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by Viv S
01 Oct 2018 15:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

And investment is what is counted against offset obligations, not potential revenues. Had that been the case, Dassault could have said that their investment of Rs. 850 Cr in Reliance will generate 30,000 Cr revenue in 30 years and thus their offset obligations are discharged That is exactly the cas...
by Viv S
01 Oct 2018 14:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

Viv, There is no ToT involved so your numbers can’t be right. I was using "ToT" to refer to the non-manufacturing part of the offsets - technical consultancy, engine R&D and similar assistance - which accounts for 30% of the contract value, with the balance 20% going towards productio...
by Viv S
01 Oct 2018 14:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

If you read from the start of this discussion, the problem some folks on the forum and all opposition and their media allies have is that per them ADAG was "selected" by Modi and that is an indicator of corruption. In fact that is what the whole debate was about whereas you focus is more ...
by Viv S
30 Sep 2018 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

Clearly, the OEM is allowed Invest in a JV with an Indian enterprise for manufacture and/or maintenance of eligible products or services. Is is also allowed to invest in 'kind' in terms of TOT to Indian enterprises. That Dassault-ADAG JV fits the bill as conceived by the Defence Offset guideline an...
by Viv S
29 Sep 2018 17:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

Let me summarize the highlight as I understand it. Correct me if my summary is wrong. Firstly, 30% TOT related offsets will be cross verified by the GOI. Every agreement is subject to GOI clearance. I picked this 30% TOT number from one of you previous post. Hardly any scope to get away without inv...
by Viv S
29 Sep 2018 15:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

Lets start with one point highlighted above. You line "ADAG's zero experience is a fact not a theory " My line " While ADAG has zero experience " Can you point where I stated/implied that "ADAG's zero experience was a theory" as implied by that statement of yours? As f...
by Viv S
29 Sep 2018 14:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

ShauryaT, the link posted by you confirms the numbers I posted earlier. If you pay attention to ddm english and desperate reporting you can see what they are saying. Again people will believe what they want to believe. Total offset Liability from Rafale deal is Rs 28k core Dassault’s share of the l...
by Viv S
29 Sep 2018 14:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

This news would generally be OT for this thread but relevant given the current focus on ADAG's grabbing a large chunk of the Rafale offsets witgout having any prior aerospace experience has caused indigestion to some folks. It is exactly in these times when personal bias is on display when one thin...
by Viv S
29 Sep 2018 12:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

ADAG doesnt have a large chunk of Rafale offset. Confirmed offset associated with ADAG is only 100 million Euro coming from Dassault. Additionally, Thales also have JV with ADAG, but their investment is not known. That's the whole Offset story for the ADAG. Nope. €100 million (Rs 840 crore) is what...
by Viv S
27 Sep 2018 17:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 702
Views: 90730

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

All this is to create the artificial seniority of the fiat currency's claim to value. No rational person would otherwise consider claims to wealth printed out of thin air and issued as currency to have any value. While all currency is artificial (including cryptocurrency), the dollar's preeminence ...
by Viv S
27 Sep 2018 15:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 702
Views: 90730

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

You may have a point with respect to Eurozone challenges, but why "monetary integration", "EU fiscal integration", and "labour mobility" matter for a non-EU country in its decision of what reserve currency to hold? It is irrelevant. Does Sri Lanka, for example, hold $6...
by Viv S
26 Sep 2018 14:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 702
Views: 90730

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

Probably last address by President of EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. One quote..."By next year, we should also address the international role of the euro. The euro is 20 years young and has already come a long way – despite its critics. It is now the second most used currency in the world ...
by Viv S
26 Sep 2018 14:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 702
Views: 90730

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

Saddam was taken out for suggesting Iraq accept payment in euros for oil. Gaddafi for suggesting the payment be in a gold dinar. Both the EUR & USD are free float currencies (and gold too is traded on the open market). The currency that you're using for any particular transaction is only as sig...
by Viv S
19 Sep 2018 01:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4237
Views: 686703

