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by ManuJ
02 Feb 2021 08:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116809

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Article on CATS Warrior by Vishnu Som: The drone, called Warrior, is part of an indigenous programme called CATS or Combat Air Teaming System, described as "a composite amalgamation of manned and unmanned platforms which work together to penetrate heavily defended enemy airspace." In simpl...
by ManuJ
24 Jan 2021 11:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1126
Views: 280675

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

The problem imho is that IA and India's strategic community doesn't have clarity of thought around the role of armor in the future of warfare. IA cannot decide whether it wants heavy well-protected tanks or light & mobile tanks or unmanned automated tanks or whether it wants to do away with tank...
by ManuJ
11 Jan 2021 01:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4455
Views: 826280

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

DRDO website has an image of the Himtapak bukhari
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by ManuJ
11 Jan 2021 01:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4427
Views: 872809

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

India's pathetic legal system and law-and-order situation (both are related of course) affects every common man, deteriorating quality of lives and greatly reducing productivity. I'm sure there are studies to show how much GDP is lost because of these issues which have very practical solutions but n...
by ManuJ
06 Jan 2021 07:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347277

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

Airbus touts C-295's hot and high performance, especially with the newer versions of the aircraft.
by ManuJ
31 Dec 2020 07:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 285631

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Carriers are very important to the nation. They have a very big role to play in diplomacy. Diplomacy, narrative building, giving confidence to partners in littorals are very important national functions of carriers. War fighting is only part of their function. An important part, but only part. The ...
by ManuJ
27 Dec 2020 07:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 285631

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Let me start off with this. My unequivocal answer is, yes I believe in the Indian Navy's long term plan. Rakesh, thanks for humoring me and clarifying your stance. Good to know that your objections are essentially about EMALS and CATOBAR rather than about the carriers themselves or IN's overall pla...
by ManuJ
26 Dec 2020 04:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 285631

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

No problems with carriers, CATOBAR or STOBAR, 45K or 65K or whatever other size. The issue is funding and time. It is that plain and simple Manu. Everything else is secondary. Sorry, but you're wrong. It is all about the long term vision and planning. Funding is variable and a diminishing constrain...
by ManuJ
25 Dec 2020 02:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 285631

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

So Rakesh and chola, am I correct in understanding that you're both in favor of the 3rd carrier and the long-term vision of Indian Navy as a carrier-led force?

The differences in opinions seem to be whether the new carrier should be closer to the current 45K one or closer to US Navy's mega-carriers.
by ManuJ
25 Dec 2020 01:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 285631

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The discussion is getting muddled because there is no clarity on what is being proposed and opposed. Without getting into discussions on CATOBAR, propulsion, size and even on the number of carriers, the central question is whether the Navy's plan for a carrier-led naval force is reasonable and wheth...
by ManuJ
14 Dec 2020 05:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1741
Views: 346037

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

When the defence budget for 2021 comes out, let us examine the Navy's share of the budget and especially the CAPEX part. That will settle once in for all (for that year), whether it is going to be dal roti or Delhi Darbaar Murgh-Masala. Just seeing the trends and the Navy's voice, I am going to sti...
by ManuJ
14 Dec 2020 05:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3420
Views: 871851

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Future ships of the Indian Navy - Naval Technology https://www.naval-technology.com/features/future-ships-indian-navy/ *Facepalm* The Indian Ministry of Defence will acquire five new fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy. A $2.3bn contract was signed between Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and...
by ManuJ
21 Oct 2020 06:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3449
Views: 700017

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Embedded India Today piece .. https://twitter.com/AbhishekBhalla7/status/1318397921067298817 10 tunnels running up to 100 km are planned for #Ladakh and #Kashmir at mountain passes for all weather connectivity #LAC #LoC. Finally, better sense has prevailed. A 10km tunnel planned for Saser La instea...
by ManuJ
18 Oct 2020 00:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3967
Views: 767842

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Indian bureaucracy is full of over-inflated egos and risk-averse brains. The problem, as far as the Railway Board is concerned, is that Mr. Mani and his team tried to innovate and actually succeeded against all odds. That's an anomaly that has to be viewed with suspicion. On top of that, they failed...
by ManuJ
12 Oct 2020 05:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3449
Views: 700017

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

LAC is Line of Actual Control as it existed on the day the 1962 war ended... It is theoretically NOT a fluid line... That's wrong. First of all, the concept of LAC predates the 1962 war. Secondly, the LAC and it's perception within China and India has changed multiple times and has not remained con...
by ManuJ
12 Oct 2020 01:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3449
Views: 700017

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

2. It is ~1.5km inside the Chinese side of the LAC (no difference in perception here AFAIK), i.e. if we have captured this area that would mean we have crossed the LAC (which we have officially denied having done) and possibly removed any existing PLA troops from there. The LAC is not a fixed 'line...
by ManuJ
06 Oct 2020 10:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 4197
Views: 1221351

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

SMART, when launched from warship or a truck-based coastal battery, takes off like a regular supersonic missile. It covers most of its flight in the air at lower altitudes with two-way data link from the warship or an airborne submarine target detection system and provides the exact location of the...
by ManuJ
29 Sep 2020 06:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129026

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Indian armed forces are totally out of sync with the MIC and PSUs. On one hand, HAL in this video is pleading to the IAF and IA to initiate the process of AoN, but the armed forces seem to be holding back, requesting trials after trials and full certification as a pre-requisite. On the other hand, t...
by ManuJ
23 Sep 2020 11:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3449
Views: 700017

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Very disappointed with India's continued deference and pussyfooting towards the Chinese. China brazenly disregards India's claim line, treats it with total disdain, and occupies territory right up to its own claim line. India on the other hands starts celebrating if it occupies peaks on its own side...
by ManuJ
18 Sep 2020 06:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129026

