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by Viv S
11 Dec 2018 13:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

So before we answer who should be the next governor, we should reexamine RBI's role. As I argued before, Indian financial system is a lot more complex than it has never been, and this complexity is likely to go up by leaps and bounds. The govt should think about creating new agencies to take care o...
by Viv S
10 Dec 2018 20:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Fascinating. Given that Patel took office in Sept 2016 that makes the length of his tenure, 2 years 3 months, leaving him with 9 full months left to go on his contract, not counting a 2 year extension.
by Viv S
29 Nov 2018 13:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

Now imagine our Media and Opposition parties (and the Khan lobby) going hammer and tongs at the GOI, in the election season, for buying old 2nd hand French aircraft from Taiwan (of the cheap chinese stuff repute) which are costlier to maintain, over newer made-in-Amreeka aircraft Election season is...
by Viv S
29 Nov 2018 13:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 592
Views: 84598

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

saar why is rafale out? Failure to Launch The real ‘show stopper’ for the entire MRCBF requirement, however, is the configuration of IAC-1. Unlike Vikramaditya, and like most contemporary carriers, the aircraft lifts on IAC-1 are positioned on the starboard edge of the deck allowing longer aircraft...
by Viv S
28 Nov 2018 15:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 592
Views: 84598

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

IAF giving up on pakfa is only temporary imho, once the bird enters the vvs in numbers expect an mki type deal... Well, large scale production of the Su-57 will likely begin in the next planning program i.e. after 2028, which would mean an MKI-type deliveries to India would only happen in the 2030s...
by Viv S
28 Nov 2018 15:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 592
Views: 84598

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Just a caveat though - the 57 carrier borne fighter contest is insisting on the aircraft being a twin engine bird. Saab is still pushing ahead with the single-engine, Sea Gripen :) Actually, the RFI merely asks how many engines the aircraft has. Any limitations on the configuration will only be spe...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2018 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Sure, they can. They can take on GoI in court, which is going to drag on for decades. Do they expect GoI to hand over the deal to them if they win the court? How will they prove Igla-S failed? By saying "they saw it fail" or Shukla's article? Which defense deal/ trail have ever been decid...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2018 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Good faith and level playing in arms deals? If that is what these vendors are expecting, they should quit arms business. Hope they remember what happened to the US Airforce tanker deal with Airbus? The article from Mr.Shukla seem to be indicate quite a bit of "good faith" been put on him ...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2018 21:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Another problem with beam rider is the operator has to physically follow the fast moving target and also make sure he is exposed to target. Similar system like blowpipe etc have been failures. Mistrial performance won't be much better but much more costlier The Blowpipe was actually a manually stee...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2018 19:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

And why exactly should be bother about vendor protest? It is our money, we decide to give to anyone we like. Well, the cost of participating in any competition is borne by the vendors. That includes administrative & logistics costs as well as the cost of expended equipment. Given that SAAB &...
by Viv S
24 Nov 2018 14:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Air defence missile contract embroiled in vendor protests By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 24th Nov 18 With Swedish arms giant, Saab, shooting off four protest letters to the ministry of defence (MoD) over its handling of the tender for the “very short range air defence system” (VSHORADS), the dif...
by Viv S
23 Nov 2018 23:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4156
Views: 204810

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Viv S: do you realize you’re simply reinforcing my argument that Rajan was a poor hire in his role as RBI governor ? The governors role is not one suited to a publicity focused ‘intellectual’ . The role demands minimal public utterances AND has very little oppprtunity to generate first hand intelle...
by Viv S
23 Nov 2018 22:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 34575

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/1064849733972152320 ----> With the launch of India's first indigenous nuclear attack submarine (SSN) being at least 10 years away (as per Admiral Lanba himself), I don't see how India can get by without leasing more Russian SSNs in the interim. Especially given t...
by Viv S
23 Nov 2018 19:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Rajan is demonstrably a bad match for all these responsibilities . He is not a bureaucrat. He's an intellectual who loves public attention. There are more public speeches by Rajan online than by his predecessor and successor combined , despite them together having twice the duration of tenure as hi...
by Viv S
23 Nov 2018 17:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

