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by agupta
31 Jul 2017 07:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 682699

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

UlanBatori wrote:Wow! Thanks for the pic, Gagan. Why the elaborate nacelle I wonder.


Instrumentation. Its a test-bed after all. Accounts for a significant cost and complexity barrier - and also an experience barrier.
by agupta
28 Feb 2017 23:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3294
Views: 307802

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

Apologies if posted before Interview | Dr S. Christopher The Indian Army is likely to accept 68-ton Arjun Mark II tank for two more regiments. Of Arjun Mark I, 91 out of 124 tanks are in operational condition. We have resolved all the maintenance issues. Ammunition was an issue, and we resolved tha...
by agupta
29 Nov 2016 22:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 372972

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

yeah but its a tendency of goras to put down everything to caste system. its plain bigotry pure and simple. they come to india, take a look around and then fit everything to their own decided notions. the real answer is in india there is an excess of (un) skilled labor and hence its cheaper to have...
by agupta
31 Oct 2016 17:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3294
Views: 307802

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

Thanks Vaibhav ji Those with connections with DRDO/DPSUs will wince and recognize the " tests/trials were successful or X, Y, Z were successfully evaluated" language. As in " I successfully tried to be an astronaut", or I "successfully wrote the JEE exam "... What it me...
by agupta
07 Oct 2016 22:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2772
Views: 396277

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Aah..that makes sense now. Thanks.

Is the near-LOC area colored in camouflage colors or in conventional black and white on your board, sir ? :rotfl:
by agupta
07 Sep 2016 01:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 232083

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Would you like to discuss it here. There are a few things: 1. That vortex (direction) at the LE of the LEVCON is very interesting. 2. No Slats either. This looks like close to 15 degree AoA. The vortex burst must have crept very close to the TE, if not already over it. I am not sure if they are usi...
by agupta
07 Apr 2016 02:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 182749

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

+1 Viv S I think we underestimate the sophistication of the FUD-machinery that's aligned against a truely effective and efficient defence acquisition set up in N. Delhi... lots of people make too much money, and unlike BRF-group-think, its equally corrupt when the gutter pipes are filled with Rupees...
by agupta
15 Mar 2016 07:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 976
Views: 90152

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

^^^ Not just about aero / supermaneuverability vs other aspects. More focus on energy mgt., power (not just for flight) and the whole software and sensors enabled systems Brarji can do a lot more justice, but Shiv is essentially right... the Billions of $$ are going into this v. consciously, whereas...
by agupta
14 Mar 2016 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3648
Views: 471600

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

^^^
All the much better to absorb enemy bullets and drive them into bankruptcy...

higher form and skin friction drag, so lower speed capability can make for a better platform for tourists...
by agupta
14 Mar 2016 17:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4492
Views: 752256

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

So, GTRE is also using 3D printing. Hopefully some prototype test results will be known soon. Tullji - It depends on what you mean Lest the uber-brochure-technologists on BRF get carried away, this is NOT using 3D printing on a working engine. And you can already see the ambiguous use of the word &...
by agupta
11 Mar 2016 20:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 569514

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

unknown sources also a perfect way to create a vitiated atmosphere ahead of time - for projects not meeting their targets, or designed with the wrong targets, or pet initiatives, or... Basically anything to talk about other than: "what is the right thing to do?" "are we doing it well ...
by agupta
11 Mar 2016 09:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 569514

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Ever occur to the worthies here that these news articles are equally probably "false flag" pre-emptive pay - and info- ops ? Strange its always the nameless IAF officials , and the even more nameless "sources" who claim to either be or are supposed to be quoting nameless IAF offi...
by agupta
22 Feb 2016 07:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 271467

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Maz - that one post alone makes it worthwhile wading through 10 pages of flotsam ... many thanks
by agupta
22 Feb 2016 07:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 372972

