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Obama dismayed as India rejects arms deal
AlJazeera ^ | May 11t h 2011 | Shashi Tharoor, a former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs

Posted on 05/12/2011 8:44:57 AM PDT by Cardhu

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"The two European fighters are generally seen as aerodynamically superior, having outperformed both US-made aircraft in tests under the adverse climatic conditions in which they might have to be used, particularly in the high altitudes and low temperatures of northern Kashmir. Experts suggest that the American planes are technologically ten years behind the European ones..."
1 posted on 05/12/2011 8:45:04 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

Perhaps your intelligent diplomacy just plain sucks, sir!!!


2 posted on 05/12/2011 8:47:16 AM PDT by Carley (We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail. W, 9/20/01)
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To: Cardhu

That is not far enough behind for (.)bama. When he is done, we will be offering to sell bi-planes and Zeppolins.


3 posted on 05/12/2011 8:49:09 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Cardhu

Obama strikes out again.

4 posted on 05/12/2011 8:50:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Carley
The "deeply disappointed" US ambassador to India, Tim Roemer, promptly announced his resignation. But, in a typical comment, Indian-American strategist Ashley Tellis observed trenchantly that India had chosen "to invest in a plane, not a relationship".

with the 'Obama adminstration' should heave been added.

5 posted on 05/12/2011 8:50:36 AM PDT by caww
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To: Cardhu
It has frequently cut off contracted supplies, imposed sanctions on friends and foes alike (including India), and reneged on delivering military goods and spare parts, in addition to being notoriously unwilling to transfer its best military technologies.

The current Indian fleet of mainly Russian and French planes has suffered from no such problems

The Indians have another, far more serious problem with parts. The parts and spares that they get from Russia are often of an inferior quality and have lead to numerous wrecks, etc. It has gotten so bad that they have recently let out bids to allow non-Russian suppliers to provide replacement parts.

6 posted on 05/12/2011 8:56:35 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Cardhu

But Obama is still working to get the International Muslim Games for Chicago in 2012.


7 posted on 05/12/2011 8:59:52 AM PDT by Cicero
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To: Cardhu

Now what kind of thanks is that for sending all of our tech jobs to them.


8 posted on 05/12/2011 9:07:26 AM PDT by MissMack99 (BO Stinks!)
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To: Cardhu

“The two European fighters are generally seen as aerodynamically superior

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But, are they UNION made???


9 posted on 05/12/2011 9:09:46 AM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: Cardhu

Given the nature of Indian national life, no doubt it’s a requirement that the planes fall apart two weeks after they arrive.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 9:22:51 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (e)
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To: Cicero

Hmmmnnnnn, I wonder if the Indians see the relationship?


11 posted on 05/12/2011 9:28:04 AM PDT by himno hero ("armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"...Barrack Obama)
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12 posted on 05/12/2011 9:29:26 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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“. . .Experts suggest that the American planes are technologically ten years behind the European ones...”

Barf.

Not even close to being true.

Today's jet is nothing like the jet a few years ago, let alone 10-yrs ago.

Corruption runs rampant in india. Dog bites man news, I know, but come on. . .india is no better than the third-world it is.

13 posted on 05/12/2011 9:31:09 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Cardhu

For crying out loud. Every country in the world has seen Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the untrustworthy and treasonist democrats.

The world has seen how these corrupt liars can not be trusted, on anything.

Until Obama and the dems are out of power and until America has again proven it’s trustworthiness, it is wise for any country to decline to do business with America.

Obama is not just a failure with America... Obama is a FAILURE with the entire world.


14 posted on 05/12/2011 9:31:17 AM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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15 posted on 05/12/2011 9:40:00 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: dfwgator

1st thing I thought of..

Such a diplomat.


16 posted on 05/12/2011 9:45:45 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Cardhu

That and the US might cut off supplies if they used in a way of which we don’t approve - such as bombing Pakistan.

Probably a good decision.


17 posted on 05/12/2011 10:07:36 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Little Ray

Especially if we sell them the same stuff we sell to Pakistan.


18 posted on 05/12/2011 10:08:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hulka
"Experts suggest that the American planes are technologically ten years behind the European ones...” Barf. Not even close to being true.

No, actually, it is true. We are trying to pass off some dusty old F16's and F18's.

Not state of the art, you know.

19 posted on 05/12/2011 10:12:17 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Lazamataz
F-16’s were upgraded with a totally new exportable Block configuration.

The F-18’s were a totally new manufactured airframe and included state-of-the-art technology (as approved for release by the Dept of State and congress).

