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by Bart S
21 Sep 2019 05:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

The only 24-hour CAP they can afford is Zaid Hamid's lal topi :mrgreen: But on a more serious note, it looks like they have internalized/believed their own fake propaganda and genuinely believe that we are scared/wary of PAF after Feb 27th. They are probably only setting themselves up for a severe b...
by Bart S
21 Sep 2019 05:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406097

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Anmol, whatever spin we might want to give, the hyphen between India and TSP in US eyes is alive and kicking. Just read that transcript. The question was about his meeting with Indian PM. And Trump brings in TSP. And no words about India US relations which is what the Indian side is focused. No dou...
by Bart S
20 Sep 2019 00:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247726

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

I am sad to see the same appeasement policy as before with Modi ji saying, we need to hug every Kashmiri.. Even the ones who were cheering murders and ethnic cleansings?? Announcing 'especial NAFED' procurement for apples, moar jobs.. moar teachers.. Already, the teacher student ratio in Kashmir is...
by Bart S
20 Sep 2019 00:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 303
Views: 76123

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

He is entitled to his opinion, just like everyone else is. Merits and demerits can be debated but there is no need for that kind of unsightly friendly fire with two jingos taking cheap shots at each other in public. I think that neither of them are either 100% right nor 100% wrong. MWF is very much ...
by Bart S
19 Sep 2019 17:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247726

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

^They will get nowhere with that, but the increased scrutiny on POK and Pakistan's atrocities there is welcome.
by Bart S
19 Sep 2019 17:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247726

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

the articles in NYT and other newspapers are doing of the PR firm hired by Napakis. Not sure if you read the article before commenting, but this is not the Paki POV. Unless it is some kind of sly strategy to boost the credibility of the NYT's anti-India articles. However, there are some pro-Paki st...
by Bart S
19 Sep 2019 17:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247726

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

In Pakistan-Held Kashmir, Growing Calls for Independence


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/worl ... dence.html
Important data points for reference. Surprising that the NYT published it, but their usual pro-Paki reputation makes it all the more useful.
by Bart S
19 Sep 2019 17:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

In Pakistan-Held Kashmir, Growing Calls for Independence


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/worl ... dence.html
Important data points for reference. Surprising that the NYT published it, but their usual pro-Paki reputation makes it all the more useful.
by Bart S
19 Sep 2019 02:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

https://twitter.com/nailainayat/status/ ... 6363624450

Laal Topi finally gets the recognition that he deserves :rotfl:
by Bart S
18 Sep 2019 20:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

I hope there is some clear strategy behind India repeatedly (first for President, now for PM) asking for clearance for VVIP use of Pakistani airspace. Both have been turned down, publicly asked by India and publicly turned down by Pakistan. If there is no strategy, it is just unnecessary equal-equal...
by Bart S
17 Sep 2019 03:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

darshan wrote:Handling of Houston, TX meet may tell the tale.


Isn't Houston one of those places in the US that are infested by Pakis? If so they will try to raise a stink with the usual protests etc.
by Bart S
17 Sep 2019 02:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Even if you are not a connoisseur of Paxtan's national anthems/songs, please please click this link and play the version in that tweet :rotfl: https://twitter.com/TahaSSiddiqui/status/1173658024478724096 And if someone knows to download videos off of twitter please download and save it before it dis...
by Bart S
16 Sep 2019 16:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3283
Views: 491354

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was a "shot across the bow" as mentioned by Nikhil ( and the video seems to indicate the same) . No way will 4 H-4 PGM miss their targets however bad/antiquated we may say they are IIRC< they didn't dare do the actual attack since they knew that the ...
by Bart S
15 Sep 2019 21:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 273
Views: 35036

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

^Target being an oil refinery, they probably don't need much of an explosive payload either.
by Bart S
15 Sep 2019 19:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

How will it be a straight fix? The EMB 145 is a two sided array whereas the C-295 is a triangular one. To avoid a costly single vendor situation with A330 for MRTT and AWACS, GOI should look at the 767 family as well, which could work out to be cheaper as it is already mil-optimized and has economi...
by Bart S
15 Sep 2019 19:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

This is HUGE. Remember the reports when the Paki AEW airplane crashed into a Pindi residential area? There were lot of speculation, including in BRF, as to why that whole area was cordoned off and was there any high value person / asset that was lost. This also means that the Americans have caught ...
by Bart S
15 Sep 2019 19:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

How will it be a straight fix? The EMB 145 is a two sided array whereas the C-295 is a triangular one. To avoid a costly single vendor situation with A330 for MRTT and AWACS, GOI should look at the 767 family as well, which could work out to be cheaper as it is already mil-optimized and has economie...
by Bart S
15 Sep 2019 19:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 11167

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

^ That discussion centered around the share holding of their company, which is slightly tangential and allows him to bypass the real question: Did they copy/import the design from somewhere or did they put in genuine hard work into local R&D to come up with it in-house? As with most Indian auto-...
by Bart S
14 Sep 2019 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 11167

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

So is IA interested in adopting their products? Also, who are these guys? I will try to look them up, when time permits. Are these folks ex-OFB/ARDE/IA guys? Of course, only info which can be shared on open forum... https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4016&p=2301461#p2301...
by Bart S
14 Sep 2019 20:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 11167

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

So is IA interested in adopting their products? Also, who are these guys? I will try to look them up, when time permits. Are these folks ex-OFB/ARDE/IA guys? Of course, only info which can be shared on open forum... Start by reading the previous posts in the thread about the news that was already p...
by Bart S
14 Sep 2019 06:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 11167

