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by khan
28 Mar 2020 13:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4424
Views: 325699

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

I am no virologist- just throwing this out there - but could the asymptotic people who are testing positive for the coronavirus - after known exposure be carriers of this?

Something like Typhoid Mary?
by khan
21 Mar 2020 15:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4424
Views: 325699

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

I guess the economic model has to change for few months until we have a vaccine. Two types of jobs: people working from home and and other s supporting those working from home. Retail sector using home delivery to provide service.You want to pint of beer, home delivery. All items home delivered. Th...
by khan
21 Mar 2020 14:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4424
Views: 325699

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Sounds like, community transmission is happening. It will take a miracle for India to not be a disaster at this point. They should start focusing on: 1. PPE 2. Hospital/ventilators 3. Quinine supplies (everyone says this works) - no harm to start manufacturing it now on a war footing 4. Cheap and qu...
by khan
20 Mar 2020 22:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 4424
Views: 325699

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://twitter.com/NewIndianXpress/status/1240886332810866690 The New Indian Express @NewIndianXpress #CoronaVirusUpdate | 22-year-old doctor from #Maharashtra's Jalgaon knocked the doors of at least five private hospitals, but he was refused admission being a #coronavirus suspect. Now, he is in a...
by khan
08 Mar 2020 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 663767

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

I disagree about this “lying about timelines” thing. Timelines are a way to keep people rowing in the right direction at the right tempo. I have seen unrealistic timelines in the private sector in the West too - but they still have them because they serve a purpose.
by khan
07 Mar 2020 20:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3777
Views: 648607

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

Aditya_V wrote:IAF is probably waiting for Pakis to give them another opportunity

IMO, there is no need to wait. Terrorists are always a legitimate target. I hear that Balakot is back in business. They should take it out again - with video :mrgreen:
by khan
27 Feb 2020 10:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3919
Views: 429704

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

IMO, as a long time BRFite, this thread shouldn’t exist. BRF needs to go back to its roots of being a neutral apolitical forum focused on strategic affairs instead of taking religious or political sides.
by khan
22 Feb 2020 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3777
Views: 648607

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

IMO All the IAF shortcomings mentioned here are actually lessons leant. IAF seems to have been structured and deployed more for a total war scenario than to win a quick 20 minute knife fight (which is reasonable) Everything mentioned here can be remedied by simple change in tactics (they don’t even ...
by khan
19 Jan 2020 08:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050874

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

IMO this is actually the right approach. A big poster in my company says "Perfection is the Enemy of Progress." What’s the point in developing a 1970’s engine (GE-404) in 2030? They should do what they did with LCA, try to build something cutting edge, throw some real money & effort a...
by khan
18 Jan 2020 22:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5219
Views: 1050874

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/1196796346432278529 ---> Hopefully, New Delhi has understood why India needs an indigenous fighter class low-bypass turbofan in the 110-120 kN category by *hook or by crook*. Any further equivocation on this matter will completely belie any claims to becoming a m...
by khan
25 Dec 2019 01:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 657375

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Economy is because of USA vs China trade war!!! How fast can India replace China is the real issue in basic consumer/holiday/etc goods. Can Indians (with Leftists protesting) replace Chinese to produce consumer goods? and how fast? The whole world economy is in turmoil because of Mr. Trump vs the X...
by khan
24 Dec 2019 09:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 657375

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

What I am saying is that for the voter who elected BJP, there is a ***LOT** of un-touched issues. 1) Minority quotas in jobs 2) Illegal Conversion 3) Counterfeit money from Islamic coutnries (maybe from China, but I have not seen evidence of that) 4) Persecution of Hindus in W. Bengal, Assam, Nagal...
by khan
24 Dec 2019 06:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 657375

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

For the good of India, BJP needs to focus on economy, get back to 7%+ ASAP. This communal nonsense they have been doing for the last couple of months is complete stupidity. I hope for India’s sake that there is a course correction ASAP. At this point, when people fear for their safety, they WILL coh...
by khan
12 Dec 2019 18:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 657375

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

IMO, this CAB thing is another big mistake. I mean, what is preventing anyone from Pakistan or Bangladesh saying they are Hindu/Christian or whatever and claiming Indian citizenship? And even GOI they wanted to go this, they could have easily done it in a less polarizing way, by recognizing minority...
by khan
26 Sep 2019 11:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4192
Views: 743326

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

ramana wrote:Anyone plans to short the Paki rupee in FOREX markets?

