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by Viv S
21 Nov 2017 02:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414489

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: 4735
Views: 414489

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: 4983
Views: 415434

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The whole idea of aircraft carriers may be outdated inside 5 years, if NoKo/cheen manage to hit the US fleet/ send them back empty-handed.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: 4983
Views: 415434

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: 4983
Views: 415434

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: 4735
Views: 414489

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: 4983
Views: 415434

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: 4983
Views: 415434

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: 2140
Views: 142992

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: 805
Views: 84192

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: 805
Views: 84192

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: 2140
Views: 142992

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: 2140
Views: 142992

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: 3627
Views: 517139

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: 3214
Views: 436396

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: 3214
Views: 436396

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: 1678
Views: 210152

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...
by Viv S
25 Oct 2017 19:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2287
Views: 166270

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

Aditya_V wrote:From the above quotes it seems we have ordered 42 more Su-30s

I believe the journo has confused it with the last order placed by the IAF that took the total to 272 - two new squadrons plus 2 attrition replacements.

A new Su-30 order will likely consist of 40+3 units.
by Viv S
25 Oct 2017 09:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1678
Views: 210152

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Aditya_V wrote:Block III has been inducted with no Aerial refuelling and No BVR tests , hmds stuff also no testing results.

That's the Blk 2. Deliveries reportedly began in 2015-16 and will continue to 2019 when the Blk 3 is supposed to replace it.
by Viv S
24 Oct 2017 18:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4983
Views: 415434

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

I am simply not surprised at all that BRFites are discussing pure fluff with no proof whatsoever that the lifts are ten meters square (that is a square of ten meters each side). That data point is nonsense. But it is likely to remain indisputable fact on BRF for endless pointless discussions. No su...
by Viv S
24 Oct 2017 16:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1678
Views: 210152

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

But of course such missiles are hardly common and I don't think the tspaf has any in it's inventory. Not right now but its only a matter of time. The JF-17 Blk III is expected to include a HOBS-AAM (& HMDS), almost certainly the Chinese PL-10E (IIR seeker, 90 deg FoV). The older blocks will lik...
by Viv S
24 Oct 2017 13:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2140
Views: 142992

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Hope to see India-Russia FGFA project through: HAL chief He has to hope that, seeing as Dassault has tied up with Reliance, Saab with Adani, LM & Airbus (C-295) with TASL, IAI (UAV) with Dynamatic. If the FGFA falls through HAL will be left with just the Tejas, HTT-40 and Su-30 upgrades in the ...
by Viv S
24 Oct 2017 13:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4983
Views: 415434

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Planes can be placed diagonally on a square lift. Maybe if it was a very narrow plane. For an aircraft like the Rafale? Afraid not. https://i.imgur.com/6sy5kju.jpg?1 ^The different between the width of the dabba on the left and the dabba on the right is about 1%. If the Rafale M can't fit straight ...
by Viv S
24 Oct 2017 01:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1149
Views: 105745

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Nothing unique about the Russians here. Europeans, Americans, Japanese, Vietnamese, anybody for that matter sent whoever was ready to go to war. Many did not even give a choice. If you were a certain age, you had to go. Nothing golden about the western world. You just happen to see English videos m...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 16:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 875
Views: 147423

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

What does UK MOD budgets and dollars have to do with the IAF and its acquisition plans? The UK can at this very stage also not afford MPA (until early 2020s). Does this mean the IN should not have acquired P-8s? I believe Thakur_B was saying was that if the UK decides to retire its Sentinels, India...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 14:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I've never advcoated thta we buy an incomplete FGFA.In fact my quote has been on the issue for the record, "no indecent haste". Bullshit. This is your actual quote - The second point,to maintain qualitaive superiority necessitates the acquisition asap of a 5th-gen fighter.Here, in whateve...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 14:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Phil. design was not the equiv of the K series meant for us with all the bells and whistles,and a price was quoted initially chosen being L-1. Which means what exactly? They used cheaper carpeting & generic paint and the price dropped from $700 mil to $200 mil? From the CAG report the extra wei...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 14:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414489

