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by Viv S
19 Sep 2018 01:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 666701

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 5397
Views: 488699

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: 5397
Views: 488699

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: 1733
Views: 215520

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: 4187
Views: 362849

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: 155
Views: 11000

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: 155
Views: 11000

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: 1733
Views: 215520

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: 155
Views: 11000

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 442
Views: 31212

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: 1098
Views: 164267

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: 257017

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: 257017

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: 453
Views: 68460

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: 257017

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...
by Viv S
12 Aug 2018 01:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1733
Views: 215520

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

US suspends decade-long military training programme with Pakistan: Report ISLAMABAD: The Trump administration has suspended more than a decade-long military training programme of Pakistani personnel at US institutions, a media report said today, days after Islamabad and Moscow signed an agreement t...
by Viv S
12 Aug 2018 01:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

"But when all that is said and done, the MiG-29 is a superb fighter for close-in combat, even compared with aircraft like the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18. This is due to the aircraft’s superb aerodynamics and helmet mounted sight. Inside ten nautical miles I’m hard to defeat, and with the IRST, helm...
by Viv S
10 Aug 2018 15:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Even you are assuming things here its possible that during those period the problem may not have been cropped up and it is also possible that between 2014 and 2018 most if not all the problem with 29K could have been resolved by IN Most of the media reports, 'chaiwallah' reports here on BRF (includ...
by Viv S
10 Aug 2018 15:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

This could have been the only worthwhile competitor to the P-8. I don't know if it was seriously considered. The A319 MPA is vapourware. Not a single prototype is flying even today. Exactly. The odd thing about the CAG report isn't that the P-8 was pricier, its that the Airbus MPA was considered te...
by Viv S
10 Aug 2018 14:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

By RAC-MiG pilots. There were only observers from the Indian side. The ability to launch and recover from a carrier was demonstrated, but the effect of arrested recovery on the airframe was only realised after the order for the follow-on batch had been placed. All the points were also noted and obs...
by Viv S
08 Aug 2018 01:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

It was tested on the Kuznetsov, there's was a video of this in the net. By RAC-MiG pilots. There were only observers from the Indian side. The ability to launch and recover from a carrier was demonstrated, but the effect of arrested recovery on the airframe was only realised after the order for the...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I am speaking of type qualification , all pilots go through type qualification of 100 of hours before they are type qualified. That includes many dozen Landing using arrester recovery method. Both land and then carrier is used for type qualification that each pilot has to go through the Mig-29 has ...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 21:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Rakesh wrote:I hope you do not mind, but I will have to remove this post. I already posted it right above you :)

No issues. But do add the excerpts to your post, if you don't mind. Would help most readers get a quick overview of those points.
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Hahaha , You need to do many hundred hours of conversion training to get type certified , Those training on Goshawks were basic one. That's what you need to get trap qualified. Type certification is a different thing. When the MiG-29Ks was evaluated, there were no trap qualified pilots available. A...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 68460

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Indian pilots were trained in carrier operations on Goshawks in the US, not in Russia or Ukraine. Its possible they visited Russia for familiarization & tests but the post-flight maintenance in such cases would obviously have been done by RAC-MiG. The SBTF in INS Hansa was only completed in 2013...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 18:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 442
Views: 31212

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

The key question is loss of sensitive data , Israel having that system does not help us as Israel is treaty allay of US and same goes for Euro. The key answer is that Indian data-links & comms are NOT being replaced by NATO-spec equipment, and Israel's example proves that it is possible to reta...
by Viv S
07 Aug 2018 17:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 442
Views: 31212

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Could be because NASAMS is cheaper than Patriot system and co-development wasn't an offer. If the aim was to please Donald Trump, then that guy just cares about immediate payout and a co-development project won't quickly translate into jobs. On the other hand, NASAMS means more orders for American ...

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