February 24, 2005


India asks Israel for technical assistance to develop SLBM (Ran Dagoni, 23 Feb 05, Globes)

''Defense News'' reports that India has given the go-ahead to its Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to speed up development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). India has asked Israel for "technical assistance" on the development work. Russia also wants to provide "aid".

The missile program is called "Sagarika". Defense News'' quotes top DRDO scientists as saying that they have received permission to extend the missile's range from the originally planned 1,000 kilometers to 2,500 kilometers. The Sagarika currently has a range of only 300 kilometers. A top Indian scientist said extending the Sagarika's range was intended to give it nuclear deterrent capability.

Okay, we get Israel, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Britain and Poland and the other side gets? Who that matters?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2005 12:00 AM

Depends on who the other side is?

If Islamist, they get nobody really. Not even Russia, or EU.

If China, they get nobody either, Not Russia, Not EU (maybe in their fantasy) (By the way China ain't going to be the other side, they want to come home to Big Daddy)

If North Korea, they get nobody.

If Iran, they get nobody.

If Venezuela, they get Cuba (maybe) and vice versa.

If Zimbabwe, they get the Black Congressional Caucus.

Have I covered everybody?

If France, they get Togo and Michael Moore. (and Jerry Lewis unless he's got broadway show)

Posted by: h-man at February 24, 2005 6:14 AM

France will team with Germany, Belgium, Spain and the rejectionist Muslim world like the Saudis. Possibly Argentina. IOW, a group of nations with less force projection capacity than the South Brooklyn Girl Scouts.

If Russia engages in saber-rattling, the EU, including France and the lamentable Belgium, closes ranks behind us like a bunch of little ducklings behind the mommy duck.

One must hope that the State Department apparat doesn't persuade Condi to tell Israel not to sell the technology to India, the way that Mad Madeleine Notbright barred them from selling the Phalcon to the PRC.

Posted by: Bart at February 24, 2005 6:45 AM

Selling advanced military technology to India and selling advanced military technology to China are two different things entirely.

Albright was right on that issue. And if there is any truth to the statement that countries have no friends, they only have interests, then Israel had better decide what those real interests are.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at February 24, 2005 8:02 AM


So, no one.

Posted by: oj at February 24, 2005 9:21 AM

the other side gets the democrat party, the msm (what's left of it), the professoriate world wide, and unemployable leftist refuse. the real threat is internal and until it is addressed there is always the chance it will break out again.

Posted by: cjm at February 24, 2005 10:08 AM

Can we also have Denmark and the Czech Republic?

Posted by: pchuck at February 24, 2005 10:20 AM

Sorry, Barry.

I'm not a member of the Chicken Little About the Red Dragon Brigade. And at the time Loral, a major Clinton contributor, was doing far worse.

Posted by: Bart at February 24, 2005 10:29 AM

Maybe so, but I'm not sure Israel has that luxury.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at February 24, 2005 5:24 PM


I think the Israelis are perfectly capable of discerning a threat to their country, far better than you and I. If their government cleared the sale, we might consider it unwise, but that is far different from imposing our will on a sovereign democratic state.

Posted by: Bart at February 25, 2005 6:51 AM