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by Cain Marko
26 May 2018 06:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4561
Views: 682973

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

This... Cheap and effective The Indian subcontinent as said umpteen times penetrates into the heart of the IOR like a dagger. On both flanks we have large island territories. From these " unsinkable " assets, using a combination of land based aircraft esp. maritime strike aircraft like sup...
by Cain Marko
24 May 2018 07:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Cherry picking works both ways. Yes there are a number of bad deals, but there have been a number of good ones too. The point is that India needs quantity, and Russian hardware provides this best until desi products start coming up on numbers No, it doesn't. We are a customer, and a perfect custome...
by Cain Marko
24 May 2018 04:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

This is a perfect example of comparing apples to oranges. You pick an example from the early 80's and compare it to a situation today! If you actually follow the topic, way back in the 80's, French radar guys were developing the PSM-33 and actually worked with BEL to make it happen. The Jaguar is a...
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 06:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Please point out the good ones, with a focus on serviceability. There are a ton of deals where the Russians have taken full advantage of us, MiG-29K, Su-30 spares/TOT, T-90 (legion of issues).. the list goes on and on and on and on.. Its pretty clear the only stuff where we somehow manage to get th...
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 05:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

......... Okay, I just lost a pretty detailed post, so I won't repeat the whole thing again. Just a few points: 1) The jaguar example was to clarify that western equipment doesn't always come without issues. That India was stuck with the NAVASS and had to come up with Darin highlights this. 2) That...
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 03:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 570
Views: 101172

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

True that but the past hasn't exactly been a great cause to give one confidence in performance has it? Be it he gripen ng or the nlca.

In any case I'm not talking about the mk2, which I'm sure will be fine for the iaf. Its the nlca that concerns me.
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 03:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

So, the so 30mki is a dud compared to the Rafale? Or is the brahmos a dud? I made a general point and did not mention SU-30, Rafale or Brahmos, each of which have pros and cons. I'm not going to argue with you about cherry picked examples, there are enough examples of where India has gotten a raw d...
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 03:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 570
Views: 101172

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

[It is very highly likely Navy will join the effort as well given the marked improved range and fuel carrying capacity. The biggest reason the Navy ditched the mk1 was a lack of power for stobar ops. How does that change with the mk2, which is likely to gain 2 tons of additional weight? The increas...
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 02:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 570
Views: 101172

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

We are essentially looking at a Tejas NG. but this will mean that the Navy will likely forego the tejas
by Cain Marko
22 May 2018 02:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

So, the so 30mki is a dud compared to the Rafale? Or is the brahmos a dud? The Su-30 MKI is not a dud only because India has gone the extra mile in adding capabilities no other Russian aircraft had, including state of the art avionics - MFD, DPcs, RLG-INS, modern VOR/ILS, DMG, MF LDPs and even then...
by Cain Marko
21 May 2018 00:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5255
Views: 453601

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Viv S wrote:. Post-2020, the situation will likely to revert to a less loony institutionalized normal..

You really think so Viv? Who will challenge Trump? Note that most presidencies since Carter tend to be two terms.
by Cain Marko
20 May 2018 23:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 570
Views: 101172

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

Again, I wish they created a twin engined bird with kaveri weighing about 10-11 tons instead of a radically different single engine bird dependent on the f414.
by Cain Marko
20 May 2018 23:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4075
Views: 327597

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

KaranM..cost is a very major consideration for a country like India... why we fired only a few PGM's even when our tail was on fire in kargil... ? so please dont discount cost as a factor..mission effectiveness is fine but within budgetary constraints. When the chiefs say ' we will fight with that ...
by Cain Marko
20 May 2018 12:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

It is precisely for such reasons that I was so disappointed when NS could only get IAF to buy hawa mein teer 324 tejas. I'd have preferred it if iaf would have ordered 60 more MK1 foc std instead of all this bird in bush lalach. If this is true, which it seems to be, NS should step in and make iaf s...
by Cain Marko
20 May 2018 03:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2501
Views: 226280

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

Just reposting what I recently found in case you didn't get a chance to read it...

Image and range references removed...
by Cain Marko
20 May 2018 03:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2625
Views: 359677

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

So, what will be the next play from the US? If india is to acquiesce, which it won't, what will be their offer? Free JSF? What they need to realize is that India doesn't NEED US Weapons, it has and can manage nicely with large Russian inventory aka quantity, some Israeli gear and few Euro toys, aka ...
by Cain Marko
20 May 2018 01:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2501
Views: 226280

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

BTW has N036 has even been offered for the upgrade? NIIP keeps pushing AESA as a 2nd step., while first is a Bars upgrade. IAF wants AESA instead. The mismatch between customer expectations and what Russia is offering, clearly indicates (to my mind at least), that despite the obvious geopolitical a...
by Cain Marko
19 May 2018 02:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 531
Views: 48436

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

About the F-16s. F-16s (at the time) failed to meet flight-test requirements during the original MMRCA trials. Along with Super Hornets they were eliminated from the running. Does this F-16 Block 70 address the specific issues that caused the failure and elimination from MMRCA contention 2-3 years ...
by Cain Marko
19 May 2018 02:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 570
Views: 101172

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

One question I have is: with a 17.5t MTOW, will a GE F414 suffice ? My concern is - would we be back to "it is underpowered" situation ? the m53 powers the m2k-9 and it has never been called under powered . the F414 is very similar plus there is probably an enhanced version on the way. Ac...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 12:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1329
Views: 147924

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Can such long ranged sams backup as short ranged SSMs?
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 12:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 570
Views: 101172

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

Hopefully they'll incorporate some shaping and stealth features, my fave... Recessed pylons on the fuselage allowing for 4 to 6 AAMs or couple of bombs and wingtip ccms , rcs should be similar to clean profile.
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

No Guru, but fwiw...For the ols k, a2g and ols uem, a2a on the newer fulcrums, weight was around 100kg, and 75kg respectively. IIRC, it weighs much more if it's on the flanker, closer to 150kg because it's a lot bigger.

