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by astal
11 Nov 2019 00:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3443
Views: 354626

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Regarding the situation in Maharashtra, here are my 2 cents. BJP lost about 20 seats due to complacency of Hindu voters and BJP over confidence based on delivering development. Similar to what happened after the first full term of the Vajpayee BJP government in 2004. A slightly better turnout and Fa...
by astal
01 Nov 2019 02:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 936
Views: 156998

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

It is not the technology or design that is making the vendors nervous. It is only 49% ownership in the joint venture with 100% liability for any slippages that is the root cause.I think we need to negotiate with the French for 3 additional scorpenes (with installation of our indigenous AIP) as a st...
by astal
14 Oct 2019 03:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 936
Views: 156998

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Eh, it is the same old thing concerning proper planning. We are desi and this is just the way we are. Look, we started off with the Type 209 just like South Korea. So like any properly planned roadmap, the Koreans learned from der Germans their skills and techniques in building U-boats. Type 209 be...
by astal
11 Sep 2019 22:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4041
Views: 750319

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Questions for the Economic gurus here. 1 Is not 5% growth pretty good by global standards ? Heck isin't even 4% is decent? ... clip The fact you mention "global standards", you accept that there is another standard: that is an Indian standard. So, what is good for the global one may not b...
by astal
04 Mar 2019 01:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3333
Views: 520952

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

An aside question: Why did they call a Mach 2 elegant plane, called The Pencil in Poland, a BISON ? Who came up with that name? It is 90 percent of the bad press that this terrific plane gets from ungrateful Indians (I mean the public/media). Bison = son of bis. The Mig 21 Bison is upgrade of the M...
by astal
06 Oct 2018 05:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4998
Views: 961534

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

Regarding the importance of sanctions.The desire to import is a sign of lack of patience, confidence and long term vision (if there is no explicit corruption). The foreign exporter/country has a strong interest in limiting and controlling the amount of technology provided and its application. This h...
by astal
03 Jul 2018 11:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2089
Views: 468805

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Admiral Nadkarni was a truly upright officer who brooked no nonsense. I have heard several anecdotes from officers who served with him. May he attain moksha. I also had the good fortune to meet him today in Chicago back in 1997.
by astal
29 Aug 2017 09:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 590826

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Pandyan,

If a two engine MCA is as capable as a Rafale in 20 years (at MLU), it should be good enough. That is a consistent standard. (My conjecture is that Rafale MLU will be as expensive or more expensive than a new MCA Mk 0.5)
by astal
11 Aug 2017 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 936
Views: 156998

Re: Project 75I- It Begins

Rakesh Saar, Actually the article talks about cost per tonnage. Weight in this case is highly correlated with capabilities. The size of the batteries increases silent operation time. The weapons load-out is also greater. I think that the message to the bean counters is that in the case of this tende...
by astal
03 Aug 2017 07:27
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 647045

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Last prices we know for Gripen are around $ 100 million. For the F 16 they hover around $ 80 million. This is just for off the shelf airplanes built in fully amortized plants in their home countries. India would have to pay for IP, weapons, modifications and testing. This is in addition to new plant...
by astal
09 Mar 2017 03:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indo-UK News and Discussion - April 2013
Replies: 3962
Views: 253458

Re: Indo-UK News and Discussion - April 2013

Best argument against "The British created/contributed/improved India" I have seen so far. Though we may not agree with Shashi Tharoor's politics. He is on a roll especially in the excerpt in the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/08/india-britain-empire-railways-myths-gi...
by astal
14 Dec 2016 08:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7859
Views: 743267

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Oh and abolition of zamindari was confiscation of legitimate assets. Here only money from tax evasion will be confiscated.
by astal
14 Dec 2016 08:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7859
Views: 743267

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Regarding income redistribution. All taxation is income redistribution. The demonetization exercise has two goals. Reduce tax evasion and temporarily halt the menace of counterfeit money. There may be some redistribution of income from tax evading criminals to the state either due to non deposit or ...
by astal
29 Oct 2016 05:00
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 647045

