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by srin
06 Mar 2021 23:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1203
Views: 255715

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

...The Scorpene design has been compromised by the data leaks.... PLAN operates Kilos, so data should be easily available to Pakis. So our Kilos are ineffective. Singapore air force routinely deploys out of India and exercises with IAF. So PAF's F-16s are ineffective. Turkish Navy operates nearly s...
by srin
06 Mar 2021 11:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 14395

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion

One not-so-publicized satellite is the "Sindhu Netra" developed by DRDO with a University. For monitoring vessels in the Indian Ocean, South China sea etc. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/drdos-sindhu-netra-surveillance-satellite-deployed-in-space-will-help-to-monitor-in...
by srin
05 Mar 2021 13:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5378
Views: 1211166

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

There are only two ways forward: the IGMDP way (invest lot of money and focus for a long period and reap benefits and master the technologies) or the Tejas/Dhruv way (inhouse design and initially expensive foreign inputs and components that progressively gets desi over a period of time). Our engine ...
by srin
05 Mar 2021 03:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2558
Views: 235751

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

we are doing what korea and china did decades ago - cleanup the system. common man can work hard and earn an honest living. that is the social contract from BJP - not different from what Korea and China did. And that is all they need to do. Interaction with Govt usually means bribes - whether it is...
by srin
22 Feb 2021 09:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 3118
Views: 397716

Re: Indian Roads Thread

They need to mandate Fastag for all state highways and private expressways, beginning with NICE road of Bangalore.
by srin
21 Feb 2021 22:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2558
Views: 235751

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The above article paints an incomplete picture on car ownership , almost every national highway now has tolls, some for every 25 kms. A 400 kms round trip using NHs will cost you around Rs2500 in fuel + Rs 600 in tolls = Rs 3100 today. Add another Rs 6000 to Rs 8000 for insurance every year (also r...
by srin
19 Feb 2021 14:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1324
Views: 381691

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

I feel sorry for L&T. They have in very good faith delivered on time, instead of following the OFB/DPSU rates. But tell you what - this the reason why the OFB/DPSU take half a dozen years to deliver on small orders: because the MoD orders are so fickle, it will lead to idle production lines whil...
by srin
19 Feb 2021 14:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 458
Views: 44569

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

This is a golden opportunity to file a PILs to derecognise Twitter as an intermediary and make it liable for all content censorship decisions it takes. Sometimes, we should take a leaf out of the leftist playbook. The wider issue should be also used to attach labels: pro-pollution, pro stubble burni...
by srin
19 Feb 2021 09:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1036
Views: 233782

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Who will be using the carbines ?
COIN - AK 203 (7.62x39)
Infantry - Sig (7.62x51)
by srin
18 Feb 2021 14:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5271
Views: 1136505

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I don't think the Ka 226 can be cancelled directly. There are optics issues involved, given that this was done at head of state level. So what HAL is doing is the time tested MTA/ FGFA tactics - keep doing chai biscoot negotiations forever, and then eventually have the IAF force them to drop it beca...
by srin
16 Feb 2021 16:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283929

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Yes, 114 Namicas will be ordered after GoI approves import of 1000 Armatas.
by srin
13 Feb 2021 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1036
Views: 233782

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Bloody Jokers. Just when you think the bureaucracy will stop and common sense will prevail. What do you get - Face Palm But then what do we know? Old babus are retiring and the new batch of incoming nincompoops needs to be trained in the fine art of: -Notating remarks on proposal file on page 16, p...
by srin
09 Feb 2021 09:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 458
Views: 44569

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Isn't Section 79 of IT (governing liability of intermediaries) act our equivalent of Section 230 ?
by srin
01 Feb 2021 19:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India Budget 2021 News and Discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 10117

Re: India Budget 2021 News and Discussion

I vaguely remember that the government had said (around 6 months ago) that it'd put indigenous military acquisition under a different head. Any info on that ?
by srin
30 Jan 2021 19:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6115
Views: 1370289

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^^^ Correct me if I'm wrong. The GST is a consumption oriented tax - not the production oriented. So, if a state is not paying enough GST, it doesn't necessarily mean lack of industrial activity - it means lack of business activity (includes trading, retail, services etc) and also lack of last mile ...
by srin
27 Jan 2021 15:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 4250
Views: 1242474

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

What is the weight of Akash NG ?
by srin
23 Jan 2021 20:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3797
Views: 759236

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

Instead of the Panthers, offer unlimited Scorpene production, and I'll sign on ...

