and services of the armed forces, wherever feasible, open for recruitment to women.

The Indian armed forces have built up a regular routine for scandal.

The engines pounded away into your correspondent’s chest, as he watched the brilliant flame that pushed the shuttle from the launch pad, at a distance of almost four miles from the press site observation area, into the clear skies above and beyond in a matter of a few seconds, and into Low Earth Orbit in barely four or five minutes.

The two armies to have agreed to hold three major exercises within India and the US.

To show that political lightweight Sweden can play the game too, King Carl Gustaf is in Brazil to pitch for the Gripen.

The Rwandan envoy to India, Lieutenant General Kayumba Nyamwasa, having apparently defected from the Rwandan government, has been sacked from his position as High Commissioner to India and is reported to be on the run.