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by Philip
02 Apr 2020 23:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Let's get some facts straight.The 4 extra improved Talwars is a good deal because all our yards are full of orders,badly behind in delays and huge cost escalation. The UKR,where almost all conventional powerplants for the Sov./ Ru. navy where made,after the spat with Ru,became unavailable. Russia is...
by Philip
02 Apr 2020 22:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3527
Views: 609633

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

Is the report in another site true about SU-30MKI upgrades with Irbis-E " stealth radars",new engines,and LR AAMs from 200 to 400 km, BMos, etc.,etc. ,on offer another huge numbe,for real? That is that there is some genuine measure of truth in it,a plan at least on paper? HAL is now comple...
by Philip
02 Apr 2020 04:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3947
Views: 433010

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Anti- Indian firang press reports should also be combated by the I&B ministry pro-actively.I've been battling v.close friends from abroad who've gone on an anti- Modi tirade about migrant problems,etc.I've told them off in swift and steely manner,asking them to compare Indian cases vs those in t...
by Philip
02 Apr 2020 04:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332875

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Ward containment if a hotspot occurs is the best answer from preventing it from spreading further.Within wards,buildings and streets which have cases should be further sanitised. Supplying essentials to houses/ apts. in a ward by home delivery ,or setting up a food kitchenfor EWS inhabitants/ migran...
by Philip
02 Apr 2020 03:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The USN CV,the Teddy Roosevelt has sent an SOS saying that "we are not at war,sailors do not need to die" if they are not offloaded as the carrier now at Guam battles the raging CV epidemic aboard the vessel with its 4000 crew. A Russian sub has experienced large crew infections,another su...
by Philip
01 Apr 2020 06:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1081
Views: 199157

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Who advocated BMos from a helo? Not me! Though when BMos- NG comes along,it may be possible as 29Ks reportedly will carry 3 and MKIs 5. I've given a comparison of the various anti- ship ASMs to look at options. The Kongsberg option is going to have a lesser range when compared with the Harpoon,Exoce...
by Philip
31 Mar 2020 21:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Tx. for the info.
by Philip
31 Mar 2020 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3438
Views: 524155

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

The P-8 in the future armed with a cocktail of new anti-ship missiles and ASW ordnance will be an improvement in anti-ship/ land attack capabilities, but there will be limitations as to how much it can carry.I would prefer keeping these aircraft dedicated for ASW but use a portion of B52s ,number de...
by Philip
31 Mar 2020 21:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332875

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

TN cases seem mostly to have been caused by those who attended the Delhi Tabligh meet which deliberately flouted govt. orders. Yes,the Erode,Namakkal hotspot is very distressing as even the railway doctor infected in Coimbatore was just transfered from Erode.She and her family were alll infected , b...
by Philip
31 Mar 2020 20:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332875

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

An Ru Oscar-2 class SSGN, the Orel is in quarantine after a civilian contractor passed it on.Two other vessels ,another sub and a support ship also quarantined at base. A few US naval vessels including one or two CVs have experienced cases.The danger of the virus to both naval and merchant shipping ...
by Philip
31 Mar 2020 17:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332875

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

An Ru Oscar-2 class SSGN, the Orel is in quarantine after a civilian contractor passed it on.Two other vessels ,another sub and a support ship also quarantined at base. A few US navdn vessels including one or two CVs have experienced cases.The danger of the virus to both naval and merchanf shipping ...
by Philip
26 Mar 2020 09:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1081
Views: 199157

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

No,the KA-31s are shipborne.Land based fixed wing platforms would give better range,endurance,etc. Our Netras are better,desi AEW radar too. Larger platforms like IL-476s for AWACS,A-300s being examined but v.expensive,I think around $250-300M a pop. Fat chance at the current moment. Reg.Romeo's ASM...
by Philip
26 Mar 2020 03:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332875

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Has there been any data on the ages of the cases we have thus far? The old CW was that it would affect mostly the elderly and v.young as one has seen in Italy.However news on right now says that in the NY area,50% of the cases are of those in their 40s. One UK case was a girl just 21 with no case hi...
by Philip
26 Mar 2020 02:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 67704

