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by RohitAM
09 May 2017 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Pakistan's failure
Replies: 3241
Views: 191781

Re: Managing Pakistan's failure

There's no question a more stable and prosperous Pakistan is vital for South and West Asia, for China and for the world. But it's far from certain that CPEC will produce one. I disagree - a completely destroyed, fragmented, and wrecked Pakistan which no longer exists as a country or a coherent enti...
by RohitAM
08 May 2017 23:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3930
Views: 654983

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Yeah, and more than half of that money will go into enhancing jihadi-producing training centres and associated infrastructure. Someone should tell the Pakis that when the ADB says that the loan is for infrastructure development, it is for the building or improvement of public infrastructure supposed...
by RohitAM
02 May 2017 23:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3460
Views: 582408

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

I certainly agree with the sentiment here. Its about time that we declared Pakistan a failed economy (basket case) and a terrorist country, cut off absolutely every tie with them (close their consulate and throw the Paki ambassador and his staff out), and enabled the military to have a full hand in ...
by RohitAM
29 Apr 2017 01:20
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 452463

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Would the DGMF like their DRDO-designed new tank (or Arjun Mk-II) to be like the USS Defiant in dimensions with Borg-defeating USS Enterprise technology, while they themselves import the equivalent of a transport freighter with sub-warp capabilities and obsolete technology?
by RohitAM
29 Apr 2017 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Roots of Chinese boastfulness - history & psyche
Replies: 194
Views: 27211

Re: Roots of Chinese boastfulness - history & psyche

From what I know and what I've read, after the Japanese, it is the Chinese who are most fearful of "losing face" in any situation, regardless of how they might behave at the high table of nations such as the WTO, because they always keep a clear undercurrent going with the other members th...
by RohitAM
26 Apr 2017 21:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3930
Views: 654983

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

At this rate, in about five years, we can change the official name of Pakistan to "Kangaalistan". I doubt that even China doesn't have the economic bandwidth to take over Pakistan in its entirety - the bad debt "black hole" which its nationalized banks exist in would not be able ...
by RohitAM
25 Apr 2017 18:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 750230

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

I honestly think that we should start thinking "tactical depth" for cross-border firing and punitively punishing the Pakistanis in general. If we are manufacturing almost 5k Pinaka rockets every year, I think we can bring to bear 1-2 regiments of Pinaka on a regular basis to hammer Pakista...
by RohitAM
21 Apr 2017 00:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818597

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

I agree. In the case of a "hot" war, the Indian Armed Forces can bring a lot to bear on the Tibet/China border and immediate hinterland in terms of military resources and strength. A sudden "Cold Start" doctrine implementation, if successful, can probably see a lot of our forces ...
by RohitAM
20 Apr 2017 00:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818597

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

chola wrote:
RohitAM wrote:^^I can completely agree with that, Shiv. Thank you.



Why are you thanking him for? I made the same argument years ago.


Calma, saar, calma...I might have missed your earlier posts on this...
by RohitAM
19 Apr 2017 23:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 883900

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Just a poonch, can we build artificial Islands in Bay of Bengal at the edge of Indian Maritime boundary and use them as bases like the Chinese are doing in SCS? I don't think the IN intends to do that, simply because it is much more feasible to use land/A&N-based assets to sanitize the Bay of B...
by RohitAM
19 Apr 2017 23:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 750230

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

The forces just take what they can get as soon as they can get it. They are neither paid to nor can they 'push for any specific item'. That is how convoluted our system is. This is OT for this thread, but in the case of Arjun vs. T-90, the IA definitely "pushed for a specific item" while ...
by RohitAM
19 Apr 2017 21:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818597

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^^I can completely agree with that, Shiv. Thank you.
by RohitAM
19 Apr 2017 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818597

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Why is an IndiaChina comparison needed on the China mil thread? Shivering thread or IN thread is for that. One, this is not "dhoti shivering", since I don't believe in that. Realistically, right now, we have enough assets tasked to the IOR to deal with anything the Pakis and Chinese throw...
by RohitAM
19 Apr 2017 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818597

