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by Rakesh
18 Jul 2018 10:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

MoD plans standard price lists for public sector undertakings http://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/2018/07/mod-plans-standard-price-lists-for.html A senior defence ministry official says DPSUs and OFs could soon be ordered to make public a price list of the equipment and weaponry they build. They would b...
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 826
Views: 106226

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

When did the Bush Admin promise something like that? I am hearing this for the first time. Do you have a source?
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 10:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 99
Views: 15089

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ :rotfl:

Of all the examples, you had to use the mithai one? :lol:
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 08:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Who do you think is going to pay for their learning experience? Besides LM/Boeing/Saab have an incentive to make them succeed as they get a portion of the funds as fees. What is HAL incentive to hold the hands of private player? It will be govt mandated suicide. Ok Ramana-ji. I hope the IAF can mak...
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 08:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard Discussion
Replies: 397
Views: 29684

Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Putting this in the thread because of recent discussion on VBBS. BTW, how many people do you see in the picture? :) https://twitter.com/indiandefence11/status/1017236190553165824 ---> Indian Navy VBSS team armed with Sterling Carbines and Viper P2 helmet. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dh3y7AZW4AE05K6....
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 08:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion
Replies: 4322
Views: 701394

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Rakesh, interesting train of thought. As I distinctly recall a French comment that Rafale could accept the Kaveri for its service in IAF. It may be, but it appears that the idea will never take off...both literally and figuratively. As per Ramana Garu and Chola Saar, technically that is a no go on ...
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 01:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Ramana-ji, how is TASL planning to build F-16 Block 70 then? LM has said they will move the entire production line to TASL in India if they win MRCA contest. Boeing - in partnership with HAL & Mahindra - will build the Block III variant of the Super Hornet if they win the MRCA contest. Adani (ze...
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 00:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion
Replies: 4322
Views: 701394

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Chola: Then test it on a MiG-29. What is the end goal? Your own engine or no?

The IAF cannot spare one MiG-29 for that? If not, get a MiG-29K then from the Navy.
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

I do not know what the IAF plans to do by taking over. It would be better to transfer the lines - lock, stock & barrel - over to TASL. Let them run it. When a private player is involved, profits are involved. And profits have their own motivation to get the job done. The problem is this will nev...
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 00:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 99
Views: 15089

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ A section of the senior leadership of the Navy - a trend that started post 2001 - have seen greater interaction with the US Navy, which is arguably the greatest and most powerful Navy in the world. Seeing that capability first hand, combined with the American MIC wanting to get a large share of ...
by Rakesh
12 Jul 2018 00:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion
Replies: 4322
Views: 701394

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Pratyush Saar, I have to side with Kakarat on this. A twin engine fighter (does not have to be the MiG-29) is the initial step to take before mounting the engine on the Tejas. If something goes wrong in the air, it is easy to bring the aircraft back - on a twin engine bird. If the Tejas crashes - du...
by Rakesh
11 Jul 2018 09:12
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion
Replies: 4621
Views: 615609

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

RoyG : What works for you (to quote your own words —> come home, remove pants and walk around in langoti, surfing BRF) is not necessarily what everyone else - that visits BRF - does. You would be surprised to know about people’s backgrounds on BRF and what they do for India, outside of BRF. But it ...
by Rakesh
11 Jul 2018 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1656
Views: 213032

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Why on earth then would a patriotic govt. like the NDA, not I call for another MRCA tender? Because Govts do not operate military platforms, the services do. There have been numerous attempts - some successful - at increasing the % of indigenous content/desi platforms, but largely the Govt has to f...
by Rakesh
10 Jul 2018 01:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard Discussion
Replies: 397
Views: 29684

Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Another thing Ramana-ji, is that the Indian Coast Guard and the Border Security Force are the nuts & bolts of India's security at the border and at the coast. Internal security is the job of the Indian Police. If these three are poorly managed and operated, no point in having a strong military (...
by Rakesh
10 Jul 2018 01:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2576
Views: 237508

