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Ajai Shukla
Business Standard columnist on strategic affairs, defence and diplomacy. Former army colonel, now based in New Delhi
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Ajai Shukla Jan 21
Cost of new engines in Jaguar: Rs 210 crore per aircraft. Cost of brand new LCA Tejas in FOC configuration: Rs 200 crore per aircraft. A no brainer. But there seem to be no brains at work in MoD.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 21
Replying to @raj_saqib
We all must work with what we’ve got, no? Inshallah mulaaqaat hogi kisi din 😊
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Ajai Shukla Jan 21
Honeywell asking for almost Rs 100 crore per engine. That means Rs 220 crore to upgrade each of the twin engine fighters! IAF and HAL believe that’s way too much.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 21
Future of Jaguar engine upgrade hangs in balance as Indian Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd believe wants too high a price for its new engines. The IAF could find itself retiring four extra Jaguar squadrons in 2025.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 21
And the famously impenetrable skull of Lindsay Graham!
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Ajai Shukla Jan 20
The always articulate and clear-eyed Vipin Narang discusses strategic stability with on The Wire, with an interesting section on India's nuclear deterrent and strategy.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 19
Replying to @KunalKaushesh
Haven't received any question. Email at: broadswordbs@gmail.com
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Ajai Shukla Jan 18
Replying to @KunalKaushesh
sure!
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Yogendra Yadav Jan 18
Put together, these pieces by and the latest expose by provide a comprehensive picture of what happened in the Rafale deal.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 18
Thanks for those very kind words.
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Business Standard Jan 18
The upgrade programme was halted in 2014, when Antonov had refurbished only 45 of the 's 105 AN-32s
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Ajai Shukla Jan 18
Important news for the IAF: the upgrade of its workhorse fleet of 104 Antonov-32 transport aircraft -- disrupted for three years by Russia-Ukraine tensions -- has resumed, with Ukraine taking on sole responsibility. A great aircraft.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 18
Discussing the Rafale deal with Razdan on after N Ram's detailed article in the Hindu, which argues that the govt paid 40% more for each of 36 Rafales in 2016, compared to offer for 126 Rafales in 2007.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 17
Best read in the context of my November 2018 three-part series on Rafale skulduggery in Business Standard . For those who missed it: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:
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Ajai Shukla Jan 17
Another success from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd : The Light Combat Helicopter successfully demonstrates firing of a Mistral air-to-air missile. Cannon and rockets already fired. Here's a weapon system that will be integral to army firepower soon.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 17
Best read in the context of my November 2018 three-part series on Rafale skulduggery in Business Standard . For those who missed it: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:
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Ajai Shukla Jan 17
Another success from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd : The Light Combat Helicopter successfully demonstrates firing of a Mistral air-to-air missile. Cannon and rockets already fired. Here's a weapon system that will be integral to army firepower soon.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 16
"No other country with as big a defence budget as India's – be it the US, China, Russia or the European nations – ignores its key domestic manufacturers, as the IAF disregards HAL. This situation must change." My unsigned edit in Business Standard today.
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Ajai Shukla Jan 16
Why can't we have more such generosity of spirit in our public discourse. Well done, Rahul. If this is what Pappu-ism is... bring it on!
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Ajai Shukla Jan 16
The indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) today demonstrated its air-to-air combat capability by firing the Mistral air-to-air missile. The LCH will support Indian infantry from sea level to Siachen glacier.
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