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by Nikhil T
15 Nov 2019 21:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2797
Views: 461390

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

MRFA or any other name, point is additional Rafales are coming along with Tejas. There hasn't been significant addition to fighters fleet apart from contracted MKIs 2 decades ago. Only major multi billion dollar purchases for IAF have been C 17 and C 130j. You sure about that? Two decades ago we ha...
by Nikhil T
14 Nov 2019 21:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2797
Views: 461390

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

^ I think you mean the procurement system is a Military-Bureaucratic mess. There are many recent examples where Service Chiefs have taken a 180 degree u-turn (eg HTT 40) and others where officers have acute brochuritis not bound by realism.
by Nikhil T
12 Nov 2019 14:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3050
Views: 419350

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^^ (meaning post above Varoonji's) May be archaic, just as the notion of decency, loyalty, etc are archaic. Please point to Americans who will, in foreign fora, make similar statements about their country, and you will be pointing to people who are headed for condemnation and trouble far far worse ...
by Nikhil T
12 Nov 2019 14:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3050
Views: 419350

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^ It's one thing to say that 'there is corruption, poverty, inequality and political violence in India'. It's quite another to badmouth the country at an event hosted by someone from a country actively supporting and sheltering terrorists against India. That’s exactly what I said. It’s fine to crit...
by Nikhil T
11 Nov 2019 20:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3050
Views: 419350

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^ I think her mistake is that she appeared on a Paki hosted anti-India event. But I don’t accept that criticising the Govt of the day *****OUTSIDE INDIA***** is a crime. That distinction of inside vs outside India is archaic. Mature democracies like India, US, UK etc do not have this distinction whe...
by Nikhil T
11 Nov 2019 20:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4064
Views: 756250

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Endorsement of Indian government action by Forbes - thought it was a funny but scary title : Modi will not let China turn India into another Pakistan :eek: https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2019/11/08/modi-wont-let-china-turn-india-to-another-pakistan/#5aae64b6ebfc A few of the countr...
by Nikhil T
08 Nov 2019 12:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Electric vehicle and power storage
Replies: 71
Views: 7285

Re: Electric vehicle and power storage

Asking this here because I dont think we have discussed it. Do we know why hybrid vehicles haven't been popular in India? In US, almost all taxis/ubers have moved over to hybrids to realize the gas savings (typically hybrids have 60-80% higher mileage). In India, we don't see this even though India...
by Nikhil T
08 Nov 2019 08:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 187
Views: 49558

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

464 T90 tanks to be made in Avadi at Rs 20,000 crore BENGALURU: More than six months after the Centre cleared the procurement of 464 Russian-origin T-90 main-battle tanks (MBTs), the ministry of defence has placed an order for the entire fleet worth 20,000 crore with the Heavy Vehicles Factory at A...
by Nikhil T
07 Nov 2019 04:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Electric vehicle and power storage
Replies: 71
Views: 7285

Re: Electric vehicle and power storage

Asking this here because I dont think we have discussed it. Do we know why hybrid vehicles haven't been popular in India? In US, almost all taxis/ubers have moved over to hybrids to realize the gas savings (typically hybrids have 60-80% higher mileage). In India, we don't see this even though India ...
by Nikhil T
07 Nov 2019 04:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 479
Views: 58129

Re: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion

https://hyperloop-one.com/virgin-hyperloop-one-and-kpmg-estimate-18-million-new-jobs-and-36-billion-socioeconomic-benefits-region “The Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop Project is well on its way to becoming the first of its kind transit option, creating new economic opportunities for hundreds of millions of M...
by Nikhil T
06 Nov 2019 12:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 962
Views: 259274

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Lol China and Pak are “pretty weak military powers”? Ok.
by Nikhil T
06 Nov 2019 06:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 962
Views: 259274

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

The entire Pak Military will soon become an extension of the Chinese Military. So although the public face will be the average Pakistani citizen, the real face will be that of the Chinese onlee. Of all the three services, the most visible (and public) transformation will be in the Pak Navy. Makes p...
by Nikhil T
06 Nov 2019 05:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2821
Views: 456988

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Why unlocking defence land bank to meet military's needs isn't a bad idea. There is a big land mafia like Damadji and his ilk in BJP too waiting to pounce on these cantonment lands in heart of cities. If services were not so import crazy its possible to equip them without these prime land sales. Se...
by Nikhil T
04 Nov 2019 08:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 1838
Views: 208691

