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by Philip
22 Jun 2018 16:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1535
Views: 299002

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

Kaveri reportedly given the green light by SNECMA " for integration".Will we now have flying testbed platforms using a twin-engined bird or straight LAX prototypes flying with Kaveri?
by Philip
22 Jun 2018 15:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1350
Views: 156145

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Husky costs said 2 b cheaper and smaller than the Yasens, more compact, smaller crew too.Same sub can be used for diff. tasks, as an SS N or SSGN.
by Philip
20 Jun 2018 17:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717638

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Turning the ANC into a very potent forward unsinkable platorm (remember that SPore is smaller than the ANC!), from which we can project hard power into the ICS and Pacific as well as acting as the " front line of the mainland is absolutely necessary whether we need more CVs or not. The two are ...
by Philip
16 Jun 2018 12:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717638

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

This is how vital acquisitions get shafted.One side deliberately gets disqualified, makes allegations about the favourites and the entire process is dumped! The MOD should instead be called MAD! There should be a clause that once you enter the ring and contest any withdrawal/ disqualification does n...
by Philip
14 Jun 2018 20:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 228225

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

It is the money..."that makes the mare go".Simple truth.Regarding absence of skilled manpower, there was a report in VAYU some years ago stating the very same.Not enough manpower and tasking the OUT team to also handle the FGFA! Not too long ago we had official reports that all technical m...
by Philip
14 Jun 2018 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2628
Views: 249346

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

Let's get the figs.3 times maintenance costs cannot remotely come close to 3 times capital cost! The interest on even one MKI should take care of annual maintenance costs. To imagine that Rafale spates and maintenance costs less than that of an MKI per annum is hugely lower is open to examination .O...
by Philip
14 Jun 2018 10:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469331

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

A recent report said that we were clearly being offered a much more sophisticated S-400 package than the Chinese with later variants of the missiles which have been sold to them.These advanced versions are probably why the US also wants to scuttle the deal as it would plug the hole in our missile de...
by Philip
14 Jun 2018 10:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 228225

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Sev. years ago a sr.Ru minister asked the Q about what parts of the JV we wished to work on as the project was gathering speed and said we needed to make up our minds fast.It never happened.The hard truth is that we were unable to contribute in any significant way due to lack of skilled design manpo...
by Philip
14 Jun 2018 10:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1365
Views: 149359

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

UK thrown out of an EU $13B defence programme.With Brexit the UK is being shown the door by its EU partners no more in strat. defence programmes.This one, a multi- nation prof. for advanced UCAVs.Therefore the UK has little option but to become a vassal province of the US and try and plead with its ...
by Philip
13 Jun 2018 15:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 8592

Re: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion

Spot on! I've kept saying that it is the lowest and ripest hanging fruit whete the current despot has no bum-chums at all barring the Chins and Pakis who can do bugger all to save him.The opportunity lost earlier is approaching again as he continues to insult and anger India.
by Philip
13 Jun 2018 15:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 8592

Re: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion

China knows its current strength.Years ago, over a decade ago,a very sr. minister of a firang country berated me about our lack of global power politics projection when we had so many achievemrnts and military strength,compared to that of China at the time, which was then just embarking upon its gra...
by Philip
13 Jun 2018 15:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2526
Views: 228225

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

That is a mighty tall claim by the DRDO when after 3 decades + they haven't produced one single Kaveri engine and are using firang engines, radars and other eqpt. on the LCA. This claim was meant to give the deal an indecent burial because the sad truth is that there is no moolah in the kitty and th...
by Philip
13 Jun 2018 14:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3217
Views: 295295

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Probably cheaper to own and operate with smaller tank crews.Iraqi US Abrams may have been their tanks used in the war handed over to the Iraqi forces.With the US pulling out troops leaving only a small number, even tech. support for the MBTs would've been reduced putting a logistic strain on operati...
by Philip
12 Jun 2018 12:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469331

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

One report said that the S- 400 missiles we're being offered are superior to those China has.Terminal " hittile" capability, no warheads.Hypersonic.
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 18:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 8592

Re: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion

T-Rex's threats to almost everyone on the globe that his meal comes first and he can chew up anyone, is bringing together the threatened like the Cong. and lilliput parties in India.The expectation of the Yanqui posse against China that we had joined them in spirit must now be dampened by our SCO ga...
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 16:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 745
Views: 91967

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

OBOR.....Not PM Modi's cup of chai! Well put Modiji!
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 16:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 667
Views: 60842

Re: Understanding the US- Again

The Europeans taking a good hard look at what they thought was an extinct species..." T- Rex"!
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 16:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98184

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Start G-to-g negotiations with Germany for U- boats asap.
Later on a second line of Kilo replacements with the latest Ru AIP sub.
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 16:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717638

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Both ASW helos are good but US helos come with the threat of sanctions, etc.Esp. in the light of the latest threat
about buying from Russia.The NH-90 is the NATO favourite- thete is a Eurocopter alternative too.Safer to go with either one.
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3217
Views: 295295

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Kamerad, according to an article, ve are going to emulate the Ru doctrine of a family of AVs.The Terminator combines the role of tank destroyer along with infantry exterminator in one go.A missing gap in armoured warfare today from experience of latest conflicts.The T-rex protects MBTs from both ene...
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 08:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3217
Views: 295295

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Sorry, I collated details from the lengthy piece.A 2018 issue. NAMICA does not have a cannon like the Terminator's twin .So while it can take out enemy tanks , AVs, etc. using Nag , it can't counter mobile ground troops attacking the armoured columns.We would need another AV , an ICV as part of a te...
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 08:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 99
Views: 7134

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Precisely.Do they consult us when invading other nations and selling their lethal arms to our enemies like Pak and others?
by Philip
11 Jun 2018 08:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717638

