Search found 4936 matches

by chola
11 Jul 2021 19:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

There is no indication that MoD would give the IN two 40K tons STOBARs in place of the 65K CATOBAR. Whether STOBAR or CATOBAR, it would be huge capital investment that would take a decade to build and commission and last decades into the future. If the Raksha Mantri gave the IN a choice of two more ...
by chola
11 Jul 2021 13:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 416
Views: 74531

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

I would argue that all the East Asian Economies that you have quoted have also paid a price of the model of development they have followed (perhaps Japan the least of all) and the true extent of this will be manifest in generation or two at the most. ... can Bharat create her own path and define he...
by chola
11 Jul 2021 13:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The reporting had always taken the opposing side on the narrative from the MoD who repeatedly rejected the IN's proposal. I saw terms like "wanting a super carrier" attached to the 65K ton proposal to insinuate that the Navy is overreaching. The reality is that size is decidedly modest for...
by chola
10 Jul 2021 19:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 416
Views: 74531

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

What is alarming is that we Indians hold this as a benchmark. I often see people quoting the cities of China, their roads and constructs etc. None of that is possible without the massive price their population has paid civilizationally and morally. That is not a price worth paying for us Indians. Y...
by chola
10 Jul 2021 18:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/chinese-latest-type-003-aircraft-carrier-is-a-threat-to-indopacific-101625826966663.html Why India needs to plan for a 70k ton carrier! ., the noise has begun This is exactly how one should use news like this. Make it a driver for change and ambitions. Forc...
by chola
09 Jul 2021 17:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5821
Views: 735137

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

How Cheen leverages its market to create an industry. There is a massive lesson to be learnt here as India's market is the third largest in the world. https://amp.ft.com/content/09024b14-6829-4e4e-84a9-3310afc5151b China’s rival to Boeing and Airbus set to join battle for the skies State-backed Coma...
by chola
09 Jul 2021 17:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 416
Views: 74531

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

Xi's war on chini internet firms is doing infinitely more damage to their tech giants than Modi's app ban ever did! It started with the torpedoing of Ant and the disappearing of Jack Ma. Then the $2.5B fine on Alibaba. Now it is on to Didi (Cheen's Uber.) Big Tech China is heading towards a trillion...
by chola
08 Jul 2021 13:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

This thing looks smaller than the Ford but bigger than the Nimitz -- by deck area anyways. Size is unprecedented for a conventional carrier. We'll see if it is a proper choice. It would take an inordinate amount of effort just to supply it with fuel for any lengthy deployment. If EMALS, the integra...
by chola
08 Jul 2021 11:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

More than a bit worrisome if true. They have or at least been experimenting with autonomous hunter-killers for decades. They would be the last people on earth with any ethical qualms over deploying such things. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3140220/china-reveals-secret-programme-u...
by chola
08 Jul 2021 10:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6312
Views: 1519508

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Why we have devalue again and again to increase exports. OECD countries do not do this. Does it mean that our exports are of low quality, we have to lower the Ruppee in order to maintain exports. Not true. Japan has been doing this for decades. Same with South Korea. Hardly low quality producers. I...
by chola
07 Jul 2021 18:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 5784
Views: 1059747

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Yes, there is obviously a major leftist academic component to Garcetti (my own parents are leftist academics lol.) But being the mayor of a massive international city like Los Angeles for 8 years cannot help but drive a good dose of pragmatism into him. No American city can run efficiently without w...
by chola
07 Jul 2021 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The discussion in order to be productive has to focus on the individual factors which caused this delay in the completion of the ship. Do we know at which point in construction a specific component was required and when actually it was supplied to the yard. Or even at which stage of construction wa...
by chola
07 Jul 2021 15:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

https://theaviationist.com/2012/12/29/backfire-china/#.UObwpYnjlps thats a steal by chinks if it did happen. We couldn't afford 1.5 billion USD? I doubt it ever happened. We would see something from them if it did. Their current bombers are all subsonic variants of the H-6 and their new bomber in d...
by chola
07 Jul 2021 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

The visible component is needed to intimidate their neighbors -- you can't impress countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan with anything less than carriers -- into allowing them to sail and establish themselves where ever they want. They are peace time gray zone tools. The SSNs are insurance for act...
by chola
07 Jul 2021 01:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 5784
Views: 1059747

