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by Philip
22 Aug 2018 05:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 363
Views: 48897

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Yes they are, but almost every programme is running late by years- the Scorpenes and IAC-1 prime examples and with huge cost escalation.Both the yards ( poor management and obsolete infrastructure) , IN ( for late decisions and frequent changes) and MOD ( for tardy release of funds and procurement d...
by Philip
22 Aug 2018 05:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2589
Views: 244440

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

We are paying huge amounts for front-line fighters simply becos we haven't been able to do the biz.The LCA ( with much imported components) was meant to be a modest MIG-21( improved) replacement.Instead into a tiny airframe the attempt has been made to turn it into a mini M2K.And the pain of effort ...
by Philip
22 Aug 2018 05:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 317
Views: 10126

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

One can imagine the future premiums!
by Philip
22 Aug 2018 05:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 317
Views: 10126

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

In retrospect, the poor monsoons over the last decade lulled the govts. in Kerala to underestimate the possibilty of such an event and the magnitude of such a disaster.This has been unprecedented, as said, the worst for a century.The huge quantum of rainfall in such a short period never expected. Ye...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 14:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2872
Views: 281216

Re: International Military Discussion

http://www.defencenews.in/article/The-global-arms-trade-is-booming-Buyers-are-spoiled-for-choice-570097 The global arms trade is booming. Buyers are spoiled for choice Sunday, August 19, 2018 By: Economist ONLY a few months ago, Canadians were earnestly debating whether or not the country’s Liberal ...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 14:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 851
Views: 103673

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

China is p*ssed off if the Indo-Pacific strategic concept gets real teeth through the Quad or Quad+ alliance of nations whose common interests is curtailing China in the IP region.Chinese analysts have ad nauseum spewed out articles in which they advise India not to join any anti-China grouping and ...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 14:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Neighbourhood
Replies: 59
Views: 4562

Re: Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Neighbourhood

This book which should be an enthralling read,beggars a v.important Q.If MI-6 had such an important agent in the heart of Al Q,then they surely would've known of the location of its head. That the US always knew where he was,under the [protection of their favourite rent-boy,Pak,is now slowly coming ...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 13:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - July 27, 2018
Replies: 862
Views: 47263

Re: Terroristan - July 27, 2018

There are so many tds. on Pak,can't we simplify them and have fewer? Here's a take on Sidhu's visit and the reasons for the hug. The problem with Indo-Pak relations is that there has been too much in the past of grand gestures,which have always been derailed by acts of terror,etc.It is far better to...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 13:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3183
Views: 355224

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

The timeline is far too long.If the first version flies only by 2032,then add another 8 yrs. ta least for inducting the bird,it will be 2040 when it enters service. On the other hand if a prototype can be readied by 2022 to validate the aerodynamic form in reality using stealth shaping as mentioned ...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 13:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4157
Views: 609154

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

This validates submerged firing of BMs for our SSBNs.A huge milestone.Our sub-based leg of the nuclear triad has taken off. In future it will be the range and accuracy of the improved missiles,some on larger SSBNs planned that will be tested.Successfully inducting the first BM was the tough part.
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 13:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3570
Views: 447039

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The LCH looks fantastic.It should also be a winner in export sales.One is sure that it will be very competitive in the intl. market.Production must be planned for for both IA and export potential.
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 08:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 825
Views: 116302

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

Why I've stated that we must use the IAC deck template for example.How would you recover the NLCA then? Lower decks tailor made for amphib ops.Remember that the Hermes and other CVs were used by the RN for amphi ops in the past, a reverse in fact.This is a hybrid solution. Amphibs will require CS fo...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 08:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3352
Views: 323440

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Yep.The final take is the IA.Most important factor is the declining defence budget in real terms, the IA's share and what its top priorities are.Air defence systems replacing legacy Sov. era SAMs ( Akash, etc.), new AA arty, then the heavy arty req- probably the top item, LW howitzers for the mounta...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 825
Views: 116302

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

I've stated a long time ago that the deck of our amphibs should be based upon the flight deck of IAC-1, with an angled deck for landing, plus ski-jump.SAAB had an option for the Sea Gripen even for the Viraat about the same size.Old Vayu issue a couple of years ago.The LCA is small enough to land on...
by Philip
20 Aug 2018 04:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3183
Views: 355224

