Tuesday, June 7, 2011

India Approves $4.1 Billion Purchase of Ten C-17 Transport Aircraft

The Cabinet Committee on Security, CCS, has cleared the 18,000 crore rupees mega deal to purchase ten C-17 heavy lift military aircraft. This is the biggest-ever defence deal to be entered between the two countries.

AIR correspondent reports the CCS meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh cleared the proposal for purchase of the planes from the US through the Foreign Military Sales route.

The government has formally approved the National Intelligence Grid, NATGRID project and asked the Home Ministry to proceed accordingly. The project will facilitate robust information sharing by security agencies and law enforcement agencies to combat terror threat at home and abroad.

The aim of NATGRID is to ensure a readily available and real time information sharing platform between intelligence, law enforcement and other agencies. AIR correspondent reports that the NATGRID is planning to link 21 categories of databases maintained by different public and private agencies for ready access by the country’s intelligence agencies, as information gathering and its timely distribution is an essential part of Crisis Management Strategies of any nation

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