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by ldev
20 Apr 2019 19:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5428
Views: 431934

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

^^ still happens to an extent. Indigo recently resumed their crew layovers in Gelf after a hiatus because of an 'incident' involving unwanted authorities. There's only that much you can do, can't keep people on a leash. Besides smuggling is still rampant on sectors outside of the bigger cities. The...
by ldev
20 Apr 2019 18:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5428
Views: 431934

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

This thread has become a very fun read. Though the themes -- bankruptcy, corruption, looting, lack of regards to safety -- are no laughing matter. You can probably add smuggling to it. I remember talking to an Air India flight purser about 10-15 years ago, a friend of a friend kind off. I happened ...
by ldev
20 Apr 2019 18:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 137
Views: 22311

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

A lot depends on IAF experience with the Elta 2052 radar. If the 2052 performs really well on the Tejas, then there is every possibility of Israel proposing a joint venture like the LRSAM project for a 2052 derived AESA for the Su-30MKI. We have 270 of them and that's a good enough number to develo...
by ldev
18 Apr 2019 17:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5428
Views: 431934

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Other than an in flight meal and aerobridge embarkation/disembarkation (which incidentally helps an airline turn their aircrafts around faster) what is the difference between full service carriers and LCCs? My guess is around Rs 200 per passenger per flight. Jet's losses cannot be explained by this...
by ldev
18 Apr 2019 09:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

I would agree that minimum CAPs be SOP during peacetime or what passes for peacetime on the LOC/IB for all the reasons you have stated. But the day after Balakot, the PAF was shamed and rearing to get back at India. Retaliation was inevitable and imminent. As somebody said earlier, India had stirred...
by ldev
18 Apr 2019 08:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Having sent in 12 Mirage 2000s the night before to Balakot it was inevitable the PAF would respond and knowing the Paki way, they would respond with 24 aircraft which is exactly what they did. One thing is clear, 4 x F16s were at 40,000 where their AMRAAMs would be at their maximum effective range o...
by ldev
17 Apr 2019 11:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5428
Views: 431934

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

with 48 month construction time , turkiye has built a gigantic new airport in istanbul ... 2 runways (capacity of 6) ... 90 mil pax for now, 200 mil expansion limit. 150 aerobridges. turkish airlines is already a giant with lot of routes. Was there last week, 6 days after it opened. Tremendous achi...
by ldev
11 Apr 2019 14:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

As tsarkar says, what is critical is what altitude the F-16s were when they fired their AMRAAMs vs the SU-30 altitude. From what I remember from the IAF briefing, at least one group of F-16s was at 40,000 feet and went supersonic. At that altitude and speed the AMRAAM would be able to have an effect...
by ldev
07 Apr 2019 18:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Circumstantial Evidence that Lara Seligman & her FP Article was special interest action Great analysis. I too think she got played (by who exactly is uncertain) and the reiteration via the Global Times article was doubling down to protect her "scoop". As you have correctly stated, she...
by ldev
06 Apr 2019 20:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

https://twitter.com/ShivAroor/status/1114464806323593216 Video The @DRDO_India chief’s briefing on India’s #MissionShakti anti-satellite test is live here: https://www.pscp.tv/ANI_news/1OwGWkaAWmpGQ At 14:50 he says that this interceptor has the capability to intercept at an altitude of more than 1...
by ldev
06 Apr 2019 19:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

If there is one thing that has become apparent in US media reports over the last 2 years is this. If a news report has a sentence which says, " Sources with (direct) knowledge of the matter have told us", it is likely to be total BS. Don't waste any more time reading further. Only read rep...
by ldev
05 Apr 2019 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Have Proof Pakistani F-16 Shot Down, Says Air Force; Refutes US Journal Report The Air Force said radio intercepts proved that two pilots had ejected, not just one. Journalists were shown the radar tracks of the air battle that took place across the LoC near Jhangar, which lies between Rajouri and ...
by ldev
05 Apr 2019 19:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Foreign Policy has a bias. A lot of links to FP articles come up on twitter feeds that I follow. For months I noticed a bias and then stopped clicking on FP articles because they have an agenda. and this is long before this F16 article. Now, I do not know if this reporter is the instigator of this s...
by ldev
29 Mar 2019 20:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

