PM's office in the sky from April 1st

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  1. Rage

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    PM's office in the sky from April 1st

    16 Mar 2009, 0200 hrs IST,
    Rajat Pandit, TNN


    NEW DELHI: The spanking new, highly-secure office in the sky is now finally ready for 'inauguration' after some delay. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may well get a whiff or two of the plush environs but it will really be the new PM who will enjoy the smooth ride after taking over in May-June.

    The three wide-bodied VVIP Boeing Business Jets, ordered in October 2005 at a total cost of Rs 937 crore, are likely to be formally inducted into IAF on April 1. Equipped as they are with high-tech self-protection suites (SPS) to guard against missiles, encrypted satellite communication facilities and advanced navigation aids, the highly-customized aircraft will ensure the PM as well as President travel in fully secure comfort like never before.

    "The first flight by President Pratibha Patil on one of the jets on probably April 1 will mark their formal inauguration," said a senior defence ministry officer.

    Asked whether the PM would take one of these jets if he goes for the G-20 summit in London, on April 2, the officer said, "The scheduling process for the first VVIP flight is still being tied-up. I have no information about subsequent flights." If the PM does indeed take the aircraft to the summit, also being attended by US President Barack Obama, he will have his own desi version of the American 'Air Force One' to brandish about. However, some heat and dust has already been generated over whether US inspectors will be allowed to inspect the three Indian VVIP jets, as reported by TOI earlier.

    India has signed a specific end-use monitoring agreement with the US for the three VVIP jets, which is required under American domestic laws. Being a government-to-government deal, the contract is governed by Pentagon's 'Golden Sentry' EUMA programme, which focuses on 'cradle-to-grave' verifications. The defence ministry is yet to come clean on whether or not India has got around the conditionality of physical verifications. Though the first of three jets had touched down in India last August, with the other two following subsequently, it's only now that the extensive aircraft trials and intensive crew training have been completed. Even the initial delivery of the jets was somewhat delayed due to Washington's insistence on proper safeguards for the hush-hush security equipment fitted on them.

    Be that as it may, they are now part of the Palam-based IAF's elite Communication Squadron, which ferries the President, PM and other top dignitaries. "They will replace the existing Boeing 737-200s, inducted in 1983, in the Communication Squadron. The inaugural VVIP flight on them has been slightly delayed since the aircraft and crew had to be cleared for certification," said an officer.

    Though not as technically sophisticated as Obama's Air Force One, the Indian planes do have quite a potent system to tackle incoming 'hostile' missiles or other airborne threats. While the three VVIP jets in themselves came for Rs. 734 crore, another Rs. 202.93 crore was spent on equipping them with the SPS ordered directly through the US government.

    The SPS includes 'radar warning receivers' to alert the plane that a hostile radar has 'painted' it and a missile may be headed its way. The 'missile-approach warning systems' and 'counter-measure systems' will then help the planes take automatic evasive action by shooting metal chaff to 'fool' radar-guided missiles and flares to throw heat-seeking missiles off track. There are also sufficient advanced electronic counter-measures on board to jam hostile radars.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...e-in-sky-from-April-1/articleshow/4269295.cms
     
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  3. EnlightenedMonk

    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    I read something about this in The Times almost an year ago... they also said the same things... but, the also mentioned that the range of the jet is limited.

    They claimed that the jet cannot even reach London from Delhi without refuelling... which was outrageous according to me... anyways, any news about that ??? Is that handicap still there, or has it been fixed in the final delivery ???
     
  4. shiv

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    did you guys hear about the planes the americans sold to chinese for their premier??? it was full of bugs and eavesdropping equipment....

    i know we are at good terms with the yanks,but still how much of the plane has been checked by the indian security agencies for bugs???
     
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    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    Hahahaha... I hope you're joking... right ??? :D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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    ^^ Its true Gokulji
     
  7. shiv

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    i think you confused "bugs" with real insect.....by bugs i mean eavesdropping and spying equipment
     
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    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    I didn't confuse anything for anything else... I know exactly what the word "bugs" means in technical terms... ;;);;);;);;);;)
     
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    India gets its own Air Force One

     
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    President unveils India's own Air Force One

     
  11. shiv

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    RAJDOOT.....i have driven one......very reliable and fashionable(for the duration i stayed in chennai....hahaha)

    girls find you irresistible if you are wearing a lungi while driving one
     
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    Hahahaha; I do remember those two long side mirrors of Rajdoot; while driving it makes you feel like you are in to some serious business
     
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    K Factor A Concerned Indian Senior Member

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    Lol, It the favorite bike for milkmen in Bihar as well. :DDD


    Jokes apart, here's a link regarding the US bugging Jiang's plane
    http://www.infosecnews.org/hypermail/0201/5312.html

    Hope we've checked it thoroughly.
     
  14. johnee

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    actually to expect that yanks would let go off such wonderful oppurtunity is a bit silly.
     
  15. jackprince

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    No, it's outrageous. This violates all kind of decorum, and this sort of action does directly hurt one nation's reliability.
     
  16. EnlightenedMonk

    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    Actually, one can say a lot about China's "reliability"... They're only getting back some of what they always try to do to others...

    I don't want to elaborate further and divert the discussion...

    Please continue...
     
  17. johnee

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    US' reliability in china?

    of course, no one can help if one nation wants to rely on some other nation blindly.
     

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