Wing Commander Alok Kumar Thakur was convicted by court martial for allegedly accepting bribes from the representative of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault in a reported sting during the Bangalore Air Show in 2011.
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.
Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons at Yelahanka air base.
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.
About 40 leading British aerospace firms will participate in Aero India 2011, the Bangalore air show next week to forge partnerships and joint ventures with Indian companies, the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office said Thursday.
India’s air show in Bangalore next week will be the largest ever with 29 countries bringing their aerospace products, including fighter jets and transport aircraft, for showcasing at the five-day event.
As incredible at it sounds, Aero India 2011, beginning in Bangalore next Wednesday, will feature a flying car as one of the exhibits at the show. The car, a Maruti 800 hatchback, has been converted into a flying machine by a company known as Bangalorean.
Chinese journalists have been unable to register for accreditation as the online registration form did not provide China as an option.