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj

Remember when Imran Khan promised that he would make a Naya Pakistan where foreigners would queue up to get work visa? Here’s another proof that dream has been accomplished:

31 Porki migrants found in a lorry in France
by Nikhil T
02 Nov 2019 03:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1811
Views: 165943

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Updates about INS Vikrant incident INS VIkrant: Forensic experts to do fingerprint analysis Forensic experts in Kerala police are scanning finger and palm prints of around 1,200 people, including Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials, engineers and non-technical staff, to find the thief...
by Nikhil T
31 Oct 2019 04:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1272
Views: 163924

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

The speed at which the Chinese work is admirable. Elon Musk signed an agreement with Shanghai in Oct 2018, took possession for his Gigafactory3 and Oct 2019 initial production starts with 6000 cars/week likely by Dec 2019. Apparently it took 168 working days from permits to production ready facilit...
by Nikhil T
31 Oct 2019 03:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 64
Views: 10531

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

100% agree. In the longer term, there's no need for BSNL and MTNL to operate while there are efficient private sector companies. If anything, Govt should provide a performance based subsidy for telcos to operate in remote areas. That will be far better than having BSNL attempt to operate as a corpor...
by Nikhil T
31 Oct 2019 03:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3436
Views: 481046

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

In other news .... US State Deptt expressed support for "India's sovereignty" on Twitter while commenting on US Ambassador's recent visit to Tawang. I don't ever recall US weighing in on Arunachal Pradesh like this, but it is sure to invite Chinese ire. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...
by Nikhil T
29 Oct 2019 11:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement Tracking - Modi 2.0 Govt - No Discussions
Replies: 33
Views: 13529

Re: Achievement Tracking - Modi 2.0 Govt - No Discussions

Nice writeup of Modi's retaliation against Turkey and Malaysia How Modi Govt is using aggressive diplomacy to its advantage In the mean streets of international politics, if someone harms you and you take it lying down, the chances are that you will be pushed around as a patsy whom no one respects o...
by Nikhil T
26 Oct 2019 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 418369

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

^ The big difference, is during last 6 years we are buying more Indian products - which are much cheaper; - sometimes at least 1/4 the cost of highly commissioned (cough cough ... you know what I mean) imported products. If with the same money, we can better and world class local products why to co...
by Nikhil T
25 Oct 2019 11:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 418369

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

It’s driven by inadequate budgetary allocation for IAF, which is now prioritizing its foreign obligations over PSU obligations. This is sickening if true. Choosing to pay foreign over Indian suppliers? There should be a pool of money at the MOD or even MOF level reserved for indigenous orders. Basi...
by Nikhil T
25 Oct 2019 11:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018
Replies: 164
Views: 53512

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018

Gopal Kanda on a special flight to Delhi Before he took the flight from the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Haryana, Mr Kanda told reporters that he would support the party that would work for the development of Sirsa, his home base, from where he has won. Gopal Kanda resigned as a minister in th...
by Nikhil T
24 Oct 2019 13:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 418369

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

It’s driven by inadequate budgetary allocation for IAF, which is now prioritizing its foreign obligations over PSU obligations.
by Nikhil T
22 Oct 2019 04:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4070
Views: 799915

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Let's not ignore that geography also means that the next Sino-Indian war will be a two front war. Pak is not going to sit idly by an opportunity like that and we simply do not have the numbers to fend off PLAAF + PAF in an all out war. However, for short conflicts where only a tiny portion of assets...
by Nikhil T
19 Oct 2019 06:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4054
Views: 715090

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Disagree. We don't want to keep adding manpower to Armed Forces and worsen our capital-to-revenue expenditure ratio. Converging existing units under one umbrella makes sense. Coming to different training/kit/infrastructure, we don't *have to* task a mixed unit comprising all 3 services to conduct an...
by Nikhil T
18 Oct 2019 05:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 64
Views: 10531

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

BSNL is not completely at fault 1. BJP Govt didn’t allot them 4G 2. All Pvt Telcos are pumping in finance but BSNL barred from taking loans 3. Zero capital investment by Govt 4. No investment in towers Having both my parents as BSNL employees, I will chip in with their side of the story on who and ...
by Nikhil T
17 Oct 2019 01:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4070
Views: 799915

