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by chola
09 Dec 2018 12:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 798
Views: 139302

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Of all place, found this on a Chinese website. The best shot of Ins Visk in the docks when the Scorpene was launched this year. https://img.itw01.com/images/2018/03/07/15/4007_Goutlw_KAJBE6A.jpeg Strangely enough, many moons ago I wanted to find a nice three sided view of the Tejas for a gora buddy...
by chola
09 Dec 2018 11:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3507
Views: 362545

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

"40% indigenous content" sounds pathetic, it needs to be at least 80% (both IP and manufacturing) - else it will be just another screwdriverigiri project. No, % of indigenous is far less meaningful than ownership of IP. HAL can make 70% of the SU-30 MKI. But once the last plane of the con...
by chola
09 Dec 2018 11:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 391
Views: 98432

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Turkish aerospace is no joke. They might take away the Paki 5th program from the FC-31 after they took the attack helo from the Z-10. Not surprising, in the end this is a roundabout way to access US tech which Pukes are enamored with to this very day. https://mobile.twitter.com/IndianDefenceRA/statu...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 20:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^^^ Forget it, Karan. We fundamentally do not understand one another. I do not worry about the PRC, I find it to be a nice, fairly safe non-warrior rival that can challenge us to build things. Fortunately it matters little either way. Cheen is not a serious military threat and our own MIC is going t...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 18:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Karan ji, you are trying to convince me that our MIC is in a good place but what harm is using this challenge from the chinis to make it even bigger and better? Are we where need to be already? Even the US, with its huge MIC is making use of this challenge. Chola, if you want to use this forum as a...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 18:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Karan ji, you are trying to convince me that our MIC is in a good place but what harm is using this challenge from the chinis to make it even bigger and better? Are we where we need to be already? Even the US, with its huge MIC is making use of this challenge. In my opinion, we do not need to be spe...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

it even has a cloth over the glass canopy to protect from heat as real fighters do. imo a PLAAF pilot has defected to USA via some intermediate hop just as viktor belenko brought the Mig25 to japan. Lol. Fun fact: the Japanese (and USAF) returned the Foxbat (with a few missing pieces) after taking ...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 17:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Chola, right idea, wrong country. Khan has a massive MIC that needs to be fed for a lot of purposes. The Next Big Threat always needs to be there to get appropriations passed. Obama was pilloried for reducing funding so much so that USAF had to cut down on presence at many airshows in 2013. Guess h...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 15:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

J-20 at US airbase!!! https://theaviationist.com/2018/12/07/what-appears-to-be-a-fake-chinese-j-20-allegedly-spotted-at-u-s-base/ https://i2.wp.com/theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/J20_in-Georgia.jpg ... Based on these comparisons it is reasonable to suggest that something that looks at...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 15:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

That and Trump's doubling down on the utaroing their chaddi in public has shown that you don't cave in but stand firm against the bluster of a bully. All the bluster against the first round of tariffs only led to the second round of tariffs with huawei cfo arrest now. What works to China's advantag...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 14:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

If the IAF marshal says Tejas Mk2 can carry 6.5 Ton of payload and will have longer legs why cant the navy adopt Mk2 variant ... May be Naval Tejas would turn out to be heavier due to heavier landing gear and other things but still it should be able to carry 5 plus tons in Naval Mk2 variant. Going ...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 06:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

I’ll start this off.

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by chola
07 Dec 2018 06:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

^^^ In the end, we have to make do with the 29K for the Vikky and Vikrant for all the talks about Rafales and F-18s. The 57 RFI will drag on until IAC-2 is ready. They’ll be for the CATOBAR. I hope there are Naval LCA's also on these. Yes, without doubt that is my hope too. But as a light ac it wou...
by chola
07 Dec 2018 06:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4735
Views: 351715

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Who would have thought that dozen years ago, a private airline started by a NRI would be now the mightiest carrier in India :D https://mobile.twitter.com/capa_india/status/1070653034521378816 In the last 15 years, the commercial Indian airline fleet has grown by close to 500 aircraft. IndiGo has add...
by chola
05 Dec 2018 15:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

