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by NRao
21 Nov 2017 10:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

The diff between now and 50 years ago is computing speeds and the amount of data. It is already changing civilian side. Def? It depends. Since the US operates way outside it is more challenging. For nations that fight close by it is much less. Will it come? Do not know. There is a major push to keep...
by NRao
21 Nov 2017 09:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

To answer your Question, the swarm will decide what to do. Perhaps default is to go home. This is what I mean by this being an infotech experiment and not a game changing weapon. Besides these drone can't go home. I can see nothing game changing for warfare here - but IT/robotics startups may see s...
by NRao
21 Nov 2017 09:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

Chola, Nope. The Go, Amazon and plenty of others are NOT SciFi. What you are failing to understand is that they already have algos that generated algos to beat the best human. Think. This is not about humans writing code. This is code writing code to beat human in the most complex game (I am assumin...
by NRao
21 Nov 2017 08:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

What if the adversary has no radars to confuse? Bingo. THAT is the point. Decision making. In a perfect swarms, they will be expected to arrive at a decision. Built-in intelligence, so to speak. Those of us who follow this space came across two spooky events. The first where software beat the best ...
by NRao
21 Nov 2017 08:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

I think drone swarms and loitering munitions like Harop should not be mixed simply because Harop has a sizeable warhead (>20 kg) which is itself more than the weight of 60 Predix drones. There are never going to be Harop swarms. You are right. The flip side is true too. Ref below ** But I must poin...
by NRao
21 Nov 2017 04:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414023

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

The US Just Flew a Stealth Fighter to Bomb Drug Labs in Afghanistan https://www.defensetech.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/3967041-777x437.jpg A KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, refuels an F-22 Raptor from the 95th Expedit...
by NRao
21 Nov 2017 00:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Drone swarms: Enthusiastic pros and cynical cons

A few observations, in no particular order: * Typically, "drones" that attack to destroy value assets are known as Loitering munition . The Israeli Harop is a good example. And, the concept of Loitering munition has been there since 1990s. They do have some built-in decision making to ensu...
by NRao
20 Nov 2017 10:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I will reiterate my call here. "IAF will buy as many Tejas as HAL can build over a big number of marks, blocks, upgrades and whatnot. The basic airframe/engine combination will not change". Mk1A. And any improvements to it. More precisely, no Mk2. The unstated. I agree. And, that is not a...
by NRao
20 Nov 2017 03:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

The wars in the ME were PC wars. China will not see a PC war. And the pieces are being put into place. To add one comment to the Hard/Soft kill cycle - it is not just that of the US (vs. China). Granted China also may (I expect) get assistance - soft. The man without a face will not keep quiet. But,...
by NRao
19 Nov 2017 08:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

tSir Philip, I think the only thing the Indian Labs are interested in the PAK-FA are the millions of lines of code used for data fusion. I suspect that is the outstanding element, that they claim they would reuse, in the AMCA. Perhaps some sensors. "link up with the dev. of the AMCA ". :)....
by NRao
19 Nov 2017 08:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Answering late: ......... 2. I stand by the reading that MK2 as we know (bigger airframe with stronger engine) is dead. I agree. What are the going to do with the engine(s) that are already here is a good question onlee. Maybe wait for Aam-Ka :) ......... They could, and I expect them to, use them ...
by NRao
19 Nov 2017 08:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414023

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-went-wrong-with-the-f-35-lockheed-martins-joint-strike-fighter/ SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN That article, in Scientific American, is a reprint from https://theconversation.com/what-went-wrong-with-the-f-35-lockheed-martins-joint-strike-fighter-60905 The origi...
by NRao
19 Nov 2017 06:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

brar_w wrote:The contract for the "rest" has not been signed yet.


Point I am trying to make is that no matter what, some parts will always be imported. Despite the claim if ToT. And that in the case of the INS6 it would be about 30%.

Let us move on. I do not expect the INS6 to matter.
by NRao
19 Nov 2017 06:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

But, everyone seems to hold something back. Part of the ToT scene. ​AERO INDIA: New Delhi continues work on stealthy AMCA India is forging ahead with its most challenging fighter programme, the development of its low-observable Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). Director of New Delhi’s Aeronaut...
by NRao
19 Nov 2017 06:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Guys maybe Imissed it - where is the link to GE414 production TIA 2010, when the 414 was selected: GE F414 Engines Selected to Power India Light Combat Aircraft Program John Flannery, President & CEO, GE India said, "The LCA selection is a big step forward for GE and demonstrates our stron...
by NRao
18 Nov 2017 22:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) are in use already. Outside the lab swarms are not very common. They will become fairly soon. GE manufacturing facility in Pune is meant for civilian applications (platforms is what GE refers to), no Def related product is manufactured there and none are planned. Two ...
by NRao
18 Nov 2017 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1949
Views: 110755

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

I think Indian reluctance to include Australia has to do with the Sino-Australia relationship. Australia had withdrawn, some 10 years ago, because of China. I suspect the US has provided some assurances to India. ?????
by NRao
15 Nov 2017 04:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414023

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Cross-Border Research Increases Missile Technology Options Technologies developed through an Anglo-French research program to enhance the next generation of missiles are beginning to bear fruit. Several projects funded through the biennial Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Techno...
by NRao
15 Nov 2017 04:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414023

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Britain Faces Calls To Consider Future Fighter Project July’s announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that their countries will produce a new European fighter has not gone unnoticed across the English Channel. Despite the looming juggernaut of Brexit and...
by NRao
15 Nov 2017 04:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 414023

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

China’s UAVs Proliferate in Middle East Chinese gains could make it difficult for the U.S. to break back into Middle East UAV market. Reluctance on the part of the U.S. to deliver armed unmanned air systems (UAS) to some of its key allies in the Middle East has resulted in a significant win for Chi...
by NRao
15 Nov 2017 04:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: JSF,"turkey or talisman"?
Replies: 2467
Views: 35861

Re: JSF,"turkey or talisman"?

