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by nvishal
22 Oct 2018 10:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 535
Views: 43161

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

The f16 push has very little to do with s400 or Russia. The global defence market is changing fast. The Chinese are slowly becoming a major player in defence exports. The f16 is a very old plane(44 years) but there are many nations that have have yet to acquire a jet capability as the f16. The probl...
by nvishal
17 Sep 2018 16:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2805
Views: 579542

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

^ I doubt if any leader in new Delhi will approve mass production of tejas without a local engine(kaveri or even a Russian).

The newer tejas variants will be more expensive than f16 or 30mki. Strategic autonomy is expensive.
by nvishal
11 Sep 2018 21:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion
Replies: 1463
Views: 116654

Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

I don't understand why many Indians have desires to help a nepal, a srilanka or a Bangladesh. It's as if these indians refuse to acknowledge the partition. They have not gasped the basics of that event. This dhramic-dharmic nonsense has clogged up the minds of too many Indians. They have an alternat...
by nvishal
11 Sep 2018 13:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion
Replies: 1463
Views: 116654

Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

^ Nepal is a sovereign country. Instead of treating it like a lackey(like how pak does with afg), you should respect its decisions as a sovereign state. I see some resemblance in Indians crying over Nepal and the way Britain's cry over India wrt ISRO missions. It's pathetic. There is a lack of realp...
by nvishal
07 Sep 2018 13:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 12125

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

BTW, some CISMOA equipment require US personnel to be present, inspect, etc. Are we okay with that? https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-us-communication-pact-faces-uphill-climb-116090500698_1.html Depends on which platforms are going to incorporate those systems. At pres...
by nvishal
06 Sep 2018 19:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 12125

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A trap or Unshackling

Multi-alignment originally came from the policy makers in the manmohan govt. The MMRCA competition had angered some in russia back when it was announced. Multi-alignment is not new. The pakistanis do it with US and China - playing one against the other. Similar agreements will be signed with russia ...
by nvishal
06 Sep 2018 18:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 535
Views: 43161

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Logistics and communications agreement has already opened a pandoras box. The russians too have sent their drafts. India, Russia to sign military logistics agreement in October Under a logistics agreement, military facilities in partner countries can be used for refuelling of aircraft and ships, rep...
by nvishal
06 Sep 2018 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 1761

Re: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread

Bart S, I'm posting what I can find on public sites without discrimination. If you find any similar proposals from the russian side, nothing stops you from posting them.
by nvishal
06 Sep 2018 14:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 1761

Re: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread

^Access to afg is essential for americans and they will not risk it.

If india decides to go ahead with the purchase of US drones, it will indicate a major policy change. Either that or the drones will only be stationed in the eastern sector.
by nvishal
06 Sep 2018 13:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

So no one in the media actually knows what the topic is going to be at the 2+2. All networks are quoting whatever random topic they could think of in their minds. I think neither india or the US has prepared a list of agendas. It's a free-style meeting :) btw, the mh60 helicopters primary role is tr...
by nvishal
06 Sep 2018 10:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2178
Views: 213333

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

The Diego Garcia base is against Indian interests. Without that base, India would have ended the Pakistan nuisance in 1971 itself.
by nvishal
05 Sep 2018 23:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3226
Views: 374274

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Kakarat wrote:And how reliable are the AL-31 engines? there have been many reports of Su-30MKIs having engine problems

Su-30 is operated by close to a dozen countries. How many foreign Su-30's have crashed? Google it.

Compare it with india

For reference, total seven indian su30s have crashed so far
by nvishal
04 Sep 2018 20:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3226
Views: 374274

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Rakesh, offcourse, the j20 fuselage is based on the al31. The AMCA fuselage too needs to be based on it.

Since the AMCA is still on paper, the design can be modified to accept the al31. There is no other alternative
by nvishal
04 Sep 2018 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3226
Views: 374274

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

ShauryaT wrote:Is AMCA a funded project yet?

No. The engine is missing.

The chinese hooked their j20 prototypes with MKIs engine to kick start development. Indian engineers are yet to have that light bulb moment.
by nvishal
04 Sep 2018 18:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 1761

Re: Tracking Unsolicited Hardware Proposals and Offers Thread

Lockheed Martin reportedly set to build all F-16 wings in India Lockheed Martin has announced it is to build all wings for the F-16 fighter jet in India. The U.S. defense firm said it will partner with Indian firm Tata Advanced Systems to manufacture the wings at a facility in Hyderabad from late 2...
by nvishal
04 Sep 2018 10:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 535
Views: 43161

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

kit wrote:What gives ?

Engaging the US is part of our policy.

Just don't get sucked into any of their theaters

"indo-pacific" < - - - - - - - :: eyes roll ::
by nvishal
02 Sep 2018 14:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 535
Views: 43161

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

^ His original article(advise) is on Carnegie Endowment site where he tells the US govt to make it difficult for India to make the payment for S400
by nvishal
31 Aug 2018 10:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Neshant, Vajpayee signed away Tibet to the han. He too was one of those people who believed that the border dispute was the cause behind indo-china rivalry. It already takes many Indians decades to realize that Kashmir is not the cause behind india-pak confrontation. It happens because Indians(by cu...
by nvishal
31 Aug 2018 01:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The creation of pakistan was to prevent russia from forging strategic ties with india. After pakistan, we lost the only border we had with the soviet union. We lost the only border we had with afghanistan after paksitan took PoK. After the fragmentation of the soviet union, the great game finally ca...
by nvishal
30 Aug 2018 17:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 945
Views: 118848

