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by Philip
15 Apr 2021 09:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 5364
Views: 936720

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Water carriers for the USN.Bharat Karnad put it more pithily about Indian foreign policy under Jai S,the man who was involved in the N-deal where we gave away our N- testing rights,etc.,later amby to the US and now FM! BK said under Jai S,we are "America's peon"! PS: Poodle Britain is also...
by Philip
15 Apr 2021 08:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Eastern Europe/Ukraine [Feb 6th 2015]
Replies: 1154
Views: 86202

Re: Eastern Europe/Ukraine [Feb 6th 2015]

Is the US retreat in indecent haste from Afg. even before a peace agreement has been reached,dumping the Kabul regime into dustbin,have something to do with Ru. and the UKR? It is not beyond the realm of fantasy to see the US getting involved in the Black Sea both on the ground and in the waters aga...
by Philip
15 Apr 2021 03:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1335
Views: 392505

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

What has replaced the mortar? The K-9s have been inducted, RFP for more SP pieces too.
by Philip
15 Apr 2021 03:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630781

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

It's just been revealed,supposedly a cheap vessel,not a reg. sub with deep diving features requiring special hulls,sonars,etc. Limited weaponry too.It would be an alternative to an OPV or corvette. If there is a bit of automation and a small crew,it could be quite cost-effective. One however would h...
by Philip
15 Apr 2021 01:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5669
Views: 1142260

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

I have just been watching an intriguing interview of Alistair Crooke,ex- MI-6 agent who now runs a think tank on RT. A lot of it concerned the US vs China and Russia, with the EU in a similar " running dog" status of the US! The west's relations with both going rapidly downhill. Anti-Iran,...
by Philip
14 Apr 2021 16:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Three subs simultaneously surfacing through the ice in close proximity to each other.That's probably unique. USN subs have been surfacing in Artic ice for decades. I think the first sub at the Pole too.
by Philip
14 Apr 2021 16:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 23 March 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 8837

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 23 March 2021

Vips,then why is the IAF wanting the legacy IL-78s to continue performing the tanker role with leased tankers for trg. purposes as reported? The new IL-78 fully Ru built tankers are hugely upgraded unlike the legacy ones.They cost a fraction of the A-330s found far too expensive to buy and operate w...
by Philip
14 Apr 2021 16:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630781

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Ha!Ha! No,ck. the link,take a good look at the pic.This is a revolutionary concept,a true hybrid surface/submersible craft that gives stealth and is when submerged,invulnerable to anti-ship missiles. Being only 1000t, it will be v.hard to detect by other larger subs, and a few of these in the ANC co...
by Philip
14 Apr 2021 16:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3262
Views: 374318

Re: Iran News and Discussions

After Biden's arrival,India is upping the ante with Iran at speed as the Chins are making a huge play in the region. It will further develop Indo-Russian-Central Asian trade. https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/india-plans-expansion-of-irans-chabahar-port-mulls-linking-it-with-instc-report-67577...
by Philip
13 Apr 2021 21:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021
Replies: 13
Views: 2424

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021

Prat,I know a boat-builder,pioneer of GRP boats in the country who for sev. years has delivered ribs,etc. to the IN and CG.But ask him about the torturous path it takes to get an order,payment, etc. He's v.lukewarm these days about orders for the GOI. ! I personally know of another attempt by a fira...
by Philip
13 Apr 2021 21:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630781

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

A concept I've been studying for long. During the Kruschev era,the Sov. navy had a submersible missile boat. Obvious advantages. This class of hybrid vessel could serve us v.well based out of the ANC,Lakshadweep where we have several intrusions by Chin naval survey vessels,"fishing" craft ...
by Philip
11 Apr 2021 11:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 23 March 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 8837

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 23 March 2021

Leasing for BTs and tankers,media reports: When we have major budget constraints, CV pandemic in its second wave with dire effects on the economy,buying v.expensive A-330 tankers touted at one time,3/4 times more expensive than new IL78Ts was a straight red card. Leasing a few new IL-78Ts ( existing...
by Philip
11 Apr 2021 11:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921758

