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by Philip
15 Dec 2017 08:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 315
Views: 29297

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

DT is not "wagging the dog", he's "flogging" it! He's under severe pressure from Christian fundoos- his votebank, who from Dubya's time wanted to accelerate Armageddon and Christ's second coming.This votebank is essential to securing Senate and House seats at home , majority in C...
by Philip
15 Dec 2017 08:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 392
Views: 51691

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Spicejet could operate such services all along our coastline as well in the islands just as the seaplanes have been doing in the Maldives and SL for years.There are so many ports, towns by the sea which do not have air connectivity.A close friend who has interests in Porbandar complained that the co...
by Philip
15 Dec 2017 07:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Some media angst reg absence of fish on the sub."toothless tigershark" and huge delay in the Scorpene programme.Adm.Bhagwat gives some v.intg. info on hiding in thermal climes ideal depths for summer and winter, and news that the GOI is negotiating with for Black Sharks yet again. In the 1...
by Philip
15 Dec 2017 07:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

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

Yes the horizontal inlet just before the tail decidedly an afterthought.Even the HF-24 has such graceful lines.The LCA looks a bit shrunk.As there is some ballast in the LCA, would a slight lengthening of the fuselage give it a more aerodynamic profile ( remember the wasp waist designs of yesteryear...
by Philip
15 Dec 2017 01:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

PS: Amphib ops against the Paki coastline v.unlikely as we are yet to possess dedicated amphib assault ships.They would also require huge air support for the invading forces and here the limited aircraft aboard the two carriers would be felt.Instead, we may see special forces action, MARCOS commando...
by Philip
15 Dec 2017 00:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Nice to see AS mix up the HDW U-209s as Kilos and vice versa! Knowing the IN, to imagine that the IN will use its carriers against Pak in a defensive supportive mode only is erroneous.From our past experience of '71 , with the venerable Vikrant with its gammy boiler and vintage Sea Hawks and Alizes,...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 14:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111022

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

SU is with IT where Raj C is the chief editor.Raj C was the one who gave us the first info about our strat. deterrent with his book,"Weapons of Peace". RC has excellent access at the highest level and would be able to get accurate info without anything really classified being revealed.I fe...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 13:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Unless a G-to-G deal is swiftly sealed our Scorpenes will be relatively toothless,equipped only with a few Exocets! This recent report says that 3-4 yrs will it take for the fish to arrive! It was asinine to punish the naval arm of the Leonardo Group when the AW issue is with the helo division only....
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 13:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 392
Views: 51691

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Viv,Spice jet is acquiring over 100 seaplanes for commercial services and the PM just took a ride in one.Pray do they have 3M wave sea state capability ? When I first brought up the need well over a decade ago,I mentioned the Maldives in particular where there are dozens of seaplanes being used as ...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 13:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2898
Views: 279363

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

That's a huge order.Wonder why it hasn't been sealed. Is it an infrastructural problem? Hal has a massive order book for its helo division,the most successful in terms of indigenous development. Can the exg. BLore division manage to produce the LCH as well as ALHs,etc.,as we know that for the LUH a ...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 12:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 2755
Views: 157032

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Quoting Thakur: Armed forces, army in particular, release the most vague and amorphous RFIs. How many procurement exercises have failed because of poorly thought out specifications . I give a personal experience. A kinsman,intl consultant with an enviable proven track record,on a visit a few yrs. ag...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 12:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2898
Views: 279363

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Indy,the req is for 400+ Rakesh's post illustrates just that.Speed of induction is the essence of the hour. The quickest LUH that can be built rapidly is the KA-226,in production. Once the HAL LUH has finished trials and the new plant /facility set up,perhaps alternatively at the very same plant bui...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 11:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

A day of great satisfaction.Great to see the present and past COs together.That link between the past and present is essential for the gorious traditions to be passed down and on to future generations of servcicemen. Back to the carrier debate.Land based missiles like BMos-and we also have Prahar an...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 11:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

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

...and upgrade them at the cost of around $70M per bird! Which will serve for just decade + at the most. Might as well buy a new Rafale even though its far more expensive,if French fillies are what the IAF is lusting for.Having gone down the Rafale rd.,a fait accompli,36 being too mingy a number,We'...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 03:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Hunting Paki naval assets operating in the Arabian Sea, exterminating them so that free movement of our merchant/tanker fleet from the Gulf is ensured, also cutting off their oil supplies and destroying their bases on the Makran coast, turning them to toast.Gwadar to be obliterated , terminating the...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 03:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

PS: PAF aircraft will find it v.difficult searching for the IN CBGs operating around 700km+ off the Paki coastline moving around constantly .Their AWACS/AEW assets will principally be used in monitoring IAF aircraft in the air-ground war on their eastern borders.Pak's principal naval assets are its ...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 03:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The article on IN "light" carriers is a curious piece.Like the "curate's egg".That phrase came from a cartoon in the sadly extinct satirical mag " Punch", where a bishop and curate are having breakfast.The Bish. tells the curate that he's got a bad egg, but the curate r...
by Philip
14 Dec 2017 02:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1042
Views: 96879

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Cripes! Did u see those Murmansk molls?! How I would love to " Backfire" them chum!
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 21:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

A signal moment.Finally after 3 decades we are commissioning a conv. diesel sub! The success of the
ATV programme with the launch of the second Arihant class sub, a far greater achievement is being taken for granted instead.Well one supposes the huge veil of secrecy about the same.
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 20:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2898
Views: 279363