In any case, I don't think another MRCA contest will actually fructify. Buying Rafales off the shelf is the least risky path (though not politically)
by srin
21 Jan 2021 22:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3435
Views: 879298

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Honestly, IMO, the 76mm gun was good enough. I don't foresee 2nd World War style shelling of land by the destroyers, to aid amphibious landings. To me, the aerial threat is much more critical and a large calibre, high rate of fire cannon that can engage aerial threats beyond the CIWS is critical. Th...
by srin
17 Jan 2021 20:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8935
Views: 1046988

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

To kickstart the economy, it is important to vaccinate the working age population. So, I'd have prioritized working age adults and children over senior citizens (or atleast have a proportion of the three) instead of looking at senior citizens alone in next phase.
by srin
15 Jan 2021 21:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2558
Views: 235751

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Did she apply or get a work visa ?
by srin
10 Jan 2021 10:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2558
Views: 235751

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The question of filibuster etc is all too complex for me. I'm seeing it as a simple one: we grow more rice/wheat than we need (including buffer stocks). That's why the market price is low.

What is the solution to this ?
by srin
08 Jan 2021 16:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2558
Views: 235751

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I think both sides are waiting for the other side to use force, to sway the public opinion to their side. The Govt has been smart, and has kept talking to them, waiting it out. I'm a bit nervous about 26th though.
by srin
28 Dec 2020 00:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 286807

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

One more thing. Piggybacking on IAF MMRCA (or whatever the heck it is called now) is going to result in hilarity.

Say Rafale wins again. How is the Navy going to operate Rafale-Ms with the wings that don't fit on the lifts ?
by srin
27 Dec 2020 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 286807

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

So now it has to go for CCS approval. Forgive me, if I have missed any step in between the two (AoN and CCS). By some miraculous event, the CCS also approves it in 2022. So now an agreement is signed and the steel cutting begins. By 2023, the keel is laid. From this point on - as per the navy's own...
by srin
26 Dec 2020 12:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1390644

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Actually, my question is: Why should FCI procure from mandis anymore ? Why can't they (using current laws) procure directly from the farmer and cut out the mandi commissions ?
by srin
18 Dec 2020 21:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283929

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

The Leclerc also has an autoloader. Does it also use two piece ammo or the long rod ?
by srin
18 Dec 2020 16:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283929

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

One important 'metric' that T(in) fans bothered to ask is the rate of fire between Autoloader and manual firing. In battle situation, not only the long rod but also the number of shots fired in a short time is important. Historically the rate of fire by manual loading is much faster than autoloader...
by srin
06 Dec 2020 20:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3435
Views: 879298

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

VR walkthrough of Vikky


At 4:37, what is it to the right of AK 630 ? Is it the FCR for the AK ?
by srin
06 Dec 2020 18:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1390644

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

They even lost Nagpur and Pune, which are considered BJP bastions. It's MLC elections for teachers and graduates constituency. So restricted voters list. Teachers may have voted to MVA to ensure their salaries get paid on time. Also a lot of schools are controlled by Congis and Ncp. Sorry for the l...
by srin
06 Dec 2020 15:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3536
Views: 725358

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

You know, what's really funny ? We have the Chinese claiming all sorts of technical advances and weaponry to use against India. However, I don't think I've noticed this in their propaganda - the bravery of their solders, the fighting spirit, the advanced tactics. Look at our press releases or what o...
by srin
06 Dec 2020 15:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3799
Views: 432897

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

India considers French offer of six Airbus multi-role mid-air refuellers According to South Block sources, while IAF wanted to get an Airbus 330 MRTT on wet lease from a British company, the French proposal involves selling 5–7-year-old six aircraft for the air force with a certification of another...
by srin
06 Dec 2020 14:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1390644

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Curious on one question: Is the APMC going to be shut down ? Why can't the farmers who like the APMC so much sell there instead of availing the new freedoms ? It is a million dollar question if APMC is going to be shut down or not. One of the proposals submitted by Punjab government as a response t...
by srin
06 Dec 2020 10:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1390644

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Curious on one question: Is the APMC going to be shut down ? Why can't the farmers who like the APMC so much sell there instead of availing the new freedoms ?
by srin
06 Dec 2020 01:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8935
Views: 1046988

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Amber G. wrote:^^^ There are many (about 7 in final stages) trials are going in India.


Precisely, so we will know the efficacy on Indian population.
by srin
06 Dec 2020 00:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8935
Views: 1046988

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

paper says US vaccines may not be equally effective on Asians as it doesn't have all the virus parts, diff race reacts to virus parts differently. Missing parts may not yield optimum result. In which case a full but inactivated virus should do the trick. Hence India should wait for Bharat Biotech C...
by srin
06 Dec 2020 00:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1390644

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Please read the entire twitter thread here. Has lot of stats https://twitter.com/anuragsingh_as/status/1334378954103328770 We don't export wheat - international wheat prices are around $200 per quintal (Rs.1400) but MSP is around Rs. 1900 FCI has 3 years worth of production as buffer stocks ! The FC...
by srin
05 Dec 2020 23:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1390644

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Is there any limit to the amount for tax-free agriculture income? If not, why not? I've been thinking about this, and it appears to be more complex than I previously thought. There are two types of direct taxes - one on gross income (like on salary), and one on net income (capital gains, or on net ...

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