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

Indeed this is a very fast moving thread. Some thoughts on the single engine multi role fighter "documents" sent to several embassies. When ACM Raha said there is no plan B, Shri Modi and Shri Parrikar asked him to make a plan B, C, D, E and so on. In short the Air force is now tasked to p...
by astal
27 Feb 2016 10:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 248586

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

The article linked by Austin looks like a complete hatchet job. The reason for the current set of problems is that Dassault wanted to do a repeat of the Scorpene con. They quoted a low price for the L1 tender and performed a bait and switch after winning the deal. We have all known for years that th...
by astal
15 Oct 2015 09:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 169277

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

From technological pov, Mk.3 with stealthier features would be a natural progression given steathly AMCA is in the works. Technologies will be inherited both ways. But from user's perspective, I think the IAF is moving more towards medium-heavy fleet. It seems like some officers in the IAF have thi...
by astal
10 Jun 2015 10:12
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Brig. RayC RIP
Replies: 90
Views: 11876

Re: Brig. RayC RIP

I remember RayC as an admin on this forum. He held on to his principles against much opposition and fought like a true soldier. He is sorely missed. Through his stories and service his memory lives on!
by astal
16 May 2015 05:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 169277

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Regarding Parrikars recent statements, here is what I can from a glean from a quick glance at the tea leaves. 1. IAF needs to fill a numbers gap quickly, based on their own requirements calculations. For this purpose, Modi and Parrikar agreed to 36 Rafale. I think that is going to be it for the next...
by astal
05 Apr 2015 02:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 169277

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

This is an excellent discussion about AOA and instantaneously turn rates. It seems that certian choices were made during the wing desing stage, to achieve high AOA and ITR without canards in a small, single engine aircraft. What I would like to understand is how these choices impacted other requirem...
by astal
11 Mar 2015 12:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 169277

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Sorry. After writing that longish post, I went back and re-read Prof. Das's post. The one thing that he stressed is that 'pure delta' is a dead end. I know that LCA is a cranked delta but I am not sure what wing design he is suggesting? It would be interesting to evaluate alternate wings designs tha...
by astal
11 Mar 2015 11:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 169277

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I have little knowledge of aerodynamics but this article by Prof. Produt Das seems superficial and flies in the face of many observations that have nothing to do with aerodynamics. What Prof. Das would like to see is a simple LCA bomb truck. Something like what the IAF wanted a long time ago. A post...
by astal
09 Mar 2015 11:00
Forum:
Topic: BR Mainsite 2.0 : Volunteers Wanted
Replies: 133
Views: 0

Re: BR Mainsite 2.0 : Volunteers Wanted

I am interested. I will send email to you RahulM.
by astal
19 Feb 2015 12:40
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 457095

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Austin, I don't think anyone is going to provide complete information on making jet engines no matter how much we are willing to pay. The only way to get our own engines is to stick with an indigenous program like Kaveri. Even AMCA may need a partially imported engine before India can get its gas tu...
by astal
19 Feb 2015 12:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 169277

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Have you guys noticed the shape of the intakes in the Naval version of the MK2. They start in the same position as the Tejas MK1 but curve out towards the wings as they extend to the back of the aircraft. Was this to accommodate the landing gear and folding mechanism or to change airflow?
by astal
31 Jan 2014 12:03
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1239671

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Meghnad Desai is the guy who helped ghost write Gadhaffi's son's thesis. He is an academic version of Miley Cyrus. He had his moment of fame for being a good brown sahib. Now he will do anything to seek attention. The fact that the Gita calls for violence when required, within the context of the Mah...
by astal
18 Jan 2014 03:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 160960

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

Maitya,

In the Kaveri saga thread, could you also post about "flat rated"? it appears to me that this was an excuse for poor performance and of questionable practical value.
by astal
22 Dec 2013 00:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3964
Views: 160960

