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by nachiket
24 Oct 2019 00:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 5158
Views: 491902

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Good old divide and rule. Use historical grievances and identity politics to cut off sections of Hindus to convert them into vote-banks in conjunction with Muslims who can be controlled and made to vote as a block. Same tactic followed by Mulayam and Laloo to create the powerful Muslim-Yadav voteban...
by nachiket
23 Oct 2019 05:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: History
Replies: 650
Views: 71088

Re: 1965 India Pakistan War: History

ramana wrote:I suggest we put that in a different thread.
i believe rudradev long ago created a simulations thread.
We can re name it and post these there.

Is it this one: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=6877 ?

I can move it back from the Trash Can if needed.
by nachiket
23 Oct 2019 00:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3746
Views: 821485

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

It was probably 2 Mig-29's. IAF wouldn't send a single aircraft as an escort to the ground attackers. It will always be 2.
by nachiket
22 Oct 2019 05:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 5158
Views: 491902

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

From poll of polls reported by NDTV, BJP is set to sweep Maharashtra and Harayana. Don't want to rub it in but Pawar has been going to Hanuman temple!!! Taqqiya! His daughter opposed Satyanarayan puja at Fergusson college in Pune last year because, I quote "Maharashtra is progressive and toler...
by nachiket
18 Oct 2019 23:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4010
Views: 637075

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Lt Gen MM Naravane is in running to be the next chief. If he does, it will be awesome because all the three service chiefs - Admiral Singh, Air Chief Marshal Bhaduria and Lt Gen Naravane - are all publicly pushing for local products. The winds are certainly moving in the right direction! He is next...
by nachiket
18 Oct 2019 22:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4010
Views: 637075

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Referring to a long standing dilemma for the domestic defence development ecosystem, Lt Gen MM Naravane said that `best’ cannot be the enemy of the `good’ and unless systems are inducted and used in the field, they cannot be improved and developed to global standards. :eek: :eek: Language straight ...
by nachiket
18 Oct 2019 04:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous - Aug 2016
Replies: 152
Views: 38389

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous - Aug 2016

gpurewal wrote:I remember seeing a link to a webpage with definitions for terms/slang used in the forums on BRF, I was wondering if a link can be provided? In the meantime, can some define screwdrivergiri?

Thanks,

https://sites.google.com/site/brfdictionary/
by nachiket
18 Oct 2019 02:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion
Replies: 280
Views: 52175

Re: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion

Mig-29UPG with underwing drop tanks at Eastern Bridge https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zYk94JPwOfE/XaiLnGd8RQI/AAAAAAABXis/iGrD3e2uJYEgBEA6jr_R2k77J4K7i8KgACLcBGAsYHQ/s640/India%2Bkicked%2Boff%2Ba%2B10-day%2Bjoint%2Bair%2Bcombat%2Bexercise%2Bcalled%2B%2523EasternBridge%2Bwith%2BOman%2Bat%2Bits%2BMasirah%2...
by nachiket
18 Oct 2019 00:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 261
Views: 66951

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

nam wrote:Yes and no. If Arjun with autoloader, single piece ammo, 3 man(so smaller turret, smaller hull & smaller engine) and T90 engine is brought out, then

New turret, autoloader, new hull and engine means an entirely new tank. Not an Arjun anymore.
by nachiket
17 Oct 2019 22:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 453671

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Mod-Note: Anyone discussing anything besides J&K here will receive warnings and bans henceforth. You have received multiple soft cautions by mods already.
by nachiket
17 Oct 2019 22:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 261
Views: 66951

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

nam wrote:IA will not buy lot of Arjun's in the current form. What it will definitely buy is a 3 man crewed, with autoloader and T90 engined version of Arjun.

