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by Cain Marko
15 Oct 2018 04:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1830
Views: 230324

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I think Trump will play hard ball but waive sanctions, India will probly land up announcing deals on large amounts of US hardware like MPAs, drones, c130, nasams etc. Possibly, although unlikely, a few teens as well. And everyone will be happy except the Dems.
by Cain Marko
14 Oct 2018 00:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1830
Views: 230324

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

India's decision on buying oil from Iran, defence system from Iran, defence system from Russia not helpful: US Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66179293.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst What defence system is being bought from I...
by Cain Marko
10 Oct 2018 10:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873617

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

We are going to get 5 squadrons, comprising of 10 firing units. This is crucial. We will potentially have 10 deployed units and not just 5. We can even have 4 for the eastern border and 6 units for the western. China has purchased 6 batteries of the S400 system. Don't know if a battery and firing u...
by Cain Marko
10 Oct 2018 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873617

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Biggest ever deal? Is it bigger than the Chinese acquisition? as with all Indo Russian arms deals, only some details are public, the S400 looks like a juicy red balloon to mask a bunch of contracts and subcontracts Yes there is definitely some daal mein vodka going on. Russian nomenclature is desig...
by Cain Marko
09 Oct 2018 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335218

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

^considering that this is exactly what many thought would happen with Chinese s300 and the complete lack of evidence that the tsp has anything of this sort, this is conjecture at best. Nor have we seen any flanker analogues in tsp livery despite the Chinese churning them out by the dozens J-10s hav...
by Cain Marko
08 Oct 2018 05:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 335218

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

^considering that this is exactly what many thought would happen with Chinese s300 and the complete lack of evidence that the tsp has anything of this sort, this is conjecture at best. Nor have we seen any flanker analogues in tsp livery despite the Chinese churning them out by the dozens
by Cain Marko
07 Oct 2018 23:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1566
Views: 131805

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Wow habalji, that is some list. :shock: Thanks
by Cain Marko
07 Oct 2018 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 372548

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Mig 29 was not mentioned because the question was about HAL’s capability and Mig29 upgrade has nothing to do with HAL. Mig29 upgrades cost so little because they are rudimentary upgrades that can be done at BRD levels. Rudimentary? How? They are definitely more extensive than the m2k unless there i...
by Cain Marko
06 Oct 2018 22:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Austin wrote:Very interesting news coming in that Doval tried to be the spoiler and Modi had over ruled him in the end.

S-400 deal announced quietly after Doval’s opposition, Modi’s approval

Wow that is interesting although one wonders how much of it is true.
by Cain Marko
06 Oct 2018 22:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873617

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Did the order for the Frigates also go through? Apparently three frigates and license AK production did not go through, there was a note in press somewhere about continuing negotiations. On a separate note, trash reporting by TOILET (Indrani Bagchi) look at the press conference by both the leaders ...
by Cain Marko
06 Oct 2018 11:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 372548

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Bit of an amateur video but some good shots of the upgraded fulcrum at. Adampur. Still at it's Smokey best in afraid

[youtube]. https://youtu.be/NA9zQ6us6fM [/youtube]
by Cain Marko
06 Oct 2018 01:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873617

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Did the order for the Frigates also go through? The s400 will create some breathing room for an air Force with depleted fighter numbers and help defend the skies until more offensive platforms like the Tejas and AAMKA come along in numbers.

Very essential move by the GOI.
by Cain Marko
05 Oct 2018 22:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1566
Views: 131805

Re: Understanding the US - Again

more people died in the civil war than in all of murica's other 100 wars combined incl ww1 and ww2. sharpsburg, shiloh, antietam, gettysburg....blood soaked signposts on the road to be P1. at all levels from junior officer to generals, the same people who had fought side by side in american-mexican...
by Cain Marko
05 Oct 2018 13:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5446
Views: 500332

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Really surprised that modi didn't himself didn't go to the airport as he had done earlier. I like the assertiveness but wonder if he'll give Trump similar treatment.
by Cain Marko
05 Oct 2018 05:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4704
Views: 873617

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Bhailog, IAF itself is giving very very high priority to this purchase, just take a dekko at ACMs statements.. This seems every bit the game changer that folks speak of
no need for over analysis..
by Cain Marko
27 Sep 2018 09:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11652
Views: 707345

Re: Levant crisis - III

https://en.muraselon.com/2018/09/how-many-s-300-battalions-russia-will-send-to-syria/ The Russian daily “Kommersant” said Moscow would send about four battalions of S-300 air defense to Syria within two weeks, according to an informed source. According to Kommersant, The S-300 air defense missile s...
by Cain Marko
22 Sep 2018 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522189

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

^Not that I can remember. There are only the current mk1 orders, Tejas production for mk1a is not supported with any engine purchase iirc. Guess I'm wrong. I just don't remember this too much in terms of press coverage. Now might be the right time to do deals with the russkis who are under severe st...
by Cain Marko
22 Sep 2018 22:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522189

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

Picklu, with regards to Point 2, it will not work. Kaveri must not only fly, it must also be proven (certified) and meet design specifications. The IAF will not accept it otherwise. The IAF will never take an unproven engine into combat or even fly it during peacetime. That will not happen. I would...
by Cain Marko
20 Sep 2018 06:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1830
Views: 230324

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Cheen will not capitulate. Over the last 15 or so (but ESPECIALLY the last 5) years, Cheen has developed a narrative of itself as THE new rising global superpower destined to knock the US off its pedestal. This is integral to their sense of nationhood by now. How true or accurate that narrative mig...
by Cain Marko
20 Sep 2018 06:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522189

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

ramana wrote:Picklu, What do you suggest for IAF to do wrt Tejas?

