The question is, who turned him in?
Plus it came from him
For all we know he could have said he was one of AeroINdia's official staffwas allegedly caught demanding and accepting Rs 20,000 from the French company officials
[SIZE=5][*******darkorange]MMRCA Shortlist to Be Announced In April
[/COLOR][/SIZE][*******red]Mar 4, 2011[/COLOR]
By Neelam Mathews firstname.lastname@example.org
[/COLOR] [*******blue][*******darkslateblue]The shortlist for the six contenders for India’s Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program is to be announced in the first week of April.[/COLOR]
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik had declared at Aero India on Feb. 10 that he was optimistic that price negotiations would start within a few weeks and a deal could be signed by September, “provided dissatisfied vendors do not put a spoke in the wheel and delay proceedings.”
Aviation Week has learned that two or three vendors will be asked to submit their offset proposals within six months. The defense ministry will negotiate offsets with the down-selected companies only. Recently, the ministry asked all MMRCA vendors to hold back on presenting their offset proposals.
[*******DarkOrange][SIZE=5]Aero India bribe episode aimed at ousting Rafael from MMRCA race, says Deccan Herald [/SIZE][/COLOR]
Chandan Nandy and Chethan Kumar, Bangalore, March 8, DHNS:
An Indian Air Force (IAF) officer who allegedly took bribes from one or more foreign aircraft companies to provide them favourable positions at last month's Aero India 2011 could be the prey in a conspiracy to oust a European firm in the race to bag the multi-billion dollar medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA).
Investigations by Deccan Herald indicate that the name of P V Rao, a representative of French Dassault Systemes, manufacturer of the Rafael fighter aircraft, which is one of the planes being considered by the Indian establishment for the MMRCA, emerged in the bribes-for-display scandal involving Wing Commander A K Thakur against whom the IAF has initiated a Court of Inquiry (CoI) here.
Wg Cdr Thakur allegedly took Rs 20,000 from Rao to give the Rafael a favourable position on the static display area at Yelahanka airbase where the Aero India 2011 show was conducted. When contacted, Rao said: “An inquiry is on and I will make no comments at this point. Let the inquiry be over and only then will I make any comment.”
According to top defence sources familiar with the complaint against Wg Cdr Thakur, neither Rao nor any other Dassault representative complained against the errant officer either with the IAF top brass in Delhi or in Bangalore.
The sources said senior IAF officers in Yelahanka received a "verbal" complaint from an official of the Department of Defence Production and Supplies, saying that Wg Cdr Thakur had taken a bribe of Rs 20,000 from Rao. Incidentally, officials belonging to the Defence Exhibitions Organisation (DEO), which is under the Department of Defence Production and Supplies, had set the trap on Wg Cdr Thakur, as reported by Deccan Herald on March 6.
In this context sources said that Wg Cdr Thakur could only have come under the scanner if had taken bribes in the days before he was actually caught. "There are blacksheep in every organisation. The sources said that Wg Cdr was not senior enough in the hierarchy to make any huge difference to foreign vendors at the static display area. Besides, they said, decisions on placement of individual vendors would have been taken by the MoD at least a month in advance. However, due action in accordance with the IAF's procedures are on and he will be punished if there is sufficient evidence against him," a top defence official requesting anonymity told Deccan Herald.
On the day the complaint was lodged against Wg Cdr Thakur by the Assistant Provost Marshal, a joint secretary rank officer of the Department of Defence Production and Supplies, Satyajeet Rajan, was present. When Deccan Herald asked department's secretary Raj Kumar Singh whether Wg Cdr Thakur was a victim of a more sinister move, he refused to comment, saying only that the MoD spokesman would respond to all queries. The New Delhi-based spokesman, when contacted over phone, said he has "not been given a brief" by the ministry on this issue.
I wont be surprised if that happened, It happened before in some other branch..
Last edited by Kunal Biswas; 03-09-2011 at 01:33 AM.
What a ridiculous story
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]IAF officer faces probe for taking bribe at Bangalore air show[/SIZE]
[/FONT]India Today, March 8
The Air Force has set up a court of inquiry against a wing commander for taking bribe from foreign aviation manufacturing companies to facilitate prominent static display of their aircraft during the recently concluded Aero-India 2011 exposition.
Wing Commander A.K. Thakur was caught accepting bribe from Dassault, France, for helping them display their aircraft prominently during the four-day held in Bangalore in mid-February. The French company had informed the authorities when Thakur made the offer to them in exchange of an amount of Rs 20,000. On receiving the complaint, the defence exhibition organisation laid a trap and caught the wing commander red-handed.
