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by Philip
11 Dec 2017 12:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2173
Views: 263453

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

One must never sweep the truth under the carpet.That leads to false expectations and fudging results.Ultimately the force and nation pay for it. IN any case it's two years old,much water has flown under the bridge,but statements made IAF top brass and give us a fuller picture of the issues involved....
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 12:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 454
Views: 65232

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

That's approx. $100M+ each. I wonder who has the lucrative AMC contract for the Qatar aviary?
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 11:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1272
Views: 104427

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

I'm sure they can. Little point in leasing them for 10 yrs. and when we're getting perhaps upto two more! But I think there are definite restrictions of fitting them with N- weapons, intl. treaties, some old .media reports.I think the lease was a device to get around treaties too.No P- 5 member has ...
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3318
Views: 457951

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

This 24 was an immediate interim req.to prevent a critical loss of ASW capability with our principal surface combatants.The need is for around 200 incl.LUHs also for the CG.
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 10:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3318
Views: 457951

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

You know how it took 20 yrs. to finally buy the Hawk AJT.AM Dennis La Fontaine, who became chief later on headed a committee to go into flight safety after a number of crashes, esp.MIG-21s.His recommendation was to acquire an AJT asap which took 20 yrs to arrive! The Hawk is now doing a damned good ...
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 10:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2173
Views: 263453

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

It was a 2yr. old post.Indy, to my personal knowledge the issue of quality with IAF products has been a running issue for decades with previous aircraft. This quote (canopies) is not about the LCA and even the AM has stated that he would have to revise his opinion if improvements (LCA) had been made...
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 09:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2173
Views: 263453

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Look, I clearly mentioned that it was 2 yrs. ago and an AM had given clear details.Previously we've had scant info of critics by name .I don't t think he was referring to LCAs (reg. canopies, etc.) which had not come into SLP by then but to other aircraft.We've been building a host of SU/RU birds an...
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 06:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3318
Views: 457951

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Get the 24 asap.No time to further lose.
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 06:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2173
Views: 263453

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Just for the record (after former CoAS ACM Raha made his statements recently), a Dec.2015 report citing IAF doubts about the LCA, capabilities and manufacturing quality,after the GOI gave the green light for 120 said the foll: IAF official:HAL has a poor record of delivering on time and produces inf...
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 05:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 454
Views: 65232

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

Fanne, Aastra seems to be the Jack of all in the BVR scenario for all our principal aircraft from SU-30s down to the LCA.
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 05:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1016
Views: 164032

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

As was done by the IAF some time ago- when they had both legacy M2Ks and MIG-29s in service, a contest was held to see which aircraft was the better fighter.It surprised many that the MIG was the victor again and again .(AM Masand in Vayu).NATO also found out that its E.German MIG-29s were better th...
by Philip
11 Dec 2017 05:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1272
Views: 104427

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Not sure whether S3 to S-4+ have slightly more powerful reactors, recollect an older report.The 3rd. gen OKB-650 ,50K HP reactors are a proven design with over 60 built for both Sov. era N-subs as well as the current 4th-gen subs like the Yasen SSGN(1 reactor),Borei SSBN (2 reactors-single shaft) wh...
by Philip
10 Dec 2017 23:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1272
Views: 104427

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Tx Kartik for that post of SU's extensive article. It gives a good perspective of the entire masterplan .The key for the future is going to be the reactor, twice as powerful reqd.for the second series of SSBNs which will carry our true ICBMs.Let's see how that is resolved in the specific timeframe. ...
by Philip
10 Dec 2017 05:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 661
Views: 62810

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Aug 2016 GOI declined DCNS wish to pass on their AIP sub tech.IN rejected DRDO's system for the last 2 Scorpenes as it was not ready, " only in the project definition stage".Adm.Arun Prakash, former CNS agreeing with the IN,was scathing about the DRDO saying it "was full of hyperbole ...
by Philip
10 Dec 2017 03:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 661
Views: 62810

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

There were 2 significant reports in the last sev. months reg.the conv. sub issue.That we were signing an agr2deement to work with Rubin(?) on an AIP system for our future sub. Secondly, a few months later another report said that the DRDO developed AIP module would be used for P-75Is.It indicates th...
by Philip
09 Dec 2017 13:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3318
Views: 457951

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I agree, we do need blue-water ops DDGs and FFGs too as the fleet's assets must be balanced. However, for dominating the IOR, in particular,leveraging our OPVs and smaller corvettes would be very cost-effective when equipped with Kalibir/BMos/ Nirbhay class of SSMs.We will have more numbers of these...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 21:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2299
Views: 172354

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

K, where have I been deriding the LCA? I've been advocating building as much as poss., extra line and greater focus on management of the progr.Pl read my posts in the LCA td. The programme management thus far has been a disaster.There's a 2015 Dec.report containing IAF AMs expressing many doubts abo...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2828
Views: 273853

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The Ka 's detachable cabin pods are integral to the bird unlike conv. helos.They if lifting any pod/ load would have to do it underslung.The weight of their cabins would reduce the weight of any underling payload.A Kamov could also carry an underslung load as well as the detachable cabin/pod. Is I h...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 20:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1016
Views: 164032

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

Kashi all 67 or 69 depending upon which report one reads have been completed.The first 3 done in Ru, the remaining in India.120 RD-33-3 engines to be made locally also signed a few years ago.Will ck for any later info.As posted earlier, upgrades included Zhuk-M radars, new avionics, engines, weapons...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2828
Views: 273853

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

AW scam was obvious when signed, exorbitant cost for 12(?) birds when even O'Bomber had cancelled his order for 7 cost being the official reason - also due to pressure from US OEMs.Our price was far in excess of that for MC-1. News to me the the ALH is not certified internationally.How did we then s...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 19:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3318
Views: 457951

