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by GeorgeWelch
27 Jan 2017 00:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 838283

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

F-16 doesn't operate off carriers

That said, if the IAF can't afford more than 36 Rafales (for now), how is the Navy going to afford 57 of the most expensive variant?
by GeorgeWelch
27 Jan 2017 00:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 838283

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Navy issues RFI for 57 carrier fighters http://www.stratpost.com/navy-issues-rfi-57-carrier-fighters deliveries of the aircraft to ‘commence within three years post conclusion of contract, and be completed within further period of three years’ 57 deliveries within 3 (possibly 6) years? Rafale would...
by GeorgeWelch
15 Jun 2016 06:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3371
Views: 464777

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

Can a Super Hornet do a Ski-Ramp Take off ? http://www.thehindu.com/business/article53220.ece But Boeing IDS' Head for India, Dr Vivek Lall, told India Strategic that Boeing had done a computer simulation to verify that the Super Hornet could operate from Gorshkov and Indian carriers as and when th...
by GeorgeWelch
09 May 2016 11:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 502389

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/customs-act-change-may-delay-modernisation-of-mirage-jaguar-other-fighter-planes/250879/ Customs Act change may delay modernisation of Mirage, Jaguar, other fighter planes The Indian Air Force has asked the Defence Ministry to find a way out in the wak...
by GeorgeWelch
26 Apr 2016 02:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1803
Views: 154301

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

And as I said to a response earlier, if they go nuclear, then EMALS is a no-brainer, if they stay conventional, then steam CAT's come into play Steam cats make more sense on nuclear where it already generates steam. A conventional plant would have to add a separate boiler just to run the cats. Real...
by GeorgeWelch
26 Apr 2016 01:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 502389

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

400 have been delivered to 44 airlines around the world and only one airline has grounded a plane so it can be cannibalized for parts. Others havn't cannabalized their planes for parts. Really?!!! You sir, willingly, and knowingly obfuscate the facts. Please point out which other airline has conver...
by GeorgeWelch
25 Apr 2016 23:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 502389

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

indranilroy wrote:
GeorgeWelch wrote:
Because it's not worldwide, it is an Air India problem.

Is it? I am pretty sure you know to Google.


Dispatch reliability worldwide is now more than 99 percent.

400 have been delivered to 44 airlines around the world and only one airline has grounded a plane so it can be cannibalized for parts.
by GeorgeWelch
25 Apr 2016 12:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 502389

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Philip wrote:Why is there no ranting and raving against Boeing for their shoddy airliner,which is experiencing woes worldwide?


Because it's not worldwide, it is an Air India problem.
by GeorgeWelch
21 Apr 2016 02:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

George Welch, sure sure. After India signs some stupid treaties all will be well. India apparently doesn't think it's stupid as it has been trying to join. Was this related to MTCR as well? There is a world of difference between pulling support for something you've already bought versus refusing to...
by GeorgeWelch
21 Apr 2016 00:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

On the other hand, your lots record is well known. Didn't you do this recently? http://www.news18.com/blogs/india/saurav-jha/india-is-finally-looking-to-enter-the-era-of-armed-drones-10879-995842.html That was neither arbitrary nor surprising. As mentioned in the article, it falls under MCTR which ...
by GeorgeWelch
20 Apr 2016 20:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Doesn't that apply to any country? Do what they want and they won't sanction you? Russia's red line is buying from someone they don't like? "Don't play with Billy or I'm going to take all my balls and go home." Since when did Russia get veto authority over India's defense policy? I though...
by GeorgeWelch
20 Apr 2016 17:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

But I was assured Russia is such good friend and sanction proof . . . they are and will continue to be so long as some red lines are not crossed. Doesn't that apply to any country? Do what they want and they won't sanction you? Russia's red line is buying from someone they don't like? "Don't p...
by GeorgeWelch
20 Apr 2016 10:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Philip wrote:The threat of Russia taking back its Akula and other JV programmes is a very real one according to BK if India goes any further with signing on the dotted line,allowing the US to effectively have a foothold on the subcontinent.


