Saturday, April 11, 2015

Quick notes: Rafale bungle, Google battery...

  • 36 fighters are neither here nor there: If India signs a contract for 36 Rafale fighters, Dassault will be in a commanding position to negotiate favourable terms for the remaining 90 fighters. If India doesn't agree to Dassault's terms, it would be left with two squadrons of Rafales, with no indigenisation.

    It makes little sense to have an air force that already has seven different fighters - Sukhoi-30MKI, MiG-29, MiG-27, MiG-21, Mirage 2000, Jaguar and Tejas LCA - create spare part stocks, depots and maintenance infrastructure for just two squadrons of yet another fighter type.

  • Modi's "compulsion": Swamy takes on Modi, calls new Rafale jet deal a 'case of arbitrariness'. "There are two major issues with the Rafale aircraft deal which would embarrass the BJP government".

  • Rafale vs Sukhoi T-50/PAK-FA: For New Delhi, the issue is that "the money does not exist to have both the Rafale and T-50 (Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft) programmes and, if you choose one over the other, you are making decisions that have long-ranging effects".

  • Google Gets Into Battery Arms Race: Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj’s group is trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices.

  • CO2 capture: Clay could be used for inexpensive carbon capture

  • Crotalus Horridus! A homeopathic experiment gives hope for treatment of AIDS 

  • Drug Resistance: Link between antibiotics for livestock and infections in humans

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