21 May 2016

Centre bargaining hard to lower Rafale price’

As negotiations between India and France stretch to the last mile on the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar underscored the cost of a Rafale jet by observing that a Su-30 fighter and an indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas can be purchased at the cost of one Rafale jet. “One Rafale fighter is worth approximately Rs.700 crore to Rs.750 crore while a Su-30 costs about Rs.475 crore.

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China’s Worst Nightmare: Is a U.S.- India Military Alliance Brewing?

Washington and New Delhi are getting a lot more serious about military-to-military ties. As the United States and India become more wary of an increasingly assertive China, the two countries are gradually edging closer together. On May 16, American and Indian officials met for a “maritime security dialogue” in New Delhi. “The dialogue covered issues of mutual interest, including exchange of perspectives on maritime

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NEW DELHI — Only two weeks ago India's purchase of 36 Dassault Rafael fighters was considered imminent, but the deal has since been all but frozen and the country's general director of defense acquisition suddenly forced to step aside. Procurement officials in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) now are taking "a very cautious approach" in the $8.9 billion deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets, said an MoD source.

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Isro Has A Great Idea, Promptly Shelves It

A major initiative in the war on climate change taken by Bengaluru-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has led to all major global space agencies rushing to develop satellites that will monitor carbon emissions from each country – all…except ISRO itself. It was ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar, along with French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, who took the

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India’s Modi to meet Obama, address U.S. Congress next month

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington next month to discuss security and other issues and the Indian leader will be granted the rare honour of addressing both houses of Congress. The White House said Obama and Modi will discuss economic growth, climate change, clean energy, and security and defence cooperation during their June 7 meeting. It will be Modi’s

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US House nod to bolster defence ties with India

The US House of Representatives has approved a bipartisan legislative move to bolster defence ties with India and bring it at part with other NATO allies in terms of sale of defence equipment and technology transfer. “It seeks to promote greater defence trade and encourage additional military cooperation between the United States and India,” Congressman George Holding said on the floor of the House of Representatives in favour of the amendment in this regard in the National Defence Authorisation Act

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