As FATF deadline approaches may be a good Yindu idea to profit from their woes.

Do you know a broker dealer that allows this? Also the problem is whoever borrows has to pay the SBP interest rate of 12%/yr.
by khan
24 Sep 2019 01:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 528519

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Vips wrote:Pakistan will require 3 votes to avoid the black list which they have - China, Malaysia and Turkey.

India should think about importing $1 billion in palm oil next year.
by khan
22 Sep 2019 09:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 721
Views: 200499

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Sometime ago I had made the same point. There was a media report that said that AMCA development was halted/slowed down while resources were allocated towards MWF. To me, the answer to this conundrum is, if ADA has the resources to do both in parallel, then they should absolutely develop both jets. ...
by khan
06 Sep 2019 20:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4192
Views: 743326

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Maybe the IMF will do the math & realize they are throwing good money in after bad & let TSP go down the toilet unless TSP cuts military spending by 90% (which is the real problem).

They can dress it up with euphemisms like “right sizing” the military.
by khan
05 Sep 2019 21:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 373
Views: 80986

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

My understanding is engines are like microchips - very hard to build cutting edge versions of these, but the cutting edge is available in the open market. The real value add comes with using these engines/microchips in the final product - i.e. the integration & customization part of it. If there...
by khan
05 Sep 2019 20:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 373
Views: 80986

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

Agree with Jay, but they need to work their “butts off”, this lack of resources for AMCA so people can work on LCA is deeply concerning.
by khan
05 Sep 2019 10:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 373
Views: 80986

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

Agree with both Cy & Jay that getting the AMCA done is a necessary step. However, even most optimistically, it will not be inducted until 2030 at the earliest. In 2030 6th generation highly sophisticated stealthy Chinese UCAV’s will be working in tandem with stealth 5th generation birds & th...
by khan
05 Sep 2019 05:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 373
Views: 80986

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

Regarding lateness, I am not doing comparison to US, I am doing comparison to China.
by khan
05 Sep 2019 05:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 104037

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

The sub essentially. Thanks, that's great, both are Indian. I wonder what degree( if any) of foreign assistance was needed. Maybe none! It's still a bit foggy about how much Russian technical help was rendered for the Arihant. Even after a decade since it was launched. Let’s not get carried away he...
by khan
02 Sep 2019 22:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3777
Views: 648607

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

Thank you Sir for your comments, then it would make sense for the IAf to keep these aircraft in places like Srinagar, Pathankot, Awantipura, Suratgarg etc. While M-2000, Mig-29 and Su-30 MKI can do CAP, these aircraft can be on ORP readiness. Tom Coopers account makes greater sense now, PAF did not...
by khan
02 Sep 2019 21:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 373
Views: 80986

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

IMO this plane is 5-10 years too late & just like LCA, it will turn out to be just as unsuitable for the realities of 2040 as the LCA is turning out to be for today’s realities. Particularly distressing to me: 1. AMCA was put on hold while people were asked to focus on LCA? Why didn’t they add m...
by khan
02 Sep 2019 20:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 966
Views: 183965

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

The key to Afghan peace lies in Porkistan and Bharat is the only country that can tie them down and eventually neutralize. The only reason Porkis could project power in Afghanistan was because of resources and stable environment guaranteed by Unkil, Saudis and Cheen. They had Unkil by the balls. Th...
by khan
29 Aug 2019 18:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 528519

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Parasu wrote:It is irritating to hear that India will take back PoK.
Imho, taking back PoK doesnt give us anything. It does not give us access to Afghanistan, most importantly.