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

2032? Something seems out of order here.I think it looks like an error. It should be 2022, a more hopeful date unless LCA work on MK-2 etc. is slated as the next big thing to occupy the desi industry for the next decade. And who would use an old GE engine 14 years from now! It's got to be 2022.By 20...
by Philip
19 Aug 2018 17:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 363
Views: 48897

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The new engines are non-smokers! Pl. ck. your facts and these are now being manufactured at home.I would love to see internal exercise results putting the 29UGs against other IAF birds.If the 29s were so prone to tail-cracking, neither the German AF or the IAF would've considered operating them or i...
by Philip
19 Aug 2018 17:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 825
Views: 116302

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

If the 4 amphibs were to have a ski- jump like the JC vessels, we could use the NLCA on them for CS/ strike in support of amphib ops.The aircraft is small, around the same size of heavy helos and would deliver far more varied ordnance onto targets as well as PGMs from alts. outside enemy MANPADS and...
by Philip
19 Aug 2018 17:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1915
Views: 331224

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

I would love to see the prices offered for IL-476s and A-330s.My findings from various sites are that an IL-476 incl.spares, trg.infra, etc. is $115M (DID website).An A- 330 on the other hand at 2018 prices costs a whopping $240M a pop! More than twice the cost of an IL.So the myth of evil Russkies ...
by Philip
17 Aug 2018 19:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away
Replies: 69
Views: 3419

Re: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away

I used to enjoy reading Atalji's speeches in parliament.We used to get copies of Hansard ( parliamentary debates) at home.for many years The cut and thrust of debate 40+ years ago in the Indian parliament was truly inspiring. The two houses were filled with a galaxy of MPs , not the huge numbers of ...
by Philip
17 Aug 2018 19:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1915
Views: 331224

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

We need at least 5 more Phalcons, not just 2.The IL-476 platforms aren't very costly, but the radar and AWACS suite of Israeli origin mainly costs a bomb.Given the far superior range, etc. of the IL-476s, the DRDO should try fitting the indigenous planar radar onto the platform instead of the rotati...
by Philip
17 Aug 2018 18:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 363
Views: 48897

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I posted thd final analysis of the Germans and link for all to see the full details.The analysis said that in WVR it ws unbeatable.The drawbacks of the legacy bird is well known.Smoky engines,modest range, etc.These have been seen to in the later UG versions.At an air show during the MMRCA conteset ...
by Philip
16 Aug 2018 21:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away
Replies: 69
Views: 3419

Re: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away

25 years before he became PM , when the Cong. was at its peak after the '71 war, a veteran MP and close family friend predicted that he was an outstanding parliamentarian and would become PM ond day. If Nehru laid the foundation with Dr.Homi Bhabha for our nuclear edifice, Mrs. Gandhi took us into t...
by Philip
16 Aug 2018 13:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 644
Views: 80611

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

You can't put it beyond mere speculation.The Brit. intel org. is reputed to be better or at least the equivalent of the US's with its ability to eavesdrop onto any kind of digital conversation,email,plus other more traditional forms of intel. It's what has kept the Brits punching above their weight ...
by Philip
16 Aug 2018 09:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 590
Views: 45331

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Turkey is unlikely to throw in the proverbial "towel".The would be Ottoman Sultan is a megalomaniac , same mould as Trump.The EU under no circumstances will admit the Turks into their family and further destroy their fragile union beseiged by Islamic refugees.Putin must be laughing in the ...
by Philip
15 Aug 2018 09:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4155
Views: 353864

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Aerko-India is NOT a revolving tamasha for the public to enjoy.Any circus can do the trivk.This is a serious professional exposition where both Indian and foreign majors display their wares to an international marketplace. It is primarily meant for business visitors and a forum to do aerospace busin...
by Philip
15 Aug 2018 07:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Happy 72nd Independence Day!!!
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Happy 71st Independence Day!!!

