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by Vishnu
06 Sep 2017 14:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Roots of Chinese boastfulness - history & psyche
Replies: 193
Views: 22536

Re: Roots of Chinese boastfulness - history & psyche

A quick response to some of the feedback here on the shows I co-anchored in recently at CGTN headquarters, Beijing. There two shows I co-anchored and one show where I was a panelist. I don't have the time to respond to each one of the points raised here other than to say that I refuse to shout down ...
by Vishnu
23 Dec 2016 15:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3509
Views: 364035

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The headline was amended - India's Future Main Battle Tank Will Come Without Life-Saving 'Active Protection System'
by Vishnu
21 Oct 2015 12:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 236482

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I think a modi visit to Team LCA and especially HAL production team, and give them a good earful would be a nice beginning. They have to giddy up as there are ton of indigenous efforts at stake!~ IAF would not be averse to go doosra on LCA anytime when things go south either on production or capabi...
by Vishnu
07 Oct 2015 14:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 275619

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

On an unrelated note ... the Indian Navy will be decommissioning its SHARs when Viraat goes ... they wont be transferred to the Vikramaditya. Not worth the cost of transferring Harrier specific equipment I am told.
by Vishnu
07 Oct 2015 14:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 275619

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Hi Austin, I asked both on this occasion, during the Kolkata commissioning and in briefings in South Block ... and I am told ... repeatedly .. that there is no space. And, in having walked on the fore-missile deck (on the Kolkata), I would tend to agree ... the gap between the heavy Brahmos silos an...
by Vishnu
07 Oct 2015 13:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 275619

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Hi .. this had come earlier when Kolkata was commissioned. The P-15A ships can carry only 32 LRSAMs in total with no possibility of rearming at sea. India sorely needs a universal VLS launcher which gives the Navy the option of configuring the payload ships carry depending on the type of operation. ...
by Vishnu
08 Aug 2015 12:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2813
Views: 305900

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

Hi folks ... Just so everyone is clear here ... I stand by my article 100 % ... I accept that there are sensitivities and yes, I was able to access more on-the-record information than many in the UK or perhaps even in some quarters of the IAF would have liked - but the information stands. This isn't...
by Vishnu
18 Feb 2015 18:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

More quotes from the interview - these went used in the article above: On whether Dassault will be able to certify manufacture of the Rafale here in India ... "Yes, because we have a long experience with HAL, not only with Jaguar but also with the Mirage 2000 and we are under way with the Mirag...
by Vishnu
16 Feb 2015 18:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Karan ... You don't like the Gripen .. thats fine. But each and every point you have on the Gripen can be countered with other "facts," for example details on the Brazilian evaluation of the jet. So, lets not restart a debate thats been done to death. Thats not my intention. Gripen didn't...
by Vishnu
16 Feb 2015 18:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Karan ... You don't like the Gripen .. thats fine. But each and every point you have on the Gripen can be countered with other "facts," for example details on the Brazilian evaluation of the jet. So, lets not restart a debate thats been done to death. Thats not my intention. The point I ma...
by Vishnu
16 Feb 2015 17:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

As an Air Force and Government ... we should have had to ability to say, `The LCA will go on, come what may,' but we need another aircraft till the LCA becomes what we want it to become. Instead, different lobbies said the Gripen etc would kill the LCA and we went for Gold instead. And hence, we are...
by Vishnu
16 Feb 2015 17:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Karan ... This is the time honoured we should get the nicest, shiniest, best fighter out there. Look where thats gotten us. Zippo. The Gripen is a class below the Rafale though some debate that. It would have been a supplement to the Sukhoi, given us the numbers, come with its own set of nifty capab...
by Vishnu
16 Feb 2015 16:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Hi ..., there has been no decision to cancel the Rafale deal at the moment. Just last week, a special representative of the French government came here to take forward the negotiations and while there has been no breakthrough .... there has been no breakdown in talks either ... Representatives of Da...
by Vishnu
31 Jan 2015 15:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 113539

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Canisterised Agni 5 ICBM Test fired successfully India’s ICBM Agni 5 was successfully test fired from a canister today 31 Jan 2015 at 0809 hrs. It was a historic moment when for the first time in India, an ICBM about 17m long and weighing over 50 ton majestically rose from the confines of its canist...
by Vishnu
10 Jan 2015 18:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 106266

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

New Generation Electronic Warfare Equipment Integrated on TEJAS Aircraft An advanced electronic warfare suite (EW suite) developed by Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), a DRDO laboratory specializing in avionics and electronic warfare systems for combat aircrafts, flew for the first tim...
by Vishnu
29 Dec 2014 18:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 106266

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

INDIGENOUS ON-BOARD OXYGEN GENERATING SYSTEM (OBOGS) BASED INTEGRATED LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM (ILSS) FOR TEJAS LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT ILSS-OBOGS an indigenous ‘on-board oxygen generating system’ (OBOGS) based ‘integrated life support system’ (ILSS) designed and developed to provide enhanced physiological...
by Vishnu
29 Dec 2014 17:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Defence Ministry Review of Year 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Defence Ministry Review of Year 2014

“33” pib.nic.in mod.nic.in PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING) GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ********* “MAKE IN INDIA” CONCEPT DOMINATES ACQUISITION PLANS OF MoD IN 2014 New Delhi: Pausha 08, 1936 Monday, 29 December 2014 2014 will go down in the history of the Ministry of Defence as a momentous and memor...
by Vishnu
12 Dec 2014 20:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

Jumbo and I were both Paulites ... St. Paul's Darjeeling ... but I was there for only 2 years as a kid ... but I had no idea of Jumbo being a Paulite until I started highlighting this issue. Cheers.
by Vishnu
09 Dec 2014 17:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

A few more details further to my article ... the voucher for acquisition of the DFC and his personal belongings is in the Defence Ministry presently and a decision needs to be taken by the Defence Secretary on whether the funds would come from public funds or an air force staff benevolent fund. Eith...
by Vishnu
09 Dec 2014 17:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

Air Force Hero Jumbo Majumdar's medals are coming back ... read all about it here ...

