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by DexterM
13 Jun 2016 14:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4987
Views: 717676

Re: Internal Security Watch

Why was the role of the Army officials complicit in the illegal detention of its own (Col Purohit) not highlighted further? We've had several rigorous discussions on the issue, but it appears everyone defaulted to the position that the IA knew something that we did not and therefore the detention wa...
by DexterM
03 Jun 2016 21:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4035
Views: 381149

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Can I ask how much money to replace 14 aging MIG squadrons has been kept aside? (Similar to Rafale deal, is there a cost of 10-20 Billion$ floating around) How much worth order for 40 Tejas been given to HAL by IAF? (20-IOC1, 20-IOC2/FOC) Sure you can ask. Please do share with all of us what Mr Par...
by DexterM
01 Jun 2016 20:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4308
Views: 739969

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

You are right in the fact that they only name the material with a code. The composition is a trade secret. And note that they do the same across all factories, including Argentina. Nothing is out of place there. Why do we need the composition if they are manufacturing the bearing to our spec and it ...
by DexterM
01 Jun 2016 20:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Why not build an AMCA-lite, twin engined, minus the uber stealth amrit that the AMCA aims for? It'll be a 4+ gen fighter just like the cheeni stealth fighters are 4+ gen onlee. Once tech matures in 2 decades, start churning 5th gen AMCA MK1As Solves the immediate problem of what MP was talking abou...
by DexterM
01 Jun 2016 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4308
Views: 739969

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

^^ Sadly, no Indian ball bearing manufacturers comes anywhere close to SKF wrt to the technology. SKF spends HUGE amount in R&D and are decades ahead of Indian companies. While local companies are also spending somewhat in R&D - just like SCB for engines - the material is becoming the barri...
by DexterM
31 May 2016 22:45
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

You ought to post a link to a source for this information. Else, it is simply hearsay and a rant. And quite deserving of mod action because you imply some acts of omission and commission without backing your statement with facts and proof. For instance: http://www.forceindia.net/TrainingonTrack.aspx...
by DexterM
31 May 2016 12:43
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4811
Views: 847068

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Deejay saar, I would not go that far. What habal said might annoy you and should be left to the admins to deal with. However, as a past member of the services, one would expect better from you. BRF has become more lenient of the talk that incites you (or rohit, for example), but in general no one on...
by DexterM
29 May 2016 22:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4679
Views: 915908

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Does the "no import after 5 years" cover all "R&D Tie-ups" with Israeli manufacturers?
If so, this is the best thing that happened to India!
by DexterM
25 May 2016 14:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

^^ What engine specific things are there in SCB tech anyway which take significant efforts to surmount?? My thinking is: Its basically a casting process. If you know how to do it properly, you should be able to make blades for any engine, with little efforts. AL-31FP already has fairly advanced SCB...
by DexterM
24 May 2016 14:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Austin, I may be wrong but imvho directionally solidified is not the same as the latest generation single crystal blade technology that even Midhani has. Our basic problem is not with acquiring the tech (that is already lab proven), but in mass scale manufacture at the consistent quality specified. ...
by DexterM
20 May 2016 13:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4679
Views: 915908

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Folks from Bengaluru, Karela would have had the opportunity to go past this beauty if they traveled to BTP. That certainly is not a missile and is most certainly the TD. hnair sir, per the diagrams, it is semi cryo -- so this is the vehicle that carries the second stage, right? http://www.thehindu.c...
by DexterM
19 May 2016 13:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4035
Views: 381149