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Now watch the Chins following the US action in the future! With friends like the US,who needs enemies?
by Philip
11 Apr 2021 09:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Look at the latest Ru N subs ( Borei,Yasen,et .) and their weaponry and analysis by the USN,etc. They're as good if not better in some respects than their US counterparts. Their spl. purpose subs like the Belgorod with Kanyon/ Status nuclear powered N- torpedoes are unique. Can't be stopped like BMs...
by Philip
11 Apr 2021 05:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921758

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Chairman Mao famously said that a " loud fart was better than a long speech". The US did just that,farted in our own backyard.They've summed up well the famous Indian trait of speaking volumes, but doing precious little. We say that we will give a "befitting reply" to Pak ad naus...
by Philip
10 Apr 2021 14:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Yes they did! Strange we never went for them for violating the contract.Nevertheless ,that was decades ago. The 209 has been overtaken by the 212,214,216,218SG for S'pore too. Then there'as the Dolphin class subs for the Israelis which carry Israel's strat . missiles too. After operating our 209/150...
by Philip
10 Apr 2021 12:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Quieting data will be most highly classified, but in general all our sub classes are pretty quiet,esp. in the littorals.No too long ago one of our Kilos bested an LA class USN SSN. Swedish diesel subs have also had a field day against US naval forces in exercises. Why to successfully prosecute a sub...
by Philip
10 Apr 2021 12:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 3493
Views: 659597

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

There are many born in the UK who live in Islamist ghettoland who don't bother about integration while their folk turn parts of Britain into Sharia sh*tholes. However,the wheel of fate has turned a lot.We now have Sunak and Patel in key cabinet positions in the UK govt. Many top industries are India...
by Philip
10 Apr 2021 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Five State Elections
Replies: 538
Views: 83211

Re: 2021 Five State Elections

Listen to Sub.Swamy on New X. Once a week.He pulls no punches.Says BJP is making a mistake by taking on defectors. In TN,one joker defected and within 24 hrs. was given a seat much to the dismay of veteran BJP cadre. I've always maintained that the BJP should develop their own leadership not take in...
by Philip
10 Apr 2021 10:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921758

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The closer the embrace with the US historically, the greater the contempt for its ally . You can scroll the pages of history for examples. Plus,when the ally acts independently to exercise its sovereignty,ally becomes enemy. I've always advocated friendship with the US, but at arms length. The lates...
by Philip
09 Apr 2021 08:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921758

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

We don't have the moolah for more than 3 lines of subs,that too hard going.SSBN,SSN and a conv. line,P-75I after the Scorpenes. Why another Akula will be leased with a hope of extending the Chakra's lease for another decade. The 8 Kilos being upgraded will last out another decade when their replacem...
by Philip
09 Apr 2021 08:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Russians against India,what rubbish! Who's giving us a second Akula,JV on BMos,etc.? Almost all our cutting edge milware is from Russia. Did you read the report of Lavrov's visit with Jaishankar? Did you read the CAG report on the Scorpene fiasco,5 yrs. late, extra cost, poor cooperation on TOT from...
by Philip
08 Apr 2021 18:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3996
Views: 847508

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

Apols,error ,I meant ASM. Our BMos ASM has around only 300+km at the moment. Until our desi hyper-ASM arrives, It would make a huge difference when used against the PRC since we do not have a dedicated bomber either tactical or strategic at the moment. Our BMos MKIs are fine for striking targets aga...
by Philip
08 Apr 2021 18:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

The hulls being upgraded right now are IN hulls both in Russia and at HSL! If they were crap why would the IN upgrade them? Stop using intemperate lingo,argue on merit offering better alternatives.Do we have a ready desi diesel/ AIP sub available? NO! We haven't even tested our AIP system aboard a s...
by Philip
08 Apr 2021 18:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 921758

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Is this accurate? We have integrated P-8Is, and other US milware for some years now without any Ru protest.I am sure that the Reaper drone acquisition can bf done while protecting our other tech. of Ru origin.
by Philip
08 Apr 2021 18:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1219
Views: 314006