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Mort / Rudradev Saar, what is your take on sending mostly persons of Indian origins as ambassadors. Is it to help with furthering their agenda more easily (as it might be easier to snub Holbrooke, rather than say "one of our own") due to residual family connections. It is one of the advan...
by chola
06 Jul 2021 16:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

If they have a big enough fleet in the near future, within say 10 years, we will see regular CBG patrols upto Djibouti like their subs do today. We'll see forays but nothing permanent until they can saturate their near seas which are life and death to them. A chini CBG in the IOR would be more like...
by chola
06 Jul 2021 13:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

There are a few things that the PLAN doesn't have to do though. They don't have to sail halfway around the world. So resupply is almost always available at close quarters during operation. I don't remember if we've seen a Greyhound equivalent but wouldn't put it past them to employ one given they a...
by chola
05 Jul 2021 17:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

All this is not to say that PLAN are 10 foot tall. But they are not helpless babes in the ocean as well. What I am saying is that Indian Naval and Air Power has to grow significantly . The US paints them about 10 foot tall to drive budgets and change. They've changed from a terrorist-fighting COIN ...
by chola
04 Jul 2021 20:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

This thing looks smaller than the Ford but bigger than the Nimitz -- by deck area anyways. Size is unprecedented for a conventional carrier. We'll see if it is a proper choice. It would take an inordinate amount of effort just to supply it with fuel for any lengthy deployment. If EMALS, the integrat...
by chola
03 Jul 2021 21:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

^^^ Agree, Brar ji. I think whatever they use, they will spend a decade or more getting it to meaningful operations. They've never operated a catapult of any sort before and here they must install and wring out a system whether steam or EM that they also built themselves with no practical experience...
by chola
03 Jul 2021 17:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4431
Views: 399376

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

Whether steam or emals the Chinese have figured out quickly that challenging the USN with a ski-jump carrier is not going to happen. There is only so much you can do to overcome the payload restrictions imposed on any platform besides a true STOVL aircraft like the Harrier or the JSF which they do ...
by chola
03 Jul 2021 03:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 8728

Re: Chinese Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Going by these measurements from this watcher: https://mobile.twitter.com/horobeyo/status/1410879599345508352 The Type 003 might be closer to the Ford's displacement than the Kitty Hawk's -- it is a bit shorter but also wider so the deck area at least might be as big or bigger than the Ford: https:/...
by chola
02 Jul 2021 16:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Manufacturing Sector
Replies: 538
Views: 162607

Re: Indian Manufacturing Sector

I don't think we understand just how perilous a position we are in without some sort of chip capacity. Access to chips is like oil to any industrialized economy. Without it, you will inevitably lose to rivals who do. https://amp.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3139342/chinese-carmakers-see-overs...
by chola
02 Jul 2021 16:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1569
Views: 521865

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

So VT-4 is say T-80 with higher armour weighing 52 tonnes with a 1200HP diesel engine and Torsion Bar. It has good power to weight ratio. Apparently can fire Hesh rounds from a Smoothbore- dont know its effectives of Hesh from a smotthbore The nature of the Hesh round makes the firing gun ( smooth ...
by chola
02 Jul 2021 14:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1569
Views: 521865

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

First of four Type 054 A/P frigates under sea trials. https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/06/pakistans-new-type-054-a-p-frigate-started-sea-trials-in-china/ Pakistan’s New Type 054 A/P Frigate Started Sea Trials In China The first Type 054 A/P frigate for the Pakistan Navy started sea trials i...
by chola
02 Jul 2021 14:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4431
Views: 399376

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

China had a regional nuke strategy by way of short and medium ballistic missiles. It had a handful of ICBMs as insurance. Majority of its threat was from Soviet Union. Under XJP inner and outer circle plans it needs more ICBMs as it's threat spectrum changes. Nukes are still insurance and not for c...
by chola
02 Jul 2021 02:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4431
Views: 399376

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

Nuclear force: Why India needs to increase its nuclear stockpile. In the case of a nuclear strike, India’s leadership should focus on a comprehensive counter-offensive strategy aimed at removing an adversary’s ability to cause further harm to Indian interests. For this strategy to be successful Ind...
by chola
30 Jun 2021 11:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Manufacturing Sector
Replies: 538
Views: 162607

Re: Indian Manufacturing Sector

The mature processes like the 45nm is really the only place where India can credibly make an initial foray. Even the US and Cheen are not in the leading edge single-digit nm game. In fact, most of that capacity is concentrated in a single Taiwanese company TMSC and the remainder in Samsung. The wor...
by chola
29 Jun 2021 16:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5423
Views: 1287061

