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by Nikhil T
31 Oct 2019 03:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 64
Views: 11082

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

100% agree. In the longer term, there's no need for BSNL and MTNL to operate while there are efficient private sector companies. If anything, Govt should provide a performance based subsidy for telcos to operate in remote areas. That will be far better than having BSNL attempt to operate as a corpor...
by Nikhil T
31 Oct 2019 03:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3448
Views: 492248

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

In other news .... US State Deptt expressed support for "India's sovereignty" on Twitter while commenting on US Ambassador's recent visit to Tawang. I don't ever recall US weighing in on Arunachal Pradesh like this, but it is sure to invite Chinese ire. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...
by Nikhil T
29 Oct 2019 11:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement Tracking - Modi 2.0 Govt - No Discussions
Replies: 1209
Views: 239693

Re: Achievement Tracking - Modi 2.0 Govt - No Discussions

Nice writeup of Modi's retaliation against Turkey and Malaysia How Modi Govt is using aggressive diplomacy to its advantage In the mean streets of international politics, if someone harms you and you take it lying down, the chances are that you will be pushed around as a patsy whom no one respects o...
by Nikhil T
26 Oct 2019 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

^ The big difference, is during last 6 years we are buying more Indian products - which are much cheaper; - sometimes at least 1/4 the cost of highly commissioned (cough cough ... you know what I mean) imported products. If with the same money, we can better and world class local products why to co...
by Nikhil T
25 Oct 2019 11:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

It’s driven by inadequate budgetary allocation for IAF, which is now prioritizing its foreign obligations over PSU obligations. This is sickening if true. Choosing to pay foreign over Indian suppliers? There should be a pool of money at the MOD or even MOF level reserved for indigenous orders. Basi...
by Nikhil T
25 Oct 2019 11:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018
Replies: 165
Views: 55255

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018

Gopal Kanda on a special flight to Delhi Before he took the flight from the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Haryana, Mr Kanda told reporters that he would support the party that would work for the development of Sirsa, his home base, from where he has won. Gopal Kanda resigned as a minister in th...
by Nikhil T
24 Oct 2019 13:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

It’s driven by inadequate budgetary allocation for IAF, which is now prioritizing its foreign obligations over PSU obligations.
by Nikhil T
22 Oct 2019 04:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 816906

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Let's not ignore that geography also means that the next Sino-Indian war will be a two front war. Pak is not going to sit idly by an opportunity like that and we simply do not have the numbers to fend off PLAAF + PAF in an all out war. However, for short conflicts where only a tiny portion of assets...
by Nikhil T
19 Oct 2019 06:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4059
Views: 721111

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Disagree. We don't want to keep adding manpower to Armed Forces and worsen our capital-to-revenue expenditure ratio. Converging existing units under one umbrella makes sense. Coming to different training/kit/infrastructure, we don't *have to* task a mixed unit comprising all 3 services to conduct an...
by Nikhil T
18 Oct 2019 05:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment
Replies: 64
Views: 11082

Re: PSU Privatization / Strategic Disinvestment

BSNL is not completely at fault 1. BJP Govt didn’t allot them 4G 2. All Pvt Telcos are pumping in finance but BSNL barred from taking loans 3. Zero capital investment by Govt 4. No investment in towers Having both my parents as BSNL employees, I will chip in with their side of the story on who and ...
by Nikhil T
17 Oct 2019 01:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 816906

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

... Cheen can live losing Tibet. It can't live losing Shanghai or any part of the coast line. Those 1100 4th gen are stuck geo-politically a continent away from India. And they are facing hundreds of superior 4th gen fighters in the F-15s, F-16s and F-18s of the US and its allies. Never mind the im...
by Nikhil T
16 Oct 2019 06:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4094
Views: 816906

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

^ Also clears up any misconception that 36 or 72 Rafales will help us "break the door" with PLAAF, which has 1173+ 4th gen fighters against ~400 IAF 4th gen jets. Based on ACM Bhaduria's comment, it seems the IAF has finally realized that purchasing foreign made weapons at eye watering pri...
by Nikhil T
16 Oct 2019 00:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 4243
Views: 788445

