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by Philip
21 Feb 2019 20:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3895
Views: 551569

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Observations on the desi helos at AI-12. LCH a clear winner.Only problem is that it has no ATGM, an abso essential.An officer visiting the show, rank,service witheld for obvious reasons.I asked him about the ATGM." I hope we never get HELINA.Pathetic DRDO.I was at a trial.Missed the target comp...
by Philip
21 Feb 2019 20:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

Says who? Getting into the air a task? You should've watched the MKI perform its standard stunts this aft. at AI.If the birds are so bad why is the IAHF wanting another 21 new 29s to UPG std.? Why does the IAF also want another 18 MKIs too? The answer is a simple one, they're great birds and quite a...
by Philip
21 Feb 2019 06:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The NUH could be resolved with the new Dhruv with folding tail, etc. if it can fit in the smallest warship hangar existing.It is larger than the Chetak , medium size and could carry enhanced sensors and weaponry.That would be preferable instead of another Chetak- capable bird. There was the touting ...
by Philip
21 Feb 2019 06:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

Sorry was not able to provide the link due to tech. difficulties.
by Philip
21 Feb 2019 06:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

Not false at all.Jared Keller's report 20/2/19 taskandpurpose.com quoting a Bloomberg News report. Read it for yourself. Yes the IAF will be crazy to buy the Rafale at over $200+M a pop when for $40M you could get a MIG-29/35 and other western fighters for about $70+M.You could even get 3 SU-30MKIs/...
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 23:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

Aging fightets in the news.Apart from the aging beauties being touted for the IAF, the US DOD is pushing the USAF to buy 80 F-15X fighters instead of the issue -plagued F-35JSF.The F-35 has serious airframe reliability issues, much shorter lifespan and " unacceptable" weapons firing inaccu...
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 19:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I don't think the IN or our enemies consider the 29Ks a joke at all..The CV is in fine fighting fettle. The v.high cost of a CBG is being debated even in the US with the advent of UCAVs and anti- ship BMs.3 CVs is adequate for the IN blessed with its commanding geographical advantages too.The thrust...
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 19:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

Latest offer from LM.Not even F-35 but F-371 Back to the future retro special.
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 14:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2274
Views: 256917

Re: Military Flight Safety

According to media reports here in BLR, the aircraft around noon were performing the "mirror" move when the upside down Hawk on top lost alt. and collided with the lower aircraft.One reason being bandied about are thermals as it was very hot.It could also havd been a drop in engine thrust ...
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 14:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

F-21? Hoping numerology will get them the deal.The MIG-21 was a great success story with hundreds built.LM hope the same lucky number will sucker the IAF into buying it! This is the good old Hindusthan Motors marketing strategy of Amby variants.MK-1/2/3...then came the Nova.I had to send my brand ne...
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 08:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2341
Views: 432210

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

The MIG-29UPGs are v.good value, but the 35 comes with an AESA radar, TVC, etc., even better.No matter what no. you give the bird, it is still a Fulcrum variant.Our M2K upgrades are progressing at a pathetic pace and at $50+ M a bird a downright (UPA) shame , costing far more than even a new 29/35!T...
by Philip
20 Feb 2019 07:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 1923
Views: 109008

Re: Pulwama Attack

Boycotting Chinese and Pak products has been my rant for years.Sadly there is no national movement for the same.The Swadeshi Jagran Manch ( SJM) tried to do something around the Doklam incident but there was no concerted effort barring a demo or two.No volunteers at malls handing out fliers, sticker...
by Philip
19 Feb 2019 08:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 1923
Views: 109008

Re: Pulwama Attack

Pak is China's catspaw, pimp, vassal wbatever.It is in such a state of failure that everytime XI Gins breaks wind it offers salutations. Carrying on a relentless terror campaign is China's forward policy- to keep India looking westward while it is upto mischief in the east.The refusal to label Paki ...
by Philip
19 Feb 2019 08:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Aero India 2019
Replies: 152
Views: 20106

Re: Aero India 2019

Big An in CGH right now? Mmmmm...
by Philip
18 Feb 2019 05:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

