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March 06, 2009


Sea trials for the INS Shivalik, India's new stealth warship*, have been delayed by up to three months as the Obama administration sorts out who its friends are. General Electric has been ordered to halt work on the gas turbines Shivalik needs for a quick turn of speed.

Vice Admiral HS Malhi (Retired), chairman and managing director of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), which built the Shivalik, has confirmed to Business Standard that GE has received instructions to stop operationalising (making ready for operations) the two new LM 2500 gas turbines that it supplied for the Shivalik. GE has told MDL that there could be up to three months delay, while the new US administration reviews its military relations with several countries. India is not alone in facing this ban; GE has been told to stop work even with close US allies like the UK and Australia.

Related: The Indians plan to have a home grown aircraft carrier by 2014.

* Sux to be Canada, by the way.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 6, 2009 07:44 AM


I am stunned. Or not I guess.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 6, 2009 09:10 AM

Can't you see, this is all part of a carefully orchestrated plan to revive American prestige and international esteem after the failed Bush Administration. So-called security partners like Britain, Australia and India cannot be trusted with cutting-edge technology like diesel and gas turbines. When they demonstrate their goodwill by signing the Diesel Non-Proliferation Treaty, they can be allowed to have 21st century combustion engines.

SecState Clinton is merely applying some judicious Hopenchange to the terms of the deal after the papers have been signed. Nobody really gets upset when that happens. Let's not forget that these people are professionals, not the amateur cowboy unilateralists of the Smirky McChimpHitler regime.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 7, 2009 12:01 AM