I thought there was a part of North West POK that touched Afghanistan?
by khan
28 Aug 2019 09:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 528519

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

I was actually thinking about IWT today & IMO there is no need to abrogate it for many reasons: 1. Even if India abrogated today, it would take 7-10 years to build the dams to make this effective. Might as well build first. 2. IWT takes away from Pakistan the argument that they need Cashmere for...
by khan
28 Aug 2019 00:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3522
Views: 608231

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

How much will the next tranche of Rafale cost? Even if it is say 1.5 x MKI, it might be worth it if it has 2 x capability or capability that the MKI doesn't have. IIRC, the first tranche contained a lot of one time infrastructure costs, that will be amortized over a larger number of airframes. Assu...
by khan
28 Aug 2019 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3522
Views: 608231

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

Cybaru wrote:It makes sense to add 36-54 more raffies and no more. This talk of 200 and all is just plain wasteful.

The point I am trying to make is, if the cost for additional Rafale is comparable to the cost of additional MKI’s, doesn’t it make sense to keep an open mind & get the better plane?
by khan
28 Aug 2019 00:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3522
Views: 608231

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

How much will the next tranche of Rafale cost?

Even if it is say 1.5 x MKI, it might be worth it if it has 2 x capability or capability that the MKI doesn't have.

IIRC, the first tranche contained a lot of one time infrastructure costs, that will be amortized over a larger number of airframes.
by khan
27 Aug 2019 21:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3517
Views: 624231

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

baba banaras has really got under the skin of the pakis...now he reporting capture of some 4 PA posts... !!! He has since clarified that the pakistanis vacated the post and fled, and they are unmanned, that IA is not manning them IA needs to booby trap the hell out of those posts. Make the body cou...
by khan
27 Aug 2019 12:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 528519

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Wonder how long it will take for “Ms Marvel” to go into hiding to save herself from her honor killing family. Serious concern. Hope she goes into hiding quickly & doesn’t stick around or visit TSP after.
by khan
27 Aug 2019 12:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3408
Views: 545406

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Also worth pointing out, that Imran Khan himself has said that he is done talking to India :rotfl: “Talks” with Pakistan are always fine, they will send some bureaucrat to have chai biscoot. To the Pakistani’s, “bilateral” talks with Modi’s India are like going into a dark room with someone who has ...
by khan
25 Aug 2019 21:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-France news
Replies: 115
Views: 25691

Re: India-France news

If true , For this big order to be confirmed France would have to offer something very substantial as a quid pro quo. I disagree. france does not have to offer anything substantial. any leverage that india had at the negotiating table ended when it ordered 36 planes. india is now semi stuck in a da...
by khan
25 Aug 2019 19:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 663767

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

40 million per plane is a more than fair price where IAF & GOI have footed the R&D bill & all HAL has to do is assembly.
by khan
25 Aug 2019 08:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 223
Views: 43810

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

Gyan wrote:Air India, NTC are PSUs

How did it help?

GOI can privatize them at any time. They just need to make the decision (hope they do it soon). At the very least, now there is transparency into how much they are costing the taxpayer,
by khan
24 Aug 2019 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 223
Views: 43810

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

JayS wrote:GOI considering converting OFBs to DPSUs. Half hearted attempt to reform..?

https://twitter.com/DefProdnIndia/statu ... 4474721280

You can’t sell/privatize anything w/o a Profit/Loss statement or incorporating it into a legal entity.

IMO this could be viewed as a first step.
by khan
24 Aug 2019 07:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2306
Views: 663767

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

How long will the delay be for AAR to get certified? I saw something to indirectly indicate that it was around 4 months (12 planes/year instead of 16).

To me 4 month delay to make sure 80+ LCA’s have AAR is worth it.

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