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by Philip
23 Jan 2019 10:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 781
Views: 89417

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

If there is a clear mandate for the BJP things will move fast.Any coalition will see caution given the Raffy ruckus. Easiest way to resolvd falling numbers, acquire more numbers of aircraft in service as " extras", No controversy at all.A few more MKIs, 29UGs, Jag upgrades and push LCA pro...
by Philip
23 Jan 2019 01:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 782
Views: 94879

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

IAF should seriously look into AN-132D as LTA option and Lic Manuf it in India http://www.rusaviainsider.com/saudi-arabia-launch-antonov-132-series-production-2021/ Yes., the AN-132 is a very cute and versatile bird.With Antonov's proven pedigree in IAF service for around 50 years, the MOD should t...
by Philip
23 Jan 2019 00:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 781
Views: 89417

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

Media reports today say that retirement hopes of the worn out MIG fleet have been dashed by the Rafale controversies and a decision on a new fighter may be taken only after the 2019 elections.
by Philip
23 Jan 2019 00:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1742
Views: 123443

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

I think our carrier lift shortsightedness stems from the entire history of IAC-1.If you remember well, way back in time, a few decades ago, the CV was called only an " air defence ship", ADS initially. It was meant to be a replacement for the Vikrant/ Viraat Harrier carriers. A fudge to ge...
by Philip
22 Jan 2019 23:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1530
Views: 207483

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

An Ru TU-22M3 supersonic bomber crashed while trying to land in a fierce snowstorm and high winds in northern Russia in the Murmansk region around Oleneogorsk, tragically killing around 4 crew members.
by Philip
21 Jan 2019 19:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

What was the historic precedent when China attacked us in '62? Or the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in WW2? Just becos someyhing never happened before does not mean that it will never.Take even terrorisn.The 9/11 attacks.The 26/11 attacks and attack on parliament. We need to prepare to " exp...
by Philip
20 Jan 2019 23:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

To underscore the above points, the USN is sending as support for the Syrian withdrawal,4500 marines , at least one JSF sqd. aboard two LHD amphibs, the Essex, with the Kearsage transiting the Suez canal heading for the Gulf. .The Essex's aircraft have been engaged in Afg. against the Taliban.Using ...
by Philip
20 Jan 2019 22:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1742
Views: 123443

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Ideally there should be a min. of 3 lifts., two on the starboard side before and aft of the island.If there are two islands, one between them.Some CVs have lifts that can accommodate two aircraft at a time.This enables almost any size of large naval aircraft to be carried. An angled deck plus ski-ju...
by Philip
20 Jan 2019 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

There is a revolution taking place in naval warfare with rail guns,hyper- velocity ER munitions, UUVs, unmanned surface combatants and multi-role smaller flat tops on the anvil. The traditional CV concept of the last century as principal naval weapon system that dominated naval warfare is going to c...
by Philip
20 Jan 2019 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2113
Views: 392998

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

HAL whining could be cut dead by a firm committment of say 200 LCAs within a definite timeframe and cost! This order should be broken into 3 or 4 phases/ blocs. Satisfactory delivery of bloc 1 would automatically result in approval for further orders.Failure would invite orders going to the pvt. sec...
by Philip
19 Jan 2019 19:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1742
Views: 123443

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

20 years ago on BRF when one warned of the PLAN's IOR ambitions , especially in Sri Lanka ,one was thought a nut case.It all came to pass.Gwadar, H'tota, Djibouti have fallen and the Maldives have had the narrowest of escapes.PLAN subs in the IOR? "What have you been smoking chum?" was the...
by Philip
19 Jan 2019 09:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2113
Views: 392998

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

In 1971 Mrs.G cleaved Pak into two and BDesh- a friendly nation towards India reduced the threat from the east. However, the Chinese colonialistic ambitions and its physical presencd in POK, Gwadar and increased military strength in Tibet, has seen the return of the two-front threat to India with a ...
by Philip
18 Jan 2019 15:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4773
Views: 623852

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

Good discussion on the K-9 Thunder SP gun on Rajya Sabha TC on the "Security Scan" feature..Range from 28 to 38 km.Meant for the Southern Strike Corps, tracks for the desert.Other strike corps perhaps later. Lt.Gen.Saxena.First time a deal with SoKo and L& T winning a global tender. Mu...
by Philip
18 Jan 2019 08:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2852
Views: 322441

