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by raj.devan
23 Dec 2014 11:33
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 76370

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Vivek Sir somehow Phenix is not as gripping as Chimera :( . Sorry my personal opinion only. Actually I find the content in Fenix far more engrossing than in Chimera. In Chimera, the enemy's point of view was limited to that of the PLAAF's top brass. In Fenix, there is much more 'boots-on-the-ground...
by raj.devan
31 Mar 2014 12:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2622
Views: 387468

Re: Military Flight Safety

Considering that the news report about 'fake Chinese parts' in the Hercules was from Chidanand Rajghatta, can anyone find any earlier reports about this? I've been looking for reports about the 2011-2012 investigation by the US Senate armed services committee which is supposed to have initially expo...
by raj.devan
31 Mar 2014 11:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 764654

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

PLAN commissions first Type 052D DDG, puts second on sea trials http://www.janes.com/article/35842/plan-commissions-first-type-052d-ddg-puts-second-on-sea-trials Kunming , with pennant number 172, appears to be a development of the Luyang II (Type 052C)-class destroyer but feature several improvemen...
by raj.devan
30 Mar 2014 09:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan
Replies: 851
Views: 62625

Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/hindu-temple-attacked-set-on-fire-in-pakistan/ A Hindu temple has been desecrated and set on fire by unidentified persons in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, two weeks ahead of an annual fair at the holy site. The caretaker of the temple of Hindu ...
by raj.devan
26 Mar 2014 20:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Humor and related
Replies: 462
Views: 98790

Re: Military Humor and related

^^^ Do you have the link? It looks like it was written by someone in Chinese Propaganda Ministry... Esp going by the platitudes heaped on the Chinese from time to time in the text.
by raj.devan
26 Mar 2014 20:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 goes missing
Replies: 3102
Views: 137222

Re: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 goes missing

can you setup a CCTV inside each airline and have to monitored on ground ??? A lot of airlines provide in flight internet access, usually through satellite uplinks. I'm not sure what the bandwidth or speeds are, but what you're suggesting should be possible using the data connection to stream video...
by raj.devan
25 Mar 2014 22:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 425693

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

Anti-dam march in Myanmar - The Hindu Dozens of protesters began a 2,400-km march on Sunday to northern Myanmar, calling for the cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam project over environmental concerns. The $3.6 billion dam along the Irrawaddy River, which was supposed to export 90 pe...
by raj.devan
25 Mar 2014 22:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 goes missing
Replies: 3102
Views: 137222

Re: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 goes missing

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/mh370-flight-path1.jpg Now, the more I look at the flight path, the more it looks like a hijack and an onboard tussle for control of the aircraft. The first sharp turn left looks like the moment when an intruder entered the cockpit and orde...
by raj.devan
25 Mar 2014 20:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 goes missing
Replies: 3102
Views: 137222

Re: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 goes missing

Amidst all the media hype about hijackings and pilot suicides, comes one hypothesis that seems more or less possible. http://www.blog.bcvlex.com/uncategorized/290.html The Federal Aviation Administration recently released an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that concerns the Boeing 777-200 series. It ca...
by raj.devan
17 Mar 2014 09:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1057
Views: 188777

Re: The IAF History Thread

Thank you Jagan. Thats something I never knew. The list of 54 servicemen was first produced in Parliament in 1979, and gets furnished in its original format everytime a question is asked in the Lok Sabha. The last time it was produced was last year by AKA. The list is itself probably filed by the Mo...
by raj.devan
17 Mar 2014 07:34
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 76370

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

In acrual timeline, isn't the Tejas supposed to already be inducted by 2017? I think that in an alternate timeline where India fights a massive war with China in 2014, there would be a bigger push to get Tejas and our other military projects operational.
by raj.devan
17 Mar 2014 06:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1057
Views: 188777

Re: The IAF History Thread

Of course! His articles and books on India's military history are essential reading on the subject. And it's an honour to have a conversation with him here on BRF - even if its only on the merits of Hindi movies that deal with military history.
by raj.devan
16 Mar 2014 23:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1057
Views: 188777

Re: The IAF History Thread

There wasn't much in the way of rip off in 1971... I certainly do not recall any similarities to The Great Escape. You're probably thinking about another movie about Indian Pows in Pak - Deewar - which was an unabashed knock-off from Great Escape. With regards to the list of POWs in Pakistan, I have...
by raj.devan
16 Mar 2014 13:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion
Replies: 3934
Views: 325296