It would be the biggest folly to emulate the US and base our strength upon CBGs.They will end up like the battleships in the next major conflict.Adm.Rickover , father if the USN's nuclear navy,was once asked how long would the carriers last in the next war .The answer,"48hrs."! In numerous...
by Philip
17 Feb 2019 18:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

One of the key reqs. will be endurance- time on station at range carrying a dunking sonar plus a full load of ASW/ ASuW weaponry like torpedoes/ DCs, anti- shipping missiles. These birds are supposed to replace our Chtetaks.Therefore some improvement6_ in capability is called for given current threa...
by Philip
16 Feb 2019 08:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4443
Views: 438142

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The cretinous decision by the IAF and ACM PC Lal in rejecting the extraordinary offer of a couple of doz. Backfires after our victory in '71 highlights the cultural attitude if the service.The Sovs had a few hundreds of them and were offering them to us for a song. FM Sam Manekshaw slso said that he...
by Philip
16 Feb 2019 08:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

Who was the DM at the time? And the IAF chief? That would be an interesting footnote.I wonder whether the extras option clause was included in the initial contract, for both M2Ks and MIG-29s.Had they been there the IAF could've simply exercised that option.The IN had an option for extra Talwars..at ...
by Philip
15 Feb 2019 22:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 879
Views: 97628

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

The buck stops with the govt. of thd day.It CAN take emergency measures and purchases like the ammo buy not too long ago.G-2-G deals are swift and sure in general.It cuts out arms dealers fishing and vested interests within the services to an extent. The manner in which Mrs.G. Sam Manekshaw and co. ...
by Philip
15 Feb 2019 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 1923
Views: 109008

Re: Pulwama Attack

Some joker said that demonitisation had " defeated" terrorism..Almost every day there are incidents in J&K. Our combined political- babu elite are cowards when it comes to Pak.Giving them a " befitting reply", is a stock reply, that must have the Pakis quaking in their boots ...
by Philip
14 Feb 2019 23:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4166
Views: 369143

Re: Internal Security Watch

I've said for over 20 yrs. on BRF that we must effectively punish Pak threefold.Militarily, diplomatically and economically.Crushing conventional military retaliatory measures.Diplomatic expulsions and a suspension of dpl. relations.These accompanied by trade sanctions, intervisits banned,no overfli...
by Philip
14 Feb 2019 12:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3895
Views: 551569

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Touche! Aeons ago, when the deals were sealed by the Snake-oil Singh UPA-2, I pointed out the lesser capabilities of the Chinook vs the MI-26 and the US's problems operating the Apache in Afg., plus its v.high cost.The C-17, P-8I,Chinook and Apache deals were Snake-Oil's payback for the N-deal, wher...
by Philip
13 Feb 2019 20:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2341
Views: 432210

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

MIG-29 production has restarted for Ru and Egypt.Last prices: $28 My a pop.$30 for Egypt.MIG-35s were offered for $40M.2 yr.old prices.29Ks for the RuN.
by Philip
13 Feb 2019 15:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2341
Views: 432210

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

Finally commonsense is prevailing in the minds of the IAF and MOD.We've been saying the same for aeons, " buy more of the same", in service esp. MIG-29s.At around $40 M for a UPG it's a reasonable price.2 yrs. ago Egypt got them at $30M a pop, probably to a lower std. The IAF should buy mo...
by Philip
10 Feb 2019 22:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4443
Views: 438142

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Very true. This is a point I've repeatedly made that many of our contracts have been poorly drafted by the MOD , leaving us exposed to component failures, spares and support domestically , making it very exprnsive to operate after initial warranties have expired and delays in acquiribg critical spar...
by Philip
10 Feb 2019 21:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2446
Views: 223487

Re: Understanding the US - Again

This is what Trump wants.His " Mission Accomplished" moment in Syria! He's trying to achieve that in Afg. too, but there's little chance with the Paki- Taliban JV.In fact the US has shamelessly started to butter the backsides of the Pakis by participating in their latest naval exercises.So...
by Philip
10 Feb 2019 21:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The pics of the Karmuk missile corvette, our " pocket destroyer", highlights my call for building a series of milti- purpose corvettes smaller than the expensive P-28 ASW corvettes which are really frigates larger than our erstwhile Nilgiri class frigates. The Russians have brilliantly use...
by Philip
10 Feb 2019 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2341
Views: 432210

