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by Will
09 Aug 2018 18:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4366
Views: 724907

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Any updates on the high altitude test facility that was supposed to be set up by Boeing as part of offsets????
by Will
03 Aug 2018 16:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

nachiket wrote:^^Why have you quoted your own post made immediately above?


Was a mistake. Thought I had deleted it. Anyway thanks Rakesh.
by Will
29 Jul 2018 13:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2768
Views: 393068

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

https://twitter.com/manupubby/status/1022078254151331840 Manu Pubby @manupubby OFB has signed an MoU with @BAESystemsInc , USA for the 155mm Mounted Gun System required by Army HQ . Signed in August 2017 - MoS Defence Bhamre informs Lok Sabha. Too many Chinese spies in Taiwan. If this is true whate...
by Will
29 Jul 2018 12:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

This whole process has become a joke. No way is this deal going to be signed in 2 years. That will take it well past 2040 before the last aircraft is in. The costs are going to be massive to. All this for a 4++ generation aircraft when 5th gen aircraft will be proliferating in the neighbourhood and ...
by Will
09 Jul 2018 02:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 826
Views: 108586

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Going to a PSU. No private player. This is what happens when you play musical chairs with an important ministry like defence. Every time a defence minister changes , the new one takes a year to understand the ropes and then decides to change everything. Where does it leave the country? As far as de...
by Will
29 May 2018 04:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

If you trust Uncle Sam then you don’t have your head screwed on straight. They have always been sanction happy and always will be. It would be daft to buy critical equipment like fighter equipment from the US. The Europeans are much better partners. At least the French have an independent foreign po...
by Will
19 May 2018 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2394
Views: 476485

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

ADA had a lot of freedom to operate. Now, everything need to go through the eprocure process and L1. Not sure if the concept of "L2 being offered half of the job if price can be met" is still around. Maybe not. We haven't seen that with any of the DRDO entities we deal with. Exact reason ...
by Will
11 May 2018 00:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3465
Views: 344189

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Future shock: Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle still seems a distant dream You mean T 14 Armata family has not yet completed all the trials ? As well as a another example of just paying lip service to indigenisation and not walking the talk. All plans up in the air as they say.Funding indigenous ...
by Will
26 Apr 2018 00:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257312

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

CM: One bogey is this TOT thing. We need to be clear on what TOT is. It is the transfer of production technology. The ability to use "local" resources to produce items, even from a component level. There is NO ONE else who has offered us this opportunity like the Russians have. In many ca...
by Will
25 Apr 2018 01:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 747438

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Time shipyards like L&T are given orders for major combatants. The IN needs to boost its destroyer and frigate count besides submarines to be able to compete with the Chinese.
by Will
23 Apr 2018 05:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4512
Views: 827750

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Is the BrahMos 2 on hold? Are the Russians playing hardball? India really needs to get its hypersonic R&D going and quick.
by Will
21 Apr 2018 12:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 257312

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

The problem is not India moving away from Russia , the problem is Russia. The Russians expect India to be a captive cash cow and expect India not to react when they go against Indian interests. It’s not India that’s forgotten Russian friendship but Russia who has forgotten who kept their MIC afloat ...
by Will
18 Apr 2018 23:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559412

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

hnair wrote:Time to give some firm pre-production orders to Kalyani-sir and see what other doors are condescendingly opened up for the native


Expect the IA to say that’s it’s heavier than the M777 by 5 kg and hence not suitable :roll:
by Will
18 Apr 2018 21:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1936
Views: 341268

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

This is gr8 news. But what needs to be kept in mind is that the IAF worked towards this exercise . Wars will not be fought according to a pre planned schedule. Keeping up a 90% availibility rate throught is going to be a tough ask. The IAF definately needs more numbers and hope the LCA helps in a bi...
by Will
17 Apr 2018 00:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 367410

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

^^ Right. F135 gives about 125kN dry thrust while 2xF414 would give ~115kN. AMCA is lighter by about ~1.5T empty weight. Given F35 cannot supercruise in a practical sense, AMCA is also unlikely to do so. But with 115-120kN class engine, things will become interesting for AMCA. I have not found any ...
by Will
17 Apr 2018 00:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 826
Views: 108586

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

I think a lot is going to depend on whether the French are going to help out on the SSN project and with what level of tech. It’s going to have a direct bearing on which way the P75I is going to swing. Cost wise there’s nothing to beat the Russian subs but the Amur has been no shining success. If it...
by Will
14 Apr 2018 20:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Boeing has really played a master stroke by tying up with both HAL and Mahindra. Having said that it wouldnt be the worst outcome if the Superhornet Blk 3 is choosen. More Rafales would be ideal but since cost is a major factor the Superhornet Blk 3 wouldnt be such a bad idea if costs can be kept do...
by Will
11 Apr 2018 20:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 367410

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

I would rather the ADA goes with the naval proposal and develops the AMCA for the navy first. They navy are more supportive than the IAF. With the IAF, requirements will change every month :roll:
by Will
04 Apr 2018 02:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 826
Views: 108586

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Maybe something is happening on the barracuda tech for the ssn’s after Marcons visit.
by Will
29 Mar 2018 19:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1936
Views: 341268