To Seal F-35 Deal, UAE Must Agree To Protect Sensitive Information DUBAI, UAE – Approval of the UAE’s request to buy the F-35 hinges on the Gulf nation agreeing to take steps to protect the network-centric fighter’s sensitive technology and vast data bank of critical information, according to the P...
by NRao
14 Nov 2017 23:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2896
Views: 260682

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

I think the problem is with those that sponsored Modi. The disconnect with MP arose with them imho. Talk of deep state! BTW, there are tons of Indians doing very, very well. But, they all work for foreign companies! GE Aviation, India, is one such example. Bleeding edge in civilian engines. I am tol...
by NRao
14 Nov 2017 13:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Kashi wrote:^^ What IS the larger picture??


On a cell. Will respond later - perhaps in the indo-us thread
by NRao
14 Nov 2017 13:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter



F-16 is a small component of a much, much larger picture. The IN should/will see the true benefits.
by NRao
14 Nov 2017 07:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2896
Views: 260682

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

I get signals that 'senkshun' had been given for Aam-Ka TD. This will be to develop the twin injin airframe that flies. Once again, an 'educated guess' and FWIW. Early this year. Except some noise in early 2020s. Aakar. 2 GE 414 power the FA-18, and they will power the AMCA A Stealth design is inhe...
by NRao
14 Nov 2017 00:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

There should be 37 F404 IN20 (17 around 2007 + 20 in 2011) (all should be delivered) and 8 F414 INS6 (2 delivered, 6 this year).
by NRao
13 Nov 2017 19:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: JSF,"turkey or talisman"?
Replies: 2467
Views: 35861

Re: JSF,"turkey or talisman"?

UP.

For the well being of tSir Philip. :)
by NRao
13 Nov 2017 19:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

What India needs is funds.
by NRao
13 Nov 2017 19:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

As far as India is concerned, there are three buckets: MIC, manufacturing and the client (IAF in this case). Potentially there is a forth, exports. Decide which bucket India should address. IAF, then address precisely the problems associated with that bucket. If the solution includes imports, then e...
by NRao
13 Nov 2017 18:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Have not read all posts, but here goes ....... The Chinese took over manufacture of all sorts of low-end "cheap" stuff 2 decades ago and built up their industrial infra and workforce as US and European manufacturers greedily set up plants in China to maximize their profits from cheap Chine...
by NRao
13 Nov 2017 07:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2140
Views: 142626

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^^^^^ Good post! Only to add to your post. Avionics are an expected edge (DAS-HMDS, multi-ship sensor fusion, etc). But, you really ought to add, if not emphasize, the stealth & maintainability aspect. Keys sensors + networking. They no longer talk in terms of an air craft. Disclosures made by U...
by NRao
11 Nov 2017 21:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Would nto be surprised if a SE is selected without a RF.

Also see around 200 LCAs (Mk1A), if not more.
by NRao
11 Nov 2017 16:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

The MOD can still overrule IAF objection on Tejas if these reports are true , IAF/HAL/DRDO points of view are not any binding obligation on the MOD but inputs from the , MOD is the final arbitrator and decision maker and hope she overrules the need for SE competition and instead funds and buys more...
by NRao
09 Nov 2017 17:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Dunno. Personally do not see that happening. SAAB now has to get past Trump and he will get his pound of flesh and blood. Just cannot see Trump giving the advantage to a non US company.
by NRao
08 Nov 2017 22:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

tSir Philip, U.S. defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won’t have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby group’s letter to India’s defence minister. :rotfl: The U.S.-India Business ...
by NRao
08 Nov 2017 19:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4982
Views: 414703

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

It is the joint development of an advanced engine in India which could be with PW or GE. Mark Pearson, of GE, had made a presentation at AI17, which had a slide on the path to an engine for the AMCA. YT has a vid if that presentation, I had posted it in the AMCA thread. As far as I know GE B'luru w...
by NRao
04 Nov 2017 07:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Sadly for the West. China leads. China leads what? In embedded intelligence and therefore preventive-ordering. By 2025 they are expected to be 50% ahead of the US, which leads the rest by a very long shot. The best paid jobs are in China. The best Labs/work shops are in China. They attract the best...
by NRao
04 Nov 2017 07:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 1654
Views: 206976

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

likely hardware replacements requires and are ready with pre-orders of items that will require replacement at the next minor/major overhaul. Gone way beyond that. Embedded intelligence has caught up. So, now it is preventive-order, not pre-order. Lot of activity in India - centers of excellence, et...
by NRao
04 Nov 2017 06:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1692
Views: 80048

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Key take aways: At the concluding session of the working group's meeting here on Friday discussed plans for future co-operation under various aspects of aircraft carrier technology such as design optimisation, construction philosophy , trials procedure and project management. And certification of th...
by NRao
31 Oct 2017 18:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality
Replies: 709
Views: 33655

Re: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016 https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/695/cpsprodpb/11425/production/_98539607_co2_record_levels_640gr-nc.png Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year's i...

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