Chinese Anti-Satellite [ASAT] Capabilities Researchers, Zeng Yu-quang, Wang Zhi-hong, and Gao Ming-hui first wrote about the notion of a space-based laser weapon in 2013 in the Chinese Optics journal. All three scientists work for leading laser-weapons technology organization the Institute for Opti...
by ldev
28 Mar 2019 21:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

A noobie question. How will a ASAT missile be used in an actual event. If ever there is a need to use ASAT on an enemy sat, we will not have the luxury of limiting the debris cloud or the chain reaction that will be triggered once the debris creates further debris on hitting other Sats. Our experim...
by ldev
28 Mar 2019 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

i think more important, is the RISAT1 type escapade will prove very costly to china now. and we need to drive home the message by disabling one of their high value LEO imint satellites with a "debris causing event" when its flying over our landmass. tit for tat. 50:50 Was Microsat R launc...
by ldev
28 Mar 2019 19:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

Reuters interview with DRDO Chairman “That’s why we did it at lower altitude, it will vanish in no time,” he told Reuters in an interview. “The debris is moving right now. How much debris, we are trying to work out, but our calculations are it should be dying down within 45 days. ” Reddy identified...
by ldev
28 Mar 2019 10:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

U.S. studying India anti-satellite weapons test, warns of space debris The U.S. military’s Strategic Command was tracking more than 250 pieces of debris from India’s missile test and would issue “close-approach notifications as required until the debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere,” Pentagon spok...
by ldev
28 Mar 2019 10:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian ASAT Test
Replies: 855
Views: 95676

Re: Indian ASAT Test

Some more useful information from TOI

Interception occurred 3 minutes after launch
Relative velocity between the two vehicles was 10 km/sec
The interceptor weighed 18 tons
The capability exists to intercept upto 1000 km altitude
by ldev
17 Mar 2019 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2133
Views: 321057

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

Pretty much everything in the above has happened with the Rafale deal. Co-incidence? This is slightly philosophical, but here goes. I read somewhere that the most important indicator of a developed tribe/city/society/country is the ability to organize itself for the maximum/fastest benefit for itse...
by ldev
17 Mar 2019 09:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2133
Views: 321057

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

So what collaboration are you expecting on the Tempest program? What do you see different? Many get duped - on this forum, in the media and even in the govt - into this ToT (Transfer of Technology) nonsense. Never before has a term been so maligned and misunderstood as ToT has been. There has never...
by ldev
15 Mar 2019 18:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2133
Views: 321057

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

We need numbers to hold off PLAAF. We need an Indian Mig21. Cheap to produce and ability to produce in large numbers. The only thing that meets this criteria is LCA. Tip of the spear can be 5G jets, but the base should be LCA in numbers. Agree. The IAF should get 250 LCAs pronto, though I have no i...
by ldev
15 Mar 2019 17:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2133
Views: 321057

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

The PLAAF is expanding/modernizing at an ever increasing pace. Beyond 2030 even the IAF's upgraded Flankers will have their hands full dealing with the PLAAF. One has to assume that both the J-20 and J-31 will be fielded in large numbers by then. One should also assume that the WS-13 & WS-15 en...
by ldev
15 Mar 2019 08:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2133
Views: 321057

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

The PLAAF is expanding/modernizing at an ever increasing pace. Beyond 2030 even the IAF's upgraded Flankers will have their hands full dealing with the PLAAF. One has to assume that both the J-20 and J-31 will be fielded in large numbers by then. One should also assume that the WS-13 & WS-15 eng...
by ldev
13 Mar 2019 04:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5428
Views: 431934

