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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

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India to get Boeing’s maritime recce aircraft

Washington, March 17
The Obama administration has cleared the $2.1 billion contract for US aviation major Boeing to supply eight P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India, the largest American arms sale to India to date, a media report said.

The US State Department has informed the Congress that it will issue a license to Boeing so that it can complete the deal with India. The deal surpasses an earlier $1 billion Lockheed sale of six C-130J Super Hercules military transport planes to the Indian Air Force (IAF). In a March 12 notice to the US Congress, the State Department has said it will license the direct commercial sale having factored in “political, military, economic, human rights and arms control considerations,” the report said.

The Indian navy is Boeing’s first international customer for the P-8, a long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft capable of broad area, maritime and littoral operations. A derivative of Boeing 737-800 , the P-8I, which is the Indian Navy version, is similar to the P-8A Poseidon being developed for the US Navy.

Boeing clinched the deal over European and Russian offerings, including EADS Airbus A319 and the Russian Ilyushin-38 platforms. The first flight test is scheduled this year and initial operational capability is slated for 2013. Boeing will deliver the first P-8I around 2013 and the remaining seven by 2015. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090318/main5.htm

J&K Killings
Army to submit report within 3 days
Jammu, March 17
Close on the heels of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s meeting with Defence Minister AK Antony, the GoC, 15 Corps, Lt General Bikram Singh called on Omar here this evening and informed him that the court of inquiry instituted by the Army in the incident, wherein two civilians were allegedly killed by security forces, would submit its report within two to three days. The Corps Commander assured the CM that those found guilty would be punished. Earlier, a section of media had reported that the Army had refused to cooperate in the inquiry.—TNS

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090318/nation.htm

Stronger Pakistani PM in India's Interest:
Brajesh Mishra


New Delhi
Amid shifting power equations in Pakistan, former national security adviser Brajesh Mishra said President Asif Zardari could not deliver on promises despite being "warm" towards India, adding a stronger Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani would be a better bet for New Delhi to deal with Islamabad.

"He (Zardari) was always warm to India ... But so far action is concerned, it never happened," Mishra said in an interview to CNBC's "India Tonight" programme.

Mishra said Zardari "could never deliver (on promises) (or) he was not allowed to deliver... any of the two."

"He did make promises which he did not fulfill."

On the Pakistan prime minister emerging as a stronger force in the process, Mishra said "protocol-wise, if Gilani enjoys more power, then it will be easier for India to handle things with the neighboring country".

Analysts in Islamabad say the powers to appoint the service chiefs and the chief justice and to dismiss the federal and provincial governments would be taken away from the presidency and restored to the prime minister's office.

President Zardari Monday capitulated on the lawyers' demand for reinstating the sacked Supreme Court and high court judges after opposition leader Nawaz Sharif launched a mass campaign.

After giving in to Sharif, questions are being raised about the future of Zardari as president.

http://news.boloji.com/2009/03/29114.htm

US clears decks for biggest defence deal with India

Vishal Thapar

CNN-IBN

MILITARY EMBRACE: The $2.1-billion order for eight naval spy planes is with the US Congress.

New Delhi: The US is clearing the decks for its biggest ever defence deal with India. The $2.1-billion order for eight naval spy planes is with the US Congress.

This was the door opener the US was looking for to breach a market dominated by Russia for six decades.

The American P8s will replace the Russian Tupolev-142 snoop planes by 2015 in India.

“This deal presents a great opportunity for us to enter the Indian market,” Vice-President, Boeing, Dr Vivek Lal said.

Besides giving India a generational leap in keeping vigil over the seas and boosting its anti-submarine warfare capability, the P8s will also advance the American agenda of operating jointly with the Indian military, perhaps against common adversaries.

"It is a tremendous opportunity for the Indian and US Navy to work on a common platform,” Lal said.

The US has made rapid strides in the Indian arms market. But these are still unresolved issues which can be spoilers like the US condition for inspecting the weaponry it sells, something India regards as intrusive.

After a 30-day scrutiny by the US Congress, the Obama administration will be free to clear the sale. But the deal could be under greater scrutiny in Delhi, especially in election season.

But a question which could be asked is why did India sign the contract on January 1 without waiting for US Congressional clearance. Why the hurry?

http://ibnlive.in.com/printpage.php?id=87962&section_id=3

Indian defense chief promises action against soldiers guilty of killing 2 Kashmiris

NEW DELHI, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony Tuesday promised the local government of Indian-controlled Kashmir that action would be taken against the guilty in the killing of two civilians in the region last month, according to the semi-official Press Trust of India news agency.

The Chief Minister of the Indian-controlled Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, Tuesday met with Antony and informed him about the anger among the people in Sopore, where the two civilians were shot dead by Indian soldiers on Feb. 22, an incident that had sparked widespread protests, said the news agency.

Omar thanked the Indian Army for its efforts in bringing down violence and arresting terrorists, but he also said the shootings did trigger resentment among the public while calling on Indian military personnel to exercise utmost restraint in anti-militancy operations, said the report.

The Indian army had earlier refused to cooperate in the inquiry by local government into the deaths of the two civilians in Bomai-Sopore village, north of Srinagar. The military officials here said the probe by local government was not valid.

Special powers entrusted to the Indian troops in region empower them to shoot a person on mere suspicion. Under such powers the local government is unable to punish the guilty troops and para-military for their actions.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/18/content_11028162.htm

China to launch drill with Russia

By Wang Linyan (China Daily)

Updated: 2009-03-17 08:32

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China and Russia will launch a joint anti-terror drill in Northeast China this year, a defense official has said.

"The defense ministries of the two countries are currently discussing details of the drill," Qian Lihua, director of the Ministry of Defense's foreign affairs office, said.

The drill, the second between the two troops, is aimed at promoting bilateral strategic partnership, Qian said.

The first such drill was held in Vladivostok in Russia and East China's Shandong in August 2005.

In 2007, the two countries joined a multinational anti-terror drill that also brought together Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Qian said China will hold more exercises with its neighbors this year, as it is keen on promoting high-level military exchanges. He, however, did not elaborate.

China has strengthened military ties with its neighbors by participating in regional exercises, Qian said.

Since 2002, the country has joined 17 military exercises and four ground training drills with its neighbors.

The country has sent teams to observe military drills in India and Pakistan, as well as "Cobra Gold" drills between Thailand and the United States.

China and Australia will strengthen cooperation in fighting terrorism, disaster relief and peacekeeping, Chen Bingde, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, said yesterday. He made the remarks during a meeting with Australian Chief of the Army Ken Gillespie.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-03/17/content_7585095.htm

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