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by Viv S
13 Dec 2017 08:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276111

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Yes, the Mig-21 could do it. But it could also reach Mach 2 without them. LCA/Gripen don't have that level of margin. Reaching Mach 2 was more a function of the design rather than the thrust-to-weight ratio. Ultimately, what matters is adequate excess thrust to cover the drag added by the tanks (pl...
by Viv S
13 Dec 2017 05:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276111

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Actually most aircraft are integrated with a set of supersonic as well as subsonic tanks. Eg. - The Mirage on the right cannot go supersonic without losing the two subsonic tanks. Are these supersonic tanks? I don't think so. That's kind of the point. I posted pics of two aircraft types. One exampl...
by Viv S
13 Dec 2017 02:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

fanne wrote:I have a different question, R-77 was highly regarded during Kargil war, so much so that it kept PAF at bay. What changed?


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by Viv S
12 Dec 2017 20:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276111

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

But if the purpose is urgency anything hanging off the aircraft is a liability. Most pictures I have seen of CAP by western fighters feature drop tanks. But none are doing CAP at supersonic speeds. They probably empty those tanks first and if at all a supersonic dash is needed they would jettison t...
by Viv S
12 Dec 2017 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276111

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I accept this as a valid possibility but as I said in my first post a high speed dash would require a rapid climb to altitude where supersonic would help get closer to target. But those tanks would reduce both climb rate and acceleration. There may be a "sweet spot" where a single drop ta...
by Viv S
12 Dec 2017 20:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276111

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I request people not to tell me that it will allow Tejas to fly supersonic with drop tanks. The question I am asking is - under what situation would the Tejas be expected to fly supersonic with drop tanks? Interception. Pair of aircraft are on ground, fuelled up. Scramble call comes, they launch. T...
by Viv S
06 Dec 2017 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

There is no protocol outside of link-16 when it comes to the standard and nature of the data that would be shared on the F-35. The possibilities are endless including the ones that the USAF has on its 10 year horizon that requires data-link capability that technologically isn't possible at the mome...
by Viv S
06 Dec 2017 21:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

That is what I have been saying they wont allow F-35 to integrate with ODL they dont intent to share F-35 data. If UAE and Turkey wants they can have their own data link but that wont change the intent of US to share the data with 3rd party system. The F-35 data is no different from the F-16 data a...
by Viv S
06 Dec 2017 20:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

There is no gurantee that US would allow integration of F-35 into any other assest , considering it is not allowing NATO allay Turkey to integrate with S-400 or close allay like UAE to allow it to integrate with Su-35 ......certainly US officials have mentioned that officially now so all bets are o...
by Viv S
06 Dec 2017 03:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465915

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Please read it again. It is quite clear and I can offer no further explanation. The poster in question has free hand to lower Indian morale by attributing Indian achievements to ONE foreign nation. He has fought pitched battles with advocates of Indian MIC for decades now bad mouthing Indian effort...
by Viv S
06 Dec 2017 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

US is not even letting F-35 to integrate with Turkey S-400 and UAE with Su-35 threatening them not to sell the F-35 How would they even let F-35 to integrate with wide assets that India has from Russia , Israel , France and indiginous ones. The F-35 would integrate the same way the Rafale or F-16 w...
by Viv S
06 Dec 2017 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

In sensor suite, it is second to none. In fact, one could argue that in these two areas, it will be the world-leader. When properly finished, its RCS will be in the ball park of a F-35, will be slightly higher. In sensor fusion and network centric warfare, F-35 leads the world by 5 years, may be 10...
by Viv S
05 Dec 2017 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111026

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Mods,Ramana,I must take it easy? I've been called a "liar"too many times by this malodorous ,disgusting, individual who is anything but a gentleman . I have posted facts where possible to support my stand.If others disagree ,they can do so politely and post their own counters supported wi...
by Viv S
05 Dec 2017 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111026

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Yes Viv,then our former PM was a liar too when he thanked Russia profusely for its help..Why then have several (140+) Ru technical experts been at HSL for years working on the Arihant either? They were present at the launch.And why are our IN personnel going to Russia to learn how to build an N-sub...
by Viv S
04 Dec 2017 16:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111026

