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by Vick
06 Feb 2009 07:40
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown
Replies: 3894
Views: 345556

Re: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown

It wasn't just a couple of financial crises that pushed Britain from its perch. It was also two cataclysmic wars in quick succession that played important roles as well. As severe as this situation might be, from what I've read in this article and many others, I don't believe it will bring about the...
by Vick
06 Feb 2009 07:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 517
Views: 22373

Re: Indian Military Aviation

This graphic shows that the Gulfstream based Phalcon has 9 hours on station capability at 500 nautical miles (926 km) away. And 6 hrs on station at 1000 nm distance. What is the Il-76 based Phalcon's ToS at those ranges? On a separate topic, IAI is talking with Bombardier to develop a MPA. May have...
by Vick
06 Feb 2009 07:04
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown
Replies: 3894
Views: 345556

Re: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown

Any comments on this article that presents a very contrarian view (on this forum) that states the financial crises have helped instead of harmed the dominant economies over the long term? Only Makes You Stronger The financial panic simply brought all that simmering anxiety to a boil, and the consens...
by Vick
04 Feb 2009 06:25
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown
Replies: 3894
Views: 345556

Re: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown

Only Makes You Stronger Indeed, many critics of both capitalism and the "Anglo-Saxons" who practice it so aggressively have pointed to what seems to be a perverse relationship between such crises and the consolidation of the "core" capitalist economies against the impoverished p...
by Vick
04 Feb 2009 06:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 952092

Re: China Military Watch

From AFP Report: China Doubled Attack Sub Patrols in 2008 By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published: 3 Feb 17:22 EST (22:22 GMT) WASHINGTON - China nearly doubled the number of patrols by its fleet of attack submarines last year, surpassing Russia but still far behind the United States, the Federation of Am...
by Vick
02 Feb 2009 01:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 517
Views: 22641

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Between the Chinook and the Halo, there really is no contest. No one makes new Halos while Chinooks are coming off the line almost daily. As far as the Mi-46 goes, it exists only as pixels on a graphic artist's monitor.
by Vick
01 Feb 2009 08:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 517
Views: 22641

Re: Indian Military Aviation

The Combat Shadow and the Combat Talon are good examples of specop configured Hercs. The IAF will probably get something that has capabilities of both types or can be reconfigured to either role.
by Vick
27 Jan 2009 22:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 180186

Re: Artillery and Armor thread

Just for kicks and giggles, here's a Leo2A4 with 4 tons of applique armor for a total weight of 60 tons. Shows what the Arjun might evolve into once it has some wiggle room with additional horses. http://www.ibd-deisenroth-engineering.de/tl_files/resources/content-images/news/Leo%202%20A4%20Evolutio...
by Vick
27 Jan 2009 22:20
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 180186

Re: Artillery and Armor thread

and that makes it "based on Leopard MBT" ?? :eek: I have nothing more to add. External similarities are strikingly similar though... Aside from using nearly identical powertrain and the same Diehl tracks as the Leo2A4. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/ORD_Lahat_Firing_Leopard_2A...
by Vick
20 Jan 2009 21:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 912844

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

There has been some speculations recently that the pakis are not happy with the RD-93 engine for the JF-17 and are looking into getting the M53 engine from France. If true, would also indicate that they don't trust the Chinese WS-13 engine either.
by Vick
20 Jan 2009 21:27
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 180186

Re: Artillery and Armor thread

155 mm M-46 upgrade at Know Your Army exhibition in Jalandhar: http://flickr.com/photos/gopal1035/3196408425/sizes/o/in/dateposted/ compared to regular M-46: http://flickr.com/photos/gopal1035/3198515624/sizes/l/in/dateposted/ Looks like the upgraded M-46 has a new pneumatic ram behind the breech t...
by Vick
11 Jan 2009 01:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 33583

Re: International Military Discussion

KSS-II: South Korea Orders 6 More U-214 AIP Submarines

SoKo is on a massive naval build up. From commissioning Sejong the Great and Dokdo to this and everything in between. They are in a hurry to build up naval muscle...
by Vick
08 Dec 2008 01:27
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Stalin's treatment of Ukraine in 1932 is eerily similar to the way Britain imposed the Bengal Famine of 1943. No wonder there's no love loss between Ukrainians and Russians.
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 07:54
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Sudarshan, a book recommendation, if you haven't already checked it out:
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

