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by srin
11 Oct 2018 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873363

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

The QRSAM looks like Astra mostly but has two differences that I can see: some kind of small canard near the nose (the pic is pretty low res, so I may be wrong) and smokey propellant.
by srin
08 Oct 2018 19:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551252

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Donno about you guys, but this looks like a hit job. The elephant in Isro’s room: the inside story of jumbo satellite’s recall The Isro decision to bring the satellite back was then attributed to prudent precaution, especially since the space agency had lost contact with another satellite — the GSAT...
by srin
08 Oct 2018 19:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018
Replies: 731
Views: 152547

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

^^^ Exactly. Really concerned that all these changes - canards etc - means it'll have a very long testing cycle and hence delays. Delays result in vicious cycle - users want more advanced capability (stealthy intakes, fly-by-light and other AMCA stuff) - and that would result in more delays and so o...
by srin
04 Oct 2018 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873363

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

souravB wrote:^^ is this NAG from Rudra? looks so.. Satisfying.. :D


No mid-body booster, so not Nag. Helina or SANT ?
by srin
04 Oct 2018 21:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 13258

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018

Wow - supermicro ! The implications are just mind-boggling. Supermicro is a really big deal when it comes to network appliances and also servers. Two of my old companies used supermicro chassis - one for a network security appliance and another as a datacenter server (Supermicro is way cheaper and c...
by srin
25 Sep 2018 00:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4602
Views: 334402

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

I wonder why they didn't declare an emergency. I've been binge-listening to ATC recordings and transcriptions here - https://www.youtube.com/user/victor981994/videos - noticed that less serious issues got the pilots to declare an emergency (I guess to get priority on airspace movements and landing).
by srin
24 Sep 2018 23:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1575
Views: 187261

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

In the meanwhile ... Mauritius and Britain’s fight over the Chagos Islands shows the toxic legacy of colonialism The International Court of Justice has just heard four days of arguments as it weighs the legality of a hugely contentious colonial act: the UK’s decision to separate the Chagos Archipela...
by srin
24 Sep 2018 22:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 500
Views: 78785

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ Was that really the P8I ? Must have been flying really low and slow or must have some amazingly stabilized zoom camera.
by srin
18 Sep 2018 23:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873363

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

https://www.oneindia.com/india/dac-approves-procurement-of-equipment-worth-rs-9100-crores-2778045.html Pursuing the goal of indigenisation and self-reliance, the DAC approved procurement of two Regiments of Akash Missile Systems under 'Buy (Indian)' category from M/s BDL. Looks like 2 regiments of ...
by srin
16 Sep 2018 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873363

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Given the tortured history of Nag and its seeker (capable of detecting very small temperature differentials), do we really need to use it for bunker-busting roles when there are wire-guided (and presumably cheaper) Milan missiles and also RCLs like Carl Gustavs for short-range targeting ?
by srin
29 Aug 2018 20:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551252

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Long interview with the ISRO chairman. https://www.frontline.in/science-and-technology/article24801393.ece?homepage=true Thank you very much. That was very informative. Sorry for the noob question, but the talk of mini-PSLV (for launching 500kg sats) triggered a thought if it would be possible to l...
by srin
26 Aug 2018 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1575
Views: 187261

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

I don't know why we have to go to these lengths - Vijay Mallya's cell to have TV, toilet, washing area and sunlight: CBI submits video in UK court "The UK court wanted to see if Indian jails are hygienic. We have given them proof of the hygiene level and medical facilities available in jail. In...
by srin
18 Aug 2018 21:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32369

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Many roads to Kodagu have gotten blocked due to landslides. Civil defence etc have been activated (I'm tuned into activity that a bit as a ham). Yes indeed. 40 Civil Defence wardens are on the way from Bangalore. Again most of them are HAMs (and I am one too). The NDRF, IAF and IA units who are pre...
by srin
18 Aug 2018 19:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 619
Views: 32369

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

While the attention so far has been on Kerala, the situation a little north - in Kodagu - is getting critical. Many roads to Kodagu have gotten blocked due to landslides. Civil defence etc have been activated (I'm tuned into activity that a bit as a ham).
by srin
07 Aug 2018 20:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1376
Views: 193068

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

Rafale deal: Internal notes flag loss of L1 status if plane was made locally “By applying a factor of 2.7 on the man hours quoted by Dassault Aviation and EADS, the ratio of Net Present Value (NPV) based total cost of acquisition as on November 2011would have undergone a material change to the exte...
by srin
07 Aug 2018 17:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2288
Views: 365564

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Expect it to be long drawn. If the SC strikes down Art35A which it should there will be a law and order problem in Kashmir which the govt will not want in an election year. Actually, this is the right issue for the election year. Those who oppose the removal of article 35 and 370 aren't going to vo...
by srin
02 Aug 2018 22:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1830
Views: 230266

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

If payout was required, we could have purchased AMRAAMs themselves to arm our fighters. Why the SAMs indeed ?
by srin
01 Aug 2018 20:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522144

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

I hadn't heard of this software defined radio requirement for the FOC earlier. Was it always there, or is it a new one ?
by srin
30 Jul 2018 12:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1721
Views: 231151

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Neshant wrote:Arjun = textbook case of bad project management & no oversight.


