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by Viv S
24 May 2018 00:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1360
Views: 165672

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The interesting thing is US wants to push old F-16s/F-18s with newer equipment even thought IAF is not keen. and despite IAF already acquiring French Rafale costing same as F-35s. (~ > @$100M) The F-35 is a high volume low margin product. Not that profitable, much more ‘paperwork’ involved, with a ...
by Viv S
21 May 2018 05:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5347
Views: 468493

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Trump may be a ***** star for all I care. He is the US president. He is dictating American policy. His pressure on India on trade issues is counterproductive. The biggest objective of any Indian govt is to maintain high growth rate and alleviate poverty. Dictating policy.. for now. To quote the ini...
by Viv S
21 May 2018 05:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5347
Views: 468493

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Cain Marko wrote:You really think so Viv? Who will challenge Trump? Note that most presidencies since Carter tend to be two terms.

I do. Probably someone boring (although compared to Trump, most people are boring). Bush Sr. was a one termer as well.
by Viv S
20 May 2018 23:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5347
Views: 468493

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

When it comes to China, is US going to support us? Did it give a single statement in support of India during Doka la ?! Militarily, no. (We're not a treaty ally and will never be.) Diplomatically & logistically, yes. They're more than willing to get in the Chinese face in East and South East As...
by Viv S
02 May 2018 12:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1835
Views: 307034

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

The Soaring Life of Former IAF Chief Idris Hasan Latif From flying Spitfires in World War II, to becoming the IAF chief and the governor of a state, and finally a diplomat – Air Chief Marshal Idris Latif, who passed away on April 30, had a long and distinguished career. https://cdn.thewire.in/wp-co...
by Viv S
29 Apr 2018 04:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

That is a very interesting chart indeed. Validates IAF's choice of Rafale, but did not expect the pilot load on EF to be lower than Rafale. Indeed, I'm surprised to see that the Rafale had better detection, acquisition and identification of targets than the typhoon. We're both the fighters using ae...
by Viv S
06 Apr 2018 03:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4716
Views: 714782

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

"Caution TP-5 Do Not Turn" ??
by Viv S
05 Apr 2018 07:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5347
Views: 468493

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Not according to TASS. The deal's still stuck on price apparently. Delivery contract on S-400 systems for India won’t be signed at Moscow conference - source The sides have not yet agreed on the price of the deal, the source said MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. A contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf m...
by Viv S
03 Apr 2018 20:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 636
Views: 123739

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

Rafale has close coupled canards. Recently, there was an article about Rafale canards bearing too much stress which could cause cost escalation due to frequent breakdown. https://bharatkarnad.com/2017/12/10/rafale-canards-arent-they-problems/ Is this correct? And would Tejas Mk2 face similar proble...
by Viv S
03 Apr 2018 16:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 636
Views: 123739

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

JayS wrote:If its not a free floating canard how its different..?

I believe he means it'll be a close coupled canard rather than an uncoupled one such as on the EF or MKI. I think they're both technically free floating though.
by Viv S
24 Mar 2018 23:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-France news
Replies: 78
Views: 11189

Re: India-France news

One poss. unmentioned deal is for French N-tech, for reactors, not civvy ones but N-reactors for subs and surface warships.The CDG is N- powered.The IN would be very interested in an N-powered carrier for the future, N- reactors for subs too,France is helping Brazil with its N- sub programme, but s...
by Viv S
24 Mar 2018 22:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-France news
Replies: 78
Views: 11189

Re: India-France news

So Macron's regime is a major departure from the Socialist govt. of Francois Hollande, a Tony-Blairesque poodle of Washington who happily went to war on America's behalf in Libya, Syria and elsewhere. You’ve got that backwards. The Libyan operation was championed by the (Republican/UMP) Sarkozy and...
by Viv S
24 Mar 2018 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Belgian F-16 Replacement Program In Turmoil http://m.aviationweek.com/defense/belgian-f-16-replacement-program-turmoil How LM gets gov into scandals. Just another example. It’s something of a manufactured “scandal”. Doesn’t involve LM. Belgium took deliveries of the F-16 between 1979 and 1985 makin...
by Viv S
24 Mar 2018 05:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 49
Views: 5558

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

Suraj wrote:LIC isn't 'bailing out' anyone. They have an asset base of almost 2.5 lakh crore (~$340 billion).