The indians are corrupt and with US FCPA oversight practices and laws, the US bidders did not engage in any of that nonsense, because if they did and it was exposed, they would not only lose their 36b export authority to india and loss of contract, but further sanctions would follow and additional contracts (domestic) would be in jeopardy.

So, we have a situation where the US bidders had their hands tied and offered outstanding platforms, whereas the indians did the usual third-world corruption thing. No surprise. To “hide” their corruption they make baseless accusations, as the bidders are not authorized to release configuration details, so the general public has only the worlds of a corrupt government justifying their corrupt decision.

20 posted on 05/12/2011 10:27:24 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

How come US companies have won the most number of defense contracts in India since 2005??? By your logic, they should have paid bribes and plenty of it.


21 posted on 05/12/2011 10:55:47 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Hulka

US companies have plenty of avenues for appeal in India. They have used those avenues more than once and successfully so. If they knew of corruption, they would have raised it and everyone from the media to opposition political parties would have jumped on it.


22 posted on 05/12/2011 10:57:37 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Cardhu

Just like the Chicago Olympic bid...


23 posted on 05/12/2011 12:40:05 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Cardhu

International arms deals are NOT all about technology and economics. They are political as well.

For years, when India was a major member of the “non-aligned” movement, she made “friends” with Russia, instead of the U.S., as her counter to China; at a time when aligning with the U.S. could have aligned Russia with China vis-a-vis India.

After the Soviet Empire collapsed, India began to warm more to the U.S.; and trade and policy agreements have grown.

But now, instead of playing to her hottest pursuers, Russia and the U.S., she leaves them both in a mood of needing to try harder to curry favor with her some other way, by this time giving EU firms this arms deal.

Its politics, not aeronautics.


24 posted on 05/12/2011 1:52:53 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Hulka

American planes are the worlds most advanced, no doubt about that but the fighters that were on offer were seriously inferior. Super hornets were found to be underpowered and and both American fighters failed the trials. The Typhoons and Rafale were found to be streets ahead of the American fighters. And this MMRCA deal was by far the cleanest and the most transparent deals that ever happened in India. Probably the only deal where bribery and politics had very little role to play and the fighter platform were purely chosen on merit.


25 posted on 05/13/2011 7:18:22 AM PDT by ravager
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To: Wuli

Totally wrong. Read my post.


26 posted on 05/13/2011 7:21:28 AM PDT by ravager
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“And this MMRCA deal was by far the cleanest and the most transparent deals that ever happened in India.”

Not saying much, as corrupt asd that place is.

“Probably the only deal where bribery and politics had very little role to play and the fighter platform were purely chosen on merit.”

On that we differ.


27 posted on 05/13/2011 7:32:11 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: ravager; Wuli

Pol-mil considerations are always at play.

It is the nature of the business.


28 posted on 05/13/2011 7:33:46 AM PDT by Hulka
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“Not saying much, as corrupt asd that place is.”

Right. And the US is not.

What was that incident where Lockheed Martin stole some confidential papers pertaining to the MMRCA deal and tried to manipulate Dassault out of the race? Yeah Americans are so clean. /s

The F-16 and F-18 failed to even clear the trials. I haven't heard LM or Boeing contesting the claims. I don't think they would not raise any hue and cry over a $10 billion deal if they suspect foul play. As corrupt as India is (which really isn't a whole lot more then US) there are times when India is dead serious about security and defense when they have a heavily armed China & Pakistan breathing down their neck. Face it. US offer fell short.

29 posted on 05/13/2011 8:04:08 AM PDT by ravager
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“Not saying much, as corrupt asd that place is.”

Right. And the US is not.

What was that incident where Lockheed Martin stole some confidential papers pertaining to the MMRCA deal and tried to manipulate Dassault out of the race? Yeah Americans are so clean. /s

The F-16 and F-18 failed to even clear the trials. I haven't heard LM or Boeing contesting the claims. I don't think they would not raise any hue and cry over a $10 billion deal if they suspect foul play. As corrupt as India is (which really isn't a whole lot more then US) there are times when India is dead serious about security and defense when they have a heavily armed China & Pakistan breathing down their neck. Face it. US offer fell short.

30 posted on 05/13/2011 8:13:33 AM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager
The US is sqeeky-clean when compared to the third-world cesspool of corruption that makes up the indian process/politics.

US companies are monitored closely and the culture of corruption like in india is not there in the US. Not even close.

They would not raise an issue because with india, what would be the point. None, as india would continue doing what it does, and there are no respectable courts in that country, especially when it comes to discovery rules.

