Parlous State of VTA

Oleg Falichev wrote recently for Voyenno-promyshlennyy kuryer on the parlous state of Russia’s VTA — Military-Transport Aviation. The one-time Krasnaya zvezda correspondent laid out a less-than-convincing “infomercial” supporting renewed production of the Soviet-era An-124 heavy transport by Ilyushin. Endangered species? That said, Falichev made points worthy of…

Pakistan’s IMF bailout offers India-US strategic opportunity to choke ISI and Pak Army

An important personality from Pakistan who I met recently on the sidelines of an event was quite convinced that a minimum $10 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was something the country would have to seek to remain above water. Even with…

Rider clause added to the S-400 Agreement Russia can never sell S 400 Systems to Pakistan

According to the latest report by the BBC, India added a rider clause in the agreement which was recently signed between India and Russia for the advance S-400 Missile System. The rider clause prevents Russia from selling the S-400 Missile System or any similar or…

India’s Sikkim Airport Borders China In Sign Of Modi’s Intent

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the country’s 100th operational airport in the northeastern state of Sikkim, nestled in the Himalayan range, he took pains to mention what an engineering marvel it was. What he commented on more obliquely, however, was the strategic…

Japan Misidentifies Russian Su-35S Fighter Jet Approaching Japanese Airspace

In a somewhat unusual step, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) recently revised a public report summarizing the intercept of three Russian Air Force aircraft by Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets in the Sea of Japan on September 19. According to the MoD,…

CENTRAL FORCES AND SPECIAL POLICE UNITS TO GET 36,000 MODERN AK ASSAULT RIFLES

A stockpile of over 36,000 modern AK-series assault rifles have been recently provided to central paramilitary forces and select state police units, a senior official said Tuesday. The official, who is part of the security establishment under the Union home ministry, said the weapons have…

Boeing Wins $31M Navy Deal for Upgrading P-8A Repair Manual

The Boeing Company (BA – Free Report) recently won a $30.8-million modification contract for upgrading the structural repair manual of the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime aircraft. The deal was awarded by the Air Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD. Work related to the agreement will…