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Images: The LCH in distress

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.

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Blog: The flight in the Falcon

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

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MMRCA offsets reported compromised

TweetIt 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 major hurdle for both the […]

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USAF F-22 to get auto recovery system

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.

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Meanwhile, in Alaska…

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.

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ISRO, DRDO to be off Entities List: Report

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.

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Eurofighter ‘winning’ MMRCA: Report

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’.

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India C-17 order announced: Report

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).

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Blog: Ex-navy chief’s letter to news mag

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.

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Blog: Saab’s new Gripen India website

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.

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