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by Kailash
26 Jul 2017 13:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 737556

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Certification of radar based weapons and the radome (re)certification/modifications will come to bite the Uttam. Better keep Uttam aside for next few years and let it mature. A half baked Uttam won't help with operational numbers, and HAL will use it as an excuse for any delays in delivery.
by Kailash
20 Jun 2017 16:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3856
Views: 781794

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Shouldn't they lower the orbit and take a closer look? who will fault them if anything goes wrong after a 1000 days in orbit.

They should specify how much of the missions objectives were achieved so far, what are the findings from each of the payloads etc.
by Kailash
29 Nov 2016 07:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 737556

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Nothing can replace a flying test bed when it comes to indigenous engine development. It is better they buy something from Russia/Israel, or design a twin engine UCAV, a manned LIFT platform based on the LCA (our own little Rafale). They need at least half a dozen of these, quickly, to get anywhere ...
by Kailash
21 Nov 2016 16:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2881
Views: 548909

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

^^ IIRC, the Dec 2016 would be the ERJ-145 one ( i had assumed that it was already in IAF colours but doesnt look like it) The 2024 would be the new AWACS(I) project with the full-fledged B737/A330 body and Phalcon type radar. So, it looks like we wont go beyond 2-3 of the ERJ-145 based AEWCs? Sad ...
by Kailash
02 Nov 2016 14:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 737556

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Inviting foreign companies to set up base here and manufacturing single engine fighters is all good for job creation, politics and business. But when it comes to number, if India insists on setting up local assembly line and employing local youth, how can numbers be time bound? The way I see it, the...
by Kailash
21 Sep 2016 09:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Retaliation Options to significant terrorist strikes
Replies: 1227
Views: 152950

Re: India's Retaliation Options to significant terrorist strikes

From @writetake (Ananthakrishnan) on twitter In the last 48 Hrs, 25 infiltrators have been neutralised in URI. Heavy Artillery has bee moved to th sector. Radio intercepts confirm that the Pakistan Army has cancelled leave for all personnel. Their families have been asked to leave for safer area inl...
by Kailash
01 Sep 2016 13:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3645
Views: 464512

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

PM Modi-led Cabinet approves 'radical' changes in FDI policy; permits 100% foreign investment in defence As per the liberalised norms, foreign investment in defence sector is now permitted up to 100%. Sure looks like the nice new road to hell. The article is ambiguous though on the auto approval..
by Kailash
01 Sep 2016 11:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 493555

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Twitter flash from @livefist - HTT-40 to be bought in large number says IAF chief Raha.
by Kailash
31 Aug 2016 12:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3645
Views: 464512

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

India to help Vietnam build high-speed patrol boats in $100mn contract: ambassador Collaboration between India’s M/s Larsen & Toubro Company and Vietnamese Border Guard is highly anticipated for the construction of high-speed patrol boats based on the Line of Credit of US$100 million, according...
by Kailash
31 Aug 2016 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3645
Views: 464512

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

India Rejects DCNS Proposal to Locally Produce API Sub Tech NEW DELHI — India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided not to give DCNS of France permission to develop a local, fully owned subsidiary to manufacture air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarine systems on the advice of state-owned Defen...
by Kailash
31 Aug 2016 12:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3645
Views: 464512

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

SMEs can participate in defence through HAL & DRDO Saurabh Gupta | 31 Aug, 2016 Articulating that the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) should progress with defence indigenisation programme with increased Research & Development (R&D) having innovative approach as it would only...
by Kailash
31 Aug 2016 12:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - August 9, 2014
Replies: 1128
Views: 69228

Re: China Military Watch - August 9, 2014

^^^ Agreed that they are not to be let loose with unlimited funds. When researchers take risks, their efforts should be 100% on their goals. Money should not play in the back of their heads. Loss of personal credibility, patents, position/promotion, not being able to deliver the technology to their ...
by Kailash
31 Aug 2016 09:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - August 9, 2014
Replies: 1128
Views: 69228

