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by amit
20 Jul 2017 07:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Arjun Pandit ji, if we play our cards right, the same trumpets that are playing old familiar tunes now will learn new tunes before the year is over. It is not for GOI to blow trumpets until this thing is resolved. +100 It is human nature that in confrontations it is the weaker party that starts squ...
by amit
19 Jul 2017 08:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Can anyone explain Mamta's flip flop. Is she on Chinese rolls ? Earlier it was China threat to Gorkhaland movement, now she is saying something different. At least the communists have not changed their story line. Or is that their meeting with Rahul did not gain dividends, so they are trying Mamata...
by amit
19 Jul 2017 08:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

One other point to remember is that the China: India GDP multiple is at its peak right now at 5:1, and therefore this is the one point in history where China has the maximum strength relative to India. 40 or 50 years ago it was almost 1:1. Also looking into the future, all economists are agreed tha...
by amit
19 Jul 2017 06:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

This latest Doklam incursion by China could have been a tactic to gain strategic advantage to threaten the Siliguri corridor in order to put pressure on India to join CEPC. Note very carefully the folks that the Chinese Amby met and then note the statements issued by Karat and Mamata among others. P...
by amit
11 Jul 2017 07:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Do Chinese have any cultural concept of dignity and restraint? They are debasing themselves while the world looks on. I must say their reaction serves Indian foreign policy/propaganda very well. The Chinese will have to launch a small military action to save face. Recently The National Interest car...
by amit
07 Jul 2017 16:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Modi meets Xi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit and discusses a range of issues. De-escalation??? Unlikely they would talk about the border standoff during a Brics summit. What probably happened is China got trapped in its own rhetoric. If it had refused to meet then it would have slighted the e...
by amit
07 Jul 2017 16:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 902787

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

^^^
I think the expressions of the Indians (including the PM) vis a vis the Chinese (including Eleven) in this picture says it all. :-)
by amit
03 Jul 2017 13:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive news from the Middle Kingdom
Replies: 61
Views: 5426

Re: Positive news from the Middle Kingdom

China's famous elevated bus is now just a giant roadblock http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/161213120240-china-elevated-bus-abandoned-3-780x439.jpeg After seizing the world's attention over the summer, China's futuristic elevated bus appears to have reached the end of the line. Video of the...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 17:47
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^ Let's see how long before the whole process (RFI, EI, RFP, Selection, "Arranged Marriage", Price Negotiation, etc) itself will take. It hasn't even begun yet. It's a long road ahead. No MII fighters are coming until after 2025 at this earliest. Anyone tell me it will come sooner? Srai...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 13:44
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

But if single engine jet becomes F35 then I will say kill LCA kill AMCA if we can start getting it by 2020. I am only wedded to the LCA. Don't give a damm about the 16 or any other potential competitor. Unless it is F35. Here's the thing. I'm asking several posters but not getting any reply. But wh...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 11:39
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Rakesh has it occurred to you that maybe the F16 is the litmus test that would open the door to the F35? Like I wrote earlier, every single F35 launch customer is a long standing user of US fighter aircraft? There could be wheels within wheels for all we know. We allow LM to keep in its sustainment ...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 11:33
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Pratyush, Instead of trying to look for convoluted reasoning why don't you look at it as a short term fix to shore up squadron strength and in the process hopefully seed a private sector player with some manufacturing expertise on which, hopefully, they will be able to build on. Remember HAL also st...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 11:12
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

If it is going to happen any way then why not get the F 35. it makes a much more compelling case for partnership with khan as well. Are you certain that the F35 is on offer and tranches are available for India after satisfying the needs of the launch customers? Also folks here worry that F16 will k...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 11:09
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Pratyush wrote:Define a medium range aircraft.

And then plot the expected evolution of PLA air defence network.


