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by Viv S
16 Feb 2018 08:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

The F-16 Block 70 has been termed as old technology that LM is pushing hard for the IAF — what do you plan to do to take the discussions forward, especially as the IAF, to mitigate the shortfall of fighters, is acquiring the indigenous ‘Tejas’ Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)? The F-16 Block 70 being of...
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 20:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Just end of last month we got this news not sure how credible this too is Calm down everyone, there’s no plan to put an F-35 production line in India That was with regard to a poorly drafted PTI report that quoted LM advertising the existence of F-35-derived tech on the F-16. Many outlets misquoted...
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 20:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Means nothing when both quote unnamed source , for all you know their unnamed sources may be the same person who is clueless or their own desire to push something as unnamed sources , to give credbility to their own story it is better they quote some one and generally speaking for any defence repor...
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 19:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Austin wrote:To believe in Ajai Shukla and his unnamed IAF sources is a Leap of Faith , All his recent write up is against the current Gobermant.

Except that the same has also been reported by Saurabh Joshi.
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 17:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Looks more like carrot dangling not sure if the news is even if the news is reliable because MOD and IAF has not responded to it. The source acc. to the article is not LM, its the IAF. LM would much rather shut down this F-35 talk, so that it doesn't affect the prospects of the F-16 in India (which...
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 13:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

The IAF cannot afford 126 F-35As. It will break the bank. Expect nothing more than 2 - 3 squadrons. And that too, if they successfully hammer a deal. And that is a big IF. Well it also depends on the context and time-frame. What we're contemplating on the fighter front right now is - - Tejas Mk1A: ...
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 12:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1273
Views: 205549

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

Full article up now. No surprise that LM would prefer to sell the F-16; its a considerably more lucrative proposition for them than the F-35, with the margins for the latter being quite narrow. Capability jump: IAF looks to buy fifth-generation F-35 fighter By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 15th Feb...
by Viv S
15 Feb 2018 05:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1273
Views: 205549

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

From Business Standard. Full article's not up on Broadsword yet. Capability jump: IAF looks to buy fifth-generation F-35 fighter It is learnt the IAF wants to procure 126 of the variant called F-35A - the air force version of the fighter that incorporates "conventional take-off and landing"...
by Viv S
14 Feb 2018 14:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2012
Views: 298940

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

is the fuel economy of high bypass turbofan due to a smallish hot section but the air thats being bypassed at speed is also a big amt due to compressors acting like propellers of a turboprop engine? so this "free" air also generates plenty of fwd motion apart from the hot section spewing ...
by Viv S
12 Feb 2018 10:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 704
Views: 86441

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Cant the government just borrow from RBI the excessive forex at low interest and use it on infra project ? The RBI did not create the forex. It received them in lieu of rupees issued to exporters, foreign investors, remittance receivers etc. The govt cannot spend dollars on infrastructure - it is n...
by Viv S
11 Feb 2018 17:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 1864
Views: 264378

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

There seems to be a confusion with regard to legal terminology here, so lets clarify a few things here. An FIR i.e. a First Information Report is exactly what it sounds like - an information report. Basically a statement taken by the police. The police is legally required to file an FIR and, as per ...
by Viv S
11 Feb 2018 16:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 631
Views: 87956

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

Has the F 35 ever been in consideration for the IAF ? ..all the news i see is the contrary . LM is interested only in getting some quick buck for an obsolete line quite unlike Boeing which is going to great lengths to pick up partners and work with the indian industry even before a possible success...
by Viv S
10 Feb 2018 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 1928
Views: 159141

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

Dipanker, Fernand Braudel in his three volume study on civilization and capitalism writes in his third volume that India is like a pendulum that swings westward or east ward. And the period I about 1000 years. The early history shows the Eastward swing around 400 BC where it influenced and establis...
by Viv S
07 Feb 2018 11:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The point is we operate 7 IL-78s being upgraded like all 16+ 76s with new fuel-efficient engines, glass cockpits, extra range and payload, etc.apart from the AWACS platforms.For commonality and cost effectiveness it makes sense to buy more of a type in service.If it was a brand new type/acquisition...
by Viv S
07 Feb 2018 09:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The data available on the RFI says that 2 engines only, but did it say that only 2 man crew without operator? I will have to bow out of this bizarre semantic jugglery where one has to interpret that what has not been said can be cited as a requirement on the basis of the argument that a boom operat...
by Viv S
29 Jan 2018 12:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 704
Views: 86441

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Brent today is at $70 , Lets say average oil price is $60 for 2018 , How much does it impact our budget in terms of import ? https://www.bloomberg.com/energy Every $10 per barrel rise in the price will worsen India’s fiscal balance by 0.1% and current account balance by 0.4% of GDP, according to No...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 21:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