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Loan mela by public sector banks successful; disbursed Rs 81,000 crore The Finance Ministry on Monday said loans worth Rs 81,781 crore were disbursed during the nine-day outreach programme or loan mela organised by public sector banks starting October 1. Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar said, "R...
by Nikhil T
15 Oct 2019 06:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 635555

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

(Interesting that all the names have been blurred) https://twitter.com/NorthernComd_IA/status/1182289025056432128?s=19 #LtGenYKJoshi handed over the command of #FireAndFuryCorps today to #LtGenHarinderSingh. The incumbent General Officer exhorted all ranks to continue to discharge their duties with...
by Nikhil T
14 Oct 2019 08:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 554009

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Indian Railways is tracking its trains via ISRO’s GAGAN network https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/indian-railways-is-linking-its-trains-to-isros-satellite-network-how-will-it-improve-its-punctuality/articleshow/71557415.cms Great work and a great article to share ...
by Nikhil T
04 Oct 2019 06:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

.... Again, respectfully saar, you deflected my earlier question about "why Brahmos is insufficient to target radar stations, a typical SEAD target" to talk about firing Brahmos from submarines, C17s, P-8Is etc. Just to recap what we're hopefully aligned on by now - Brahmos is cheaper tha...
by Nikhil T
04 Oct 2019 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

*BrahMos unit cost - US $2.75 million (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrahMos) *SCALP unit cost - €850,000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Shadow) or US $932,577.50 as per today's exchange rates SCALP is more than $1.8 million cheaper per unit when compared to BrahMos. To take out mobile target...
by Nikhil T
04 Oct 2019 01:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

@Rakesh saar - there are several assertions in your post justifying the Rafale. With due respect, disagree on many counts. But let me talk about the Rafale in particular. We are not buying aircraft to sprinkle rose petals on the enemy. The Rafale is being purchased for very unique roles in the IAF -...
by Nikhil T
02 Oct 2019 01:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 818047

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

^Eerily similar to Pathankot in 2016 when NSG was flown in anticipation of an attack.
by Nikhil T
02 Oct 2019 01:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3911
Views: 650759

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Balochistan Chief Minister says no foreign investor can come to Pakistan in current scenario Govt looks for local firms to invest in Reko Diq LAHORE: The Balochistan government is trying to persuade large Pakistani investors to form a consortium to invest their money in the development of Reko Diq c...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 12:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 503579

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Absolutely brilliant. I loved the line about a 21st century country vs a country living in medieval times.
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 12:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3185
Views: 451300

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Honest question - has there been a recent GoI update about the restrictions in Kashmir? The last update mentioned that only a few police stations have restrictions. So are schools, markets, govt offices functioning? From the videos I've seen on SM by Aditya Kaul and Imtiaz Hussain, there is traffic...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 06:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3185
Views: 451300

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Honest question - has there been a recent GoI update about the restrictions in Kashmir? The last update mentioned that only a few police stations have restrictions. So are schools, markets, govt offices functioning? From the videos I've seen on SM by Aditya Kaul and Imtiaz Hussain, there is traffic ...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 06:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 503579

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Few point on Dimran's Speech: - Big ego and all fanboys ensure that he didn't use a script. He faltered and lost focus couple of time, struggled and made the speech confusing at times. Plus he bungled on facts, names and event. That could be avoided completely if he had followed a written script. -...
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 06:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 972
Views: 265732

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

I hope too. With lack of a strong surface fleet in PN, it will be a nice juicy target for a Brahmos.
by Nikhil T
28 Sep 2019 00:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2587
Views: 334421

Re: Military Flight Safety

RIP bravehearts. I wonder if the LUH (instead the Cheetah) would have prevented this accident or if the machine didn't matter.
by Nikhil T
26 Sep 2019 11:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2220
Views: 498312

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Sweden out, South Korea in for Rs 45,000 crore submarine project https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/sweden-out-south-korea-in-for-rs-45000-crore-submarine-project/articleshow/71303887.cms NEW DELHI:The Rs 45,000 crore submarine project contest for the Indian Navy continues to throw up...
by Nikhil T
26 Sep 2019 06:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2220
Views: 498312

