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by Philip
15 Jul 2018 21:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2478
Views: 399413

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Type 55 DDGs philosophy is overwhelm enemy anti- missile defences with massed salvoes and have as many anti- missile assets for defence.Such a capability comes at a significant cost too.These DDGs are twice the size of the first P-15s.Our later model P-15s however could do with more VLS silos.
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 21:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1787
Views: 346820

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

One can understand if the LCA was in the same class as the MKI.It simply isn't by any stretch of the imagination.You can't have a 4 × cost escalation.I have repeatedly stressed that cost-effective decisions must be taken.It is easy to say pay for Tejas and Arjun " at any cost".But that cos...
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 18:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3238
Views: 301041

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Well at least engine replacements need not be ordered from Ru in the future, as we have a few thousand T-series MBTs in service of which the majority will be with us until 2030.The more indigenisation of components the smoother the spares and support situ will be. However, the new MOD committee bein...
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 18:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2573
Views: 236533

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

I've just posted in the Tejas td. the latest bombshell from the DM, NS. A new committee is being set up within the MOD to report within 60 days the costs of DPSU products , specifically quoted Tejas.120+ sanctioned but HAL now want 463 cr. a pop, after first quoting only 100cr ! A made in India MKI ...
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 18:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1787
Views: 346820

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

Cost of Tejas 463 crores.Cost of an MKI 400crores made in India! HAL earlier quoted only 100 crores for an LCA. How is this acceptable? The DM , NS is perfectly within her right as DM to demand fiscal accountability from the pampered DPSUs which for decades have been ripping the services and the GOI...
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 14:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistan Election Watch 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: Pakistan Election Watch 2018

Imran is going to be the latest puppet of the Paki military.There is enough material to discredit him and bring him down in the future when the Paki army is tired of him or if he grows to big for his boots.He too will have to flee abroad like his predecessors Nawaz, stupid to return, and Gen.Mushy t...
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 14:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2573
Views: 236533

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

$32M per 29K was an official figure put out at the time.Extras added to the overall cost.Look at the deal with Egypt in recent times for 29s and 35s.V.reasonable.$29M was a fig. given for dxtra RuAF 29s.
by Philip
15 Jul 2018 14:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1787
Views: 346820

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

"Tejas price to come under scrutiny".NS says. New committee by the MOD to look into cost of products of the DPSUs. This is precisely the argument which I've put forward regarding the IA and Arjun, which is far more expensive than the T-90.The report also mentioned the cheaper cost of buyin...
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 19:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 198
Views: 15362

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

I would've preferred Frau Merkel who is a realist.We haven't had German head for aeons.Germany rules the EU and as a commentator recently wrote, the NATO nations are p*ssed off with the US and may want their own Euro-Corps instead which may even include Russia not the UK!.Opportunity for India to le...
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 18:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4047
Views: 728656

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

NS has stated that the S-400 deal is in its " conclusive" stage and Russia and India have a very long history in defence partnership, long before CAASTA which is a US not UN sanction protocol.Secondly COMCASA has yet to be worked out to India's satisfaction. So the S-400 deal is to be seal...
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 18:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 884
Views: 76822

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

The USN's latest stealth DDG Zumwalt class Michael Monsoor, returned to base after an engine was wrecked ($20M) during acceptance trials.Turbine blade failure reportedly. Huge USN naval exercises off Hawaii tested fof the first time land based anti- ship missiles ( Norwegian) out to a target, an old...
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 12:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 742
Views: 69563

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Imagine what the world would be like if Vlad- the- Bad and
Donald-the-Befuddled , aka " the Beast",exhanged places!
The World Cup woild've ended in utter chaos with fighting on the field, fixed refs, and the spark setting off WW3!
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 12:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - April 24, 2018
Replies: 2487
Views: 160799

Re: Terroristan - April 24, 2018

132 killed in pre-election bombings in Pak. Thank the Dear Lord that we were born on this side of the border after Independence! For all those whingeing about Indian govts. present and past, thank your lucky stars, count your blessingz and send up a prayer for Mother India's protection from the evil...
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 11:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2573
Views: 236533

