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by Prem Kumar
26 Feb 2020 00:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3827
Views: 417563

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

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by Prem Kumar
24 Feb 2020 19:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3827
Views: 417563

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Instead of an overt terrorist attack now modus operandi for Bakistan is to get local muslims to protest on flimsy issues. Expect more to come. Now is the time to take over deoband madrassa and ban many many tanzeems. Sooner or later, Hindus & other native religions of this land ought to recogni...
by Prem Kumar
24 Feb 2020 19:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3904
Views: 586503

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Someone talked about Modi's hugging. He explained why he does this: he doesn't like the fact that visiting gora heads of states put their arms around an Indian PM's shoulder in a patronizing gesture. So, he pre-empts that by a hug & a strong handshake. Speaks volumes about the man - there's a lo...
by Prem Kumar
24 Feb 2020 10:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3827
Views: 417563

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Instead of doing protests in 1 go, Muslims have decided to stretch it out, so that we get a Kashmir-like situation all over India for an indefinite period of time. Try to cripple the economy & stretch the state policing machinery. They are warning "what is to come", if NRC is implement...
by Prem Kumar
22 Feb 2020 23:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Our CLGM/SAMHO is the Hellfire equivalent, in the cheap, laser guided category. The cold shoulder it has received & its restriction as a cannon-launched missile is sad
by Prem Kumar
19 Feb 2020 23:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy's ASW & AEW Assets: News & Discussion
Replies: 164
Views: 27216

Re: Indian Navy's ASW & AEW Assets: News & Discussion

Two opportunities come to mind, when reading about the MH-60 purchase: 1) The replacement of Hellfire missiles by our own Helina 2) Mounting the CLGM as a supplement to the APKWS system https://www.livefistdefence.com/2020/02/bae-systems-apkws-guided-rockets-debut-in-indian-service-on-naval-mh-60rs....
by Prem Kumar
19 Feb 2020 11:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy's ASW & AEW Assets: News & Discussion
Replies: 164
Views: 27216

Re: Indian Navy's ASW & AEW Assets: News & Discussion

Is this real? https://twitter.com/Parth7038/status/1229801741098438658?s=20 ---> How target-detection and attack capabilities of P-8i were downgraded. They basically made it half-blind. High-Res SAR/ISAR removed. Precision Targeting capability removed. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EREh6yIVUAAGT5n?fo...
by Prem Kumar
19 Feb 2020 10:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 921
Views: 234979

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

We seem to be the only major power that has internalized the belief that "buying arms buys leverage". It does - except that the leverage is in the opposite direction. There are several other economic & non-economic ways of nurturing friendship without compromising leverage. Its become ...
by Prem Kumar
17 Feb 2020 10:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2260
Views: 653299

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

Is the TOI news by Rajat Pandit any new milestone or just him regurgitating old information? The takeaway for me was that:

1) CCS will give final approval by March 31
2) Contract needs to be inked (don't know by what deadline)
3) HAL will deliver starting 3 years from contract signature
by Prem Kumar
17 Feb 2020 10:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

The 1st version of man-portable ATGM will most likely be not as good as Spike or Javelin. Either the min range or max range or weight will be an issue. I just hope that it gets inducted in numbers, production stabilized, field-feedback incorporated etc. Version 2, I am sure, will be world class. Hop...
by Prem Kumar
11 Feb 2020 23:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3777
Views: 647769

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

5 standoff weapons were used. I think the breakup is like this:

3 for the main building
1 each for 2 other buildings
by Prem Kumar
11 Feb 2020 09:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4040
Views: 296435

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

There was an interesting tweet about how China is releasing the # of dead & infected in a controlled manner each day, so that the ratio is always 2.1%. Given the caginess of China, their history of lying and how they tried to suppress the breakout in December, I am convinced that the death toll ...
by Prem Kumar
11 Feb 2020 09:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 355
Views: 98013

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Help me understand something. Why isn't Arjun primed for Exports?