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

An article on how the CV is affecting the IA's ability to respond to both fronts,because of budget blues, basic small arms,ammo,etc. unavailable, will have a cascading effect and the IN,whose slice of cake has gotten even smaller will have nothing in the pocket for the NLCA. It is more likely to buy...
by Philip
25 Mar 2020 22:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4511
Views: 332875

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

In retrospect when all the warning bells were sounding in Jan.,that a poss. pandemic was round the corner,the sealing off of India from the world should've started.Unfortunately, the CAA,Shaheen Bagh,Delhi riots consumed almost everyone's attention and even when the intl. lockdown came, there was in...
by Philip
22 Mar 2020 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 355
Views: 98183

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Why did the Russians defeat the Germans in WW2? The battle of Kursk epitomises the different concepts in the MBTs of both sides.The Germans kept on improving the panzers,tigers,etc. while on production runs leading to delays and lesser numbers in comparison with the Russians.Their T-34 was tested,ce...
by Philip
21 Mar 2020 21:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1081
Views: 199157

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

If all 10 are being bought great. Wot about the minesweepers?
by Philip
18 Mar 2020 13:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015
Replies: 897
Views: 161133

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015

On an article " Crude tactics: Saudis,Russia at war over oil prices",. Author John Bradley explains how Saudi clown prince MBS is responsible for the current glut in oil,plummeting prices and oil majors stocks meltdown. In trying at the last OPEC meeting in Vienna to get a cut in oil produ...
by Philip
18 Mar 2020 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Kit,the 1350 nm range of M 5.0 missiles of the KH series make them ( if you've read the USN article) " unstoppable" and out of range of fleet air defences,both missiles and aircraft. In addition,these aircraft mentioned also carry the Kinzhal,speed Mach 10, operational range 3000km on the ...
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 23:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Subsonic anti-ship missiles today have to strike a target with at least 3 to 4 hits to cripple or sink a DDG.Years ago USN intel concluded that it would take a min. of 3 missiles to sink a Kashin/ Rajput class DDG. However,we are today on the age of BMos/ Yakhont,M.3+ supersonic missiles which canno...
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 09:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1739
Views: 314299

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

We need a capable but affordable SSN. We should not fall into the trap of wanting the best of the best straight away.Some years ago there were reports that the IN was pissed because the Rus wouldn't give them a Yasen class SSGN when only one was in service! We don't have full N-sub tech. with us and...
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 08:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293270

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Tx. about MOAB.Then what was the largest conv.bomb it could carry? It dropped a v.heavy load I remember in Afghanistan,setting some record. Why didn't the Typhoon manufacturers not envisage a nuclear role for the aircraft and not engineer it for the same at inception? All EU users are NATO members.
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 08:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1878
Views: 196009

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

What I referred to in another td. It underscores the pitiable planning of the MOD.The IAC-1 is already late by several years,the aircraft are available,but the berth/ base is incomplete! We know how long it took to get Seabird completed.Adm.Dawson told us years ago at a BRF meet at the BLR Club,how ...
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 08:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1563
Views: 293270

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Brar, what N-ordnance would the Germans use? Why must it also cost bilions to configure Typhoons? I don't think it cost us billions to configure first Jaguars,then M-2000s,plus MKIs for the role. German aircraft would most probably use an LRCM for the same or shorter ranged missiles with tactical nu...
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 05:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208596

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

The power vacuum in Iraq,thanks to the asinine US/UK led invasion that deposed " secular" Saddam,saw the pro-Iranian Shiites in Iraq ,majority of the population, flex their muscles in the aftermath. I remember a top BBC scribe fawningly interview the then Saudi crown prince before the inva...
by Philip
17 Mar 2020 02:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1081
Views: 199157

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Enough and more in the IN td. as to their relevance today.Read the USNI report. Anyway, the shrinking IN def. budget from 18% in 2012 down to only 13% has affected its growth plans of fielding a 200 ship navy by 2026. There is no way that a 3rd. carrier will arrive anywhere before 2035 at this rate....
by Philip
16 Mar 2020 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