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

Khalsa, acquiring old M2Ks from around thr world is only an interim solution, but at what cost to upgrade? $50+M a pop? That does not cover extra labour costs the bone of contention between HAL and the IAF.Brand new MIG-29s which have repeatedly proved thrir superiority over the M2K ( AM Masand in V...
by Philip
10 Feb 2019 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 321
Views: 66593

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

The 6 SSNs must be taken up in parallel to be of use to yhe IN, for both attack ops as well as protecting our SSBNs and CBGs.One metjod is to build the modules by L&T which is doing so already for the SSBNs and assemble them at Vizag, the new SSBN base being built or at L&T's huge facility a...
by Philip
09 Feb 2019 11:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4443
Views: 438142

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Excellent point! Any UK tech may have a US foster father, making us vulnerabld to sanctions.If we go for any western JV Franco- German- Italian the best route but it will be v.expensive.With Russia and the French in particular, deals are clear without strings.Israel too where only their tech is used...
by Philip
09 Feb 2019 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4443
Views: 438142

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Tempest is " tempting" what?! However, only the US, Russia and China have built and flown stealth birds.The UK has bought the JSF from bumchum US without any access to its stealth tricks.It is therefore low on stealth IQ plus after Brexit going to be lower on vitamin M too! Which friendly ...
by Philip
08 Feb 2019 07:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2341
Views: 432210

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

It all comes down to cost.The Raffy is outrageously expensive.At least 3 29/35s or 4 LCAs come for the same price of one Raffy.M2K upgrades v.expensive too,$50+M a pop! We should standardise upon 320+ MKIs, with the majority upgraded to SS std., likewise a similar no. of LCAs and around 180 upgraded...
by Philip
03 Feb 2019 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The RuN has gone beyond BMos with the 3000km range Kalibir missiles aboard its subs which ate fired from std. tubes which is why Russian Lada/ Amurs being built- and series construction has resumdd, aten't equipped with Yakhont but some of their surface vessels ar so equipped. We have yet to develop...
by Philip
02 Feb 2019 16:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2274
Views: 256917

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

Tbe loss of an M2K UPG on its IAF acceptance trials with both piots too is exceptionall tragic.Apart from the irreplacable loss of highly experirnced 2 Sqd.Ldrs.( sincete condolences to the grieving families), it will only open the controversy about HLLAL's ability to deliver and its spat with the I...
by Philip
31 Jan 2019 11:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1502
Views: 76671

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

True, but look how the Chins took the Varyag which we discarded in favour of the Gorky and resurrected her from the dead! Quite an admirable achievement.The adm. who inspected the two told me aeons ago that the Varyag's hull was in poor condition, plus we had no naval port facilities to accommodate ...
by Philip
31 Jan 2019 11:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2341
Views: 432210

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

Given the huge cost of missiles, every AAM with life in it is an asset. Studies of all contemporary conflicts show a massive use of missiles in the first stages, until they run out! The US ran out quickly of Tomohawks in GW1. The masala of AAMs shown on the 29UPG will all be required when the balloo...
by Philip
31 Jan 2019 11:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2901
Views: 337674

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

So not 40, but 18 due to budgetary reasons. Unless LCA prod. is ramped up we' ll be in sh* t creek numberswise and as the saying goes," there's safety in numbers", However previous reports had the desi-built LCS cost almost as much as an MKI and NS wanted to know why. I still think that th...
by Philip
31 Jan 2019 10:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1116
Views: 208222

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Cooperative engagement.it appears rather than individual countermeasures.
by Philip
30 Jan 2019 11:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 307
Views: 77154

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

It truly will be a deadly " farce" if the warheads are mates as per Singha's protocol! :rotfl: However, I think that the good GT professori was referring to land- based missiles.But even here with canisterisation it would perhaps require only the codes to be inserted/activated. Imagine how...
by Philip
30 Jan 2019 11:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4443
Views: 438142

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Will the HAL LUH be flying at Aero-India? It would have a good impact if so.She looks a cute little bird.

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