I think you mean 25 lakh crore.
by Viv S
17 Mar 2018 20:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 732
Views: 114745

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

Karthik S wrote:
Rakesh wrote:Philip, the IAF wants no more Russian platforms. They have had enough of them.


Including additional MKIs ?

Apparently. The two additional squadrons mentioned by the ACM seemed to have been a reference to pending deliveries by HAL.
by Viv S
17 Mar 2018 19:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1360
Views: 165672

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Singha, according to current trends Indian population can end anywhere between 1.6 billion to 2 billion. You will need a parking space for millions nationalistic grandstanding notwithstanding. The population density issue is a little exaggerated. Its an issue yes - but one that can be easily tackle...
by Viv S
17 Mar 2018 19:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 732
Views: 114745

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

The weapon package was signed seperately by IAF for $1.2B. The radar and missile both are of french origin. FAF still flies many M2000 (and derivative of RDY-2). That integration would have already happenned. I believe IAF may have paid fees and some fixed cost towards integration to get those miss...
by Viv S
17 Mar 2018 18:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 367
Views: 39436

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Rakesh wrote:WOW! :shock: What is the pilot seeing, that he knows where to land?

I believe what you’re seeing is the HUD video feed. The pilot himself likely has a set of NVGs equipped.
by Viv S
12 Mar 2018 09:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

IAF speeds up hunt for new fighter jets to add muscle The Indian Air Force will invite proposals in a month, link purchase with building of indigenous stealth jet By Rahul Singh The Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to start the process of inviting foreign military contractors to build fighter jets ...
by Viv S
11 Mar 2018 21:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 636
Views: 123739

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

Indranil, Two questions here - 1. What's the hardpoint situation for the Mk2? The airframe seems to be undergoing a major upgrade - increasing the number of hardpoints shouldn't be that big a challenge? 2. Will a dedicated housing for EW gear be provided (as in the Rafale or Gripen)? Also, wrt to th...
by Viv S
10 Mar 2018 07:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1491
Views: 289876

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

As per ACM Dhanoa's announcement on 08 Oct 2017, 40 more Su-30MKIs are being acquired. But no order as of yet has been placed. I think that number quoted by the ACM always referred to the final tranche of orders being serviced by HAL rather than a new order. Had a new order been placed, we'd have h...
by Viv S
06 Mar 2018 14:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Philip wrote:If it's not happening,why the visit? Bad news can be delivered without a visit !

To sign the deal for the Grigorovich class frigates. And possibly further the negotiations for the S-400. Bad news is ideally delivered with some good news to soften the blow.
by Viv S
06 Mar 2018 12:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Similar story reported by the Hindu in the SEF cancellation piece - Tejas to take off; F-16, Gripen ‘grounded’ In 2016, the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar expressed interest in procuring single-engine fighter planes from foreign manufacturers. Eventually, the competition narrowed down to US’...
by Viv S
04 Mar 2018 07:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1562
Views: 224235

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

While I agree with some of your observations I think the primary reason for India's present predicament is its excessive population, we are already 1.3+ billion and headed to 1.75 billion before the population would supposedly stabilize. We simply do not have the land and resources to cater to such...
by Viv S
01 Mar 2018 10:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

deejay wrote:VivS, the new deal is for selecting TejasMk2. No one else will be able to compete.

