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by Dileep
14 Feb 2019 17:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 321
Views: 66694

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

Yes, the lungi will remain tight till it is time to deploy and celebrate. Fluttering it prematurely is not in my istyle onlee.

To tell the truth, initially I thought Singha was right, but flipping through the number of past images available, and taking some measurements convinced me otherwise.
by Dileep
14 Feb 2019 17:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5076
Views: 389817

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Cheen had invited a number of Tier 1/2 suppliers to develop stuff in cheen. Once the work is done, and the 919 is flying, they were sent home with a "thank you.. we will take it from here". "We still hold a lot of things they do not know" is the self consolation these poor folk m...
by Dileep
14 Feb 2019 10:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 321
Views: 66694

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

Those who 'lungi flutter' (that is opposite of dhoti shiver) please scan through the historic images of the same area on googal airth.

There are two fish, both very similar to each other. Note that the aspect ratio of the images are often skewed, so rely on the measurement tool.
by Dileep
13 Feb 2019 11:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018
Replies: 1048
Views: 200644

Re: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018

Width of the fuselage is increased. IIRC MK1 was something like 750mm. MK2 is 1100mm. Can put in nice 'cinemascope istyle' glass cockpit :twisted:
by Dileep
12 Feb 2019 17:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 3035
Views: 126453

Re: Positive News from the USA

Nairs in Kerala were matriarchal till mid of last century. All property belonged to women. Men worked for the 'family'. Kids belonged to the 'family' and had no inheritance to the property of father's family. Men went to women's residence to fulfil their coital commitments. The transition to patriar...
by Dileep
12 Feb 2019 10:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3905
Views: 553467

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

In a traditional heli, the 'speed' of the tail rotor is constant. It is the 'pitch'of the blade that controls the torque. It is linked to the 'rudder' pedals for the pilot to control 'yaw'. smaller pitch == less torque == heli body being pushed by the reaction of the main rotor. higher pitch == more...
by Dileep
12 Feb 2019 07:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Peregrine, what exactly do you mean by the last "Cheers"?
by Dileep
11 Feb 2019 13:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5076
Views: 389817

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

It is way better to avoid a stall than find ways to recover, especially for commercial aircraft. Also, it is not the absence of maneuverability the problem during stall. It is the absence of 'lift'. A controlled dive is pretty much the only thing that can recover from a stall. Even our beloved Rambh...
by Dileep
10 Feb 2019 09:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Aero India 2019
Replies: 175
Views: 22177

Re: Aero India 2019

This time AI will be a totally 'French Connection' affair onlee. French companies are running around looking for offset partners like 'Dogs in the month of Virgo'. Some of the kool stuff my KB builds will feature in the stall of the customer. On the other hand, our own show will be kind of lacklustu...
by Dileep
07 Feb 2019 11:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

It is time we correct the injustice done by John Munro in 1812 by taking over the Temples on behalf of the Travancore kingdom. This 'taken over' administration rights were vested with the DBs when the kingdom acceded with Indian Union, with the condition that the DB will protect the customs and ritu...
by Dileep
05 Feb 2019 21:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

The bunch of cases connected to the review petition will come at the constitution bench tomorrow 1030 Hrs. I had been mostly wrong in my predictions n BRF before, so venturing one. 1. No stay for judgement. 2. No sanction to "delay implementation" as sought by TDB. 3. Govt admonished for g...
by Dileep
05 Feb 2019 18:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2274
Views: 257080

Re: Military Flight Safety

That is not Bangalore. Looks like a very old video taken on video tape.

Original here

by Dileep
05 Feb 2019 12:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

^^ Absolutely. Now, all it remains from the playbook is for PeeWee to do about turn and deny it.
by Dileep
28 Jan 2019 07:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

This discussion is OT here. Let us close it as "there is no discrimination among the devotees, except the well known restriction for women between the age of 10-50. The priesthood is also open to those who completed the required training irrespective of family of birth. The position of the 'chi...
by Dileep
27 Jan 2019 17:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5076
Views: 389817

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Austin wrote:What sort of performance thresholds is the government expecting with the bail out for AI ?

Performance thresholds? :rotfl: Don't you realize that in the "socialist" republic of India, AI is primarily the means of employment and secondarily a perk to the babu/netas?
by Dileep
27 Jan 2019 17:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Hmm... I also see that there is a difference between 'thakkali' and 'tomato'. 'thakkali' is very much part of our food culture, being the tangy ingredient in curries such as sambar and rasam. tomato is a european vegetable that is used to make ketchups. And did you know that the Cows in India (Bos I...
by Dileep
27 Jan 2019 13:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Well, I do not subscribe to the "british made caste" concept. It was very much there in our society even before British. There is plenty of evidence in literature written before British. I was born in a village among the foothills near the northern border of Travancore. This place had prac...
by Dileep
27 Jan 2019 07:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

The "caste" is actually "occupation". In the long past when formal occupational education/training was family/community based, it was de facto hereditary. Ever heard gora last names "shoemaker", "smith", "cartwright" etc? Like any profession, priests...
by Dileep
24 Jan 2019 07:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

I think I know where Arima is going. Priesthood of temples had been the monopoly of the 'Nampoothiri' brahmins in Kerala. The primary reason is the need to do daily rituals to keep the priest in proper physical and spiritual state. Tamil brahmins are not considered qualified enough (because their ri...
by Dileep
23 Jan 2019 08:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Should we discontinue EVMs?
Replies: 2339
Views: 82399

Re: Should we discontinue EVMs?