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

CAG. 32% deficiency in fleet of Cheetahs/Chetaks,52% more than 30 yrs old.The AAC is in a crisis and needs LUHs as of a few yrs. ago.Nitpicking about the already selected KA-226 must end in the interests of our troops in exceptionally hostile environments.Had the HAL LUH completed its trials one can...
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 17:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2898
Views: 279363

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Further delays, more inevitable Chetak incidents and the services as usual get shafted.The issue is akin to the bird in hand and the promise of a Desi one in the bish.These birds should've come in 5 yrs ago.There's enough space for both with a 400+ market. We need approx 40-50/yr to replace exg geri...
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 16:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

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

You mean ....."interesting times for the PAF!"
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 16:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

....and the Brits had broken the German codes and new exactly where each U-Boat was when Berlin sent orders! Before we get to leveraging Malaysia and Indonesia,look what happened in our very own backyard in Sri Lanka.Hambantota is now under Chin rule.We were offered the port first,sneered at its po...
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 14:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4806
Views: 426561

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Canada snubs the US...buys 30 yr old Oz fighters instead! This is a signal lesson for all those over-zealous pro-US honchos who think that buying from Uncle Sam and kissing his spurs is the next best thing! If its closest land ally Canada ,one of the special "5-eyes" members of the Anglo-...
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 13:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

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

Ck former ACM Raha on why we need more Rafales,costs,etc."Weapons suite superior to earlier case..."
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.c ... t-for-iaf/
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 13:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1042
Views: 96879

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Good info on the Kilo sub here.Ck the graphics too. http://tass.com/defense/902705 'Black holes' of the Russian Navy The absence of a tail fin on the Kilo is perhaps one reason why it is quieter than most other subs.6 recently built for the Black Sea fleet The fact that another 6 are being built for...
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 12:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

....and the Brits had broken the German codes and new exactly where each U-Boat was when Berlin sent orders! Before we get to leveraging Malaysia and Indonesia,look what happened in our very own backyard in Sri Lanka.Hambantota is now under Chin rule.We were offered the port first,sneered at its poo...
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2328
Views: 276109

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Indy, I was thinking the same reg.LCA weight saving with a lighter AESA radar, dumping ballast for an enlarged fuel tank.
by Philip
13 Dec 2017 04:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

In retrospect, Sov/Ru weaponry which was originally meant to meet their performance parameters, in the Indian context , were put through their paces with results that led to improvements being made incrementally.The innovative usage of these systems by India helped spur even better variants from the...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 17:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

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

We're not copying them.The value of a gun/cannon during a dogfight has been well described in many prev.posts . AAMs are limited in no., plus accurate cannon fire in support of ground troops preferred to rockets which have less accuracy. Why dedicated GA aircraft have guns/ cannon with extra rounds....
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 17:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Well put.In fact with JVs like BMos, we are leapfrogging old tech and are being helped to get onto our own feet wherever poss.Hypersonic BMos is on the cards, has anyone else offered us the same? Any offer of a rail gun JV from the Yanquis? Not to mention the most critical programme of all our N-sub...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 16:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3399
Views: 465914

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Yes my friend useless Sov. era missile boats just went to Karachi for a joy ride.Tcch, tech! Foxtrot subs cordoned off Karachi while western countries refused to sell us subs.Not to mention the MIGs,etc. that won the air war.A shame that a few have such short memories.
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 13:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 9716
Views: 470242

Re: Levant crisis - III

You've gotaa give it to him.The would-be Sultan of Ottomania is jez de maan,the world's "Sultan of Swing!" One day he swings high to Israel,the next day he swings low to ISIS,swings east to Russia,swings west to NATO.This Ottomaniac should really be Time's " (Otto) Man of the year wh...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 12:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2898
Views: 279363

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The 2G version was selected,certified for Ru orders giving better performance than the Allison. French engines bought also for the KA-62.The highly successful Su Superjet 100,uses a Power Jet (Safran/NPO Saturn)engine too.Russia has been using EU engines extensively for its civil airliner and helo p...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 11:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 515
Views: 69204

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

I remember a DRDO boffin at a recent AI show giving us a detailed description of Astra's virtues and predicting that this missile would be a real game changer for the IAF. Astra could eventually emerge as a tri-service missile too and perhaps give our fighters a first shot at the enemy.However.most ...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 11:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2898
Views: 279363

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The MI-8 Hip helo developed during the Sov, era will go down as perhaps the most iconic ever built.This bird was the most sought after helo in the Afghan wars used even by NATO forces were old MI-8s were much sought after at premium prices. However,the design still live son in the evn more improved ...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 09:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 4772
Views: 362717

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

My guess is that the Chins will wait for a moment of weakness in Mr.Modi's political fortune before playing their next move.They may even hope for the return of the UPA come 2019 with a weaker national perspective which would suit China. As mentioned sev. times, we have to carve out our own destiny,...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 09:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111022

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

You've forgotten S-4+.The one with a slightly larger missile that will appear as std on the second series.
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 06:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1329
Views: 111022

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

The flawed procurement policy in the MOD a major factor along with poorly drawn up deals.Late orders for spares across the board-take Scorpenes components,etc. This problem has been well discussed in other tds., still being debated in the IAF td. As mentioned many times during the last yr., Sov/Ru p...
by Philip
12 Dec 2017 06:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 4772
Views: 362717

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Let me add what the West gave us at the time of Independence as a birthday gift.It (Perfidious Albion ,with the approving nod from the US which snatched DG) "gifted" us Pakistan! It severed India into two and gifted us a mortal , martial enemy in Pak.That the Pak is were too stupid to real...

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