Re: China Military Watch - August 9, 2014

Investments - why was the Kaveri not being pursued to a logical conclusion but closed down without completing the certification and further tested on a supersonic test bed like the mig29? Supposing GTRE comes up with the new 80/130KN engine, we will again be at the mercy of Russians. When we talk of...
by Kailash
30 Aug 2016 10:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - August 9, 2014
Replies: 1128
Views: 69228

Re: China Military Watch - August 9, 2014

Amazing - they know it takes so much investment, they know there wont be any tangible benefits for the next 10-15 years. I am already confident they will deliver a world class engine within next 2 decades. Investment,patience and realistic expectations - something Indians should learn.
by Kailash
26 Aug 2016 09:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Cyber Warfare Discussion
Replies: 351
Views: 59039

Re: Indian Cyber Warfare Discussion

The shadow brokers could very well be Russians. They are capable of this, have the necessary resources and the intent. The list of countries given there - Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen, and Algeria. Apart from may be Mali and Russia itself, Russians have a huge need ...
by Kailash
24 Aug 2016 08:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 316078

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Well, even if the details were shared privately, it would still benefit same set of countries. The fact is that others know classified data regarding our submarine. Going forward atleast, hope we make our own stuff and give other countries similar leverage on our security matters. Others anyways kn...
by Kailash
02 Mar 2016 07:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Unless there is a desperate need to make it in India (e.g war time unavailability, another N-bomb tested by India etc), the economics and red tape simply doesn't permit make these imports in India. At its best it will set back the delivery schedule and/or compromise on the quality of the parts repla...
by Kailash
29 Feb 2016 09:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Fact is that exact numbers are unclear for anybody. Engine delivery schedules (even order status) for F404 are equally unclear. I hope GE is fully in loop with cancellation of mk2 and need for F404 in these numbers now.
by Kailash
26 Feb 2016 11:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 493555

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Coming to LCA vs Hawks, HALs has had stepmotherly attitude to the LCA. Recently, HAL made a power play. They wanted the LCA transferred to HAL from ADA. So they can't even manage a IJT program, are dragged reluctantly to the LCA program (despite making its parts, having IRON bird and assembling it)...
by Kailash
26 Feb 2016 09:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2665
Views: 294399

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Please let us not fool ourselves by calling this a JV. There is a vast assymetry between the research contributions of Russians vs Indians. This is a going to be an off the shelf purchase with with MKI-zation of LRU with our won or western import components. When engines, radars, external shape &...
by Kailash
23 Feb 2016 11:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1431
Views: 188431

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -3

^^^
May be a tested miniaturized reactor is what we should ask from Americans - not an untested EMALS and AC designs.
by Kailash
23 Feb 2016 09:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Good that we have been hearing about the increased orders. Has IAF actually signed off anything with HAL on these extra numbers?Technically can HAL place orders of sub components or release funds to vendors till IAF signs off and we see these numbers on black and white? The scaling up of additional ...
by Kailash
22 Feb 2016 10:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

^^^ There were news bits of serious issues that came up in Russian tests of Kaveri like cracked blades etc - not sure how true they are. In my view, ADA should retain 4-5 LCAs for themselves to further research on testing different engines, radars, upgraded LRUs, software changes, electronic warfare...
by Kailash
13 Feb 2016 07:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4668
Views: 855634

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Obviously article just puts 1+1=2 without any time frame or assured connection between the new 80KN engine(of unknown weight) and the LCA mk1. I dont see this flying on mk1. Only open question for me though is where are the order for 100 F404s? How India is keeping Kaveri engine alive in disguise SO...
by Kailash
10 Feb 2016 13:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

These leaks about exports are pretty boring. Every few days there is some "news" on the bandars or lca exports. Let IAF have them before we attempt to sell to others.
by Kailash
10 Feb 2016 12:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 707271