Sir, If all is well, order more mk1s, many more
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 08:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

This could work against a less formidable foe where the bird could fly high and loose behind enemy lines but against a robust threat as posed by the Chinese ADS, I doubt this is likely. IOWs, if you don't have the assets, it's stealthy operation against multiple s400 types might not be easy and the...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 02:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2605
Views: 522189

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

qweschuns wonlee... How do they plan to mitigate the issue of possible sanctions on engines somewhere down the line? Especially if the fleet is 300+ strong. Is this one reason why the iaf seems to have now moved it's goalpost to the mk2? Perhaps the kaveri will be ready by then? I find this move dee...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 02:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Viv S wrote:[ We're making arrangements via COMCASA to get real-time access to US intel in wartime but that shouldn't be an alternative to organic capability.

That's all well and good but why do we need f35 to get this Intel?
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 02:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

I think the f35s edge over the Rafale here will be only marginal especially in the context of Indian surveillance assets if that. The massive power and range of the s400 will be very hard to penetrate so as to get close enough for jsow types. For the f35 to be truly effective it needs the kind of I...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 01:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

What I'm really not getting here is the US objection to the s400, which is essentially a defensive weapon. Surely there is no threat posed to the US by Indian s400s? Apart from the obvious sanctions strategy against Russia, my guess is that the US realizes that this investment will make the mrca pur...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 01:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

I was thinking of a more general context not necessarily confined to the sta 1 upgrade. In terms of tackling the growing Chinese menace, Indian strategy seems to be more focused on brahmos and its variants. It's the best in it's class, has a very good and long ranged carrier in the mki, and should s...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 01:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Who does? There is no guarantee that even the US with f35s and jassms will be able to penetrate Chinese ADS. I think a combination of mkis with brahmos and Rafale with scalp are as good as anything the world has ATM, and I would rate the chances of the first more than the second. There are degrees ...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 01:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Who does? There is no guarantee that even the US with f35s and jassms will be able to penetrate Chinese ADS. I think a combination of mkis with brahmos and Rafale with scalp are as good as anything the world has ATM, and I would rate the chances of the first more than the second. The hans are adept...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 01:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

In terms of the Pakistanis, what the s400 does is that effectively takes out any hope they may have to survive, even with nukes. Their ability to hit anything except over their own territory is immediately suspect and even there it will be very hard for them. In one stroke their main chance to cause...
by Cain Marko
17 Sep 2018 00:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 485
Views: 36374

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

The S-400 is India's Smith and Wesson. Its China's Smith and Wesson at the moment, though a better comparison might be with some sort of shield. At the moment, we've got nothing that we can pit against the Chinese ADGE with even the efficacy of the Rafale being questionable in a penetrative role. ....
by Cain Marko
15 Sep 2018 02:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 372548

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Apologies if this was posted before, but this is crazy :shock:

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/iaf-chief-b-s-dhanoa-says-social-media-addiction-leads-to-lack-of-sleep-among-pilots-1916727?pfrom=home-livetv


HQ always thought BR was addictive...
by Cain Marko
08 Sep 2018 01:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11652
Views: 707345

Re: Levant crisis - III

Singha wrote:the Mig31BM itself might have a unrefueled combat radius of around 750km.

And iirc they can be refueled in-flight
by Cain Marko
07 Sep 2018 07:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

V_Raman wrote:I still believe we will be sending troops to AFG - hence all this.

This...
by Cain Marko
07 Sep 2018 06:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11933

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

While I understand all the rnd, I feel that this was bound to happen, a part of the natural alliance that ABV spoke of. The pieces on the board are moving and we can expect some very dramatic shifts in the near future.
by Cain Marko
05 Sep 2018 09:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 681
Views: 74980

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

If one were to venture a guess, I wouldn't diss the block 70 viper off hand. This is not the same bird that was tested during the mrca trials. You are essentially looking at a BLK 50 with BLK 60 engine and latest radar plus sensor package. Should have much more power than any BLK 50/60 out there and...
by Cain Marko
03 Sep 2018 10:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 90
Views: 5640

Re: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization

JEM : Good posts by you in this thread. Just a few points that I need to expand on. For believing Christians, especially Catholics, this must be a really tough period. One wonders, eventually, what the outcome of all this will be . If it results in a church that is based on the strength of belief, ...
by Cain Marko
03 Sep 2018 10:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1830
Views: 230324

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^Maybe you should regale us with some interesting anecdotes... I'm sure many here would like to hear these. Of course that is if you are comfortable in making journal entries public after suitable mods.
by Cain Marko
03 Sep 2018 09:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 681
Views: 74980

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

^ agree with everything but this...
Rakesh wrote:2) Two additional squadrons of Tejas Mk1A on top of the 83 ordered. 40 aircraft.

If haste is required then two additional squadrons of mk1 for std should be ordered and not mk1a. The latter will take time.
by Cain Marko
01 Sep 2018 22:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 500
Views: 78791

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I frankly don't think it is a modi vs upa thing here. The defence forces were not exactly kept in good shape during the 10 years of upa. Anyway this is beside the point. My concern is for the LCA....
by Cain Marko
01 Sep 2018 22:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 500
Views: 78791

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

And btw, before all this fantasizing, good people need to consider the uncomfortable question... What if US sanctions India for pursuing an independent procurement policy, and in the process embargoes the engine on the LCA?

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