Face it, india is corrupt, no worse than any other third-world country, for sure, but still horribly corrupt.

LM. . wasn't that an in-country consultant? And wasn't he fired? Hmmm. . . .not LM culture, nor Boeing's, to tolerate such activities.

Trying to equate india with US laws and practices is laughable, and defending bad behavior of india by lamely citing (non-policy, non-tolerated) alleged bad behavior on the part of someone else, is no defense at all and no justification.

Have a nice day. Buh-bye.

31 posted on 05/13/2011 8:44:02 AM PDT by Hulka
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Hmmm.... Walstreet scam, Subprime scam, Bernie Madoff, Freddie Mac, Frannie May, Lehmann brothers, Acorn, Rod Blagojevich, Enron..... yes sqeeky-clean! Totally.

But no, India has nothing on US when it comes to the total dollar amount involved in scams. In India corruption is petty and rampant but nothing as sophisticated as US. US is high roller compared to India.

And yeah commit the crime and blame the in-country consultant and do damage control by removing him. Totally LM culture. Remember Bhopal... Union Carbide? Same story.

You too, nice day!

32 posted on 05/13/2011 9:11:59 AM PDT by ravager
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To: Hulka
Hmmm.... Walstreet scam, Subprime scam, Bernie Madoff, Freddie Mac, Frannie May, Lehmann brothers, Acorn, Rod Blagojevich, Enron..... yes sqeeky-clean! Totally.

But no, India has nothing on US when it comes to the total dollar amount involved in scams. In India corruption is petty and rampant but nothing as sophisticated as US. US is high roller compared to India.

And yeah commit the crime and blame the in-country consultant and do damage control by removing him. Totally LM culture. Remember Bhopal... Union Carbide? Same story.

You too, nice day!

33 posted on 05/13/2011 9:12:00 AM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

Everyone’s entitled to their opinion.


34 posted on 05/13/2011 11:33:01 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Hulka
Also...

“They would not raise an issue because with india, what would be the point.”

I don't think business don't raise an issue because they “don't see a point”. $10 billions ++ at stake. That's a big huge point. If India is corrupt how did the India system ended up working in favor of Boeing's other defense deals with India? Sorry but your “corruption” theory is but your own personal bias nothing more.

35 posted on 05/13/2011 12:38:43 PM PDT by ravager
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To: Wuli
Its not my opinion it is the Indian position.

Besides most importantly the Indians were looking for technology transfers and some solid guaranties against sanctions. They got neither from US and both of those from Europeans. Europeans are clear winners in this one.

36 posted on 05/13/2011 12:48:10 PM PDT by ravager
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“Its not my opinion it is the Indian position.”

Yes, I know, it’s the official position in India. Like, I said, the “official” position.

“Besides most importantly the Indians were looking for technology transfers and some solid guaranties against sanctions.”.........Europeans are clear winners in this one.”

I see. “Technology transfers” are a “winner” for those who transfer their technology???; for a deal today, knowing it will mean the recipient will not need you tomorrow????

The transferred technology, and the technology transfers (a VERY political matter), WAS an the issue; NOT “superior” technology.

And yes, “sanctions” also (what you can do with OUR technology) are a political matter, NOT a technology matter.

Am I holding it against India? No. It’s natural. And IT IS POLITICAL.

It’s not about getting “the best fighter”. It’s about getting “technology transfers” and it’s about not having restrictions on the use of the technology being bought. Those ARE POLITICAL decisions. NOT “best fighter” reasons.


37 posted on 05/13/2011 3:41:27 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

Which of these fighters will be in service for the next 30 years? The European ones will continue to soldier on more than the US ones by virtue of the need for them to preserve their defense-tech base.

Which of these aircraft are the best aerodynamically and optimised to take on the threat of the new Flanker derivatives coming out from China-the European aircraft were designed for that role; the F-16 wasn’t. Why is it that people don’t talk about the Super Hornet’s deficiency in the air to air role-transonic acceleration, turn rates etc. These are the US Navy’s views, not mine.

The Super hornet has always been known as the great STRIKE aircraft-but which is easier to do-modify a fighter with ground attack capabilities? Or improve the aerial performance of a strike aircraft. To say the IAF went solely by “technology transfer/political concerns” avoids accepting the fact that the European aircraft had operational benefits.

Why do you think India purchased systems like the P-8I and C-17 from the US? Technology transfer? political mileage? May be, but most importantly because they offered decisive operational advantages over existing and potential rivals.