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I have to make a confession.No romps with Natashas ever! A great black mark on my sporting career.I came v.close once, gorgeous brunette, she sang RK's famous "Mere joota hai Japani" to me! I had another GF at the time so....I graciously declined...sigh.Unlike Trump and co. truly, no conta...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 12:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 616
Views: 63142

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

There was a v.good article in an environmental magazine 30 yrs. ago that gave stats how big dams usually ended up destroying the ecology of the country in Q.The Aswan Dam Destroyed the annual flooding of the Nile,which was the feature of Egyptian civilisation for millennia. The Mahaveli projects in ...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 12:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 975
Views: 67851

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Light at the end of the tunnel? Or is it an incoming NoKo "Ding Dong"! :rotfl: The latest round of diplomacy brings to mind another great N-crisis,the "Cuban Missile Crisis" and how the world was on the brink of nuclear war and how it was defused. In the final agreement,the US g...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 11:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1033
Views: 95786

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Still going strong with the 35 variant to enter the ring soon. Echoes the new philosophy expressed by the USN's CNO of concentrating upon "payload centric" instead of "platform centric" solution. legacy aircraft ,"bomb trucks",equipped with PGMs,smart bombs can do the b...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 11:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1016
Views: 164032

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

Tx for the reply.I was also wondering why the long upgrade time and had similar thoughts.However,with Rafales arriving within a few years and BMos MKIs available,one Raffy sqd. supposed to be meant for the SC,either of these two more capable aircraft would easily do the biz.12 years for upgrading ju...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 06:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2828
Views: 273853

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Has the LUH completed all its trials? How long is it going to take and when will it enter serial production? Will it really enter prod. in 2019 and at what rate? These are still unknown factors only estimates.Its design is also diff.No med. pods or modules that can be dropped off like mini- containe...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 05:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2173
Views: 263453

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Right.Availability factor for French birds was just given by someone in I think the Raffy td. Pretty poor, but seems to be the universal problem of not maintaining sufficient spares in hand.Brar has given some facts for US fighters too. Reg.A-to-A refuelling few., this was also done for the legacy M...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3757
Views: 344626

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

What reasonable timeframe would be required as repeated tests will further delay approval ,etc.
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 05:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 829
Views: 10193

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Mods.pl warn Viv. or close chapter on him.He is incapable of objective analysis.I gave just given a v.detailed analysis of the two upgrades for 41 M2Ks and 67/69 MIG-29s.It now turns out that apart from the $2B+ we've paid Dassault, HAL requires a further $900M, never revealed thus far making the co...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3757
Views: 344626

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Ramana, your analysis is like a Poirot summing up of a murder! It does appear from your analysis that the shell is the problem not the barrel.Therefore the IA should give the green light for the guns, first batches and save time while the ammo problem is sorted out.
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 04:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2828
Views: 273853

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Plenty of scope for 200+ LUHs as the Kamov deal is for 200 only, and tri-service plus civvy needs will require at least 400+ helos.The L UH must quickly finish its trials and enter production.KAs engines are French by the way. Reg.Rudra's missiles, why can't the missiles being used aboard the MI-35s...
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 04:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2173
Views: 263453

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Pl ck my latest post on upgrade cost for M2Ks in the IAF td.Illuminating...will make one's hair to fall out!
by Philip
08 Dec 2017 04:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1016
Views: 164032

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

This deal is worse than one thought.For a whopping $2.1B , just 41 aircraft were to be upgraded.That worked out to approx. $50M a pop! The entire upgrade of similar specs for the 67 ( one report says 69) MIG-29s was just under $1B, all completed.That works out to only approx. $14M per aircraft. A ne...
by Philip
07 Dec 2017 13:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 680
Views: 65278

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

The beauty is that the Scots have immediately demanded the same open border offered to the irish,which Mrs. "T" the pretender,is unsuccessful in selling to her coalition N.Irish DUP.She;s being "Dup-ed" say the media and the EU hadman,Juncker,wonders whether she will last the wee...
by Philip
07 Dec 2017 11:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2828
Views: 273853

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

A very detailed post was given by Ramana above.The KA-226 also underwent extensive testing and from official reports,was evaluated as being "better" than its Western counterparts.Let's leave it that.No one also disputes the selection of the Rafale on technical ground,and it also was suppos...
by Philip
07 Dec 2017 11:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2223
Views: 345946

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Making "dumb bombs smart" is the key to cost-effective PG warfare. Since we've just tested the glide bomb which has an excellent given range,varieties could be developed to deal with area saturation,etc. ,which already exist in the dumb bomb category. This will effectively reduce the numbe...
by Philip
07 Dec 2017 10:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 307
Views: 28192

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Russia ready to help US destroy Islamic State terrorists in Iraq Military & Defense December 06, 20:32 UTC+3 All Islamic State's units in Syria have been destroyed, head of Russia's General Staff said earlier MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry is ready to hold talks with US c...
by Philip
07 Dec 2017 10:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 307
Views: 28192

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

DT's decision,dumps the decades old UN resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,which will inflame Arab/Islamic sentiment in the streets.It runs the risk of reopening another round of anti-Israeli terror,etc., further bloodshed and violence which will impinge upon Israel's security and peace ...
by Philip
07 Dec 2017 10:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 2951
Views: 319014

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

Can anyone identify this new Iranian Noor anti-ship missile? From the clear pic,its ancestry may be discovered if it has a foster-father. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/05/c_136802905.htm Iran's home-made missile warship joins naval fleet Source: Xinhua | 2017-12-05 20:28:58 | Editor: hua...

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