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

Here's our own #India's #DRDO Kaveri engine's variant built with #french #Dassault inputs as per agreement, It's a 1180 kg with 83 KN AF thrust, certification by 2024. #AeroIndia2021 #AeroIndia21 https://twitter.com/Kunal_Biswas707/status/1357367915788587010?s=19 It is pretty much the same thrust a...
by chola
29 Jun 2021 16:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Manufacturing Sector
Replies: 538
Views: 162607

Re: Indian Manufacturing Sector

Hats off to the Chinese for setting up a goal and marching towards it despite any urdle and ridicule of others around them. Really wish we emulate the mindset behind this : Huawei’s HiSilicon moving into advanced 5G app chips Unkil's technology war can break Cheen or drive it to greater heights. Hu...
by chola
29 Jun 2021 15:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Manufacturing Sector
Replies: 538
Views: 162607

Re: Indian Manufacturing Sector

The industry has painted itself into a corner by focusing on single-digit nanometer,” Caulfield said in an online press conference Tuesday, referring to the current obsession with smaller, more advanced manufacturing geometries. “Today we have cars sitting in a parking lot missing chips made on 45 ...
by chola
26 Jun 2021 15:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

True. And the strangest thing is...All through the dhoti shivering, teeth gnashing and hair pulling, we have managed to build this ship at a leisurely pace without China and Pakistan attacking us, without China steaming into our ports with her 3-4 carriers and without China blowing up the the Vikra...
by chola
26 Jun 2021 05:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2265
Views: 332359

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Vikrant is beyond beautiful after a tough year. I'm practically moved to tears by how absolutely gorgeous she looks in those pictures.

That tower is just TFTA. Full stop!
by chola
25 Jun 2021 16:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 416
Views: 74531

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

History will provide little guide here I think. No previous chini dynasty was ever this engaged in global trade or have the connections to the world like this one (tourists, students, remittance-sending migrants, etc.) Previous chini dynasties lasted centuries because cheen was mostly isolated in it...
by chola
23 Jun 2021 22:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021
Replies: 194
Views: 58831

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021

There are 3 of 055 already in service - 101, 102 and 105. In fact, even Zumwalt at 15000 tons and Hyuga/Izumo at over 25000 tons are still called destroyers. Reminds me of Soviets, who called their CVs whatever cruiser, just not CV :) It doesn't matter what they are called as long as they have the ...
by chola
23 Jun 2021 21:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021
Replies: 194
Views: 58831

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021

IN and IAF exercise with USS Reagan begins! https://mobile.twitter.com/livefist/status/1407617493015752711 Livefist @livefist . @IndianNavy ships INS Kochi and INS Teg rendezvous the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG). MiG-29Ks off from Goa for aerial interaction with USN jets. IAF Su-30, ...
by chola
21 Jun 2021 19:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021
Replies: 194
Views: 58831

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021

Understand the budget issues but that aside, there is a need for a cruiser class, it won't be just a "pride" project: 1) Fleet defence which is the role of the US Tico class, we have nothing that can protect a CAG. It is basically every ship for itself when you only have 32 Barak 8 even o...
by chola
19 Jun 2021 17:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 416
Views: 74531

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

I had an interaction with an official from China and he directed me to this document in reference to my question of Xi Jinping/CCP standing in China (it in essence says that there was virtually complete satisfaction with the government at all levels of governance). He was in fact suggesting that bo...
by chola
18 Jun 2021 14:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding New China after 19th Congress
Replies: 416
Views: 74531

Re: Understanding New China after 19th Congress

Chetak That painting reflects China's fears of a repeat of the 19th-century of Humiliation via "Open Door Policy" etc under Qing dynasty. Yes, they fear it and I think these are the most consequential results of this paranoia: 1) they are outwardly calling for increases in their nuclear a...
by chola
15 Jun 2021 19:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021
Replies: 194
Views: 58831

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 12 April 2021

^^^ The Flight III AB DDGs are the same size as the Tico and P-18/NGD at 10K.

If the USN operations chief feels constrained by the Flight IIIs then what of our P-5A/B at 7.5K tons?

The P-17A is nearly the size of our current DDGs. It makes sense that our next DDGs would be much larger as well.

Go to advanced search