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by Viv S
12 Aug 2018 01:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

US suspends decade-long military training programme with Pakistan: Report ISLAMABAD: The Trump administration has suspended more than a decade-long military training programme of Pakistani personnel at US institutions, a media report said today, days after Islamabad and Moscow signed an agreement t...
by Viv S
12 Aug 2018 01:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

"But when all that is said and done, the MiG-29 is a superb fighter for close-in combat, even compared with aircraft like the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18. This is due to the aircraft’s superb aerodynamics and helmet mounted sight. Inside ten nautical miles I’m hard to defeat, and with the IRST, helm...
by Viv S
10 Aug 2018 15:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Even you are assuming things here its possible that during those period the problem may not have been cropped up and it is also possible that between 2014 and 2018 most if not all the problem with 29K could have been resolved by IN Most of the media reports, 'chaiwallah' reports here on BRF (includ...
by Viv S
10 Aug 2018 15:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

This could have been the only worthwhile competitor to the P-8. I don't know if it was seriously considered. The A319 MPA is vapourware. Not a single prototype is flying even today. Exactly. The odd thing about the CAG report isn't that the P-8 was pricier, its that the Airbus MPA was considered te...
by Viv S
10 Aug 2018 14:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

By RAC-MiG pilots. There were only observers from the Indian side. The ability to launch and recover from a carrier was demonstrated, but the effect of arrested recovery on the airframe was only realised after the order for the follow-on batch had been placed. All the points were also noted and obs...
by Viv S
08 Aug 2018 01:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

It was tested on the Kuznetsov, there's was a video of this in the net. By RAC-MiG pilots. There were only observers from the Indian side. The ability to launch and recover from a carrier was demonstrated, but the effect of arrested recovery on the airframe was only realised after the order for the...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I am speaking of type qualification , all pilots go through type qualification of 100 of hours before they are type qualified. That includes many dozen Landing using arrester recovery method. Both land and then carrier is used for type qualification that each pilot has to go through the Mig-29 has ...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 21:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Rakesh wrote:I hope you do not mind, but I will have to remove this post. I already posted it right above you :)

No issues. But do add the excerpts to your post, if you don't mind. Would help most readers get a quick overview of those points.
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Hahaha , You need to do many hundred hours of conversion training to get type certified , Those training on Goshawks were basic one. That's what you need to get trap qualified. Type certification is a different thing. When the MiG-29Ks was evaluated, there were no trap qualified pilots available. A...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Indian pilots were trained in carrier operations on Goshawks in the US, not in Russia or Ukraine. Its possible they visited Russia for familiarization & tests but the post-flight maintenance in such cases would obviously have been done by RAC-MiG. The SBTF in INS Hansa was only completed in 2013...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 18:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

The key question is loss of sensitive data , Israel having that system does not help us as Israel is treaty allay of US and same goes for Euro. The key answer is that Indian data-links & comms are NOT being replaced by NATO-spec equipment, and Israel's example proves that it is possible to reta...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 17:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Could be because NASAMS is cheaper than Patriot system and co-development wasn't an offer. If the aim was to please Donald Trump, then that guy just cares about immediate payout and a co-development project won't quickly translate into jobs. On the other hand, NASAMS means more orders for American ...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

More than data link if they use US encryption system that would be an issue and using dual data link like link 16 or Indian data link with its own set of encryption and integration may be feseable or not The DL-II & ODL don't use US encryption systems. With respect to dual-modules, the Israelis...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 15:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1953
Views: 218437

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Offshore Indus Block G of which ENI & ExxonMobil are stakeholders, is south south-west of Karachi , nowhere near the Iranian border. Not that oil should matter to Pakistan given that the incredible & innovative water-kit was invented there. Offering a superb mileage of 40 km per litre... of ...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 15:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1953
Views: 218437

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Largest oil reserves found in Pakistan? Here’s why this may be fake news - Daily Pakistan The financially-strapped Pakistanis were left pleasantly surprised after being informed by leading media outlets that largest oil reserves have been unearthed in the country, however, the ground realities conf...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 15:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

IMO NASAMS II is the order to fend off Patriot vs S400. We can afford have one more system in addition to Akash - we need that many units of Akash style system. This also gives us more options hopefully - integrate Astra. Buy missiles for cross-purpose - AMRAAM, Harpoon for Jets that can be used on...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 15:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

I can just imagine a situation where our P-8I is doing ASW ex with Indian ssn and Ssbn and the Ciso certified encrypted data link is communicating with ships and land asset via satcom and USN assets near by are snooping on the communication , now they will see the same picture as IN sees it in real...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 14:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Because we have already seen the preferred solution by Indian side. The Indian side is asking for written assurances, something that I don't believe is sufficient. You're basing that entirely on one article that gets something basic wrong i.e. who's signing the agreement (its not a 'senior military...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 14:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Again, the Indian Navy was fully part of the trials and testing program right from the mid 2000s, why would they accept the fighter if they thought it was inadequately tested it made? In fact they were happy enough that they ordered a new batch as soon as they could, even before the vik trials coul...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 13:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

From the same report, footnote 55, which is in reference to the issues . Defects - Defect of shearing of side bolt of engine mounting, failures of INCOM mounting tray, failure of Radar scanner mountings had been observed Things like shearing bolts and mountings do not sound like major structural is...
by Viv S
05 Aug 2018 12:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

