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by Vidur
14 Sep 2019 12:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1907
Views: 210412

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

A functioning law and order system is more dependent on moral and ethical strength of its populace along with relative economic well being of its people and extremely less on Police capabilities. I disagree with this statement, and I think you're conflating multiple things into a single topic. Peop...
by Vidur
12 Sep 2019 14:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 569962

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

History will not be kind to Indian Armed forces and their ad hoc, corrupt procurement practices. The list is building up - Marut, Arjun, Netra. Hopefully LCA can be successful to reverse the opinion of domestic built weaponry. IAF should have ordered 15-20 of these beauties - but then they wanted t...
by Vidur
12 Sep 2019 14:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 569962

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Karan, in Pakistan, the defence services are the decision makers, unlike in India. There is nobody to overrule them or tell them we can't afford what you want, or that you can't just buy something without going through a process or the manufacturer you are looking for has been blacklisted. There is...
by Vidur
07 Sep 2019 16:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1014
Views: 291779

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Incorrect. AON benchmark and approval was 50,000. Price quoted by HAL was much higher. Hence the delay. Kindly check this thread carefully. Disappointing that it is hard to get cut through biases and mindsets. That quote is from a news article. You can read it for yourself. HAL to receive Rs 45,000...
by Vidur
07 Sep 2019 13:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1014
Views: 291779

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

The Acceptance of Necessity given by the Defence Ministry over two years ago was Rs 50,000 crore but the price determined by the ministry's cost committee was reduced to around Rs 45,000 crore. So they wasted 2-years just to reduce the price by Rs 5,000 crore [from Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 45,000 cror...
by Vidur
06 Sep 2019 23:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1014
Views: 291779

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

$7 B order for 83 LCA fighters by year-end The IAF expects HAL to deliver 16 LCA Mk 1A fighters every year. HAL's MS Velpari announced that an elaborate ecosystem had been established for the timely manufacture of the LCA. "HAL will only be the integrator. Not one of the 5,000 components for t...
by Vidur
30 Aug 2019 18:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1907
Views: 210412

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Is there any mandate for the RBI to hold such a huge amount of reserves ? ..How did this happen in the first place ? Isnt this almost like saving away and not using anything at all ( a very naive picturisation of a shylock packing all his wealth under his bed while the house and even his cloth are ...
by Vidur
30 Aug 2019 03:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1907
Views: 210412

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Reserves belong to the shareholders and not to the company (RBI). the reserves truly belong to the GoI and ultimately to the public. +72. what exactly was/is its risk universe and what are the mitigations that it seeks to deploy, does anyone actually know This is the print article on RBI https://th...
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 16:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1014
Views: 291779

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Thank you for your thoughts. Re the services angle, the main issue is that they are not decision makers and have virtually no financial powers. The majority of the problem lies with us in the ministry. Let me give you an example - I won't take the name of the system but a private sector player creat...
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 13:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Om Shanti: Shri Arun Jaitley Shradhanjali
Replies: 37
Views: 2261

Re: Om Shanti: Shri Arun Jaitley Shradhanjali

A big loss. Arun Jaitley ji was a pillar of strength for PM Narendra Modi. Very unfortunate just like Parikkar ji. These are difficult vacums to fill.
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 13:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3258
Views: 700574

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

https://m.economictimes.com/news/defence/5-iaf-officers-held-guilty-of-shooting-down-own-chopper/amp_articleshow/70812964.cms loosing choper in friendly fire was bad news.. 5 officers found guilty is worse.. Responsibility had to be tracked otherwise things cannot be remedied. The military determin...
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 12:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1014
Views: 291779

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

No attempt to delay Tejas. Malicious to blame IAF. Re process I suggest a group of 3 posters study DPP in detail and using it do a bit of Sherlock Holmes work to see what is happening. This will help learning, critical thinking and improve quality of this forum. A post below made some useful points...
by Vidur
23 Aug 2019 23:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff
Replies: 40
Views: 7222

