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by nachiket
29 Oct 2020 03:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4662
Views: 766311

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If we are going to indulge in a whinefest and idle speculation, whilst high on Afghanistan's finest why stop there? Say that the US will add Bakistan to NATO, give them 100 F-35's for free, slap Iran-like sanctions on India and force us to give up the whole of Kashmir to Pak and Ladakh to China. All...
by nachiket
29 Oct 2020 03:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Replies: 663
Views: 129644

Re: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry

Sugarcane is also water intensive crop. All the more reason to not lean on sugar. This is easier said than done unfortunately. The sugar industry in places like MH and UP is heavily politicized. Too many politicians own profitable sugar mills which incentivize local farmers to plant sugarcane rathe...
by nachiket
29 Oct 2020 02:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2432
Views: 407422

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

cold weather jackets are not needed in India? many parts of North India gets really cold right? I went to visit my Late-Sister in Delhi and the cold was unbearable. No modern cold weather gear - heaters, jackets, hand/foot warmers. the demand for cold weather gear should be huge in India! Milspec c...
by nachiket
29 Oct 2020 01:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335871

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Looking at the nations who have bought or offered the Growler (you have Australia, which is a 5-eyes member and now a Growler program partner (its signed on to both NGJ-MB and will do the same on LB as a full program partner and not just a customer), Germany is a NATO member and close enough for yo...
by nachiket
29 Oct 2020 01:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335871

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

India will only get silver bullets for foreign fighters from now on - what is that one? We have Rafale as the spear silver buller. What is our DPSA silver bullet? The Rafale is a very capable long range strike aircraft. The best we have right now. The MKI is no slouch when it comes to strike as wel...
by nachiket
28 Oct 2020 23:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335871

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

If there was some Quid Pro Quo agreed to for BECA, I hope we get some Growlers for a dedicated EW squadron instead of wasting money on the F-15EX. The Growler offers a capability which is extremely useful in the modern aerial battlefield and is very tough to get from other sources. The F-15EX offers...
by nachiket
28 Oct 2020 23:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 3066
Views: 362677

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Kudos to Gadkari for saying what needed to be said. This guy is one of the best performing minister's in the cabinet. If even he is this frustrated, you can imagine what the situation must be like in other departments. The number of human NPA's in the MoD for example must be orders of magnitude more...
by nachiket
27 Oct 2020 00:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5594
Views: 1187672

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

May be they are referring to opportunities for private companies in railways, airports, defense, infra, logistics etc. ? https://swarajyamag.com/insta/niti-aayog-begins-groundwork-to-identify-next-set-of-public-sector-companies-for-strategic-sale-and-disinvestment Government's apex think tank NITI ...
by nachiket
27 Oct 2020 00:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030734

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Range: In the article Astra’s a2a range is not same as SAM range most missiles in astra class adapted for that role have a intercept range of around 15-20km without the use of boosters (Mica, Spyder etc). This raises the question why doesnt IAF just use Qr SAM. I have had that question in mind ever...
by nachiket
27 Oct 2020 00:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8119
Views: 1079788

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Not so straightforward I think. Sena moved away from BJP in Maha because their political aim was the kursi and not ideolology. to preserve their political capital, they have to show BJP is bad for Maha else be prepared to be slowly merged into BJP (since BJP's dharmic credentials are gaining by the...
by nachiket
26 Oct 2020 23:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3096
Views: 766912

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The only drficiency that western subs have is the lack of advanced sub- launched missile systems unlike Ru subs which have LR Klub/ Kalibir missiles for land,anti-ship and anti-sub attack variants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomahawk_(missile) Operational range Block II TLAM-A – 1,350 nmi (1,550...
by nachiket
26 Oct 2020 23:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5594
Views: 1187672

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

vijayk wrote:That's why he is now finally focusing on the two things that alone can help: Fiscal expansion -- from December onwards --

Did the government announce any specific measures in this regard that I missed?
by nachiket
26 Oct 2020 05:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4662
Views: 766311

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

This is the India-US thread. Why would you think your personal taxes going up or down in the US has any relevance here? Please stay on topic.
by nachiket
24 Oct 2020 06:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4662
Views: 766311

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

What is our MEA supposed to do about this? This is internal US politics. Does not affect India one bit. ?? Internal US politics? Is that wy RSS, BJP, HSS are all named in that poster/ There are Paki handlers pushing this narrative sucessfully for decades now. The least our foreign office mandarin c...
by nachiket
24 Oct 2020 01:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4662
Views: 766311

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

What is our MEA supposed to do about this? This is internal US politics. Does not affect India one bit.
by nachiket
24 Oct 2020 01:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5594
Views: 1187672

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Yes groundwater will be the most common water source in most areas. But outside of some coastal areas like Konkan with ample groundwater and a well in every backyard, wells will be shared by a large number of homes without electric pumps and a pipeline distribution system from that well. So you are ...
by nachiket
24 Oct 2020 00:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4662
Views: 766311

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I'm not sure why people continue to think US foreign policy towards India will be hostage to the personal views of whoever is the president. Past experiences do not bear this out. Trump's record has been mixed as pointed out by people earlier, his personal rapport with Modi notwithstanding. The reco...
by nachiket
24 Oct 2020 00:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5594
Views: 1187672

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Urbanization by itself would not necessarily mean the houses/apartments have tap water connections. I'm not sure for example, if a housing colony gets water from a tanker, do they get counted? That map is really sobering. Even the supposedly developed and industrialized states of TN, MH and KN are a...
by nachiket
22 Oct 2020 23:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030734

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1319177091577860096 India's Nag anti-tank missile has just had its final user trial. The @DRDO_India now declares it ready for induction. Not sure what trial this is. Nag had completed all trial by July 2019,afaik. Next to the Nirbhay, the news about Nag and NAMI...
by nachiket
22 Oct 2020 23:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3096
Views: 766912

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

k prasad wrote:If I remember correctly, conventional subs are on the negative list for 2022.

