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by Anthony Hines
07 Dec 2019 00:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2491
Views: 569913

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Defense Outlay should be a based on threat perception and this needs a long term vision. Yes, there has to be a sense of proportion with respect to the GDP. However, historically, Indian Defense budget as a fraction of its GDP has been fairly low as compared to the countries with which it has "...
by Anthony Hines
11 Oct 2019 11:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1001
Views: 178250

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

More the reason to have private shipbuilders take lead and work on 75I or derivatives.
by Anthony Hines
10 Mar 2019 03:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2491
Views: 569913

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I have been away from these forums for several years now and on return I see the same discussions and the same views being put forth by folks supporting their favored supplier countries. It is not surprising why India will never be self reliant for its defense needs as long as this bias exists withi...
by Anthony Hines
03 May 2015 18:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 177543

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

If at $3 mil per round, assuming kill ratio of 3:1 and resulting in destruction of a $50 mil A/c, it is still cost effective in a war of attrition.
by Anthony Hines
25 Mar 2015 16:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 191359

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Tragic about the Dornier. It has had an excellent record thus far.Let's pray that the missing crew members are picked up safe. The Dornier is twin-engine and even if one engine failed would've been able to make it back.It must've been something catastrophic for it to have crashed.I posted earlier a...
by Anthony Hines
30 Oct 2014 16:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3424
Views: 513070

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

No one has the gust to sell Taiwan subs,so why doesn't India help the Taiwanese? years ago,without our say-so,the Germans allegedly gave the S.Africans the very same drgs. for our U-209/1500 boats.The design of those boats ,with Indian specs are our IP.Germany has improved upon the U-209 class with...
by Anthony Hines
21 Mar 2014 00:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2946
Views: 200602

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Again?
by Anthony Hines
19 Mar 2014 21:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 233954

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Without any potential orders, the French ought to be a little pragmatic with their pricing - unless the haggling has nothing to do with the pricing to begin with. Inspite of the perceived shortcomings being mentioned with regard to F-18s, I think it makes eminant sense to go for this proven platform...
by Anthony Hines
19 Mar 2014 17:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 233954

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

And how wrong was I to think that the loquaciousness stemmed from unbiased research.
by Anthony Hines
18 Mar 2014 23:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 233954

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

I say dump Rafales, dump the MiGs. Go for a Gov-Gov route and get the 18's. I bet they will be landing in India befor the ink dries. Look at the efficiency at which C-17s and C-130s were delivered!
by Anthony Hines
13 Mar 2014 18:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1518
Views: 110269

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Procurement process is messy and the parties that aren't at the table will certainly use any method to scuttle others' chances. This isn't a surprise given that India happens to be the largest arms market.
by Anthony Hines
19 Feb 2014 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Eagles over Bangladesh : The IAF in the 1971 Liberation war
Replies: 79
Views: 5362

Re: New Book - Eagles over Bangladesh : The IAF in 71 war

Jagan Garu - I finished the book. Great details and great research.
by Anthony Hines
28 Jan 2014 18:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 721142

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

{Your post has been deleted. Please don't attack other posters}
by Anthony Hines
23 Jan 2014 22:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: JSF,"turkey or talisman"?
Replies: 2467
Views: 134012

Re: JSF,"turkey or talisman"?

JSF is flying and having issues. Whereas Russia can't deliver on Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft per IAF.
by Anthony Hines
17 Jan 2014 01:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1518
Views: 110269

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Philip, I admire your detailed posts. Unfortunately, the suggestions don't seem to be grounded in reality. We finally got one more AC and we are talking of expanded Field of Operations beyond IOR. Is'nt that a little fanciful given that we are unable to contain Chinese expansion into IOR? Talking to...
by Anthony Hines
15 Jan 2014 19:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2886
Views: 484287

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Tx Vasu,I posted this in the LCA td too,as it has significance there for our desi ambitions. BC raises some v.important questions.I've earlier exposed how sales of C-17s etc.,nowhere on the priority list for the IAF, were meant to help Boeing before it closed down the line.These aircraft are also t...
by Anthony Hines
15 Jan 2014 18:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1518
Views: 110269

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Let's take a brief look at the evolution of the IN's carrier capabilities.In the formative years,more than one carrier was envisaged and Lord Mountbatten's vision for the IN saw the Vikrant acquired.At that time,our primary concerns were on land."Police actions" in H'Bad and Goa.Came '62 ...
by Anthony Hines
09 Jan 2014 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1518
Views: 110269

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

If the IAF were really that keen on the Mig29 or 35, they would have at least ensured including them in MMRCA downselect. Time to move on.
by Anthony Hines
18 Dec 2013 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1518
Views: 110269