Re: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff

CDS is a good start, but has to be followed up with integration of the MOD and the forces' HQs, with the CDS in charge. The integrated HQ needs to be manned by personnel from the forces and not by general-purpose bureaucrats. And here lies the crux. I would recommend all serious followers of defenc...
by Vidur
23 Aug 2019 13:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3323
Views: 501388

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

No Mig 29s are defensive platforms owing to range. Su 30s will be needed, whether IAF likes it or not. Lump it. Fate was decided when those heading the IAF in the first decade and a half of this century slept on the wheels. Sir, while I will blame the IAF leadership of that time for dismissing the ...
by Vidur
22 Aug 2019 15:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1014
Views: 291779

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

From reports (internets) it seems D&D money for LCA Mk1A is sanctioned, and the LCA Mk1A production order will be given when it reaches a certain level of maturity (prototype?). It seems MOD just doesn't get the fact the suppliers need payments in advance and delays in testing & certificati...
by Vidur
08 Aug 2019 21:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Good to see you back. Your insights are very useful. But please exercise caution when posting possible operational options even if they are from your thought process. Request you consider significantly edit/delete above.
by Vidur
01 Aug 2019 23:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 579641

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Either we are living under a rock, or there is a deliberate attempt by GoI to censor any information coming out of the valley. Several companies of SSB and ITBP were airlifted into Srinagar this evening. Not sure if related but COAS, met with with the Governor today. Sir no censoring of casualties ...
by Vidur
31 Jul 2019 18:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1907
Views: 210412

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Its not about whether its implementable or not, in the short term. Using emojis suggests you haven't thought through what I stated and are reacting off the spur. Fact is the average M is aware of the reach of the armed IPS, and hence is (despite bravura bluster) upset cops stand in the way. They kn...
by Vidur
31 Jul 2019 18:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1907
Views: 210412

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The only time in my career when I felt persecuted by the system was after I made a remark in 2014. In a social gathering I commented that Modi's slogan of 'Ek haath me Quoran ek haath mein laptop' will only lead to very educated terrorists. It was borne out of my experience as at District, Sate and ...
by Vidur
27 Jul 2019 13:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2609
Views: 392889

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I believe there is real need to have reset on US-India Relationship and it should be back to Mutually beneficial relationship. A review of all past agreements right from 123 agreement ,LEMOA and COMCASA. If there is no Strategic relationship why have one sided Military purchases, logistic agreement...
by Vidur
24 Jul 2019 22:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2609
Views: 392889

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Vidur thanks for the key point you made. Its how the govt percieves its mandate. Folks thinking more about DT getting pally with IK run TSP, its domestic politics. DT needs the deep state to align with him as he faces headwinds from Mueller report etc. This is the price he had to pay to get that su...
by Vidur
24 Jul 2019 18:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2609
Views: 392889

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Does it really? The babus and netas with wards studying/working in the US on various "scholarships", won't they continue on their current track, after all it's bread&butter vs (transient) optics. NM should bring in conflict of interest clauses in employment of babus with wards in fore...
by Vidur
19 Jul 2019 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3258
Views: 700574

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

May I take the liberty of repeating myself once again - there is a detailed long term planning process. Step 1 - Long Term Perspective Plan made by services and approved by Cabinet after Raksha Mantralya due endorsement Step 2 - 5 Year Defence Plan flows from this and is also duly approved as above ...
by Vidur
17 Jul 2019 00:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3258
Views: 700574

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Contractual obligation means signed contracts. It was implied that we fulfill contracts with foreign parties but not with domestic. That is untrue. Not referring to impetus to indegenisation. May read my first ever post on this forum and also the one on Army thread. Also if you have interest some po...
by Vidur
16 Jul 2019 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3258
Views: 700574

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Can govt. impose steep financial penalties for additional business instead of outright banning trading which indirectly or directly hurts our own interest of getting spares for the existing investment (refer ban on Pilatus, similarly ban on Italian Torpedo (Black Shark) manufacturer -- the list is ...
by Vidur
16 Jul 2019 23:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3258
Views: 700574

