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by Cosmo_R
19 Feb 2018 05:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5378
Views: 486601

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^ 1. The FGFA is a science project we cannot afford. What's the number tossed around—$25-30Bn? The IAF does not want it: deliverables aside, it will kill CAPEX needed for ops for the next decade. "No doubt, the Russians wouldn’t be happy about this, but India has substantial existing and futu...
by Cosmo_R
16 Feb 2018 05:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2231
Views: 170668

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Why does the IAF seem against the FGFA? They were actively against it after the Russians clammed up after a demo accident and refused the IAF any access to causes. Answer: the IAF was totally petrified at having it's CAPEX tied up in yet another R&D exercise at the expense of the Rafale which th...
by Cosmo_R
13 Feb 2018 23:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 2890
Views: 168946

Re: Iran News and Discussions

"The Israeli military said an Iranian drone it shot down over the weekend was based on an American stealth drone that was intercepted by Iran six years ago. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/12/middleeast/israel-iran-drone-intl/index.html Interesting how they've maintained F4s and F-14s in spite of s...
by Cosmo_R
10 Feb 2018 23:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 640
Views: 89655

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

Here's Angad Singh's (Vayusena) projection: X.1 2012 2017 2022 2027 2032 SEPECAT Jaguar 6 6 6 6 0 Mikoyan MiG-29 3 3 3 3 0 Dassault Mirage 2000 3 3 3 3 0 Sukhoi Su-30 9 13 14 14 14 Mikoyan MiG-27 5 0 0 0 0 Mikoyan MiG-21 11 6 4 0 0 Indian designed jets 0 1 3 6 6 Dassault Rafale 0 0 2 2 2 You may be ...
by Cosmo_R
10 Feb 2018 22:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 640
Views: 89655

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

Just one data point- the man hours for the HAL assembled Rafales were apparently 2.4 times higher than those for Dassault assembled Rafales. That estimation remained a point of contention till the very end of the MRCA contest. .... Also one must remember that way before the demise of the MRCA deal,...
by Cosmo_R
10 Feb 2018 22:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 640
Views: 89655

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

By 2025, the IAF will retire ~250 fighters. Assuming HAL goes full bore with 2 lines and 32 LCA MK-1As per year from 2019-2025, that's 225 a/c. Add the 18 follow-on options for Rafale and you get 243. All of this to keep the fighter squadrons at 32. That's not accounting for attrition. I'm not sure ...
by Cosmo_R
08 Feb 2018 04:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 631
Views: 35803

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

"Nevertheless, he must be cautious in believing and acting, and must not inspire fear of his own accord, and must proceed in a temperate manner with prudence and humanity, so that too much confidence does not render him incautious, and too much diffidence does not render him intolerant. From th...
by Cosmo_R
03 Feb 2018 03:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462768

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

What is the US motivation for this symbolic act? Considering that it might have negative connotations for their own aircraft industry... It's a hoary tradition in the style of 1950s NatGeo (when it was called National Geographic and Gilbert Grosvenor was around). White man dons native costume to sh...
by Cosmo_R
02 Feb 2018 23:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Bangladesh News and Discussion
Replies: 2445
Views: 162512

Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

The Rohingya Suffer Real Horrors. So Why Are Some of Their Stories Untrue? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/world/asia/rohingya-myanmar-camps.html "I was reporting on children who had arrived in the camps without their families. An international charity, which had given financial support to t...
by Cosmo_R
02 Feb 2018 00:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4023
Views: 567409

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Zorya or ge or rr may not make all parts. Generally a collection of vendors supply these and some may have collapsed and vanished as it happened in 1991 ussr. The physical plant may be there but unpaid workers moved away. Antonov perhaps had a deep cache of parts and better finances to upg our an32...
by Cosmo_R
01 Feb 2018 19:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4023
Views: 567409

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I don't understand why we have not pressured Ukraine/Zoya to establish MII. They know how big the potential Indian market is.
by Cosmo_R
01 Feb 2018 03:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2541
Views: 331528

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Here is a story about defence acquisition in OZ. "Buyer's remorse: Australia's sorry record on defence hardware" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/29/buyers-remorse-australias-sorry-record-on-defence-hardware?CMP=share_btn_wa They have been only screwing up for a decade. They hav...
by Cosmo_R
30 Jan 2018 05:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462768

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

@Tsarkar ^^^. I think it would be a brilliant demonstration of how much SU-30MKI 'deep ToT' we actually got if we can re-engine the MKIs with the PWs.

