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by srin
18 Aug 2018 21:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 236
Views: 6932

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 - Aug 2018
Replies: 236
Views: 6932

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: 884
Views: 138846

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: 2254
Views: 351365

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: 1640
Views: 199560

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: 2040
Views: 405920

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: 1709
Views: 226167

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: 1077
Views: 110207

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: 2040
Views: 405920

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: 979
Views: 91541

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: 1496
Views: 172878

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: 979
Views: 91541

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: 610
Views: 65247

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: 740549

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: 45
Views: 9255

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 Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2792
Views: 505483

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: 740549

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 Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2580
Views: 242978

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: 123353

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 Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2580
Views: 242978

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: 1915
Views: 331099

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: 1496
Views: 172878

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 and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4241
Views: 774752

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: 123353

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: 1852
Views: 281591

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: 331
Views: 25072

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: 231265

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: 331
Views: 25072

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...
by srin
07 Jun 2018 00:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2718
Views: 274234

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

We could have just bought MiG (not the plane, but the design bureau) along with Gorshkov (instead of buying just the Mig-29K). We need not go for 1990's when our economy wasn't doing well. I'm talking early 2000's when the Gorshkov deal was signed. Oh and in return, we could have given them one of o...
by srin
07 Jun 2018 00:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2792
Views: 505483

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

^^^ Further computing ... cost per kg for PSLV: $7900 (LEO), $25000 (GEO) cost per kg for GSLV mk3: $6700 (LEO), $16750 (GEO) Now, this is a bit simplistic because it doesn't account for PSLV XL vs core-only configurations. SpaceX falcon 9 for LEO costs less than half of this, but it is more complic...
by srin
06 Jun 2018 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2764
Views: 389159

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Right Lets not buy the S-400 and be naked to nuclear blackmail form Pakis because the Chinese might have the S400. Same time the US might sanction our scam ridden economy. very good thinking. I'm very curious to know why you think I've even indicated that we shouldn't buy S-400. :roll: That's a ver...
by srin
06 Jun 2018 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2764
Views: 389159

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

^^^ Hasn't China also purchased S-400's ? We should stop comparing with what China did or didn't do? India needs the S-400 like yesterday. Spurious arguments that Chinese are buying the S-400 and US will sanction India have kept India from acquiring the weapons it needs. S-400 is need to counter Pa...
by srin
06 Jun 2018 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2764
Views: 389159

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

^^^ Hasn't China also purchased S-400's ? Yes, but as part of an integrated national strategy to acquire the tech and capability and not just the equipment, their deals with the Russians are generally cover for full-scale TOT and rapid buildup of equivalent clone systems that they rapidly improve o...
by srin
06 Jun 2018 21:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2764
Views: 389159

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

^^^ Hasn't China also purchased S-400's ?
by srin
06 Jun 2018 06:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4241
Views: 774752

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Smaller diameter suggests that air scoops may be missing - are they planning to have Akash NG that is not ramjet powered ?

Added later: Duh, it may just mean that the fins are folded in the canister, and they unfold when it ejects.
by srin
05 Jun 2018 07:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2254
Views: 351365

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

IXKvJmaO3r4 mob wanted to lynch CRPF jawans in jeep ^ We need to equip CRPF and RR and others with cameras with audio, so that all these stone pelting (which is actually an attempt to murder) at encounter locations get filmed, and also (like the video above) show to the country the conditions under...
by srin
02 Jun 2018 11:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4241
Views: 774752

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

I didn't know this - http://www.ausairpower.net/SP/DT-AAM-Evolution-March-2009.pdf The other important technological development of this period was the air-breathing throttled rocket ramjet engine. Vympel made the critical breakthrough during the 1990s and widely marketed the RVV-AE-PD or ‘ramjet Ad...
by srin
02 Jun 2018 11:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4241
Views: 774752

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

How is a ramjet powered missile better than a dual pulse rocket powered one ? Compare Akash and LR-SAM, where DRDO developed the propulsion in both cases. LRSAM is almost one-third the weight (275kg vs 720kg), but has three times the range (80km vs 25km) for the same warhead (all wiki specs onlee)....
by srin
01 Jun 2018 09:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2040
Views: 405920

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

Tejas exits Bengaluru, new nest in TN’s Sulur https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/010618/tejas-exits-bengaluru-new-nest-in-tns-sulur.html

Such a lungi dance time, only slightly spoiled by the very strange looking Tejas pic at the top of the article :lol:
by srin
01 Jun 2018 07:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 884
Views: 31296

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Gus wrote:
srin wrote:Are there any ham radio operators on this forum ?


sachin is one, iirc


Thank you, Gus saar.

@mods: Would it be okay if I start a new thread in the Tech Forum ?

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