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by Karan M
19 Aug 2018 19:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971
Replies: 121
Views: 9445

Re: 41st Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Likely Lt Kheterpals tank because you said 1971?
by Karan M
16 Aug 2018 20:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2072
Views: 246418

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Well said Pankajs. The shivering over PRCs claimed prowess is ridiculous sometimes.
by Karan M
16 Aug 2018 00:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1852
Views: 281682

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

If the GOI extends this to all economic classes, as he promised in his Independence Day speech, it will be a real tangible gain for all the folks who bemoan how the Indian middle class has gained nothing from the current GOI etc. Eitherways, this is a very big step forward and I hope adequate safegu...
by Karan M
14 Aug 2018 22:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1780
Views: 326632

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

^ No. What do you think the ship based radars will connect to then? The ship based radars (the golfballs) are for calibrating our tests for BMD/BMs etc and also to keep an eye out for our neighbours tests. They are not dedicated BMD FCRs. So far, we don't seem to have a plan in place for a naval Ae...
by Karan M
13 Aug 2018 03:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

I can fairly predict that Indian units will do even worse in these exercises in Russia as we draw down our investment in Russian MIC. And PRC dog and pony wins will only increase, as the PRC sends "olympic teams" to such events trained and maintained for this express purpose. Whether Su-57...
by Karan M
12 Aug 2018 00:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Why aren't we using the same engines for T-72 and T-90 tanks or more correctly, why aren't we upgrading the T-72 tanks with the T-90 engine? We have been making both in India. Upto now, the engines were made with some parts imported from Russia and now we are making everything in house. It would de...
by Karan M
12 Aug 2018 00:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Karan M, I am not questioning the training standards nor the capabilities. Of course, I am aware that operational performances are what count. I am more anguished over step motherly treatment being meted out to Arjun by the IA hierarchy. I agree with and understand your angst. Taking Arjuns to the ...
by Karan M
11 Aug 2018 15:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Demand a lottery for each team for the tank they will use! Good point. The RuAF equipped with SU-27/30s and 35s is not worried about NATO , etc. as these birds are superior to the Eurocanards and other frontline aircraft barring the F-22 only used by the US. Not accurate at all. The handful of Su-3...
by Karan M
11 Aug 2018 15:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

This is not to say all exercises are by nature rigged etc. They aren't and experiences vary from place to place and national politics/interests play a huge role. When IAF went to Red Flag, French Rafales did their best not to show off their capabilities in front of the multinational etc crowd and in...
by Karan M
11 Aug 2018 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

In absence of further information both Kash and Karan's statements are speculation. True. But anyone who has interacted with or has knowledge of IA training standards would contest any claim that IA performance would degrade by any significant amount when all things were kept even. The fact still r...
by Karan M
11 Aug 2018 15:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Karan sir, to me it appears to be wishful thinking to explain away our pedestrian performances. I cannot claim to understand the thinking of our DGMF and infantry command in this, but taking into consideration all the recent and not-so-recent events- persisting with Rossie tincans, step motherly tr...
by Karan M
11 Aug 2018 10:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3348
Views: 322249

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

I wouldn't be surprised if the Russians deliberately gave the Indian side a tank with multiple issues. And the Indian side just persevered. Russians and in fact all our so called partners pull such petty tricks for political reasons.
by Karan M
09 Aug 2018 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 25074

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

It's Apple selling smartphones that's a trillion dollar company. Lockheed Martin, the world's largest arms seller is valued at 90 billion - less than 1/10th. Do look up the profitability of Facebook vs Lockheed Martin if you're interested in facts. Mod note: Comparing a consumer electronics firm to...
by Karan M
07 Aug 2018 01:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 25074

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

We both know the answer to that. :)
by Karan M
07 Aug 2018 00:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 25074

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Does anyone seen this NASAMS-II specs? And $1B to protect only Delhi seems last ditch system. Is this evolved Patriot model for export? In other thoughts looks very defensive to me. $1B for planes would be better spent. Hope it's not more baksheesh to now Norway also for stopping conversion. No NAS...
by Karan M
07 Aug 2018 00:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 331
Views: 25074

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

I still don't see how a ground based radar, which is not mast mounted can deal with cruise missiles. I expect the IAF will be sneaky and put the NASAMS radar (it is sufficiently compact) on buildings for the same purpose, but the footprint will be limited. The radar has only 40km range. ^NASAMS is n...
by Karan M
06 Aug 2018 23:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 360
Views: 48160

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

+1 Nachiket. I can't believe the kind of blinders on. The support mounting for kits such as engines (~several hundred kg) are shearing and this is dismissed as wear and tear. What happens when the aircraft is maneuvering and the engine moves sideways? The list of other issues with the aircraft: FBW ...
by Karan M
05 Aug 2018 23:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 138860

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

Rafale is a wonderful aircraft. Very refined over generations starting with the originally Mirage, that’s four generations at least. Having said that some of the capabilities being touted here, on news channels, by sources and now an AM (no less) are physics bending. Context matters and these TV de...
by Karan M
05 Aug 2018 23:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 138860

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

From the radar perspective, the Thales MFCR we used for the BMD was actually ahead of the Elta LRTR. These stereotypes, while entertaining, are often misleading (IMHO). India has a habit of cherrypicking the best items it can get from the open market. We combine Israeli HUD and Israeli jammers with ...
by Karan M
05 Aug 2018 19:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 138860