India’s VSHORAD program off flight path - By Saurabh Joshi Background In June of 1999, as the Kargil War raged in India’s Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian defence ministry initiated a case to acquire the Russian Igla-S air defence system to replace the Igla-M system, then already in service in India. ...
by Viv S
20 Nov 2018 11:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5105
Views: 973194

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

After Big S-400 Deal, Russia ‘Wins’ Indian Army VSHORADS Missile Contest - Livefist Army sources say while all three systems have had performance or technical compliance niggles since field evaluations began in 2012, the Russian Igla-S had the most significant issues: firing was deemed not successf...
by Viv S
17 Nov 2018 03:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

{Deleted - poster cannot be bothered to listen to advice to stop posting in the wrong thread} Except that Rajan himself chaired a committee whose recommendations were 'noted and filed away' . Why did Rajan not use the results of his own committee report when he became RBI head ? Why create a new com...
by Viv S
16 Nov 2018 09:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Both your assertions are at best, questionable, because they are what you think demonetisation was about. I would argue that neither of them were the primary purpose, on the basis of what the government has done otherwise - formalization of banking and economic activity, and the destruction of the ...
by Viv S
16 Nov 2018 04:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The success of demonetisation has already been extensively covered in a separate thread. There's no need to mischaracterize it here in an effort to derail this thread. No polemics/politics/derailment intended here. Just economics. The objective of demonetization was two-fold, both logically accepta...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 23:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

He was for all practical purposes fired from his job. The criticisms of someone who couldn't cut it in the job he took up aren't worth much. He lacks credibility to speak about what he speaks of. Great resume, no demonstrated long term performance on the job, having left every major initiative duri...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 20:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3247
Views: 531729

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

How difficult is it to built a low RCS hardpoint and CCM missile that can be attached as a external hardpoint? Instead of all the complications with internal bay. The F-35 does have a low RCS hardpoint (which replaced the original bog standard unit). And equipped with the ASRAAM or Aim-9, it'll ret...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 19:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

Viv, if the SC gives the Modi Govt the clean chit for the present Rafale deal, they are better off doing a repeat order of 2 - 3 squadrons more. It will work out cheaper for the Govt. Yeah I'd say another two squadrons is pretty much a sure thing, given the investments in base infrastructure. And t...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 19:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

As we discussing 2030 time frame dassult 5th gen will be a serious contender; one of the reason for Rafale selection was the good experience IAF had with Jaguar and that experience will continue with Raffale The Dassault-Airbus project will not enter full-scale development before 2025. That's the m...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 19:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3247
Views: 531729

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The problem with that complicated solution is that by the time the J-20 is refined and eventually fielded in a definitive configuration, and in any credible numbers the CCM side of the equation would have moved from Short to medium range and greater LOAL shots thereby making the need to hold the mi...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 18:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

3 squads of 5++ gen fighter jets - most likely a gov-gov. Either Russkies or Khans, but most likely, Dassault/franco-german with DRDO combines? Unlikely, the Dassault-Airbus thing is still a paper project with plenty of issues to be sorted out before they can even start development. (See: Export co...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 18:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

Once the Rafale enters service, what capability does the Eurofighter, MiG-35, Gripen E, Su-35, F-16 or F-18 bring to the table....that the Rafale already cannot do? What game changer is present on those aircraft that justifies the cost of setting up new infrastructure, a new maintenance program, a ...
by Viv S
15 Nov 2018 14:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1582
Views: 227427

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

What happened ? I didn't read that in news, perhaps missed it Regarding stealth. Edit: Since this has come out, I am putting it here, Mods you can take a call. https://twitter.com/Aryanwarlord/status/1062638496211443713 Ahh.. that one always makes me crack up. LM gets a lot of flak for using buzzwo...
by Viv S
13 Nov 2018 05:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3247
Views: 531729

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Avic’s J-31 Fighter Is a Winner After All Not long after the J-31 fighter prototype from Avic’s Shenyang Aircraft Corp. appeared in 2012, analysts realized that it was not, after all, a new combat aircraft for the Chinese military. It was just a technology demonstrator from a well-resourced but fru...
by Viv S
13 Nov 2018 04:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Rajan takes what seems to be a fairly nuanced position on the current issue. Fortunately the clip's unedited. There's some interesting examples about the RBI board's decisions during his tenure.

