How to get ‘Rafale’, ‘bribe’, ‘India’ and ‘prostitute’ in one headline

Aero India is nearly a month in the past, but the semi-annual roar-over-Bangalore is back in the headlines. The India Today newsmagazine reported on Tuesday:

The Air Force has set up a court of inquiry against a wing commander for taking bribe from foreign aviation manufacturing companies to facilitate prominent static display of their aircraft during the recently concluded Aero-India 2011 exposition.

Wing Commander A.K. Thakur was caught accepting bribe from Dassault, France, for helping them display their aircraft prominently during the four-day held in Bangalore in mid-February.

The French company had informed the authorities when Thakur made the offer to them in exchange of an amount of Rs 20,000. On receiving the complaint, the defence exhibition organisation laid a trap and caught the wing commander red-handed.

Meanwhile, the Deccan Herald reports that ‘Honey Traps’ also may have been involved. That usually involves extortion, but their description makes it sound more like simple bribery-by-prostitute. 

What has shocked the IAF community in Bangalore and the MoD is allegations that European women were employed to “soften up” officers who were involved with making arrangements for Aero India 2011.

A photograph of an Air Marshall in the company of a European woman believed to be a commercial sex worker has been found and which, along with a separate report, has been sent to the MoD in South Block, New Delhi.

It is clear, in any case, that bribery didn’t give any of the MMRCA bidders an upper-hand along the static line. This pan over the static line from Flightglobal’s video team shows the organizers filed the fighters in a neat line. 


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15 Responses to How to get ‘Rafale’, ‘bribe’, ‘India’ and ‘prostitute’ in one headline

  1. aeroxavier 10 March, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    If we know all the reality in arms market…

  2. Kay 11 March, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    Come on, who doesn’t like women,money and fighter jets ?

  3. Dave 11 March, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Steve- Dude, this post is worthless without pictures. We need pictures of those “European women”… I am allowed to say that here right? Remember what happened last time.

  4. keesje 11 March, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    You have to read on from the header to notice Dassault is innocent I guess..

  5. Stephen Trimble 11 March, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    That’s true about the 20,000-rupee bribe. But somebody is responsible for the prostitutes.

  6. Jil 11 March, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    I bet on a Swedish girl

  7. keesje 12 March, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    So the suggestion is the girl was from Europe so she was hired by the french?

  8. Dare2 12 March, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    Man you’re going down the (article) quality ladder, haven’t you got any news to post?…

  9. syntaxerror9 12 March, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    You hate the Rafale mister Trimble, isn’t it?
    The reason: In all simulated engagements, the Rafale has proven to be superior to the typhoon.
    As you have no more arguments againts the Rafale, you write some “the sun” kind articles!
    Good “journalist” job!

  10. sintaxerror9 12 March, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Trimble ne supporte pas que le Rafale soit supérieur au Typhoon et il ne lui reste plus que ce genre d’arguments; c’est triste!

  11. Jb 12 March, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    garbage journalism at its best

  12. Stephen Trimble 12 March, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m genuinely sorry if I offended the Rafale’s many supporters. The headline was meant light-heartedly. The stories in the India press struck me as more humorous than really scandalous. I happen to be a personal fan of all aircraft because … well, they are aircraft. After posting our test pilot’s assessment of the Rafale on this blog about a year ago, I was accused by many Typhoon fans of being in the Rafale camp. Of course, I’m in neither …

  13. syntaxerror9 12 March, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Please accept my apologies mister Trimble.
    I’ve seen in your article a will of discrediting the Rafale instead of an anecdota!

  14. JBuena 13 March, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Well , you don’t have to fake the news to get Typhoon , Bribe and Saudi Arabia in the same headline

    Hey take it easy, that’s humorous …

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