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by Vikram W
23 Apr 2014 01:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 222775

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

I agree with you guys here that there is no economy of scale but how HAL going to get orders or the IAF's confidence if they are not going to be able to deliver on timelines and delivery schedules. My other concern is.. why 16? This being a national project , by definition , should not have financia...
by Vikram W
21 Apr 2014 20:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 222775

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

For comparisons sake and HALs 16 planes a year capacity. Airbus produces about one single aisle big plane a day thats over 350 planes a year. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-13/airbus-studies-higher-output-to-follow-boeing-as-orders-pile-up.html How HAL can keep talking about capacity constrai...
by Vikram W
26 Mar 2014 19:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 222775

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

welcome to HAL where timelines are made up and deadlines still dont matter.
by Vikram W
04 Mar 2014 10:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis
Replies: 730
Views: 54964

Re: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis

Saw the RollsRoyce AJT scam this morning.
No wonder the IJT was being delayed. The lucre from the foreign deals is killing domestic projects.
by Vikram W
19 Feb 2013 12:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis
Replies: 730
Views: 54964

Re: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis

I am just surprised that the taxpayer has no say in where his money is going.
by Vikram W
22 Feb 2012 14:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

I think HAL is toying with us :)
by Vikram W
19 Feb 2012 12:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Kartik, I was juxtaposing HAL manufacturing speeds vis-a-vis other companies ( making a much larger and complex plane). HAL bosses claimed they would be rolling out one fighter a month starting September 2010. So far all we have had is missed deadlines. You can all jump in and tell me that IAF has n...
by Vikram W
18 Feb 2012 14:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

So Boeing is planning to make about 10 Dreamliners a month by Q4 2013, scaling up from its current 2.5 a month . Meanwhile, HAL is going to make about 10 a year ramping up from Zero all of last year.... just saying.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-201 ... 01263.html
by Vikram W
23 Jan 2012 15:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 781080

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

I believe I saw an LCH flying over Delhi today. Looks like it will be on the Republic Day parade.
by Vikram W
05 Jan 2012 23:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

I was hoping that the NLCA would fly on AKA's birthday (28th dec). but alas it was not to be. Anyone taking odds for the next flight ?
by Vikram W
03 Dec 2011 10:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

...absolutely ! The aircrafts would need rear view mirrors so that the women pilots can check their makeup...
by Vikram W
20 Sep 2011 01:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

no news absolutely so far. I can't believe HAL was talking about popping out 1 LCA a month after the IOC. ( which we felt was too slow a production cycle time)
by Vikram W
31 Aug 2011 18:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

august came
and august went
alas :(
by Vikram W
15 Aug 2011 22:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

And the stakes? If I were a betting man, I'd bet that August will slide by and no LSP-7 first flight will occur. The winner shall get the interwebs, and obligatory upboats. I particularly remember getting flamed when I said last december that the program is going too slow and the instead of a first...
by Vikram W
15 Aug 2011 14:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Half of august is gone.

I will throw in my hat and hereby volunteer to be the official bookie on odds that LSP 7 will fly by august end.
by Vikram W
25 Jul 2011 14:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

6 more days left in July. I hope we get to see LSP-7 or NLCA before July is out. It has been a really slow news year so far for LCA
by Vikram W
14 Jul 2011 04:47
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Serial Blasts in Mumbai
Replies: 1252
Views: 94478

Re: Serial Blasts in Mumbai

New nomenclature request - In BR parlance can we start calling D-company as Hijra company ?
by Vikram W
13 Jul 2011 23:03
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Serial Blasts in Mumbai
Replies: 1252
Views: 94478

Re: Serial Blasts in Mumbai

Yes compared to the Congress, they were in power only from 1998 to 2004. So much shorter…however they had an ample opportunity to do something in 2001. Our very seat of visible democracy was attacked! And we did nothing. Our Govt – BJP or Congress – just does not have any balls to do NOTHING. Take ...
by Vikram W
13 Jul 2011 22:25
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Serial Blasts in Mumbai
Replies: 1252
Views: 94478

Re: Serial Blasts in Mumbai

10 crore on Kasab's security.. What about people's? :(
by Vikram W
30 Jun 2011 14:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 781080

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Shrinivasan wrote:
Prem wrote:Dazzling beauty can be named Menaka or Shalkuntala!

naaw... this svelte Sizzling deadly beauty is indeed Kareena.


