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by Rien
10 Sep 2014 18:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 109232

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Sad truth is tankable Ladakh area is aksai chin in which we hold a tiny shred daulat beg oldie. Tanks are needed to break out of northern foothills and occupy part of aksai chin. Do we have such plans though? AFAIK we are status quo power only. The Chinese are not complaining of aggressive Indian p...
by Rien
10 Sep 2014 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335531

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

I think you deserve a standing ovation here. Its up to every country to decide what it includes under which category, or are you going to dictate as to what protocol should be followed and where? Can you provide me an audited document on China' defense spending? There is no need. China's defence sp...
by Rien
10 Sep 2014 18:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 646997

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

So remains to be seen if Apache to Apache communication using US comm links can be easily changes to Apache to LCH using BEL DL/ODL. In that context DRDO to outsource SATCOM data-link for Rustom-II So the Rustom 2 is using a new datalink that is two way. That is incompatible with the Apache's US da...
by Rien
10 Sep 2014 17:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98287

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Any media reports of how people feel about being rescued by the Dhruv?
by Rien
10 Sep 2014 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 369793

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

<snip> Take for example, we have the SC blades done at GTRE, and there was no private capability to take it from R&D state to production quality jigs. There is a serious lack of capabilities, expertise and technology skills, in addition to the drivers that enable such setup happen - funds, engi...
by Rien
10 Sep 2014 16:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 369793

Managing Cost and Risk in 5th Gen Fighters: Japan option

japanese products have traditionally been unsustainably costly due to lack of exports. if indo-japan venture can add 300 to the order book, it would not harm them in any way. same can said for cough cough the soryu. Singha, we are the cheapest major world economy. The cost of 5th Generation fighter...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 18:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259161

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

The JSF is already obsolete, competing against UCAVS and cruise missiles that can do the same job for a fraction of the price. JSF obsolete? How so and what UCAVs is it competing with? I will specially like to know what UCAVs that are flying today , it is competing with. I am not going into the sec...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 18:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Prioritizing IAF Expenses (AMCA/FGFA/LCA/MMRCA/UAVs)
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Prioritizing IAF Expenses (AMCA/FGFA/LCA/MMRCA/UAVs)

Can we not touch helicopters? We've already bitten off a lot more than we can probably chew. The MCA and Rafale don't make sense, because both do the same thing, being medium class fighters in the same category. If we are building the MCA, kill Rafale, and vice versa. Two fighters enter, one fighter...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 17:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 109232

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Sattili, Deejay We don't need Javelin. We have the NAMICA and the Kestrel and mortars and the Light Combat Helicopter as well as Smerch. Why will they go into action against tanks with the least well equipped to handle it unit, the jawan? Why do we have IFV's for in the first place? In the Gulf War,...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 16:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3294
Views: 307968

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

As far as Fabs goes, it would be good if we went direct to carbon nanotubes and graphene. There is no way we can match Intel's billion dollar fabs this decade. We would be better off leapfrogging this old generation of silicon. No one has carbon nanotube technology or graphene yet. Rather than tryin...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 16:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 646997

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The Apache doesn't even have Link 16. http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140626/DEFREG02/306260037/US-Army-Gearing-Up-Apache-Link-16-Test They are only now just giving it the ability, so the reality is that of right now the Light Combat Helicopter can talk to UAVS, UCAVS and ...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 16:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 96930

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

The article quotes current (over)utilization figures, not data with additional DFCC capacity assumed. As for forex reserves, it's always best to look at them in terms of how much of imports and the external debt they cover. It's nice to read about planned investments, but under the UPA, the project...
by Rien
09 Sep 2014 14:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3492
Views: 352409

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

I would like to see the T-72 upgrades cancelled and more Arjun orders placed. What with more bullet trains and better roads, I'm starting to think the infrastructure to support Arjun is going to be in place on a massive scale over next 5-7 years.
by Rien
08 Sep 2014 07:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 96930

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

<snip> Dramatic improvement in major public infrastructure, including transportation networks and power generation, will also be required if India is going to successfully transition to a manufactured goods export model. The DB report highlights transportation networks as a key bottleneck to Indian...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 19:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 369793

