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by Cosmo_R
21 Sep 2017 07:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

The pro-import lobby should make up their mind on what they think will be the true gain: 1. When ToT is questioned, they move to job creation, 2. When job creation is questioned, they move to building up ab-initio companies, 3. When ab-initio companies are questioned, they move to ToT. Bhai, first ...
by Cosmo_R
21 Sep 2017 06:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^LM has stated that by the 7th year, it expects to roll out a near completely 'locally sourced' F-16. So 90% by year 6 is not a stretch. Near completely locally sourced F-16 by year seven? So apart from the engine and the AESA radar, everything else will be locally sourced by the seventh year? Wh...
by Cosmo_R
20 Sep 2017 16:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^LM has stated that by the 7th year, it expects to roll out a near completely 'locally sourced' F-16. So 90% by year 6 is not a stretch. We are not going to get IP from them or anyone else so it makes sense to let them bear 100% of the investment cost in exchange for 100% ownership and responsibil...
by Cosmo_R
20 Sep 2017 05:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2793
Views: 364866

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^..What defines the core "minimum" security interests of the nation? No one has a clear answer and thus we keep importing equipment and platforms as Band-Aid solutions." Bulls-eye! We are trying arm for every eventuality without even understanding fully what the scenarios might be. ...
by Cosmo_R
20 Sep 2017 04:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

I have a feeling that some kind of mig-29upg, mig-29k, mig35 production line will come to India along with rd-33mk engine tech. IMO - worth the money we pay - maybe we pay $1 billion dollars for getting the engine/production tech/support. I am surprised Natasha lobby is not thinking of removing one...
by Cosmo_R
20 Sep 2017 03:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^Looks like Pratyush Kumar wants to co-opt 'state' enterprises as a way of both lubricating the resistance: getting the HAL and PSU unions on Boeing's side and then using them as fall guys if things go wrong. Heck, it's a great strategy to do an end run around LM which is ahead because after all, ...
by Cosmo_R
19 Sep 2017 15:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 374
Views: 45932

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Rakesh wrote:MiG eyes deal to supply military jets to Navy :D
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/art ... 720725.cms


MiG is China's 'assassin's mace' for India.
by Cosmo_R
19 Sep 2017 15:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2793
Views: 364866

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Interesting point. If range is a factor, why not put Growler capabilities on P-8 I or a more specialized version of 737s? Longer legs, loiter time, MRO compatibility with P8-I For a tactical role (i.e. escort jamming), the ideal platform is the Su-30MKI. Its has great persistence, a second seat for...
by Cosmo_R
19 Sep 2017 14:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

HAL will have its hands full with the MKI upgrades, LCA, the helicopters. If they have excess skilled manpower, it's good news for private companies who have a pool to source from. They have what—120+ LCAs to deliver. Assuming (and that's a big if) they deliver 20/year, that's six years at full capa...
by Cosmo_R
19 Sep 2017 03:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 1178
Views: 202478

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

The whole idea of A-10s and SU-25s was to unleash lethality against ground formations. The A-10 was the centerpiece of NATO's strategy to kill Soviet tanks as they poured across the Fulda Gap. This at the time was also called "Dragons Teeth": depleted Uranium rounds against armor. Does the...
by Cosmo_R
18 Sep 2017 22:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1122
Views: 81174

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

rather than backfires overhauled from some boneyard with iffy uptimes, it is better to invest in 12 new build blackjack mk2 which the russians are restarting production on. maybe we will start receiving in 5 years if we sign up now. they will have new engines and all new avionics and systems. plus ...
by Cosmo_R
18 Sep 2017 22:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1122
Views: 81174

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Go the whole hog. Use the new Vikrant hulls to build Wasp class LHDs—our version of JC stick 20 F35Bs and we get both and 2 for the price of 1 How will the 40000t hull be suitable for a 25000t ship? Overall I have to agree that the change of focus to amphibious assault/helo/light aircraft carriers ...
by Cosmo_R
18 Sep 2017 03:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2793
Views: 364866

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^Station the Growler at naval land air stations, as they have longer legs than the F-35B.

Interesting point. If range is a factor, why not put Growler capabilities on P-8 I or a more specialized version of 737s?

Longer legs, loiter time, MRO compatibility with P8-I
by Cosmo_R
17 Sep 2017 18:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2793
Views: 364866

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^ Also, the whole Vishal thing was to make India spend on being a 'complementary' naval power and take the pressure off the pakis by starving the IAF/IA
by Cosmo_R
17 Sep 2017 16:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 2791
Views: 249850

Re: Indus Water Treaty

... So, IMHO, both modifications and termination are possible per IWT provisions. I defer to your knowledge. However, a question. A new treaty can replace the existing one according to the provisions but unless and until a new treaty comes into force by agreement by and between the two signatories,...
by Cosmo_R
17 Sep 2017 15:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2826
Views: 241301

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

@Chola ^^^: Exactly. Add to that a 'fits and starts' defense policy and each new project is greenfields. No institutional memory, cumulative knowledge base and no mentors. If we had persevered with the HF24, we would have had our 'Viggen' by the early 1980s. And that base today... I hope that with A...
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 05:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Austin wrote: I wonder of single engine would have requirement for hardwiring it for nuclear role and if swedes and US would oblige ?