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^^ Karthik ji, the P17A has inaugurated our entry into modular shipbuilding with the same model being built at multiple yards. This is the first step towards faster and larger production volumes. I think modular shipbuilding is the necessary first step, but its insufficient by itself. The Chinese ...
by Nikhil T
24 Sep 2019 06:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2819
Views: 472555

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

And the Air Chief thought otherwise. Rafale would have been better in Balakot, says IAF chief Dhanoa https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/rafale-would-have-been-better-in-balakot-says-iaf-chief-dhanoa-119041600070_1.html So, I'd rather throw the money at additional LCA squadron...
by Nikhil T
24 Sep 2019 01:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2819
Views: 472555

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

The numbers tweeted there seem really strange if not straight from a rafale fanboy. 1.5x loiter time 30% extra range Even the availability of the mki is not as ridiculously low as pointed out. Currently close to 70%. I understand people want the rafale badly, so do I but the are bogus claims are ju...
by Nikhil T
23 Sep 2019 12:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2819
Views: 472555

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Hope they don’t go in for more Rafales. I’d invest the Rs 50,000 crore saved in indigenous systems - churn out 2 squadrons of LCA FoC, another 2 squadrons of MK1A, and accelerate the MKI upgrade. Am glad you are not the one making decisions. Right back at you. Your previous posts salivating at the ...
by Nikhil T
23 Sep 2019 07:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2819
Views: 472555

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

The first part of the article quotes IDRW (facepalm moment right there). Second part, quotes Govt sources. Perhaps we still have hope. The most interesting part as Rakesh (?) pointed out is that the MMRCA Part 2 has still not even received an AON from GOI. LOL! Ergo, the induction of 18x Su-30, 21x...
by Nikhil T
23 Sep 2019 04:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 503579

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Air India VIP Plane Vs Borrowed Saudia Plane. Beggar can not even afford a commercial ticket. It’s also shows how Pakis have no sense of izzat. IK promised he would fly commercial instead of PIA jets, but then happily jumped on a Saudi Royal jet to go to US when offered. No self respect! Besides, H...
by Nikhil T
23 Sep 2019 02:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2819
Views: 472555

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/government-likely-to-order-36-more-rafale-fighter-jets/articleshow/71243729.cms Government likely to order 36 more Rafale fighter jets New Delhi: Shrugging off the controversy around the previous deal, the Narendra Modi government has finalized a dea...
by Nikhil T
22 Sep 2019 02:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1495
Views: 435212

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Where is the bigger order for the mk1 from the IAF? this is seriously aggravating. :evil: Even now DRDO Director is hoping that the contract would be signed within this FY - which ends in March - full 6 months away. The RFP for Mk1A was issued in Dec 2017. Even if we sign the contract in March 2020...
by Nikhil T
21 Sep 2019 08:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2220
Views: 498312

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

What’s going on with INS Kolkata pictured in the dry dock? It looks like it’s being taken offline for work?

Added later - figured out. The pic is of INS Delhi which is getting it’s radars upgraded.
by Nikhil T
19 Sep 2019 01:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1813
Views: 169595

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Incredible that CISF won't protect our premier defence shipyard, though it protects our critical economic infrastructure like oil refineries and even some IT parks. That said, its not hard to conceal such small items like hard disks and so, the responsibility here is more on the shipyard management ...
by Nikhil T
19 Sep 2019 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3361
Views: 533099

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

One thing I am not able to get an answer, is why were the Mirage/JF17 which were firing PGM not targeted with BVR? The H4 has to be guided by the Mirage until impact and this means they have to be at station during the entire period. Why were they not hit as soon as the PGM were released? The quest...
by Nikhil T
18 Sep 2019 23:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2067
Views: 545381

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

^ I'd be very surprised if any defense sale materializes to Middle Eastern countries. They're a stronghold of US, UK, France and they don't really make decisions based on cost. I hope we churn Astras out like sausages for IAF's needs.
by Nikhil T
18 Sep 2019 05:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff
Replies: 47
Views: 10757

Re: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff

Still no word on CDS and the next IAF chief. BS Dhanoa retired in two weeks.

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