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

On a different note, I see why HAL/BAE want to produce the combat hawk. But I don't understand what is the use of a combat hawk in IAF. I see a use for combat HTT-40. It provides different capabilities than a jet. Hawk can only provide a cost advantage, but how much? There isn't. IAF is being smart...
by agupta
20 Jan 2016 09:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3648
Views: 471600

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Folks - where is all the CT about Kamv playin anyone coming from No-one forced HAL to bid for the Ka JV job; it was purely HALs choice to throw their hat in the ring perhap even surprising the private players. I hope this does not turn out to be LCA-IJT-HTT40 redux. It can be argued MoD should've pu...
by agupta
05 May 2015 02:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 100949

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Offsets can be VERY creative. And such creativity is found even in countries with very "equal" relationships e.g., NATO allies. One example I know of is a collaboration/tech transfer between an Aerospace major and an Energy equipment maker in Scandinavia; you normally wouldn't put the 2 co...
by agupta
31 Mar 2015 09:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 102377

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

^^

Simply plan what was promised in the contract for a known number. N_aircraft by 2XXX (so assumed yield, EMD execution) - that is supposed to be the advantage for a vertically integrated player.
by agupta
17 Feb 2015 01:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 109078

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

^^ C-C is Carbon Carbon composites (So both fiber and matrix are carbon/graphite). Karan-M: THx for bringing those slides back up. If/when we get the SLBM's mature - its a great first effort mixing some mature and interesting variations; Aerospike's ala Trident and the extendable nozzles for max eff...
by agupta
09 Nov 2014 04:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 103002

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

[ What is the downside if the MoD/IAF were to order 80 Mk1s and ask the production rate to be pushed up past 20/yr? Worst case scenario, HAL is only able to achieve a rate of 15-16 units per year. So be it. Viv - I'd like to understand in what personal/government spending that kind of thinking make...
by agupta
09 Nov 2014 04:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 103002

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Agupta sahab, I don't think you appreciate what ADA/HAL has to do to create those assembly lines. They have to give a shoutout. Is there anybody out there who can make this hardware? In the western world, where there are lots of established players who cater to various high precision manufacturing ...
by agupta
09 Nov 2014 03:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 103002

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Because the IAF does not realize what it takes to develop , ab initio, such things. They do not have the engineering and scientific talent at the highest, decision making levels - its all the fly boys doing everything. Its jocks vs. geeks all over again. When the geeks are gora, then one is able to...
by agupta
09 Nov 2014 03:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 103002

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Same way ADA does not get an order to build 24 prototypes of Tech Demos, a smaller number is sufficient for HAL to develop/demonstrate its PRODUCTION capabilities and ability to SUSTAIN the rest of the value chain (incl. delivering production variants of the Trainers as well) while the last changes...
by agupta
09 Nov 2014 03:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 103002

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

CM sahab, Wrong analogies and counter points aside, just answer this question. What is so wrong with the Mk1 that we can't have 4 squadrons of Mk1? Basically, I have the wherewithal to build 16 mk1 in the next 2 years and 16 more annually from then on. Why shouldn't I use this capability till Mk2s ...
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 100949

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

How is it that MKI production is around16/yr and Tejas so small despite being a desi bird with no hand-holding? You are talking about production rate of MKI which has been running for more than 10 years now. What was the production rate of the MKI back in 2002/3/4/5/6? Rai-ji - may I enquire if you...
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 100949

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Even your street halwai knows better than to start selling samosas in the 100s before he's perfected making them in small batches of 10 - AND then how to scale his methods up to the 100s. Somehow a lot of folks on BRF seem to think the step from Tech Demo/Prototypes to LSP/"ready" is smal...
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 106229

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

SaiK wrote:I'd expect DRDO >= advanced mesma aip
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Sorry, still unclear to me... expectation based on what ?