Re: Small Arms Thread

We have imported huge amount of MP5 & BREUGET 9mm useless SMGs. Guess why? Primarily because it's most costly small arm in our inventory is RS. 1.2 lakh each. So it's primary purpose is waste of money. In military & terrorist attacks 7.62*39 or equivalent is round required but we went to us...
by Viv S
18 Sep 2018 21:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Secondly, according to Ru sources, their S-400s are inferior to those used by Ru ADs and what is being offered to India, later missile variants. So you've said before. Its a bold claim. Please do post a source to go with that. But coming back to CAATSA, how we are going to integrate US real-time in...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Yes but so far they have demonstrated their capabilities only against Ragtag ADS and we have very little idea as to how well such Uber stealth platforms will perform in better defended airspace as can be expected from China. We know that hyper expensive assets do not guarantee safety as shown by th...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 02:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

This could work against a less formidable foe where the bird could fly high and loose behind enemy lines but against a robust threat as posed by the Chinese ADS, I doubt this is likely. IOWs, if you don't have the assets, it's stealthy operation against multiple s400 types might not be easy and the...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 02:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

What I'm really not getting here is the US objection to the s400, which is essentially a defensive weapon. Surely there is no threat posed to the US by Indian s400s? What probably bothers them is the S-400's ELINT functions. If the Russians have access to the data it collects combined with telemetr...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 02:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

I was thinking of a more general context not necessarily confined to the sta 1 upgrade. In terms of tackling the growing Chinese menace, Indian strategy seems to be more focused on brahmos and its variants. It's the best in it's class, has a very good and long ranged carrier in the mki, and should ...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 01:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

I think the f35s edge over the Rafale here will be only marginal especially in the context of Indian surveillance assets if that. The massive power and range of the s400 will be very hard to penetrate so as to get close enough for jsow types. For the f35 to be truly effective it needs the kind of I...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 01:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

The f35 is nowhere near Indian horizon afaik. Well we're talking in the context of the article from the Sunday Guardian posted by Chetak right? Its the one suggesting that the STA-1 move opens the door to the F-35. The push is for the shornet. And the iaf won't fall for it, not with the Rafale alre...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 01:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

which data the russkies could already be collecting via their satellites. The difference between what is possible using intermittent satellite imagery and what amounts to a permanent aerial test range, is like the difference between grainy black-and-white photograph and a video in 1080p. Technicall...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Who does? There is no guarantee that even the US with f35s and jassms will be able to penetrate Chinese ADS. I think a combination of mkis with brahmos and Rafale with scalp are as good as anything the world has ATM, and I would rate the chances of the first more than the second. There are degrees ...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 00:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

S-400 is more of political hot potato for congress and USG , US does not want Turkey to buy S-400 under the guise of interppibility with NATO so it’s trying to force all US friends too not buy S-400 , SAM is just a defensive weapon we have far greater offensive system bought or under deal with Russ...
by Viv S
17 Sep 2018 00:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

The S-400 is India's Smith and Wesson. Its China's Smith and Wesson at the moment, though a better comparison might be with some sort of shield. At the moment, we've got nothing that we can pit against the Chinese ADGE with even the efficacy of the Rafale being questionable in a penetrative role. T...
by Viv S
16 Sep 2018 01:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5446
Views: 501253

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

I doubt any currency is inflation proof. So everyone loses some money on all reserves, no matter the currency. “Some money” can be a little money or a lot of money. Currencies like the Dollar & Euro are considered reserve currencies precisely because they tend to retain their value against othe...
by Viv S
15 Sep 2018 23:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5446
Views: 501253

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Would this include arms payments in Rupees/Roubles or are those exempted? I think the 50 billion dollar figure of bilateral trade does not count arms sales. Its a currency facility to encourage bilateral trade between the industries, and its impact if at will be minor. It is not and cannot be appli...
by Viv S
15 Sep 2018 22:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236120

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

:sigh:

Every time Trump roils the world markets with his tweets and tariffs, investors seek out safe harbours i.e. the US dollar and US-backed securities. Thus driving up the value of the dollar and widening the US trade deficit even further.

