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by agupta
30 Mar 2020 23:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3931
Views: 430905

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Who here agrees that the dehli migrant rush towards Anand Vihar bus depot and the Kerala migrant rush towards somewhere on same day was a coordinated affair. Praise be to the Lord that the whole country is on quarantine and the perpetrators have no where to escape. I too think so. While I'm not in ...
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 05:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67661

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

If MoD hadn't paid dues to the tune of thousands of crores to a private company (foreign or domestic) there would be arbitration proceedings going on right now and MoD would end up paying through their (taxpayer's) noses eventually. They know that very well. So they don't default on payments to pri...
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 05:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67661

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

You've raised an interesting possibility of the NLCA --> LiFT role ! Interesting. I do recall you advocating for a clean sheet AJT/HAwk-scale LIFT design as well, right ? Are you thinking we may end up having 2 different LIFT candidates - separate one for IAF and IN ?
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 05:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67661

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

My point above was simply that 1. It seems to me there is no downtime to fit anything into currently given HAL effectiveness on the manufacturing side. Either Mk1s, or NLCAs etc. So lets stop speculating 2. A posting error has mistakenly linked this to LCH orders etc. NOT advocating it. 3. True MWF/...
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 04:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3980
Views: 614125

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

Good :) First an apology - my "reply" was meant to respond to a different post of yours with the HAL revenues table - not the LCH link. Sorry not sure what I screwed up. (Broadsword, March 17) So clarifications - never meant to link Debt to LCH production. You'll see earlier writings my re...
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 04:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67661

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Hmm... there are incompetent Private companies too - they get run out quickly, so don't see my note as a push to hand this over to a private agency. And my grey hair have been witness to many accounts of Services playing fast-n-loose as well. That's not the issue. My point is simply this: Taking on ...
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 03:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3980
Views: 614125

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

This doesnt engender much sympathy from me. Notice how conveniently this table has no row for "Costs" ? No mention of SG&A costs or %ages. Its actually quite common for companies to finance their normal operations with Debt or Commercial paper ... and Debt/Equity ratio is a very common...
by agupta
26 Mar 2020 03:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67661

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

I am sorry, folks, but what khayali dosas are y'all slinging speculating about "downtimes"... Reproducing Kartik's careful & thoughtful forecast below. As he says, one needs a grounded "how" HAL will ramp up production rates WITHOUT dropping something else to even begin this ...
by agupta
21 Mar 2020 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4469
Views: 327994

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Folks A thought to share: If we on BRF, have any thoughts that we are better informed/educated in any way or shape, I would think one responsibility this community can take up is that We DO NOT propagate anything without the right context that gives people an excuse to slack off on their vigilance. ...
by agupta
13 Mar 2020 04:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4469
Views: 327994

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

,,, Perhaps there is some credence to temperature theory. Currently, singapore and Hongkong have both temperatures greater than many places in India. Perhaps, that is the reason they are able to control the virus effectively and the initial cases could be through contact spreading. Wishful thinking...
by agupta
12 Mar 2020 03:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 942540

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

Yup - going by Raju's statement its an obsolescence/import management driven "upgrade" that seems to reuse stuff from the DARIN upgrades. Calling it "-i" variant is more of a branding and marketing exercise; HAL would have to do most of this stuff anyway. Useful and necessary stu...
by agupta
11 Mar 2020 10:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 942540

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

I thought that armed Hawk proposal was canned because of costs? We need an armed trainer/ GA bird to support ground forces in an integrated manner. More survivable than attahk helos. Have people here heard of AD flights composed of Kiran MkIIs? Come on Deejay-ji, spill it and educate us... clearly ...
by agupta
05 Mar 2020 03:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664172

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

I think we should learn to make a difference between our serial production and that of the west. It is apples and oranges. The assumption without knowledge here is that the problem must be with HAL!!! Serial production order for IOC Tejas was 20. Serial production orders for FOC Tejas was 20. They ...
by agupta
05 Mar 2020 03:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3525
Views: 608644

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

Yes, I think so too. .... MAWS is essential for low flying aircraft in the MANPADS envelope. For fighters at medium, high alts, not so much. By the time the missile gets to them, its usually in coast phase & the passive MAWS detects it too close. Of course, as larger SAMs, dual-pulse motors, ra...
by agupta
04 Mar 2020 22:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664172