(Only the first 15 min are the interview.)
by Viv S
13 Nov 2018 03:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

Which is what they want Viv. They want a single vendor situation, which will cause the deal to collapse and then go in for a G2G deal. Their best best of winning lies there. Everyone under the sun now realizes that to win in the Indian defence market, G2G deals are the best bet. The frustration is ...
by Viv S
13 Nov 2018 03:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 767
Views: 86233

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

One does not have to be a genius to figure who these frustrated representatives are. With successive senior IAF officials defending the Rafale (especially on technical merits), executives at the "other" firms are questioning the validity of this contest. They do not want this contest to g...
by Viv S
13 Nov 2018 01:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Has Rajan ever sought any permission to office advice to GoI or RBI ? Have any of his comments since remitting office been considered by the government ? In fact, has he ever been sought out since, because he stated something helpful and his advice or guidance was considered useful to have ? The an...
by Viv S
12 Nov 2018 22:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

“In all fairness” isn’t meaningful because there’s no fairness to be ascribed here . Everyone speaking out of turn when they aren’t legitimately in a position to - eg the former PM who’s never won a Lok Sabha seat and is not a current MP offering his commentary on the floor of parliament - is makin...
by Viv S
12 Nov 2018 20:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Former public servants are expected to exercise discretion above all else. Name another ex RBI governor who's made a career on the lecture circuit like him. None. In India, government servants are obligated to serve, then move on and not behave offer gratuitous advice and observations to the govern...
by Viv S
11 Nov 2018 00:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1582
Views: 227427

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

This Col Ajai Shukla contradicts his earlier 2017 blog on price analysis . This person appears to be a master in changing the narrative, possibly for his political bossess, to whose line he obviously is towing! Quite a pity - this veteran posing as a defence analyst, instead of what he is - a polit...
by Viv S
05 Nov 2018 12:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2518
Views: 398209

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Pressure mounts on India over tariffs on ICT items Geneva: The US and China, among others, are expected to object at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to New Delhi’s customs duties on information and communications technology (ICT) products, particularly mobile phones and other gadgets, on the gro...
by Viv S
05 Nov 2018 10:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1962
Views: 251850

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

CRamS wrote:Is this DDM hype to suggest 'all eyes on Indian-Americans" or is there any truth?

DDM hype. Three of the four are running in safe seats. The fourth, Ami Bera, has a narrower edge in a light blue district and will most likely win as well.
by Viv S
04 Nov 2018 14:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4309
Views: 709216

Re: Small Arms Thread

Yet again the IA brass/MoD demonstrate that they aren't restrained by any consistent logic. All this time we've been hearing that the IA needed 5.56x45/7.62x51 for conventional roles while retaining a 7.62x39 tool for CI Ops where stopping power takes precedence over accuracy at range. And lo behold...
by Viv S
03 Nov 2018 22:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 540
Views: 43965

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201811011069424164-s400s-for-india-in-rubles-implications/ How Ruble purchase goes orthogonal to CAATSA? any pointers here? The Rupee-Ruble system is a means of bypassing US sanctions (and the SWIFT system) on Rosoboronexport, and enabling payments for the S-400 to ...
by Viv S
31 Oct 2018 18:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1962
Views: 251850

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I think all of you are missing the elephant in the room. I know this sounds like a CT, and maybe it is one, but I posit that its the Congoon ecosystem in cahoots with 'South Asia' cabal and think tanks in US that impressed upon Trump's handlers to call this off. And to me the reasons are obvious. W...

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