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by Avarachan
09 Oct 2020 07:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3644
Views: 1023095

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

That CNN story adds an interesting detail I've not seen anywhere else: that the missile-carrier of the SMART system travels at Mach 3. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/06/asia/indian-anti-submarine-missile-ml-intl-hnk-scli/index.html The Print story states that SMART can be launched from a warship. h...
by Avarachan
07 Oct 2020 07:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3644
Views: 1023095

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

I suspect that the supersonic missile in the SMART system is a modified BrahMos, rather than a Shaurya. I have no definitive proof for this, but the speed of the development, the weight of the torpedo, the two-way datalink, the range of the BrahMos in a high-high profile, the way the BrahMos is inte...
by Avarachan
07 Oct 2020 04:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3644
Views: 1023095

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

[SMART] is an entirely new system and can be used in innovative ways to develop entirely new tactics and platforms. For example, we used to have some corvettes for anti submarine warfare and usually they would be deployed in own air cover. The idea was these would be used to persecute any submarine...
by Avarachan
12 Jun 2020 11:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/COVID19/FAQ.html Nasal Irrigation: Q: Do you think there is a benefit to nasal irrigation with sterile NaCl for prevention of COVID-19? A: The benefit of saline nasal irrigation is primarily to moisturize the nasal passages, to reduce inflammation, and to impr...
by Avarachan
24 Apr 2020 10:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/17/davidson-uv-lights-could-be-used-to-fight-airborne-coronavirus/ It is not difficult to remove airborne microbes wherever people gather — in public libraries, waiting rooms, cafeterias, or restrooms where someone coughed hard moments earlier. Exhausting air outside ...
by Avarachan
18 Apr 2020 09:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

I so wish ICMR runs a study on the HCQ used by the medical professionals, police and contacts to see if it has helped to contain the viral load. These are high probability cases and given the size, would give us a fairly good data. Really don't know why we are not doing it. Anyone has data on any d...
by Avarachan
18 Apr 2020 08:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Regarding Mumbai, this is a Twitter thread criticizing the change in testing protocol: https://twitter.com/MukulAgarwal66/stat ... 2192354304

This is a tweet from BMC (the authority in Mumbai) defending it:
https://twitter.com/mybmc/status/1250856201719615489
by Avarachan
18 Apr 2020 08:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Regarding the change in testing protocol in Mumbai, I recommend reading this article. It seems fair and even-handed. https://indianexpress.com/article/coronavirus/mumbai-covid-19-deaths-cases-bmc-protocol-6366146/ It appears that the problem is this: there are not enough testing kits. So, Mumbai has...
by Avarachan
18 Apr 2020 08:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Georgia State University virologist Mukesh Kumar ramped up a testing protocol in February just after reports emerged of the first U.S. cases of COVID-19, and on April 15, he released his findings about a promising candidate called auranofin. Auranofin is a compound that contains gold and has been u...
by Avarachan
17 Apr 2020 09:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The situation with the state government in West Bengal is getting noticed. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-india-testing-idUSKCN21W236 At around 3,000 tests for more than 90 million people, West Bengal has done just 33.7 tests per million, compared to a national average of arou...
by Avarachan
17 Apr 2020 08:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/bmc-backtracks-on-use-of-anti-malarial-drug/articleshow/75171510.cms NO mass distribution of HCQ as prophylactic in mumbai.. Oh, that's disappointing. I worry for the people of Mumbai. There can be heart-related complications with HCQ, but those are almost alw...
by Avarachan
14 Apr 2020 09:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

I found this interview to be extremely interesting. My apologies if it's already been posted here on BRF. Published on April 10, 2020. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/cover/roping-in-feluda-to-detect-covid-19/article31306946.ece# As India’s Covid-19 positive cases cross the 5,000-mark, wi...
by Avarachan
14 Apr 2020 09:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://m.timesofindia.com/india/maharashtra-may-hand-out-anti-malaria-drug-as-preventive-med/articleshow/75113510.cms HCQ will be given in slum areas as preventive med.. Thank you for this post. I am happy to hear this! Regarding HCQ, I recommend watching this video clip of Dr. Robert Hariri. It's...
by Avarachan
20 Mar 2020 05:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1831
Views: 343189

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

"N95 Mask Shortage Is A Horrific Manifestation Of America's Crazy "Defense" Priorities" Tyler Rogoway March 18, 2020 https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32556/n95-mask-shortage-a-horrific-manifestation-of-americas-crazy-defense-priorities The defense budget for the 2020 Fiscal ...
by Avarachan
15 Mar 2020 10:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