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

First Article will always have teething problems. Thats why it doesn't make sense to constantly keep changing specs with small orders. Generically true...but how is it relevant to issues coming up for S erial P roduction ??? Was the SP lot for Mk1s a "small order" ? Your LSPs etc. are all...
by agupta
03 Mar 2020 02:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4620
Views: 851934

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Coming from a decorated helicopter pilot and a former IAF ACM, the praise for the LCH really establishes it's credentials as a great attack helicopter Why India's Light Combat Helicopter could be a game changer Air Chief Marshal Fali H Major (retd) ... Today, as the LCH heads towards achieving its ...
by agupta
25 Feb 2020 23:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1941
Views: 401347

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

The choice of stringer missiles is puzzling. The choice of Stingers is not puzzling at all (which the IAF acquired with its AH-64 E's). It is a core component of the IADWS as an integrated solution along with the Sentinel Radar, and the Multi-Spectral passive targeting suite. . With the IADWS, the ...
by agupta
25 Feb 2020 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1941
Views: 401347

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

Brar-ji: Thanks for the correction, IADWS it is, and NOT the plain vanilla NASAMS2. It should stick after 2 tries :) Agupta saheb, you have lost me. Justifying a purchase by saying everything that India has procured or is about to procure should be integrated into NASAMS II because of a perception o...
by agupta
22 Feb 2020 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1941
Views: 401347

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

May I turn the table a little bit and ask which system in the Indian anti air systems is NASAM2 integrated with? As I understand it (and unlike Flight vehicles or engines, I have no deeper appreciation than a magazine reader), I can see 2 or 3 reasons why this may be a good solution: 1. Its not wha...
by agupta
21 Feb 2020 11:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 923
Views: 236907

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Got to wait till clarifications come out, but it might not exactly be a new deal for all we know. The Bharat Forge version of ATAGS has some resemblance to the visible portions of ATHOS' major subsystems. Maybe it integrates a lot of things that would de-risk Bharat Forge's lack of expertise in GC,...
by agupta
20 Feb 2020 03:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1941
Views: 401347

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

Actually the sucess of DRDO in growing Indian MIC is now causing a problem to our babus in Mod and MFA. .... We see that in random purchase of NASAM2 .. I appreciate the desire to anoint some winners and some losers to vilify BUT...do you really think NASAM2 is "random" ? Do you have a de...
by agupta
17 Feb 2020 05:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2604
Views: 713073

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Visually the MPATGM and Amogha-III look fairly similar. Also, the news item says that the Amogha-III has a smokeless propellant, which seems to be the case with the MPATGM as well, as can be seen from the pictures given above. The news item also says Amogha-III was developed in collaboration with D...
by agupta
15 Feb 2020 10:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2604
Views: 713073

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

AsiBal and Amogha-III both seem to be Nag MPATGM derivatives to me. Maybe an ATAGS like program has been pulled with Nag MPATGM As I've understood it, Nag and MP-ATGM are distinct classes of AT missiles - and hence different programs ...there's no such thing as a "Nag MPATGM". That said, ...
by agupta
09 Feb 2020 02:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2604
Views: 713073

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Regarding Prahaar being ergonomic :- Perhaps it is meant to convey that it is much more ergonomical than bulkier Prithvi and easier to manage once canisterized. Ergonomic is like ergonomic access to various LCA panels. Missile also requires periodic human checks, so ergonomics is important. Imagine...
by agupta
08 Feb 2020 03:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4620
Views: 851934

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

^^^ my guess as well...a quid-pro-quo for something/somewhere. otherwise head scratching. That said, there's yet room to make lemonade here. I hope the Mig (and even the Su-57) experiences are drawing attention in the Russian planners that their aerospace majors too need partners, markets and scale ...
by agupta
08 Feb 2020 03:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050937

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

When the IAF starts retiring the non-DARIN3 upgraded Jaguars, HAL should acquire one as a test-bed for HTFE-25 based developments. IAF has shelved plans to re-engine the Jaguars so we are unlikely to see HTFE-25 powered Jaguars in actual service. True that. With the fleet we have though, I would lo...
by agupta
08 Feb 2020 03:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050937

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

Agupta & Maitya Sirs : Can we install this engine on HJT-36? In theory, yes...design goals/dimensions seems to be targeted for it; even if heavier than the AL-55, should get to similar T/W. That said, putting a new engine on a single engine but still-maturing HJT-36 ??? I think Indranil has all...
by agupta
07 Feb 2020 00:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4620
Views: 851934