Nice try but I'm not biting. :wink:

I suggest you either ask the folks in IAF who came up with the MMRCA requirements to define or explain or you share your gaan with us nanha mujahids.
by amit
24 Jun 2017 10:41
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

You haven't committed to a date too ;) That's true. But then I'm not an advocate for the sholah. I'm only trying to make sense of the kind of support that Mod and IAF is extending to this move. However I do think that if say a decision was taken today to ask HAL to set up a line with a private sect...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 10:39
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Pratyush wrote:

I say LCA or nothing. A made in india foreign fighter will not teach any thing that decade of mig and su manufacturing in india did not teach us.


So the LCA can fulfill the role of a medium range aircraft in terms of range and payload? Being a jongo is nice but...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 09:36
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Things take awfully long in India. True. And that applies just as much to HAL stabilising its production line with modern equipment in order to standardise its production to ensure each Tejas is not custom built, then increase production to 16 a year and finally help a private entity willing to inv...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 08:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Amit, When do you expect these "stop gap" F-16s to arrive in India? How many years do you think it will take? BTW, the cost of F-35 would be comparable to F-16-70 at around $100/unit fly-away. Srai, don't get me wrong. I'm not part of the rah rah US maal is great crowd. What I'm trying to...
by amit
24 Jun 2017 08:17
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 519985

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Maybe we are not going for F35 because they are either not available or are too costly for what is clearly a stopgap measure to shore up squadron strength while the local aerospace industry matures. Another small factoid that seems to be missed: almost all F35 customers/users are graduating to the p...
by amit
21 Jun 2017 16:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 666447

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

The roadblock in this perennial debate which generates so much blind passion is that the whole idea behind a "Make in India" aircraft programme like the one signed by the Tatas is IMO the problem of being blindsided to the fact that this program is not about acquiring technology to design ...
by amit
20 Jun 2017 18:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 715423

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Austin,

You haven't explained how we are going to to get two Vikrant class ACs in the next 10 yeats. I think it's a pie in the sky concept.
by amit
20 Jun 2017 17:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 715423

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

If there is war tommorow there will be just vikramaditya to fight , if there is war between today and 2030 there will be atleast 2 AC if we build one more vikram class. it is nice to talk of 2030 and 2040 but our enemy wont start a war on our terms when we have all our fleet operational and ready I...
by amit
20 Jun 2017 15:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 715423

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

It will boil down to Numbers , Affordability and Capability and IN would be the best judge that. +100 I would just like to add that we are talking about ships that will join service in the 2025-2030s timeframe and are expected to serve the IN for around 40 years that is up to 2070 or so. IN will pl...
by amit
20 Jun 2017 14:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 715423

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

There are only 3 options.More 29Ks (if supposed problems are sorted out,with the RuN also acquiring them any glitch will have to be rectified otherwise Putin will send a sharp object up MIG's backside!),at around $35M a pop,Rafale_M at $200M+ a pop,F-18-SHs,not less than $70M+ (which have serious c...
by amit
20 Jun 2017 13:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 715423

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

IN is better of building one or two Vikrant class to build up on what it knows and to do it more quickly , if they have 3 AC then atleast they can keep 2 operational most of time , Amortize the cost and build common logistics foot print to operate vikrant class plus its airfleet ,helicopter etc Pos...
by amit
30 May 2017 15:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The only drawback is that of finding a suitable AEW platform.The RN uses its Sea Kings with AEW radars.,but in the future with the advent of LR UAVs/UCAVs, and the options may increase. With due respect Philip, please don't spin a yarn. You aren't talking to forum newbies. The lack of fixed wing AE...
by amit
29 May 2017 13:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 715423

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^^^
One constant in the Philiposky equation. Get what you want but make sure you get Mig29K, well you can also get the paper plane Mig35k along with it if you must. Nevermind the fact that even Mother Russia doesn't use either of the planes!
by amit
28 May 2017 17:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