They count license built systems like Scorpene as MII and hence kosher. P75I will be similar. Of course P75I is not going to reach contract stage in 2022 or even the next few years.
by nachiket
21 Oct 2020 04:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178042

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

40k is the total requirement. So only 24k will be left after this order. But maybe if they are building it in India other forces like BSF, CRPF and ITBP can be convinced to procure some too.
by nachiket
21 Oct 2020 01:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 1936
Views: 468059

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

Safdar has been released on bail now.
by nachiket
20 Oct 2020 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178042

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

SSS Defence has no belt fed LMG design yet. It has several Assault Rifle, Carbine and Sniper Rifle designs. The LMG order should go to the Negev NG-7. There is already an initial order for it: https://www.livefistdefence.com/2020/03/firearms-push-india-orders-16000-israeli-negev-light-machineguns.ht...
by nachiket
16 Oct 2020 11:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 349
Views: 82525

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

yensoy wrote:Would that mean the AMCA could be a (stealthy) derivative of TEDBF?

No. AMCA and TEDBF are completely separate programs. Stealth has to be part of the design from the start. It is not an add-on that can be incorporated later.
by nachiket
16 Oct 2020 00:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1049168

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

^^^ Oops, I meant they are still on ground, not taken for operational flying! My bad. What does that mean? We recently saw pictures of all three prototypes being flown in Ladakh. And you can't really fly them operationally before they are inducted into the IAF. The Air Force is still patiently wait...
by nachiket
15 Oct 2020 08:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 349
Views: 82525

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

My issue with the scathing criticism of the LCA Navy Mk1/2 by Adm. Arun Prakash and others has always been the same. I have no problems with them criticizing the program (errors in the criticism itself being a separate issue). But what is the need to use language like "intellectual dishonesty&q...
by nachiket
15 Oct 2020 08:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178042

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

How do they compare to the BEL sight? BEL sight is a holographic sight with no magnification. It will be easier to aim with and use in CQB but worse at long range than the ACOG. The BEL sight is suboptimal for a rifle with a long barrel firing a 7.62x51mm round but still, magnification or not it is...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2020 23:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2432
Views: 407422

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

if we are not occupying black top , then we are again repeating at least 50% of the mistakes on 62 that we made in the chushul sector. the only saving grace is that we control mukpuri near rezang la. I think it is best to move beyond the narrow discussion about black top. Rohit Vats' video which he...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2020 22:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

^ Extension upto 2 years can also be given on spl cases, for total of 62 years... :mrgreen: Frankly, I'm not a fan of Mig 21, due to - its flight control problems. - it's high landing speeds of 700 km/h + (conservative, I've heard higher) - its lack of reliability Landing speed of 700km/hr is unadu...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2020 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

At the very least old Mig-21s are good test beds for UCAV technology and software... without testing there I am not sure how we will straight away jump to Ghatak... Also the Tejas Sport should be a good flight trainer (may be with an Indian engine when possible) And why isn't the Rustom-II a good t...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2020 07:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178042

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Any progress for the ARDE 6.8 * 43 AR? The import of the SIG in larger numbers probably kills any future for this rifle with the IA. IA has expressed its preference for the full power .308 cartridge with the SIG 716 order and the 7.62x39 with the AK deal. Any new firearm chambered in 6.8mm Remingto...
by nachiket
10 Oct 2020 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1049168

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Depends on the what the empty weight and MTOW values HAL is aiming for. The Klimov VK-2500 is quite powerful, but HAL might be more comfortable dealing with Turbomeca (now Safran) because of their past collaboration. In which case the Makila 2A1 is a good candidate. It has a bit less power than the ...
by nachiket
09 Oct 2020 23:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3107
Views: 379605

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces

Won't her front hand get burned from the flash? It is right next to the barrel.
by nachiket
09 Oct 2020 01:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178042

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

All the iterations of Insas (Excaliburs, Ghatak etc) and its latest development Amogh is just not upto the mark.

Ghatak was the AKM copy not an INSAS variant.
by nachiket
08 Oct 2020 20:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 257
Views: 53908

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

Issue with OFB is that while we and military look upon them for the defense of the country, the netas and unions and babus look upon them as job guarantee scheme at lower level and free perk scheme at higher levels. I'm kinda sad that GoI is stopping at corporatization. I want to see real privatiza...
by nachiket
08 Oct 2020 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1049168

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Why would you need ATGM launchers for a medium lift helo. This will be approximately in the same weight class as the Mi-17. There is no need for either the IA or the IAF to be arming these with ATGM's when they can easily buy as many LCH and Rudra as they require. The armed Mi-17's of Kargil came ab...
by nachiket
08 Oct 2020 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030734

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Tsarkar, thanks for those posts and clearing up the confusion. I am guessing the 33kn max speed probably applies to the A244S and the TAL. Wiki entry for A244S mentions the speed between 30 and 39kn. I hope the new ALWT with pump jet propulsion will be designed for a higher speed over 40kn.
by nachiket
08 Oct 2020 08:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1928
Views: 381016

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Yeah they have a very high risk path to success. But these are the type of teams where innovation in business or broader commercial travel is likely to come from. Boeing and Airbus don't really have much of an incentive in risking their existing portfolio and duopoly with a high risk disruptive des...
by nachiket
08 Oct 2020 06:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1928
Views: 381016

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

^^Interesting. Made me read up about the Boom Overture, the planned 50 seat supersonic trijet that looks like a smaller Concorde with three engines in renderings. They are planning to make it accelerate to and cruise at Mach 2.2 without using any afterburners. Quite a tall ask.

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