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by Vivek K
16 Oct 2020 20:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

KSingh - totally agree. HAL has gone further than any foreign vendor but will still only get mocked by the forces. Maybe that is why it should be privatized. But privatization will not solve Indian's lust for imports. No industry can survive or improve itself without orders. So because of its treatm...
by Vivek K
14 Oct 2020 23:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

We see such a disconnect between buying from domestic sources vs imports. And it is not funny if you're a job seeker in India. Great story about the door handle of the ALH. However, has such an event never happened with imports? How many Mig-21s have crashed with unfortunate loss of pilots. The loss...
by Vivek K
02 Oct 2020 01:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2381
Views: 392746

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Is this a feint to relieve pressure on the LAC? Do we have enough artillery pieces for both fronts? Or should IA just respond with Pinaka?
by Vivek K
29 Sep 2020 09:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The LUH req.must be sealed on a war footing,both for KA-226 and HSL's LUH.The req. will be sev. hundreds.Sad that after the signing 5 years ago by the PM and Putin,the deal has yet to be concluded. In the light of the PRC threat,I feel we should at speed also test out Boeing's V-22 Osprey tilt-roto...
by Vivek K
29 Sep 2020 09:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020206

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

1. How many are available to deploy? 2. Is the configuration of those missiles standard & consistent? 3. ADE is a lab. Can it manufacture in scale? 4. If not, who is the production agency? 5. Which engine will it use? 6. With Indian Army having 4 Brahmos regiments, we're not exactly short of mi...
by Vivek K
29 Sep 2020 09:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020206

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Self-reliance had almost become a bad joke here. It is the only way to defeat the Chinese. Need to do the same with Arjun, LCA, Akash, INSAS, ....
by Vivek K
28 Sep 2020 06:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206176

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Exactly our question - why ARE we buying T90s at all?
by Vivek K
28 Sep 2020 06:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 1905
Views: 460774

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

Proof of how little Pak matters to India/Indians these days is apparent that I had to look for this thread, it was 4 pages down. :D Anyway jihadi Hindu hater now is begging for his terrorist brothers to be allowed into IPL. Very cute Al-Taqqiyya. I have always appreciated the love and respect that ...
by Vivek K
26 Sep 2020 23:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206176

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

:rotfl:

Saved Sukhoi by payin 100% advance for MKI, Mig with 29k order and Tank industry with T90.

While Indians starve for jobs. The 29ks turned out to be not so great the T90s junk.

Mer Bharat .....!
by Vivek K
26 Sep 2020 05:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020206

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

How about you tell us Indranil? No clue. MANPAD?
by Vivek K
22 Sep 2020 06:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2234
Views: 334870

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

Yeah right you are admiral sir!! We have the money s let’s buy 2 squadrons of Su-35 (MKIed), 2 F-35 (35 is > 21) about $10B+ and invest $1B in spares plus training costs for support crew. We can afford it - IAF of the future, 2 Raffy taffies, 2 F35, 2 SU35s, 6- bis, 3M2K, 14 SU 30, 2 LCA, 6 Jags (wh...
by Vivek K
21 Sep 2020 20:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5225
Views: 965341

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

Exactly! While we were yapping nonsense, Chinese went ahead and built the world's biggest factories producing everything. I agree! The great game has these two strong dimensions/pillars - military strength and economic strength. GOI has always looked at a single pillar. Need to look at both. India ...
by Vivek K
18 Sep 2020 06:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

India is actually paying billions to be worse off, words fail me. Did you listen to French Foreign Minister in Ambala saying France will support India's bid for permanent membership for UNSC? Most deals are QPQ for similar reasons. . Great! Have the PM and FM of India solved how to get China’s nod ...
by Vivek K
18 Sep 2020 05:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 3164
Views: 556598

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Why does India make its Billionaires fugitives or paupers? Cause they are heavily linked with BIF system which was corrupt to the core. There are many families who have honest ethics doing well, in 2004-14 it was raiding NFBC;s/ Banks and Importing China Policy. You see the US - the most corrupt bi...
by Vivek K
17 Sep 2020 23:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

When you are facing the China threat money is not a constraint. India will have both KA 226 and LUH. And the NUH for the IN. No imports. Help me understand - IA is buying KA 226 and IN wants to buy anything but HAL’s offerings. Is that a correct understanding? So since these two are imported how ca...
by Vivek K
17 Sep 2020 09:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 3164
Views: 556598

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Why does India make its Billionaires fugitives or paupers?
by Vivek K
16 Sep 2020 00:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

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

The nation breathed a sigh of relief, because five Rafales landed in India despite RaGa's convulsions. It survived the wrath of Bofors and came out squeaky clean. The nation has every right to breathe a sigh of relief. I certainly did. ........ A "supposed" fraud that was cleared of any w...
by Vivek K
15 Sep 2020 22:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