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Going by "make in india" drive by the current gov, you can expect some vital movements for projects moving towards engaging India to create its own hub. However, when it comes to niche and defense technology, there are certain drivers that might fail that policy altogether how much ever r...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 18:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3222
Views: 369793

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

What makes you think that they want to partner with HAL? What leads you to believe that the South Koreans and the Japanese will partner up with on a project (and share their aerospace IP with each other)? Finally, what lets you assume that all three air forces (JASDF, IAF, and ROKAF) have the same ...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 18:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259161

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Arihant, cryogenic technology. We are even now doing the Sukho Superjet and got the Russian Agat seeker. The Russians, especially compared to the US, have been great on technology transfer. We are getting a prototype soon, according to the official PAKFA schedule. Ou...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 17:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 3963
Views: 109232

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Man portable Nag, Arjun with LAHAT, Namica. We are kind of excessively well equipped to counter the very unlikeliest of all possible scenarios, a Pakistani tank thrust. The Pakis know exactly what we have, why would they foolishly walk into a trap? It just makes no sense to invest in Javelin, whethe...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 17:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4289
Views: 173317

Accelerating 3rd stage of Thorium program

There are two technologies of interest for speeding up the 3rd stage. The current plan is to first build sodium reactors, then 30-40 years later finally get around to building thorium reactors. That takes far too long, but was the best plan with the technology available to Bhabha at the time he came...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 17:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Prioritizing IAF Expenses (AMCA/FGFA/LCA/MMRCA/UAVs)
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Prioritizing IAF Expenses (AMCA/FGFA/LCA/MMRCA/UAVs)

Speed of completion is proportional to resources invested. Take the $20 billion from the Rafale, and spend it on PAKFA, Aura and MCA and watch all three progress 10x as fast. Money, as in every sphere of human life, makes a huge difference. For the PAKFA, more money = more prototypes and more aggres...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 17:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Engle Matrix Simulations: A BRF Wargaming Proposal
Replies: 74
Views: 1924

Re: Engle Matrix Simulations: A BRF Wargaming Proposal

Pro: Indian troops will be on high alert after border incident.
Pro: As previously discussed, sensors all along border on fence, so bait diversion likely successful.

Con: After Kargil, more likely to suspect action at other places than Kashmir.
Con: Radio chatter is monitored
Con: RAW has humint
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 17:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 646997

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Very happy with the overall posts coming to the conclusion that the Apache isn't needed. One point. Fuel costs don't favour the Apache. It is a heavyweight chopper, compared to the LCH, which is based off the Dhruv. In addition, the use of composites in the LCH as well as its more recent design date...
by Rien
07 Sep 2014 16:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 101065

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

The Rafale, and the MCA both don't make sense as investments. If we are doing one, the other won't be funded. I would say it makes more sense to defund the Rafale, because of the cost. It was a great deal at the original price of $10 billion. It doesn't make sense now, and we have a lot of options. ...
by Rien
03 Sep 2014 17:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259161

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

As soon as the PAKFA reaches a degree of maturity required by Ru, expect to see a lot more of 1. Jacked up prices 2. All sorts of denial in promised tech - T90 barrel is a shining example 3. Change in agreed terms of engagement Also, with the induction of MMRCA cant we wait for AMCA? It should give...
by Rien
03 Sep 2014 17:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259161

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Even Uropains are not relying on nEUROn. They perhaps may go in for something useful based on tech derived from it. They are not like the nouveau-riche Amerikhan. They generally take time – perhaps the reason why they got Amerikhans to do their bidding even when they never come to the aid of the Am...
by Rien
03 Sep 2014 14:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 103078

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Very interesting and informative insights. Made me almost forget I was in the LCA thread. :) Jingos get philosophical and want to fix the problems we see year, after year. I do think privatization and opening up to all comers in R & D and production is the key. Look at what China has done, Brar...
by Rien
03 Sep 2014 12:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 98287

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Will it entail a cost advantage from a Japanese perspective? If yes, it will help pushing its sale northwards that will ultimately benefit the parent company as well. Yes. We are the cheapest major economy in the world, and are now operating more of this type of aircraft than the manufacturer itsel...
by Rien
02 Sep 2014 18:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 106358