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The PLAN easily has at least 35 known active or under construction DDG's (Most of them are pretty recent with commissioning dates on or after 2000). Considering that their major threat is on the Pacific seaboard rather than the IOR, and the fact that the Pakistan Navy has no DDG's (and can't afford ...
by RohitAM
14 Apr 2017 02:51
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Its a chicken-and-egg situation all over again - the private players cannot be given orders because they don't have the requisite capability, and the private players need orders to invest in developing said capability. Someone, somewhere, has to put their foot down and take a stand on what needs to ...
by RohitAM
14 Apr 2017 02:44
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 452463

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Beating their chests around the "Arjun is overweight" and " we don't have the supporting infrastructure for it" and "we are standardized on the T-series (so were cassettes, but we moved onto CD's and iPods and what not)" should ideally not get the Army anywhere, especia...
by RohitAM
14 Apr 2017 00:30
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Welcome to the illogical world of Defense business. FYI, we already produce world class BPJs, vests, helmets et all, and supply to many countries including European and the US. But apparently they are not good enough for our own soldiers and Policemen. Not enough of a cut for the middlemen and the ...
by RohitAM
13 Apr 2017 20:01
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

What I fail to understand is as to why at least the bigger players in the local defense space - L&T, TASL, and Reliance - cannot either get into co-development/ToT deals with foreign OEM's for at least the low tech items. Things like bullet-proof helmets, vests, even side-arms and rifles, should...
by RohitAM
08 Apr 2017 00:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 883900

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I think when we are discussing the potential threats (PLAN and PN) and their projected force structures, we should keep in mind the timelines that we are addressing, as well as our overall force structure. Gurus have mentioned 2-3 AC's, 40-50 subs, around 20 DDG's, 30-40 FFG's, and several smaller s...
by RohitAM
06 Apr 2017 03:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4729
Views: 377281

Re: Deterrence

I personally think that we should take all the CBM's that we have with Pakistan and tell them to shove them where the sun doesn't shine - and add a couple of big bombs to light them up... But all in all, a rapid and incisive conventional first strike capability with the supersonic Brahmos would be a...
by RohitAM
31 Mar 2017 19:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 452463

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The Armor Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) seems to be a smaller numbered, optimally organized way of looking at a traditional Soviet Motor Rifle Division, with emphasis on IFV's and Infantry compared to Tanks. Of course, within the ABCT, the US Army's networking and organizational system come into play, ...
by RohitAM
23 Nov 2016 01:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3157
Views: 610420

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

I don't think we will settle for just 2-3 AEW&C platforms. If HAL can produce them, we might eventually see 6-8 (or even more) of these smaller "Mini-AWACS" in the IAF inventory, especially since the cost of flying these aircrafts would be far, far less than the Il-76 based Phalcons (l...
by RohitAM
23 Nov 2016 00:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3460
Views: 582408

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

We might eventually be looking at the Army unleashing massive cross-border fire using the MBRL's, targeting the senior HQ's which are usually located outside the range of artillery guns. Any guru has an idea if Prahaar might have been inducted and can be used for this kind of long range precision ta...
by RohitAM
22 Nov 2016 22:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 750230

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Given our military size, we should be inducting up to 10x that number (360 per annum, not 36), and finish equipping almost all artillery regiments in around 5 years, fielding over 2000 guns...we should be able to bring to bear unprecedented firepower on to the enemy as and when we want to.
by RohitAM
18 Nov 2016 02:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3930
Views: 654983

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

I think this accounting demand by the State Bank of Pakistan should be used as a case study in business schools - how to fudge accounts over a period of 70 years, inclusive of calculation of original principal, overall interest payment calculations, and classification of assets (and their valuations...
by RohitAM
15 Nov 2016 03:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 350150

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

The economics doesn't add up - China must have lost at least $200-300m total on those two subs, even if these were Foxtrot-era submarines. How much does each Kilo cost us from Russia?
by RohitAM
12 Nov 2016 01:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7860
Views: 755297

Re: Currency Demonitisation and Future course of Indian Economy

I honestly think that while a lot of us think that the moves being made by the government through the disclosure scheme and then this, are targeting the external black money and counterfeit currency users (salaried class, businessmen, politicos etc), I rather think that the next step in this entire ...
by RohitAM
09 Nov 2016 03:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7860
Views: 755297