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Reg. reactor design and production,we turned that corner some years ago with the first test-bed N-sub reactor at Kalpakkam.How much help we recd. from Russia is classified,but collating a string of articles and reports form that time,indicate that it helped us enough with the design,drawings,etc.,t...
by Viv S
02 Dec 2017 01:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 3656
Views: 529138

Re: Small Arms Thread

Thakur_B wrote:US Army has officially cancelled intermediate calibre service rifle program.
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017 ... r-program/

Interim Combat Service Rifle. 7.62 x 51mm.
by Viv S
01 Dec 2017 20:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111026

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

I doubt anyone will give us naval nuke reactors, what we might get is the sub minus reactor.. we may have to BYOR (bring your own reactor) to the party. I think we wants em new propulsion either from French or russkies for SSN. We could equally like the scorpene product and want an upscaled version...
by Viv S
01 Dec 2017 19:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1021
Views: 165406

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

Jaguars are slated to be retired in a decade or so. And I have got the impression from various sources that I came across that Su-30MKI are not capable of N-delivery (due to Russian restrictions). I may be wrong though. Given that the MC is domestic & HAL has developed enough confidence with th...
by Viv S
01 Dec 2017 19:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1021
Views: 165406

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

In fact N-delivery seems to be the crucial point for purchasing 35 Rafale. Otherwise it makes literally no sense to buy 36 of them. Aren't our M2K the only N-delivery capable jets..? I suppose Rafales are replacement of those post 2030. True Silver bullet. Well the Jaguars & Su-30s are also rum...
by Viv S
01 Dec 2017 19:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1021
Views: 165406

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

deejay wrote:Why was Eurofighter not L1 in the original tender? I have some interaction with these companies - both Rafale guys and Eurofighter guys - the letter vs hidden costs would be an interesting conversation.

Could you elaborate further?
by Viv S
01 Dec 2017 17:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Here are the details UAE Mirage-2000-9 upgrade to include RDY-3 radar I'd treat that article with some scepticism Kartik. The RDY-3 is a scaled down RDY-2 meant for the Mirage F1 but also marketed for Mirage III/V, Kfir, Cheetah etc upgrades. The Emirati Mirages are already equipped with the RDY-2 ...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2017 14:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2271
Views: 351682

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

The steep dive will be before that. In brahmos, you can program the distance from the target before the missile dives. Typically, that will be based on the radar horizon of the ship. Problem is that if the missile is following a high altitude course for a terminal stage 'dive' (as opposed to a sea-...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2017 12:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2299
Views: 172974

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

How 4 great Indians from 3 rival parties saved Sukhoi-30 - The Print SHEKHAR GUPTA 23 November, 2017 A Sukhoi-30 fired a Brahmos missile to national applause and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman hailed it as a world record. An inside story of how the IAF’s Su-30 dream would have crashed before t...
by Viv S
21 Nov 2017 02:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4806
Views: 426561

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

On the contrary,let the US offer us some truly worthwhile systems without the puppet strings.It is so loath to give us even a naval N-reactor for a CV unlike Russia supplying us with both N-reactor tech and N-subs! Commissar, the last time you made that claim, it was rebutted by the ATV designers t...
by Viv S
19 Nov 2017 17:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4806
Views: 426561

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Pl list how many of the 270+ "critical" flaws have been rectified and in what expected timeframe. The problem is that no one knows when this will happen and the aircraft being with indecent haste rushed into production with development and rectification still going on, will have to be rec...
by Viv S
19 Nov 2017 16:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 433166

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

The whole idea of aircraft carriers may be outdated inside 5 years, if NoKo/cheen manage to hit the US fleet/ send them back empty-handed. Nothing is permanent. I don't see how to defend a large target like a supercarrier, from hypersonic-cruise missiles. The same could be said with regard to ALL s...
by Viv S
19 Nov 2017 15:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 433166

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Wow! I knew the trillion 1.5 trillion-dollar JSF Mafia was powerful and vindictive but this is getting a bit too personal, isn't it? A brief check on Googleswara using the term "F 35 problem 2017" brought this out at the top: As a general rule, the postor who gets shrillest with personal ...
by Viv S
17 Nov 2017 17:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 433166

