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by Kakkaji
21 Jun 2018 06:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4720
Views: 717565

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Probe by CBI, CVC sought against L&T Defence for Indian Navy warship project RNEL's complaint reportedly mentions Vice Admiral D. Deshpande who, it has alleged, is acting virtually as "an agent" of L&T and is passing on vital information pertaining to the sensitive defence project...
by Kakkaji
21 Jun 2018 06:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98171

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Posting with caveat that the story is by Manu Pubby: L&T opposes plan to give submarine project to Mazagon Dock New Delhi: With the government considering a proposal to move a Rs 60,000-crore project to build submarines to the public sector on a nomination basis, India’s top shipbuilder Larsen a...
by Kakkaji
17 Jun 2018 08:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98171

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

^^
What does all this mean? Are they going to give the order for P75i to the Private Sector or not? :-?
by Kakkaji
13 Jun 2018 02:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3998
Views: 705971

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/drdo-to-deliver-advanced-pinaka-rocket-version-by-2020/articleshow/64533918.cms DRDO to deliver advanced Pinaka rocket version by 2020 2 lakh rockets needed! So, are they going to wait for the advanced version to be ready, or will they continue ordering...
by Kakkaji
13 Jun 2018 01:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1534
Views: 298261

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

While I am happy about the progress in testing UTTAM, I hope this does not result in further delays in selecting an AESA radar for Mk1A, which is much delayed already.
by Kakkaji
11 Jun 2018 01:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 4427
Views: 513944

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

The development trials showed barrel gets worn out around 3000 rounds. So these guns are in first quartile. OFB needs to make spare barrels for future. Thats all. ramanaji Was your assessmen conveyed to he power that be? If they do not replace barrels in time, the guns will fail again after a coupl...
by Kakkaji
07 Jun 2018 21:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions
Replies: 1081
Views: 150657

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

India's Rich and Powerful can't swing coups anymore Only five years ago, the possibility of questioning people like Bhasin or searching a blue-blooded law firm would have been highly unlikely — at the slightest hint of trouble afoot, a call would have been made to someone influential and the case w...
by Kakkaji
31 May 2018 22:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469303

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Since rupees are not sanctioned why can't the rupee be exchanged to dollar or euro in some country that has free capital convertibility. But ofcourse it will have some limitations such as volume, but it could be done if no other option is available. Which third country/ entity will accept Rupees an...
by Kakkaji
31 May 2018 20:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469303

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Iran will likely buy lots of rice, wheat, sugar, medicines, cars, trucks, and consumer goods from India from the Rupees it gets from India in payment for its oil. Even then, they will probably be left with a lot of surplus Rupees that will eventually have to be exchanged against dollars or Euros.
by Kakkaji
31 May 2018 20:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469303

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

During the Soviet era, Russia used to accept payment in Rupees for the arms it sold to India. They would then use these Rupees to buy all kinds of consumer goods from India. Even then, they accumulated a huge surplus of Rupees which, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, India had to eventually bu...
by Kakkaji
31 May 2018 20:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5348
Views: 469303

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

How will India pay Russia for the S400? Rupee payment won’t work because there isn’t much that Russia wants to buy from India
by Kakkaji
26 May 2018 02:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 341417

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Station half of them in the Andamans and use them to hit enemy shipping in Malacca Straits round the clock.

Station other half on the western seaboard and use them to enforce the blockade on Pakiland.

80+ is not too many for us.

Or maybe it is just my flight of fancy. :wink:
by Kakkaji
25 May 2018 23:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 341417

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

What if the re-engined and re-equipped Jaguars are dedicated exclusively for maritime strike role, thus freeing up the MKIs and Rafales for strikes over heavily defended Pakistani and Chinese airspace?
by Kakkaji
25 May 2018 01:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4116
Views: 341417

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The Ajai Shukla story says that Honeywell will take 3 years to start supplying the new engines. So, given our procurement process, these refurbished Jags will not join before 2022. Is the IAF confident that these re-engined Jags will be useful for them for 10-20 years after 2022? If so, then they mi...
by Kakkaji
24 May 2018 03:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - April 24, 2018
Replies: 1864
Views: 119087

Re: Terroristan - April 24, 2018

I’ve been itching to ask. What are stereotypical Pakistani looks? Is it the body habitus, facial hair or the actual physiognomy? Some say it’s actual ‘cruelty’ writ in the expression. It is the look of anger, at being arrested by Kafirs under Kafir laws that no Paki Mard should be forced to follow.
by Kakkaji
20 May 2018 08:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375489

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Another potential acquisition (VSHORAD) in trouble? Rs 27,000-crore anti-aircraft missile deal hits hurdle NEW DELHI: A mega deal to procure shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles for the Indian Army has hit controversy after competitors alleged that a Russian system was qualified even though it fail...
by Kakkaji
13 May 2018 07:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375489

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

A familiar story (of corruption) is repeated, and another procurement, this time for the Coast Guard, is in jeopardy: :( Airbus whistleblower's graft leak scuppered chopper deal? The Economic Times on Friday reported that Airbus Group has informed the Defence Ministry of an internal investigation in...
by Kakkaji
11 May 2018 03:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1534
Views: 298261

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

Indranil wrote:The squadron is growing in strength, both in planes and personnel and you will soon hear more good news.


