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by Avid
05 Nov 2013 16:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission
Replies: 2751
Views: 106823

Re: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

quote="rahulm"] India launches mission to Mars Indian Mars mission blasts off from southern spaceport India launches spacecraft to Mars (The usual spectrum of comments best ignored)[/quote] First link is hilarious The 350-tonne launch vehicle carries an unmanned probe that Indian scientist...
by Avid
14 Aug 2013 07:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 647926

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

btw, the BS updated the article so that USS Enterprise is now back to being an aircraft carrier. Quick transformation. Well, let us test out whether the so called journalist is using BR criticism to fix blatant errors. Here's another set of glaring errors Its design is based on the Russian Akula-1 ...
by Avid
07 Aug 2013 19:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3334
Views: 437484

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

19,500 ton Izumo (DDH-183) is the biggest of the Hyuga class destroyers. Add a ski jump and it could be bigger than INS Viraat. 248 meters flight deck is already longer than Viraat. Construction started in 2009 so fairly quick turnaround. According to Telegraph link above: the Izumo is quoted as be...
by Avid
07 Jun 2013 01:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2229
Views: 402160

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

what the.. US eyes India’s Port Blair as new drone base in event of war against China :eek: NEW DELHI: Port Blair might not be anything more than a vacation spot for most Indians, but a new Pentagon- commissioned report seeks to turn it into something radically different: a base for American drones...
by Avid
07 Jun 2013 01:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2229
Views: 402160

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Searcher's dimensions:
Length: 5.85 m (19 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 8.54 m (28 ft 0 in)
Height: 1.25 m (4 ft 1 in)

Was it something of that size?
by Avid
14 Mar 2013 22:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: AugustaWestland Bribery Cover-Up, Italian Marines Let Go
Replies: 620
Views: 14517

Re: AugustaWestland Bribery Cover-Up, Italian Marines Let Go

Folks, I urge BR members to systematically disabuse the propaganda in the western press. Here are the key points to use in rebuttals and letters to Editors: a) The Italian Ambassador acted as a guarantor to the Supreme Court of India, in a judicial matter. This representation was to a Court, and no...
by Avid
14 Mar 2013 22:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: AugustaWestland Bribery Cover-Up, Italian Marines Let Go
Replies: 620
Views: 14517

Re: AugustaWestland Bribery Cover-Up, Italian Marines Let Go

Folks, I urge BR members to systematically disabuse the propaganda in the western press. Here are the key points to use in rebuttals and letters to Editors: a) The Italian Ambassador acted as a guarantor to the Supreme Court of India, in a judicial matter. This representation was to a Court, and not...
by Avid
13 Aug 2012 21:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 123716

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

Rebuttal to Manoj Joshi's hatchet job on BMD. 'The Indian missile shield: nothing to be baffled about' by Mihir Shah http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/sauravjha/2976/63777/guest-post-2-the-indian-missile-shield-nothing-to-be-baffled-about-by-mihir-shah.html Good rebuttal, but not all the points are convi...
by Avid
02 Mar 2012 08:31
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 167531

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

At a cost of 12-billion pounds, and the additional cost of teething, etc.

The british should have bought two Nimitz class from their ally, and it would have cost them ~$10 billion for both, with no delays, and a much bigger air contingent with it.
by Avid
02 Mar 2012 04:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 123716

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

Ravi: Pardon a dumb question. Whose coastal waters are you trying to hide Arihant in? India's own or those of the country IN aims to be able to strike? If it is India's own -- 750KM missile has limited deterrence capability in terms to what or who you can threaten. Also, why would we need a N-sub to...
by Avid
18 Feb 2012 00:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 155981

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

krishnan wrote:how come no one is questioning the C-130 deal ??


The C-130 deal was through FMS route, i.e. we purchase is government to government, and not from Lockheed directly. The pricing etc. for FMS is arrived at differently. It is also the reason for the speedy negotiations and contract execution.
by Avid
15 Feb 2012 22:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 155981

Re: The British Whining and Ranting

Badar : your so-called elucidation is even more contradictory than your earlier warbling. And you tie yourself in knots further when you say something in one line and the exact opposite in the next. Example : Badar A : "Prime Minister pushing Typhoon. Why? Local Politics. Response: Ignore.&quo...
by Avid
08 Feb 2012 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 155981

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Perhaps NAL/ADL could be extended in their mandate to cover production? At the same time HAL could be extended in its mandate to add design + R&D. Would provide for two companies that compete fiercely for projects. That said: The option for 63 more is likely to be exercised early on (within 2 ye...
by Avid
05 Feb 2012 01:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 155981

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Please! This F-35 ghost keeps returning like a wet dream. No offer for F-35 has been made, except for public statement from LM officials that they and the US government would consider a request from India very seriously. This was more a pitch to support F-16IN than anything else. Secondly, India has...
by Avid
28 Jan 2012 00:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 647926

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

By all indications INS Chakra agreement likely says -- no use wartime. However, I pose a simple question: during war time, if it comes to a point where we need to use it -- will it stop GoI from using that sub? Will they really care for the agreement at that time?
by Avid
20 Jan 2012 20:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

Badar, he found some technical loophole in having only gotten 1 Akula instead of 2 -- hence no Jalebis
by Avid
18 Jan 2012 05:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

IMHO all this discussion about negative outcomes is much like the hand wringing experienced by Class 10/12 students in the days leading up to announcement of the much anticipated results.
by Avid
17 Jan 2012 10:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

What negotiations? The price bids have been submitted already.
by Avid
17 Jan 2012 00:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 123716

