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Now, IAF wants the F-35
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Now, IAF wants the F-35

In contrast to the bare-bones price of $115 million for each Rafale fighter, the F-35A cost $94.6 million, reports Ajai Shukla.   In what would be a huge capability jump, the Indian Air Force is increasingly interested in procuring the American F-35 Lightning II for its depleting fighter fleet. The IAF top brass is formally requesting a classified briefing by the F-35's prime builder, Lockheed Martin, on the capabilities of the sophisticated, fifth-generation fighter developed under the ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago

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Rafale deal: How much does it cost and other questions govt should answer

Defence analyst Ajai Shukla has unpacked what the various statements on the deal mean and what it might cost the Indian taxpayer BS Web Team | New Delhi Last Updated at February 8, 2018 11:22 IST Congress on Wednesday dubbed the Rafale fighter aircraft deal ...
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Why did Sitharaman snub the Russians at DefExpo?

'It was deliberate,' the Russians allege.Ajai Shukla reports from the DefExpo 2018 in Chennai. IMAGE: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the inauguration of DefExpo India-2018, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, April 12, 2018. Photograph: Press Information Bureau For years, Russian equipment and defence firms were the highlight of Indian Defexpo and Aero India shows. After live displays, mainly featuring Russian aircraft, helicopters and armoured vehicles, the crowds would throng the glitzy, ...
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Why China deployed its latest jet fighter

This is perhaps the most authoritative portrayal so far of Indian air power as a threat to China.Ajai Shukla reports. IMAGE: The J-20, China's first stealth fighter, made its maiden flight in 2011. It was first unveiled at China's Zhuhai air show in 2016. Photograph: Reuters With China's air force deploying its 'latest stealth jet fighter' -- the J-20 Chengdu -- one of the provocations could be the Indian Air Force's deployment of its top-of-the-line Sukhoi-30MKI fighter in Assam, near the ...
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The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

Russian Helicopters has scored another billion dollar home run by winning the Indian Navy's tender for 111 'naval utility helicopters'.Ajai Shukla reports from the DefExpo 2018 in Chennai. Of the 146 foreign arms vendors attending Defexpo 2018 in Chennai, Russian Helicopters, which builds the iconic, dual-rotor Kamov helicopters, is among the few with an assured major order. In 2015, on Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal request, Prime Minister Narendra D Modi agreed to buy 200 ...
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If India is to rule the waves, defence ministry must change its ways

Though the government says public and private shipyards compete on equal terms, public shipyards feast at the high table with the defence ministry, with only scraps being tossed to private shipbuilders, discovers Ajai Shukla. IMAGE: The Indian Navy's first Scorpene submarine being undocked from Mazagon Docks Ltd, a naval vessel ship building yard, in Mumbai.An analysis of shipbuilding orders in the last 20 years indicates that 90 per cent by value, worth Rs 2,231 billion, were 'nominated' to ...
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Navy gets 4 Russian frigates for Rs 200 billion

Still, there remains a worrying shortfall of frigates, which are the navy's workhorses.'We need to have at least 24 frigates,' says a senior admiral. 'Currently we are 10 short.' Ajai Shukla reports. IMAGE: The new Krivak III frigates will have the same engines and armament configuration as Yantar's last three frigates -- INS Teg, INS Tarkash and INS Trikand and will also include the vaunted BrahMos anti-ship and land attack missile. Photograph: Kind courtesy militarynavalhistory.net New Delhi ...
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Why Mohan Bhagwat is right about the army

The RSS chief's comment that if war broke out, the military would not be ready for at least six to seven months is correct as it faces a shortfall in training and alertness and an even greater lack of funds for defence preparedness, notes Ajai Shukla. IMAGE: In each of the last three years, the army has been allocated 68 to 69 per cent of the services' budget, with the navy getting about 12.5 per cent and the air force 19.5 per cent. In the years before that -- 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 -- the ...
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Airbus payout adds new twist in Rafale vs Eurofighter deal

Airbus' $99 million payout puts a new light on Eurofighter's 'unsolicited bid' to the Modi government, reducing the cost of the Typhoon fighter by 20 per cent, making it in retrospect significantly cheaper than the Rafale.Ajai Shukla reports. IMAGE: India ignored the Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH bid for its Typhoon fighter and opted for Rafale fighter jets. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters Over the preceding week, India's political landscape has been roiled by accusations that the government ...
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'True defender of human rights': Twitter mourns the loss of Asma Jahangir

On Sunday, Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s renowned human rights lawyer, social activist and an outspoken critic of the country’s powerful military establishment, passed away in Lahore. Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma, 66, was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Following her demise, people from all over the world expressed grief and sorrow, taking to Twitter to send their condolences to ...
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