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Yes.Just $32M for naval fighters.Egypt was offered std.29s for just $29M.
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 10:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 825
Views: 105674

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

They must be having something up their sleeve.Don't forget that the U-209 sub designs secretly given to the S.Africans can be offloaded by us to anyone.
Intetesting VLS concept.The Taiwanese have their own Hsieung Feng 3 supersonic anti- ship missile.
by Philip
14 Jul 2018 07:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 198
Views: 15362

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

NS."India will go ahead with Triumf deal". Pact with Russia was much before sanctions law.Deal in its " conclusive stages". Relations with Russia "have endured for years". CAASTA is a "US law is not a UN law". COMCASA." Final positions are yet to be arriv...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 20:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1406
Views: 157747

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/988329/drunk-british-tourists-sex-children-spain-laws Britain’s shame: Drunk UK tourists street sex IN FRONT OF KIDS triggers new laws in Spain THE shame of staggeringly drunk Brits having sex in the streets in front of children has triggered a new raft of get to...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 20:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 11690

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The last paras of the good admiral's rant must be noted seriously.The "complex defence procurement procedure" and lackadaisical babudom.In fact,"make in India involving pvt. entities has come to a virtual halt. I mentioned elsewhere that recently I had a conversation with a top exec.i...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 825
Views: 105674

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

MDL is babu.No chance of India officially supporting a Taiwanese sub requirement.HSL which refitted after a long period,a Kilo,could also do the same.After all the ATVs are being built at Vizag. If a desi sub design was good enough,I'm sure that the IN ,which is a "builder's navy",and has ...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 19:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 742
Views: 69563

Re: Understanding the US- Again

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/theresa-may-trump-uk-visit-angela-merkel-germany-foreign-minister-sigmar-gabriel-a8445291.htm Stop appeasing Donald Trump, Angela Merkel’s former foreign minister warns Theresa May is rolling out the red carpet for the US president in Britain (the heig...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 19:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1406
Views: 157747

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/12/donald-trump-sun-interview-theresa-may-brexit-criticism With criticism of May's Brexit, Trump detonates a diplomatic grenade Is the US president’s outburst to the Sun simply bad manners, or his latest attempt to undermine an old ally? David Smith in L...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 19:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2573
Views: 236533

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

We have had many opportunities for both western and eastern aircraft deals,leveraging our market and prod. capability.The Dorniers for instance and after mass producing around 1000 MIGs.But then during those days,Cong. govts. were mostly in power.Defence spending was also limited without the huge fo...
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 18:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 198
Views: 15362

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Manish, there was a report outlining the specs and details of the improved version being offered to us,which uses newer improved missiles in the package ,not too long ago.I did not save it.I think in an Ru media report.
by Philip
13 Jul 2018 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 825
Views: 105674

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Curious as to the design team.Probably a pvt. entity who had hoped for a P-75I order. Of the pvt. entities,only L&T have the capability having built hulls for our ATVs. There are other cos. who make significant components,less mentioned the better. Japanese designers have huge experience at buil...
by Philip
11 Jul 2018 15:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 2955
Views: 189767

Re: Iran News and Discussions

India should stand firm and secure its strategic interests in Iran.We've pussyfooted with Iran for far too long over Chabahar,oil,etc. If the EU are going in for $$$-less trade deals,why not India? The US cannot blackmail India too.If they do sanction us,ban Coke,Pepsi and the junk food chains in re...
by Philip
11 Jul 2018 14:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3767
Views: 189256

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

The Chins are more interested in acquiring vast acres of land and a port that can sustain their warships and subs.It would be hugely provocative if SL were to allow a Chin. mil. base on its soil.There would be a huge outcry within SL itself.The ambiguity of the deal has forced the GOSL to move its n...
by Philip
11 Jul 2018 14:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1357
Views: 159344

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/science/science/110718/russian-cargo-ship-makes-fastest-ever-trip-to-space-station.html Russian cargo ship makes fastest-ever trip to space station AP Published Jul 11, 2018, The unmanned spacecraft loaded with nearly three tons of supplies docked at the station in th...
by Philip
11 Jul 2018 14:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 134
Views: 16420