How did the Pakis and the Israelis do it? It was common knowledge about the Israelis doing it some 30 odd years ago
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 05:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 406
Views: 61279

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

.. ... But the heavy/Medium"light was a media creation with our media defence experts writing article saying that "All air forces have this heavy-medium-light" mix". I laughed and pointed out this bullshit very early on - but it has now become "gyan" I think they shoul...
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 05:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 406
Views: 61279

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

They have 30 years of MRO for existing a/c. Decline in peace
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 04:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 645
Views: 37981

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

A propos of nothing. In 1978, I was invited by SBI to outline how the Eurodollar syndication market worked at the time including how we priced risk. Presented what we'd done for Korea Development Bank and an entity called Samsung. Was more than surprised when I got flak during Q&A when many newl...
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 03:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - June 20, 2017
Replies: 2718
Views: 215426

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - June 20, 2017

FT: US weighs dropping Pakistan as an ally .... Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Pakistan in the wake of 9/11, says Pakistan resents the wild oscillations in support from the US. “They went from our most allied of allies to our most sanctioned of sanctioned,” he said, recalling that the US wor...
by Cosmo_R
15 Sep 2017 19:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1922
Views: 102731

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

I don't know if this is really true or the writer is being disingenuous: "The Importance of a Japan-India Amphibious Aircraft Deal. The conclusion of an India-Japan deal for the transfer of ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft will bear immense strategic importance." ..."a symbolic firs...
by Cosmo_R
15 Sep 2017 18:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2826
Views: 241301

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

... ..though it will be shaped for stealth, a non-stealthy version has also been planned. Now this is smart. The concept of stealth in the mid 2020s will be a moving target. Better to get a platform that has everything else for a 5G a/c and then worry about stealth as it will be 10 years from now. ...
by Cosmo_R
14 Sep 2017 03:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 2640
Views: 126894

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

This struck me as interesting in the context of MII http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/return-part-was-most-difficult-recalls-major-who-led-surgical-strikes-in-pok-1748359 "Maj. Tango would be armed with his M4A1 5.56-mm carbine, the rest of the assault team with a mix of M4A1 s and standard-issue ...
by Cosmo_R
13 Sep 2017 01:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 1958
Views: 118913

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^^^Don't see any irony. Look up the JSF Turkey or Talisman thread and you will get a handle on the past discussions. I reserve the right to make a comment on a picture when it portrays carrying EFTs as some sort of great milestone. I'm not sure why you take it so personally and infuse it with a scho...
by Cosmo_R
12 Sep 2017 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 1958
Views: 118913

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Sir, are you opposing because you must? Exactly.. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/F-22_fuel_tanks.jpg F-35 linky Gentlemen, you miss the point. When the JSF was discussed in its own thread, many on BRF scoffed at the bomb load in stealth configuration. Short legs, small payload....
by Cosmo_R
11 Sep 2017 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 1958
Views: 118913

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^^^"EFT's is not be stealthy but to extend the range either for ferry or for tactical advantage" Of course, but when one is touting, the PAK/FA as a 'stealthy a/c' with an effective/superior combat range, it hardly helps that you've got these beacons pinpointing you because they are extend...
by Cosmo_R
11 Sep 2017 03:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 1958
Views: 118913

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Very stealthy those EFTs
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 22:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^The only demand I could think of was Taiwan and Vietnam for new build. I don't know what the MRO market is but if we become sole source, the margins are phenomenal.
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 19:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Seems there's not even a thought in Delhi about asking USA to pass a law regarding guarantee that the weaponry we buy won't be sanctioned. I have a greater chance of when crossing the road, have a Ferrari - driven by none other than Katrina Kafi - hitting me, Katrina Madam jumping out of the car an...
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 16:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 642
Views: 107914

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

A version of this story is in the FGFA thread already. But I want to discuss the possibility of us buying the goddam MiG-35 as a sop to the fvcking Russkis for making a mess of the PAK FA. http://defenceaviationpost.com/russia-pitches-mig-35-india-fgfa-project-falters/ .... Note the "we are wi...
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 05:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

What does an 'iron clad guarantee' mean? Suppose they are barred by the US from providing XYZ—what are we going to do? Sue them? Yes definitely get damages. If going into a contract they know of the pitfalls of their dependency and inspite of that if they hope to make billions doing business in/wit...
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 23:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

" Actually companies like HAL do not need any more cash as such from GOI as well. They are literally debt free. They can borrow huge money very easily from market, if GOI let them to." There's a very good reason why they are not allowed to borrow. In fact, many reasons. First and foremost,...
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 23:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

If India decides to opt for Gripen E then it will have to get Iron-Clad guarantees from Sweden that it's dependency on US for various spare parts and the engine will not threaten or jeopardise the continual production or flight availability status in India. We will do well to remember the Sea King ...
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 22:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 675
Views: 76595

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

I have been saying this about BK all along. He's devolved into wild assertions
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 04:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 568
Views: 34724

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Singha wrote:
rsingh wrote:What about Israeli security?


Turkey and israel have close ties


On the ropes. With Namo's visit, the Turkish option has cooled given the Islamist bent of Erdogan.
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 04:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 568
Views: 34724

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-pakistan-defence-idUSKBN1861YK Turkey and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding for the sale of four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara's armed forces, Turkey's defense industry undersecretariat said o...
by Cosmo_R
07 Sep 2017 06:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4506
Views: 353340

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

"Making Profit the kingpin of National Security" ^^^

vs. loss making? PSU union paid stuff on first glance.
by Cosmo_R
07 Sep 2017 05:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 1178
Views: 202478

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

In the event of a major conflagration with the PRC, how many conventional IRBMs could we bring to bear on our Northern flank and what are the pain points we could target that would give PRC pause as they consider hitting our cities?
by Cosmo_R
07 Sep 2017 03:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4551
Views: 391039

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Canadian defence procurement seems to be as bad as or worse than ours. .... Now the Canadians are begging the Aussies for their old F-18s, which are probably as old as the RCAF planes. Read it here .... Wait till they find out about the Qatari M2Ks :) But you're right very similar. And it stems fro...

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