So.....a T-90 then?
by nachiket
17 Oct 2019 02:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3467
Views: 494797

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

On the Democratic side, look at Bill Maher. On the Republican side, consider David Frum. We just haven't been very clever about identifying our target constituencies and cultivating them. Bill Maher is refreshingly different from the usual leftist cabal when it comes to calling a spade a spade abou...
by nachiket
17 Oct 2019 02:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3467
Views: 494797

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Ummm the 2016 election was decided by some 70000 votes. Since 2000 this has been an era of extremely close elections in the US. No vote bank is too small to matter, especially if it has the kind of cash we do. Yes, 70000 votes in a few key battleground states. The locations are as important as the ...
by nachiket
17 Oct 2019 00:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3467
Views: 494797

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I completely agree with the article in India Facts. Indian-Americans who continue supporting the Republican Party are simply too numb in the mind to recognize the feeling of spit trickling off their faces. Modi leveraged considerable capital to gift-wrap Indian-American votes and political support,...
by nachiket
16 Oct 2019 22:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 1028
Views: 102086

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

Wow, you learn new things every day on BRF. Dalvi is not an uncommon name in MH. But I didn't know that's where it came from.
by nachiket
16 Oct 2019 22:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 449
Views: 115682

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

You might be surprised. I just found out. MWF will have single wide MFD. Currently layout is being designed at NFTC. Like Kartik said, these kind of "Nice to have" features can be incorporated into later tranches assuming IAF does not ask for everything in the first production aircraft it...
by nachiket
16 Oct 2019 09:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474047

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

chetak wrote:first and foremost, for optimal frontal stealth, the engines need to be buried so that the compressor faces are not directly visible to the incoming radar emissions.

One of the reasons the IAF wasn't so enamored with the Su-57 perhaps
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by nachiket
16 Oct 2019 05:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3033
Views: 292535

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces

Luxtor wrote:I'd say it's a fan art because "Fishbed" is a United States/Western designation for the MiG 21. I doubt that USSR/Russia or any air forces that use MiG 21 would use that term or have patches.

...and the fact that it has T-Bone from the Swat Kats cartoon on it :mrgreen:
by nachiket
16 Oct 2019 04:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 669
Views: 144113

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Hope you guys like it. A Detailed Look At The Design Evolution Of India’s Naval-LCA Mk1 Fighter Fantastic article! Well done Indranil and Nilesh! Warning: Technical details like loss of range by 500% due to Indian design and environmental conditions have been left out. Reader discretion is advised....
by nachiket
16 Oct 2019 01:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 5158
Views: 491902

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

We are spending far too much time discussing the antecedents of an American recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences. True .... I would rather discuss the euphoria of howdy Texan diaspora :) Sure. At least many of the people there were Indian citizens. And all of the people the...
by nachiket
15 Oct 2019 22:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 5158
Views: 491902

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

We are spending far too much time discussing the antecedents of an American recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences.
by nachiket
15 Oct 2019 22:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 3930
Views: 655023

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

The proverbial picture says the thousand words. Sanjaykumar saab, the NSE building in Mumbai looks even better than the much older BSE building. https://cdn.zeebiz.com/sites/default/files/styles/zeebiz_850x478/public/2018/05/22/39299-nse-ians.jpg?itok=wqBNM5BF&c=dd81d9cf1a19dd64b9bdb91586d6a947
by nachiket
15 Oct 2019 05:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474047

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

Kartik, Nachiket, others .... I take back what I had said earlier. ... There is an increase of 2120 ltrs (1.67 tons) of fuel from the 9.12 variants that IAF inducted. There was 240 ltr increase going from 9.12->9.13. And then there are two conformal dorsal tanks of capacities 1400 ltrs and 480 ltrs...
by nachiket
15 Oct 2019 03:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474047

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

But with 900 kgs of additional fuel over the Rafale, the MiG-29UPG will still have similar range compared to the Rafale..what could that be attributed to? A part of it could probably be the fact that the M-88 has a lower Specific Fuel Consumption in both dry and afterburner. Could the Rafale be les...
by nachiket
15 Oct 2019 02:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474047

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

Indranil wrote:The Mig 29 UPGs internal fuel capacity is a staggering 5.6 tons to the Rafale's 4.7 tons.

