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by Philip
16 Jun 2019 13:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Sea Guardians deal being finalised good news too.It will enhance our LR surveillance of thr IOR esprcially useful when based in the ANC.
by Philip
16 Jun 2019 13:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1298
Views: 155243

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The F-35 is in deep faeces.The Pentagon has also issued statements about defrcts, etc.It is also v.unlikely that the IN's 57 fighters will be a top priority as the sub situ is alarming what with the Scorpene programme in trouble over 36 defects in thd second sub, IN refusing to accept it. ASW helos ...
by Philip
15 Jun 2019 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Report in BS(?) says that the Khanderi has over 30 serious flaws and the IN has refused to accept the Scorpene.The most serious flaw is the high noise signature.The MOD supports the IN and the onus is now on MDL and its French principal to rectify the defects ehich could take another year.The progra...
by Philip
15 Jun 2019 08:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Our home designed fish must be tested along with the latest ones available from east and west to ascertain their comparative performance.One advantage our fish should have is that they would've been designed for our littoral waters esp. the west coast which has a shallower shelf and muddy waters clo...
by Philip
14 Jun 2019 11:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 97
Views: 10278

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

The German For.Min. was in Teheran just a few days ago.Obviously for talks to defuse tension as the EU wants the N-deal to stand.A friend who was a regular visitor to the country said that despite all the sanctions they've survived very well, extremely resilient ( they're not Arabs but Persians), an...
by Philip
14 Jun 2019 11:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2716
Views: 558411

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

Def news says that we've placed orders for 300 RV-73 and 400 RV-77 AAMs with Russia after the Balakot experience and may even get in the future X-31 400km AWACS/ tanker long range AAMs.Putin and the PM had a short but intensive meeting at the SCO where defence matters were discussed.Turkey has said ...
by Philip
14 Jun 2019 11:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Yes, the L& T yard at Kat. has been delivering orders on tkme and within budget to the IN and needs to be rewarded with orders.The funds shortagf and worries of state yards of fewer orders is preventing further orders to pvt. yards.
by Philip
14 Jun 2019 10:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 97
Views: 10278

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

Sadly we are on the brink of the decennial Yanqui ME war, based upon as true evidence as Bush and BLiar's claim that Saddam had WMDs. It is abundantly clear that Iran is desperate to avoid a conflict with the US which is equally desperate to start one! The tanker attscks are obviously "false fl...
by Philip
13 Jun 2019 02:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126214

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

If we can leverage the Malaysian order of a light fighter in Tejas' favour it would be a great coup.The MOD should keep pursuing this deal relentlessly as the Sino- Paki Blunder is also competing.
by Philip
13 Jun 2019 02:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3698
Views: 300769

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

We must take a leaf out of China's book.42 A-320s built a month in 2015! It now makes its own clone of it. Airbus set up a plant for China. With huge orders of the same by our commercial airlines, why the thought never entered the GOI's head for the same over here beats one. 42 aircraft a year , one...
by Philip
12 Jun 2019 08:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3698
Views: 300769

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Tx K for the engine info.But still not in the class of a jet-engined heavylifter.I still would prefer the Hercules to the AN.Solid support for the bird which I imagine would last at least another 50 years with so many flying.An absolute classic transport.
by Philip
12 Jun 2019 08:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 292123

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

This acquisition is pressure to get a toe into our networked air defence system which would include our buffet of other missiles, desi and firang.Frankly it is superflous when we already have a multi-layered cocktail from Akash, B-8ER, Prithvi AD and the S-400s.Just one system "protecting"...
by Philip
12 Jun 2019 08:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 46933

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

29Ks, if reliable as Fanne says is the safest and most cost-effective option.Another batch with improved eqpt. found on the MIG-35 would suffice for now.The IN's fleet of combat fighters is a small one and logistics, cost, etc. of supporting anything other than a perfected NLCA would be prohibitive....
by Philip
11 Jun 2019 13:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3698
Views: 300769