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/air-f ... ome-632020
by Vishnu
30 Nov 2014 17:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

We have extensive experience in raising funds for a good cause and are fully ready to do it in this case. But have been told that the IAF and the IAF Association is on the job and they believe its something that they should do. Which is fine. But if they fail or are unable to get their act together,...
by Vishnu
29 Nov 2014 17:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

OK ... here is the latest ... The IAF ... from the office of the Chief down ... and several former Chiefs and retired Air Marshals are working out how to raise the funds ... They "will do something" and have made contact with Bambi once again. I have informed the IAF .. that we are willing...
by Vishnu
28 Nov 2014 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

Air Marshal (retd) Anil Chopra, a real hero - on the programme says, "I commanded 1 Squadron, Jumbo's Squadron and I will pay Rs 20 lakhs from my own pension fund to bring back this treasure." (Words not exact) - Viewers writing in offering money. Air Force Chief's office called as well. A...
by Vishnu
28 Nov 2014 17:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

I just interviewed Jumbo Majumdar's son ... (these are not exact quotes) Sailen `Bambi' Majumdar to NDTV - Not ruling out handing these medals to India if there is an assurance that they will be preserved and looked after. Sailen `Bambi' Majumdar to NDTV: The situation has changed since the auction ...
by Vishnu
27 Nov 2014 06:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

No one wants Jumbo's medals ... The auction of Jumbo Majumdar's DFC has been unsuccessful. The highest bid was 15,500 pounds - below the reserved price. The price expected was between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds. Jumbo's son, Sailen Majumdar hasn't decided what to do next with the medals. For now, they...
by Vishnu
20 Nov 2014 19:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

New information - The Chief is personally involved in efforts to get back these treasures ... Heres hoping for the best.
by Vishnu
20 Nov 2014 15:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

Indian Air Force reconfirms that they have no authority to bid. They have the number of Sailen Majumdar and have failed to get in touch with him ... he does not answer. Unless, the powers that be adopt change of policy .. this is all over.
by Vishnu
20 Nov 2014 12:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

I personally think we shouldn't get into the reasons of why he wants to sell. There is no time left at all. The government has to go in there and bid and thats all there is to it. This treasure shouldn't fall victim to babudom - a policy that says "we don't bid at auctions." In sticking to...
by Vishnu
20 Nov 2014 08:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1041
Views: 150094

Re: The IAF History Thread

Can BRFites please unite on this one issue ... saving the legacy of a man widely considered the Father of the Indian Air Force ... Jumbo Majumdar ... The IAF IS INTERESTED IN PROTECTING HIS LEGACY but there is a half-hearted effort going on .. In ONE WEEK, his DFC will be auctioned in London ... can...
by Vishnu
13 Nov 2014 09:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission
Replies: 2751
Views: 94594

Re: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

I had the entire Mangalyaan team in our studios for a very special programme last night at 9 pm ...

Enjoy ....


http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/ndtv-s ... ion/344672
by Vishnu
10 Nov 2014 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 110305

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING) GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ********* SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT TESTING OF LR SAM MISSILE New Delhi: Kartika 19, 1936 Monday, November 10, 2014 The Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) is successfully flight tested against a flying target in a range in Israel, today. Isr...
by Vishnu
10 Nov 2014 17:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 113539

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING) GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ********* SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT TESTING OF LR SAM MISSILE New Delhi: Kartika 19, 1936 Monday, November 10, 2014 The Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) is successfully flight tested against a flying target in a range in Israel, today. Isr...
by Vishnu
01 Nov 2014 12:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Vishnu, Karan M, ...just to add to the discussion... a journalist should have the freedom to go with his nose and investigate storylines that may have masala/dirt. But, what bothers me is the lack of balance. If the story concerns an acquisition, depending upon the item, all stories that come out a...
by Vishnu
01 Nov 2014 12:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Vishnu, if the media had any modicum of self restraint, it would not attract the kind of criticism it invites on this forum. Thanks for the offer to engage in a discussion offline, and I hope to take it up later, to but since I can't access my mail at this time, let me share my thoughts publicly. H...
by Vishnu
31 Oct 2014 18:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Just a simple question for you, Vishnu - why did Rajat not ask or get the byline on this one? .... Honestly, no idea. Would you like me to find out ? Is it that important ? Of course it's germane. The IAF has taken square aim at motivated folk who seek to derail the MMRCA by repeatedly attempting t...
by Vishnu
31 Oct 2014 18:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

If that is what you understand of a planted piece then it is obvious your understanding is inadequate. ... Ravi ... I assure you my understanding of the media is quite excellent. I wouldn't have survived 19 + years in this profession had that not been the case. The desperate urge to troll and malig...
by Vishnu
31 Oct 2014 16:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 110305

INS Kora accident - no loss of life or ship's integrity

A minor incident involving INS Kora and merchant vessel Madelieine Rickmers has been reported approximately 300 NM at sea from Visakhapatnam, wherein INS Kora was scraped by the merchant vessel in the early hours today, 31 Oct 14. INS Kora and INS Gaj were on passage from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair...
by Vishnu
31 Oct 2014 16:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 104428

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

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Just a simple question for you, Vishnu - why did Rajat not ask or get the byline on this one?[/quote]

Honestly, no idea. Would you like me to find out ? Is it that important ?

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