This is the best article I know of regarding what ordinary persons can do right now (March 14, 2020). It's written for an American audience, but much of it is applicable to India, too. I'm planning to share it with everyone I know. The hosting website has received so much traffic that the original w...
by Avarachan
13 Mar 2020 09:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/politics/congress-outrage-testing-covid-19/index.html 'We are flying blind': Lawmakers fume amid lack of coronavirus testing and answers By Haley Byrd, Lauren Fox, Manu Raju and Ted Barrett, CNN Updated 2:45 PM ET, Thu March 12, 2020 Republican and Democratic senators ...
by Avarachan
10 Mar 2020 10:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7694
Views: 834122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Regarding the coronavirus in the U.S., my opinion is that the situation is about to explode. There are three reasons for this. 1) There is now community transmission in many different parts of the U.S. It's not just in a few big cities. I was startled by the case of a school employee in Georgia. 2) ...
by Avarachan
02 Mar 2020 22:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12252
Views: 1131800

Re: Levant crisis - III

The article to read regarding the current situation is this one by Elijah Magnier. It's excellent. https://ejmagnier.com/2020/03/01/erdogan-idlib-is-mine/ A significant development took place in Syria on Friday. A Russian attack on a Turkish convoy in Idlib in north-west Syria killed 36 Turkish sold...
by Avarachan
01 Mar 2020 06:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12252
Views: 1131800

Re: Levant crisis - III

Some interesting comments from Saker's article regarding the current situation: http://thesaker.is/are-russia-and-turkey-on-a-collision-course/ "Are Russia and Turkey on a collision course?" February 27, 2020 FromSerbia on February 28, 2020 · at 10:03 am EST/EDT For the sake of avoiding pr...
by Avarachan
23 Jan 2020 08:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5635
Views: 713022

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Has anyone seen the points that Putin wants to make changes on? Ramana, I recommend reading this article by Saker. (I consider Saker the best analyst of Russia in the English-speaking world.) He allows the full re-posting of his articles, so I'll do that here for archival purposes. Saker, "The...
by Avarachan
21 Jan 2020 10:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: US military, technology, arms, tactics
Replies: 1831
Views: 343189

Re: US military, technology, arms, tactics

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-says-u-s-is-ready-for-war-not-all-his-troops-are-so-sure ProPublica, "Trump Says U.S. Is Ready for War. Not All His Troops Are So Sure." January 17, 2020 T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose, and Robert Faturechi Over the past 18 months, ProPublica has d...
by Avarachan
17 Jun 2019 10:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3091
Views: 764955

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I don't think it's a new order, but I do think the submarine-launched version is now ready whereas in 2016, it wasn't. The timeline fits. At the 2017 Aero India, Dr. Christopher said that work on a submarine-launched version was proceeding. https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/varunastra-drdo-defen...
by Avarachan
15 Jun 2019 19:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3091
Views: 764955

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

This is great news! This article from "Sputnik" is emphatic that this version of Varunastra will equip both ships *and* submarines. (Different Indian outlets reported different things.). The quote from the BDL spokesperson implicitly confirms this. In 2016, only the ship-launched version w...
by Avarachan
05 Jun 2019 22:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1214643

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Well why is it a waste , when S400 , AK203 and dozens of similar imports are justified so is this . :) S400s and AK203s are arguably amongst the most important warfighting acquisitions we made. One which compensates somewhat for our falling a/c numbers. Another a design that just works everywhere a...
by Avarachan
06 Mar 2019 08:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5271
Views: 1141187

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

^^ But how much is that capability worth? Is Ajai Shukla correct in saying that Honeywell is now quoting $13.3 million per engine (i.e, $26.6 million per Jaguar)? https://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/2019/01/honeywells-high-cost-threatens-jaguar.html $26.6 million for the engines alone is prohibitively e...
by Avarachan
05 Mar 2019 10:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5271
Views: 1141187

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

JayS and Indranil, Can the HTFE replace the RR Adour? Yes. Read this article carefully. It's a synopsis of the propulsion presentations from the AeroIndia-2015 seminars. There are many nuggets. I don't want to copy-and-paste the whole article here because I think the author makes some money from bl...
by Avarachan
01 Mar 2019 13:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 1017
Views: 94943

