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by abhik
10 Dec 2018 20:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: European Union: Positive News
Replies: 268
Views: 31563

Re: European Union: Positive News

My overactive imagination is saying what if this is another color revolution engineered by US, if it can be used in turd world countries why not western democracies? Macaroni has gone from replacement "leader of the free world", Napoleon reincarnated, to facing 18% approval rating (much ha...
by abhik
10 Dec 2018 20:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: European Union: Positive News
Replies: 268
Views: 31563

Re: European Union: Positive News

Some more videos on the 'Yellow Vests'

by abhik
09 Dec 2018 22:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3509
Views: 363869

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^^^ AFAIK it is supposed to be co-designed with the foreign partner (i.e. they will own the IP too) - its not like (for example) Arjun where we are importing specific components like engines and sensors from different foreign vendors (while we parallely try to develop our own). One can imagine if Ge...
by abhik
09 Dec 2018 09:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3509
Views: 363869

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

"40% indigenous content" sounds pathetic, it needs to be at least 80% (both IP and manufacturing) - else it will be just another screwdriverigiri project.
by abhik
06 Dec 2018 08:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2985
Views: 625979

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Mk2 is expected to reach FoC at the end of the next decade - you'd have to have a cristal ball to know how many will eventually be ordered... don't count your chickens and all that
by abhik
02 Dec 2018 09:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1753
Views: 241114

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

^^^
There are around 120 in service (not 300).
by abhik
28 Nov 2018 18:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 1095
Views: 109127

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

The few 100 m/s delta v advantage from launching from near the equator is vastly overrated especially if of the launch site is in the middle of nowhere - the logistical headache will far over weigh the minor delta v gain. Only France launches from near the equator (they can't launch from continental...
by abhik
27 Nov 2018 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5088
Views: 969696

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

How To Fire A Stinger Missile, Watch from 1:40
by abhik
27 Nov 2018 10:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86198

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

Mk2 was approved a decade ago, they have been going slow on it for the last few years (I think chaiwala news was reported on this by IR and JS).
by abhik
26 Nov 2018 19:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive
Replies: 577
Views: 49542

Re: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive

If nothing happened in last 10 years, nothing's going to happen in the next 10 either - there will just be a fresh set of excuses.
by abhik
26 Nov 2018 19:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3384
Views: 334170

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

^^^
Yes I did read it. They are rebadging DRDO progarms as Make-in-India - did we not buy any Indian weapons before MII?
If they want to go to town about how money they have "saved" they better also provide data on how much they have "spent" - that is context.
by abhik
26 Nov 2018 10:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3384
Views: 334170

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

India Today reports: #MII saved 1 lakh crore for MoD. https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/make-in-india-initiative-defence-ministry-drdo-modi-1099146-2017-12-03 Instead of throwing around large numbers without context, GoI should come out with the breakup of the money spent buying arms in it...
by abhik
24 Nov 2018 14:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 809
Views: 143281

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I’d like to say it is because of jobs. But we could have built two Shivaliks or two P17As to create local jobs. It doesn’t sound like it will come that much sooner. We are expecting all 7 of the P17As by 2025. I can’t think of a damn reason. I hope Natasha was worth it to that babu. I don't think t...
by abhik
22 Nov 2018 23:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact
Replies: 714
Views: 41057

Re: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact

IMO this incident will draw more EJs to these islands, won't be long before someone succeeds. There are probably a few thousand American EJs at any time spread across the country - might be a good time to start scrutinizing these "tourists" and deport them as nessesary.
by abhik
22 Nov 2018 11:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86198

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

@Rakesh the number 1 deciding factor is political (both internal and external) - the examples you mentioned, the other contestants had no chance.

Regarding the 110+57 it's quite clear there is no money, don't know who the government is trying to fool.
by abhik
21 Nov 2018 21:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4274
Views: 389528

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

For many, this would have been a problem if Tata was replaced by HAL. Afterall, the prices quoted by HAL for licensed production is higher only because its incompetent employees spend more time at the canteen. True that. Tatas have taken full advantage of the offsets gravely train, making/screwdriv...
by abhik
21 Nov 2018 18:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86198

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

We can't dismiss the executives frustration, that feeling will be mirrored by their respective governments. And all their feelings will have to be assuaged - by buying other weapons from them (a.k.a hafta). In hindsight I think the original Rafale deal was cancelled (under influence of some too-clev...
by abhik
21 Nov 2018 17:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5088
Views: 969696

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Of the 5,175 missiles and associated equipment sought in the VSHORAD program, 2,315 missiles are proposed to be acquired in fully formed condition, 1,260 missiles in a semi-knocked down condition, 1,000 missiles in completely knocked-down condition and 600 missiles will be manufactured by state-own...
by abhik
20 Nov 2018 22:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2130
Views: 180081

Re: Understanding the US - Again

According to some survey 2/3 of Democrats believe that Russia actually tampered with the votes. Reminded me of the donkey talking point from 10 years ago that most of Faux news viewers believe that they actually found WMDs in Iraq. Both sides have started to believe their own bullshit, which is very...
by abhik
19 Nov 2018 18:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5088
Views: 969696