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

In the overall context on increasing numbers and sqd. strength, additional MKIs are very welcome, esp. because indigenisation from raw material has - if the report about the engine is true, mastered even that aspect from desi raw m. Using the same formula, for the lighter bird, a few more sqds. of M...
by Philip
18 Jan 2019 07:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1722
Views: 253689

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

Hindu today, front page report by N.Ram alleges that the decision to buy 36 Raffys increased the unit cost by 41%.
Inside pages give alleged facts, etc.Someone kindly post thd link/ relevant key points.Don't shoot the towncrier! :mrgreen:
by Philip
17 Jan 2019 04:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1839
Views: 225260

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

The Irish border issue should be dealt with in the same manner as was agreed upon for the Hong Kong handover." One country, two systems", for a limited period, say the same 50 years.But hardline Brexiteers feel that this will be a backdoor entrance for the EU . May's govt. staggers on but ...
by Philip
17 Jan 2019 04:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2197
Views: 220640

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

In dealing with the EU and the Brussels babus, India must remember where the treaty bringing it into being was first signed.Rome.The EU is the covert inheritor of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) . The plan is the integration of European states into a latter- day Roman Empire encompassing the former king...
by Philip
17 Jan 2019 03:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2642
Views: 342130

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

Correct.It's not the HT port that is so important as much as the vast hectares of hinterland accompanying the deal,where as in Gwadar a huge Chin colony will be established with half a million Chinese " workers" squatting on Lankan soil administering a massive pre-positioned logistics enti...
by Philip
17 Jan 2019 03:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

In the future, the IN would be better off operating an additional STOVL fighter, manned or unmanned from either east or west if it can be acquired at reasonable cost and without intrusive strings attached.
by Philip
17 Jan 2019 03:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Recollect the chief's interview.He spoke of MIGs and the NLCA too.We do not need to emulate the USN which has a global expeditionary agenda, particularly as we can't afford to sink all our moolah into one large CV , its air complement plus the accompanying orchestra of escorts.Leveraging its amphibs...
by Philip
17 Jan 2019 02:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5466
Views: 518045

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Egzackly! If we work out a G-to-G with Germany for new U- boats, we could gift our old ones to Taiwan and build new 209s for them too in pvt. yards since they're building 8 new Yuans for Pak.
by Philip
16 Jan 2019 22:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5466
Views: 518045

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The PM should accept the offer as being chief guest. It will enhance the image and prestige of the country under his leadership when there is chaos and confusion both in the US and Europe due to domestic and Brexit controversies. A resurgent Indian economy, leading the pack esp. in Asia will have a ...
by Philip
16 Jan 2019 22:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3834
Views: 529445

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

True.However, building such variants was repirtedly sjot dow becos of cost.Tucanos are in service in several nations.Even the armed Yak-130 is a cheaper option than armed Hawk variants.It can carry 3 tons of ordnance like AAMs, ASMs, PG bombs, etc on 6 uw stations, plus two wing- tip AAMs/ ESM pods....
by Philip
16 Jan 2019 22:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3834
Views: 529445

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Over 300 US helos were losi in Afg. and Iraq.Wiki even has a pic of an Apache shot down.Over a year ago I posted how Apaches were withdrawn from tough ops in Afg. after suffering v.heavy losses and damage in early ops. Upgrades of MI-35s include AAMs.Even the US is upgrading its attack helos.Our att...
by Philip
16 Jan 2019 16:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1742
Views: 123443

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The US is reassessing its naval requirements for thd future and putting billions into large attractive targets for its enemies.Advocates of a new doctrine envisage numbers of light carriers/ amphibs with JSFs, plus large numbers of small unmanned armmed surface vessels which will be controlled by mo...
by Philip
16 Jan 2019 15:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Yep.The budget needs to be drastically revised upwards if we are going to meet the challenges of the future and stave off the planned attacks by the Chins in consort with the Pakis. We need a dedicated MC of at leasr 1 div. supported with another two divs. of regular troops from SC.Remember our IPKF...
by Philip
14 Jan 2019 19:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3834
Views: 529445