John, before you display your limited info. boundary,please keep yourself updated with events. For the umpteenth time,around 40+ legacy Backfires are being upgraded,all to be completed within the next few years out of a current fleet of at least 100 ( USN estimates in the USNI 2019 article details g...
by Philip
16 Mar 2020 04:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

A July '16 piece by RK Simha draws on the AWST quotes from Sweetman,etc reg. the Backfire.It was the most feared Sov. bomber and still is regarded as very potent armed with newer LR missiles.After the '71 war,when 300 Backfires were available,the IAF was offered a couple of sqds.,but ACM PC Lal reje...
by Philip
13 Mar 2020 10:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

AH, et al, Russia has over a hundred in service and dozens more mothballed.Latest western reports say that around 40 to 50 are being heavily upgraded ,all worlk to be completed between 2023 to 2025. The advent of new LRCMs,strat. missiles,hypersonic missiles and a variety of PGM munitions, has made ...
by Philip
13 Mar 2020 10:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3947
Views: 433010

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Gentlemen, the raging inferno of an issue today is the China virus and subsequent health pandemic,global panic and eco meltdown,never seen before.EVERY sector of our economy is affected.CAA, etc.Let's put all our combined efforts into meeting the crisis and defeating the virus'spread. Scindia's revo...
by Philip
11 Mar 2020 14:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1162
Views: 333394

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Operation " Swift retreat" ! The classic manoeuvre of the Paki army.Time-tested many a time in the last century to date.
Well, the fate of the pilot unknown as of now, but the loss of the machine pleasurable. One less for the IAF to shoot down though.
by Philip
10 Mar 2020 12:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3947
Views: 433010

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The vulture is a patient bird. Sound advice,not taken by JS. Methinks Scindia is a ypung man too much in a hurry.He had Kamal Nath on the mat crying "uncle!" It's not going to be the same with the BJP, if he joins it. He will have to toe the party line - which may not be to his liking and ...
by Philip
10 Mar 2020 12:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1773
Views: 246758

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

Q.What were our AWACS doing at the time? Surely the MKIs should've been flying at a higher alt. than th÷ F-16s? Why were they not picked up first? I remember one report saying something about a transition period between AWACS replacing each other giving a window of opportunity to the fnemy. True?
by Philip
09 Mar 2020 13:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3149
Views: 295761

Re: Iran News and Discussions

Iran must not be viewed as a Shiite entity, ut from the grand perspective of the former Persian empire and its geo- strategic importance.The Chahbahar port is of vital importance to us in fncircling Pak and keeping up ouf >⁹ in AFG. We need to convince the Ayatollah and co. that there is no pogrom o...
by Philip
09 Mar 2020 12:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3149
Views: 295761

Re: Iran News and Discussions

Poor reply. It displays both indifference and ignorance of the effect internationally of events at home. Remember the international condemnation of the Emergency? Keep matters at home tickety-boo. Snuff out any communal riots asap and punish all offenders regardless of party or private connections. ...
by Philip
09 Mar 2020 12:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Back to the supersonic LRMP capability.As of a few days ago,UK Typhoons scrambled to intercept TU- 142 Bears off the coast of Scotland ,.They were flying outside UK airspace,but are regularly testing UK air defences. The enormous range and capability weaponsloadwise , makes them extremely potent.Eve...
by Philip
09 Mar 2020 12:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 942745

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

I thought that armed Hawk proposal was canned because of costs? We need an armed trainer/ GA bird to support ground forces in an integrated manner. More survivable than attahk helos.
by Philip
08 Mar 2020 20:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 1773
Views: 246758

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

The entire MMRCA exercise was originally to find a replacement for hundreds of retiring MIGs which thanks to both the IAF and babudom, have wasted years of time and money of the same, enjoying a taste of firangware for over a decade, resulting in only 36 Rafales being bought. Instead of an affordabl...
by Philip
06 Mar 2020 22:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2635
Views: 613716

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Back to Backfires.In 2012, Russia had around 150 Backfires in service plus another "90" mothballed! The latest 22M3M variant with Blackjack engines,etc. can carry 52,900 lbs. of ordnance in underwing,fuselage and internal weapons bays. You can work out the cocktail of missiles it can carry...

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