Re: Currency Demonitisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Stating that this move will devalue the INR is illogical; as a matter of fact, it will strengthen the currency internationally because of a better track of the cash liquidity existing in the Indian market - the government has specifically mentioned that the 500 and the 2000 notes will not be printed...
by RohitAM
09 Nov 2016 01:48
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 296415

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Honestly, I would rather that the GOI told the DGMF to shove off and accept the Arjun in large numbers, while the infrastructure and support equipment is being put into place for the concerned tank regiments. They should've also forced the Army to buy the support equipment for the Arjun from their o...
by RohitAM
09 Nov 2016 01:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3930
Views: 654983

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Pakistan's Debt and Liabilities Profile Cwapistan's Total Debt and Liabilities (I +II) : End June 2016 = Pak. Rs 22,461.8 Billion @ US$ 1 = Pak. Rs 104.6978 Equates to US$ 214.54 Billion Cwapistan GDP End June 2016 : Pak Rs. 29,597.9 Cwapistan Debt & Liabilities to GDP Ratio : 75.36% If additio...
by RohitAM
08 Nov 2016 20:44
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

I have a feeling that the LCA will be the last "indigenous fighter" manufactured by HAL (the FGFA will probably be the last collaborative fighter manufacturing venture as well), and that the PSU will be asked to concentrate on the non-fighting air units (transports, trainers, AEW's) and th...
by RohitAM
08 Nov 2016 01:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 452463

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

I honestly want to know as to what the Army sees in a foreign tank which was beaten black-and-blue by our indigenous tank, after accusations by DRDO ensured that Arjun tanks would not be sabotaged further in field and user trials. I hardly believe that the Army can be so blind so as to select as its...
by RohitAM
03 Nov 2016 21:26
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

Indeed we did set up manufacturing for the Jaguar, and that's allowing us to be able to upgrade and modify it in any way we want - but we never seemed to have transferred those skills to successive generations. The M2K was a more modern aircraft at the time, with a newer manufacturing line, as well ...
by RohitAM
03 Nov 2016 19:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4341
Views: 251481

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

Have there been any updates recently about our own Thorium-based AHWR? It seems to have completely disappeared off the radar after allegations during the UPA regime of the government selling Thorium deposits away to private players to salt away even more money into their Swiss-Italian accounts. Is t...
by RohitAM
03 Nov 2016 02:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 818597

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The J-20 clearly lacks the smooth aerodynamic design which the Raptor and the PAKFA bring to the table. It is definitely more angular and bulkier, on the lines of the MiG-31, than the comparative 5th Generation fighters it is supposed to go toe-to-toe with.
by RohitAM
02 Nov 2016 21:08
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

To be very honest, while the IAF might have improved its network-centric war fighting capabilities significantly, we are still far away from being able to bring to bear the kind of technological overload that the US can in a conflict, and this is when we are not even considering the kind of sensor f...
by RohitAM
02 Nov 2016 02:46
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

Three points here. 1. The AMCA will in all likelihood IOC around 2035. I think it would be reasonable to expect it to match a 2020s F-35A. 2. F-16 or F-35, the space for the AMCA in the IAF inventory would remain the same. It would be replacing retiring Su-30s rather than MiG-27s. 3. The success of...
by RohitAM
02 Nov 2016 01:54
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 452463

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The entire T-90 fiasco is in the public domain for people to read, and it is abundantly clear that there are elements in the Army (starting with the DGMF office) which have sold themselves hook, line, and sinker to the Russians. Even after the CAG report on the Arjun vs. T-90 field trials went publi...
by RohitAM
02 Nov 2016 00:20
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 657590

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

The F-16 will not be a full production line to start with either. We'll just be assembling it from SKD/CKDs for a while. Later we can build the airframe and perhaps assemble the engines, but bulk of the value-addition will still remain in the US. We have the option of progressively manufacturing th...
by RohitAM
01 Nov 2016 23:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 540195

Re: Indian Air Force News and Discussion - 21 Sept 2015

Ideally this gap should have been filled by LCA. But even this does not happen, still IAF is well short of full Sq strength and going by the increasing Chinese threat we should be aiming for upwards of 50-60 Sq. So LCA MK2 has still a lot of space to come in in numbers. Then why GOI is not ready to...

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