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Please, just look at the disparity in the sizes of each! They are two totally diffetent classes .The 4- engined heavyweight IL-76/476 cannot be a replacement for an MTA.The AN-70 is med-range.Extra C-130s already in service would be a better option.We will have to make do with C-295s until a new MTA...
by Philip
11 Jun 2019 04:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 46933

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Why a STOVL bird is so safe while landing.We should've embarked upon a JV either east or west for such a bird.Given a 3 carrier navy ambitions, at least 100 to120+ such aircraft would've been required, plus another 60 to 80 or so for the 4 amphibs.180 to 200 aircraft is a huge requirement.The JV par...
by Philip
11 Jun 2019 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3698
Views: 300769

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

AN-70s won't be replacements for an IL-76/476 heavylifter.We need a twin- jet MTA and need to reopen the file for long- term requirements .We lost earlier opportunities to buy out Fokker,Dornier too, where we build the bird for RUAG! I doubt that we would pay a huge sum just for one aircraft type.Th...
by Philip
11 Jun 2019 03:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 3067
Views: 446966

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Why India should carve out its own security forum and entity for the IOR involving the Asian nations who fear China but ard wary of the US too.We should be a strong ( military) magnet to which smaller nations gravitate too.As long as our economy is also growing steadily challenging China in several ...
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 22:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 407
Views: 26317

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

Language is the key issue why the BJP has had little success in TN and to a lesser extent in Kerala and the south barring Karnataka .Bengal and Kerala, two very literate states in the country, traditionally had a very healthy debate on political systems, why the Left had these two as its bastions.Re...
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 170
Views: 46933

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Does the " cable bruise" pic depict the two-seater?
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2270
Views: 319040

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Why I've for over a decade said that LCA prototypes should've been tested with an alternative engine, SNECMA or EJ.Kaveri failed to make the grade and waiting for it is like waiting for Godot. Putting all our engine options solely upon GE has been a huge mistake given the unpredictability of US fore...
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3698
Views: 300769

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

I think with movement on the C-295, reports that 60+ are being contemplated, with first deliveries from the OEM, the transport acquisitions will settle down apart from the tanker req.Ideally the new variant of the IL-78, the same platform being acquired for the extra Phalcons, would assist in cost-e...
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I said looking at not building.The LCS vessels cost a lot and have been found wanting in the littoral context. Read the article again.It appears you haven't.
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Please read the latest USNI piece.
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4045
Views: 623369

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

They don't have enough firepower to support landings.The Ru KA-52 which Egypt bought along with the two Mistrals originally meant for Russia are heavy hitters.Ideally, our planned 35K t amphibs should have either STOVL fighters like USMC Harriers and future F-35 Bs, or even our NLCAs if the deck is ...
by Philip
09 Jun 2019 21:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The USN is now looking at small fast "corvette carriers", which could even dock in their amphibs for littoral warfare ops.Armed with missiles,SSMs, they could hit targets on land or at sea and cost a fraction of the LCS warships which have been found wanting. One reason for the sudden inte...
by Philip
08 Jun 2019 18:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Urgent need for a Pakistan desk/Pakistan chair in India
Replies: 54
Views: 2530

Re: Urgent need for a Pakistan desk/Pakistan chair in India

I agree with Shiv that we need a chair of Pak in India.My only doubt is whether it should be a western style commode , with all mod cons like Toto WCs with sprays at diff. temperatures, air wipes, etc., or an eastern style squatting pan with a tap and lotah.Given Paki propensity to go backwards in d...
by Philip
08 Jun 2019 13:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

In a centre page piece in the Deccan Chronicle on the PM starting off "with a bang" on foreign policy visiting the Maldives and Sri Lanka , former Sec. Extrrnal Affairs , K.C.Singh has this interesting analysis . He concludes after outlining the regional challenges to India from China and ...
by Philip
08 Jun 2019 08:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2895
Views: 295215