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

The point made about our unified commands and " missile testing" is interesting because there is a push in the US for greater production and induction of missiles especially in the face of the PRC threat,growing more audacious by the day.What the PLAN has done in the Indo-China Sea sending...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 16:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1219
Views: 314006

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Gents,in our debates about pros and cons of Arjun vs T-series,we're perhaps ignoring the "woods for the trees".MBTs are part of the jigsaw of armoured warfare which involves more than just the merits of an MBT,forgetting its accompanying AVs protecting infantry advancing on the battlefield...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 13:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1788
Views: 366728

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Point.Can the Romeo's fit into all hangars of our surface fleet assets? I'm not so sure.The carriers, larger DDGs/ FFGs that operate Sea Kings, yes, but the other warships? Why the req. is there for the med. ASW helos. It's also going to take a long time before a successful ASW variant of the desi M...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 12:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1219
Views: 314006

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Yes,only in India will you find both west and east,though,surprisingly,do many know that German U-boats use an Ru. navigation system?! It's used universally in the maritime sphere.Over 100 German naval vessels use the Ru. Navi-Sailor 4100 system ,says the German Bild paper. V.interestingly is the la...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 12:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3996
Views: 847508

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

Lakshman,I think that all contracted MKIs have been completed. That was made official.The extra 12 MKIs ( plus 21 MIG-29s) to be xcuired from Ru. in the report last year was clearly specified for attritions.That's perhaps why the no. of sqds. has remained at 12(?). Nasik is waiting for the SS upgrad...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 12:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3843
Views: 790555

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Peculiar story.For models of the aircraft! Let the water,sorry wine of this French report find its own level and be flushed down the drain. However, while at least another sqd.of Rafales is v.welcome, the price of a Rafale is v.v.high and the last statement from the CDS about budget costs must be ke...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 12:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3586
Views: 630781

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

We should go full throttle at intl. defexpos offering a wide variety of warships and other naval milware,apart from Tejas,missiles,etc. We are now building a class of around 750t+ shallow water ASW corvettes. Corvettes are the most sought after class today as not many nations can afford larger friga...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 11:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3996
Views: 847508

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

12 AAMs on an MKI. What is the max that the Rafale can carry?
Another point, can the MKI theoretically carry the Kinzhal hyper- AAM?
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 11:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5693
Views: 782590

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The visit of FM Lavrov to India has reportedly gone well.Discussions included Afghanistan, where the Ru. head of the Afghan issue accompanied him, plus discussions on the visit of Pres. Putin to India.Also hinted in the media,were discussions on further mil. cooperation,new deals despite US threat o...
by Philip
07 Apr 2021 11:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1240
Views: 267659

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

These are cost-effective replacements for old boats.3 are brand new,3 upgraded.They are better than Chin subs,armed with the 2500km Kalibir missile and Klub variants. They are being built in 2 years time,6 new boats 3 delivered to the RuN for their Pacific fleet. Since we've operated them for a long...
by Philip
06 Apr 2021 03:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300463

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Where are the errors? Sorry if they exist.
Post- Balakot we supposedly took 21 days to locate it,an Agosta AIP boat,sent to Pak's western extremities for survival!
by Philip
06 Apr 2021 03:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1788
Views: 366728

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

What about the 100+ ASW helo req.? 24 Romeos won't fill the huge req. Once we operate 2 CVs, the bulk of them would operate from them being the most valuable assets of the surface fleet. That would leave not enough for the 20+ DDG/ FFGs. The Talwar series operate Kamovs so are fine. Therefore we mus...
by Philip
06 Apr 2021 03:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1582
Views: 299040

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Nikhil,did the paanwallah tell the dhobiwallah the same,that the IAC-3 will be a multi-role amphib? If that's so,I couldn't be happier,as it validates my postulating for aeons for the same. AIP boats are find for the littorals,shallower waters,but for true- blue ops, N-subs with their 90+ day endura...
by Philip
05 Apr 2021 11:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300463

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Being "brainwashed" is not an allegation of corruption,but the years of IN and USN carrier interaction and huge USN pressure for the 3rd CV for the IN,mirroring the USN's sea control/ expeditionary warfare doctrine, which in reality was a push for the IN buying US carrier tech like EMALS a...

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