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a28685/f-35s-unfit-for-combat/ Nearly 200 of America's F-35s May Remain Indefinitely Unfit for Combat (Updated) As the services buy new planes, older ones may remain permanently unfit for combat. Typical bullshit. - There are ~ 90 aircraft (not 'nea...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 13:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Gaan,actually the deal for the Philippines was a v.good one. Nobody told them it costed $700 mil huh? *(this is simply shocking.Some conv. subs have the same top speed as their K hunters!) The IN specifies a speed of 25 knots and finds out the Kamorta can only do 23.9 knots. Horrifying indeed. This...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 13:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1678
Views: 210152

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Full details in the Intl.Aero td. For those who feel that the F-35 is the "bees knees",etc. and must be acquired. http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a28685/f-35s-unfit-for-combat/ Nearly 200 of America's F-35s May Remain Indefinitely Unfit for Combat (Updated) :roll: Those ...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 10:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Wasn't the Kamorta Class much more expensive than their budget? The stealth features on the Kamorta are top class, which the Philipine Navy didn't want to pay for. They wanted mundane things like a 3 tube torpedo launcher vs a 2 tube one on the Kamorta etc, and then ended up giving the contract to ...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 10:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

VivS ji - Main gun and CIWS is licence produced or imported outright - Varunastra still not deployed? last I heard it had cleared trials, but awaiting orders - No cruise missile other than BRAHMOS. Need a DRDO Harpoon / Exocet / Klub. / Kaliber like ship/sub launched missile that will be standardiz...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 10:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Pl get your facts right.You never lrovide any hard ebidence to back up your fantasies. Each Kamorta is $700M+ not $250M! . . . The approx $100M diff in cost between the original P-28s ($400M+) first batch and Talwars ($535M) is understandable as the Talwars are about 20-25% larger. 1. There's only ...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 10:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Armament and Sensors remains a weak point with the Indian Navy. The IN imports nearly a 100% of these on its capital ships ?? Sensors: - FCRs are imported. - Towed array units are imported (domestic alternative under development - Nagin). - Integral sonars are domestic (HUMSA-series) Armament: - To...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 09:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I just find it ludicrous that we send our unarmed, likely under sensor-ed "sophisticated front line ships" like the P29 to faraway exercises. This is peacetime. You could send a full armed & equipped destroyer in its stead. If someone decided to sink it, irrespective of the consequenc...
by Viv S
23 Oct 2017 09:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

You still don't get it and are splitting hairs.The P-28 is an entire package and right now it's half empty.You will never see reason and stick to your blinkered vision.Good luck to you. Your argument isn't sophisticated enough that 'not getting it' is an issue. Stick to the topic at hand. How hard ...
by Viv S
22 Oct 2017 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Varunastra will be useless if the vessel cannot detect the sub at 40-50km ranges.Until the TAS is installed the current sonars will not be able to detect a sub,becos there is no ASW helo too! Buying the ASW helo & towed array wasn't the responsibility of those who designed & built the ship....
by Viv S
22 Oct 2017 16:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

No ASW helos and torpedoes "intrinsic"to the design? Then pray what is the helo hangar for? Do you know the limited range of the ASW RBU-6000 mortars? 6000M.Depth 500M.If the RPK-8 round is used depth Increases to 1000M.This round has anti-torpedo capppability at 4-10M depth.However how d...
by Viv S
22 Oct 2017 14:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3214
Views: 436396

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Yes they are very expensive (Kamorta class). Why? They are seriously under armed, perhaps less armed than some fast attack boats of 500 ton displacement (let alone corvettes) of other navies. They have short range anti-submarine capability only, with their RBUs. No SAMs, No Anti ship, No Land attac...
by Viv S
22 Oct 2017 14:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2140
Views: 142992

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Still with all the redtape only Gripen and F-16 is in competition unless the SE gets cancelled [ which I hope it does and Tejas get all the orders of SE ] we will not see another competition RFI/RFP etc that F-35 can then compete. Nope. As of now, no RFPs have been issued for the SE deal - the Grip...

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