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Philip, that is complete and utter nonsense. The FGFA is anything but a stealth fighter. Even the Russian designers at Sukhoi have stated as much. Secondly, the Rafale is a proven 4+ gen platform and has seen active combat duty. Please do not bring up the PAK-FA's Syria ops, because it does not coun...
by Rakesh
10 Jul 2018 00:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard Discussion
Replies: 397
Views: 29684

Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

By the way Ramana-ji, here are some recent developments on the Indian Coast Guard. India’s coastal security conundrum https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/india-coastal-security-conundrum/ Do not bother on clicking link below. Will freeze. I reproduced entire article below... Defence Ministry reje...
by Rakesh
09 Jul 2018 23:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 882
Views: 29465

Re: BR Forum Feedback

The moderators will reply to your queries soon. Thank you for your patience.
by Rakesh
09 Jul 2018 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard Discussion
Replies: 397
Views: 29684

Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Thanks Rakesh. How about nearwar situation.like defending Bombay High, seaborne terrorist attack.like 26/11? Do they have submersible and marine commando type forces? In war do they revert to IN command and control? Any change in their primary roles, would require them to come under the command and...
by Rakesh
08 Jul 2018 03:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 201
Views: 15657

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

^^^ Nice. I like that. Not when oil is at stake :) Guaranteed waiver!
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 09:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60790

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Race begins for sale of 110 combat jets to IAF https://www.deccanherald.com/national/race-begins-sale-110-combat-679473.html Sources told DH this time the ASQR would be slightly less stringent to allow more firms to be shortlisted in the first round so that the final price became more competitive.
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 09:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60790

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

And while the MoD launches the MMRCA competition, see this. When will we ever learn!!! :roll:

Why the Indian Air Force is in dire need of combat enablers
https://www.dailyo.in/variety/why-india ... 25247.html
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 09:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 99
Views: 15089

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

BHEL to partner Zorya of Ukraine in overhauling warship engines
http://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/2018/07/ ... ne-in.html
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 09:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 826
Views: 106226

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

If we can do one design for SSN and SSK, adopted from the Arihant SSBN, I am all for it.

The Russian angle scares me though. I agree with Vips. FGFA, T-90 (and let me add Vikramaditya and MiG-29K) are bad memories that refuse to go away.
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 08:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard Discussion
Replies: 397
Views: 29684

Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Is there a document that defines the ICG roles and responsibilities? Very much so. The Indian Coast Guard Act of 1978. https://www.indiancoastguard.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/file/CG%20Act%20as%20per%20gazette.pdf What is the linkage between ICG and IN? Depends on vessels, operational role, per...
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 07:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 201
Views: 15657

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

I am not advocating alienating the United States. On the contrary embrace the relationship , but on mutually agreeable terms. Buy what is needed, but not everything in the name of interoperability and in the bargain, losing our independence. And while armed drones are a wonderful thing, we do not ne...
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 06:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 201
Views: 15657

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Increased Interoperability with America = Increased Dependence upon America Who on this forum wants this? It is a simple black and white question! https://twitter.com/sjha1618/status/1012596099675238400?s=21 —> The gradual strategic emasculation of Britain in the post-World War 2 period should be st...
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 06:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60790

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

SaiK, total number of aircraft acquired must conform to the IAF's ORBAT of 42 squadrons. After all, it is the IAF who keeps repeating that they need 42 squadrons to maintain air supremacy in a two front war. So right now, the IAF has around 30 squadrons. As of today, the IAF has the following; Su-30...
by Rakesh
07 Jul 2018 03:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60790

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

^^^ +108! That is only "known" variable....lack of common sense. Colonel Shukla's article raises some interesting points. I reproduce below; What the air force wants • 110 multi-role fighters, capable of roles of air superiority, air defence, ground and maritime strike, reconnaissance and ...
by Rakesh
06 Jul 2018 07:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1861
Views: 315788