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

Very nice article. Long ago IDSA had a paper by R. Phadke which stated 65 squadrons for 2 front war. That looks like a more realistic number for a two front war. Especially keeping in mind that one of the opponents will be China.That number can never be met unless the major part of the IAF fleet is...
by Will
29 Mar 2018 18:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1936
Views: 341268

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

Very nice article. Long ago IDSA had a paper by R. Phadke which stated 65 squadrons for 2 front war. That looks like a more realistic number for a two front war. Especially keeping in mind that one of the opponents will be China.That number can never be met unless the major part of the IAF fleet in...
by Will
27 Mar 2018 20:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4284
Views: 169920

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

Once again, on seeing new postings under "Indian Nuclear News..." I thought I was going to read "PFBR, Kalpakkam fully commissioned" ! Alas, no. Any update on the PFBR's completion? Been waiting and waiting and waiting for this one. It has missed many deadlines. Also no sign of ...
by Will
24 Mar 2018 14:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Cambridge Analytica and Next Color Revolutions India
Replies: 112
Views: 10491

Re: Cambridge Analytics and Next Color Revolutions India

I don’t see what the fuss is about? The issue here is the lack of privacy practiced by entities like FB and google. It’s they that should be taken to task. If data is available freely anyone can use it for analytics. I don’t see the point in people complaining about the Congress starting to use tech...
by Will
23 Mar 2018 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1721
Views: 230054

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

So do I.The problem is one,the main ingredient for all 3 services, lack of desi "engines". Since the inception of BRF I've been asking why we haven't set up a dedicate aero-engine (at least) design and dev. centre for all types of aero-engines,both rotary and fixed wing.The GTRE has in al...
by Will
23 Mar 2018 18:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 747438

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

There is expansion of runways happening now in the A&N islands. The plan is to have a 3+Km runway station long range Maritime partol aircraft there, along with MKI type planes. MKIs are already on rotating deployment to Car Nicobar. Port Blair has little space, but there is need for larger capi...
by Will
23 Mar 2018 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4512
Views: 827750

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Looks like the country is making progress with seekers. Great news that the Brahmos was tested with an indigenous seeker. Time now to indigenize the engine. India really needs to ramp up its R&D in hypersonic missiles , if not we will be left behind specially with the new hypersonic regime being...
by Will
15 Mar 2018 22:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 747438

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Opportunities have been lost in the past no doubt but it all has to be taken with a pinch of salt. China with its economic might can out spend India and gain a toe hold where it really wants to. No one, let alone India can stop all these attempts of Chinese expansion in the IOR. What India can do, i...
by Will
15 Mar 2018 16:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Anyone taking bets that we will still be discussing this topic in 2025 :P :evil: :mrgreen:
by Will
09 Mar 2018 13:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 613631

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Wonder if Marcon's visit will bring in some French Tech for the SSN program. There were reports that the IN is very interested in the French submarine reactors. Whether the French share the tech is the question.
by Will
04 Mar 2018 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1721
Views: 230054

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Mk1 was 58 tons ..add a plough to it..becomes 60 tons. usable .use 4-5 of them with say 40 MK2 without the ploughs in each regiment..which frees them if needless weight n helps meet the new army demand of I believe 65 tonnes weight..ur earlier mk1 become usable too..everybody is happy ..a mk1 with ...
by Will
03 Mar 2018 20:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

4. AMCA will see another run of 200-300 machines. So total imports as things stand currently are only 36-44 planes. Rest all may change to a lower number as we get more confidence in ourselves. From here onwards, I think IAF won't want 3rd/4th gen planes. We won't import anymore of those. I do wish...
by Will
03 Mar 2018 20:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4366
Views: 724907

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

It’s time India invested in full fledged testing facilities for jet engines rather than being dependent on countries like Russia for the same. Hope the JV’s include a flying testbed in India with the associated ground facilities.
by Will
27 Feb 2018 21:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2640
Views: 479575

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

^^^ why is there a disconnect between the maturity of this platform and the number of orders and the requirements of IAF. someone please break it down to me in simple terms please. (I understand that it not a proper AWACS like the Indian A-50) Because the IAF always wants shiny new phoren maal .Emb...
by Will
27 Feb 2018 21:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018
Replies: 666
Views: 138671

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

https://twitter.com/manupubby/status/968145421813145600 --> Strangely, defence purchases from foreign vendors being processed much faster over schemes meant for Indian companies - MoD Report. How long did it take the geniuses in the MOD to figure that out. Why is action not being taken against thos...
by Will
27 Feb 2018 00:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

The Japanese are not going to allow us anywhere near their top line tech. Soryu being a point incase. The Japanese psyche is still reeling under the WW2 atomic attacks. It will take another generation of Japanese to come out of their self imposed isolation militarily. Believe me the Chinese fear a m...
by Will
26 Feb 2018 18:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4366
Views: 724907

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

If the French are investing 1 Bn of their own money think there is something bigger in the pipeline. Probably a joint development of an engine for the AMCA.
by Will
24 Feb 2018 22:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559412

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Looks like the trails were a definate success. Thats why the sudden realisation from the import lobby that theres a weight issue. :mrgreen:
by Will
24 Feb 2018 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73944

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

The obvious solution cheapest too, is more 29/35s or MKIs.Even an SU-35, single pilot could cut down operating/ manpower costs, but there are too many vested,"west-ed" interests and the IAF want fancy western " sports cars" to play with. Philip ji. Please................ no more...

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