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Very reactive No new data Just following herd in uk In contrast to meto: A growing number of airlines and countries around the world have temporarily grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes as a precaution. Canada is not one of them. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Tuesday Canada will not ...
by ldev
11 Mar 2019 09:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2133
Views: 321057

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

The next competition for 108 fighter IMHO would be 3 way contest between Gripen , F-16 and Mig-35 .....The Eurofighter , Su-35 and Rafale are just there for RFP sake. Grifen - in what shape or form is is better than the LCA? F-16 - no way will the IAF accept it specially after the recent clash with...
by ldev
09 Mar 2019 19:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4439
Views: 542006

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

shyamd wrote:KSA FM to arrive today looks like. His visit was put off after GoI said close down camps and take serious steps against terror otherwise let’s not waste time.....


Interesting.

By the way, don't you have a blog?
by ldev
09 Mar 2019 04:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

I have to believe that there were strict ROE given to the SU30 and Mirage pilots and maybe the Mig 21s also. Given the IAF raid into Balakot, Pakistan was humiliated and enraged. i have no idea what the typical SU30 load out is for for air defence mission. But with 12 hardpoints I have to believe th...
by ldev
04 Mar 2019 05:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2996
Views: 388772

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

The word is getting out there that an F16 was shot down by a Mig 21. Watch the videos below from an American blogger based in Thailand.


by ldev
01 Mar 2019 10:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4439
Views: 542006

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Some observations: In Balakot India has unshackled itself from 40 years of ill thought out restraint. But this cannot be a flash in the pan. Any future terrorist attack, even if it kills 1-2 persons in India should be met with swift retaliation. And future pre-emptive strikes must be on the table ba...
by ldev
27 Feb 2019 19:36
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 129453

Re: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps

Somehow GoI, MoD & Indian Armed Forces never gave importance to Information Warfare and Perception Management. The DG ISPR is a Major General ranked officer dedicated to this task and creating a narrative while we're sticking to prepared statements that lose relevance in fast moving situations....
by ldev
29 Jan 2019 10:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2896
Views: 410159

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

The US Justice Department indictment is damning for Huawei. Internal Huawei emails obtained by the US and which form part of the indictment show that employees were promised bonuses depending on the value of the IP they stole from other companies that Huawei did business with. GOI should keep this c...
by ldev
13 Dec 2018 23:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2896
Views: 410159

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

The real holy grail is not chip manufacturing but the machines that make the chips ...... 10nm, 7nm is not possible without the machines to make them. Have a desi friend who works for ASML in the Netherlands...they are the largest manufacturer of photolithiography systems in the world. Intel afaik h...
by ldev
08 Dec 2018 00:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2640
Views: 260747

Re: Understanding the US - Again

There are reasons to believe that Meng Wanzhou entered Canada on a Canadian passport, (this is not confirmed), as at her/Huawei's request a Canadian court has placed a gag order on media accessing and reporting relating to this matter. If this information is accurate, then it also means that either ...
by ldev
11 Sep 2017 08:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1344
Views: 136957

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

The other outcome which India can shape as an opportunity will be to explicitly confirm it's TN status during this crisis Sorry to be such a dolt - but what would the exact goal of such confirmation be? Would it be to reassure ourselves? Or threaten someone else? Or apply for some club membership b...
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 23:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1344
Views: 136957

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

ramana wrote:Who is the TN for?
If there is break out then it makes sense but no need to break out before anyone else.

The bold part is exactly what I meant.
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 18:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1344
Views: 136957

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

I didn't have the insight that KRN had but as the NoKo crisis heated up I mentioned to Ravi Rikhye that it looks like China wants the US to vacate Guam as a trade-off. RR wrote a very good article expanding on that in Swarajya. Very good article. Here's a great quote from it. This quote by the way ...
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 09:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1344
Views: 136957

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

ldev, former President K.R. Narayanan in his earlier role as Director of China desk in MEA, wrote after the 1964 Chinese nuke test that the eventual objective of the Chinese is to drive the US out of Asia. There is an article in a newspaper today that Rohit Vats tweeted to me. Looks like it's well ...

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