Yes, I know that if our own Army doesn't buy, why would someone else. But always worth trying. Lets compete in the marketplace against Chally, Leopard, Abrams etc.
by Prem Kumar
11 Feb 2020 09:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

One more junk deal to please someone else. AIM-120C Jai Ho!

India to buy NASAMS-II
by Prem Kumar
10 Feb 2020 10:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 265
Views: 69795

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

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Admin Note: Thoroughly useless post in this thread. Please keep this thread focused
by Prem Kumar
09 Feb 2020 23:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Couple of points: 1) The GISATs will have a steerable camera. So, it can do the 50m resolution over "areas of interest". How much steering is probably classified. And the beauty is that its geostationary. Per the specs, it can snapshot the entire Indian landmass every 5 minutes at 50m reso...
by Prem Kumar
09 Feb 2020 12:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

50m would be the resolution in the ideal world scenario. It would go up to 1.5km in many real world scenarios as the pib release mentioned. 50 m is not good enough to id aircraft carrier from similar sized ships like container or crude carrier. For smaller ships like destroyers even detection will ...
by Prem Kumar
08 Feb 2020 17:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

The upcoming GISAT satellites have a multi-spectral resolution of 50m. Good enough to track individual ships, aircraft carriers & their wakes. Can keep an eye on anything big that moves in the Indian ocean. Carrier groups cannot hide anymore.
by Prem Kumar
08 Feb 2020 10:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 708
Views: 196503

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Amazing specs! And completely in line with the fantastic article that Indranil & Nilesh Rane wrote in Delhi Defence Review. If they meet the spec, this baby will beat Gripen-E specs on every parameter except maybe ferry range (& even there, fall short only by a little bit) Cybaru: where did ...
by Prem Kumar
08 Feb 2020 09:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4616
Views: 848418

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Exactly why the KA-226 deal is an even more terrible idea. If we have a limited budget, better to spend it on an indigenous product if one is available. Or else, the govt. should stop talking about Make in India . The underlined portion is precisely the point. The babus/dalals/foreign-OEMs with the...
by Prem Kumar
07 Feb 2020 09:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Explains the slow movement of Prahaar & Pragati. The former apparently made an appearance in a DefExpo2020 poster this week. Not sure what the thinking is: Prahaar was first tested in 2011 & Pragati showcased in 2013. Did it take 9 years to realize that the range needs to be increased by 50 ...
by Prem Kumar
06 Feb 2020 20:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2260
Views: 653299

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

Thanks.

Will the newly created CDS smoothen this process somehow - serve as a point of escalation & quick resolution (by having the PMO/CCS ear)?
by Prem Kumar
06 Feb 2020 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2625
Views: 610537

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

If the Scorpenes will be refitted with AIP starting 2023, doesn't it beg the question: why not order 6 more AIP-fitted Scorpenes instead of the elaborate P-75I tender? We can just keep the line going with steady inductions.
by Prem Kumar
06 Feb 2020 19:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2260
Views: 653299

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

A noob pooch: where is the MK1A order stuck? Is it stuck with the MoD, MoF or the IAF?
by Prem Kumar
06 Feb 2020 19:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

While the support from the Navy is great (200 missile commitment), I wish the IA & IAF had inducted Tranche 1 of Nirbhays with imported engines. We can iron out operational & production kinks while Tranche 2 with indigenous engine gets ready. This "closing down" of Nirbhay program ...
by Prem Kumar
04 Feb 2020 12:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 708
Views: 196503

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Wow - thanks Indranil! Much secrecy indeed. Wondering what the range/payload/target of such a standoff weapon will be. It weighs 70% of an air-launched Brahmos. I'd reckon that it will be somewhat like SCALP, with a 500-600 Km range and at least a 500 Kg warhead, for high value targets (maybe even a...
by Prem Kumar
03 Feb 2020 21:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 708
Views: 196503