Plus, PW would be willing to deal both because they get into India an GE preserve and because they've moved on to the F-119s and F-135s.

Good post.
by Cosmo_R
30 Jan 2018 04:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4023
Views: 567409

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^"We have no plan" Or PLAN for that matter. Actually we have no military goal or objective except for 'defending' against 'any attack' and 'giving befitting reply'. This stems from not having a strategic political doctrine. Lots of rhetoric but no implementable steps. Hence we try to hav...
by Cosmo_R
28 Jan 2018 20:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3759
Views: 274173

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

^^^Key takeaway: :"Israeli researchers work on antimissile missile in hopes of an air force order" They keep plugging away—first with the hope of an IDF order but with the fallback of selling it to us because they have a marketing machine that is connected to R&D. They are not 'order t...
by Cosmo_R
27 Jan 2018 16:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3759
Views: 274173

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

.."You can pick one up in airline configuration for as little as $9 million, and that’s a pretty good deal for a big—and I do mean big—airplane that can fly 8,000 miles nonstop at a top speed of 469 knots. (A new 767 with an airline interior will set you back $185 million.) Even if you install ...
by Cosmo_R
19 Jan 2018 05:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2541
Views: 331528

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

SHQ was asking what is this SPIKE deal with Israel? 1. DRDO objected. Got the PSU unions to throw their weight around. MoD wobbled because it's what they do. 2. COAS Bipin Rawat intervened to argue that Indian infantry would be at disadvantage to Pakis if they had to wait until 2022 for first deliv...
by Cosmo_R
11 Jan 2018 01:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4023
Views: 567409

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

.... Now with a gora JV or gora consultant, I am protected from the clutches of these other desis. I know in my heart, I am just as good as this gora but I am not better than the machination of my fellow desis. The gora lends an air of decency and safety from my own kind. Some truth here. That's wh...
by Cosmo_R
17 Dec 2017 03:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 640
Views: 89655

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

^^^ Ah the fabled Qatari Mirages again.... https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7266&p=2235803#p2235803 It is both ironic and funny that you keep bringing up the 12 Qatari M2Ks as something that we believe will provide a magic solution to the depleting squadron strength in ...
by Cosmo_R
16 Dec 2017 06:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 640
Views: 89655

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

^^^ Ah the fabled Qatari Mirages again. Elsewhere BRfites are considering retired French Jaguars. http://www.airport-data.com/images/aircraft/small/000/397/397838.jpg What is this gene within us that causes us to assume that any sellers would leave vast quantities of hidden unused usability for us s...
by Cosmo_R
15 Dec 2017 20:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3636
Views: 210515

Re: Internal Security Watch

Huge arms haul in Nashik: 25 rifles, 19 revolvers,1 machine gun seized Acting on a tip-off, the Nashik rural police seized a large quantity of arms near Chandwad toll naka on Agra-Mumbai highway and arrested three men on Friday morning. The seizure includes 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers ...
by Cosmo_R
14 Dec 2017 03:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1133
Views: 115947

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Aditya_V wrote:
Austin wrote:Egyptian MiG-29M2 with Kh-38 mockup:

WTF-> they operate around 240 F16's, 32 Mirage -2000, getting 24 Rafale's and even Mig 29's? Wiki says 60 J-7 also, seems like a better zoo than the IAF


Yup and they haven't met a color they didn't like.
by Cosmo_R
13 Dec 2017 01:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4023
Views: 567409

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

...Ka226/LUH saga is an example. I can bet that the 100th desi-built Ka-226 will have less desi components than the first series production LUH. And, I'll bet once 100 Ka226 and LUH are built you'll have fewer Ka226 flight-worthy that LUH. The 100th desi-built KA-226 will likely have less desi comp...
by Cosmo_R
12 Dec 2017 00:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462768

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

This is relevant to the LCA. This is why MP says they bought the Rafale https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/manohar-parrikar-says-rafale-deal-gives-india-edge-over-pak-1785775 He's talking about the Meteor. Just a thought MK1A/2 with conformal fuel tanks (another 1,000 kg worth) brings it into Gripen E...
by Cosmo_R
11 Dec 2017 22:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462768