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

In Afghanistan, the US lost 12 Apaches, 15 UH-60s and 27 Chinooks.The Saudis have slso lost a few in Yemen.
by Philip
14 Jan 2019 19:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

If we do plan for F-35Bs for the future, then the required heat resistant deck specs should be incorporated as of now.However, it limits us to just the JSF for the future, why I've said that using the IAC-1's deck template with larger lifts is a better long term option.Current US amphibs are around ...
by Philip
14 Jan 2019 18:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3834
Views: 529445

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Read the Apache's mixed performance in Afghanistan where they took v.heavy damage from a variety of ground fire and were used with restrictions, FW aircraft carrying out most ops. Our attack helos will require some heavy armour protecting the cockpit and vital areas as the Pakis have a variety of us...
by Philip
14 Jan 2019 17:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Reading between the lines oc the interview with the chief, when asked about the two existing CVs he includes the LCA along with the 29K.The extra 57 appear to be f or IAC-2, but it is premature as the GOI is still inconvinced about the same given the huge cost and time to build a 65K t CV .Therefore...
by Philip
13 Jan 2019 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1530
Views: 207483

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Tass reports that upto 32 Poseidon UW drones may feature aboard the RuN's latest subs, each of which will carry 8 Poseidons which can carry a 2 MT warhead.
by Philip
13 Jan 2019 22:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3543
Views: 375945

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

The Chins have started deploying their new 30/35t light tank with a 105mm main gun in the Tibetan region.Past time for us to acquire a light tank for mountain ops too.Been saying for a while that the Sprut could be an option also for amphib ops.
by Philip
13 Jan 2019 22:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1722
Views: 253689

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

Time is too short for any decision before the elections, esp. with the anti- Raffy lobby. The moot point though is the priorities of the IN.MCM vessels are zilch, inviting the simplest of assymetric warfare tactics by our endmies- mining our ports and bases, and our sub fleet requires urgent additio...
by Philip
13 Jan 2019 21:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 118
Views: 36939

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Any comparative tests must be done in Indian conditions.Winner on technical merit should be given the first peck.
Often more than one system meets min. parameters required by the service in Q.There may be a much lower almost equiv. system which may be favoured on cost grounds.
by Philip
13 Jan 2019 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1530
Views: 207483

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

This explains why the latest Ru subs and warships are to receive Kalibir missiles in place of other deadly ones in service.These longer ranged Kalibirs would revolutionise naval warfare particularly if their real-time targeting through sats, etc. has vastly improved.The Syrian conflict saw Kalibirs ...
by Philip
13 Jan 2019 19:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3519
Views: 740934

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

A US publication , Defence News, has rated HAL higher than Dassault for market presence at no.38 while Dassault is ranked at 44!

The GOI should support HAL to the utmost in paying its dues first before we pay Dassault for the 36 Rafales!
by Philip
09 Jan 2019 23:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4345
Views: 412937

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Yes.AVROs without rear ramps will be more difficult to handle large cargo than our AN-32s and other aircraft with rear ramps capable of carrying light vehicles.AVROs wod be best as troop transports, para- dropping,, etc.
by Philip
09 Jan 2019 23:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Read lreports about latest US tests lsst year with near hyper- velocity rounds fired from std. naval guns, requiring no huge power banks required for rail guns. Modified projectiles. Far cheaper than a rail gin, plus makes any warship that has a legacy main gun which can fire rounds of the same cali...
by Philip
09 Jan 2019 09:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 976
Views: 182202

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Tnere is a media item the CSL will build 8 corvettes, but the report saying that it may be P- 28s appears in correct given the total cost of them under $1B.These must be the inshore ASW corvettes whose conatruction mah be split between GRSE and CSL.First within 4 years and 2 each year after that.
by Philip
09 Jan 2019 08:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2642
Views: 342130

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

The fangs are getting sharper.New light tanks and SP arty with a 50km range introduced in Tibet, while the yellow-faced slit-eyed Chin Hitler pretends to make peace with the PM. Pakistan is not India's greayest threat but those principal nations who sustain its eviltude with cash injections namely C...

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