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by member_29294
27 Mar 2016 21:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Ejoying the intellectual masturbation. Every foreign equipment comes with limitations and shackles. The only aircraft that comes with no shackles is the LCA. Indians need to learn to believe in themselves. The LCA needs to be exploited to full potential. To build a potent fleet, invest in MKI spare...
by member_29294
27 Mar 2016 05:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

F-35 purchase will require 'full commitment' to NATO and US. Something India must avoid at all costs. F-18SH is a much better option that doesn't require the same shackles, and indigenous production with ToT can be guaranteed. This includes the added bonus of having GE-414EPE engines powering F-18SH...
by member_29294
25 Mar 2016 04:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Tracking India's Admission into International Groups & Bodies
Replies: 722
Views: 57685

Re: Tracking India's Admission into International Groups

^ America leverages Canada, Turkey, and Mexico to oppose any expansion since they don't want to come out against expansion themselves. US doesn't want any challenge to its power. Argentina and Columbia oppose Brazil. Italy and Spain oppose Germany. South Korea and Indonesia oppose Japan. Paki obviou...
by member_29294
25 Mar 2016 04:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Investigations at this stage could hurt ongoing negotiations. Just focus on getting a new fighter platform line from the best offer by year end, and then turn all attention to AMCA to get a prototype flying by 2020. If Parrikar can do these two things, then he will be remembered as one of the best M...
by member_29294
25 Mar 2016 03:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

^ In military planning you should hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Else you will end up in a position France found itself in WW2, where their extravagant Maginot Line was entirely bypassed by a German Blitzkreg through Belgium. A possibility they had not adequately prepared for. So 2-front...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 22:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

I see +90 Advanced Super F-18 as the only real Rafale alternative. The talk of 'Sea Gripen' by presstitutes indicates that the MII will also have to keep future IN carriers in mind. F-18 is the only other fighter apart from Rafale that can be used off of carriers. Boeing is showing willingness for M...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 13:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

^^ In the hind site , ABV was naive not to order 126 M2K-5 that IAF wanted after the Kargil war specially when M2K did quite well during Op Safed Sagar , ABV instead choose the path to least resistance politically and rejected that , The French was willing to move the entire M2K line to India and w...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 12:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

. Biggest mistake with MMRCA was IAF declaring a winner before a legally binding contract was signed. The IAF's mandate had nothing to do with contract signing. They were asked to test, compare and declare their choice . They did exactly as requested and handed the information to the government whi...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 08:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Another line agreement is not possible by year end. Negotiations take much longer than that. Parrikar's direct quote was: "we might select few aircraft to Make in India. Which one? I don't commit. But there will be at least one, may be two also." Offers are already being made behind close...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 07:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

^^^ Expecting foreigners to do this and that for India is a waste of time really. Doesn't matter if it is Rafale/EF/F-16/18; it will all end in similar manner Time to move on. Parrikar said that another fighter line would be selected by year end. He is a determined MoD whom you should not take ligh...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 06:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4300
Views: 194391

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

^ Will be late, over budget, and expensive power costs after it is built. Finalize a 1000MW indigenous Heavy-Water design and scale up on it. We don't need anymore distractions with foreign nuclear plants. Just focus on current 3-stage nuclear strategy. Current agreements already allow India to purc...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 06:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Defexpo 2016
Replies: 78
Views: 5183

Re: Defexpo 2016

New DPP will be announced at DefExpo: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/nnKyO5LycblyGaFls4kpUO/New-defence-procurement-procedure-to-be-unveiled-at-Defexpo.html Home » Industry Last Modified: Mon, Mar 21 2016. 11 20 PM IST New defence procurement procedure to be unveiled at Defexpo Govt approves key c...
by member_29294
24 Mar 2016 06:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: US strike options on TSP
Replies: 2412
Views: 61871

Re: Understanding the US-2

Trump getting the nomination seems inevitable.

But he is not polling very well right now against Hilary in a general election.