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

This is relevant to the LCA. This is why MP says they bought the Rafale "Pakistan had only about 20 km range ... due to which they remained away," he said. However, between 1999 and 2014, Pakistan acquired a capacity of 100 km range whereas India had upgraded its BVR up to 60 km on SU30, h...
by Cosmo_R
11 Dec 2017 07:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1285
Views: 208324

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

'wild Christmas parties, nurses, really interesting conversation regarding combat aircraft'. Somehow, this does not 'gel'. Is there a subtext we should be looking for? :) You mean you can't see any connection between the Norfolk broads and birds? Age dims the spread. In my dotage I thought it was s...
by Cosmo_R
11 Dec 2017 04:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1285
Views: 208324

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

^^In 1984-85 the break up of the USSR was still a few years away. I was working in Great Yarmouth - a place on the eastern tip of the English coast in Norfolk. There used to be some wild Christmas parties and one of the nurses had a sister who was a radar operator in an east coast station. I recall...
by Cosmo_R
11 Dec 2017 00:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462768

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

... ... a country with a democratic government simply will not work that way. People hate democracy for this reason and then the topic usually shifts to how bad Indian democracy is and how things get done oh so easily in xyz democratic western nation. But we must reach solutions that are feasible i...
by Cosmo_R
09 Dec 2017 02:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3271
Views: 348424

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Vivek K wrote:What does India get in return for this gift (national waste) to Russia?


AFAIK, the satisfaction that it (gift) did not go to Boeing or Sikorsky
by Cosmo_R
07 Dec 2017 22:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 991
Views: 117966

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

CRamS: I simultaneously weep profusely...etc. This is not fuel -- this is tar/bitumen for laying roads. Just do a web search on that product and the import/export documents for it. States that pretty clearly. Just because Indian journalists are a bunch of low IQ cretins, doesn't mean we have to exp...
by Cosmo_R
04 Dec 2017 06:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3623
Views: 235546

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

@VivS "Core design experience we will only get with a new clean-sheet project which isn't economical for the quantities we envision (the export market is already saturated). The best we can hope for is local assembly and component production that can hopefully feed into the global eco-system. I...
by Cosmo_R
03 Dec 2017 00:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 640
Views: 89655

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

Rakesh wrote:And if he is left unchallenged, he will ruin it."

It is a family tradition...
by Cosmo_R
02 Dec 2017 23:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 991
Views: 117966

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

This sent the BP up a notch: As Obama Warns Modi, Ivanka Given Lavish Welcome in India "Obama picked up on India’s main current social issue when he said that, along with other countries, it should ensure that a Muslim population felt integrated. “That is something that should be cherished and ...
by Cosmo_R
02 Dec 2017 07:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1366
Views: 125476

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

^^^Fake news?
by Cosmo_R
02 Dec 2017 06:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 991
Views: 117966

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^^Pompeo is a better bet for us. He's not running for higher office. Haley will be far more anti -Iran because she wants to be VP :)
by Cosmo_R
27 Nov 2017 23:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5378
Views: 486601

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

UlanBatori wrote:T.. there is no hope, even to bring a ladder for the pilot to get down and go to the forest for a "p".


I thought that was what "p"tot tubes were for.
by Cosmo_R
22 Nov 2017 21:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 141229

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

^^^Picklu wrote: In other news, it is confirmed now. IA trial team forced Arjun to run 1000s of KM in reverse gear to cause failure of the engine and used the same to reject. Put a few more reverse gears on it and may be of serious interest to the Egyptians who will only need one forward gear in cas...
by Cosmo_R
22 Nov 2017 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 141229

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

^^^ for once, you are correct. This entire FRCV tamasha was written for the Armata in mind. The other contendors are there just for show. When I said this a few moons back on BRF, I was criticized for saying so. :roll: Sad if it happens. The Armata will be a half baked item unable to perform, and t...
by Cosmo_R
19 Nov 2017 07:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 461699

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

The second point,to maintain qualitaive superiority necessitates the acquisition asap of a 5th-gen fighter.Here,in whatever shape or form,the FGFA deal must be sealed. Why? The JSF's test reports are public, its (many) warts are being fixed. The FGFA does not have a single flying prototype, and the...

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