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

These ferries are fantastic, can withstand Atlantic hurricanes.I was aboard such a ferry some years ago in a Force 8 to9 storm which suddenly built up when visiting the Orkney islands and the famous naval anchorage at Scapa Flow.The ship had various thrusters which kept her on a steady keel,but when...
by Philip
10 Jun 2018 17:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98184

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

The Scorpene data leak was different.2 factors.One data leak compromising its key characteristics and high cost for our non- AIP subs, even when compared with costs oc the latest German AIP boats.We must look beyond the Scorpene and plan for a successor series from the West along with a parallel lin...
by Philip
10 Jun 2018 08:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3217
Views: 295295

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

It's why the new Terminator A/V has been developed to deal with RPG rounds and ATGMs , equipped with a twin cannon and 4 ATGM missiles to deal with both enemy ATGMs and MBTs.Dealing with well-entrenched fighters in UG bunkers equipped with the above weaponry too has taken a huge toll of western and ...
by Philip
10 Jun 2018 08:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98184

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Scorpene costs exorbitant when compared with other boats.Low indigenisation of type.Key components imported, spares expensive. Design now dated and data leaked, thus the subs are badly compromised.Desi AIP has to be proven US, preferably on another sub.We should use it on one of the U-boats, the old...
by Philip
09 Jun 2018 23:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98184

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

No chance of a P-75I desi design starting in 3 years time.If a firang boat is chosen as a base platform, perhaps.But just as we're seeing with the LCA, the P-75I requirements are becoming so complex and multi-faceted, that both time and money grow exponentially with the increased specs. A famous man...
by Philip
09 Jun 2018 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 99
Views: 7134

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

You must hand it to the Yanquis for such heavy handed and crass timing of their " diplomacy".I was just listening to a veteran UK diplomat/ ambassador on the G-7 summit and Trump's bewildering approach to global affairs and the contrast between him and the SD mouthpiece quoted earlier was ...
by Philip
09 Jun 2018 22:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1761
Views: 204243

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

It is the damage factor that will determine Indo- China future relations.The Sino- Viet spat indicates the practicality of the Chins.India is not a non- nuclear Vietnam and would give any misadventure by China everything that we've got and more.The damage to China from India would fatally wound it f...
by Philip
09 Jun 2018 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717638

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Cheapest and fastest solution is to acquire dual-use ro-ro ferries, which can carry hundress of passrs, plus v.large vehicle decks which can transport juggernaut lorries, Vas, whatever. But it is true that priorities seem misplaced.ASW helos in their hundreds required. Then conv. AIP subs and swifte...
by Philip
09 Jun 2018 07:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 99
Views: 7134

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Look, there's no jealousy about the Rafale deal simply looking at costs.An equiv. deal for F-35s for the RN, 48 not just 36 as with our deal for the total package, infra, weapons, the " full Monty" , has cost them $9B.This is only $0.5B more than our supposed cost of $8.5B or thereabouts.T...
by Philip
08 Jun 2018 13:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469331

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

There was a apiece about how trade US sanctions against Russia and China could bring them closer together,it is happening,and the same warning by its own people at the top not to harass India on its ties with Russia,milware purchases,etc.lest it turn towards Russia and China too. India at the SCO as...
by Philip
08 Jun 2018 13:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1362
Views: 166482

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

To understand what India will receive from the visiting US "dignitaries",who frankly must be sent to "Dignitas" Switzerland :rotfl: , this statement from the Trumpeter about the leader of the nation closest to the US,its permanent poodle,Britain is a revelation. Indian diplomats ...
by Philip
08 Jun 2018 13:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 99
Views: 7134

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

True! And equip these stealth birds with ALCMs so that they can strike terrorist targets who may be hiding in Indian military establishments a 1000+ km away!
by Philip
08 Jun 2018 04:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98184

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Pandering to the DPSUs again.A blow to greater pvt. industry strengthening of our sub building capability.
MDL have taken so long over the Scorpenes, that they should not have been rewarded with a "free pass ".Now without competitive bidding the subs will cost us a bomb.Lrssons not learnt.
by Philip
07 Jun 2018 07:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1365
Views: 149359

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Astonishing stats.4 million in the UK forced to use food banks ( free food) to sustain themselves, too poor to manage without borrowing, loans they can't repay, etc.Britain ripe for revolution in the future especially when Brexit bites hard and the hordes of beardies who've already made their intent...
by Philip
07 Jun 2018 05:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 99
Views: 7134

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

I have no problem with more Rafales if they are priced competitively.The RNs JSF F-35Bs, the most expensive variant, of which they're getting around 48+, cost just $0.5B more than our measly 36 Rafales! That too a 5th- Gen fighter including infrastructure and weaponry costs, the "full Monty&quo...
by Philip
07 Jun 2018 03:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 368
Views: 39716

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

The US GAO has recommended " no more funding " for production of JSF F-35 stealth birds until the over "1000 " deficiencies are rectified. Problems in brief.Ejector seat causes neck. injuries.Helmet not working properly.OBOGS problems.Refuelling probe breaks off easily. Over 111 ...
by Philip
07 Jun 2018 03:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 99
Views: 7134

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Nicely put but moolah for Raffys...? Alternative affordable non-US western options pursued as a first choice along with a "full-court-press" for the LCA. Extra Ru aircraft of types of those in service an easy solution too.
by Philip
07 Jun 2018 02:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717638

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Jaysimha, our UW thingy was more the size of a torpedo if I'm right.The IN are probably looking for something on the lines of the new US long endurance drones developed to track subs for weeks and months on end. US systems are at the moment unarmed, but could change after first usage. We need a long...

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