You don’t really need any sort of competition or govt-to-govt deal of the kind being pushed by the IAF to acquire the Tejas Mk2.
by Viv S
01 Mar 2018 08:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

This MRCA deal appears to be going through as per the statements attributed to the IAF; albeit on a govt-to-govt basis (like the ongoing Belgian tender).
by Viv S
01 Mar 2018 08:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55302

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

No request made to US for F-35 fighter jet, says IAF chief B S Dhanoa The Indian Air Force (IAF) has denied that it has shown explicit interest in procuring the American F-35 Lightning II aircraft for its depleting fighter fleet. The reports about IAF approaching Lockheed Martin for a classified br...
by Viv S
28 Feb 2018 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 227829

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

The Su-57 is no unproven that it is in combat! Thank about that! By the way, when the right amount of money is spent in maintaining the parts of the Su-30, the availability of the aircraft magically doubled. "In combat"?!! Oh come on, Indranil, you know better. You can fly a few prototype...
by Viv S
28 Feb 2018 21:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 227829

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Only partially true. Remember to get higher serviceability rates, you also have to invest more resources to make it so. That means signing expensive contracts like PBL with the manufacturer guaranteeing certain serviceability rates. Trouble is even with a guarantees offered on paper, the follow thr...
by Viv S
28 Feb 2018 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 227829

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

India is not getting the F22 or the F35. Lets wait and see. We've got a $20 bn MRCA requirement out sidelining the F-16 (which the IAF wasn't very interested in to begin with). The FGFA program is in stasis, with critical noises coming from the IAF, which is requesting a formal briefing on the F-35...
by Viv S
28 Feb 2018 19:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 227829

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Su-57 is an evolutionary design from the Su-27 family. To say that it is not mature is nothing else but bias. F-35 wins in two aspects: 1. Large scale production 2. Avionics Other than that the capability of F-35 vs a Su-57 is a matter of speculation. You're defending the maturity of a program that...
by Viv S
25 Feb 2018 21:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1491
Views: 289876

Re: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Is there any clarity on the WVRAAM situation for the Tejas? Have the flutter issues with the Python-5 been solved or will we be going for the ASRAAM?

What missile type is the No.45 squadron training with/for?
by Viv S
25 Feb 2018 20:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 340996

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

That a lot of the enhancements can be fitted as modifications to existing engines by cycling them through the depots has been claimed. In fact a major thrust was not to re-engine but to engineer enhancements that could be retrofitted onto existing engines. That's true for M88-4E as well. Modificati...
by Viv S
25 Feb 2018 06:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 340996

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

I just went by the Rafale wikipedia page which said that 164 Rafale's have been produced as of January, 2018. The Growler should be in the 150 range for the USN (I believe the USN will take deliver of its 160th aircraft this year) and more for the RAAF. Regardless, the difference between a sub 250 ...
by Viv S
25 Feb 2018 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 340996

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The difference is quite apparent when once considers that the French inventory of the Rafale. The USN's Growler fleet is likely larger than the current French Rafale fleet. The USN will buy 850 or more Super Hornets and Growlers over its production run. A large fleet makes enhancements more economi...
by Viv S
25 Feb 2018 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 340996

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Nothing is assured including any hypothetical single engine AMCA plans. That said, the USN has funded F414 improvements, and is only now beginning to seriously look at other enhancements to its fleet which just grew by 110 aircraft based on the FYDP presented by Trump's current budget. The larger, ...
by Viv S
25 Feb 2018 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 340996

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Similarly, there is nothing in terms of a written implied interest from the USN when it comes to improving the radar of the F-18E/F, or enhancing its mission computers but it much like other things doesn't require a leap of faith when it comes to projecting a need down the road given that they have...
by Viv S
24 Feb 2018 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 340996

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Viv, IMHO, Calling Su-57 battle unworthy and F-35 battle worthy from day 1 can only be put down as bias. One program has clocked 125,000 flight hours and delivered close to 300 aircraft. The other is still in the prototype stage and yet to deliver its first production variant. In terms of maturity,...

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