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by Philip
18 Jan 2018 12:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1408
Views: 148135

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

Pankaj,from your excellent find/pics,it then appears that the Chinese have to crawl a long way upto the plateau from their side.Is their road building/infrastructure then meant to be able to stockpile eqpt. and have facilities for large no. of troops there on a permanent basis,given the vulnerabilit...
by Philip
18 Jan 2018 12:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Well,the Russians are flying it (so are we!) and will have 30-40 in the air until 2040! If the bird was unsafe,why was it used to test -launch an ASM not too long ago? Yes,it will be unsafe for the enemy! The pendelum is swinging to buying US milware at high prices when the country is facing an eco ...
by Philip
18 Jan 2018 11:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1408
Views: 148135

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

We should've disputed the ownership of Tibet the day the Chins declared Ar.Pr. " Southern Tibet".Our MEA in the past and Cong. admins lacked guts.
by Philip
18 Jan 2018 10:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9830
Views: 500318

Re: Levant crisis - III

I remember a former PM snorting in derision at a private dinner when the chatter discussed the prospect of "Arab unity". It will require a miracle from the heavens for that to happen.When the Saudi monarchy itself is backstabbing the desert "familia" fat chance Arab nations even ...
by Philip
18 Jan 2018 10:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I've said, before many times, these are not 20 yr old platforms but are new from Sov.war reserves.Ru is upgrading 30 out of 54 available with the latest ASW/strike capability sensors, avionics and weaponry..Upgrades will be over in 2025.Adding a few to bolster the IL-38s strength/ operational capabi...
by Philip
18 Jan 2018 10:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1097
Views: 106695

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

We are steadily increasing our maritime Sat capability with launches of our sats from time to time.I think that the NTRO and dedicated sats for the IN should bx able to improve targeting issues.We have also got two IOR bases /surveillance islands tx to Mauritius and the Seyhelles apart from our own ...
by Philip
18 Jan 2018 10:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1408
Views: 148135

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

The only answer is for India to massively ramp up its infrastructure on the LAC on our side.Airstrips, helipads bunkers for troops, etc. from where they can swiftly deploy to fend off any Chin intrusion .However we are v.short on ATGMs, MANPADS, e tc. vital for the 20 day intense period of conflict....
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Just said no MP variants of these two types(C-130/A-400) at all.Developing them is a specialised effort takes time. Boeing made history by building P-8s on the same line as 737s.Usually, a separate specialised line for mil variants has to be created.There are I think MP variants of the C-295 but the...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 22:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

We're taking about LRMP birds( long range) not the Medium category.Medium sized MRPs may suffice in the Meditt., etc. but won't do for the IOR.They don't have the range and endurance and cannot also carry BMos. or the diversified payload that these heavier aircraft can.Remember that the Bear can fly...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 18:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 136408

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

So Merkavas during the Leb. spat did not have a 360 deg. vision capability.Surprising that legacy Kornets inflicted much damage.Some reports say that 90% of tank attacks were by tandem warheads while armour if Merkavas- 4 tanks were penetrated by ATGMs.The Hiz used small anti-tank camouflaged teams ...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 18:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I doubt that the hyper BMos will fit into the AMCAs tiny bay! It will have to be considerably downsized.BMos ND, the smaller version on the cards but no info whether work has begun on it, will take at least 4-5 years to develop.Is the hyper version taking over as a priority? Perhaps in the light of ...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 18:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3536
Views: 239703

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Regarding upgrades.M2K upgrades in shambles.Only 7 upgraded so far.Huge spat on reg. warranty for them.Not us say the French despite each upgrade costing around $50M each.HAL is doing the upgrades.The extra moolah for upgrades (labour costs) is disputed by the IAF and HAL, each wanting the other to ...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 18:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

MKI can but only 1 missile in current config.BMos-NG some time away and will not have the range of the ER version planned out to 800km.Backfires,22M3s are able to carry around 10 missiles.6 KH-15s on a Rotary launchers and 2 pairs of ASMs under each wing.They should be able to carry at least around ...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 17:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Repeating final time.P-8I is a great modern ASW bird, but can't do low and slow tasks, torpedoes require glide kits. Costs a lot too, 3-4 times as much as an IL-38.Extras are to make up numbers for an interim period only for the next decade, so that we can avoid another v.expensive purchase.We are a...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 14:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Proves one of my points!
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 14:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 26123

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

No idea,but they have ambitions.Perhaps their Chin. chums may give them some loose change! But knowing hos the Paki army gets first peck at anything military,they'll get the MBT methinks,as they're probably sh*tting bricks at the size and sight of our MBTs esp. Arjun.
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 12:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 26123

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Pak is planning to acquire the Turkish Altay MBT.The UKR is helping it iron out improvements to its fleet of Tu-80UDs and other MBTs in its inventory.It expects to build "hundreds" of MBTs in the next decade.These tMBTs based upon both SoKo's "Black Panther" and NATO MBT designs,...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 12:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 136408

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Flipping through the latest issue of the "F" mag.It has a feature on A-2.To get to the crux of the matter,2 regiments are ready to accept A-2,but a few trials are to be done,larger issues appeared to have been sorted out.93 improvements made,incl. wider tracks,attempts to reduce weight of ...
by Philip
17 Jan 2018 07:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

$25B for a new carrier? People laughed at me when I estimated the cost to be around $15B.The IN will have to invest in a new crypto-currency and hope it flies high before we can afford such profligacy. This brings me to the LRMP issue again.Regardless of the type used, " INS India " is uns...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 18:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2496
Views: 197421

