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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: 2392
Views: 397694

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: 3824
Views: 697665

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: 2392
Views: 397694

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: 2392
Views: 397694

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: 3644
Views: 1022978

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: 5148
Views: 1045902

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: 2392
Views: 397694

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: 5148
Views: 1045902

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 & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3623
Views: 1084107

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: 3818
Views: 739799

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: 5585
Views: 1185094

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: 3672
Views: 689932

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: 3672
Views: 689932

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: 3672
Views: 689932

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: 2392
Views: 397694

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: 2392
Views: 397694

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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: 5148
Views: 1045902

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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: 412
Views: 89071

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 & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3623
Views: 1084107

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: 5585
Views: 1185094

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: 3063
Views: 361760

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...
by ManuJ
26 Jul 2020 03:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 3063
Views: 361760

Re: Indian Roads Thread

What nonsense. Building decent motorable roads in the mountains is an urgent necessity for commerce, tourism and the military, not to mention for day-to-day activities of the citizens. Ask the people living in those areas what they would like.
by ManuJ
20 Jul 2020 06:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

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by ManuJ
18 Jul 2020 04:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

Also gives context to the statement by Gen. Anbu about the need for a tunnel from "Lamaryulu or thereabouts" to Thoise for all weather access. Once that is done, it replenishes the axis from Thoise to support the defence of Pangong Tso and attack across Hot Springs/Gogra. A tunnel from La...
by ManuJ
16 Jul 2020 03:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

From the above article: The most crucial project to have been completed so far, the 260-km Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road is, as an MoD briefing note calls it, ‘highly sensitive and critical for army formations in the area’. The all-weather road with multiple bridges cuts journey time be...
by ManuJ
16 Jul 2020 02:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206370

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

The news article on light tanks mentioned multiple times that the Chinese deployment of its T-15 light tank was an "eye-opener" for IA. Seriously? The tank has officially been in service for over 2 years in PLA and rumors of its existence have been floating around for much longer. If light...
by ManuJ
16 Jul 2020 01:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045902

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

India does need at least two large players in the aviation industry. Can't rely solely on HAL. And for that, some hand-holding will be necessary.
by ManuJ
15 Jul 2020 10:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1460
Views: 280313

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Talk about Atmanirbhar Bharat in public, but MoD will only approve files for 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs. But file for 83 Tejas Mk1As will now happen only by Dec 2020. Always some excuse with sanctioning funding for local maal. Heaven only knows what new evil scheme the lobbies will come up with to...
by ManuJ
07 Jul 2020 10:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

To me the lessons to be learned from this stand-off are that we must accelerate our infrastructure buildup, particularly last mile connectivity. This includes all weather roads, winter housing for troops, hyperbaric chambers, POL depots, sheltered ammunition dumps, radar sites, SAM sites, UAV recce...
by ManuJ
07 Jul 2020 02:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

Hopefully, as India performs the usual 'lessons learned' exercise from this conflict, the biggest lesson learned would be the urgent need to untangle the mess in defense procurement and to quickly get our MIC complex flourishing. GOI needs to find the right balance between public and private players...
by ManuJ
03 Jul 2020 03:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 544725

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

We're already procuring Nirbhay (Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile Systems)? Last I heard, development trials were still ongoing. They must have progressed satisfactorily and quite rapidly.
by ManuJ
29 Jun 2020 04:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

I'm very sceptical about the Saser La pass alternative, such a tunnel(s) will cost thousands of crores and 6-8 years to complete at least. I just don't see such large investment happening, that too for an "alternate" route with practically zero commercial/civilian use. Well, if the Khardu...
by ManuJ
29 Jun 2020 01:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

Turning the discussion back to infrastructure, because that's what matters in the long run. India sorely needs an alternative route to the Depsang plains and Karakoram pass. The road through Saser La pass offers that alternative, but for the difficulties in building a road through the frozen ice pac...
by ManuJ
21 Jun 2020 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966908

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

Do we know why even after after China's perfidy leading to the grisly death of 20 Indian soldiers did GOI not summon China's ambassador and issue a strong demarche? On the other side, China has the temerity to do exactly that. Why are we still so obsequious to the bloody Chinese? Will we never lear...

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