That is Harikrishna Prasad Vemuru. I had e-mail discussions with him during those days (first part of 2010). He was arrested in Aug. Not sure what happened after that. I write fiction on very thin threads, but this Shuja guys thread is even thinner. Not even worth the time refuting it. BTW, didn't J...
by Dileep
23 Jan 2019 07:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

Thanks for posting these juicy nuggets. The radar range given by the VCAS is just a numeric example. The actual number is friggin awesome. Another thing I heard is that the Daggers are burning up Coimbatore sky logging sorties like a jackrabbit boning in spring. All those whining of "difficult ...
by Dileep
22 Jan 2019 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

When a new lion takes charge of the pride it kill off all the cubs.

When a new person comes to a project, he brings in as many suggestions as he can muster. If the person is ina position of power, many gets carried.

SNAFU in all development projects.
by Dileep
22 Jan 2019 16:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Every day, there was nama japam at sannidhanam. Janam TV used to cover it live, ending it with live feed of Harivarasanam. All the 'guard' people were there, along with aam-swamis, malikappurams and young manikandans. Every day myself and SHQ watched it (well, almost every day, unless some pressing ...
by Dileep
22 Jan 2019 14:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

Chetak, the GRU is a nth backup "take me home" device, just a step better than the good old magnetic compass. The primary INS is dual redundant, and given its position in the aircraft, the pilot would be mincemeat before enemy fire damage come to the INS. There are a hundred things that co...
by Dileep
22 Jan 2019 11:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1502
Views: 76735

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

I had the fortune to stroll on the flight desk of INS Vikramadithya at Karwar. I also went close to the powerplant innards. We are trying to 'indegenize' some stuff. Some musings: 1. Things do look old and dilapidated. It is my first time on a naval surface ship, so I am not sure if this is standard...
by Dileep
22 Jan 2019 10:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

I have second hand (my bro was on the early design team, and his then boss is my close friend now) anecdotes on the interaction between the "pilots" and "designers" during the early design/simulation and putting together of the TDs. I never heard an indication of unprofessional b...
by Dileep
20 Jan 2019 19:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Lilo, my ref to "irrelevant example" was in response to kiranA's example of "looking at the moon". No law granting special rights to SM, or anything pointing to gender etc will not stand in front of SC. What I ask for is a law defining the "Rights of Deity" pan India. T...
by Dileep
20 Jan 2019 12:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Replying to multiple posts: I would rather have a "judicial activist" SC than a "kangaroo court" appointed by our netas. NaMo is an exception in Netas, not a rule. Would you trust the judge appointed by most of the netas today? I don't. Specifically, the SM issue can't wait for t...
by Dileep
20 Jan 2019 10:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Well, within India everyone knows how to IMPS/NEFT. This is about transfer from abroad.
by Dileep
20 Jan 2019 09:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Someone asked me about transferring money to the account. I am not really updated on the currently available methods (other than SWIFT). It would be great if someone could advice here.
by Dileep
20 Jan 2019 08:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

The constitution grants us right to (peacefully) assemble and protest. Thousands who took part in the 'nama japa yatra' and 'ayyappa jyothi' are charged with police case. Now.. what is that called? Remember. These were 100% peaceful assembly at locations that did not have prohibitory orders. No one ...
by Dileep
19 Jan 2019 19:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Sabarimala Karma Samithi is requesting donations to provide legal support to those who are in jail in connection to the SaveSabarimala struggle. Here is the FB link . It is in Malayalam. Smt Sasikala is requesting donations of at last Rs 100 and run it as a challenge in the video. The account and th...
by Dileep
19 Jan 2019 11:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

IR, Would there ever be an SQR that specifies the performance of the GRU in such detail (like max X degrees deviation during YYY degrees per second roll)? I guess not. Many of the demands are similar. I am not sure if the increased canopy clearance is part of the current request. It was there at som...
by Dileep
19 Jan 2019 08:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

There are a lot of such 'pilot demands' that they do not dare to ask the goras. Real story: There is a small device that gives a backup inertial reference to get you home if the primary system fails. Some test points of this device 'failed'. Why? When the plane rolls at high rate, this device shows ...
by Dileep
19 Jan 2019 08:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

One more day to go at Sabarimala. The two wimmin who were turned back two days ago showed up again early this morning at Nilackal, but police says they were sent back. While not discounting the capability of the govt to shoot the foot off, I am pretty sure that no more serious attempt is likely to h...
by Dileep
19 Jan 2019 07:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

As per my sources, the new canopy thing is not so easy to do. It takes a lot of testing (at phoren land) to qualify. Also, there is a demand to increase the head clearance, so the aerodynamics changes too. His opinion is that this is another "I ask because I can. I am kashtamar!" demand by...
by Dileep
18 Jan 2019 12:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Breaking: As expected SC grants 24/7 security to the two women. But refused to entertain the other prayers.

GoKL claims 51 wimmin had darshan. Looks like it is the list of all women who passed through Nilackal. I don't think anyone except the two made to the sannidhanam.
by Dileep
18 Jan 2019 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2335
Views: 150630

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

There is credible threat of an invasion today/tomorrow, the two remaining days of public darshan. The mufti police are spotted in numbers at various locations. One consolation is that the prohibitory order is no longer there. Devotees are on the watch out. Since the utter deception of taking women i...
by Dileep
18 Jan 2019 10:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3887
Views: 814895

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

Commercial avionics work with proper planning and timely action. When you sell an LRU to A/B, there are some very interesting points: 1. Your bid is a binding contract. 2. You give firm pricing and delivery commitment TODAY for deliveries in 2025 to 2035. 3. You give firm assurance that you will giv...

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