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

I too have a hard on for heavy bombers, but we have no experience making any heavy aircraft (I guess heaviest one we have made is MKI at a measly 20t empty).
by abhik
18 Nov 2018 13:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 34424

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

^^^
It is 12+ trillion compared to our ~2.6 in 2017 - and it will probably grow wider in absolute terms in the near future.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... P_(nominal)
by abhik
18 Nov 2018 00:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1042
Views: 100475

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

NAWCWD China Lake Ranges 2018: Montage of weapon tests (more accurately stuff blowing up)
by abhik
16 Nov 2018 19:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 592
Views: 84476

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

57 Rafale will cost something like 2-3x of what we have spent on development of LCA and Kaveri combined - it's ridiculous. EMALS is not some unobtonium tech - instead of window shopping for foreign maal, spend 100m to L&T etc for a PoC and see how far it goes. 5-10 years ago we were knocking on ...
by abhik
14 Nov 2018 11:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3301
Views: 606834

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

What is the shelf life of the solid rocket motor once it has been assembled (all the segments are attached) - is there a time limit by when you have to use it?
by abhik
10 Nov 2018 22:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4762
Views: 608640

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

An interesting paper from 2006 Did the Marine Corps Fix Fires or Save an Airframe The weapon system has a displacement issue when firing high charges (7 White, 7 Red, 8 Super and Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS) equivalents). There are two types of displacement: Lateral and Longitudinal. Of gr...
by abhik
10 Nov 2018 01:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4762
Views: 608640

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

(US) Army Tests Low-Recoil 155mm Howitzer Small Enough To Fit On The Back Of A Truck
Wonder how different this is compared to the Kalyani mounted gun (given they reportedly had a tie up with Mandus for their soft recoil tech).
by abhik
06 Nov 2018 00:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3238
Views: 529699

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

lol just kidding :wink: Though I must say there is definitely a lack of knowledge here - doesn't stop people from making pompous proclamations dissing chinese maal. Only a couple weeks back I found out that the chinese had built a Boeing 707 analogue in the 70/80s, didn't workout eventually. https:/...
by abhik
05 Nov 2018 20:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2130
Views: 180081

Re: Understanding the US - Again

People gamed the system in Birth right citizenship. Now DT making his move which will be supported by his base. He and his supporters will highlight the abuses and may even get traction in independents. SC is now has judges who are going to interpret the constitution as it was originally intended. ...
by abhik
05 Nov 2018 19:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5088
Views: 969696

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

CCM might be a good candidate for Make (?) program with private companies/DPSUs developing/building the missile with DRDO handholding, like ATAGS.
by abhik
05 Nov 2018 18:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3238
Views: 529699

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

I'm guessing the parking lot F119 is one of those replicas made by farmers one reads about.
AGI wrote:The welcome is appreciated mate, but who or what is a DavidD?

He is alleged to be one of the 50-centers assigned to BRF.
by abhik
30 Oct 2018 22:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1962
Views: 251671

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The king of Bhutan is a regular (backup), IIRC he has been the guest half a dozen times. Anyways OT.
by abhik
27 Oct 2018 17:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2130
Views: 180081

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Singha wrote:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqbIMVYWsAAx55_.jpg

US also guarantees the security of at least 8 of those 12 countries listed & has military bases in most of them - of course this doesn't come cheap.
by abhik
27 Oct 2018 07:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3384
Views: 334170

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

IIRC QRSAM uses x band radar, but not the BMD radar.
by abhik
26 Oct 2018 14:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 809
Views: 143281

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I hope we don't get kicked out of Agaléga after building the runway like in Ayni.
by abhik
24 Oct 2018 20:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3698
Views: 496217

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Chinook cabin width and height is similar to Mi-17, its a bit longer though (by ~50% ?).
by abhik
23 Oct 2018 18:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 809
Views: 143281

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

+209 +75 sir. we need those big Soryus. At probably 75% the cost of a SSN? They are big and Japanese which means expensive. We build nuclear subs without licensing . We need to build SSKs by paying through the nose to firangs? Why? I just as soon have an all nuclear sub fleet like the US. SSKs are ...
by abhik
22 Oct 2018 10:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4762
Views: 608640

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

Abhik, He is talking of tail rocket motors in the shell to give extra range. I don't like the idea of longer barrels as they need extra maintenance, care to avoid balloting. Better idea is the tail motor to give extra range. The second half of the video is actually showing updated MLRS rocket not t...
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 22:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4309
Views: 708897

Re: Small Arms Thread

The recently released CZ Bren 2 BR (Battle Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 20:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 352009

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Any updates on the indigo's plans for buying wide body aircraft to start their long haul routes? Last I heard they were looking to buy a bunch of A330 neos.
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 19:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4762
Views: 608640

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

^ They have achieved their desired accuracy out to 40 miles but testing and demonstrations are ongoing and the goal is to reach 45 miles with the current ammo and 80 miles with a new round (by 2023). The ER rocket is wrapping up testing with a Max range of 139 km with the tail controlled section an...

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