Aap ke munh mein ghee shakkar, aur saath mein gaajar ka halwa. :)
by Kakkaji
09 May 2018 07:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4007
Views: 634853

Re: Small Arms Thread

Whichever Galil model fits the RFP. I can barely tell one end of a rifle from another. :wink: In the Defexpo video by Danvir Singh, the ex-IA Colonel at the IWI Stall said they are submitting a Tavor and a Galil model against the RFP. I think that Galil model is the front runner. Once again it is ju...
by Kakkaji
09 May 2018 02:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4007
Views: 634853

Re: Small Arms Thread

^^ Both RFI and RFT are offering AKMs independent of each other and both have got decent orders for the same. RFI has orders from CRPF for ghatak and RFT has orders from police forces for TAR. Edit: It is my guesstimate, but RFK might be behind the AK 103 push to keep their assembly lines working. ...
by Kakkaji
09 May 2018 00:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4007
Views: 634853

Re: Small Arms Thread

ramana wrote:CRPF comment on the Ghatak wrt Ak 47, about plastic and looks tacky etc.


Similar comments were made about INSAS also. As long as the plastic holds up, and does not crack, under the extreme weather conditions in India, it should not be a problem.
by Kakkaji
02 May 2018 22:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 4427
Views: 513944

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Arjun story being repeated with ATAGS :(
by Kakkaji
29 Apr 2018 08:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1579
Views: 227553

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The last attempt at getting one in place via Walmart type retailers fell flat on its face Has the GoI allowed foreign multi-brand retailers like WalMart to set up shop in India yet? If not, then how can we call it a failure? Grain silos, warehouses, cold storages etc at the back-end would need dema...
by Kakkaji
26 Apr 2018 05:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98171

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

If the Amur is not satisfactory, then why not just let L&T build new Kilos with Russian collaboration?
by Kakkaji
25 Apr 2018 06:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 775
Views: 98171

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

ramana wrote:https://twitter.com/IndianDefenceRA/status/988768043835604992?s=19


This was the original intent of the P75 when it was first mooted years ago - 6 Russian subs by L&T, and 6 Western subs by MDL.
by Kakkaji
24 Apr 2018 06:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1579
Views: 227553

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Read Deen Dayal Upadhyay's writings, if you want to understand Modinomics.
by Kakkaji
15 Apr 2018 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1839
Views: 308492

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

https://twitter.com/livefist/status/985166046263959552 The IAF’s BAE-HAL Hawk jet trainers flying too at Exercise Gagan Shakti. The IAF is looking to weaponise them with @byMBDA Brimstones & ASRAAMs. There's our CAS aircraft.. as I had anticipated Dumb question: Is this the same asraam that has...
by Kakkaji
14 Apr 2018 07:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4199
Views: 290395

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

In my opinion, the only benefit to India from being in the Commonwealth is being able to win several medals in the Commonwealth Games. If they screw us by cutting our favorite sports in the CWG also, then India should get out of the Commonwealth. Save on unnecessary expenditure and allocate whatever...
by Kakkaji
07 Apr 2018 08:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 551
Views: 55464

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

The numbers quted in the press reports today on this latest RFI do not make sense to me: $20 billion defence project: India kicks off process to procure 110 fighter jets for IAF IAF on Friday issued a preliminary global tender or RFI (request for information) to acquire 110 fighter jets, of which 85...
by Kakkaji
07 Apr 2018 07:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4007
Views: 634853

Re: Small Arms Thread

So, if the other rifle that is selected for the 'frontline troops' is of calibre 7.62x51, then their aammunition will not be interchangeable?

If so, that will complicate logistics for the army.
by Kakkaji
30 Mar 2018 00:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375489

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

I think they are in the middle of deleveraging Tata Power.

Isn't TASL a Public company?
by Kakkaji
29 Mar 2018 23:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375489

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Tata Power sells defence business to Tata Sons' subsidiary for Rs 22.30 bn SED is a non-core defence electronics division of the company, engaged in business of indigenous design, development, production, integration, supply and life cycle support of mission critical defence systems. The key produc...
by Kakkaji
28 Mar 2018 19:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1534
Views: 298261

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

Shouldn’t such stress testing be done away from a crowded urban area like Bangalore? :eek:
by Kakkaji
26 Mar 2018 03:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4007
Views: 634853

Re: Small Arms Thread

The story is important in that it reports that the RFP has been issued. So, another checkpoint in tracking procurement.
by Kakkaji
25 Mar 2018 09:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4007
Views: 634853

Re: Small Arms Thread

Army inches closer to getting advanced assault rifles, carbines, machine guns NEW DELHI: The procurement of more than 70,000 advanced assault rifles, around 90,000 carbines and a large quantity of Light Machine Guns mainly for the army on a fast track basis has moved a step forward with the defence...
by Kakkaji
24 Mar 2018 21:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1839
Views: 308492

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

Personally, burdening the little LCA originally meant to be a MIG-21 replacement at low cost, with M2K capabilities has hampered the programme and delayed its induction.The MK-1 should've been a simple clean interceptor/ air combat fighter, with a limited CS/GA role and payload. MK-1A an improvemen...
by Kakkaji
22 Mar 2018 21:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 49
Views: 5580

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

^^True LIC, being a long-term investor, and often a good market timer, usually ends up getting good returns for its policyholders on their holdings in PSU stocks. They are the defacto market-makers for the PSU stocks. One should track them when selling PSU stocks. All the same, I was hoping for more...
by Kakkaji
22 Mar 2018 06:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 49
Views: 5580

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

3,000 crores from LIC alone. The issue was bailed out by LIC
by Kakkaji
21 Mar 2018 02:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1534
Views: 298261

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

So what is left for FOC to be completed now?
by Kakkaji
15 Mar 2018 05:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1534
Views: 298261

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

Khalsa wrote:There would you consider re-engining Mk1A or leave it for the Mk2 to resolve that mismatch of engine & fuel tank vs body


The whole idea behind Mk1A was to have an interim upgrade without an engine change

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