By this logic air refuelling is unnecessary. But given the difference in (unrefuelled) radius of action of Tejas - say 350-500 km and Su-30 (1500 km) the Tejas would require more refuelling than the Su-30 in a mixed aircraft sortie. Yes - but other than P-8s which belong to the navy ALL other aircr...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 21:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Once the costs are found out, enormous operating costs too, with the bird conservatively priced at at least $135M, still not fully fit to fight, it will "crash "over here.My take is pressure upon both Dassault and the Russians to bring down their offers for more birds and the FGFA to some...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 20:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Most small aircraft are unable to take the high rate of flow offered by the boom system - one more useless redundant feature waiting for those 20 odd aircraft for their 1 in 100 flight need to refuel midair. And if the boom is used with a basket to attach to a probe - the imagined advantage of fast...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Fact. Those 22 aircraft will not need air refuelling for 99% of their airframe lives in their service in India. While our existing fighters - 280 odd Su-30s, 40 odd Mirages right now can do with refuelling and projected, already ordered numbers of Tejas will need that more than ever. I a A fighter ...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 18:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

I haven't seen any evidence that C-17 or P-8I have come ready for Boom refuelling. Without Boom tankers (present or on order) I doubt India would have paid for these. Moreover our pilots would not have been qualified for such and they wouldn't have been able to test the system while accepting the a...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

You are implying: "IAI's Target market==must have for IAF" I'm saying 22 of the largest aircraft in the IAF & IN fleets are designed for boom-receptacle refuelling, with an additional 12 that are capable of it. Numbers that will continue to grow over the next 40 years. And I'm saying ...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 18:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Having it and not needing it would be a ludicrous waste like a man buying tampons for himself.That probe on the C-130J would be as much a waste as a 100% useless boom waiting for a call from the Indian navy for refuelling a P8I The C-17 on international (long range) deployments would be able to emp...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 17:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

You mean a hose/basket will get attached to the end of a boom for the C-130. I'll believe that if and when I see a flying boom tanker in the IAF so I think it is simply speculation. Hose-drogue under the wings & fuselage. Boom under the tail. Hardly a complicated setup. IAF C-130s have a probe ...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 15:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

So C-130Js can be refuelled using either? Yeah. Probe and drogue and flying boom are different systems. Boom is rigid and gives high flow rates - but only 1 a/c can be refuelled at at a time. Probe and drogue is a hose, lower flow rate, can feed multiple aircraft and can be adapted for buddy-buddy ...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 14:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Kartik, as you sure that C-17 and P-8I require boom refuelling and are not compatible with Midas tankers? Do you have a link? He's right. Both the C-17 & P-8I are equipped with boom-and-receptacle refueling systems (you can see the symbology above the cockpit). There's no record of either being...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 14:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5363
Views: 483687

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

While the F-16 is a dead-end (the Rafale is a better option in the same 10 ton range), the IAF may finally be cottoning onto what will be the global standard for the next 30-40 years. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this is to be the IAF's next SEF - IAF mulls F-35 order Early stage deliberations ...
by Viv S
27 Jan 2018 13:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The singapore deal for 6 Airbus mrtt itself was north of $3bn. You want MoF to sanction double that amount for $12bn? Fast chance. That we've selected the Airbus and cancelled twice is typical. Same as the hawk and other deals. The Airbus isn't in serious reckoning for the contract. This is between...
by Viv S
26 Jan 2018 13:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 3820
Views: 575325

Re: Small Arms Thread

The IAF issued an RFI for 600 7.62 mm rifles in May last year, presumably for the Garuds.

http://indianairforce.nic.in/pdf/MakeIn ... sights.pdf

Anyone know whether this was for an assault rifle (7.62 x 39) or battle rifle (7.62 x 51)?
by Viv S
26 Jan 2018 08:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

IAF issues RFI for twin engined refueling aircraft. Refurbished aircraft acceptable. Il-78 excluded. IAF re-launches $2 billion global hunt for acquiring 6 mid-air refuellers NEW DELHI: The IAF has once again kicked off the over $2 billion procurement project for six desperately-needed mid-air refue...
by Viv S
22 Jan 2018 03:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 461093

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

BS. Once 4 letter treaties are there the Allies end up being neutered of all capacities. Now only French and Germans can make planes with great difficulty As can the British who's national design capabilities are broadly comparable to French. The Germans are relatively limited and a rung lower in t...
by Viv S
18 Jan 2018 03:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3991
Views: 561711

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The IN seems to have a strategy in place. If and when a need is identified to supplement P-8's with anything manned, I'm sure local industry can built something around a proven, reliable and operational platform. The C295 sounds like a really good option considering it will be locally built. With a...
by Viv S
17 Jan 2018 00:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 704
Views: 86441

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Apparel industry model holds the key for India’s job creation requirements By Arvind Panagariya Nothing explains India’s job creation challenge better than a comparison between Reliance Industries (RIL) and Shahi Exports. While RIL is a familiar name to nearly all, most readers would not have heard...
by Viv S
16 Jan 2018 03:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 272749

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

PLA training hard for potential conflict By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times http://www.globaltimes.cn/Portals/0//attachment/2018/2018-01-11/5ad1685d-0a3b-4a2e-81e1-4ba43e18d816.jpeg A J-10 and a J-11 fighter jets attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Western Theater Command ...
by Viv S
02 Jan 2018 05:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 1928
Views: 159141

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

There seems to be an odd sort of dichotomy in many of the arguments here - unanimity over the idea that India's ME policy ought to be shaped by national self-interest being used to justify a course of action that would support Israel's interests while, at best, being only neutral to India's interest...
by Viv S
13 Dec 2017 08:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 461093

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: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 461093

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: 631
Views: 87956

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: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 461093

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: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 461093

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...

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