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Indian Navy’s first P-8I to fly this month

The Indian Navy’s first P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft is on the flightline at Renton and is expected to make its first flight later this month, on or about the 29th.

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Blog: Another strange arms marketing promo

This is how the French shipyard Chantier Naval Couach marketed its Fast Interceptor Craft to the Indian Navy. The navy ordered 15 of the vessels and the first three were inducted last month.

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Blog: How to win the MMRCA

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.

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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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