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

... Cheen can live losing Tibet. It can't live losing Shanghai or any part of the coast line. Those 1100 4th gen are stuck geo-politically a continent away from India. And they are facing hundreds of superior 4th gen fighters in the F-15s, F-16s and F-18s of the US and its allies. Never mind the im...
by Nikhil T
16 Oct 2019 06:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4070
Views: 799915

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^ Also clears up any misconception that 36 or 72 Rafales will help us "break the door" with PLAAF, which has 1173+ 4th gen fighters against ~400 IAF 4th gen jets. Based on ACM Bhaduria's comment, it seems the IAF has finally realized that purchasing foreign made weapons at eye watering pri...
by Nikhil T
16 Oct 2019 00:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4064
Views: 756250

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Loan mela by public sector banks successful; disbursed Rs 81,000 crore The Finance Ministry on Monday said loans worth Rs 81,781 crore were disbursed during the nine-day outreach programme or loan mela organised by public sector banks starting October 1. Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar said, "R...
by Nikhil T
15 Oct 2019 06:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4008
Views: 627890

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

(Interesting that all the names have been blurred) https://twitter.com/NorthernComd_IA/status/1182289025056432128?s=19 #LtGenYKJoshi handed over the command of #FireAndFuryCorps today to #LtGenHarinderSingh. The incumbent General Officer exhorted all ranks to continue to discharge their duties with...
by Nikhil T
14 Oct 2019 08:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3528
Views: 544364

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Indian Railways is tracking its trains via ISRO’s GAGAN network https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/indian-railways-is-linking-its-trains-to-isros-satellite-network-how-will-it-improve-its-punctuality/articleshow/71557415.cms Great work and a great article to share ...
by Nikhil T
04 Oct 2019 06:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 418369

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

.... Again, respectfully saar, you deflected my earlier question about "why Brahmos is insufficient to target radar stations, a typical SEAD target" to talk about firing Brahmos from submarines, C17s, P-8Is etc. Just to recap what we're hopefully aligned on by now - Brahmos is cheaper tha...
by Nikhil T
04 Oct 2019 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 418369

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

*BrahMos unit cost - US $2.75 million (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrahMos) *SCALP unit cost - €850,000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Shadow) or US $932,577.50 as per today's exchange rates SCALP is more than $1.8 million cheaper per unit when compared to BrahMos. To take out mobile target...
by Nikhil T
04 Oct 2019 01:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 418369

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

@Rakesh saar - there are several assertions in your post justifying the Rafale. With due respect, disagree on many counts. But let me talk about the Rafale in particular. We are not buying aircraft to sprinkle rose petals on the enemy. The Rafale is being purchased for very unique roles in the IAF -...
by Nikhil T
02 Oct 2019 01:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 797455

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^Eerily similar to Pathankot in 2016 when NSG was flown in anticipation of an attack.
by Nikhil T
02 Oct 2019 01:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3825
Views: 631923

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Balochistan Chief Minister says no foreign investor can come to Pakistan in current scenario Govt looks for local firms to invest in Reko Diq LAHORE: The Balochistan government is trying to persuade large Pakistani investors to form a consortium to invest their money in the development of Reko Diq c...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 12:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 492918

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Absolutely brilliant. I loved the line about a 21st century country vs a country living in medieval times.
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 12:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3050
Views: 419350

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Honest question - has there been a recent GoI update about the restrictions in Kashmir? The last update mentioned that only a few police stations have restrictions. So are schools, markets, govt offices functioning? From the videos I've seen on SM by Aditya Kaul and Imtiaz Hussain, there is traffic...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 06:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3050
Views: 419350

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Honest question - has there been a recent GoI update about the restrictions in Kashmir? The last update mentioned that only a few police stations have restrictions. So are schools, markets, govt offices functioning? From the videos I've seen on SM by Aditya Kaul and Imtiaz Hussain, there is traffic ...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 06:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 492918

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Few point on Dimran's Speech: - Big ego and all fanboys ensure that he didn't use a script. He faltered and lost focus couple of time, struggled and made the speech confusing at times. Plus he bungled on facts, names and event. That could be avoided completely if he had followed a written script. -...

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