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Upgraded Indian AF Mi-35s On Display

THREE UPGRADED Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-35s participated in the major flypast and flying display on October 8 at Hindon Air Base, on the outskirts of New Delhi, to mark the 74th anniversary of the IAF. Previous displays had been undertaken at Palam, but were shifted to Hindon this year in order to provide more space and less disruption to commercial traffic in and out of Delhi Airport. The helicopters all wore the new low visibility grey colour scheme that is being adopted for the entire IAF fleet. Under a $20 million deal signed in 1998 with Israel Aircraft Industries

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The OTHER Indian Ocean

HE FAMOUS THREE AREN’T THE ONLY DESTINATIONS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN. BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO KEEP THESE SECRET IDYLLS TO YOURSELF

THE RESIDENCE ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

We can still hear the friendly cry of ‘Jambo!’ — the warm Swahili hello 11 HRSi that every member of staff greets you with, and its this super service at The Residence Zanzibar that really sets it apart as one slick operator. In 80 acres of palm forest, 66 elegantly designed villas blend Swahili and European influences with all the honeymoon must-haves (private pool, huge egg-shaped bath, butler service) as standard. This is how

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The Best is Still to Come — Indian Air Force Jaguars

As we lament the premature passing of the Jaguar in RAF service and look around to see that in France, Ecuador and Nigeria the venerable lady has also been laid to rest, we could be forgiven in thinking that the sands of time were also running out with the last two operators, Oman and India.

It may therefore come as a surprise to many that although Oman is considering an imminent replacement, in India the type is not only still going from strength to strength but has only just recently finished production, the last aircraft coming off the line as

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SUGAR&SPACE

IT’S ALL THINGS NICE AT THE OBEROI, MAURITIUS. AS YOU SPEND YOUR HONEYMOON BEING PAMPERED IN PARADISE

ROMANCE IS DEFINITELY IN THE AIR at The Oberoi, Mauritius in Turtle Bay on the north-west coast of the island. This hotel is elegance personified, but you’ll be as impressed by the lush landscape as you are by your suite. As well as the 20 acres of fragrant tropical gardens, the resort is surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, and a series of open-sided pavilions are carefully positioned to ensure drop-dead gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean panorama fringed by silver-white beaches.

Inside and

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Indian resurrection

Since Polaris Industries acquired the rights to the hallowed Indian name, we’ve been waiting to see what kind of motorcycle would roll out of its Wyoming, MN, skunk works. Born 1901, died 1953, and after several abortive, short-lived attempts—some of which, it should be said, were fairly ill conceived— Indian is now set to rejoin the living with entirely new motorcycles designed from the ground up as their own thing. Not clones. Not crazy mashups. No, sir: the real deal.

And, yes, you read that right. Motorcycles, plural. While many of us assumed Indian would be Midwestern conservative and bring

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Indian OCEAN

WE’RE NOT SURPRISED THAT THE MALDIVES, MAURITIUS AND THE SEYCHELLES STILL TOP YOUR HONEYMOON WISH LIST. HERE’S WHO’S DOING IT BEST…

ST REGIS, MAURITIUS

Like its big sister Manhattan, the brand-new St Regis Mauritius is one classy lady. Thankfully, pretensions are few (no one bats an eyelid at our seen-better-days flip-flops) and its locations, on a 900m stretch on the south of the island, adds a breezy vibe to its refinement. All of the 172 rooms have the requisite view (sparkling Indian Ocean), best enjoyed with a signature La Belle Creole Mary cocktail. Most of the action takes place around

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Indian Navy Sea Kings to Return to Service

AFTER MANY years of storage and cannibalisation, seven Indian Navy Sea King Mk 42Bs are to be returned to service following the award of a contract to AgustaWestland to repair and overhaul these helicopters. Under the deal, announced by the manufacturer on September 26, work will begin immediately, with AgustaWestland providing a specialist team to cooperate with Indian aerospace industry personnel on the recovery programme.

Following India’s Pokhran nuclear tests in May 1998, US sanctions were imposed on the country, which had prevented spares being acquired for the Indian Navy’s Sea Kings and led to most of them being grounded.

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Indian Defenders to Myanmar

DESPITE PROTESTS from the UK, the Indian Navy transferred two of its Britten-Norman BN-2B Defender maritime surveillance aircraft to Myanmar in August.

Plans to supply the aircraft were announced on January 12 (see More Sea Harriers for India, March, p7). On January 30, British High Commissioner Michael Arthur said the UK would not provide spares or maintenance support for the aircraft if they were delivered, due to its opposition to Myanmar’s military administration. European Union guidelines preclude the sale of military equipment to Myanmar and Western nations have previously suspended military sales to the country in protest at its suppression

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Indian Air Force Jaguar Fleet Temporarily Grounded

AS A result of the investigation into the take-off crash at Ambala on May 7 of Indian Air Force (IAF)/6 Squadron Jaguar IS JS148, the entire IAF Jaguar fleet was temporarily grounded for checks on May 30. Investigators discovered the cause of the crash was a missing split pin in the engine, as a result of which the fleet was grounded for thorough checks before flying could be resumed. A similar problem was discovered in another operational aircraft at Ambala. A team from BAE Systems, HAL and the IAF began inspections on the IAF Jaguar fleet, believed to comprise around

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Indias Air Warriors

Alan Warnes, assisted by Simon Watson, visited Air Force Station Hindon on October 8 for this year’s annual Indian Air Force Parade Day.

THIS YEAR the Indian Air Force celebrated its Air Force Parade Day at Hindon, just outside the industrial city of Ghaziabad, some 20 miles (32km) north-west of Delhi. This was the first time Hindon had been selected for this event, having been moved for safety reasons from Delhi-Palaam air base, which is located on the edge of the busy Indira Ghandi International Airport.

Guns and Flares

However, the suburbs of Ghaziabad — a relatively new city designed

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