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Elbit completes acquisition of M7 Aerospace for $85 Million

Elbit completes acquisition of M7 Aerospace for $85 Million

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 December 2010

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, (“ESA”) acquired 100% of M7 Aerospace LP (M7 Aerospace) in a $85 million all cash...

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The Great Game: 21st Century Version-II

The Great Game: 21st Century Version-II

By: Vikram Sood |Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 15 December 2010

The new US foreign policy of “transformational diplomacy” is not merely about just reporting the world as it is but about replicating nation-states into US clones. Post conflict multinational...

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Hawker Beechcraft Delivers Centennial T-6B Texan II to US Navy

Hawker Beechcraft Delivers Centennial T-6B Texan II to US Navy

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 December 2010

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced that it has delivered a specially painted T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft to the United States Navy as part of the commemoration of the Centennial of Naval...

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US insult to Indian diplomats at airports

US insult to Indian diplomats at airports

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 December 2010

Even in the past, there had been instances of humiliating body searches of Indian diplomats and visiting dignitaries at US airports. The controversy over this has assumed serious dimensions...

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The Great Game: 21st Century Version-I

The Great Game: 21st Century Version-I

By: Vikram Sood |Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 14 December 2010

The Rules of the Game:The current century began in an intensely violent manner and there are no signs of a let up. Two and a half deadly wars are being fought in our neighbourhood and threaten to...

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US Military Surge in Afghanistan

US Military Surge in Afghanistan

By: Rohit Singh |Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 December 2010

After months of agonizing, the decades most long awaited decision has finally been made. It is a military surge of 30,000 additional troops to chart out a dignified exit for the United States,...

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Maoist Threat and Politics

Maoist Threat and Politics

By: RSN Singh |Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 December 2010

The previous issue of the Indian Defence Review carried a letter from a serving air force officer Group Captain RK Prasad to the Home Minister of India. The officer and his family had been...

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Defence Offsets: proving detrimental to the services

Defence Offsets: proving detrimental to the services

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 December 2010

Post Kargil, Indian defence imports had been ranging between three to six billion dollars annually whereas defence exports had been stagnating at meagre 50 million dollars an year. Despite...

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Tibetan Villagers 'relocated' by dam construction

Tibetan Villagers 'relocated' by dam construction

By: Claude Arpi |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 December 2010

Earlier, I had mentioned that the new dam built by the Chinese near Lhasa.  More news on this front: it seems now that some 4000 farmers will have to be ‘relocated’.  What is strange in...

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Low Intensity Conflict Revisited

Low Intensity Conflict Revisited

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani |Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 10 December 2010

Insurgencies have existed for centuries. In recent decades however, the easy availability of machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades, RDX explosive with hi-tech remote-triggering devices have made...

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Self Reliance and the Armed Forces

Self Reliance and the Armed Forces

By: Air Vice Marshal HS Ahluwalia |Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 10 December 2010

During the recently held Air Force Commanders conference in New Delhi, Raksha Mantri AK Antony, while admitting that the armed forces had been depending on outside suppliers for their defence...

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Oslo: China coming to terms with reality

Oslo: China coming to terms with reality

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 December 2010

After having waged a high-pressure campaign to enforce a boycott of the Oslo function on December 10 to honour in absentia Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese human rights activist who has been awarded the...

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An emotional farewel to INS Vagli

An emotional farewel to INS Vagli

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 December 2010

The Indian Navy decommissioned one of her oldest units, INS Vagli in a solemn ceremony at the Naval Dockyard today, 09 Dec 10. The Commissioning Commanding Officer of INS Vagli, Captain (Retd)...

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More C-130Js for India

More C-130Js for India

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 December 2010

India’s next three C-130Js have now reached the final production positions at the Lockheed Martin Marietta facility. These aircraft will join the previous three, which are already in flight...

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Navy Officers Cadets complete training

Navy Officers Cadets complete training

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 December 2010

169 Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy including 32 Assistant Commandants of Indian Coast Guard successfully completed their afloat training onboard the First Training Squadron today, at Kochi....

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-III

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-III

By: Scott Taylor |Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 10 December 2010

“We are Ansar al-Islam.” …I knew that this group …had links to al-Qaeda. When it had proved impossible to enter Mosul safely, we had circled back into the desert and spent the night at...

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IM warns attacks on Hindu holy places

IM warns attacks on Hindu holy places

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 December 2010

The message dated December 6, 2010, purporting to be from the Indian Mujahideen (IM) indirectly claiming responsibility for the explosion in Varanasi on December 7, 2010, was received by the...

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New Delhi must regularly interact with Dalai Lama

New Delhi must regularly interact with Dalai Lama

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 December 2010

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, needs to be complimented for standing firm to China and refusing to be bullied by it into not attending the Oslo function on December 10, 2010, in honour...

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A major milestone for Eurocopter's X3 hybrid helicopter

A major milestone for Eurocopter's X3 hybrid helicopter

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 December 2010

Step 1 speed objective of 180 kts is attained ahead of schedule for this innovative rotary-wing aircraft. Eurocopter’s X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator, which performed its maiden...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-II

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-II

By: Scott Taylor |Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 09 December 2010

“She is encouraging her ‘sons’ to go out and become martyrs and die in battle…” In the morning, Tal Afar was strangely quiet except for the continuous buzzing of the unmanned Predators...

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