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

Getting to reality - a nation of 1.2 billion breathed a collective sigh of relief when 3 Rafale fighters landed in India! The Rafale is a great plane and there has never been a question about its efficacy. Rather it is the cost and its impact on several maturing programs that puts a tremendous strai...
by Vivek K
15 Sep 2020 21:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Sad! Hopefully the beauties on this page (LCH, ALH, Rudra, LUH) play a larger role in defending India in the future. Come next global geopolitic uupheaval, and if India is not on the right side, some of the fancy toys purchased recently could become white elephants without any domestic solutions. Ho...
by Vivek K
15 Sep 2020 18:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Tsarkar ji, can you expand on why the military needs emergency purchases. Is it due to poor planning, poor MOD procurement process, or financial constraints? Does it mean that despite assurances by service chiefs that the military remains ready, there are gaps that make the military not battle ready.
by Vivek K
14 Sep 2020 09:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

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

We can debate all day on this but in the end it's what the govt decides. I'm still hopeful that they do the right thing and order the 83 LCA that they committed upon. If they decide on Rafale over LCA orders, I may not like it, but will have to accept it and hope they stop at that and really commit...
by Vivek K
14 Sep 2020 08:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

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

I meant the LCH airframes that are talked about waiting for orders to come while we see a flurry of orders for AKs, Rafales, and other imports. In today's worldview - national security encompasses economic AND military security. By denying high tech, high paying jobs to the local population, we are ...
by Vivek K
14 Sep 2020 07:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

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

of course not, I'm mostly talking in the long term. I really wish India pushes with homegrown products even with their shortcomings, that is the ideal way. It's not just the govt. the IAF and IA should also support them like the IN does today, which for whatever reason they are not fully behind it....
by Vivek K
13 Sep 2020 10:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

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

ramana wrote:Next set will be in October.
I have heard Rafale flew over Ladakh as display.

And how is that news worthy? There are 270 plus MKIs that are the backbone doing duty in the region already.
by Vivek K
12 Sep 2020 22:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 237176

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Vivek when every solution that the armed forces come up with involves crushing domestic industry and importing ridiculously imported junk, where is the money to build serious capability like the Chinese going to come from. It is so painful to see a nation celebrate 3 fighters when it has 300 others ...
by Vivek K
11 Sep 2020 22:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3818
Views: 739456

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

Hmm .... when convenient, we abandon our stance to cover the armed forces behinds! I agree with Philip here. There is a reason why AEWs/AWACS are used by airforces. Of course one is to have a portable radar you can move to wherever it is needed and the other is to see beyond terrestrial obstacles. T...
by Vivek K
10 Sep 2020 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2381
Views: 392746

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

We could have done away with the whole dance and song of induction ceremony with RM & French DM coming in. Not in the midst of a potential war. All we need is Chinis kicking off a fight, with our Rafale having to do a emergency take off right in the middle of the ceremony... and make us look li...
by Vivek K
09 Sep 2020 02:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

BTW, as we have seen with the Rafale saga, the IAF has no issues in defending its intents/decisions publicly when it is fully behind a project near its heart. I have yet to see any such public displays of affection for the Netra to get it over the GoI ban-list. Second that. IF IAF really wanted the...
by Vivek K
08 Sep 2020 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2381
Views: 392746

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

What is that old saying - bringing a knife to a gunfight? Very strange tactics. It seems the intent is to kill a limited number of Indian troops as a face saver.
by Vivek K
08 Sep 2020 20:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

With 3 on display - it tells me all development work is done. Pray tell us whatever else you can. Perhaps not everything is in public domain and additional aircraft have been developed to make 3 of these available for the picture - if there were only three available and operationally deployed, they ...
by Vivek K
08 Sep 2020 08:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Buy additional Netras in the same configuration and work on a new platform. Switch from Netras for additional orders WHEN that alternate "dream" platform is ready. Till then maintain working with what is available and works!
by Vivek K
07 Sep 2020 05:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4517
Views: 1032763

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Totally agree. The speed with which the Chinese throw new designs into the air is quite amazing. Compared to our ability to even roll out in production LCAs, the difference is stark. The danger is in laughing this development off. This is how the Japanese automakers became kings of the auto sector. ...
by Vivek K
04 Sep 2020 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020206

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

SSridhar wrote:
... Amidst the ugly Ladakh stand-off, MoD cleared on July 2, 2020 the acquisition of 248 Astra missiles. Of these missiles, the Navy will get 48 Astra missiles for its MiG-29K fighter jets, while the rest for IAF.

Cleared = Ordered?
by Vivek K
03 Sep 2020 21:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 237176

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Yes, we need make good use of Andamans and Greater Nicobar and also Lakshadweep. We need long airstrips and equip them with fighters and MPAs and bombers. But the unsinkable carrier is also an immovable carrier. It isn't going to help you with force projections and persistence elsewhere in the IOR....
by Vivek K
03 Sep 2020 21:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The most ludicrous purchase is IA buying "6" apaches!! 6! It could have easily paid for the 15 unfinished LCHs and still had some change left over. Not every Mil H/W buy is made SOLELY on operational merit. Modi wanted to allow Trump's need to be seen as a business man by making these sun...
by Vivek K
03 Sep 2020 19:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3087
Views: 763480

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Google Earth updates the SBC in Vizag at least monthly. A lot can be seen there if you haven't seen it. And is it the 2nd (Arighat) or the third? Is the Aridhaman already in the seas (on patrol) while Arihant is back?
by Vivek K
03 Sep 2020 10:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The most ludicrous purchase is IA buying "6" apaches!! 6! It could have easily paid for the 15 unfinished LCHs and still had some change left over.

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