Still a long way to go, anything may happen. Trump presidency would probably be more beneficial to India than a Clinton one, however.
by member_29294
23 Mar 2016 09:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Rafale is a waste. If France is not even confident enough to stand by their products with simply guarantees for 36 off the shelf planes, then forget them. Better go for the advanced Super Hornet that have EW capabilities and can be flown off of CATOBAR carriers. Americans can also be leveraged for s...
by member_29294
19 Mar 2016 09:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256704

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I am starting to lose faith in HAL to deliver. SP-2 should have been here months ago , and to date there has only been 1 plane delivered to IAF. It seems that HAL union workers are not capable of working like the private sector. Look at how many crores are wasted to HAL employees that refuse to work...
by member_29294
11 Mar 2016 07:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 119322

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

Israel remains the only country that has actually benefited from extended US influence. US is a two-faced nation that will try to weaken and destroy India through any means necessary, just as they have done all throughout the Cold War. F-16 sale to Pakistan shows this. They were not trustworthy then...
by member_29294
11 Mar 2016 07:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

I have begun to feel that the longer this circus goes on the better for the long-term.

IAF surely must realize by now that they can only go indigenous to meet their requirements.

Hopefully another Tejas line is sanctioned by the end of the year.
by member_29294
10 Mar 2016 07:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: BRICS: News and Discussion
Replies: 311
Views: 15407

Re: BRICS: News and Discussion

^

SA was added because they wanted a country from Africa to diversify the list.

But it should have been Nigeria, SA is going nowhere under current policies and is unlikely to ever become a world power.
by member_29294
03 Mar 2016 04:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256704

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

chakra ji, IAF want no compromise on 36 Rafale. It would not even accept 36 F-22 for free. Yes, but MoD has talked about having another fighter production line be selected in 2016. Many were worried that it might be referring to Gripen, but now it seems that it is either another Tejas line or a tee...
by member_29294
03 Mar 2016 03:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256704

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

http://idrw.org/making-gripen-fighters-in-india-not-favoured-by-iaf/ Swedish defence major Saab plans to Make its Gripen fighter in India has roadblock with stiff resistance coming from Indian Air force said well-informed sources close to idrw.org . IAF is not in favour of ordering 4.5+ Gen fighter...
by member_29294
01 Mar 2016 02:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 119322

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

Such events will only increase in frequency if Hilary is elected. It is Liberals who support Pakistan and Jihadists the most, perceiving them to be 'oppressed' even as they chop off heads and commit atrocities daily. Hilary also has an older 'Cold War' era mentality to her. She is an interventionist...
by member_29294
26 Feb 2016 12:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^ The time for this to be a JV has long since passed. At this point it will either be strictly an export variant like T-90S, or an MKI-zation. Why should India waste precious time and human resources into developing a Russian-owned plane? Better to use those for AMCA and Tejas Mk2. $3.7B will only b...
by member_29294
25 Feb 2016 00:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

What I am saying is that no nation (US or Russia) is going to give a proper engine in the +150KN class for an indigenous heavy fighter aircraft. Why? IF India were to opt for a F-16IN line in India, you would get a GE F110-GE-132 - 32,500lb (144.5kN). The UAE Block 60 is powered by this engine. Bes...
by member_29294
24 Feb 2016 08:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^ I guess we will have to just wait and see, information about the program future is unclear. I am expecting 1-2 first batch PakFAs role out in 2017 and continue to 2020 from their comments, not production fund sanctioning. But perhaps I am being overly optimistic taking their statements at face val...
by member_29294
23 Feb 2016 08:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^ While there is a huge risk in MoD signing away the contract and having the IAF find out the plane is not to their liking and needs some major redesign, I think the FGFA will, one way or another, be developed into the heavy A2A fighter to replace Su-30MKI. Even if it means pumping more money and de...
by member_29294
23 Feb 2016 06:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

He's being (excessively) optimistic. The first PAK FA prototype flew in Jan 2010. Its been over six years , and the program has delivered just four prototypes in the interim (plus one replacement). If one now predicts that all the remaining five prototypes will be delivered within the next 12-18 mo...
by member_29294
23 Feb 2016 05:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