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

I see the MIRV statement as a signal indicating the range of warhead payload sizes. Considering 3 to 10 statement, we are looking at nuclear payload of 100 to 300 kg. This would be in line with the assessments that have been made on BR about possible payload of around 300 kg for the thermonuclear wa...
by Avid
16 Jan 2012 23:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

As for the speculation and suggestion about reduced numbers of MRCA or terms for ToT etc. -- sorry to burst your bubbles. Not going to happen! Simple reason: any change in numbers and ToT etc. will invalidate the commercial bids that have been submitted. In the event MRCA does get scrapped, then pur...
by Avid
16 Jan 2012 23:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

BAE wanting to become prime bidder may have more to do with the UK wanting to reduce its commitment to purchase EF. As for EADS being half-french, it is important to look at ownership of Eurofighter and not EADS. Eurofighter is managed through a holding company Eurofight GmbH, and is not directly en...
by Avid
13 Jan 2012 19:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

Sins = Rationality and the desire not to go in circles with same old tired arguments?
by Avid
13 Jan 2012 18:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 20929

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

Hello Badar -- the same old BR Badar (or was it Badr?)

If so, welcome back :-)
by Avid
07 Sep 2011 07:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 618471

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

^^ uh. Please do not post in caps! Is all that shouting necessary?
by Avid
26 Aug 2011 22:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 887601

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Hello everyone...my name is Titash. I am an ardent military fan (mostly IN & LCA), and have been following BR since the 1996-97 timeframe (yes...using a lynx text browser). I'm an early-morning-before-I-brush passive participant in BRF on a pretty much daily basis. I used to send across a few s...
by Avid
24 Jul 2011 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy and International Anti-Piracy Ops
Replies: 1192
Views: 183686

Re: Indian Navy and International Anti-Piracy Ops

The description in in Russian, but looks like what transpires is Russians catch a bunch of pirates. They confiscate and document the weapons and other incriminating evidence and then blow up the pirate boat with the pirates still on it. Actually, they showed the pirates in the RuN ship before showi...
by Avid
23 Jul 2011 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 3953
Views: 834773

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

I am wondering why they stressed on the size of 200 Kg warhead. Why not say 300 Kg? This puppy can take a 300 Kg and hit somewhere around 100 Km easily. Is it that the strategic maal weighs just above 300 Kg and starts from there? Just speculating. Through deliberate and clear equation with ATACMS,...
by Avid
20 Jul 2011 19:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 887601

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Helicopter Carriers are effective in ASW role if you are fighting off a swarming of subs within a small region. Consider the following factors: 1. Range of a Helicopter, especially in a loitering ASW role. ~100-150 km from the carrier. Helicopter is responsible for detection and destroying sub threa...
by Avid
20 Jul 2011 02:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 676366

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Can make it better by putting "Gatling Gun" instead of single barrel gun in the front. ;) seems like we go through this discussion every 5 weeks or so. Just to irritate you Rahul :-) You would be an awesome Mod by putting a Gatling Gun instead of right hand :rotfl: We have quite a few who...
by Avid
20 Jul 2011 02:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 454521

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

^^^ Drool factor: one trigger pull launching six AAM :D
by Avid
12 Jul 2011 18:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 676366

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Wondering why we are not looking at lighter versions of v22 sdre ospreys? Given blue water needs, and ADS getting done is imminent, the sdre ospreys can do wonderful job for IN. Is the design too risky? It is worthwhile to read this article from The Economist. http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage...
by Avid
12 Jul 2011 17:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 588643

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

Well put NRao. PLA is a commercial/economic entity also. It is one big reason why the official and real budget of china is so different.
by Avid
08 Jul 2011 17:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 676366

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

^^^ What did you think of my mutually assured helicopter destruction doctrine to prevent first strikes on helicopters? Mutually assured doctrine works for mass scale destruction with economic and human losses being at an unacceptable threshold. Not for assets such as heli/fighter etc. There is a ce...
by Avid
06 Jul 2011 18:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 647926

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Here's one I found. Not the one I was recalling, but ....

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by Avid
06 Jul 2011 18:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 647926

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

The propellars are brass right? Don't we make big brass forgings in India? Why import these from Russia? Gagan, I remember reading that the sub propellers was Bronze (for some reason recall Beryllium Bronze). Brass propellers are used in boats, but are considered not suitable for the sub. I will tr...
by Avid
05 Jul 2011 17:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 616836

Re: LCA News and Discussions

By the way, any ideas why F414G for Gripen is rated at 96kN, when EDE was widely available with slightly higher thrust @ 98kN?
by Avid
05 Jul 2011 17:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 616836

Re: LCA News and Discussions

I believe the F414-INS6 is the EDE variant of the 414. I am speculating that the 6 in the designation is for 6 stages in HPC. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Electric_F414#Variants F414-EDE The "Enhanced Durability Engine" or "EDE" variant, includes an improved high pr...
by Avid
29 Jun 2011 19:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 454521

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

Avid, no offense meant, but a correction. I would like to remind them of the Intel and long lost company called Digital/DEC. Intel acquired the publicly traded company hoping to acquire the expertise. Digital/DEC transferred all the assets to Intel, and left with the manpower (the true expertise). ...
by Avid
29 Jun 2011 19:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The Future of Armed Forces - delving into science fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1480

Re: THE FUTURE OF ARMED FORCES -delving into science fiction

Rahul, could you please change the thread title so it is not SCREAMING.

Thanks.
by Avid
29 Jun 2011 17:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 454521

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

Also Eurofighter is a single product company as far as a fighter aircraft is concerned. There are no other products (except perhaps evolution of the same) planned or expected even on few decade horizon. The firm was created to support a single program. Now what happens when that program winds down a...

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