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

48 MRH + 78 NMRH=126 +10% attrition reserve=139nos. Of which 16 MRH is contracted and remaining 123 nos to be NMRH as remainder requirement of MRH is merged into NMRH so as to allow production line to be set up in INDIA. It do not make sense as MRH i.e., S70B will be far cheaper than NMRH. You're n...
by Rien
02 Sep 2014 17:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3492
Views: 352409

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

OK I am very confused by Rohit's article linked earlier. Either I am confused or the Defencenews reporter needs to buy a clue. My understanding of events is: 1.) There was a FICV program that was cancelled 2.) DRDO produced a prototype called Abhay 3.) Tata Motors took Abhay prototype, added on weap...
by Rien
02 Sep 2014 17:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Engle Matrix Simulations: A BRF Wargaming Proposal
Replies: 74
Views: 1924

Re: Engle Matrix Simulations: A BRF Wargaming Proposal

What I find difficult to understand about this game is that it requires one move to be analysed at a time. But war does not work that way. The plan that I had posted was as follows Pakis simply kill a few villagers on their own side, blame India and within one day start heavy shelling of the border...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3631
Views: 260560

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

<snip> I don't , the IAF apparently does as most AF's do. What is also important is what is the minimum load over a particular class of an airfield. As it turns out in hot and high conditions of leh the C-17's could get 30T out while IAF's IL76's couldn't even land empty. http://www.bharat-rakshak....
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 17:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3492
Views: 352409

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

^^^^

Above makes sense. But Army needs to place order for thousands. When will they give Tata the order?
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 17:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Prioritizing IAF Expenses (AMCA/FGFA/LCA/MMRCA/UAVs)
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Prioritizing IAF Expenses (AMCA/FGFA/LCA/MMRCA/UAVs)

Kill Rafale. Spend money saved on Kaveri engine development, more PAKFA, more AMCA and DRDO Aura. We don't have enough money for all these simultaneous programs, and the AMCA can replace the Rafale. It doesn't make sense to have two aircraft that do the exact same thing. The high end is taken care o...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 17:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259161

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

You cannot hedge the AMCA with PAKFA. Look at the 'Typical Strike Scenario for Combat Aircrafts' image from DRDO. Completely different goals - FGFA would be outside any long range sensor protection, much heavier warload, bypassing considerable SAM opposition etc. Unless there is something to sugges...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 17:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 106358

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

One very strong additional argument against US maal is their price. http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-08-24/news/41444029_1_indian-rupee-american-currency-continued-dollar-demand We continue to depreciate against the US dollar, this means the price will rise ever higher. Besides the ...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 106358

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Sikorsky's offsets are very much trivial and irrelevant. No US company has ever transferred any tech of any kind to Bharat. And they will not even if the universe itself were to end tomorrow. That makes the entire idea of Sikorsky bidding in the contract foolish. Eurocopter has supplied the Shakti e...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 15:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 101065

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

As a note on how Soviet hardware has performed against US hardware in warfare. If only we had an opposing country armed with US weaponry to test against. http://in.rbth.com/articles/2012/12/20/mig-21_peoples_fighter_or_plane_dangerous_21167.html On December 12, 1971, at the height of the India-Pakis...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 14:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2647
Views: 259161

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

http://defense-update.com/20130207_pmf-vs-acma-indigenuity-at-what-cost.html Apparently the first of the protoypes, the PMF is supposed to come to HAL at 2015. This is still 2014, it's a bit early to get worried. I think hedging the risks of aircraft development is a smart choice. If AMCA fails, we ...
by Rien
01 Sep 2014 12:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3492
Views: 352409

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ In regards to Singha's list above, Tata Motor's Kestrel is the answer. It is Abhay, the DRDO prototype as well produced by Tata. http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/tata-motors-showcases-all-new-indigenous-frontline-combat-vehicles-at-defexpo-2014/ Tata Moto...
by Rien
31 Aug 2014 18:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 106358

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The NH-90 has two variants, NFH: NATO Frigate Helicopter and TTH: Tactical Transport Helicopter. More importantly, it is a modern helicopter, having been produced in 2007 vs 1984 for the US. HAL also is very familiar with Eurocopter technology, having used all of those components before. For ToT and...

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