:eek: The original had 3.5 tons! How did they manage to fit 2.1 tons into that dorsal tank? I mean, it's big but not that big.
by nachiket
15 Oct 2019 01:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 1028
Views: 102086

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

By Rakesh Krishnan Simha who usually writes on defense and foreign affairs. He is a Hindutva leaning Thiyya from Kerala. In south Kerala, i believe Thiyyas are also called Ezhavas like he mentions . They are the backbone caste of Kerala Commies. Commie Pinarayi Vijayan for one is a Ezhava. So is th...
by nachiket
14 Oct 2019 10:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2820
Views: 474047

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

Size is only one aspect of stealth. An F22 has a smaller signature than some armaments. The bigger problem with the Su-30 is the exposed engine face. No blocker or serpentine intake. It is right in the line of any radar waves coming it’s way. Masking the compressor face with serpentine intakes alon...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2019 03:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kurdistan - An Indian National Interest
Replies: 194
Views: 14099

Re: Kurdistan - An Indian National Interest

Iraq is not exactly single-religion due to the Shia-Sunni divide.
by nachiket
12 Oct 2019 03:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3186
Views: 453671

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

In the western media at least, the attacks on India have been relentless. Except for Jeff Smith in that Hudson Institute video that I posted, can anyone point a single article or statement or event where India's position on Kashmir post 370 has been presented and empathized with? I can't think of a...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2019 02:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 921
Views: 103980

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Turkey's dream of ruling the Ummah will remain just a dream... So it turns out the Turks are basically just a bunch of Pakis, but a little less broke. They are in some respects worse. The sense of superiority is even more than Pakis because they actually did rule large parts of the ummah including ...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2019 00:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 921
Views: 103980

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

From today radios show SDF hold 75000 ISIS families. Not all are terrorists. Sure they are. I have never understood this argument. If you work for terrorists on the home front by doing your wifely duties and popping out little baby jihadists, you are no different than the ISIS recruit mopping floor...
by nachiket
12 Oct 2019 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3764
Views: 345849

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

I doubt the IAF is envisaging a scenario where our C-17's would need air-to-air refueling. They obviously have enough range to fly anywhere within India. Only time they fly outside is during exercises where there are intermediate halts on the way.
by nachiket
12 Oct 2019 00:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3365
Views: 535552

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

Even if they had the HAS and adequate SAM's available, any increase in IAF activity, especially significant number of additional aircraft being surged forward cannot go unnoticed. The Feb 26 strikes may have gone differently if the PAF hadn't been caught off guard. The intention was a cross-border s...
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3746
Views: 821485

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

It is written in Devanagri on the patch if you look closely.
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 23:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3365
Views: 535552

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

Not possible or practical, what IAF can do is use convert Airports like Gaggal Airport in HP into Miltary cum civilian airposts to house 8-10 aircraft with proper concerete shelters, this can address the shortfall in the area One thing to note is that in a hot war, IAF will probably move additional...
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 23:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1517
Views: 442054

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

The crux of the problem, IMVHO, is what powers the Tejas. It is not an Indian engine. It is not even *ANY* engine from a foreign manufacturer, i.e. France or Russia. It is an American engine and that causes significant concern at Air HQ. Even during the first MRCA contest, one of the IAF's chief co...
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 03:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3746
Views: 821485

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

On that note, how are "special packages" delivered in the India-Pak context? free fall bombs or standoff missiles? The survivability of aircraft in increasingly SAM and MANPADS rich environment would mandate stand off capability. But then our towns are hardly 100km from each other Free-fa...
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 03:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3746
Views: 821485

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

^^^ It’s not as black or white type as both are alluding to. At various stages of procurement, each has a prime role in making a decision. One area that the IAF has control over is the specs and quantities it requires. Whereas GoI ministries (MoD, MoF and various committees) are primarily in contro...
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 03:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3746
Views: 821485

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

What could have happened is that they may have been upgraded since the Feb 26th mission. But the Avenger formation was the formation of Su-30MKI and Mirage-2000I fighters right? No.9 Wolfpack squadron might have had a mix of upgraded and non-upgraded fighters..the non-upgraded ones were used as Spi...
by nachiket
11 Oct 2019 01:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3746
Views: 821485

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

^^^ That's grossly unfair to the IAF. All they had asked for was 125 M2K, way back in 2001. Given that the LCA was still years away and the earlier MiG s were getting long in the tooth, this was an entirely rational quest to maintain IAF's combat potential at a reasonable cost. It is hardly their f...

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