38 posted on 05/13/2011 6:37:02 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Hulka

Hmm, at least the planes we’d offered were too old fashioned.

excerpt from http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/rejected-mmrca-vendors-fight-to-return/435542/

Aviation experts apprehend that this procedural lacuna could be exploited by one of the “politically influential vendors” (read Boeing and Lockheed Martin) to re-enter contention. Senior IAF officers, however, emphatically rule out selecting either American fighter. Says an IAF officer involved in the selection: “The US companies, which flaunt their technological leadership, are feigning hurt that their fighters were found technologically unsuitable. But it was their misjudgement to offer the IAF fighters like the F-16 and the F-18 that are decades old. It is arrogance to claim these have been modernised and are good enough for a country like India. If they wanted to argue technology, they should have fielded the F-35.”


39 posted on 05/14/2011 12:23:24 AM PDT by buzzer
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“But it was their misjudgement to offer the IAF fighters like the F-16 and the F-18 that are decades old.”.

The jets offered were not the jets built “decades ago.” If they were that stupid to know the difference, then there is no hope for them.

“It is arrogance to claim these have been modernized and are good enough for a country like India.”

Ahhh. . .the usual whining and deflection, trying to hide their corrupt decision-making process.

“If they wanted to argue technology, they should have fielded the F-35.”

Offer the JSF. . .as if. . . giving one of the most corrupt third-world countries in the world access to JSF technology. Sure.

40 posted on 05/14/2011 11:15:42 AM PDT by Hulka
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“The jets offered were not the jets built “decades ago.” If they were that stupid to know the difference, then there is no hope for them.”

Even if they’re upgraded, it’s still old stuff.

“Offer the JSF. . .as if. . . giving one of the most corrupt third-world countries in the world access to JSF technology. Sure.”

The europeans did. So they made clearly the better offer.


41 posted on 05/15/2011 12:50:04 AM PDT by buzzer
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To: Cardhu

Let him be dismayed. From what I’ve read and seen, the IAF has had its heart and mind set on the Rafale for awhile, and that IMO will be the eventual winner.


42 posted on 05/15/2011 1:37:36 AM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I’ve seen on Livefist allegations from a supposedly reputable source on corruption involving people close to Dassault and the Indian govt. Dunno how accurate, but wouldn’t surprise me. Even then, Rafale was probably always going to win this contest.


43 posted on 05/15/2011 1:40:36 AM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: buzzer

The F-16 was a non starter from the get go. The F-18 is anything but old fashioned. Containing 3rd gen AESA (while the Euros are still putting together a first gen and havent finished) and probably the most adv avionics (the Prowler option would have been unbeatable perhaps), the -18 was nothing to sneeze at. This completely escaped the Rafale fanbois on the Indian forums.

However, we had nothing to offer on ToT and plenty against us (CISMOA etc), and in the end that probably kept the -18 off the shortlist. The French are promising the world, and I’m sure will charge India the world as well. Their problem.


44 posted on 05/15/2011 1:46:02 AM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: ravager

How do you know? Did you read the IAF’s report?


45 posted on 05/15/2011 2:29:22 AM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: buzzer

Silly. The current F-18 is newer than the Typhoon and Rafale in many respects. If F-18 is decades old, so are the Euro-canards.


46 posted on 05/15/2011 2:37:20 AM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation

Those “allegations” are laughable to say the least. Subramaniam Swamy, the fellow who made those claims, pretty much makes his living out of targeting Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the ruling Congress party. The claims are too idiotic to even be considered laughable-if ‘Italian’ links were so important (since Sonia is an Italian by birth), why didn’t Eurofighter use it??

If these allegations are remotely credible, why is it that the other contenders and OPPOSITION political parties aren’t jumping on it. It’s not like India’s politicians and media remain quiet on a scandal.


47 posted on 05/15/2011 5:55:05 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation

You still don’t seem to be interested in answering why people diss the Super Hornet on it’s aerodynamics-why is it that people keep crapping on it regarding its range, its turn rates and speed? India has purchased almost 10 billion USD worth of weaponry from US companies-the same restrictions on technology transfers existed there; so why did the Indian military buy it. Because those systems had significant advantages over the rest.


48 posted on 05/15/2011 5:59:31 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Hulka

If the decision making process in India is as corrupt as you claim, how come Boeing, Lockheed Martin and GE have won billions in contracts since 2005?? Why did Boeing and LM participate in this tender if it was a corrupt cesspool where they stood no chance?


49 posted on 05/15/2011 6:01:57 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Was that to me? I’m not sure what you’re getting at, I never made claims the F-18 was the perfect plane, even for India.


50 posted on 05/16/2011 12:14:54 AM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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