Re: BR Forum Feedback

1) Can a sticky banner be added to the top of every thread (or, at least, the Balakot thread) to the effect of "The Enemy Is Listening," "Loose Lips Sink Ships," and "Bits of Careless Talk are Pieced Together By the Enemy"? These slogans come from WWII posters, and peop...
by Avarachan
24 Feb 2019 10:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 120
Views: 18599

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

Rod Dreher, "Francis the Fake Reformer" https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/francis-fake-reformer-zanchetta/ While the new Frederic Martel book, and this weekend’s big Vatican conference on sex abuse, tries to paint Pope Francis as a reformer trying to make the Church less of a ...
by Avarachan
24 Feb 2019 10:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact
Replies: 1010
Views: 131651

Re: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact

There's a lot of WhatsApp chatter among Indian Evangelical Protestants regarding a murder in Orissa on February 11th. Supposedly, an Indian Christian was murdered by Naxals, on the order of militant Hindus. I've seen no evidence to prove this claim as of yet, but many people are accepting this claim...
by Avarachan
14 Jan 2019 11:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3107
Views: 379211

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces

These photos are astonishing.
by Avarachan
14 Jan 2019 11:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Lilo, thank you for that detailed post. I knew some of that history, but not most of it. 1) Personally, I don't feel strongly about beef-eating. I would never force anyone to eat beef, and I think that those who desecrate places of worship should be punished severely. (That sort of nonsense triggers...
by Avarachan
13 Jan 2019 13:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

About the KL exceptionalism part, let me point out what I mean. Karan M, in general, I don't disagree with what you wrote ... In my previous post, I was directing my comments towards others, not you. 1) Regarding Kerala's uniqueness, I mentioned that in support of Dileep's proposal for a Kerala-bas...
by Avarachan
12 Jan 2019 13:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

I notice that some people on this thread are angry ... This is an emotional issue. As I've gotten older, I'm much calmer than I used to be. Lies fade away. The lie of Keralite Communism is fading away. Something new is being born, and we have the privilege of witnessing it. Regarding Islam, the bigg...
by Avarachan
12 Jan 2019 12:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

So you want a new political party. If only it was that easy. To form a political party one needs heavy investments and time apart from ideology and narrative. And kerala is short on both. To throw such arguments is just stalling and escaping one's responsibility. While orthodox christians may not b...
by Avarachan
12 Jan 2019 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Because people are using the term "Abrahamic" in this thread, I'm posting an article link questioning the very term "Abrahamic." I know we're not supposed to discuss religion on BRF, but because the term "Abrahamic" is so widespread, there's no way to avoid the issue. N...
by Avarachan
12 Jan 2019 09:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Loyalty is a two way street. Indian voters are quite self centered, focused on their pet peeves and ditch the BJP at the drop of a hat. Most couldn't give a fig for high falutin concepts like Dharma, national concerns the likes of which members in this fora obsess over. Karan M, what we are witness...
by Avarachan
03 Jan 2019 12:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2419
Views: 255458

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Supratik, that may happen. We may see a KL based yindoo party that serve the KL Yindoo interest soon. They may have an issue based alliance with NDA. Dileep, I haven't posted in this thread because I'm an Orthodox Christian, and Sabarimala is an internal issue for the Hindu community. Nonetheless, ...
by Avarachan
31 Dec 2018 11:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4518
Views: 1033745

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

This is a very interesting article regarding how outsourcing to China has compromised the American military-industrial base. November 4, 2018 "The Pentagon Realised What It Has Done – the Chinese Put the US Army on Its Knees" http://thesaker.is/the-pentagon-realised-what-it-has-done-the-ch...
by Avarachan
31 Dec 2018 11:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pedophilia/Pederasty/Infidelity Crisis in the Roman Catholic Organization
Replies: 120
Views: 18599

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

Rod Dreher, December 29, 2018, "Trust in the Church" https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trust-catholic-church-cupich-vatican-sex-abuse A Catholic friend asks me what expectations I have for the big Vatican meeting in February about the sex abuse scandal. The answer? None. The f...
by Avarachan
16 Dec 2018 10:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5635
Views: 713022

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Cross-posted from the "Geopolitics" thread. __________________________ This is an extremely interesting article by Pepe Escobar. Russia wants to create “`a common space for economic, logistic and information cooperation, peace and security from Shanghai to Lisbon and New Delhi to Murmansk....

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