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

https://twitter.com/Chopsyturvey/status/1014695751266512896 ---> While we were doing the R-77 flight testing in MiG 21 Bison in Russia in mid 2000. Two missiles had to be fired and guided on two targets simultaneously by the Kopyo radar. Guess What? The two targets were unmanned MiG-21s flying 3 km ...
by Rakesh
06 Jul 2018 07:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 4431
Views: 518386

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Video In Link Below : https://twitter.com/majorgauravarya/status/1014708561048428544 ---> Join me as I take you to Devlali, home of Regiment of Artillery. They say Artillery is the GOD OF WAR. When a Bofors fires next to you, the ground shakes & for a second everything stops. Watch the big guns...
by Rakesh
06 Jul 2018 07:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

ArjunPandit wrote:1. go there
2. or will stay in b'lore
3. or will go to a new sqn

On #2 and #3, I believe all 40 aircraft (20 of No 45 Sqn and 20 of No 18 Sqn) will be at Sulur AFS.
by Rakesh
06 Jul 2018 07:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Tejas begins the sky party at AFS Sulur
https://english.manoramaonline.com/vide ... 11001.html

Video by Anantha Krishna of a walk around of the Tejas Mk1 fighter by Sqn Ldr Aditya Desai.
by Rakesh
04 Jul 2018 09:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 201
Views: 15657

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

India must not surrender strategic autonomy to US https://www.deccanchronicle.com/opinion/dc-comment/010718/india-must-not-surrender-strategic-autonomy-to-us.html The recent visit to India of Nikki Haley, America’s India-origin permanent representative to the United Nations, can have only compounde...
by Rakesh
04 Jul 2018 09:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60790

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Podcast: Breaking down MMRCA 2.0 https://www.stratpost.com/podcast-breaking-down-mmrca-2-0/ Angad Singh and Pushan Das help StratPost editor Saurabh Joshi understand how the new Indian Air Force contest for fighter aircraft (MMRCA 2.0) will be different from the last one, why cost needs to be a pri...
by Rakesh
04 Jul 2018 09:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1821
Views: 352762

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Denied information on high-tech fighter jet equipment, India develops its own https://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/denied-information-on-high-tech-fighter-jet-equipment-india-develops-its-own/story-AOziDPioFYKvtJg3bIezAJ.html Vinod Karar with the head-up display, designed by CSIR-CSIO, in Chandiga...
by Rakesh
04 Jul 2018 06:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 591
Views: 60790

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Sourav : No one is going to provide ToT that this convoluted RFI asks for. Even this whole we-make-AL31FP-engine-from-raw-material-stage is bullsh1t. If we made that engine from scratch, as HAL claims, we should have no problem porting that "knowledge" over to the Kaveri program, no? No O...
by Rakesh
03 Jul 2018 04:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 99
Views: 15089

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Sad News. Admiral JG Nadkarni passed away. https://twitter.com/LestWeForgetIN/status/1013807743315185664 ---> Admiral Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM (Retd) upon his passing, a while ago. The Admiral was 86 years old, and served as 14th CNS of the Indian Navy from 01 Dec 1987 - 30 Nov 199...
by Rakesh
02 Jul 2018 11:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 201
Views: 15657

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

Another gem from the same author, same website :roll: India-US: A high maintenance relationship https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/42026-india-us-high-maintenance-relationship/ But the legacy of this strategic trait means that even after the US and India began building a strategic partnership, I...
by Rakesh
02 Jul 2018 10:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?
Replies: 201
Views: 15657

Re: CAATSA .. An Oxymoron ?

My goodness!!! What planet are these analysts at Observer Research Foundation on? India’s hedging strategy is bound to fail https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/41800-india-hedging-strategy-bound-fail/ There is also little indication that India is backing away from its security relationship with t...

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