^^^ In the end, we have to make do with the 29K for the Vikky and Vikrant for all the talks about Rafales and F-18s. The 57 RFI will drag on until IAC-2 is ready. They’ll be for the CATOBAR.
by chola
05 Dec 2018 15:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^^^ LOL. Absolutely no clearance. As I said before, they are a SYRE not a warrior nation so you can’t expect them to get things right for battle conditions! But the “reality”, as you like to point out, is that all their inferior quality is meaningless unless someone puts them to the test in war and ...
by chola
05 Dec 2018 14:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

... All the "American literature", via pliable academics the PRC has purchased or spooked doesn't really count when folks with real world experience of dealing with local busybodies or thugs don't back down. ... Nine of ten PRC believe in how great the PRC is, that may be even better than...
by chola
05 Dec 2018 13:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The affectation to "appear strong" vs being strong. Appearing strong might be the proper strategy of a SYRE nation that hadn’t fought in decades and is showing increasing indications of softness with each generation of little emperors (see performance in Sudan.) Being actually strong is h...
by chola
05 Dec 2018 05:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 798
Views: 139302

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ No matter how I dissect it, $3.3B is way too much for a lease when the Vikrant costs $3.5B (so far.) We own the carrier though.

Sometimes, it seems we have a bottomless budget — as long as the gear is firang.
by chola
05 Dec 2018 05:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Indranil wrote:How does a H-6k beat a Tu-22?


No idea. Or the Z-10 over Ka-52.

But at the same time, hard to think the russkies would just hand them a propaganda victory.
by chola
05 Dec 2018 05:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 391
Views: 98432

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

What is wrong with the Thais. First they buy Chini Subamarines and now the MBT's. It is not as if they cant buy superior stuff. Why are they buying sub par equipment and legitimizing the Chinese MIC? How come US does not leverage its relationship with Thailand to make them see sense? Thailand had a...
by chola
05 Dec 2018 05:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 391
Views: 98432

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Look at the priorities of the C H U T i Y A S. Pakistan's golden gun shines at Egypt Defence Expo. https://c.tribune.com.pk/2018/12/1859985-goldplatedweapon-1543916538-972-640x480.jpg Hundreds of companies showcased their products at the three-day event and 40 countries were represented at the even...
by chola
05 Dec 2018 05:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^^^ According to French watcher Henri Kenhmann, the JH-7A was able to “beat” the SU-34 at the 2017 Aviadarts tournament between chinis and russkies. https://mobile.twitter.com/HenriKenhmann/status/895776155999113218 Tournoi Aviadarts : * Su-35S bat J-10B * Su-25SM bat JL-10 * JH-7A bat Su-34 * J-8DF...
by chola
04 Dec 2018 15:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

https://m.indiatimes.com/news/india/the-construction-of-india-s-third-aircraft-carrier-will-begin-in-three-years-navy-to-get-56-warships-and-submarines-357844.html The Construction Of India's Third Aircraft Carrier Will Begin In Three Years Shaurya Karanbir Gurung Updated: Dec 03, 2018, 17:29 PM IS...
by chola
04 Dec 2018 11:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 939
Views: 144373

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

Let me say this. There may nothing fundamentally wrong with the MiG-29K apart from the fact it has not been tested and debugged before the sale to India. Its simply not ruggedized enough, its structure, its avionics, its engines - all need extensive testing and debugging for high-G, high-impact car...
by chola
04 Dec 2018 10:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 391
Views: 98432

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

The extra blade antenna and canted radomes show these to be the latest AESA equipted “C” variant of the J-10.

