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by Philip
27 May 2018 21:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 747
Views: 89196

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Please read BK's latest on the P-75I."How defence monies are squandered " and the MP roadmap abandoned after he left.L&T best suited to build subs where our two desi N-subs have 80 and 85% local content while the great Scorpene has only 35% and costs upwards of $500M a pop when our Kil...
by Philip
27 May 2018 21:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1425
Views: 261046

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

I entirely agree."Souping up" the LCA has been one major reason why the programme and production is at least a decade late! Russia won the war against Germany by mass producing the T-34, while the Germans wee constantly trying to improve their tanks suffering reduced production.Numbers hav...
by Philip
27 May 2018 21:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The Chin...ook has its virtues too.Smaller can go where it may be difficult for an MI-26T.But if we plan assaults upon the Tibetan plateau which we should, then the larger bird which can swiftly transport AVs, missiles, etc. would be well needed in large number.Even more C130Js should be on the card...
by Philip
27 May 2018 19:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

It's in a different league.Far larger and can recover a downed Chinook if need be.With its rear ramp it can lift a cargo equiv of an AN-12.Our border infra is officially only 25% complete after a decade mainly due to the absence of heavy eqpt. which Chinooks can't carry. An MI-26T2 can carry a load ...
by Philip
27 May 2018 15:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5265
Views: 455487

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The main advantage is low debt.Putin has been very conservative and very focussed where the money is going and the results! Amazing how the Russian military ate now world leaders in new innovative weaponry. Naturally sanctions have hurt it but also the EU which is on the verge of revolting as their ...
by Philip
27 May 2018 14:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2489
Views: 219275

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Export versions less than 300km.
by Philip
26 May 2018 22:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3750
Views: 185863

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Please! This is what I am advocating.SL has a funding need for let's say infrastructure.We provide it with a loan and an Indian co. get's the work.It's not a dole! What the GOSL wanted at HT was a port which would benefit the south of the island.We declined to help a few times when asked first.What ...
by Philip
26 May 2018 22:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Any bird will come with its support/spares baggage.The answer is to draft a deal that takes care of the issue with strict penalties.If at all a Ru system is obtained , or for that matter from any other OEM in the future, then such clauses will kick in when problems are faced.The issue of supporting ...
by Philip
26 May 2018 20:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3750
Views: 185863

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

We've given Vietnam $500M for milware.$1B as a loan to SL isn't difficult.Spending sev.billions to counter the Chinese entrenched thete is even more expensive.We're helping the Afghans too heavily and worst of all.....how many billions are we throwing away to duplicitous Kashmiri politicos? If we as...
by Philip
26 May 2018 19:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3687
Views: 650892

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

I think it's why we're developing the glide bombs, etc., cheaper than highly expensive BMos.
by Philip
26 May 2018 19:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

And twin-engined more survivable than legacy MIG-21s being retired.
by Philip
26 May 2018 19:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Please see what these " Cold War relics" are doing in Syria! Keep abreast of current mil. actions. The US too is still using its B-52s.Armed with LRCMs, they carry a deadly arsenal.RU u Backfires and Blackjacks are being upgraded and Blackjacks production resuming.Dozens of Backfires are i...
by Philip
26 May 2018 19:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3200
Views: 285994

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The F mag has an article about the IA's future plans for its armoured corps.It is emulating the Ru family of Armata AVs, with a 50t MBT, with a remote turret. ICVs and a new fire support AV like the new Ru Terminator .This AV is in between an MBT and an ICV giving fire support to the MBTs which in r...
by Philip
26 May 2018 18:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2061
Views: 187583

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

A few small churches in the north were attacked, some time ago.Was in the media.But no major incidents as is being insinuated by the cleric.In fact the Christian vote is increasing for the BJP as seen in Karnatake-40%+, which has probably alarmed the Vatican.
by Philip
26 May 2018 18:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3750
Views: 185863

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

I cannot understand why we don't lend SL Money.Let it be caught in an Indian debt trap rather than the Chins! Utter myopia in the MEA.We will have to spend several billions just to counter the " Chins in the island.Centuries old prophecy allegedly in an ancient Trick Mobil is coming true...abou...
by Philip
26 May 2018 18:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

He's Admiral of the Fleet! Did you read an earlier post about Ru tactics to destroy US CBGs? A Backfire can carry sev. more BMos , Kalibir or Ru's newest missiles than a Flanker derivative.Launching them well out of range of the carrier's aircraft, massed shoes can be launched.If 12 missiles are lau...
by Philip
26 May 2018 18:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2489
Views: 219275

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Fantastic! Is this the stealth version with a 550km range for Russia? Some reports say that we will also get a spl. export + version with a range of 350km+.
by Philip
26 May 2018 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Egypt acquiring 50 MIG-29s deliveries to start soon and Algeri 14 MI-26Ts-the new upgraded 26s with only a 3 man crew, etc.Both birds at very low prices which the IAF should consider, both types needed and budgetary restraints.
by Philip
26 May 2018 18:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1336
Views: 149969

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Russia is to start delivery of 50 MIG-29s to a N.African country this year , Egypt the likely customer ($29M each) and 14 MI-26Ts, the world's largest helo to Algeria.If little Algeria can afford these huge monsters, why can't the IAF order more of the new upgraded 26Ts, which we sorely need in the ...
by Philip
26 May 2018 06:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 198079

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

IDBI quarterly losses...5,663 cr.! Stopping corporate lending and pruning overseas ops.