2017 will bring 2 T-50-11 prototypes, which will be very close to the initial Limited Serial Production of PakFA for Russian induction (minimum of 12 by 2020). That's looks very dubious at this point. If they're to be delivered between 2019 & 2020, long lead production on those LSPs needs to st...
by member_29294
23 Feb 2016 01:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 3036
Views: 131278

Re: Positive News from the USA

^ Hilary muscled her way into the establishment Democratic spot by insider politics and blackmail, not through popularity or will of the people. She is unlikable enough to ward off any independent voters, whom decide elections, that are tired of corrupt Washington Insider politicians who act like pu...
by member_29294
23 Feb 2016 00:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256704

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

^ I had a feeling such approval from IAF would come as the plane is now being shown off and tested. We has seen such behavior before from IAF on new planes. There will be reports and statements that IAF is not in favor of this or that, etc. Then once they get the plane and develop a sense of ownersh...
by member_29294
23 Feb 2016 00:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Some new photos of latest prototypes. The blue and pink on the wing edges might be evidence of RAM application or new composites testing. Engines also appear more covered than earlier prototypes. http://russianplanes.net/images/to184000/183767.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ocNFLpp.jpg 2017 will bring 2 T-...
by member_29294
22 Feb 2016 12:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^ Russian avionics have always been known to be behind their Western counterparts, and the plan was always to replace many of them with Israeli, French, and Indian systems. So not much of a problem there. Engines are a much bigger issue. Russians continue to insist that Item-30 is 'coming', but unti...
by member_29294
17 Feb 2016 22:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203770

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

He said that there may be one or two more jet fighter plants, either operational or in the process of being set up, in India in the next three years or so . Asked if this meant HAL will set up more plants, Parrikar said, It is private sector which will be required to supply to the air force. We nee...
by member_29294
16 Feb 2016 18:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

I don't think it's about reactors but I think it's about access to uranium and plutonium Which will be given only if we buy reactors in a packaged deal Which again will come with defence products - overpriced There are already agreements now with Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Australia, etc. to pro...
by member_29294
16 Feb 2016 11:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3302
Views: 409394

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

manufacturing capabilities will be similar to what Japan has today, where they are confident in making the entire next-gen engine themselves from scratch. Could you point me to some news items about how they got to this level or where they claim to be able to do this? Typically, from what I observe...
by member_29294
16 Feb 2016 08:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3302
Views: 409394

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Couldn't be further from the truth. Why would GE help us perfect a GE product replacement so that we do not have to pay them for further engine orders later? Replace which GE product? AMCA will be in service for at least 30 years, from 2030-2050s. In the time frame, maybe 2030-40, there will be a r...
by member_29294
15 Feb 2016 23:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Russia: News/Analysis/Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1125

Re: Russia: News/Analysis/Discussion

Saker allows the re-posting of his articles. So there you have it. Either Putin is sleeping on the job, is caught off-guard by each crisis and reacts too late , or Putin deliberately lets a situation worsen until a full-scale crisis is evident at which point he acts with the full knowledge that the...
by member_29294
14 Feb 2016 12:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2660
Views: 278550

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

I agree that the current contract sounds like not much of a redesign for FGFA. I highly doubt the twin-seater variant with all the planned changes coming to fruition on a $4B investment over 7 years. More like a change of some electronics and avionics plus integration with some India-specific missil...
by member_29294
10 Feb 2016 08:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion
Replies: 3934
Views: 200053

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion

Some photos of the RLV-TD ISRO is building:

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Looking rather nice. Hopefully RLV-TD will be the focus after IRNSS.
by member_29294
08 Feb 2016 15:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 739
Views: 105803

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

Why would you consider the US DoE as the most accurate source? Heck, the chart didn't even get 2015 right, and it came out in 2015. It assumed the oil price for 2015 to be close to $50, but it's already dipping down to barely above $30, fat chance 2016 will finish at the $48.60 they're predicting, ...
by member_29294
08 Feb 2016 11:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 739
Views: 105803

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

^ I am still not seeing +$100 though, only ~$70 in 2014, from the knoema research link you posted. I am not going to quibble about minor details -- 70$ for extraction is expensive enough to be uncompetitive, when competitors extracting it for a fourth of the price. Bad loans in the US shale sector ...

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