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

This is a b*tch of a piece,firing at past and present incumbents,but does contain some home truths and some casual statements that don't bear out,but pl. don't shoot the messenger! In my opinion,the fundamental of any defence strategy with respect to acquisitions ,R&D,etc. is the defence budget....
by Philip
11 Jul 2018 13:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1656
Views: 212950

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

It used to be said allegedly about Mahathir Md. of Malaysia,that he would call the various parties vying for contracts,"fix" a party,but he would make sure that the contract was executed perfectly,no lessening of quality and delivery on schedule.It's why Malaysia became an ASEAN "tige...
by Philip
10 Jul 2018 23:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 11690

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

In recent years the IN appears to have gond adrift in its direction in comparison with preceding years where careful planning, loads of common sense and little money, saw the miracle of the IN building its own navy in ingenious fashion, the dnvy of many a nation. Too much of rubbing shoulders with t...
by Philip
10 Jul 2018 23:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1656
Views: 212950

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I think that the incompetence displayed by some our DPSUs in delivering desi milware to the long suffering services stabs deeper.Why on earth then would a patriotic govt. like the NDA, not I call for another MRCA tender? Please check the promises and timelines of many of our marquee programmes and t...
by Philip
10 Jul 2018 08:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2224
Views: 340216

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

PPS: Nehru was naieve again in trusting the west and taking J&K to the UN when we had the Pakis on the run.He later wrote to his sister Mrs.Pandit, that he had been betrayed by them .Sadly this lesson in betrayal was not learnt by him and his " bhai-bhai" approach to the Chins was repa...
by Philip
10 Jul 2018 08:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2224
Views: 340216

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Please remember the state of the Indian military in the immediate aftermath of Independence.The armed forces split into two, a goodly portion going to Pak, British mitary leaders still in charge and newly independent India found itself emasculated militarily by the retreating Britz who did everythin...
by Philip
10 Jul 2018 07:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2573
Views: 236533

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

I would prefer a cheaper 4++ fighter than the Rafale which is hideously expensive and inferior to the SU-57 if we can't afford it .In fact Super Sukhois would be a better buy being BMos capable unlike the Rafale, plus they're to be built at home unlike the direct import. The miserable Rafale buy unl...
by Philip
10 Jul 2018 07:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 942
Views: 83257

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

Well put! We lost India 500 years ago to the intruding western seapowers of Portugal, the Dutch and the English. Are we to risk our hard fought independence spanning centuries by turning a blind eye to the "intruder from the east"?
by Philip
09 Jul 2018 20:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 942
Views: 83257

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

Point about our workers fleeing at the threat from a bunch of fishermen.What has India told the Maldivian regime? Has any stern warning been given? But some postulate that Chinese worketrs if affected could lead to a Chinese mil. response! Defeatism supreme.
by Philip
09 Jul 2018 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2573
Views: 236533

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

IAF unhappy at high cost" of the FGFA, but has had an " only Rafale" policy thus far in a far costlier deal for a non- stealth 5th-gen fighter.
by Philip
09 Jul 2018 19:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1656
Views: 212950

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Shank, I am v.much an Indian heart and soul and not a firangi.My folk have served with distinction in the armed forces, administration and executive too. Police chiefs in 2 states have been my close relatives. It is an accident of history- after western snubs , that India turned to a willing USSR fo...
by Philip
09 Jul 2018 18:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 77
Views: 11690

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Wasn't there an RFI for a new class of med. range SSM fo the IN's legacy warships currently equipped with Uran? The missile , first fitted into our Tarantulas decades ago must be approaching the end of its shelf life. With the advent of BMos, our principal warships will definitely be looking to repl...
by Philip
09 Jul 2018 18:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 825
Views: 105674

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Can't agree more with KKarat.No free lunch for anything! But BMos exports to non MTCR regime nations pose some problems and since it is a JV ,potential buyers may have diff. " friendship" levels with the 2 JV partners.However, I read somewhere that both sides had agreed upon sales to aroun...

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