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

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 ... Business Standard, 1 week ago
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If our army wants to avoid the fate of Saddam's army...

'... it must network its battlefield units quickly, securely, robustly,' notes Ajai Shukla. Senior Indian Army generals, who grew up before smartphones became a part of our daily lives, are blundering in scrapping as 'too costly' the Rs 5,000 crore (Rs 5 billion) project to indigenously design and develop a battlefield management system. More tech-savvy junior officers understand the importance of the BMS which will provide frontline combat soldiers with a real-time tactical picture of the ...
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F-16 or Gripen E: What will Modi choose?

'What's on offer for India is to establish a production line here that would be the world's only production line.'Ajai Shukla reports.   Lockheed Martin, the US firm that is offering to relocate F-16 fighter production to India as the world's only F-16 line, has rebutted the argument that perceptions of the F-16 as an 'outdated fighter' would mean very little international business flowing to India.   The company points out that, over the last three months, the US State Department has ...
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Has India paid more for the Rafales?

Is the price of one fighter Rs 681 crore? Rs 686 crore? Rs 703 crore? Rs 1,063 crore? Rs 1,225 crore?Ajai Shukla makes sense of the confusing numbers. PART 1: 4 puzzling questions about the Rafale deal Has the Indian Air Force paid more per Rafale fighter than what Prime Minister Narendra D Modi had undertaken in Paris whilst announcing his agreement with then French president Francois Hollande to buy 36 aircraft from the French vendor, Dassault?   On April 10, 2015, standing beside ...
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HAL choppers to target enemy at high altitudes

Armed with rockets and missiles, these helicopters can rain fire on the enemy in rarefied altitudes.Ajai Shukla reports. IMAGE: The need for a combat helicopter became apparent during the Kargil conflict, when Indian soldiers had to attack enemy position on 15,000 feet-high mountains with little fire support, except from long-range artillery guns and rockets. Photograph used for representational purposes: Vijay Mathur/Reuters On Friday, December 22, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army ...
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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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'There's something extremely fishy in the Rafale deal'

'There is no secrecy clause to the price (of the aircraft).''There can be secrecy on the capability of the nuclear payload of aircraft and things like that, but the price is hardly a secret.' IMAGE: A Dassault Rafale fighter at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters On February 5, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stunned the nation when she told Parliament that the government would not divulge certain details, including the per unit cost, of the ...
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Is defence hike enough to modernise armed forces?

'Given the importance of equipment modernisation, the overall defence budget should rise at least at the same pace as salaries and pensions, so that equipment modernisation is not hit,' observes Ajai Shukla. IMAGE: Bridge Layer Tank T-72 displayed during the Republic Day parade, January 26, 2018. Photograph: @adgpi/Twitter The defence budget, which the Union government presented on Thursday, February 1, underlines serious issues around the structure of the army, navy and air force and the ...
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Bajwa wants India-Pak talks. Can he be trusted?

'Over the last year, Bajwa has created the environment to support bold moves on India. The ball is in India's court,' a senior Pakistan military officer tells Ajai Shukla.  IMAGE: Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa flashes the V sign after the Pakistan cricket team defeated India in the Champions Trophy final. Sources close to the Pakistani military say New Delhi is missing an opportunity to engage Islamabad in dialogue that would have the full backing of Pakistan's powerful ...
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