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Yet Another Fighter Tender: Confusion and Worse

D. Raghunandan

22nd March 2018

 

History repeats itself, wrote Karl Marx, first as tragedy then as farce. One wonders how he would have characterized a third repeat, when all the tears are done and even the disorganized buffoonery is over.  Whatever term is used, the fresh tender for fighter aircraft being floated by India is surely way beyond farcical. The confusion around an already shambolic procurement process betrays a pathway being opened up for arbitrary decision-making by the political leadership, even at th ...

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Anil Ambani Emerges from the Shadows of Modi’s Rafale “Deal”

Prabir Purkayastha

15th December 2017

Modi's Rafale “Deal” has raised a number of questions. How is it that the need for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Forc ...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 December 2017 09:50
 
Muddy waters in Rafale Deal

D. Raghunandan

25th November 2017

Many questions are swirling around the Rafale fighter aircraft deal especially in these politically charged times with various state elections already held or around the corner. There are even dark hints about skeletons in the cupboards. It is not the purpose of this column, and indeed beyond its capability with the information presently available in the public domain, to comment on possible skulldugg ...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 November 2017 07:00
 
New Fighter Deal: Picking up Pace, and Cronies

D. Raghunandan

18th September 2017


BOTH the horses in the race for India’s impending acquisition of single-engined fighter aircraft have now been officially identified, with the deal to be struck under the new “strategic partnership” route incorporated into the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) 2016. The competitors are Lockheed Martin of the US in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems for the F-16 Block 70/72, and Saab of Sweden in partnership with the Adani ...

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Is Trump Starting a Second Korean War, This Time with Nuclear Weapons?

Prabir Purkayastha

9th May 2017


The US has been positioning its aircraft carrier strike force Carl Vinson and USS Michigan, an Ohio class nuclear submarine, off the coast of the Korean peninsula. Trump has threatened that if China does not intervene, the US will “solve the problem” of a nuclear Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) “all by itself”; presumably through military strikes. The French, never ...

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:04
 
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