It was a pretty informative read, at least for me.
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 07:23
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Sudarshan, excellent point about civilizational strenths. By death, I didn't mean like dead and gone. Death as in no longer its former self. The British were going through their death throes during the first part of the 20th century. Doesn't mean that Britain is gone, it means that it is no longer i...
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 06:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 188812

Re: International Military Discussion

ATK Unveils Sizzler Simulator
ATK was awarded a $97 million contract last week to develop the GQM-173 MSST, which will replicate the Russian Novator 34M-54E Klub two-stage anti-ship cruise missile (NATO codename SS-N-27 Sizzler).
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 06:28
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

The Russian behavior can best be analagous to the death throes of a dying star. Before death, the star will get bloated and pompous and will devour its nearest planets. Eventually, it will settle down into a mostly benign white dwarf. Amidst the sound and fury, the actual heart of the star is slowly...
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 06:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missile Technology Discussion
Replies: 518
Views: 22477

Re: Indian Missile Technology Discussion - 27 March 2008

sunilUpa wrote:I hope those Harpoon are not for Poseidon! 20 Harpoons are not even sufficient to arm all 6 poseidon IN is planning to acquire.

These are most likely the Sea Eagle replacement.
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 06:17
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

From DN 9/08/2008 Baltics Eye Fighters For Joint Defense Role By GERARD O’DWYER HELSINKI The Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are working together to strengthen their air defenses in collaboration with NATO. By 2011, the former Soviet nations intend to send NATO a plan that includes a pro...
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 06:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 819078

Re: Small Arms Thread

From DN 9/08/2008 New Delhi Seeks Bids On Carbines, Ammo NEW DELHI — The Indian Army is seeking bids to supply 43,300 carbines, 43,318 night sights and more than 3 million rounds of ammunition worth an estimated $50 million. The tender has gone to more than a dozen companies around the world. Among ...
by Vick
10 Sep 2008 06:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 518
Views: 20549

Re: Indian Military Aviation

From DN Indian Navy To Get AEW&C By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI NEW DELHI — After acquiring airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for its Air Force, India has moved to provide the planes for the Navy as well. Early this month, the Navy floated a request for information for procurement of...
by Vick
03 Sep 2008 23:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2235
Views: 412378

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

I read that one of the design features of the LongEZ is that it is nearly impossible to stall because the canards will stall before the main wings, hence the nose will dip down and prevent flow separation over the main wing. I'm wondering if that is one of the inherent benefits of having canards. No...
by Vick
03 Sep 2008 23:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270221

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

The 30% offset clause only came into effect with DPP 2006 with clarifications in DPP 2008. Some deals can be grandfathered in like the Spyder and the 80 Mi-17 deals.
by Vick
03 Sep 2008 23:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 952092

Re: China Military Watch

Singha wrote:reverse engineered I will bet 12 horses the Su35BM tech is being sold as we speak to appear in the next J-11
iteration.

At the last Zhuhai airshow, the top guy at NIIP offered the IRBIS radar to the Chinese.
by Vick
01 Sep 2008 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2235
Views: 412378

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

The Rustom UAV seems to have taken inspiration from Rutan's VariEze kit plane. The other interesting bit is that it doesn't seem to have a satlink and is dependend on LOS and relay for comms. Added later: In fact, there was a Long EZ LCRA (Light Canard Research Aircraft) shown by NAL at AeroIndia 05...
by Vick
29 Aug 2008 08:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 518
Views: 20549

Re: Indian Military Aviation

I believe it's the same project as NAL's RTA. In order to cut short the development times and share risk, partnerships are being sought. HAL was chosen as the builder of the Saras as no private company showed it has the capability to build the composite portions with any sort of quality control. TAA...
by Vick
28 Aug 2008 03:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 63767