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I'd asked about this topic earlier as well -- if the initial lot of LCAs contained more trainers (instead of 2/20, let's say 6/20), wouldn't it help jumpstart type conversion?
Trying to understand the induction process for a new type. Any tips on how this is done?
by DexterM
11 May 2016 11:04
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Ground attack? What about an unmanned autonomous version of the LCA or the Jag itself? Is that doable or sensible? Or a Harpy equivalent to help take out radar sites so that the concern related to network and sitawareness is addressed first? What about a UAV that is built specifically for 3 hour end...
by DexterM
10 May 2016 08:23
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Shiv saar, I am a newbie (as you well know), so please forgive my question: In which theater will we expect to safely fly in a light fighter with 2 LGBs and 2CCMs? Will this always be with top cover from a more capable fighter? I understand the 90% of sorties number but do not understand if this is ...
by DexterM
09 May 2016 13:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Precisely! If PD had actually focused on autonomous flight and mission management, it would have made far more sense! Why not look at reducing the visual profile and improve VLO capabilities instead of getting into this "back in my time, we had this awesome machine called the ....". Why no...
by DexterM
09 May 2016 12:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044322

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Any news about TD-4 for LCH? LCH was supposed to get IOC or some reports of mentioned something like a deemed IOC by December 2015!! Any news about the progress on IOC front for LCH? The first prototype helicopter had its inaugural flight on Mar 23, 2010. The second and third prototype had their fi...
by DexterM
09 May 2016 10:15
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Superb design powered by hot vayu. It is a wonderful exercise in broadening of the horizon while ensuring no gas remains trapped after a nice hot tandoori meal.
by DexterM
30 Apr 2016 13:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4035
Views: 381149

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

The platform is plenty capable at this moment. Right now. You were one of the disbelievers who wanted wing redesign without even realizing what it entails! You are talking of a new plane, and then espousing support. It is a joke. Not funny though. All the same, it is heartening that folks such as yo...
by DexterM
30 Apr 2016 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Corruption in Arms Deals - News and Analysis
Replies: 731
Views: 56608

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Does that mean Tyagi is innocent? And his cousins are not really arms dealers?
by DexterM
29 Apr 2016 16:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4035
Views: 381149

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

>> LCA Mk1+ with low weight and 8% Aerodynamic improvement and 20% higher acceleration, AESA and EW
>>I expect some good news in wing redesign and air intake redesign in the time to come.
:rotfl:
by DexterM
27 Apr 2016 20:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Saw a white + Red body turboprop flying into HAL. Was at a conference with clients so could not verify that that distance.
Hoping it is the HTT40 although I would expect it to be Yellow primered at this point.
by DexterM
26 Apr 2016 12:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

The fallout from anything that large (as in, if it intends to take out all electronic equipment in North India) would spread to the Chinese mainland in 3-7 days and would devastate everything in its wake. A nuclear option is literally the last option and no sane Chinese would want to get into that b...
by DexterM
21 Apr 2016 23:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

They've blocked Snecma from providing any support despite our willingness to pay for the help, and here we have people claiming $10bn for 36 planes is cheap and that this magic technology and plane will protect us from the Dragon. Just as the same Russians are giving away their own IP to the Chinese...
by DexterM
20 Apr 2016 10:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4035
Views: 381149

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Bhaskar_T, why 18? Are you targeting 32 a year?
All repairs/modifications will be at MROs in the future.

I recall a timeline of how much time the a/c spends before and after getting on a jig. (The basic assembly timelines). Does anyone have a graphic handy for other a/c types?
by DexterM
19 Apr 2016 08:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 343613

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

It appears no force on earth or in the heavens can move DGMF. Parrikar saab is busy with urgent (and costlier) purchases including Arty and Rafails. No one has time for MII of a tank that was never intended to be purchased. Two generations of DGMFs have managed to keep indigenous production at bay. ...
by DexterM
18 Apr 2016 20:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

indranilroy wrote:I want to eat porridge. I need a golden spoon. The gold smith tells me it 1 lac rupees, but gives me a 30% discount. Hurray, I have saved 30,000 rupees. Let me get 300 of these golden spoons.