Happy Independence Day guys.The task for the present and future generations of Indians is to protect and preserve the sacrifices of the past generations who fought for freedom, and to maintain our independence in foreign and fiscal policy not succumbinv to international pressure. We can achieve this...
by Philip
15 Aug 2018 07:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3352
Views: 323440

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

RS, all open source info , plus official reports of the cost of the various tranches for T-90s are available.They do show that the 60t+ Arjun is more expensive than the 45+t T-90.I've given in the past extensive details of the same. As to the spares issue, it is also reported that spares for the fir...
by Philip
15 Aug 2018 07:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4155
Views: 353864

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Robbing Bangalore to pay Lucknow? Air Marshal BK Pandey (retd.).Indian Express. " It's a death knell for Aero India.A disaster in the making.When I heard about this shift my immediate question was , is there a new defence minister from UP being appointed?" "When Manohar Parikar was ap...
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 21:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5377
Views: 482397

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

By shafting Russia the US stupidly is pushing Ru and China into a tighter embrace, which in the Asian context will eventually replace the US as the regional premier mil-power .Russia being the key Eur-Asian military power, plus the only rival to the US in strategic terms, should be on top of the US'...
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 590
Views: 45331

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

The Turkish " delight" gone sour must reminx all that we too will bd v.vulnerable if we continue to buy US milware. The day the erratic US declares India a rogud state, kaput goes our US made milware, LCA too.Its why I've for over a decade advised other western aero- engine options for LCA...
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 21:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 998
Views: 92616

Re: Understanding the US- Again

The rupee's fall against the almighty $ must get the GOI looking at other alternatives in paying for imports, barter and other currencies as well.However, the huge Chinese trade deficit of $60B must be reversed with high duties and ban on some Chin goods that are destroying our small and micro indus...
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 21:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1496
Views: 172941

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

From the v. clip he looked a darkie.Let's wait for his details.
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 887
Views: 139704

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

Raking up the past is not the way.It would equate the Bofors deal with that of the Rafale.There is a key diffetence.In the Bofors deal, solid evidence came out from Sweden that bribes were paid.I posted the full story last year. As far as the Rafale deal goes, the only Q is about its high price.Ther...
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4155
Views: 353864

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Ranting...! Even the Karnataka BJP politicos are asking for it to remain at BLR.this shifting is all to do with the coming elections, not a logical decision in my opinion, and in such indecent haste, without enough time to prepare for it, it will be a big flop.Why brought forward to Oct?There is spe...
by Philip
14 Aug 2018 18:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4268
Views: 779004

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Alarm bells will ringn in Barad- Dur, the "Dark Tower", and any test beyond a certain threshold will singe the Necromancer's orange wig! I guess our disciples of Chanakya do not want the beam of his eye turned Itowards India, as we're quite happy that his wrath is currently directed to the...
by Philip
12 Aug 2018 04:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 887
Views: 139704

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

The only worry is if the CAG says that as in the Boeing P-8I deal, the L-1 evaluation for the Raffy was tilted in its favour vs the EF. Looking at EF costs and woes currently amongst NATO nations , the Rafale was a better choice and the IAF did a most extensive technical evaluation of the birds cont...
by Philip
12 Aug 2018 03:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 363
Views: 48897

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

M2K has never been called an old hag by moi! Only Yanqui F-16/F-18 birds.I would describe the M2K as an middle aged beauty. The post was the final verdict on its performance vis-a-vis contemporary western fighters where the Fulcrum pasted all contemporary western rivals and Block-50 F-16s.The link w...
by Philip
11 Aug 2018 17:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2718
Views: 274318

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

We' ve been saying this for aeons! " More of the same in service" to increase numbers, serviceability, cost-effectiveness, etc.At least another 18 to 20 Rafales since we've bought 36, would give us 3 sqds.40 to 60 SU-30s plus as many LCAs that we can build and send the firang req. into the...
by Philip
11 Aug 2018 17:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 887
Views: 139704

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

RaGa is ranting right now about the deal on telly.The GOI should refute the allegations with facts and comparative analysis in everyone's interests.YS, AS, belonging to the LKA faction, the " ancien regime", are bitter at being excluded and cast into the wilderness by the current BJP regim...
by Philip
11 Aug 2018 14:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3352
Views: 323440

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Demand a lottery for each team for the tank they will use! That way there will be a level playing field for all.The teams must also have sufficient practice time as somd contestants may not operate similar eqpt. or variants they operate may differ. T-14s aren't the top Ru mil. priority right now.It ...

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