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

Just shows the level of investment the French put into their tech and how its paid off. See the small size of the Rafale radar above and yet it matches that of previous gen heavies with much larger radars. Ultra-compact packaging to the max. There is one other country that does better packaging by ...
by Karan M
04 Aug 2018 00:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 138860

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

AFM was nothing but a Typhoon PR mag, thanks to some of its contributors like J Lake.
A better eval of dated "versus" capability, was the Swisss eval, the Rafale was far ahead of the EF, and TBH, the EF maturity is still suspect.
by Karan M
03 Aug 2018 23:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 138860

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

Just shows the level of investment the French put into their tech and how its paid off. See the small size of the Rafale radar above and yet it matches that of previous gen heavies with much larger radars.
Ultra-compact packaging to the max.
by Karan M
03 Aug 2018 23:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 138860

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

The Typhoon has great promise but is nowhere near the same level of maturity as the Rafale in terms of sensor maturity, sensor fusion, integrated weapons. Its a great hot rod though, and has a bigger nose than the Rafale, theoretically more capable against future LO threats. But as a package, the Ra...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 23:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Also, I am not sure what mass deployment of Akash and Barak is being spoken of. Our current orders are a drop in the bucket, so to speak. The IAF had 30 Pechora squadrons, with 2 batteries each, translating to 60 firing units. They currently have 8 Akash squadrons and (supposedly), 9 Barak-8 squadro...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 23:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If payout was required, we could have purchased AMRAAMs themselves to arm our fighters. Why the SAMs indeed ? AMRAAMS purchase directly makes no sense, because the Khan won't agree. Will they agree to integrate AMRAAM on Su-30? Will they agree to integrate AMRAAM on Rafale, and give it a cost-effec...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 22:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Partly political. Arms purchases fulfill political objectives, but also have to meet operational requirements. NASAMS-2: 1. Exists (not paper talk), and has been deployed in city protection role 2. Uses X Band radar (good for detecting low RCS targets, all-weather wise) 3. ARH Missiles - fire &...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 21:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If this was political, we could have gone for additional chinooks or Apaches or C 130j. Partly political. Arms purchases fulfill political objectives, but also have to meet operational requirements. NASAMS-2: 1. Exists (not paper talk), and has been deployed in city protection role 2. Uses X Band r...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 20:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Can you please inform us Neshant, as to how a short range system like NASAMS fulfills any TMD/BMD role?

Otherwise, please desist from adding confusion to the topic.
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4240
Views: 774999

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Though of course they do develop specific systems for specific needs. That is the actual reason. For example, use Iron Dome to take out air dropped bombs rather than use a more expensive Barak-8 or Derby/Python. Despite brochure claims, there is no omnipotent system. Which is why in an Indian Army ...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 10:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4240
Views: 774999

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

The Israeli s have standardized on python/derby/spyder for their tactical SAM. ( same family I believe). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David%27s_Sling It will form one level of Israel's future multi-tiered missile defense system that Israel is developing, which will also include Arrow 2, Arrow 3, I...
by Karan M
02 Aug 2018 10:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4240
Views: 774999

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Singha wrote:i guess its ransom money to relieve pressure on other fronts.

sad that we are in this condition.


Always this case. We use up all our money paying imports so we dont have enough left to develop our own. Vicious circle.
by Karan M
01 Aug 2018 20:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The only reason I can see for NASAMs is that it is already deployed for a national capital protection grid. SpyDer etc deployment would need to be scaled up whereas NASAMS seems to be already deployed en masse for that specific purpose. In terms of why NASAMS when there is S-400, well S-400 needs a ...
by Karan M
01 Aug 2018 20:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Thank you, I really like your posts also. I cannot understand how genuinely patriotic members of the Forum can be called "philes" of any other country. And the member slyly continued to insinuate that I am. I used to think this Forum existed to promote Indian national interest. But I shal...
by Karan M
31 Jul 2018 16:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I think you misread my question. It was clear that NASAMS was at one end but what is it displacing at the other end? That was my question. You think it is Akash and they are likely in the same category. Have you compared NASAMS with Akash? Perhaps NASAMS has some features that Akash still doesn't h...
by Karan M
31 Jul 2018 15:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199564

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Kindly remove my ID from Bharat Rakshak. I thought this was a forum for genuine patriots. Clearly there is no room for me here. Thanks a lot. KShirin - kindly reconsider your decision. Your input is valued & you present a strong viewpoint much required on fora like BRF. Furthermore, through thi...
by Karan M
30 Jul 2018 16:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4240
Views: 774999

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

India is in talks for NASAMS 2 not mere NASAMS.
NASAMS 2 for India will likely features advanced variants of AMRAAM and ESSM variants e.g. AMRAAM ER which is basically an ESSM with AMRAAM homing.
by Karan M
28 Jul 2018 13:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2639
Views: 429671

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

I agree with you but placing more orders in parallel means more budget for capex, and to be honest, after Modi's interview in Swarajya about real state of the economy in 2014, plus OROP, subsidies etc..I don't see the leeway for significant new orders till economy picks up post 2019. Private sector ...
by Karan M
28 Jul 2018 12:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2639
Views: 429671

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Chola, talk of missing the point. My point was exactly this - if things fly, can sail, the PRC trots them out as examples of overnight, rushed success. Whereas India's MIC tests its to be inducted equipment to the max, and YET, there are still niggles with imports especially. Take the case of the BA...

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