+$10bn :D
by DexterM
18 Apr 2016 15:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4035
Views: 381149

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Had imagined that the trainer versions would be produced first and rushed off to raise the squadrons. As in, the simulators are fine, but am guessing type conversioun and certification would be the first step for pilots. Deejay saar, could you please rephrase your old post in this context of whether...
by DexterM
17 Apr 2016 22:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

CM, if that were indeed the case, what stopped them from investing more in engine development or simply acquiring specialist metallurgical cos or labs (many were open to partnerships over the past ten years) or building a high altitude test bed? Absolutely nothing good will come out of the offsets f...
by DexterM
17 Apr 2016 21:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

If you pay twice the price for an aircraft, how much more would you pay for an aircraft carrier or reactor tech for boats or carrier ships? Maitri was priced manifold what we already have on hand! What does that tell you? Who in their right mind would imagine that the French would actually give us a...
by DexterM
17 Apr 2016 21:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

>>Hopefully we have learnt our lesson at least in this govt. We paid the price of an LCA for the M2K upgrades. We're still dilly dallying over the Honeywell engine upgrades for the Jag. And we're paying a heck of a lot more than folks are paying for both stealth (F-35) or brute force (35s). And we a...
by DexterM
16 Apr 2016 09:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

>>Otherwise this purchase will go down as a mind-bogglingly stupid one. Whether we buy 36 or license more, it would be a stupid deal! We are unable to spend a fraction of this on core items such as engine development or other TD programs, but are happy to keep funding any gora programs that turn up ...
by DexterM
15 Apr 2016 15:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Gyan, what are the one structural assembly and two Final Assembly buildings at the very end of the HAL Airport? What are you going on about? A painting booth is not the final word in aircraft assembly! There is more there now and some new active construction activity going on the south side of the ...
by DexterM
15 Apr 2016 13:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Gyan, what are the one structural assembly and two Final Assembly buildings at the very end of the HAL Airport?
What are you going on about? A painting booth is not the final word in aircraft assembly!
by DexterM
14 Apr 2016 22:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3546
Views: 527026

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Could you please share the relevant links for us to compare: 1. Ingress allowed at Low/Medium/Full for T-90s. Vs. the same documentation for the Arjun (MkI will do). 2. Source or proof that T-90 is compliant with 5 lts for Full fording but Arjun is not as you imply. 3. Comparison of fording results...
by DexterM
14 Apr 2016 16:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3546
Views: 527026

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

^ For full fording, 5 litre ingress was permissible for T-90. Auditor halves it to 2.5 litre ingress limit for medium fording for Arjun; and questions zero ingress limit set by IA. Q. Is the relation between full fording( at 5 mtr depth of water) and medium fording (air intake, exhaust and barrel m...
by DexterM
07 Apr 2016 10:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3972
Views: 314280

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Immediate availability and independence of Russia. Obviously, but still best to not keep all your eggs in one basket, especially a basket that is getting increasingly cozy with China. It is still not a country that supplies F-16s and Vipers ostensibly to fight Shalwar-clad Terrorbunnies, along with...
by DexterM
30 Mar 2016 09:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 343613

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Amazed and confused. There is no one higher up than the Indian Army? Not saying it should be shoved down their throats, which may be a n option to many, but how is it that the IA is stonewalling for so long without any guilt or repercussions? What the MoD has to do is make it clear that tanks will ...
by DexterM
28 Mar 2016 16:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Ex-Navy officer arrested by Pak in Baluchistan
Replies: 40
Views: 4073

Re: Ex-Navy officer arrested by Pak in Baluchistan

Clearly folks are not familiar with y S Hussain Zaidi and his adulatory work on the D company.
Forget the work of a propagandist. The fact that the yellow rag owned by the ToiLet group printed it would mean a larger concerted effort is in play here to project the Retd officer as an active operative.
by DexterM
28 Mar 2016 16:47
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4456
Views: 622574

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

>>the LCA,with a potential orderbook of over 300,languishes and languishes with revised deadline after deadline unable to be met, that too with reduced performance parameters accepted by the IAF,parameters drawn up two decades ago ! Philip saar, how long will you continue to denigrate the LCA? What ...

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