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Shocking that there was no Indian representation at the 75th. D-Day ceremonies.Why was India ignored? The Brits and Americans deliberately ignore the massive contribution of millions of Indian troops, pilots and sailors who fought in WW2 after doing the same earlier in WW1.Where have any great cerem...
by Philip
08 Jun 2019 08:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Having sourced earlier support vessels from Italy, it may have been more prudent to have got Fincan. to design these larger vessels.After all some design help from them is supposedly in IAC-1, so the same could've been concluded.Perhaps one built in Italy and 3 in India.
by Philip
08 Jun 2019 08:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126214

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

While the Rafale is a fine bird the big Q facing the DM is how many almost equivalent alternative birds can you get for the price of one Rafale? Dassault must reduce their price to remain competitive.With so many mouths to feed economically in civvy street, making up enough numbers to fight a 2 fron...
by Philip
08 Jun 2019 07:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3698
Views: 300769

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

According to one report, it was babu red tape that scuttled the MTA with Ru, over engine selection.That option could be re-examined as so much of time was spent on finalising details.Any new bird proposal will take a decade by IST.Good news about the C-295. The AN-70 is a good design.AN birds have p...
by Philip
06 Jun 2019 13:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126214

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

The F-21 offer is intetesting for the number chosen.A freudian slip to the real "21" bird and slayer of the F-16, the MIG-21 Bison! When we have a MK-2 LCA programme running, what need is there for another western foghter when a lot of LCA components from the engine upwards is of western o...
by Philip
06 Jun 2019 13:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3055
Views: 235467

Re: Iran News and Discussions

If the US's NATO allies can find a way of trading with Iran, why must India bow sown to Trump's diktat? He is a temporary US pres. already under intense attack at homd by his political enemies and mah still face impeachment.Iran is crucial to India to outflank Pak, a route to Afgh. and Central Asia ...
by Philip
05 Jun 2019 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2716
Views: 558411

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

Why can't the IAF/ HAL always have an alt. engine option? Either on the cost or tech. factors.
This way both OEM
s will know that they can't rip us off.
by Philip
05 Jun 2019 20:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1578
Views: 327522

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The Turks won a fair contest.A good start to weaning them away from bankrupt Pak.These auxiliaries will allow longer patrols of our surface fleet in waters farther away.
by Philip
03 Mar 2019 09:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Endgame of NaPakistan: How and what afterwards
Replies: 428
Views: 52786

Re: Endgame of NaPakistan: How and what afterwards

The goal of the Pakis with their latest round of terror outrage and obvious Indian response must be analysed in detail.The Q that beggars everyone is why Pak apparently embarked upon this " suicide mission", pun intended? First, given the scale of attack against the CRPF forces, 44 killed,...
by Philip
03 Mar 2019 09:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4820
Views: 642719

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Will Bahwalpur now be evacuated? Surely its not going to survive in the future should Pak continue with its terror.

However, there is a need for analysing Paki motives right from the suicide attack, which needs to be debated in the strat. page.
by Philip
03 Mar 2019 07:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3040
Views: 414443

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

With due respect to Tejas, it hasn't the speed of the 21.That's its current problem, underpowered.It should have (Mk-2) a TVC engine either the one on the MIG-35 or the EJ200- also with a TVC variant, which I've been advocating for long. From the reports available so far, it is most likely that the ...
by Philip
02 Mar 2019 22:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3365
Views: 449277

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Chola, there's a good Iranian v-clip taken from the sub showing the launch just a few feet below the sea surface in what appears to be an orange canister.After a few hundred yards, the missile ignites and takes off from the canister.It is supposed to be a Chin derivative with a short range of about ...
by Philip
02 Mar 2019 21:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1098
Views: 164883

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

F-35C IOC achieved for the USN.A landmark for the type. though EMALS has a few problems, launch rates yet to achieve expected rate, but the F-35Cs arrival in combat mode aboard USN CVs will usher in a new era for USN carrier aviation and capability.It is going to be interesting to see how it will co...

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