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

Congratulations to ADA and all agencies involved. Overcoming a remarkable series of travails, Tejas/LCA has earned its way into the IAF. Wonderful speech by Air Chief Marshall N.A.K Browne. His attitude is in stark contrast with the attitude of IAF officers during IOC 1. I hope lessons from IOC 1 ar...
by astal
19 Aug 2013 02:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 698589

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Anujan, What an article. The existence of such a shallow mindset is truly unfathomable. Next time India should take permission from Pakistan before deciding a name for our weapons. Or how about a global contest. <Sarc On> The navy should name our first real boomer, the follow on to the Arihant class...
by astal
08 Aug 2013 11:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 457095

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Ah Nrao and Phillip saars, though PM may have a big contribution imho the real problem is bureaucracy. They do not want lowly scientists and engineers to have higher salaries than the babus themselves. This causes a lot of churn as it vity companies pay more and patriotism does not pay the rent. The...
by astal
08 Aug 2013 00:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 457095

Re. boffins

Nrao,

Based on my recillection, Boffin is a Britsh word offen used to describe beaureacrats. A brit equivalent of babus.
by astal
06 Aug 2013 12:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1811
Views: 165574

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

What about operation cactus in the Maldives?
by astal
25 Jul 2013 11:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 4264
Views: 170473

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Kartik wrote:
Perhaps wake penetration tests as well..


Thanks. Hope they go well too.
by astal
25 Jul 2013 02:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 4264
Views: 170473

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Kartik, Phillip,

If STR issue has been solved, the only know open issues are materials for radar nose cone and radar performance right?
by astal
29 Jul 2012 12:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32727

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

^^^ (I am also not a physician but I have read some good articles in this area.) Regarding drugs and depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders, a recent and excellent article by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (Won the Pulitzer last year for The Emperor of All Maladies) http://www.nytimes.com/2...
by astal
15 Sep 2011 12:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32727

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

Niran, ... There are protien and there are protein body needs 20 types of Amino acid to manufacture all proteins needed some can be be self manufactured some cannot hence raw mall is needed which we provide by eating since 2005 WHO (a you yen ow health org) gives recommendation of no more than 15% o...
by astal
10 May 2011 12:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Poll: Renaming of Pakistan thread (pls read and vote)
Replies: 167
Views: 9112

Re: Poll: Renaming of Pakistan thread (pls read and vote)

Pakistan terrorist conglomerate

Terrorist Cartel of Pakistan

Terrorists Syndicate of Pakistan

Pakistan peddler of drugs, terrorism and jehad
by astal
22 Apr 2011 09:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 2847
Views: 235061

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv

Airavat wrote:My kweschun for PHF: ij mijjile maalish phun with lohey ka haath?


Eet is phun iff you have lohey ka danda ! Otherwije danda melt and bulbs exjplode in vacume

Needlej to say we Bakistaanis have hard danda aljo eet ij tall and fair. Mallish pallish ij essential for brober maintenanje.
by astal
19 Apr 2011 12:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 2847
Views: 235061

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv

Competition to Mujahids in the IT industry. :(

What is the world coming to? Soon Abduls will looj monopoly on IT. Bakistaans greatest source of export income :((
by astal
19 Apr 2011 12:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 2847
Views: 235061

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv

^^^^ Eet is klear that Dr. Janaab has his hands on Peshawar's finest aphiim. Where can I get some? Me ij wanting onlee. Road (and Rail) from India to Europe goes through Bakistaan. He must be peechadi in Joogrophee. What undah Roshan Khayali. Brophet Zahid Hamid (saw) haj decleard fatwa on ships to ...
by astal
19 Apr 2011 11:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 2847
Views: 235061

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv

singhs comment spurs hope of getting Kashmir In the comments, a true Benis Mullah thus spake. Dr abdul jamil khan says: Yesterday at 10:09 pm Afpak, the road to indo-pak peace. It is clear that Pakistan has prevailed to excude india from US-endgame in Afghanistan. For any future grwth of indian eco...

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