1 SDRE == 10 Frenchmen, 3X faster at technology development ?
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Perhaps the best way to put it is this. For effective mil. aerospace mil. industrial capability, one needs all 4 elements to deliver. Thats when a combat system "EXISTS" in reality - not just in brochures, or in hangars, but as a usable product DESIGN --> DEMO (incl. cert.) ---> PRODUCE --...
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

agupta, When it comes to capability to design (R&D) something, you have the understanding of "know-why" and "know-how". If you are just the end-producer, your understanding will be limited to "know-how" based on the ingredients and formula/blueprints provided. For ...
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3631
Views: 260363

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Singha Its not just clout that matters. A reasonably good product at a sufficiently interesting price is enough to align with a lot of people's interests in getting the best deal. Embraer has not established itself on the basis of clout - albeit your point IS more valid for mil sales than in the pur...
by agupta
04 Nov 2014 08:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 106229

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

SaiK wrote:i'd say then endurance with drdo-aip should be greater than 3 weeks.


Based on what evidence ? Or more of a "hoping..."?
by agupta
03 Nov 2014 06:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Indranil - you don't "learn" on committed products-to-market. You deliver on those. There are multiple other ways to learn... paper exercises, simulations, tech demonstrators, tests on existing prototypes. We don't see them much, but I suspect you'll see reams of such project reports from ...
by agupta
03 Nov 2014 05:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

One of the problems I see with this type of "privatisation" is that the Indian counterparts are involved in work much lower down the value chain. While this is a positive first step in opening up the aerospace industry in India and we can call it "indigenisation", the quality of...
by agupta
03 Nov 2014 05:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

CROSS POST: And now the 56 Naval Utility helicopters will be made in India. Tender for 56 naval choppers scrapped HAL will soon have serious competition on its hands with respect to helicopters (excellent news). There will be a competitor for LUH, Dhruv (these NUH replacements) and medium-weight IM...
by agupta
03 Nov 2014 05:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Indranil Maybe...but I fear not. Experimentation first starts from an ability to admit a mistake. Experimentation also happens in the design phase. This is where HAL - so far - has failed miserably and their HTT-40 fix makes me wonder if any improvements are enroute or not. If Prof. Das or you and I...
by agupta
03 Nov 2014 04:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98184

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Can we get HAL's take on the above? Definitely will be interesting ... now that there are new winds blowing in the MoD. Lets just hope this does not become "another view" like Climate Change. Engineering has a distinct advantage of being able to judge by facts/results Will they do a "...
by agupta
03 Nov 2014 04:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 100949

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

CM, respectfully, that is a very poor argument. The LCA is ready. It can be ordered in numbers and will be available before the foreign aircraft. The only question is are we ready to believe in ourselves? From the IAF's point of view, it seems not. Er, Vivekji... that's an interesting comment - if ...
by agupta
29 Oct 2014 04:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3631
Views: 260363

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

If there was room for creative international deal-making (and the C27 met IAF requirements) with US and Alenia, we could take the hot-ticket "extra" C27s being bounced around the US defence establishment as a quick immediate delivery, and buy more time for establishing. That said, it seems...
by agupta
29 Oct 2014 01:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3631
Views: 260363

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

^ ? Why not the C-27J ? Seems comparable, if not better - more powerful engines, bigger wing area; commonality with C130 plus long term offset/opportunity for TASL to become part of its value chain if MoD plays it cards right?; availability of gunship options for our SF <think affordable escorts for...
by agupta
13 Sep 2014 03:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3491
Views: 351765

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Karan Next time you meet such a gent ( and I know many many such people), ask him how he feels about his bosses lying to the public about state of technologies and choices being made: XYZ will be "completed" in 6 months, it has been "tested successfully", awards handed out for &q...
by agupta
09 Sep 2014 04:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 369643

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Perhaps you have missed the memo: Both Russia and France are eager not to lose their expertise in designing/building fighters (planes) and engines!!! IF there is one area that India can never let go it is fighters. She has tutored herself into getting one - perhaps not as fast, not as elegant, etc,...

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