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by V_Raman
22 Aug 2019 13:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3467
Views: 493958

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I have always believed in Indian troops in AFG. It is possible with India gets back Gilgit-Baltistan and be able to support its troops to AFG. That could be a grand bargain with the USA if we can handle China.
by V_Raman
21 Aug 2019 14:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 4872
Views: 474961

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

What is this affliction with India appointing people who studied overseas for critical positions in the government?
by V_Raman
21 Aug 2019 12:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 452759

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

What if there is some kind of adverse ruling from ICJ? What are the chances? If yes, what is the impact?
by V_Raman
20 Aug 2019 23:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 452759

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

We need mota bhai to enter the media in India on India's side.
by V_Raman
19 Aug 2019 03:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 452759

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

The challenge is to remove china from our western border and project power till Afghanistan. Then we are a superpower who has claimed its historical space with stable borders.
by V_Raman
19 Aug 2019 03:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 452759

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

India will be admitted to P5+1 when it unties this knot.
by V_Raman
18 Aug 2019 22:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5010
Views: 974124

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

Thanks Maityaji for the enlightenment! So this is another case of tech being offered when we are on the cusp of it! Pranaams!!
by V_Raman
18 Aug 2019 06:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 452759

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

The more I look at Pakistan hysteria - the more I think that they are pissed off at their option for some kind of federation with India being taken away! They wanted to be a separate electorate. But 370 was the next best option. Now that is taken away!
by V_Raman
18 Aug 2019 04:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5010
Views: 974124

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

What % of 500M from DRDO is being paid to Safran? Or is it co-development funds that will be spent in India? I would add a healthy margin for a developed product in this space in the calculations - like 100% over what it would cost to develop - heck even that is low given the time it takes to develo...
by V_Raman
16 Aug 2019 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5010
Views: 974124

Re: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion

If this is over 330M euros (580 - 250) from Safran - we are definitely missing forest for the trees. Safran will have to fulfill its offset obligations somewhere else for the rest of the money. So it is coming into the country anyway. DRDO does not seem to have the expertise to do this on its own. S...
by V_Raman
15 Aug 2019 03:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 452759

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

CORRECTION
Rudradev wrote:^^
(What major international power-brokers (West, China, elsewhere) don't didn't want to lose is the prospect of a continuously festering, simmering, poorly-integrated J&K as a lever of manipulation against India. That is what is under threat now.
by V_Raman
10 Aug 2019 15:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2227
Views: 500331

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I agree with chola. Talk about cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. Sigh...
by V_Raman
10 Aug 2019 01:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2227
Views: 500331

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Look at what soko is doing with it - exporting it like crazy - the same basic design! We actually have an extended version with Shishumar class and we rolled out the last one only in 1994! It is a crime to get ToT and not manufacture it!!
by V_Raman
10 Aug 2019 01:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2227
Views: 500331

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Bofors is still usable and we are finally building it!!

209 is newer than kilo - can it be worse than kilo?
by V_Raman
10 Aug 2019 00:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2227
Views: 500331

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

We evaluated Type 209 successor - Type 214 - during original Project 75 - and found Scorpene with teardrop hull better. Most major submarine deals - Australia, India, Brazil, Malaysia - DCN technology was found better than Germans, who do not propose the much better Type 212 only to select allies. ...
by V_Raman
09 Aug 2019 03:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 69115

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

Today they are openly refusing to take sides on the 370 issue. And the more Pakistan insists on using Kashmir as an issue to blackmail Trump regarding the Afghanistan negotiations, the bigger the rift between Pakis and the Taliban will get. Makes sense. Maybe that is why Pak is linking Kashmir to A...
by V_Raman
08 Aug 2019 04:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818535

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

We need our own equipment to make it better - got it. I hear that the MKI engines cant generate enough power for AESA. Is that true? Will it need an engine upgrade?

Will the upgrade cost be super high - like north of 50 mil including engine upgrades, all these equipment, fees to russia, etc. ?
by V_Raman
08 Aug 2019 03:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818535

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

No wonder IAF wants a M2K++ in MWF

With russia so much behind in Radar/Weapons- will we ever get the MKI to be as good as even our MWF?
by V_Raman
08 Aug 2019 00:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 69115

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

There is no way sleeper cells can be activated without IM support. Not possible. 26/11 type intrusion - maybe - but even that needs IM support after landfall. The public is hyper vigilant now. Near impossible to pull something like that.

