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by Arunkumar
26 Jun 2016 09:52
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

>>The Rs 34000 Cr subsidy is actually not going to passengers but to half a million idling Railway employees.

Rail employees & PSU staff cant be touched till 2019. Hence resource pooling by alternate means.
by Arunkumar
22 Jun 2016 07:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

U-Turn: State govt agrees to bullet train terminus at BKC We have written to them to extend the route of the train to Nashik,” he added. Is he joking or something? Nashik is at 700 meter above sea level. Hauling a train all the way up and again coming down is no joke. Any connectivity to Nashik wou...
by Arunkumar
12 Jun 2016 13:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4557
Views: 326837

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

>>>First it was the Chinese with their Comac C919...now Russia.

Are we attempting anything beyond 14 seater saras?
by Arunkumar
11 Jun 2016 16:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

>>Once this new line is completed and the Pune-Miraj-Londa line is doubled, Bangalore-Mumbai travel should become much quicker. True. With talgofication the present 24 hr 1000 km torture ride through the desolate plains of gulbarga can be bypassed, with the above route having more greenery and journ...
by Arunkumar
09 Jun 2016 07:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Well MH should be looking at the long game here instead of just the initial line. This could, if it works, extend all the way upto delhi on one side and maybe b'lore on the other. And this is looong term. Can't be myopic and say what do i get now? Something else is at play here. Probably airline\bu...
by Arunkumar
27 May 2016 10:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

>>They could (or the software could) look at my history. Another thing when I tried to create my account originally it failed twice and I succeeded the third time. Agree. Such checks should be based on patterns and learnings rather than a simple and crude if statement in code. if (bookings > 6) { re...
by Arunkumar
25 May 2016 15:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

With All defence deals signed in 10 year UPA rule under scanner, especially the europeon ones things dont look bright for Rafale. With DM parikkar stated confidence to substitute WASS blackshark torpedo with hitherto unnamed one, I have a feeling something similar might be in store for this one. The...
by Arunkumar
08 May 2016 07:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4557
Views: 326837

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

>>I hear gulf airlines fly to even smaller places like kozhikode and mangalore. Yes even 747 takes off from kozhikode. Its kind of funny to see it going to one end of the single hilltop runway after boarding completed, take a big u turn and start its take off roll. With the kannur airport coming up ...
by Arunkumar
24 Apr 2016 13:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 229141

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I am proposing KL & WB. :twisted: Trivandrum with its VSSC, LPSC , brahmos, TERLS and other ancillary industries could have been nurtured into one aerospace hub. kasargod has HAL avionics division. There is one Titanium factory somewhere in the state. One aerospace company (acques???) in ORR al...
by Arunkumar
10 Apr 2016 21:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

In the LCA book by Rajkumar Sir, LCA claw was initially tested on F-16 and I think it was reported that it handled better much to amusement of the test center officials. If we get to own F-16 production we will again get a chance to load customized local software into it. History repeating itself. F...
by Arunkumar
05 Apr 2016 21:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 485334

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

There's a definite attempt at de-risking this dependence on blr, esp on defence side. Goa DefExpo is the first step. I dont think it was for de-risking from blr. Land-naval expo used to be held in pragati maidan in even years while aero-india was held in bangalore on odd years. Defence ministry or ...
by Arunkumar
24 Mar 2016 16:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

^^Buy 126 Mig-29++
by Arunkumar
23 Mar 2016 21:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 229141

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Khalsa, I agree , if indeed this officer was assassinated then God help us. Actually God helps those who helps themselves. I am shocked to see this. What a fine officer - Sword of Honour, Gunnery course dagger, DSSC and now this ? I think we all must do something about this. Perhaps write to the PM...
by Arunkumar
21 Mar 2016 08:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

...... This leaves the Konkan Railway gap which is still on diesel traction, Roha-Thokur(near Mangalore). Also LHB rakes made it to Mangalore for the first time post budget. Travelled on this stretch by 56666 mukambika road/byndoor - kasargod passenger. Had no idea it has been extended to kannur re...
by Arunkumar
29 Feb 2016 11:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 229141

