Bold Alligator 2014: Long Range Raid to Support Embassy Under Seige

11/07/2014
11/07/2014: Bold Alligator 2014 is a crisis response exercise and continues the work of BA 2012 and BA 2013. It is about calibrating insertion forces against various threats.  The forces are American and coalition with several nations contributing ships, and combat personnel to both the planning and execution of the…

CTBT Holdouts: The Asian Triangle

10/13/2012
2012-10-13 by Richard Weitz There are three key Asian states who have not jointed the CTBT regime. Each of these states in turn, China, India and Pakistan, are discussed in this article. And the prospects are not promising that they will join any time soon. China Until the end of the…

The Indian Defense Industry‐Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies Analyses and Forecasts to 2017

08/01/2012
In a report from our partner ICD research, SLD readers have a chance to purchase a comprehensive overview and forecast of this important market. India has one of the fastest-growing global defense markets and is expected to spend approximately US$274.23 billion during the forecast period The Indian defense industry is…

Will the Indian Fighter Decision Downselect be Implemented Prior to the 2014 Elections?

05/30/2012
By Robbin Laird During the Airbus Trade Media 2012 event in Toulouse, I had a chance to sit down with Pravin Sawhney, Editor of the Indian defense magazine, Force, and to get caught up on the state of play in the Indian fighter selection process. http://www.forceindia.net/ Last year, Sawhney provided…

Why did India choose the Rafale?

05/29/2012
5/29/12: By Robbin Laird During the Airbus Military Trade Media event, I had a chance to talk with Vikramjit S. Chopra, Managing Editor of Vayu Aerospace and Defense Review about the Indian fighter competition. http://www.vayuaerospace.in/ http://www.vayuaerospace.in/images1/IAF_Strike_Mirage_2000s.pdf I asked my colleague: why did India pick the Rafale over the other Europeans…

Super Tucano, the US and the Global Fighter Market

04/13/2012
by Francis Tusa One has to assume that Boeing is shaking its corporate head in dismay, as its chances of a deal to sell the F/A-18E/F to Brazil took a nose dive. The key thing that has affected the aircraft’s chances has been the abrupt cancellation of the deal for…

Brazil, India and the Global Fighter Market

04/06/2012
by Robbin Laird 2012 is perhaps a turning point year in the global fighter market.  India’s downselect of the Rafale and the possible selection by Brazil of the same aircraft could have some game changing qualities. First, if this were to occur, this would mean that the US is down…

The Maturing of Russia-India Relations

12/19/2011
12/19/2011 by Richard Weitz After India obtaining statehood in 1947, the nonalignment doctrine championed by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru disallowed India from entering any alliance or bloc. Instead, India pursued had a unique policy that combined pragmatism with nonalignment. This nonalignment policy allowed India to work with the Soviet…