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Person to person relationships last longer than govt. to govt. ones.This is what should be pursued.It will also bring about surprising results not envisaged before when mutual friends combine together for their mutual benefit. Indo- Israeli ties are at their zenith right now.The fact that for millen...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 18:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 1914
Views: 152960

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

The US will never learn, just like the British who from century to century come back for more,to get their backsides rogered by the Afghans! The US must every few years like a sado-masochistic pervert also get its its vitals set afire by the ungodly species of Pakis.Unless it experiences the ritual ...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 18:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9830
Views: 500318

Re: Levant crisis - III

Motivation? Vitamin M! Huge amounts of cash are being dumped onto the Syrian opposition's heads.US audits found massive missing numbers.In Iraq billions were untraceable.Planes flew in carrying tons of cash to bribe Saddam's resistance fighters.There was a TV documentary on the Iraqi swindle, possib...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 18:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 136408

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Yes the system is also particularly useful aboard smaller naval vessels which may have to deal with small craft carrying terrorists, commandos and suicide boats like those which attacked US vessels.In our parts, the LTTE Sea Tigers sank numerous SLN fast attack craft using high speed kamikaze vessel...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 18:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 136408

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Yes the system particularly useful aboard smaller naval vessels which may have to deal with small craft carrying terrorists, commandos and suicide boats like those which attacked US vessels.In our parts, the LTTE Sea Tigers sank numerous SLN fast attack craft using high speed kamikaze vessels, inclu...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 17:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4067
Views: 558487

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

Perhaps also a "pointed" message to Xi Gins and his eerie men who may have thought that our SSBN was incapacitated was back at sea either pointy things aimed at them!
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

C-295s don't have the range for IOR ops. but are fine for CG reqs. The main reason for extra IL-38s is that we already operate 5 upgraded ones and another batch will keep us going at least upto 2030+ at low cost. Beyond that date a new platform will be required.New P-3 Orions aren't available only r...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 13:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3175
Views: 393216

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

From the good ACM's statements, there's been a delay in both MKI and LCA production.Even with the extra Raffys, MKIs and planned LCAs, there's a shortfall of 80 aircraft. Where are these going to come From?
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 12:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

They are very .much in use by the Run with a superior ASW package than the SD version on ours., Not junk by any means ,why the IN is still flying them! It was Ru policy to mass produce numbers in excess of needs so that at any time shortages could be met esp. during a crisis. We call them " war...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 06:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

There are a few dozen of new IL-38s mothballed.Not old ones.Costwise too one can get at least 3-4 for the price of one P-8I.We can't afford all 30 LRMP aircraft to be of just one type.Secondly a turboprop is req. for the "low and slow" mission. We already operate 5 of them and adding anoth...
by Philip
16 Jan 2018 00:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The news of 4 extra P-8Is is good going, plus the number of LRMP aircraft that the IN plans to acquire being 30.Now this is going to be a hugely expensive exercise as all 30 can't be P-8 Is.We operate 5 IL-38SDs too.These Sov. era birds have proven v.useful particularly for the low and slow ASW pros...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 23:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1311
Views: 136408

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Doesn't the T-14 also have an anti-air auto cannon? I think the req. has emerged with the proliferation of UCAVs and PGMs.These slower speed UCAVs would be easier to deal with than frontline jets. One has to examine which of the additions/improvements adds most weight and whether that item can be pr...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4067
Views: 558487

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

I think the govt. clamped down on any reportage of the incident earlier until the boat was back at sea.This way it would also dispel any false rumours and speculation of worse damage, etc.You can take it any way.
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 14:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3090
Views: 273823

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

An eye for an eye....In fact our response to Paki terror attacks across the LOC/ border should be to make them pay several times more in casualties.Targets of opportunity to be taken out by the IA at their pleasure anywhere on The Indo- Pak frontline.Every Paki military facility must be designated a...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 14:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 1914
Views: 152960

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

But MKN is only echoing what most of us are saying on BRF.and what the armed forces are warning about.He may have been a stooge of the" familia" , but thd dangers are very real as Doklam showed.Ties with China will not improve.They have a yellow-faced Chin "Fuhrer" in charge with...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 13:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Quick titbit.Germany is to build for its Scandinavian clients Norway and Denmark ,4 U-212CDs,AIP subs for just $1.81B. That's around just $450M per sub.A late model Kilo or Amur would cost between $350-400M by comparison. Assuming it will cost around $2B with some added desi requirements, it will be...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 12:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Saik, with the fund limitations there's little point in buying the aircraft now which can't even be used aboard the existing carriers, when even the design hasn't been finalised.All we know is that the IN want a 65K t CV with cats/ EMALS,which will take around 15 years to build nudging from the time...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 12:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3782
Views: 521918

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

It is somewhat similar to the 4 seniormost SC judges who preferably should've kept their criticisms of the CJI in house, or even if they had no sympathy from the CJI could've organised a meeting of all their fellow SC colleagues on the bench first, or even approached the President. If NG made his re...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 12:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5144
Views: 452868

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

If AMCA stutters and it will be 10- 15 yrs from now when we will know,for the IN the SH will be an ancient antique outclassed by even new Chin fighters.The best firang buy would be the JSF from yanqui stables instead , other than whatever might emerge from the Russian stables like a maritime SU-50.T...
by Philip
15 Jan 2018 11:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3175
Views: 393216

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Years ago there was a co. which was the pioneer in the country for frp.The co.also pioneered making intl. std.cadet class sailing boats.I know that they formerly supplied rhibs to the IN and CG from their Cochin boatyard, I had a good look at them some years ago and even on their request inspected a...

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