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

looking at size of final assembly hall of Tejas around 10 might be max possible. question is can they deliver things in lots of 10 every six months and move another 10 into final assembly. a airbus toulouse plant that place is not - very modest sized buildings. Be careful what you wish for. Imagine...
by Arunkumar
28 Feb 2016 07:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4187
Views: 362576

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Curb the entusiasm of going ab-initio. Buy a design For example, the by the rights to the Su-25 airframe. The engines are podded, change them to the non-afterburning F404 turbofans. Add modern avionics, weapons package and cockpit. Such a plane would do a great job. Good idea Indranil. Another thin...
by Arunkumar
27 Feb 2016 09:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4187
Views: 362576

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

This may be simplistic thinking but I fail to see how will a 2 seater non armoured single engine hawk will measure up in a role fulfilled by single seater armoured, double engined su-25 and a-10. This combat hawk business seems like a brochure-giri by HAL who likes to dip its fingers in all possible...
by Arunkumar
15 Feb 2016 22:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3094
Views: 198258

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Apache with the mavericks & Longbow radar can be a gamechanger in terms of situational awareness. IMO, APaches will be huge net + for IA/IAF. ok...Agree with you on longbow part. And probably that was the clincher for the deal too. Seems desh has a technological equivalent (engines,optics etc) ...
by Arunkumar
14 Feb 2016 14:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3094
Views: 198258

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Cant we cancel the Apache deal to drive the point home. Of all the deals Apache never made any sense. With LCH, WSI dhruv, Combat Hawk, Jaguar and mashallah weaponised HTT-40 these are more than enough to fulfill whatever Apache can do. Since Apache and chinook deliveries wont start before 2019, I t...
by Arunkumar
14 Feb 2016 11:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3094
Views: 198258

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

This might be top of the line to counteract the impending sale of Rafale to India and induction of MK-1A . Question is why only 8. I think this is just opening of just one sluice gate. Since rafale and LCA mk-1A will be both equipped with AESA and other exotic stuff and there is nothing similar in F...
by Arunkumar
12 Feb 2016 07:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 981
Views: 102151

Re: Indian IT Industry

^^ good thing its in hyderabad. ORR in Bangalore spared from one more monster facility.
by Arunkumar
30 Jan 2016 20:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

But that scenario looks highly unlikely although the Rafale does lack a modern ARM. I have a suspicion first ARM might be NGARM from the stables of DRDO. It is requests like these I feel that is making the deal a long drawn out process. There might be many such requests (HMD... etc)which french mig...
by Arunkumar
29 Jan 2016 07:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

I dont think deal will be cancelled. Since Make in India component can only come if order goes beyond 36 and possibly hitting 72, Naval orders might make that up. I think French might be helping us in bridging some Aerospace capabilities although on costly terms which might take a decade or 2 to bri...
by Arunkumar
17 Jan 2016 16:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

I have a suspicion, the moment this deal is inked, swedes might declare a sale to pak in fav munna prices and media might all go gaga on how cheap this was and something wrong with Rafale pricing and how it must be stopped....and so on...
by Arunkumar
17 Jan 2016 10:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

If the price is simultaneously appearing across the DDM before the deal is signed, it is more for mischeif sake than for news. I feel price would be way lower than what is being reported. Presstitutes at work again. NDTV being the apostle of truth and always has India's interest at heart we should w...
by Arunkumar
31 Dec 2015 19:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^

Thane is included for a future branch off to Pune and bangalore from Gujurat. Pune to Ahmedabad can bypass main land mumbai for a faster trip.
by Arunkumar
21 Dec 2015 08:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

In a way phadnavis is right. Railways do own large tracts of land. They should be able to come up with some thing. However using this oppertunity prabhu can nudge MMRDA to bring another project out of moth ball. In the 1980s when BKC was planned, someone had the foresight to allocate space for railw...
by Arunkumar
15 Dec 2015 21:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2464
Views: 294095