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by chola
04 Dec 2018 10:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

The pa2 design with emals based on qe2 template would be a good 65000t , 40 fighter, 10 helis, 3 e2 design if we dont want to go cleansheet It will save the time and derisk the build in kochi A 65K ton STOBAR seems such a waste of yard space and material. The Navy plans a 65K ton CATOBAR for the Vi...
by chola
02 Dec 2018 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Thanks Viv, but dassault is working on a solution right? Just like Boeing. I can see that perhaps Boeing has a better chance but why count the raffle out completely? Did you read the bit about detatchable wing tips? In war tempo setting, does the IN have time to attach wing tips on a carrier deck a...
by chola
02 Dec 2018 19:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Aero India 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 3327

Re: Aero India 2019

A-400 & the big Antonov will be nice. Just dreading the parking space problem and the view clutter they'll cause. The big Antonov is in India! On a job for the IAF at Chandigarh. Probably too far off in future to stay for the Bangalore aeroshow in Feb. lol. https://m.timesofindia.com/city/chand...
by chola
02 Dec 2018 19:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1753
Views: 240926

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

abhik wrote:^^^
There are around 120 in service (not 300).


Yes, you’re right Abhik ji. Only 124 officially inducted. I was thinking of the orders (124 Mk1 in 2000, 124 Mk1 in 2010, 124 Mk2 in 2010.)
by chola
02 Dec 2018 08:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 391
Views: 98432

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Also rumor on VT4 tank being chosen. They were run a trail between Oplot and VT4. Pak is inducting lot of Chini export kit. Looks like Pak gives requirement to Chini producers and they come up with a product. Chinis then use this to find other customers. They are using Chini MIC to their advantage....
by chola
02 Dec 2018 08:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1753
Views: 240926

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtUdKXoWwAAw-IJ?format=jpg&name=orig This is important news. It specifically mentions Armoured Recovery Vehicles for Arjun ordered. This means IA is building up infrastructure for Arjun for induction in larger numbers, just like Airfields and Shelters were modernised...
by chola
01 Dec 2018 20:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 609
Views: 75371

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-copied-russian-jet-fighter-125900746.html China Copied This Russian Jet Fighter (And It Has All Sorts of Problems) This is the biggest Bullshit, reverse engineering is the Tu-4 copy of B-29. This is nothing but Russian import or best licenced production couched as &...
by chola
30 Nov 2018 05:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

I am glad the Gnat was not the plane of choice for the lifts design. :rotfl: LOL. Still amazing that this can happen to a brand new ship, Admiral. In fact, I don’t think it could have happened if Indian designers were truly in control. I believe this “feature” is because we bought the “aviation com...
by chola
30 Nov 2018 05:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Next gen war will be fought with next gen tools. However the west still has the advantage that China's power is still very top down like the Soviets. Top down can work with peasants and the proles like the Soviets and Chicoms of bygone eras. I doubt the Lil’ Emperors will charge up a hill if the or...
by chola
30 Nov 2018 04:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 798
Views: 139302

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

John, which design have you looked at? Saryu-2 is much larger than the 750t inshore ASW corvettes. I am kinda lost what you are talking about you are referring to 750 ton ASWSWC correct? GRSE design seems to show a medak gun where as GSL resembles an smaller oto 76mm ( I assume it is just a placeho...
by chola
29 Nov 2018 18:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3228
Views: 527368

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

China’s Untested Military Could Be a Force—or a Flop https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/27/chinas-untested-military-could-be-a-force-or-a-flop/ It’s been decades since the PLA fought a war. Does that matter? Their very rise came within 40 years of peace, single child policy and little emperors. Why ...
by chola
27 Nov 2018 13:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 573
Views: 82203

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

https://www.financialexpress.com/defence/indian-navy-chief-to-seek-urgent-help-from-russia-for-mig-29ks-the-only-fighter-jets-on-ins-vikramaditya/1394037/lite/ Indian Navy chief to seek urgent help from Russia for MiG-29Ks, the only fighter jets on INS Vikramaditya Increasing the serviceability of ...
by chola
27 Nov 2018 13:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Aero India 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 3327

Re: Aero India 2019

https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/so-whats-gonna-fly-high-at-aero-india-2019/amp_articleshow/66700113.cms On display from HAL According to the organisers, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH MK IV), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), HAWK-I and the b...
by chola
27 Nov 2018 13:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Aero India 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 3327

Re: Aero India 2019

Bala Vignesh wrote:Looks like the Saudi-Ukranian JV An-132 is coming to the show this year.


Always thought this was a lost opportunity consudering the numbers and the years we had operated the An-32.

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