Are you trying to say the LCH looks like a horseface ?
by Vikram W
19 Jun 2011 12:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 879751

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Exactly my point, if the HTT had defects, it should have been worked on rather than giving out contracts to the swiss co. Also this looks like the bgigest order this firm has ever got. So far in the history of Pilatus, it has sold about 500 planes and now this order, which might go upto 200 acs. wha...
by Vikram W
19 Jun 2011 10:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 879751

Re: Indian Military Aviation

<rant ahead> Ref the 1 billion dollar deal for 75 planes. The deal sounds like a joke. @13 million dollars per turboprop is a outlandish price by any realm of imagination. The easy jets are available preassembled at $400,000 or lower ( thats a ball park of half a million compared to 14 million). Aga...
by Vikram W
21 May 2011 10:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion
Replies: 3997
Views: 371218

The Afgan end game

India left standing in Afghan musical chairs By Peter Lee Think of Afghanistan policy as a game of musical chairs. When the United States this month killed Osama bin Laden, it stopped the music. Now everybody's scrambling to make sure they have a seat. Pakistan, despite its myriad failures as a par...
by Vikram W
04 May 2011 02:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 213831

Re: Breaking News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan

For the conspiracy theorists who say that it was a joint operation , an aspect to think about is ... Why did the US have to destroy its downed helicopter if it was a joint OP. Also , the pakistanis would be happy that the US did not take away the Osama family members or some more intelligence worms ...
by Vikram W
04 May 2011 01:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 993492

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

IIRC Wasn't the body taken to USS Cole ?
by Vikram W
28 Feb 2011 11:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Remembering Admiral Nadkarni's Strategic thinking with great fondness and a tinge of nostalgia From 2001 http://www.rediff.com/news/2001/jan/13nad.htm Well said Admiral. As much as DRDOs work is appreciated , the time to market is a factor that it has overlooked time and again. We live in an age wh...
by Vikram W
21 Feb 2011 15:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 713279

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Q: What is that in LCA design that makes it aerodynamically unstable? The most basic cause of the instability(by design) is the wing shape which is anhedral compared to a Dihedral shape seen on commercial aircrafts and gliders. ( there's also a flat wing style which is seen on entry level trainers)...
by Vikram W
12 Jan 2011 22:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

...and for dollar terms we can add depreciation against the USD to that model !
by Vikram W
12 Jan 2011 21:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Vikram Can you do backwards projection of the Rs 17,000 crores to 1983 Rupees? So we can see what was allocated and how much was actually spent? And some one can list the scope changes between the 1983 version and the 2011 version. You can still use the same factor of ~13.1 ..( assuming 10% discoun...
by Vikram W
12 Jan 2011 15:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

You also have to consider the time value of money. based either on interest rates or inflation. for 27 years (since 1983) at approx 10% per annum multiply the base number by (1.1)^27 which comes to around 13.1 times. for $630m , it converts to $8260M. so it isnt so bad after all
by Vikram W
10 Jan 2011 16:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

I was pissed that DD News showed all the speeches, press conferences even the test flight and then cut to the 2g scam just before the actual flying display :(

also, was it AK Anthony's bday today ? coincidence ??
by Vikram W
18 Dec 2010 14:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Karan M wrote:
Vikram W wrote: pray tell me how my humble review of ADA commitments counts as polemic. back in school , I learnt it was meant to be oneupmanship.
But where is your review Vikram W?


Karan - Still OT . please check inbox.
by Vikram W
18 Dec 2010 03:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

SaiK wrote:What do you call inductive informal fallacies?


unrelated generalizations :)
by Vikram W
18 Dec 2010 02:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

What is "bull" about your post is the lack of information but all the polemic. pray tell me how my humble review of ADA commitments counts as polemic. back in school , I learnt it was meant to be oneupmanship. Mirage 2000 upgrade - "in negotiation" for the past who knows how man...
by Vikram W
18 Dec 2010 01:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

with due respects , I love the tejas program as much as the other guy. I am alluding to is the way the agencies involved are able to skip deadlines and not face any music at all. Being a project manager myself , I know how one missed deadline in a multi agency project leads to delays both up and dow...
by Vikram W
17 Dec 2010 23:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

so the IOC has been postponed by a couple of weeks ... BUT did no one notice how DRDO weaseled babudom-ed out and announced that the aircrafts will not be made available to IAF till mid 2011. P.S. Subramaniam pulled another fast one on the taxpayer and IAF. Also, remember , based on the schedule tha...
by Vikram W
24 Oct 2010 12:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

yep, it was supposed to be out in around July and was to be followed up "within a week" by LSP 6
by Vikram W
23 Oct 2010 22:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Critics are to engineers what dogs are to fire hydrants. that said , we should remember that sometimes complaints and critics are our best form of feed back, especially if you have a very tight hierarchy full of yes men. LCA so far has been a glass half full ( The customer , IAF , has said it not me...
by Vikram W
23 Oct 2010 01:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

awesome... but hes right about the manufacturing capabilities. which reminds me , where in God's name is LSP-5. It was promised for July with the honorable director saying that they will be shipping out around 1 LCA a month. Lockheed has turned out more C130s in this period than HAL has turned out L...
by Vikram W
30 Sep 2010 20:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 1031434

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Lowest bidder wins LCA engine deal : Alas, Eurojet doesnt know how business is done in India. You have to liason, pay off babus , and then bids are opened for a pre-view and you can put in a lower bid :) so who cares if EJ was a better engine. ( and how do we know certain scribes who proclaimed EJ v...

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