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

fanne wrote:KA-226T vs LUH
2 engine vs 1 engine
lighter vs heavier
robust vs sophisticated

Is LUH really heavier than KA-226T?
by ManuJ
18 Sep 2020 05:50
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3885
Views: 1215590

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

Wow! What a photograph. The symmetry and the angle!
by ManuJ
15 Sep 2020 02:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3936
Views: 812911

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

- Su-30MKIs: The avenger formation attempted to get into position where they could fire back at the F-16s. They were disciplined and well trained so you did not see them firing off missiles unlike Pakistanis who let loose a volley of BVRAAMs to keep the defenders away. in that sense F-16 BARCAP suc...
by ManuJ
15 Sep 2020 02:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6087
Views: 1357106

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

W.r.t. above reports about western countries looking towards India as a safe, stable, and democratic alternative to China, there's even more at stake in the current border conflict than military and political strategic objectives. India being able to stare down China, refusing to get intimidated and...
by ManuJ
15 Sep 2020 02:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3795
Views: 755369

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

So Indian internal politics should override strategic national security decisions? Make no mistake about this, additional 36 Rafales will cost so many additional USD Billions that they will effectively cripple all strategic home-grown product acquisitions for years to come. Ummm, no, they are not m...
by ManuJ
13 Sep 2020 23:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3795
Views: 755369

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Indian govt may be hyping up the Rafale to make it politically easier to order the next batch of 36. Have you ever got a good deal from a user-car dealership by visibly demonstrating your desperateness to the sales-man/woman? Does it not often have the opposite effect of having the salesperson tigh...
by ManuJ
13 Sep 2020 03:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3795
Views: 755369

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Mort Walker wrote:^^^Just be happy Rajnath Singh didn't touch French Defence Minister's feet. I admit I have not seen IAF induction ceremonies in the past, but watching clips of this on TV was cringeworthy at best.

Indian govt may be hyping up the Rafale to make it politically easier to order the next batch of 36.
by ManuJ
13 Sep 2020 02:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3449
Views: 700017

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Can't talk about Black Top, but Helmet Top definitely has to be under IA control. It's the closest peak to IA's Thapung post and accounts mention it as the first peak being captured in the Aug29 offensive. Chinese occupying Helmet would mean dominating our defenses on the South shore of Pangong Tso,...
by ManuJ
11 Sep 2020 02:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3449
Views: 700017

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

On GE, the highest Chinese camp I could find on F4 ridge-line is at an elevation of 16,700 feet at 33°45'17.73"N 78°46'0.93"E. From reports that the two forces are just hundreds of meters apart, and the statement that the Chinese would have to deploy at heights above 17K if they wanted to ...
by ManuJ
05 Sep 2020 10:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 1020954

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

China has a road up to Black top. How are the 3000 odd Indian soldiers spread over multiple peaks going to be kept supplied?
by ManuJ
03 Sep 2020 12:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 1020954

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Indian soldiers have now climbed to the dominating heights over their Dhan Singh Thapa post between ‘Finger-2’ and ‘Finger-3'. Not Finger-4 as per TOI, which makes sense. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/army-strengthens-its-positions-from-east-ladakh-to-arunachal/articleshow/77900336.cms
by ManuJ
02 Sep 2020 10:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129026

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

At least one prediction from Chimera came true: the idea that HAL had to push forward prototypes of the LCH to combat Chinese ground forces and perform anti-UAV operations from FARPs. That it would be done in emergency conditions. But that story was set in 2014 (and considered imminent at that time...
by ManuJ
02 Sep 2020 10:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 1020954

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Those buildings at that location is most probably the Border Meeting Point for the IA and PLA. The airstrip is the same Indian ALG that was used to fly in the tanks during the 1962 war, but is inactive now. Anoop, thanks, that makes sense and explains the road linking it to the Chinese base at Span...
by ManuJ
02 Sep 2020 06:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 1020954

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

There is a Chinese base and an airstrip across the Spanggur Gap, inside what Google shows as Indian territory, right next to Chushul. This is connected to the main Chinese base at Spanggur Tso via a blacktop road. It's hard to understand why India would allow it to be built in the first place, but ...
by ManuJ
02 Sep 2020 03:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 1020954

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

There is a Chinese base and an airstrip across the Spanggur Gap, inside what Google shows as Indian territory, right next to Chushul. This is connected to the main Chinese base at Spanggur Tso via a blacktop road. It's hard to understand why India would allow it to be built in the first place, but n...
by ManuJ
01 Sep 2020 12:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 415
Views: 95728

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Philip wrote:SoKo is abandoning its amphib plans and is to build a ski-jump 30,000t light CV instead operating F-35Bs.

Japan has started converting its Izumo class helicopter destroyers into aircraft carriers.
by ManuJ
17 Aug 2020 12:06
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3885
Views: 1215590

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

Giving an example from IT, if a developer spends time learning .net, Java, Cobol, Python and is not deployed on billable projects, his organization isnt going to love him no matter how gyani he becomes. The more a person delivers on a billable project and generates revenue makes him more valuable t...
by ManuJ
17 Aug 2020 06:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6087
Views: 1357106

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

We might also want to track ODF-II (or ODF Plus), which is crucial as it is meant to reinforce the ODF behavior and make it sustainable.
by ManuJ
27 Jul 2020 04:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 3101
Views: 392842

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Dealing with an ever increasing influx of tourists is becoming a world-wide problem and various solutions are being attempted. It's perverse to suggest that keeping the infrastructure in a poor condition is an acceptable solution. Different problems. Different solutions. And yes, we do need to devel...

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