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I echo Karan. Great post. You have clarified much of the ambiguity. Just a few questions. May I take the liberty to very briefly address some of these questions? 1. Re the technical capability of the equipment in question the above points are not entirely correct. 2. The budget process is this - se...
by Vidur
14 Jul 2019 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

MOD needs Political Will June 28, 2019 IAS/Allied Services control of National Defence makes India very weak A. Critical situation: National security policy and control of armed forces is rightly vested in the elected government by the constitution. However this control is not exercised by the elec...
by Vidur
14 Jul 2019 17:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Brigades and Divisions have their own place in military operations. Unfortunately due to Ministry of Defence downgrading Brigadiers/Commodore/Air Commodore from Flag Rank, the IA is merging Brigades (commanded by Brigadiers) and Divisions (Commanded by Major Generals) into IBG commanded by Major Ge...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 23:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

The Economist has the Hamburger Index for relative buying power of different currencies. In Civil Service we have the dowry index - relative earning power of various professions ! Last year that for the first time IIM was bid higher than IAS/IPS - the bidder was a minister of the erstwhile UP gover...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

The Economist has the Hamburger Index for relative buying power of different currencies. In Civil Service we have the dowry index - relative earning power of various professions ! Last year that for the first time IIM was bid higher than IAS/IPS - the bidder was a minister of the erstwhile UP govern...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 22:51
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 895654

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Sudeepj makes a very important point. One crash and the program is all but dead. This is typical because as a nation we crinkle up our noses at anything Indian - we the educated are attuned to thinking about our compatriots the way a Brit colonizer or other superior but patronizing being might look...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 22:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

My classmate an IRS officer was asked this question by an MES (Indian Defense Service of Engineers) officer. ''While IAS and IPS officers are paid (corruption) to deliver on something (sanction something, release prisoner/change evidence) you in Income Tax get paid anyway (cut)''. Just shows the men...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Vidur, I get your point of view. I believe the bureaucracy is the permanent fixture of Delhi since the Sultanate. And even before of the many kingdoms and rajas. Its components might change but its role is the same. So abolishing it will bring it in some other form. Even the British adopted our adm...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 13:21
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 895654

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Sir, I absolutely did not say that on the Arjun thread. You said that 'Engineer in me rebels when I am told that I need to have a 4 man crew, better suspension, better armour but no weight'. I challenged that and said that between T90 and Arjun 1 there was a significant weight increase allowed and r...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 12:45
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 895654

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

I also do not understand the angst when the LCA project is finally taking off and strong commitment has been made by all concerned. Why this negativity ? As far as I know the relationships between the IAF and ADA as evidenced by the NTFC are excellent. I have never seen such a high level of mutual r...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 12:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3942
Views: 593879

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

I was curious so read it. Some points are illuminating - I was not aware of the situation in Kashmir. His points about the bureaucracy are unfortunatley correct. The steel frame has become a noose around the republic and unless it is radically reformed or abolished we will not achieve our developmen...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 12:27
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 895654

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Akshay sir, You got me wrong. I was not speaking of MMRCA program of 2001. I have supported that program all throughout. I am speaking of the new MMRCA program which is being talked about in 2018.There is a different thread for it and you can read about it there. He is saying it in the same breath ...
by Vidur
06 Mar 2018 21:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 283737

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I agree with all your assertions and I hope we all heed your urge. I will try to moderate on similar lines. At the same time, the engineer in me does revolt a little. How can I give you every capability you want of a Arjun at the weight of a T-90. You ask for better armour, better mobility, better ...
by Vidur
06 Mar 2018 00:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 283737

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I would urge all members of this forum to be a bit realistic and even handed in their comments. There is a strong desire for indegnistaion here and that is good. Perhaps because you are mostly all Engineers ? But do try to understand operational issues. The Tactics&Military Craft thread is a ver...
by Vidur
06 Mar 2018 00:16
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 283737

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I don’t like to comment on specific equipment but I am constrained to say that there must be more introspection before making wild insinuations. Arjun while an adequate tank does need weight reduction in MK2 and it is the development agency’s responsibility to do so. In general DRDO has been given a...

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