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Tx Khalsa.I am nobody's mouthpiece.I am totally independent and objective of opinion.I ask the hard tough Qs which many do not like perhaps becos they serve the purpose of vested interests The quote was from Pierre Sprey himself,the designer of the F-16! This is the fighter that is being touted for...
by Viv S
17 Nov 2017 15:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4806
Views: 426561

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Worth repeating for a better udnerstandingof the crisis in the JSF programme. The Pentagon's latest brutal assessment of this high-priced aircraft was part of an annual report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation Michael Gilmore . The dossier includes a five-page evaluati...
by Viv S
16 Nov 2017 13:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 433166

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

PS:Read my latest post in the Intl. td.,quoting the Pentagon report on the sorry state of affairs with the JSF (including the fact that "20 new problems" crop up on average every month!) You mean the post that Brar debunked with you scurrying away when challenged to defend that position i...
by Viv S
14 Nov 2017 16:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 433166

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

This has made India the target of all manner of snake-oil salesmen,touting 50 yr old hags , Lockheed's Thanksgiving's turkey JSF bred, French tarts available at $200M a trick, a Swedish s*x bomb and there's even a Russian filly, new in town from the stables of Sukhoi, where we' ve already made a do...
by Viv S
13 Nov 2017 05:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Where the F-35 gains is its avionics and mission computer which is a generation ahead of the F-22/Su-57. F-35 is the absolute leader in this aspect. Everybody else is playing catch up. Avionics are an expected edge (DAS-HMDS, multi-ship sensor fusion, etc). But, you really ought to add, if not emph...
by Viv S
12 Nov 2017 06:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94610

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

A) when was last time any nation tried to reduce its dollar reserves? Probably yesterday. Currency is traded every day including by central banks. That relatively few countries have made a political driven decision to divest their dollar-denominated forex holdings wholesale is because policy makers...
by Viv S
12 Nov 2017 00:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 863
Views: 94610

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

if India can establish mechanism of currency swap with every nation it shall save massive foreign exchange It doesn't work like that. Currency swap deals are done to facilitate trade/investment, not for economic leverage. If the RBI decides to reduce the dollar's share in its forex holdings, it can...
by Viv S
11 Nov 2017 06:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Still to be worked out.The trillion $$$ figure for the JSF is mentioned ad nauseam in US sources. And both Brar & I have told you umpteen times that that is the projected life-cycle cost for 2,500 aircraft over a 55 year period upto 2070. To imply that that's the amount already spent developing...
by Viv S
11 Nov 2017 04:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2177
Views: 151343

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Read the report on the German dilemma again.The "scathing" comments on aspects of the F-35 which is extremely complicated to operate not to mention its cost.If we're b*tching about maintaining our MKIs, dream on with the JSF! They 'll be fit for air shows only. Just FYI Commissar saab, th...
by Viv S
05 Nov 2017 12:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 3656
Views: 529138

Re: Small Arms Thread

When he says "The army's highest levels have reached a decision" he is clearly bullshitting. So I believe that such reports must never be taken seriously. Read and discard. Nowadays most reports are either farts or scents in the wind. They waft towards you and waft away. Not solid reality...
by Viv S
29 Oct 2017 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465915

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Point being made that N-power would give the extra beef for EMALS and other systems.Our two exg carriers do not have cats either,requiring a less powerful plant. Russia offered its carrier tech.Since it is helping us with nuclear subs and reactors,for the civilian industry too, it could've been sou...
by Viv S
29 Oct 2017 18:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465915

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Philip wrote:The MOD is finalising a non-Nuclear powered 65K behemoth powered by GTs.

FYI, the IAC Vikrant is powered by GTs as well. :roll:
by Viv S
27 Oct 2017 13:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276111

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Take the JSF programme for instance.Gen. Bogdan has been in charge for years ,recentyl retd. did not resorted to BS,acknowledging flaws,delays,etc.,but kept everyone in the loop and despite the delays,has turned round the programme to an extent.It is still hideously expensive,but the Yanquis can af...

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