If they can still effect something - then all bets are off.
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 23:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 69115

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

There is no way Indian Muslims will do anything in this atmosphere. Any such act will paint the whole community as anti-national. That is why we dont see any terror attacks outside of J&K. Without support from Indian Muslims, TSP cannot do anything outside of J&K.
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 12:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818535

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

Thanks for patiently answering my questions. To summarize, MKI is our aircraft of choice for defensive patrols King of WVR Strategic with ALCM capability It is short on BVR and precision strike - this is holding it back from many of the offensive missions of IAF. Our original unupgraded M2K, acquire...
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 10:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818535

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

All these points might make technical sense. But MKI was sold as the next best thing to sliced bread! I still remember IAF chief gushing about it on induction and how it takes IAF to one of the most formidable AF in the world. Yet, it cannot even be used for a strike like Balakot?! From practical ev...
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 08:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 69115

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

Maybe we told P5 that we will hold plebiscite after resettling the Pandits, taking pok back and calming the area down :twisted:
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 07:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818535

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

MKI cant fire SPICE? Why no MKI as an escort with the package? Maybe IAF thought it is not needed? If we are so enamored with French aircraft, why did we even need MKI? Sorry for asking such simple questions. I have not seen MKI being used for anything other than claiming that it is a great aircraft...
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 06:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818535

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

Why is M2K used instead of MKI? I have had this question as well.
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 06:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 69115

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

If USA knew about it, how come Pak did not have any clue about it? Or they had all the clues and yet could only come up with the dumb plan of asking DT to make noises on Kashmir?
by V_Raman
07 Aug 2019 04:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 69115

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

One interpretation of what Trump said. We know you are going to soon abrogate 370 - as you have told us. My mediation talk is about what will happen if you do that. Is that possible?
by V_Raman
06 Aug 2019 23:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: RIP - Sushma Swaraj ji
Replies: 54
Views: 3892

Re: RIP - Sushma Swaraj ji

She must have felt a huge weight lifted off her mind due to the Article 370 removal. Her tweet on it was very emotional. Will be for many long time BJP members. Sometimes bringing closure to such festering items in your mind leads to unintended stresses. May her soul find peace and she attain Moksha...
by V_Raman
05 Aug 2019 12:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 597715

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

This is as big as the Shakthi tests!
by V_Raman
02 Aug 2019 03:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 597715

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

We should start BR LLC for investing in J&K :-)
by V_Raman
02 Aug 2019 02:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 4041
Views: 438384

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Please dont compare Modiji to Trump. Modiji is in power due to historic mandate based on integration. Trump is in power due to majoritarian division. Trump is an ass, racist, gaslighter - any terms fit him. But he is in power - that is his only achievement. Modiji is in a whole different league - a ...
by V_Raman
01 Aug 2019 18:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 4041
Views: 438384

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Biden/Tulsi joint ticket has great promise
by V_Raman
31 Jul 2019 02:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: General Indian Military News & Discussion
Replies: 291
Views: 59616

Re: General Indian Military News & Discussion

How come we could afford M2000 from that French island and not the Rafale? For a projected 5T economy, we should be able to afford it!! Yes we need our own for bulk of the fleet. But I don’t understand why we can’t afford a fleet of Rafale like the SU30.
by V_Raman
31 Jul 2019 02:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 4872
Views: 474961

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

This is similar to Balakot in what it has achieved. Muslim personal law can be debated and modified by govt of the day similar to Hindu personal law. That is the big point here and that is why the Muslim community resisted this so vigorously even though they knew that the law in itself is the right ...
by V_Raman
27 Jul 2019 12:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3467
Views: 493958

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I have believed this for many years now. India will get the Shornets due to below factors Engine commonality with LCA/MWF Navy fighter - F18 is a battle proven carrier fighter We might be able to acquire many lightly used airframes from other NATO countries as they move to F35 We need to give some f...
by V_Raman
21 Jun 2019 01:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 5395
Views: 509696

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

BD batting talent is awesome! Pak has some great guys in their team who are menacing: Fakhar, Babar and Mohammand Amir. The talent ends with them unfortunately.
by V_Raman
05 Jun 2019 01:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 127650

Re: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion

It will change after this election. They now know clearly that there is no going back. They are reaping the benefits of JAM as well. All of us had our doubts about the ability of Hindus to rise above their casteist divides. This election put those apprehensions aside. They will rise from the religio...

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