Can you please justify that ?
by srin
30 Jul 2018 12:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion
Replies: 1078
Views: 111982

Re: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion

^ Assam belongs to the ethnic locals groups of Assam. The state needs another survey to separate locals from non-locals. Currently, the state is swamped with bangalis(both Hindu and Muslim). The burden of bangalis should fall lonely on the state of west Bengal. The state has become a modern day amb...
by srin
20 Jul 2018 09:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522144

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

Without knowing the facts first hand, I'm going guess and say this is more of accounting amortization. Look at the AESA RFP - even if the 2052 costs say $5m per unit (I'm pulling the numbers out of my musharraf here), there is the setting up of manufacturing, platform/avionics/EW integration, radome...
by srin
15 Jul 2018 18:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1566
Views: 131782

Re: Understanding the US- Again

I always thought that the point of NATO was to keep Europeans as US poodles. The way I understand the post second world war deal was: Europeans would fund their welfare state; the Americans their warfare state. In return for continued presence of American troops in Europe and in return Europeans buy...
by srin
29 Jun 2018 07:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1575
Views: 187261

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

It's important to recognize that Mallya's issues aren't just the bankruptcy and willful defaulter alone. There are charges of fraud, diversion of loan money, etc on him. These are criminal charges and he is a fugitive from criminal justice, so there is no way for any government to simply pardon his ...
by srin
24 Jun 2018 23:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1566
Views: 131782

Re: Understanding the US- Again

h1bs who stayed here for close to two decades, but not having GC done, and possibly being forced to leave, and so what to do about US born citizen kid is the same as asylum seekers being separated from smaller kid (toddlers and infants included) and being detained and no certainty of what happens. ...
by srin
24 Jun 2018 20:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 681
Views: 74975

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

If the F-16 and F-18 are out of the mix, the remaining four contendors are; - MiG-35: Not happening - Eurofighter Typhoon: Pointless - Gripen E: strong contendor, with the F414 engine being its downfall. Low operational cost being among its trump cards. - Rafale: Strongest contendor, politically sp...
by srin
23 Jun 2018 22:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 751235

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

My understanding was that S70 was chosen because we didn't want FMS, we wanted direct sales. After the NMRH competition collapsed (blacklisting of all and sundry and ending up with single vendor), we're just reverting to FMS as the way forward. However, I thought the current thinking is to get MH-60...
by srin
23 Jun 2018 21:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 9991

Re: Military Vehicles: News & Discussion

Army-spec Tata Safari Storme: How it’s different from the regular one https://www.cartoq.com/ktm-duke-390-or-bmw-g-310r-who-should-buy-what-video/ That URL is for a different article. Here's the right one: https://www.cartoq.com/army-spec-tata-safari-storme-how-its-different-from-the-regular-one-vi...
by srin
20 Jun 2018 18:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3020
Views: 551252

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

souravB wrote:Let's do a Scenario vs Problems on NAVIC

Problem3: with a few tweaks, it can be an effective tool for tracking people and GOI have a piss poor record for maintaining citizen privacy.


How so ? Are we putting a transmitter or a receiver ?
by srin
15 Jun 2018 19:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 751235

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

These things will happen any which way since everyone wants to make money. The MoD should come up with a system where everyone gets some piece of pie irrespective of who wins the order since that would be incentive to not block the entire process for all involved. In this particular case, I believe...
by srin
14 Jun 2018 11:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 258776

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

To me, the primary reason to go with PAKFA is to help AMCA development - because of timelines. AMCA won't be ready for another 10 years, and PAKFA is *probably* good enough in a couple of years. While it'd be good to put a bit of pressure on ADA to get on with AMCA, undue pressure with unrealistic t...
by srin
14 Jun 2018 08:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 126126

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

There is no way NoKo will relinquish the nukes. There is the evidence of "libya model" and of course, the original "Saddam model". Japan and SoKo are now realizing the fate of poodles. Nuke armed neighbour next door and their borrowed shield is now threatened to be withdrawn. Now...
by srin
14 Jun 2018 08:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 258776

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

The FGFA was doomed with HAL (and not DRDO) being the development partner. Not aware of any 5th gen technologies that HAL is working on. OTOH, having PAK-FA in the MKI model - get the basic platform, then upgrade what is deficient - and after the MKI order is over, is a sound plan. I don't know if w...
by srin
13 Jun 2018 18:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1952
Views: 346003

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

And also, why is a public mailbox considered considered secure for such non-public information ? If it can't be discussed on these forums (and Googleable by adversaries) it must not be discussed. Period.
by srin
13 Jun 2018 13:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1575
Views: 187261

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

In the face of Windrush scandal, the automatic deportation would be unthinkable.
by srin
13 Jun 2018 07:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873363

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Indian Army test-fires Smerch rockets, hits targets 90 km away. In yet another boost to the Indian Army, the Smerch guided missile-cum-multi barrel rockets successfully hit targets around 90 kilometres away at Rajasthan's Pokhran field firing range on Monday to clear the trial. Developed jointly by...
by srin
12 Jun 2018 08:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 126126

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

The most curious question is: why Singapore ? Since DPRK seems to be a chinese poodle, and the summit was on their terms so to speak, they could have easily have met in China. Is all not well between PRC and DPRK ?
by srin
09 Jun 2018 22:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2170
Views: 338062

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Doesn't the US FDA inspect the manufacturing facilities of pharma companies and allow/block them from US markets ? In the same vein, our inspectors should be allowed to inspect the farms (all expenses paid by the exporter) for purity of dairy products before accepting them. Though, whether this is t...
by srin
09 Jun 2018 21:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36368

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

One side-effect of having some 10 aircraft carriers standing by to unleash shock-and-awe on defence-less third world countries is that their diplomats - even the most junior ones who shouldn't have been let out of the country - have the grace of street thugs. Mostly works against small countries of ...
by srin
08 Jun 2018 21:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2880
Views: 233934

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Just wonder - is tunnelling under a river a better option than building a bridge on it ?
by srin
08 Jun 2018 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36368

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

For whatever reason, the IAF & Govt have agreed that S400s are important for our security. Which part of S400 we're interested in, whether it is for BMD or not - nothing authoritative or official is known. But I'll just take it at face value. Any so-called ally or partner who wishes us to be sec...

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