It is clear what COMCASA entails, otherwise the Indian Govt would not make the following demands; India-US Military Communications Pact: US team in Delhi next week, India demands five assurances . . The Govt would not be making the above demands, if there were serious concerns with the CISMOA which...
by Viv S
04 Aug 2018 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Noob question: Can someone please explain to me what is so much superior about American communications systems and data links that we are running after it like it is an elixir of life. The deal has been in the works for 15 years so we're hardly 'running after it like its an elixir of life'. I mean,...
by Viv S
04 Aug 2018 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

VivS, It does not make sense for India to sign up to COMCASA as its a case of "Ah bains mujhe maar!' India has always sought strategic autonomy. Question is, do we know what the COMCASA entails? Be it with regard to hardware or software, or indeed sovereignty. They haven't even finished drafti...
by Viv S
04 Aug 2018 15:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

[My understanding was that the undercarriage was underdesigned resulting in the aircraft unable to cope with the shock of hard carrier landings. Less a teething issue, more a fundamental design defect. Where did you hear this? There is sufficient information that speaks of a lot of work done to str...
by Viv S
03 Aug 2018 16:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 356
Views: 45904

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The first 16 were ordered in 2004 and deliveries began in 2009. The second batch of 29 birds were ordered in January 2010. Guess when the Vikramaditya entered service with the Indian Navy? Commissioned in 2013 and entered service in 2014. The Navy was never the wiser and had no clue, until it was t...
by Viv S
03 Aug 2018 15:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 24886

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

I beg to differ. See below. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Di7oa96XsAIGthk.jpg:large The source of the that quote appears to be an article in The Print - Army fears US could leak data to Pakistan if India-US sign military secrecy pact Refuted by the Army - https://i.imgur.com/HN8MLwc.png?1 Absolutely ...
by Viv S
01 Aug 2018 08:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4110
Views: 188476

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

US inflation figures does not account of food inflation if that is added then the inflation numbers are quite high. Even if one were to take the less than factual inflation figures , @ 2 % its just penuts what they will earn and likely they are in negative territory if other factors like food infla...
by Viv S
30 Jul 2018 22:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Viv S: You may not have meant it as an attack but member kshirin took the Russophile comment as such. A little harsh to say those who do not support the leaning towards the west and indeed as you put it an issue of sovereignty and strategic independence as being automatically be leaning towards Rus...
by Viv S
30 Jul 2018 21:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Rahul M wrote: Viv S & kshirin, kindly address the posts, not the posters. no ad hominem attacks.
next time warnings will be issued.
- Rahul.

There was no personal attack in my post whatsoever.
by Viv S
30 Jul 2018 21:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

kshirin wrote:What have I said that you are calling me a Russophile?

Where exactly did I call you a Russophile? It was a descriptive generalized statement about how the COMCASA would perceived by the lobbies - nothing to do with you personally (unless you see yourself as part of a lobby).
by Viv S
30 Jul 2018 13:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4110
Views: 188476

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

This is because of 7 years of QE and Near Zero Interest rate policy , The savers has been wiped out. Thankfully they are not yet on Negitive Interest as few Europen countries are US inflation has averaged <2% over the last few years, so even if the 'savers' put all their money in US treasuries @2%,...
by Viv S
30 Jul 2018 13:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I see you justify everything the import lobby does. And I have first hand knowledge of this unnamed lobby. Am not inventing anything. Whether you are or not, fact remains the COMCASA as a agreement has only a marginal impact on indigenization effort. The actual concerns with the agreement relate to...
by Viv S
29 Jul 2018 14:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

These things are related. The official lobby pushing for COMCASA is the same that runs down Indian industrial capabilities, PUBLICLY says Indian industry is rubbish, promotes unconditional purchases of 1000 aircraft without offsets, when all other countries and particularly China grew their indigen...
by Viv S
29 Jul 2018 12:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I will not fall for the above arbitrary arguments. There is no such thing as an NSG waiver . You are either an NSG member or you are not. What the hell is an in-between (Mr. arre, im not member but I have been waived off only) ? :facepalm: Honestly, two minutes on Google would shown you the absurdi...
by Viv S
29 Jul 2018 12:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Dear members, the bottom line , the nuke deal never actually went through. We never got a membership in the NSG. The separate bilateral agreements with individual nations are based on the US nod, not the NSG . The nuclear deal was never about membership in the NSG. That possibility arose much later...
by Viv S
29 Jul 2018 11:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The nuke deal was a mistake. People thought that india would get clear access to uranium and parts though that deal. It didn't happen. They thought right and it did happen. The 123 agreement between India & US was merely a byproduct of the actual deal - which involved the US using its diplomati...
by Viv S
29 Jul 2018 11:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Posted in another thread "That is why I am asking, as a very concerned and agonised citizen, how are some of you sure we are not going to sign? It will put paid to indigenous industry, which is getting NO support. IIT (M) has come up with an indigenous chip, others have created high technology...
by Viv S
29 Jul 2018 08:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1633
Views: 198051

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

This is reported by Janes as "news", but is a trial balloon masquerading as news, and intended to put us on the defensive before the 2+2 meet. Classic negotiating tactic: we will be expected to "give up" COMCASA for the time being in return for something else, say dump the S-400...
by Viv S
28 Jul 2018 11:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1462
Views: 57573

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Singha sir, Nothing beats a ski jump in launch rate. It is as fast as you can get the jets lined up. Not necessarily. Prolonged exposure to another aircraft's exhaust wash will lead to engine stalls, so you can't really stack them front-to-back on deck. And because a STOBAR jet needs a longer run t...

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