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

The railway maintainence yard in khar-east has ample space and it services trains for Bandra Termius. So Bandra Terminus could be more approriate ONLY if a more approachable road is made for it and multistoryed slums (Antila inspiration ?? :mrgreen: ) around it are relocated.
by Arunkumar
14 Dec 2015 21:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 289587

Re: Indian Railways Thread

If anything many would prefer to get on a fast train.If I could reach Mumbai from Bangalore or Ahmadabad in 3-4 hours it would be faster than going to the airport ,security check etc etc and then the reverse process to get out of the airport. If I could reach Chennai in an hour from Bangalore and v...
by Arunkumar
22 Nov 2015 14:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

So 2 more months to go before the final deal is unveiled. Hollande would fly out with lot of goodies in his bag is my guess. Rafale, Add on scorpenes, Jaithapur, Some Indigo A320 are a given. More in pipeline could be TGV for diamond quadrilateral, Some JV in aerospace, Few Mistrals etc etc..
by Arunkumar
30 Aug 2015 16:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

I doubt if any quid pro quo was there. France is no Russia to part with something that might disturb geo-political calculations of khan wrt Indian sub continent. Once french announced their price in public, in this case the price they sold to their air force, it was kind of no price roll back for th...
by Arunkumar
24 Aug 2015 21:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Mass Rapid Transit in India
Replies: 1465
Views: 117491

Re: Mass Rapid Transit in India

^^^Its by vsunder sir IIRC. Very informative post. Excuse was given for north-south as hard rock/granite wheras actually the TBM was some low cost option.
by Arunkumar
18 Aug 2015 20:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3261
Views: 296053

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

^^^
wow. Truly inspiring. Thanks for posting in full.
by Arunkumar
17 Aug 2015 22:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 180048

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

With 6 months to go for LCA FOC, really hope Dassault is politely told to FOC off. I mean considering the billions we have spent on french systems like submarines, rocket engines, helicopters, helicopter engines, Naval aircraft, mirage and its upgrade, Nuclear reactor in future (Areva) ,civil aircra...
by Arunkumar
05 Jul 2015 13:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4363
Views: 723475

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

GTRE tender in TOI for linear hybrid actuator. Just guessing , do feul injection valves use such precision positioing devices ?
by Arunkumar
14 Jun 2015 17:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BRF Project: India's Kaveri Engine Saga
Replies: 68
Views: 34990

Re: Project BRF: India's Kaveri Engine Saga

Today Sunday Times of India carried a expression of interest (EOI) from GTRE for manufacture and assembly of 80KN thrust engine from private/public companies. GTRE is looking to manufacture 20 engines within a period of 3-4 years.
by Arunkumar
11 Apr 2015 16:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 98687

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

..... Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday that Rafale fighter jets will be inducted into the Indian Air Force in a span of two year. ......... This 36 aircraft will be fresh of production line or will we be getting already produced moth balled ones. Since two year is a short time how...
by Arunkumar
22 Feb 2015 16:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 104236

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

>>Remember Mig-29K or even the RD-33MK are not in active service in any other navy not even in RUN .

Shudder to think what would have happened if LCA was designed around the RD-33 considering our soviet tilt when the broad contours of the project were being finalized.
by Arunkumar
22 Feb 2015 12:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 94759

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

RR seems to have deliberately laid the eid to trigger tension and follow up with expulsion. That would probably be followed up with his joining Delhi's fav party. I say let him retain his position and make him release a new Rs 100 note with subhas chandra bose's photo as the watermark.
by Arunkumar
22 Feb 2015 12:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3945
Views: 299581

Re: Internal Security Watch

The fraud has been exposed: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150222/jsp/frontpage/story_4864.jsp#.VOl1q3zF8hs See the similarity with tejpal guy..... Thanks for the article. So pachauri is the supremo of TERI (The energy research institute). TERI has a branch in Indiranagar, BLR where yogendra yadav ...

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