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

If everything is based on reputation and proven capability, then we should shut all RnD shops and do license manufacture only. For the first time, of course not. n00 orders, 10+ yrs of patience after 1st operational unit not sufficient to develop a system and balance out the odds ? In my mind, it i...
by agupta
06 Feb 2020 23:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664172

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

https://twitter.com/hvtiaf/status/1225456794006216704?s=19 ---> Mk-1A is completely on track . Those who understand the DPP, know that there's about 4 months of mutual work left before contact signing . IAF & MoD are completely on board. https://twitter.com/hvtiaf/status/1225459869471272961?s=1...
by agupta
06 Feb 2020 05:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4620
Views: 851934

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I think a lot of people dont understand the criticality of blade folding requirement. (not singling you out Cyrus) Let me explain from a layman perspective; If you ever walk up to a ALH Dhruv, the first thing you realize is that its much bigger in person than it looks in pictures. To fold blades ma...
by agupta
06 Feb 2020 04:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664172

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

Indranil wrote:HAL is indeed doing what HVT is saying. But that is sapping in HAL's resources. Other projects are suffering. The govt. is not helping.


Do you have any insights on what's suffering... is it CAPEX limits or people limits ?
by agupta
06 Feb 2020 03:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 355
Views: 98165

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Has changed... OK, but compared to what ? From the video (full of platitudes and generalities) I could deduce nothing beyond the BMP2-M/Berezhok capabilities (everything they talked about is off-the-shelf); seems likely we're indigenizing (or) replacing with equivalent or upgraded indigenous analogs...
by agupta
06 Feb 2020 01:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2604
Views: 713073

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

How did you guys miss this. Delhi Defence Review @delhidefence Making an expo debut is the Naval Anti Ship Missile - Short Range NASM-SR at #defexpo2020 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQAFjWqU0AEUUSd?format=jpg&name=900x900 So is there a medium range and extended range in development? India has re...
by agupta
05 Feb 2020 23:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 355
Views: 98165

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

What has changed from the 1970s except for suspension and engine tech? A few come to mind _Materials... body, armor (strength and other properties/weight) _Sensors and sensor fusion/integration (sit. awareness) _Communications _Modularity/standardization of interfaces... how fast and easily multipl...
by agupta
04 Feb 2020 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2294
Views: 462857

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

not a aerospace engineer but what fails me is ... we can design space rockets/satellites/Tejas / etc but cant make a UAV !! whats missing?? Really ? It's mysterious to me why this is so mysterious. Isn't it quite simple.. variation in competence. Don't we see it around us everywhere - especially in...
by agupta
02 Feb 2020 04:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050937

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

Agupta sahab. You still think Kaveri engine is not up to flight testing stage yet? Indranil: Are you asking w.r.t the item re. HTFE-25 ? Its hard to link the two that way (for me). A more plausible (hopefull?) tack might be that the team learnt from the Kaveri experience and chose to avoid the prob...
by agupta
01 Feb 2020 02:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 664172

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

Tsarkar-ji: A germane summary in 10 bullet points. It brings to mind a superb comment handed to me in my (engineering) youth by a well known figure in DRDO "IT (a weapon system) exists only after and when it has been 1. Technology developed and matured 2. Systems Integrated and demonstrated 3. ...
by agupta
01 Feb 2020 02:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050937

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

One wonders how and why, unexpectedly and entirely out of the blue, at that critical stage of the LCA development work, the GE F404 "suddenly" became available to us when over the years the amerikis have been anything but helpful in their military support to India, especially in the LCA p...
by agupta
01 Feb 2020 00:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050937

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

But what I said above is not true and indeed laughable for those for whom, a turbofan is all about a Thrust or an Overall-Weight figure - and that too Wet thrust figure. I have seen many many in BRF who starts yelling "... yaar, issue with the Core yaar ..." etc because of Wet Thrust bein...
by agupta
31 Jan 2020 17:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050937

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

Agupta sahab, I don't understand your arguments on the lack of an FTB is not a serious impediment. That is akin to saying "Is not having a swimming pool seriously that big of an impediment in the development of a world class swimmer?" FTBs are EXTREMELY expensive one-off planes. Every des...

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