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by Will
03 Feb 2019 19:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1098
Views: 204802

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

nam wrote:DAC approval means dilly squat.

They will approve the same thing every couple of years.


Dido.. The P75I should have been a priority. The RFP isn’t even out yet.
by Will
23 Jan 2019 08:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 804
Views: 94261

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

The way things work, the IAF will be lucky if this deal is signed in 5he next 5 years. That means 8-10 years before the first aircraft begin to arrive. By that time all the aircraft in the competition will be obsolete. Hate it as one may and keeping in mind Uncles sanctions whimsical sanctions, the ...
by Will
01 Jan 2019 11:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3725
Views: 795919

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

Finally! Congrats to all those involved over the years and the perseverance. Hope this acts as the reboot as well as kickstart to the Indian Aerospace industry. Next stop AMCA and Ghatak.
by Will
05 Dec 2018 09:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1098
Views: 204802

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ No matter how I dissect it, $3.3B is way too much for a lease when the Vikrant costs $3.5B (so far.) We own the carrier though. Sometimes, it seems we have a bottomless budget — as long as the gear is firang. IMO it's putin bailout the Chinese groovy train of under the table deals for Russian t...
by Will
03 Dec 2018 17:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3725
Views: 795919

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

Lol LM trying to push the F-16 by hook or by crook. Why don’t they transfer the F-16 line to India and export those 400 aircraft from here with no obligation for India to buy them. They can get cheap manpower in India. They should stop peddling antiques and offer the F-35 to India. :twisted:
by Will
27 Nov 2018 16:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1004802

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Heavens forbid this deal goes through. When stupid decisions like this are made you cant very well blame anyone from shouting scam. Though in this case rather than scam, it will be just sheer incompetence about how defence procurement is run. This whole tendering business should be junked. Agree som...
by Will
23 Nov 2018 18:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1004802

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Looks like the cancellation of another tender in the making. Why don’t they just go down the govt-govt route. This tendering business has been the bane of Indian defence procurement for ages.
by Will
25 Sep 2018 10:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1875
Views: 274997

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Well, even a child can see that the 126 aircraft tender was cancelled and the one for 36 aircraft signed, for the benefit of reliance. :rotfl: I think ONLY a child would "see" that... as the rest of your post demonstrates. Maybe you can tell me how India planned to PAY for 126 MMRCA at th...
by Will
25 Sep 2018 08:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1875
Views: 274997

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Well, even a child can see that the 126 aircraft tender was cancelled and the one for 36 aircraft signed, for the benefit of reliance. I had made a post to this effect at the time the deal was announced . It was a given that the airforce would go for additional aircraft over the years directly benef...
by Will
09 Aug 2018 18:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4543
Views: 788939

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: 804
Views: 94261

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: 2781
Views: 408124

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: 804
Views: 94261

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: 112919

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: 804
Views: 94261

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: 3725
Views: 795919

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: 3546
Views: 383629

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: 2653
Views: 270940

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: 778251

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: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1004802

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: 2653
Views: 270940

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: 4812
Views: 641481

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: 2333
Views: 429059

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: 3251
Views: 391857

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: 112919

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: 804
Views: 94261

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: 3251
Views: 391857

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: 112919

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: 2333
Views: 429059

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: 2333
Views: 429059

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: 4300
Views: 189226

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: 11025

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: 1777
Views: 251167

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: 778251

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: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1004802

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: 778251

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: 804
Views: 94261

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: 632234

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.

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