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Sorry, but that news article and claim of being indigenous is total BS. The company itself is well known in the auto components space. Their tie up with LMT is a few years old and they had a display at the last Defexpo as well. LMT makes some excellent stuff, and kudos to SSS if they can pull off hi...
by Bart S
13 Sep 2019 19:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 87
Views: 13712

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

How about using uav that can be airborne for 24 hours, or even ucav- to squat occasional confirmed infiltration. Lot cheaper, better and we are making few of them. Cheaper how? The US and Israeli prices for them are eye watering. Plus there is no reason that both can coexist. Anyways, it needs to b...
by Bart S
13 Sep 2019 16:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 87
Views: 13712

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

I don't understand how HTT 40 will be better than attack helicopters for CAS. Other than top speed, what features does it have that would make it better ? Not for CAS but for surveillance. Can very cheaply (compared with larger planes) do low level surveillance of land and coastal areas with a sens...
by Bart S
13 Sep 2019 01:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Snehashis wrote:I believe we ordered some 4 odd EMB-145 for VIP transport. We can modify them with the help of OEM without purchasing a new one.


Or have some private co buy it and lease it to DRDO who can sublease it to services. Might sound far fetched, but still better than doing nothing.
by Bart S
13 Sep 2019 00:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247726

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

We have enough on our hands right now. Nevertheless the POK statements are nice to keep the Pakis on edge and paranoid.

Actual recovery of POK can happen at a time of our choosing, after a gradual tightening of the screws over time. Slowly slowly catchee Paki!
by Bart S
13 Sep 2019 00:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

If the Sonia family was involved in corruption, why should the nation pay the price? Govt should co-opt Embraer to give evidence and build a case with the understanding that they will pay a small fine and be reinstated.
by Bart S
12 Sep 2019 22:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

^OK, so:
1> Is the lower ceiling a severe disadvantage for the AWACS/AEW application?
2> Can a turboprop (let's say C295) generate enough spare power to not be at a disadvantage vs a small jet (say Gulfstream 600 or EMB145)?
by Bart S
12 Sep 2019 22:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

^FWIW, C295 has the IFR option, at least Airbus was testing it.
by Bart S
12 Sep 2019 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 577031

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Is there any disadvantage to AEW/AWACS on a turboprop platform vs a regional jet or bizjet? The latter can fly faster and higher and get to it's destination sooner. Is there a decisive advantage to flying higher for such a platform? Do turboprops generate as much or more power compared with jets?
by Bart S
12 Sep 2019 20:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

I'm not sure if people are noticing or if this is still flying under the radar, but a new axis seems to be forming between China-Iran-Bakistan If this materialises then there are a lot of repercussions for the region, one which Bakis will aim to take full advantage of. It will for sure pit them aga...
by Bart S
12 Sep 2019 04:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Can't we jam them? This used to be SOP throughout the cold war.

BTW, BBC also mentioned that they are increasing AM transmissions in the region, in the context of the restrictions in Kashmir. They are up to no good as usual and we should block them too.
by Bart S
11 Sep 2019 01:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1118
Views: 155167

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Why would anyone want to operate F-15's when you already have Su-30's and are getting Rafales? What is the huge advantage could you get from it that offsets the problems of adding yet another type to the zoo? Well, if there is talk of buying Mig 29/35s and/or F16/F18, this might be a viable buy ins...
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 20:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157900

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Excellent article by Hussain Haqqani https://theprint.in/opinion/trump-has-avoided-a-bad-deal-with-taliban-that-was-unlikely-to-bring-peace-to-afghanistan/289341/ The Taliban would now have to end or substantially reduce violence for talks to resume though it is clear that the Taliban representative...
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 19:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1118
Views: 155167

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Japan is apparently looking to offload many of it's F-15J to fund F-35 purchases. What are the chances and feasibility of India buying them (with some kind of refurbishment and modern avionics upgrades) to fill in gaps in squadron strength? The F-15 is an amazing platform and even older ones can be ...
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 18:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2734
Views: 406097

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

GOI need to get their act together on facilitating lobbying and activism along with govt backed PR effort instead of sitting aloof and leaving it to community individuals (unlike Pakis, NRIs typically are gainfully employed and have less time on their hands) and IAS babus to communicate and organize.
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 17:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 925
Views: 157900

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Important data point to bust the oft-repeated Paki propaganda that the Taliban controls 70% of Afghanistan and Ghani is the 'mayor of Kabul' etc https://mobile.twitter.com/FDD/status/1171173936035520512 FDD @FDD · 14h "The #Taliban controls 66 of the country’s 397 districts, most of them in rur...
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 05:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 87
Views: 13712

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

Next HAL should make a fully armed version of HTT 40 like Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano. CRPF can use it for anti-Naxal operations. Coastguards can use it to patrol against pirates. Basically, can be used anywhere where they do not strong air defense. I bet it will have a huge export potential too. ...
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 03:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 1995
Views: 247726

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Ignore that it is Praveen Swami for a moment and do read. Pretty worrying scenario, hope MAD has this already wargamed and is ready to deal with it https://www.firstpost.com/india/four-weeks-after-abrogation-of-article-370-in-jammu-and-kashmir-islamists-threaten-to-seize-political-high-ground-730773...
by Bart S
10 Sep 2019 03:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 1926
Views: 327454

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/world/asia/afghanistan-trump-camp-david-taliban.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Graham said he shared Mr. Trump’s desire “to end the war in Afghanistan between the Taliban and the Afghan people.” But he added that no deal could inc...

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