Gripen ng system is Around 40kg...
http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/skyward-1
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 11:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5255
Views: 453601

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Yes. Roosland has been bastion of orthodox church for long time. It is interesting to see the efforts to build bridges by Putin and Francis over last few years. Many are waiting for Francis visit to Moscow as harbinger of the said prophecy in some catholic circles..
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 09:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5255
Views: 453601

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Famous Saints' Prophecies About the Future of Russia Famous Saints' Prophecies About the Future of Russia, Cont'd THe site is under construction. But it is quite well known in some Catholic circles that the famous Prophecies of Fatima suggest that Russia will be the one to "bring balance to th...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 08:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 511
Views: 61750

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

The machine behind SA is Wahabbi, the bobos have been ruthless from day one going as farr as to destroy anyone who stands in the way including any historic shrines/communities in arabia. Their singular ruthlessness cant be challenged by the Sauds, they have to play second fiddle or face the conseque...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 08:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2501
Views: 226280

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

What guarantee do we have that the EL 2052 is up to the mark compared to say, the NO 36? How many fighters are equipped with it worldwide?
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 08:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1329
Views: 147924

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

Even if claims about pantsir are true, what about the success of the older s200? S300s will be much more difficult and S400s, all the more so. People making wild claims about the futility of russki sams need to remember how golden oldie SA 3 Goa was used by the serbs to bring down the stealthy f117.
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 08:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

Yes, this whole "silent" theme has been the Rafales USP from the beginning...the rumors of active cancellation and passive detection via Spectra, the claims about OSF, the relative negligence of radar (size) and the utilization and development of a bvr IIR missile all add up to something i...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 04:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 531
Views: 48436

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

Philip wrote:Cost per teen vs LCA MK-2?


Awful I'm sure, but one can oogle at the American eye candy a bit can't one?
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 04:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

Cain Marko, Very good information. My take away is for A2A the IRST should be above centerline and for a2g it should below centerline. And a good IRST acts as a passive sensor up to 50km. So for multipurpose aircraft, a podded sensor looking ahead should do the same job, if it has a wide field of v...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 02:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

Typing out relevant excerpt from Airborne IRST Prepares to Leap into Uncharted Territory - IHS Feature Report, 2009 (ihs.com): The PIRATE sensor head is mounted above the Typhoon's radome ( the optimum position for IRST air to air operation ) and slightly to the left of the airfcarft centerline (all...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 01:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

One more thing to note. Most likely PAF/PLAAF "intruders" are going to come in at low level to avoid high power ground based radar and SAMs. If a pair of Tejas are flying CAP missions, then the targets are likely to be in the "below" hemisphere. Well suited for the Lightening po...
by Cain Marko
18 May 2018 01:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

Thank you Tsarkarji for the viewpoints. I'm still not sure how the irst, irrespective of it's ability to swivel, can see past the airframe/radome which obstructs/confuses signals ffrom one entire quarter of it's top view. This becomes all the more prominent in case the engagement is at closer distan...
by Cain Marko
17 May 2018 07:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 531
Views: 48436

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

^ okay, I have to admit even though I really am not a teen fan, this is the ultimate f16. Triple mijjile launchers, aesa, wide variety of weapons, tried and rested platform, fantastic support and supply system, and the clincher for me, the GE F132 engine. My guess is that we are looking at a block 5...
by Cain Marko
17 May 2018 04:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

IRST does not have much utility beyond close dog fights but they would still need a radar or laser to range the target that can alert a LWR or RWR..... and one can always use the sensor IIR of modern WVR missile that is cued to helmet to see the target passively , IR sensors is also limited by weat...
by Cain Marko
17 May 2018 03:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

How far will fuselage mounted pods help in a2a combat considering their fov will be limited? Just wondering... Ummm, do fighter planes physically shove each other for air superiority like Sumo Wrestlers shoving each other? In that case FOV will be limited. The Field of View Cone is far greater than...
by Cain Marko
17 May 2018 03:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2501
Views: 226280

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

What exactly is an Indian version of Spectra. Can you simply just take the Rafales Spectra and stick it in the mki pnp? Sounds miraculously easy.
by Cain Marko
16 May 2018 15:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1420
Views: 257877

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

Is there any plans to have IRST on the Tejas? IAFs experience using IRST with MiG-29 and Su-30 is quite positive. So its kind of surprising that they have not asked for IRST to added to the Tejas. The Rafael, EF-2K and most other modern fighters have an IRST. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic...
by Cain Marko
16 May 2018 12:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2501
Views: 226280

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

I think that the pakfa derived aesa radar is a given along with wing mounted L band radar ala su 35. This is one reason that they are taking so long to finalize imho.

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