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

The interviewee said that the hardpoints are capable of carrying the Rudra-M heavy standoff missile. Then he said 1800 Kgs. Don't know what that meant - does Rudra-M weigh that much?
by Prem Kumar
03 Feb 2020 10:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 708
Views: 196503

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

I will stick my neck out and say this. If Indian aircraft MIC must have a future, the MMRCA 2.0 project must be killed & publicly at that . @hvtiaf's comment reiterates the point. If we bring in F-21, Gripen or any such fighter into the mix, it will kill or at the very least castrate our MK2/MIC...
by Prem Kumar
31 Jan 2020 10:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 921
Views: 234979

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Longer swords are preferable, no doubt. Plus a Ramjet assisted shell is powered throughout & we can even visualize non-parabolic, glide trajectories that significantly extend the range. But like the experience with Pinaka shows, at longer ranges, flight stability & accuracy becomes an issue....
by Prem Kumar
29 Jan 2020 22:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

If enemy airbase destruction is an objective, I'd assume that the IAF would also be very interested in Pralay. Given its 1 ton payload capacity, it might make sense for Pralay to carry 6 - 8 SAAW-like bunker busting warheads that get released from a certain altitude
by Prem Kumar
27 Jan 2020 11:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2625
Views: 610537

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

A few thoughts on how things have evolved recently: 1) With satellites like GISAT 1 & 2 coming, we will have the ability (& soon, so will our enemies) to spot ships/fleets in the open oceans. Via wake tracking & AI/ML techniques to differentiate between various wake types. The traditiona...
by Prem Kumar
27 Jan 2020 10:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4150
Views: 705582

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

This "international intervention will happen in 1 week" seems to be an article of faith that many seem to have internalized. As others have mentioned above, we should fight on our terms and to achieve our goals, however long that takes. If it takes 40 days, so be it. We should also strengt...
by Prem Kumar
24 Jan 2020 10:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2260
Views: 653299

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

Time to extend production run of Tejas Mk1 by at one more squadron. Good for IAF numbers and production. Given that all/most MK1s will be upgraded to the MK1a standard, its a very low risk option to increase MK1 orders by a few more squadrons. Commit orders to HAL so that they can increase their pr...
by Prem Kumar
23 Jan 2020 20:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2625
Views: 610537

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Any particular reason the Varunastra will not go into the Scorpenes & Arihant? Granted, its not ready yet for sub-launch, but won't it be ready by the time the L1 bidder is selected and first deliveries begin?
by Prem Kumar
22 Jan 2020 18:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

User disinterest in a SAL ATGM, i.e. SAMHO. They want fire and forget. It does exist in a fashion as the round for the Arjun - the CLGM which is due for trials soon. Quite sad really. A cheap SAL missile from UAVs & Helicopters can be very useful in COIN operations, when you want to hunt pigs s...
by Prem Kumar
22 Jan 2020 00:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Hemant Rout is claiming that K4 was test-fired with MIRV capability!! Could that explain the 2 Tonne payload?
by Prem Kumar
21 Jan 2020 09:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3522
Views: 607181

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

tsarkar: thanks for the post about numbering. One learns something new in BRF every day.
by Prem Kumar
20 Jan 2020 10:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 710309

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Sandeep Unnithan wrote once that nearly 10 tests were conducted, most of them without announcement. Wiki itself lists a handful. Most of them were successful, with a couple of failures. One was an aborted launch due to a drained battery. Another (which was hinted indirectly in reports today) had to ...
by Prem Kumar
19 Jan 2020 00:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4748
Views: 607904

Re: Internal Security Watch

We see the tamasha in the Jyothi Singh (Nirbhaya) rape case, where even after 6+ years, the murderers file review petition, mercy petition, juvenile petition, presidential pardon, I-can-keep-doing-this-since-I-have-connections petition etc etc. Indians lost faith in the judiciary decades ago because...

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