The contest, called Commander Saab, is a ‘Quiz Combat’ that will test the knowledge of defense and aviation enthusiasts on Saab product. It has three levels Captain Saab’ , ‘Major Saab’ and ultimately ‘Commander Saab.
The process leading up to the decision by the Indian Ministry of Defense to issue invitations to eliminate four of the six companies in the contest to win the Indian Air Force tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) has large holes in its standard of diligence.
With the commercial bids of the MMRCA-6 vendors scheduled to expire by the end of this month and the ministry under pressure to move on the tender process, StratPost looks at the outstanding issues that still need to be worked out before the announcement of a shortlist.
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.
The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reports that two Chinese officials and one media rep have now been invited to the air show.
A Russian firm will disclose information about a new mobile short-range air defence system based on the Strelets launcher at the upcoming Aero India 2011 air show in Bangalore.
US defense systems manufacturer Raytheon plans to exhibit a wide range of products and programs in the areas of Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance (ISR), Command, Control And Communications (C3), integrated air & missile defense, missile systems, radar and homeland security (including coastal/maritime security), at Aero India 2011 in Bangalore next week.
A statement issued by the company says it will exhibit large-scale models, interactive displays, a P-8I mobile console, and an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet simulator with a next-generation cockpit. Other defense capabilities to be highlighted include the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, AH-64D Apache, CH-47F Chinook, Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C), ScanEagle, and weapons systems.