Bank of Baroda quarterly losses....3,102 cr.!
Asset quality of the bank worsened as gross NPAs surged to 12.26% of gross advances.
by Philip
26 May 2018 05:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5265
Views: 455487

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

I wonder what meaningful discussions would've taken place had it been a certain new youthful leader of a grand old party with Putin instead of PM Modi!
by Philip
26 May 2018 05:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 3051
Views: 364157

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

Ha!Ha! So is zat ve van't Seahawks for the IN before production winds down just like our C- 17 buys? A " quickie" with Uncle Sam before another legacy product retires? The Yanquis want us to buy all their stuff being phased out like F-16s, F-18s, C-17s and now Seahawks, accompanied with th...
by Philip
26 May 2018 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Jags can't carry BMos.Only lesser ASMs like Harpoon, Exocet and Ru equivs. Far better to station BMos MKIs in the ANC, etc. and Backfires from the mainland. Jags far better off and needed for CS/ GA duties.Modified with armoured cockpits they would be v.useful armed with PGMs and a weaponload of ant...
by Philip
26 May 2018 05:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I asked an admiral ( part of the then inspection team) many years ago as to why we bought the Gorky instead of the Varyag.Three reasons. One, too large at that time for any yard in India.Would need going back to Russia (UKR was then part of the USSR, becoming independent)for repairs, etc. Two,it's h...
by Philip
25 May 2018 05:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1277
Views: 111068

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Trump and his looney lot are the worst specimens ever to have handled foreign policy in modern history.It's going to be a v.tough task to find worse imbeciles than this precious lot in the historical files.They're setting a new benchmark in the cretinous species.Poor Stumpy " Fat Boy" ,blo...
by Philip
25 May 2018 05:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 535
Views: 49135

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

Spot on xcpt. for the F-35 acquisition.Even if available too expensive.I've always advocated a stretched new Vikrant as you've described with larger lifts .Apart from the aircraft mentioned, the uber expensive Rafale-M is also available but for cost effectiveness, suitably modified and corrected MIG...
by Philip
25 May 2018 04:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Finally "Common Sense" made his arrival! Kudos to Ms. NS who is making a positive effect on the role as DM.If this approach is taken across the board for other programmes, it augurs v.well for the future.Jag upgrades have been delayed for too long , a v.cost effective way in which to keep ...
by Philip
25 May 2018 04:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

A key reason for the naval warship/sub delays is the lack of continuous financial support from the GOI.There have been a few articles in the past bemoaning the funds shortage affecting completion of warships etc.The MOD's procurement policy/ system has been also criticised and poor fine print drafti...
by Philip
24 May 2018 04:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 4303
Views: 488111

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

ATAGS.1000 rounds fired.Consistency and accuracy described as " very good" .Other party products are Bharat 52, Bharat 45 and Garuda 105. The ULH "futuristic" piece is called the 155/39.Weighs 4.8t with conventional recoil.The hybrid advanced recoil reduces weight even further to...
by Philip
24 May 2018 04:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 583
Views: 104374

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

My point was that if there is going to be major differences in the MK-2 , as said before, rather than some mere "stretching" of the fuselage for a larger engine,then the opportunity could be used to increase its stealth capability.More composites and if the fuselage is going to be modified...
by Philip
24 May 2018 03:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Any quote or interview for the same?
by Philip
23 May 2018 11:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

A strategic masterplan to once again make India a huge maritime power as in the past must be undertaken.Unless we are able to build our own vessels, both naval and for the merchant fleet, we will be inferior to other nations.We have vast maritime interests far more than SoKo or Japan.Yet their shipb...
by Philip
23 May 2018 11:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5265
Views: 455487

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

NV.True.For over 20 years I've been saying that we should have alternative engines for LCA prototypes, western, to get the benefit of dxperiencing both Ru and EU OEMs.Banking everything on the US has been proven in history to be disastrous.It has backstabbed all its non-white allies from Marcos, the...
by Philip
23 May 2018 10:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4568
Views: 685552

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The delays of completion of IAC-1 have not been clearly explained.Some indicate a delay in Ru eqpt. for aviation aids, etc.But this does not explain delays in the rest.Such aids, eqpt. etc. Could be easily installed in an old completed carrier too.The harbour and some limited sea trials at least cou...
by Philip
23 May 2018 10:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3687
Views: 650892

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Could Akash be developed into a naval SAM system too? I know that the B-8 supposedly a JV with Israel but depends hugely upon it, has been earmarked for our principal warships as principal anti-air/missile defence.However, a secondary desi SAM system based upon Akash could be very useful also and pr...
by Philip
23 May 2018 10:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 583
Views: 104374

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

Karan.Reduced RCS.Quite right. What I've been saying that we should use the MK-2 opportunity to introduce as much stealth features as possible, a stepping stone to the AMCA. If the MK-2 also comes with a 3D TVC engine it would be a great increase in WVR capability.We should not be blinkered in a sea...
by Philip
23 May 2018 08:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4091
Views: 330688

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

There is an historical account of how the SU-30 was acquired by the IAF In an old VAYU.How the development potential of the bird was realised ,the deal struck, etc. There is a similar v.interesting account in Dr.Pillai's book how the Brahmos was similarly obtained.The two instances showed great imag...
by Philip
23 May 2018 08:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1336
Views: 149969

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

The F mag reports that a desi co. has tied up with an Ru OEM for manufacture of all kinds of aircraft landing gear, etc.
by Philip
23 May 2018 08:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 516
Views: 62513

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

MBS .Dead or alive the KSA is in for its roughest patch ever since the assault on Mecca by pro-Iranian militants in an attempt to seize the Grand Mosque. It was inevitable that there would be attempts to exterminate him after he treated his fellow royal tribals In such a humiliating manner.Revenge m...
by Philip
22 May 2018 23:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2061
Views: 187583

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

Allegations by the Catholic archbishop alleging Christians are being attacked becos of the Modi regime are now being echoed by his boss in the Vatican. While there have been some incidents in certain areas, to insinuate that there is a conspiracy by the govt. at the centre is a load of crap.Allegati...

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