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion

Please enligten me if i am wrong why not india try for somrthing new like orion or magnetic capatulate or space elevator some thing like that. I know some will say it will be expansive like hell but if you can make industry out of it or ifwe can make industries in space we will and can be no. 1 . P...
by raj.devan
16 Mar 2014 13:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1057
Views: 188777

Re: The IAF History Thread

What I liked about 1971 was how it portrayed the sense of loyalty and brotherhood that soldiers have towards their comrades in arms. While a movie like Border brought out the sacrifices that soldiers have to make for the sake of their nation, 1971 brought out how a soldier has to often make sacrific...
by raj.devan
15 Mar 2014 17:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 544575

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

^^ Good idea and lets begin with OFB, but I would also put the clause that being private it has to compete openly. Otherwise OFB will remain OFB but with a pvt sticker on top of it. Also that overall ownership should remain Indian. It is difficult to ensure overall ownership given the complex share...
by raj.devan
15 Mar 2014 16:41
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 76370

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

The narration of the Mig29 versus F16 airfight had a distinct air of polish and finesse. It almost felt like it had been written by a combat fighter pilot. Srai's idea is good. But I think that given the extremely short time one gets to scramble and meet the enemy, it may be difficult to set up such...
by raj.devan
13 Mar 2014 20:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1523
Views: 130081

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Planning and Policy making is not good.... Defence ministry should have decided before arrival of vikramaditya . If a war happens today , it will be sitting duck or to protect the carrier three more frigates are needed, which will decrease the fighting capacity. The Carrier is never employed all al...
by raj.devan
12 Mar 2014 14:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 544575

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

There are checks and balances against such things (procuring components from unapproved sources). If these systems work fine when dealing with foreign private players who also have a profit motive. For instance the deal for the Rafale is with a private French company (Dassault). But the way every la...
by raj.devan
12 Mar 2014 13:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1523
Views: 130081

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Going by the cumbersime tender process our MOD babus so happily espouse it may be years of mind numbing paper pushing before we actually even start to fit out the Vikramaditya. And that's if a scam doesnt detail the whole affair.
by raj.devan
11 Mar 2014 21:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Thailand Asia's only Colonial Holdout in the 19th century
Replies: 13
Views: 1089

Re: Thailand Asia's only Colonial Holdout in the 19th centur

Actually think of the Shinawatra as the Jayalalitha of Thailand - a billionaire politician who continually bribes illiterate rural masses with rabid populist policies to hokd on to power. In fact you can draw up a huge list of Indian politicians from all political parties who can be called a paralle...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 17:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Media role in contempt and derision about India
Replies: 508
Views: 30869

Re: India Media role in contempt and derision about India

The local Meerut crowd must be extremely dangerous. If you're saying the police arrested them on some obscure IPC section to make it look like they were taking action and thereby pacifying the local Meerut crowd, then you may be right. I hope that's not how they protect actual innocent abiding citiz...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 15:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Media role in contempt and derision about India
Replies: 508
Views: 30869

Re: India Media role in contempt and derision about India

You don't have to arrest someone to protect him. If the police were acting in best interests, they would have detained them, or even arrested them for inciting rioting or for assault and battery. The fact that someone dug out an antiquity like the Section 124A of the 1860 IPC, shows that someone was...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 13:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Media role in contempt and derision about India
Replies: 508
Views: 30869

Re: India Media role in contempt and derision about India

^^^^^Why only limit it to Pakistan, Bangladesh and China. Why not consider the option when the US/UK/Germany and Vatican jointly decide to invade India. The recent western actions are not friendly at all, even if they aren't overtly hostile. If it suits American interests they may invade us also. I...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 12:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Media role in contempt and derision about India
Replies: 508
Views: 30869

Re: India Media role in contempt and derision about India

From the last article poster by UlanBatori: Meanwhile, support for the Pakistani cricket team is nothing new in Kashmir. The truth is that in many Kashmiri households, if India plays Kenya, they will celebrate a Kenyan win. It is seen as another way of expressing anger against the Indian state, a re...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 10:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1057
Views: 188777

Re: The IAF History Thread

The story of Flight Lt. Dilip Parulkar & team's escape from Pakistan was fictionalized into a Hindi movie called '1971' starring Manoj Bajpai.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/200704 ... /main9.htm

Apart from Lakshya, this is another recent war movie that I enjoyed watching.
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 10:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Thailand Asia's only Colonial Holdout in the 19th century
Replies: 13
Views: 1089