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Not a farce.. the local company may be under some contractual obligations.. there is likely IPR involved, where the local company is merely the manufacturer of something that is designed abroad. These things happen. its not about local company - its just that we are stuck for 2 years due to an issu...
by Kailash
04 Feb 2016 10:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3645
Views: 464512

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

^^^
+100 to that. I was amazed at the speed at which this article was discredited in this thread.
by Kailash
04 Feb 2016 09:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3645
Views: 464512

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

Divestment of these entities will surely help them become transparent. At AGMs, investors could come up with questions and scrutinize their accounts more. I am waiting for more IPOs for HAL and the likes this year. After all which investor doesn't love monopolies..
by Kailash
28 Jan 2016 06:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Apologize if this has been asked before, but what will the IAF lose by not inducting ridiculously high priced rafale and replacing the order with 200 LCAs instead? Is rafael really as important as it's made out to be? I believe it may also have to do with ego..the IAF brass have hedged their presti...
by Kailash
22 Jan 2016 14:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4668
Views: 855634

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

There are enough scenarios where it can be produced in numbers. Ships, tanks, trains. Everyone showed interest, yet there are no big orders coming its way. Even assuming it cant fly reliably, or has low thrust to weight values, this has be mass manufactured for other roles and serviced. Just like re...
by Kailash
22 Jan 2016 08:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Awesome display for the Tejas, if this bird is going to shed more weight from here with the same engine, t/w is more than sufficient bring a broad grin on any Indian pilot's face. Now that we have shown the world the wonder that LCA is, it is better if they concentrate on the FOC and churning out nu...
by Kailash
14 Jan 2016 14:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3701
Views: 307750

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

If Indians pull the plug on FGFA, I wont be surprised if Russians reach out to China for some sort of joint production or transfer of intellectual property. I don't see any other nation capable or willing to fund the FGFA. They cant play hard ball with India anymore, even less so with China, now tha...
by Kailash
12 Jan 2016 13:43
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 416701

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

I thought our artillery and naval orders, (forgetting LG, samsung and hyundai etc for now) should give us some leverage over SK, if not for China and pakistan's lavish nuclear tech transfer which has propelled NK into the nuclear club. Geopolitics and business often at odds, and most times it is too...
by Kailash
12 Jan 2016 12:56
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 416701

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Highly doubtful if Altay would make it to Pakistan. It involves South Korean armour and a german engine. Neither of them will be keen to be associated with TSP. Our finalizing on a large Arjun order will firmly push the Russians to sell their Armatas to Pakistans (out of economic necessity if not ge...
by Kailash
12 Jan 2016 10:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4668
Views: 855634

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Thanks hanumadu for that update from SJha
by Kailash
07 Jan 2016 12:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4668
Views: 855634

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

There was the GATET initiative to develop the core technologies we lack and a family of GT aero engines. There has been no news under that banner since inception. Is that still alive?
by Kailash
16 Dec 2015 10:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3094
Views: 235295

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

^^^^ we have a proverb in my native. "Looks like you are going to scold me, let me beat you by my scolding you first". Muslim countries want to be seen as part of the solution when they themselves know that many of them are part of the problem. Before someone comes and says let us attack a...
by Kailash
16 Dec 2015 06:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Licht described the export versions of the EL/M-2052 now in production as having two different sizes. One is equipped with “something like 512” T/R modules. The other export customer has “a little more than 300” T/R modules, as the antenna “was adapted to the nose of the fighter”. - Flight Global J...
by Kailash
15 Dec 2015 15:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

^^^^ possible when you have a mature MIC with research groundwork and materials already available at a commercial level. What will be left is only a small delta with good project management to sail through. Lead integrators already have/know what is required to put together the product based on use ...
by Kailash
15 Dec 2015 11:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 279445

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Chaiwallah input more: Lot of pressure on HAL to deliver. Regular monitoring and expectations from MOD also clear. <snip> AF is also being asked to be rational. SQRs, needs being monitored. "This minister asks why do you need this". Big focus as has been posted on BR is survivability and ...

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