The incident took place some days before the exhibition. Earlier a fighter pilot, Thakur was transferred to a transport squadron at Bangalore's Yelahanka airbase. He was drafted by the organisation for allocating space to different exhibitors during the show.
The court of inquiry is being headed by a group captain rank officer. It would investigate whether Thakur had similarly received bribes from other companies at the show. Air force sources said Thakur had confessed to his crime when he was apprehended.
A likely punishment would be a summary dismissal of the accused if the court of inquiry upheld the charges against him.
at least , Dassault behavior seems ok...
Relaunch in Switzerland ?
Google translated from:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]The 'right' wants new fighter planes before 2015.[/SIZE]
[/FONT]TSR, March 9
The majority in the National  wants to acquire new fighter jets by 2015 and is ready to throw open the federal wallet to achieve it. [...] Wednesday, by 95 votes against 69, they adopted a motion calling for raising the expenditure for the army. The Council of State must also decide.
 The Federal Assembly - The Swiss Parliament - has two chambers, the National Council and the Council of States, with the same skills. It is the supreme authority of the Swiss federal government. The National Council and the State Council deliberate separately. The decisions of the Federal Assembly shall require the approval of both boards.
...The purpose of Serpentex is to prepare the crews to the Afghan theater: The Training is focusing on Close Air Support missions in mountainous environment. The work with Forward Air Controlers in an all english speaking network is also one of the main training axis for the French pilots.
For its next deployement to Afghanistan this year, the Rafale will be equiped for the first time with the Damocles LDP and the Rover data link system.
8 pages about the CDG 's Afghan ops in the last issue of AirForces Monthly, i will post the scans tomorrow , especially the part about the Rafale.
From AFM April 2011, page 70[...]Flying two to three CAS missions per day over Afghanistan with four bombs; either 500lb (227kg) GBU-12 Paveway IIs or AASMs and the internal 30mm cannon. For targeting, the Rafale now utilises the same Damocles M targeting pod carried by the SEM, with the first operational flight of a Damocles-equipped Rafale taking place on january 2, 2011[...]
Google translated from:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]RAFALE International joins Brazilian and French companies at a seminar[/SIZE]
[/FONT]Portal Fator , march 11
Were signed ten agreements for industrial cooperation, with some starting immediately.
São Paulo – The International RAFALE Consortium, formed by the French companies Dassault Aviation, Thales and Snecma, promoted in February, at the Technology Park of Sao Jose dos Campos, a seminar to continue the improvement of the proposed transfer of technology in order to manufacture the RAFALE fighter in Brazil. About 140 businessmen and academics attended to present their perspectives and discussed possibilities of partnerships between Brazilian and French firms. The event was sponsored by the Municipality of São José dos Campos, Technological Park of CECOMPI (Center for Competitiveness and Innovation Cone Leste Paulista) and the Embassy of France.
The initiative is part of the efforts of the Consortium, which participated with the Rafale fighter in the selection process of the new Brazilian fighter aircraft (the F-X2), to initiate industrial cooperation program that integrates the proposal made by Brazil. France is the only F-X2 competitor to offer an unrestricted transfer of technology [...]- the projects of technology transfer and offsets will cover more than 160% of the contract for the purchase of aircraft. Also in the first half of 2011, similar events should happen.
Following the performances of Brazilian and French companies, entrepreneurs have strengthened the relationship and exchanged information with the 15 French companies that are partners of the consortium. At the end of the day, were signed 10 letters of intent that complement or extend the set of agreements already signed by the Consortium. For example, the Brazilian headquarters of Thyssen-Krupp expanded its partnership with Dassault Aviation for logistics management and production parts.
During the event, were also signed partnerships with immediate effect. The Brazilian company Ambra Solutions, specialized in the development of engineering projects in the aerospace and automotive industries, signed an agreement with the French Safran Group and A Systems.
Jean-Marc Merialdo, director of Dassault Aviation in Brazil, presented the differential RAFALE program and commented on plans of the Consortium for the Brazilian industry: "We are working since 2008 to enrich the relationship between Brazilian and French. The workshop today is another step in the process of single unrestricted transfer of technology proposed by RAFALE International.
Profile-RAFALE International is a joint-venture (GIE Groupement d'intérêt Economique), composed by Dassault Aviation, Snecma and Thales to promote the Rafale combat aircraft to international customers. [ www.rafale.com.br]..
How to get 'Rafale', 'bribe', 'India' and '**********' in one headline.
"The French company had informed the authorities when Thakur made the offer to them in exchange of an amount of Rs 20,000. On receiving the complaint, the defence exhibition organisation laid a trap and caught the wing commander red-handed."