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by ldev
17 Mar 2019 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2082
Views: 307938

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: 2082
Views: 307938

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: 2082
Views: 307938

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: 2082
Views: 307938

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: 2082
Views: 307938

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: 5240
Views: 408406

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: 2082
Views: 307938

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: 3800
Views: 390417

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: 1501
Views: 186072

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: 1501
Views: 186072

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: 3800
Views: 390417

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: 125309

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: 2831
Views: 388060

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: 2831
Views: 388060

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: 2501
Views: 238307

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: 134866

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: 134866

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: 134866

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: 134866

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 ...
by ldev
10 Sep 2017 09:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1344
Views: 134866

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Trump team prepping aggressive actions for North Korea In addition, the administration is not ruling out moving tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea should Seoul request them, a White House official said, though many consider such a move a nonstarter. It would break with nearly three decades of ...
by ldev
09 Sep 2017 22:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?
Replies: 28
Views: 2206

Re: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?

Why is Japanese yen rising wrt $? I would think Japan is most likely to get hit even if NoKo mijjiles are intercepted in flight. The Japanese have more money invested/lent outside their own country than any other nation. In times of crisis such as the present they are taking their own money back ho...
by ldev
09 Sep 2017 22:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?
Replies: 28
Views: 2206

Re: Overall, how does NoKo's nuke program affect India's strategic interest?

Negative. China will now give a TN to Pakistan to threaten India and claim that "rogue" North Korea gave Pakistan a proven TN design.
by ldev
09 Sep 2017 21:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1344
Views: 134866

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

So China is comfortable with a thermo nuclear armed North Korea on it's border just as it is comfortable with a nuclear armed Pakistan on it's border. BUT it is not comfortable with a unified Korea under South Korean control AND US armed forces on it's border. That tell's you everything about how Ch...
by ldev
05 Sep 2017 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Multimedia - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2144
Views: 319199

Re: Military Multimedia Content

^^ For me what was even more spectacular was the landing after the demo flights at nearby Pearson Airport where the F22s were parked for the duration of the show. The F22 on one occasion flew about 500 feet over the runway along it's entire length and probably for no more than 1.5 kilometers beyond ...
by ldev
05 Sep 2017 17:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Multimedia - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2144
Views: 319199

Re: Military Multimedia Content

The F22 Raptor captured beautifully in this video doing a demonstration over Toronto in the last few days. For Shiv specially as the videographer fully captures the entire sequence of the aircraft's flight during the demo.

by ldev
04 Sep 2017 20:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Putin got the Merc, the others got local Chinese FAW Hongqi limos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAW_Group#/media/File:Red_Flag_L5_Limousine_(18423546376).jpg which have glorious history with Chinese characteristics. That is a Russian FSB Mercedes Benz S600 stretch that Putin is riding in. Depending...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 11:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4676
Views: 306594

Re: Deterrence

Huge range of possibilities of the actual yield of the DPRK test: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DI0v_4hUEAANDX5.jpg:large DrDinD_im him‏ @DrDinD 10h10 hours ago More Replying to @ArmsControlWonk It easily could be boosted fission at any of these levels. Not likely full staged h-bomb, agree? Jeffrey Le...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 10:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4676
Views: 306594

Re: Deterrence

@ldev: how do we achieve a 300-350kt yield without new testing ? The sooner we do this the better. No easy answers there - it's all tied into India's geopolitical positioning. I don't think in the near future India is going to test unilaterally, no matter which Party is in power. So the only other ...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4676
Views: 306594

Re: Deterrence

that implies some 150 high yield TN weapons spread among road mobile ICBMs and in the sea. and another 150 low yield anti-TSP weapons for 'tactical' use. its not option for india to be flattened and we registered a 'dharmic' protest by wiping out only 10 of the biggest cheen cities - cheen too must...
by ldev
04 Sep 2017 09:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

The official arrival and welcome by Xi of the 4 other leaders at the summit venue. Watch from 20:00 onwards when Xi receives and shakes hands with the other 4 sequentially on stage. My take is that the Xi showed genuine warmth only when greeting Putin. For Zuma and the Brazilian President he kind of...
by ldev
29 Aug 2017 14:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Heres my next prediction.. PRC will pull this stunt again and this time, at 2-3 places with far more preparation. Hopefully, by then our recent mil-orders will have borne fruit & we will be better prepared for another staring contest. Its not in the nature of the PRC establishment to accept los...
by ldev
28 Aug 2017 14:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

The border at this location is disputed between China and Bhutan. China used to send it's border guards to patrol the area. It was only when China decided to alter that status quo by building/extending the road southwards that India sent it's troops in. If China has stopped the road building and pul...
by ldev
28 Aug 2017 14:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

From Indian MEA: The Indian ministry said the two sides had agreed to defuse the crisis following diplomatic talks. “In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam,” the ministry said in a statement. “On this basis, expeditious disengag...
by ldev
28 Aug 2017 05:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

China’s PLA readying missiles to stun Indian air power Although the headline contains the usual bravado and rhetoric, the article itself suggests that the PLA assumes that the IAF will have air supremacy in the event of a conflict and is trying to blunt the IAF's edge by deploying HQ-16 and HQ-17 A...
by ldev
24 Aug 2017 06:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2139
Views: 288923

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Pak is in a weird place now.. The only benefactor left is China (US, US, Japan and Arab Sunni powers are gone) and China may well find it challenging to prop up their shitty economy with grants and trade concessions. So far they have extended unaffordable loans and ports, bridges and roads to nowhe...
by ldev
23 Aug 2017 18:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Myanmar and Thailand are very much into Chinese camp, ex China will be building $5B HSR in Thailand soon. I don't think they'll assist us. Not really. Myanmar and Thailand are dealing with India as well and not specifically siding with China. The Chinese will build that railway because north to sou...
by ldev
23 Aug 2017 08:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

I am not opposed to Tibet joining India as it is an Indic civilizational cousin, but it won't be a "buffer" to anything. India's value add will be to let the Tibetans preserve their culture and civilization and be free. Please, it is such Asian "civilizational" solidarity and br...
by ldev
23 Aug 2017 08:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

The thrust of my earlier messages on this topic was that India needs a conventional attack capability that can target the Chinese heartland and coastal areas which is the center of gravity for Chinese economic power. And this has to be in response to an equivalent Chinese capability which can target...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 10:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

we can divide up tibet perhaps into a south tibet republic allied to india and a 'democratic' north tibet vassal state of the han. 50-50 in the spirit of panchsheel and asian brotherhood they so loudly proclaim. this was exactly what banditji should have done. and this is what was done by wiser hea...
by ldev
22 Aug 2017 10:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1005022

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

[But it is easier for me to live in the west and join the west than changing Indian vision about what is "the right thing to do" in this world. Fair enough. But with that view on the one hand and on the other hand the Chinese aim of global domination, be prepared to feel the Chinese squee...

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