We're talking about EMALS and a cats only carrier.In fact the pic of the Vikrant precisely supports my point how med-sized carriers can operate both cats and a ski-jump.A 50K t carrier will be twice the size of the Vikrant which was later modified with a ski-jump to operate Sea Harriers. A larger v...
by amit
26 May 2017 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Retro-fitting a catapult into the angled deck of a STOBAR might make sense. But designing a CATO-STOBAR like Shitstorm is silly and destroys the efficiency of concurrent launch and recover. No one else has designed this kind of set up for a reason. +100 One big disadvantage of Stobar is the fact th...
by amit
26 May 2017 12:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Sarcasm useless.Objectivity and commonsense appears lost when die-hard Yanqui-lovers want India to play puppy-dog to the USN and copy-cat their fleet.They want the IN to emulate the USN's mega-carriers before we've even got used to operating two med. sized ones. Anyway,it's not going to happen in m...
by amit
25 May 2017 15:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The EMALs carrier cannot be built before 2030-2035 if we are going to be realistic, even assuming that a deal with the Americans for obtaining EMALS technology goes through with the orange gorilla calling the shots in the US. It will be quite an expensive undertaking as well and will definitely imp...
by amit
25 May 2017 14:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Realisation is finally dawning upon some.For the next 15 years,we will possess just 2 carriers in comparison with China's 4-5 planned,until the large Vishal/whatever arrives post 2030. Therefor it makes sense to build asap,a sister ship to the Vikrant-2 Philip, I think you are being too conservativ...
by amit
20 May 2017 09:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

^^^^ NRao ji To add to your point, and this is something I've written so many times yet around the merry go round we go, the Vishal is a boat we are looking for in the 2030s timeframe. Going by how long we used our two previous carriers and taking the US benchmark of 50 years, we are looking at Vish...
by amit
20 May 2017 08:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2072
Views: 315765

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Seems like we're OK with a de facto partition on our soil (just visit any IM ghettos in *any* tier I or even II city), just not a de jure one. /just sayin', std disclaimers... Also just saying with standard disclaimers... We had a de jure partition on religious lines in 1947 in which everyone had a...
by amit
20 May 2017 05:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2072
Views: 315765

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

I'd like to ask Rsangram a simple question. Does he think every single Indian Muslim or to make it simpler every single Indian of the Muslim faith who are residents of the state of J&K would happily agree to this "population transfer for peace" scenario? Rsangram I hope you understand ...
by amit
19 May 2017 12:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

I would prefer a desi Shtorm style carrier,where both a ski-jump and cats are used for launches. Come on Philip ji fess up! What you would actually prefer is that India bank rolls the building of what is now a paper ship called Shtorm by the Russians with all the IP staying with them and India gett...
by amit
19 May 2017 12:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1711
Views: 104721

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Actually the difference between Catobar and short takeoff and arrested landing should have been obvious to everybody here save for the venerable Philip. Consider this: Charles de Gaulle is a 40,000 ton aircraft carrier (forget for the moment it's N-powered). It carries 40 aircraft: Rafale M (range 3...
by amit
18 May 2017 10:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 745
Views: 91809

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Ok you dhoti-clad disbelievers see, gawk and be awed by the world's greatest OBOR music video.



The video with its scantily clad pretty ladies is the version of Chinese culture that is reserved for the TFTA mards of CEPCstan. Rue on what you shall miss you SDREs.
by amit
16 May 2017 13:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1189
Views: 164742

Re: Analyzing CPEC

It is unfortunate that Pakistan's army is in such a state of denial and wretchedness that its leaders are even considering this. Observe the blindness of the "leadership". It is allying with a country which has just put restrictions on the name "Mohammed", the name of the prophe...
by amit
11 May 2017 11:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 745
Views: 91809

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

China's big road is going to be awfully bumpy - Michael Schumann, Bloomberg Chinese officials privately expect to lose...and up to 80 percent in Pakistan. This is the second time I'm coming across the 80 percent number. The other was in an article in WSJ. Keep this number in mind, one can understan...

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