Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Indian Arms

http://www.defencetalk.com/modernization-of-the-indian-air-force-46599/ 

The Indian Air Force is now 80 years old and the fourth largest air force in the world.  Not only are they they fourth largest but they are becoming one of the most capable air forces as well.  When you call on the telephone for technical support for your computer you may get some guy on the line from India.  That means there are many people there with tremendous technical skills.  The Indian Air Force is making use of those skills.

While President Obama is rightly proud of the USA selling a dozen transport planes to India; Russia, Ukraine, France and others are selling billions and billions of dollars to aircraft, upgrades and support gear to India. When we are looking to increase our foreign trade, we need to consider the value of selling American arms to potential allies.  It keeps American assembly lines open, it helps our balance of payments, it gives good jobs to Americans and gives us influence with the buying nation.

India is an important nation to counterbalance China as a natural enemy of theirs.  India is also an excellent ally against certain Islamic nations in the region that are both unstable and often shaky allies.  India fought on the side of the Allies in WWII and is the worlds largest democracy.  We would do well to consider more arms deals with India; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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