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

https://www.albawaba.com/sites/default/files/im/Wakhan_Corridor.png Reported Chinese military base in Afghanistan motivated by BRI expansion; China’s greater involvement in peace process likely Chinese media, with a track record of reliable sources in the Chinese government, reported on 28 August t...
by nvishal
30 Aug 2018 17:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 745
Views: 108294

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

https://www.albawaba.com/sites/default/files/im/Wakhan_Corridor.png Reported Chinese military base in Afghanistan motivated by BRI expansion; China’s greater involvement in peace process likely Chinese media, with a track record of reliable sources in the Chinese government, reported on 28 August t...
by nvishal
30 Aug 2018 14:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

From str@t for Evaluating the India-China Reset. Despite deep-seated tensions, India and China are showing tangible progress in managing their competition in the borderlands. Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav was in Beijing to lay the groundwork for seemingly advancing border talks...
by nvishal
30 Aug 2018 13:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The US, china and india - A reality check China is not responding proportionately or enough to India’s military build-up, even along the disputed border. For eg, India has increased the number of mountain troops in its order of battle since 1996, adding two additional mountain infantry divisions to...
by nvishal
26 Aug 2018 12:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Stalled Negotiations for MH-60R Helicopters Over Price Restarted Again with the US`
Before the [...] '2+2' strategic dialogue [...] on September 6, the [...] government [...] has reopened negotiations for procurement of 24 MH-60R helicopters from Lockheed Martin for the Indian Navy
by nvishal
24 Aug 2018 00:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

ramana wrote:What is the objective of the Great Game?

To get the lion share of the resources
by nvishal
23 Aug 2018 23:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The great game has only two real players - US and Russia. Everyone else is just a pawn on a board for those two. Pakistan and afg is a launchpad for the Americans to open a front against Russia(when shit hits the fan). As per stratfor articles on imran khans Pakistan, the policy will be to get him t...
by nvishal
23 Aug 2018 23:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

I categorize it as fanatically socialist. Kerala dwarfs TNs freebie phenomenon. I quietly hope it is the work of the vocal minority. If it is, vijayan will be out next elections. I don't think bjp can ever come to power in Kerala, unless someone changes the demography.
by nvishal
23 Aug 2018 22:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

The behaviour shown by Kerala in the last 7 days is truly psychotic. Even general public on social media appears disturbed. Honestly, never seen anything like it in the past(Assam, uttaranchal, andhra cyclone, chennai floods etc). Even kodagu karnataka is normal. Can some malayali explain what is go...
by nvishal
23 Aug 2018 16:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1957
Views: 248275

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Washington outlines agenda for inaugural 2 + 2 meeting with India next month - Ajai shukla “What we're looking for at the upcoming 2+2 ministerial is to discuss how do we operationalize India's status as a major defence partner ” For a long time, the meaning of the term major defence partner was ob...
by nvishal
23 Aug 2018 00:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1997
Views: 147177

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

India-Japan Collaboration In Defence - Janes India and Japan have pledged to expand collaboration on defence technologies and production. These include: A joint working group [...] geared towards identifying specific areas for collaboration [...] and Engagement between India's DRDO and Japan's ATLA...
by nvishal
22 Aug 2018 22:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

I would very much doubt if any sheikh would now have the guts to incur the wrath of the GoI and transfer the huge funds to the CM's fund without the express permission of the GoI. Nothing stops them making the transfer but it will be counted as an anonymous donation. Aid has a political angle to it...
by nvishal
22 Aug 2018 21:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Manish, the New Delhi govt has a policy of not accepting aid. But there is no such policy for the CM fund or for the registered NGOs. Anyone can go on their respective sites and make an online transfer. Money has probably already started flowing into those two accounts from gulf. UAE can transfer to...
by nvishal
22 Aug 2018 15:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Centre has refused UAE offer of $100 (700c inr) and has instead told the Arabs to channel it through the CM fund or NGOs operating in kerala. :shock: Is that confirmed ? Wouldn't there be more chance of mis-management and non-partial distributions? Anyone can make the transfer online to CM fund or ...
by nvishal
22 Aug 2018 11:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 260419

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Based on the RFIs from Indian side, the IA has said that FGFA does not meet the requirements of 5th gen. There are other factors. The Indian side maybe using RFIs to fish for information that can assist the development of AMCA. The russian side may have realised this is giving vague answers in respo...
by nvishal
22 Aug 2018 10:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Centre has refused UAE offer of $100 (700c inr) and has instead told the Arabs to channel it through the CM fund or NGOs operating in kerala.
by nvishal
21 Aug 2018 21:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

The 700cr UAE aid will likely be channeled through Islamic aid networks and will be used to rebuild homes of muslims that were effected by flood.
by nvishal
21 Aug 2018 21:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1474
Views: 75949

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Calculating relief package for kerala will take months. Once ndrf and others get back and send total bill of expenses to centre. The money to ndrf is given out of the relief package. Relief package bifurcation for uttaranchal floods below: Of the Rs. 7,346 crore package, Rs. 1,885 crore would be giv...
by nvishal
21 Aug 2018 10:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1997
Views: 147177

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

^ Japan has not fought a war since WWII. They have no operational experience. For eg: IA's requirement is based on experiences from kargil, parakram etc. It then communicates these requirements to local manufacturers or fish with RFI's in foreign markets.

Japan is under the US shield
by nvishal
20 Aug 2018 17:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 260419

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

India, Russia continue joint development of 5th generation fighter jet India's continues to send RFI's to Russia regarding FGFA "We continue to discuss with India joint development of a fifth generation fighter jet. The topic is not closed. It has been said that India is withdrawing from this ...

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