Re: International nuclear watch & discussion -27-Apr-08

Until I read this article, I had no idea that there was anything called a "nuclear isomer bomb". Intriguing... Russia's Isomer Bomb, Funded by Your Taxes We have the also very large field of work with the nuclear energy. Besides the isotopes of fissionable elements there are the so-called ...
by Vick
28 Aug 2008 02:55
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

All of these are and should be welcome. Though I should say a,b,c cover about 99% of the posts here showing remarkable consensus among BRFites which is a bit worrying should this point of view turn out to be wrong! Although I fall in the 1%, there is something to be said about the "wisdom of t...
by Vick
27 Aug 2008 05:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military
Replies: 3954
Views: 1491165

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/webphoto/web_080821-N-6387D-085.jpg 080821-N-6387D-085 POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia (Aug. 21, 2008) Indian Navy Surgeon Cmdr. Ranjeet Thergaonkar listens to the heart of Pohnpein patient during a medical civic action program (MEDCAP) at Sapwalap Ele...
by Vick
27 Aug 2008 05:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Camera and Photography Thread -III
Replies: 4098
Views: 45772

Re: Camera and Photography Thread -III

Pretty convincing arguments
Why the Megapixel Race Needs to End
by Vick
27 Aug 2008 05:25
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 23 July 2008
Replies: 1854
Views: 115321

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 23 July 2008

If the language regarding multilateral critique of India's testing stays in the final draft, India will and should walk away. That language is in breech of the agreement with the US. But the thing is that this is posturing. This testing language will be omitted in the final draft. This posturing is ...
by Vick
27 Aug 2008 05:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270221

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

From DN U.S. Pushes India on Defense Technology Deals NEW DELHI — The United States is insisting on the conclusion of pending agreements with India as a condition to boosting defense ties. At the U.S.-India Defence Procurement and Production Group (DPPG) meeting here Aug. 7-8, the U.S. delegation sa...
by Vick
27 Aug 2008 05:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 518
Views: 20549

Re: Indian Military Aviation

The VVIPs will be traveling in maha ishtyle... From DN AgustaWestland Wins India VIP Helo Battle By vivek raghuvanshi Published: 26 Aug 16:11 EDT (20:11 GMT) NEW DELHI - AgustaWestland's EH101 is the final contestant for the Indian Air Force's $300 million contract for 12 VIP helicopters after Sikor...
by Vick
27 Aug 2008 05:12
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

The Truth About Russia in Georgia But when the Soviet Union collapsed it became an essential Russian policy to weaken the states on its periphery by activating the ethnic fuses they planted. Inside the Battle for the Black Sea "We took up station guarding the opposed landing on the Abkhaz shor...
by Vick
23 Aug 2008 03:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270221

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

From DN Indian Companies Plan $9B IT Roadmap By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI NEW DELHI — India ’s defense forces plan a $4 billion automation of major systems and subsystems while spending another $5 billion to purchase new equipment as part of IT Roadmap 2015, senior Indian Defence Ministry officials said. In...
by Vick
23 Aug 2008 03:03
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 228400

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

Found at AFMF that there is a nearly complete S-300P SAM system set up in Nevada for USAF to play tag with during Red Flag. I guess S-300P system is compromised, at least to a good degree. http://geimint.blogspot.com/2007/08/us-restricted-and-classified-test-sites.html Also, regarding the Garuds, it...
by Vick
14 Aug 2008 09:07
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Care must be taken to make sure the Janjaweed effect doesn't occur else, the Russian high moral ground of stopping the civilian killings would be greatly diminished.
by Vick
14 Aug 2008 08:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missile Technology Discussion
Replies: 518
Views: 22477

Re: Indian Missile Technology Discussion - 27 March 2008

Austin wrote:From what I understand it is the BUK-M1 ( SA-11 Gadfly ) that brought the Tu-22MR .

From where? Ukraine or old FSU left over stock?
by Vick
14 Aug 2008 08:27
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88250

Re: Caucasus Crisis

From all accounts, the Georgian govt gave a poor showing of itself, from top to bottom. From Saakashvili's gross misjudgement in initiating combat to the Georgian army's downhill skiing. But can we realy blame the Georgians? Better armies with better training and better leadership have succumbed to ...

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