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Lot of information and discussion has taken place on this subject by folks here who have a lot more knowledge than I do. Having said that, I as a layman can tell an Apple from a Lemon when I see one. Vikky looks like a very sour Lemon.
by Anthony Hines
25 Nov 2013 21:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1518
Views: 110269

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Wisdom and IN planners dont seem to gel. Why on earth do they keep switching from CATOBAR (Vikrant 1) to STOVL (Viraat) to STOBAR (Vikramaditya) to CATOBAR (Vishal)?
by Anthony Hines
19 Apr 2013 20:45
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 228985

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

^^ Excuse me, what exactly is a "low class English secretary type"? What is a "Panju business type"? And how is the criminal act of murder "the honourable thing" in a case of passion? What bullshit is this? Who the hell are you to sit and define "types" and t...
by Anthony Hines
19 Feb 2013 20:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis
Replies: 728
Views: 48490

Re: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis

I have an alternate take on the corruption business.. It is quite possible for rival suppliers to put this out to secure contracts .. there is another even more sinister possibility of countries that have an interest to delay any and all acquisitions to debilitate India's defensive and offensive pos...
by Anthony Hines
08 Dec 2012 00:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 689161

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

Arre Bhai log - shant ho Joao. Yeh china kutte bhonkenge - iska matlab yeh nah I hay ke hum usko samadhan dey...
by Anthony Hines
06 Nov 2012 01:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 689161

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

China 'pivot' trips over McMahon Line
By Peter Lee

China is looking for a "Western" pivot to counter the United States' diplomatic and military inroads with its East Asian neighbors such as Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar.


http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NK06Ad01.html
by Anthony Hines
12 Jun 2012 01:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2946
Views: 200602

Re: Siachen News & Discussion


No flexibility needed. Why and to what benefit?
by Anthony Hines
04 Jun 2012 22:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2946
Views: 200602

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

If we were to extend this to a logical end this joker will suggest that we leave the supplies so that the Pakis can occupy more easily and feel grateful for the big gesture India has made. Once this is done they can happily start one more reign of terror to then get the rest of J&K and from ther...
by Anthony Hines
10 May 2012 22:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Should India pullout troops from Siachen
Replies: 89
Views: 7682

Re: Should India pullout troops from Siachen

5 - if that does not work then 1
by Anthony Hines
20 Mar 2012 07:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 233954

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Indian beauty Indian name so here goes : laajwanti .. Not seen easily that's why :)
by Anthony Hines
28 Jan 2012 22:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 721142

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Sure it will be used - I suspect it is stationed off of Dalian at this very moment.
by Anthony Hines
23 Dec 2011 08:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 840495

Re: Indian Military Aviation

marut was an impressive aircraft indeed. Pity we never had the gumption to follow through to the logical end and get an engine to match the airframe. This is still biting us in the a$$. I hope the folks who make decisions keep the long term view in mind..
by Anthony Hines
08 Dec 2011 20:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 515367

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

France Warns of Rafale's Production End http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=8501222&c=EUR&s=AIR PARIS - France warned Dec. 7 that defense giant Dassault would halt production of its Rafale multi-role fighter jet if it remains unable to sell any abroad. French Defense Minister Gerard Longu...
by Anthony Hines
30 Oct 2011 00:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 515367

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

The debate over which is better in what role is meaningless when the tech eval shortlisted these two birds. Clearly the IAF feels that either of them could fulfill its needs albeit with modifications (jugaad). Now the decision is a purely political and financial one and thats what is the mystery..
by Anthony Hines
27 Oct 2011 22:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 515367

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

Given the precarious situation of the EU - I would think Rafale is a better bet - putting money in France and having it firmly on India's side is better than spreading money across 4 countries some of which may soon be holding their begging bowls in China's front door..
by Anthony Hines
12 Aug 2011 17:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 515367

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

I suppose only time will tell. The Baniya mentality of the Babus can better be used in the other sectors. Defence of India is something that does not have a price.
by Anthony Hines
23 Mar 2011 06:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion - March 2011
Replies: 610
Views: 143559

Re: MRCA News and Discussion - March 2011

Why doomsday for rafale? Won't do much to hurt their chances in my opinion... Will make it easier for the others in the competition to accuse them of foul play if they end up winning and I don't think the MOD would be brave enough to go down that path.. If there is a reason to disqualify anybody, i...
by Anthony Hines
17 Feb 2011 00:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 599584

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

Get Lakshmi Mittal, Mukesh Ambani and others like them on the negotiation panel. Offer them an incentive with a wish list and set them loose - tab ayega mazaa.
by Anthony Hines
22 Oct 2010 20:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 599584

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

The post about Boeing's feeling that the "twins" are most likely to be shortlisted for the MMRCA deal,bears out the statement made by a retd. AM to me,which I posted some months ago that the IAF in his opinion would prefer a twin-engined aircraft,for obvious reasons-heavier payload,longer...

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