Re: Thailand Asia's only Colonial Holdout in the 19th centur

While at it we must also ask why is that the yellow shirts do not want democracy? The yellow shirts comprose the urban middle class, and holds the support of the Thai aristocracy as well its military. This movement started off somewhat like our own Anna Hazare/IAC movement as a campaign against cor...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 09:45
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 76370

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

In Chimera, the politicians in the story did a lot of talking, but in the end failed to give any value addition to the fight against the Chinese - whether by giving the armed forces a clear mandate, or by assisting them with diplomatic maneuvres. In the end it was primarily because the politicians h...
by raj.devan
09 Mar 2014 00:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat
Replies: 5192
Views: 425693

Re: Managing Chinese Threat

Asia needs a body like NATO - Japan Times ASEAN already has a Defence Industry Collaboration Body meant to allow military tactics and weapons interoperability between ASEAN countries and with the US. I wouldn't be surprised if this gets ramped up to resemble something like Cold War NATO in the near...
by raj.devan
08 Mar 2014 23:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 764654

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

I was thinking that maybe it should be 10m or even 100m... Which would make sense as a tolerance value when tracking a ship. Tracking even an AC to a 10km circle seems pointless if you want to hit it from 2000km away. Perhaps the Hindu correspondent hadn't a clue what he was writing about and blindl...
by raj.devan
08 Mar 2014 23:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Thailand Asia's only Colonial Holdout in the 19th century
Replies: 13
Views: 1089

Re: Thailand Asia's only Colonial Holdout in the 19th centur

. The anti govt protests in Thailand are a first step to neutralize the only state in Asia that was not colonized directly in 19th century by Britian and France The Red Shirts are not anti government protestors. They represent the groups that support the ousted PM Shinawatra and his sister, the cur...
by raj.devan
08 Mar 2014 23:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 226472

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

The General's account makes it like its Gen Thimmaya's banter that made Nehruji distrustful of the Army. It begs the question then why was Gen Cariappa treated shabbily? The reality is Nehru distrusted the military. It was the RIN revolt that convinced the British to leave and not all those peacefu...
by raj.devan
08 Mar 2014 22:29
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 76370

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

@Vivek: Loved the bit about temporal aerial density. You aerial dogfight engagements are always a pleasure to read - especially the way you can get inside the mind of a fighter pilot in the midst of combat. Fed of AAP bakwaas.Your posts will be welcome change With nearing elections, politics is cree...
by raj.devan
08 Mar 2014 15:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 764654

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

In the course of a single day, the current Yaogan constellation can provide about 16 targeting opportunities for ballistic missile launches when the uncertainity in an aircraft carrier's position will be less than 10 km I don't understand. Does this mean that the Sat Constellation will locate the t...
by raj.devan
02 Mar 2014 22:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2535
Views: 295087

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/02/us-israel-conscription-idUSBREA210I820140302 Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community's militar...
by raj.devan
23 Feb 2014 17:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 361461

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Jayalalithaa to have bigger role if Modi comes to power: Sri Lankan analyst http://newindianexpress.com/world/Jayalalithaa-to-have-bigger-role-if-Modi-comes-to-power-Sri-Lankan-analyst/2013/11/04/article1871039.ece Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, a leading Sri Lankan strategic analyst and a former ambassador...
by raj.devan
23 Feb 2014 16:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2535
Views: 295087

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

The Russian Jews are giving the Ashkenazi a run for their money, in both education and in research.. In fact, the Technion has Russian as de facto language - about a quarter to a third of the university, especially at graduate level is Russian. However, it is true that in industry and trade, the As...
by raj.devan
23 Feb 2014 00:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 764654

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

It also has a lot to do with marketing and PR. I'm sure that the PLA carefully chooses which photographs of its military hardware are circulated in the world press, and ensures that the hardware in question gets a thorough scrubbing & make-up job before every photo shoot. In any case, good PR is...
by raj.devan
23 Feb 2014 00:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2535
Views: 295087

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Yes, and no. It really depends on what Jews you are interacting. What I am giving you is a very rough characterisation. Jews from Europe form less than half of Israeli population, but they were the more educated, and dominate in industry, education, etc. So, if you are interacting with this bunch, ...
by raj.devan
22 Feb 2014 16:25
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 76370

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

No, the conventions I described are not used by the Chinese for informal interactions, much less those with foreigners in an international corporate setup. In the PLA, however, one is unlikely to address senior officers by first names unless there is a lot of personal familiarity. In any case, the i...

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