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2006-03-11 India-Pakistan
Musharraf rules out independent Kashmir
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Posted by Fred 2006-03-11 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [335 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Nice beauty queen sash

Stolen from Miss Pakistan?

Posted by john 2006-03-11 12:56||   2006-03-11 12:56|| Front Page Top

#2 I like the pic John! uberstated LOL!
Posted by RD 2006-03-11 18:45||   2006-03-11 18:45|| Front Page Top

#3 Cracked me up when I saw it yesterday.

Posted by john 2006-03-11 18:58||   2006-03-11 18:58|| Front Page Top

#4 Oh Perv...

Russia to supply 30 rocket systems to India

9 March 2006

BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union

Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS

Perm, 9 March: The Perm-based Motovilikha Plants company is starting to deliver Smerch [Tornado] multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to the Indian army. The total sum of the contract, which the plant had waited to get for more than five years, adds up to about 150m dollars, Marat Zagidullov, chairman of the company's strategic development committee, has said.

Over the next three years the enterprise is to deliver to India some 30 MLRS sufficient to arm three regiments, he said. "The Indian army will get a modified model of the multiple-launch rocket system, which is already very well known for its combat characteristics. It is mounted on a Tatra chassis and equipped with modified and improved fire control systems," Zagidullov noted. [Russian state arms seller] Rosoboroneksport is in charge of the overall coordination of the contract.

Motovilikha Plants is looking forward to an approximately 20-25 per cent year-on-year increase of the state order and foreign contracts. "We are ready to offer the Russian army, as well as our foreign clients, some up-to-date models of tugged and self-propelled artillery pieces, as well as multiple-launch rocket systems. The Vena self-propelled gun is among our latest developments. It is already undergoing tests and the military have highly assessed its capabilities," Zagidullov said.

Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0715 gmt 9 Mar 06

Posted by john 2006-03-11 19:10||   2006-03-11 19:10|| Front Page Top

#5 Kaliningrad Yantar to Build $1.6-Billion Frigates for India

Russia's Deputy PM and Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov has backed up the state-controlled Kaliningrad Yantar in its effort to execute the contract for constructing three frigates for Indian Navy worth nearly $1.6 billion.
Ivanov's decision ended the fight of several months between two shipbuilders, Mezhprombank's Severnaya Verf of St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad Yantar. Both of them were eager to construct for Indian Navy three frigates of Project 11356.

In 2003 to 2004, St. Petersburg Baltic Works built and handed over to India three frigates of Project 11356 worth $1 billion. A new contract for another trio has been negotiated since 2002.

The talks proved more than fruitful. The new contract that is expected to be sealed this March sets forth an option for building one or two frigates to add to the nearly $1.6-billion construction of three frigates.
Posted by john 2006-03-11 19:14||   2006-03-11 19:14|| Front Page Top

#6 John, do you have a larger version of that pic that I could steal and add to the RB pic library? If so, just post it here and I'll copy it over.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-11 19:16||   2006-03-11 19:16|| Front Page Top

#7 Russia to upgrade Indian MiG-29 jets for $888 million
Tuesday, 07 February , 2006, 12:10

New Delhi: India's fleet of 67 MiG-29 multi-role fighters are all set to be refurbished for $888 million by Russian company RSK-MiG.

"The programme is part of the Indian Air Force's long-term plan to modernise its fighter fleet with the aim of expanding its strategic reach, firepower and area of responsibility over the next decade as India's burgeoning economy and regional importance proliferate," a senior IAF officer said.

The upgradation was granted financial clearance by the Defence Ministry in fiscal 2005-06.

The MiG-29 upgrade project has already been delayed by over two years. It is now likely to commence only in fiscal 2006-07 and be completed around four years later, officials said.

The upgraded MiG-29s will remain in service for 10-15 years.

The programme includes fitting the MiG-29s with upgraded weapons and a new avionics suite, with the old N-019 radar being replaced by the Phazatron Zhuk-M radar.

The MiG-29s will also be upgraded for mid-air refuelling to increase their endurance.

The IAF is currently refurbishing 125 MiG-21 Bis and 40 MiG-27ML fighters. These two jets are being equipped with advanced avionics, improved electronic warfare systems and precision weaponry to boost the IAF's ageing combat fleet that also faces a sharp reduction in numbers over the next decade.

According to officials, RSK-MiG, the original manufacturer of the MiG-29s, will be the sole vendor to upgrade the IAF's fleet of MiG-29B/S fighters and MiG-29UB dual-seat trainers.

RSK-MiG will independently source the equipment that the IAF will select for fitting on the jets. In addition, it will carry out life-extension checks on the upgraded multi-role fighters that were first inducted into the IAF in 1986.

"The avionics architecture that the IAF is firming up will be a mix-and-match of Russian, local and imported systems that are likely to be sourced from France, Israel and possibly even the US," the official added.

Various options being debated by the IAF include dispatching a limited number of MiG-29 fighters to RSK-MiG in Russia for being upgraded.

Meanwhile, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)Managing Director KP Puri recently said that 94 of 125 MiG-21s had been upgraded to the MiG 21 'Bison' standard at the HAL complex at Nasik.

The remaining 29 jets would be upgraded by the end of the year.
Posted by john 2006-03-11 19:17||   2006-03-11 19:17|| Front Page Top

Posted by john 2006-03-11 19:19||   2006-03-11 19:19|| Front Page Top

#9 Thanks, John.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-11 19:51||   2006-03-11 19:51|| Front Page Top

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