China's trade surplus with US hits record $31 billion
by Viv S
15 Sep 2018 13:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 373419

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Singha wrote:this video proves the Mi17v is better than SH60 for roping and egress - note how many paras are exiting at same time.

The Mi-17 is a different class of rotorcraft being about 50% larger. It’s American analogue would be the S-92.

The Russian analogue to the SH-60 on the other hand is the Ka-27.
by Viv S
08 Sep 2018 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 12002

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

A simplistic view, but I will say it, all the same. They helped us when no one else was willing to do so. Our ties go back decades. We owe them much, especially for their unwavering support in the UNSC. We should stand by them, just as they did with us, and for as long as we can. We were aligned wi...
by Viv S
07 Sep 2018 00:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 12002

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

So if we needed the great khan to share intel about Chinese troop movement off our borders, then why TF do we have ISRO, NTRO, etc.? Shut the lot down, and use the money to eradicate poverty as outsiders kindly remind us after every sat launch. The US defence budget for FY2019 allocates $60 billion...
by Viv S
06 Sep 2018 22:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1884
Views: 236120

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

First India-US Tri Services Military Wargame Next Year As two countries that conduct more bilateral military exercises with each other than they do with any other country, India and the United States today committed to taking things further. Alongside well-structured exercises that have taken place...
by Viv S
06 Sep 2018 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 12002

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A trap or Unshackling

According to Shiv Aroor and Pranab Dhal Samanta, what tipped the Indian govt in favour of signing the agreement was the lag in US intelligence inputs received during the Doklam crisis. Livefist It is little known that the Indian Navy’s US-built P-8Is played a key role in keeping tabs on the major In...
by Viv S
06 Sep 2018 21:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

some news portal are reporting that we have signed CASTAA, true? CAATSA is a US federal law i.e. enacted by the US Congress, to enforce sanctions against Russia. Nothing for India to sign. As far as India is concerned, we recognize only international law, and as such see the CAATSA as America's dom...
by Viv S
31 Aug 2018 17:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39397

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

The Amreekis really love to shoot themselves in the foot. Why would they even say something this dumb, before the 2+2 meet? :lol: I imagine its because he's also addressing a domestic constituency, and wants to retain the impression (facade?) of being 'strong' on Russia. Fortunately for him, his In...
by Viv S
29 Aug 2018 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200761

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

Slovakia: $2.9B for just 14 F-16Vs! Along with this are a host of other eqpt., AESA radars, 130+ AAMs, AMRAAMs and Sidewinders plus PGM kits, pods, etc. This works out to a unit cost of just over $200M for the package. No source there I see commissar. FYI- It’s €1.589 bn or $1.86 bn for 14 F-16Vs a...
by Viv S
29 Aug 2018 11:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259271

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

No sir, Neither F-35, nor F-22 have Lband radars on their LE. F-35 does have 3 Lband ‘radars’ but they don’t face forward and are minuscule in size when compared to the Su-35/PAKFA. You're mixing different things. Take a look at the pics again (check the hyperlinks in the my previous post). You see...
by Viv S
28 Aug 2018 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259271

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Viv, Thank you for correcting me on the rear facing IRST. However, the operation of the L Band antennas on LEs and the Xband antennas in the sting is yet to be fully disclosed. What you wrote about them is the only confirmed part. E.g. when the L Band antennas did debut in MAks 2009 (for Su-35), tr...
by Viv S
25 Aug 2018 18:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 535
Views: 86106

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Singha wrote:Livefist

Likely contenders in the NUH fight include the Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther, Bell 429, LockheedMartin-Sikorsky S-76D and, perhaps the AgustaWestland AW 109.

Er why not our own luh ?

Our own ALH I think you mean. GoD MoD works in mysterious ways.
by Viv S
25 Aug 2018 16:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259271

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

When it comes to stealth, I am a bit out of my water. But here is what I have learnt after talking to people who do know. For stealth objects, shaping trumps size by a significant margin. That is why F-22 has a lower signature than F-35 even when the latter is smaller. Both F-35 and Su-57 trade ste...

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