I've started this as a catch all for general Indian defence related news. To start apparently the Indian govt has started the blacklisting process against Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica) by beginning to cancel all procurement projects with Leonardo. This is a result of the bribery allegations against Finmeccanica with the VVIP AW101 project. In an apparently unrelated move the Rafale deal has stalled due to Indian bureaucratic paralysis after the Indian Defence General Director of Acquisition has been forced to step aside for undisclosed reasons. Funding is also creating problems for the Army with the majority of funds meant for acquisitions and weapons being used to fund salaries instead. Hence the Indian Army is looking at ways of increasing its tooth to tail ratio including rationalising troop numbers. Meanwhile the Air Force are awaiting finalised projects to be approved whilst the rupee depreciates against the US$. They argue that they facing a "severe resource crunch" unless the govt acts quickly. It appears that Indian defence acquisition is at situation normal status.