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  1. 1

    Chandan

    this deal was..really hasty

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    Anonymous

    Good and welcome news

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

    As per Jane's price of C-17 is 198 million$s. Why are we paying more than double i.e. 410 million$ for each jet? Can you throw some light on this Shiv?

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    Anonymous

    I presume IAF will send the Boeing press release to the Russian with a note to get with the program for the IL-76 or more is going to come.

    Play the Russians off the Americans.

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    aniket

    Further orders can include close to 8 more c-17 .

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    Anonymous

    Any photos of Arjun mk II and IAC-1?

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    Anonymous

    Phalcon AWACS

    Air Chief Marshal disclosed that the last of the three Phalcon AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft) had arrived in India in March and deployed.

    Two more AWACS mounted on IL 76 platforms had also been ordered.

    http://www.indiastrategic.in/topstories1068.htm

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    Shailendra

    "We look forward to partnering with India as we move forward with the agreement's 30 percent offset program, which will help strengthen India's aerospace and defense capabilities."

    It should be 50 not 30 as I remember ( As per new Defense Procurement Policy ).
    And what we are getting more ? Some wind tunnel and high altitude facility for DRDO ? please some one clarify.

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  10. 10

    Mr. Ra

    I will consider this purchase as good if they successfully airdrop Indian paratroopers at Gazni, Kandhar and even Baghdad in successful missions…

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  11. 11

    Adarsh

    Shiv,

    This is an incredible news, This is a direct purchase to counter China in my opinion. Boeing plans to deliever the aircrafts by 2014, Assuming India signs the following 6 + 8, India will have by 2016 24 C-17's, along with 18 IL-78 Transports ( plus another 6 refuelers), That is by 2016 India will have a Strategic lift more than 4 times, its current state. A total of 42 Aircrafts, By 2020, I expect India to be retiring the IL-78's,and further replacing them with another batch 24 C-17's. That is a tremendous boost in the next 3-4 years. Congrats IAF, It will keep our north east supplied!

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    Anonymous

    @Anon 5.50

    India entered a FMS contract which is essentially a "no-kickbacks" and "no-haggling" price. And yes, there is a 6% (or is it 3%) payment to the Pentagon for facilitating the sale. And yes, Boeing is setting up a wind tunnel testing facility and a high-altitude testing set-up in the country. The aircraft cost $3 Bill, everything else added it up to $4.1 Billion.

    The current Air Chief, P.V Naik is a very strong proponent of Off-the-shelf foreign platforms. Hopefully, we won't have a repeat of the AN-TPQ radars which we bought after Kargil. None of the 6 radars bought work and the US won't bring pressure on the vendor to get them to work. $200 Mill down the drain. Hope this time, money does not go down the drain.

    Tats

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    Anonymous

    i would like to know how protected they are from enemy attacks because they are so large and easy to shoot down.

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    Anonymous

    They Will eventually buy 24 C-17s and replace the entire IL-76 fleet.IAF will become the largest overseas operator of the globe master.

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    Anonymous

    Finally GOI woken up !

    India is set to decide on possibly the world's biggest combat aircraft deal of this decade as well as those for new combat, utility and heavy-lift helicopters within the next few weeks or months, but all within 2011.

    Government set to decide major military aircraft deals

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    Tejaswy

    How many of them will be made in India ?

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    Anonymous

    Anon 7.10AM

    Thanks, you have cleared my doubts.

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    Anonymous

    India should also acquire the An124 Condor for movement of heavier eqps. All Russian transport planes are known for their ruggedness. A combination of C130, C17 and An124 will add a punch to our cold start strategy.

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    joydeep ghosh

    @shiv

    a very interesting article

    http://the-diplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2011/06/15/indias-fighter-fetish/

    it picks out points countering Ashley J Tellis on his views on MMRCA selection

    Joydeep Ghosh

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    Anonymous

    hi shiv
    i can across Surya project a while back when i gooogled 'indian icbm'…from then on have gone through every possible discussion and news report…but the no one seems to have any credible report or any knowledge about its existence.
    I would like to know your opinion on this topic(i mean on surya icbm)

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    Anonymous

    Anon 6:23 PM

    Your suggestion of playing Russians against Americans is ridiculous. Imagine if Russians start playing us against Porkis and Chinese. Russians will always remain India's friends, but our buying preference is changing because our priorities are changing…that's it.

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    Anonymous

    Russia is already playing us off the Chinese. Do you know how many billions of $ of arms Russia sold to China in the last decade?

    Russia has sold more arms to China than to India! Including aircraft carrier, subs, tanks, jet aircraft.

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