But I was assured Russia is such good friend and sanction proof . . .
by GeorgeWelch
15 Apr 2016 22:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Yet another report of Rafale deal "Finalized". Now are we sure this one is truly finalized or still pending from another 'banwari''s purse approval? http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rafale-jet-deal-finalised-by-india-and-france-for-7-8-billion-euros-1395958?pfrom=home-lateststories India’s ...
by GeorgeWelch
14 Apr 2016 22:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

When it comes to defending India, all emotions should be cast aside. If we need 300+ aircraft that can deliver munitions for a certain $$$ cost basis, there are trade offs against the following: (1) technological sophistication...Khan rules (2) availability during war...Russia/EU rules (3) availabi...
by GeorgeWelch
14 Apr 2016 18:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

The MIG-29 in exercises with the IAF years ago was found superior to the M-2000 Which is why the IAF was so eager to procure more Mirages. Why the Paki F-16s turned tail at Kargil when our MIGs arrived. That was a policy decision by Pakistan. If their pilots had been ordered to fight they would hav...
by GeorgeWelch
13 Apr 2016 18:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Lockheed Martin’s ad shows Super Hornet defeating dogfight missile fired by J-20 Lockheed Martin uploaded an ad on Apr. 11 showcasing its high energy laser weapons capabilities. One of the segments show a Super Hornet in a dogfight with a J-20. The Chinese fighter launched a short-range dogfight mi...
by GeorgeWelch
12 Apr 2016 22:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

It just says 300 aircraft, not 300 fighters.

It might be including other aircraft like trainers.
by GeorgeWelch
08 Apr 2016 12:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Meanwhile Russia is selling fighters and subs and SAMs to China, who is decidedly the greater military threat
by GeorgeWelch
07 Apr 2016 21:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

ShravanP wrote:Haven't we learned anything from post Pokhran sanctions?


Yes, and the lesson is "Don't put all your eggs in one basket"

What happened in the past is past, what happens in the future is uncertain.

What remains constant is that total dependence on one country is foolhardy
by GeorgeWelch
07 Apr 2016 04:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Immediate availability and independence of Russia. The use of the word "independence" is a joke really, especially when going for another dependence on someone else ;) Obviously, but still best to not keep all your eggs in one basket, especially a basket that is getting increasingly cozy ...
by GeorgeWelch
07 Apr 2016 02:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

vishvak wrote:What is it that Rafale or F/A-18 do have each and PAK-FA/FGFA does not have?


Immediate availability and independence of Russia.
by GeorgeWelch
05 Apr 2016 03:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 502389

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

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by GeorgeWelch
20 Mar 2016 20:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 323265

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Gyan wrote:India should give up its obsession with "imported" CATS, go for CATOBAR + UAV based AEW


Do you mean STOBAR?
by GeorgeWelch
20 Mar 2016 20:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

That means little. If we go by this, the F-22 prototype flew before the SH, does that mean much? Nope. The F-18E/F BlkII/III, Mig-35 (once it goes into series production and has a customer delivery), Rafale F3R, Gripen E, and the Typhoon Tranch 2/3 all are significantly more advanced weapons system...
by GeorgeWelch
20 Mar 2016 10:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

First flight:
MiG-29: 1977
Rafale: 1986
Gripen: 1988
Su-30: 1989
EF: 1994
SH: 1995
by GeorgeWelch
18 Mar 2016 18:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

What are you babbling about? You seem to lack any ability to read even basic statements. Fact, Russian or western tech - tech absorption takes far too much time to leverage locally. Go read up sometime if you can't even understand this. The question is: what was the purpose of the MRCA? And from th...
by GeorgeWelch
18 Mar 2016 13:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 323265

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

That article is utter hogwash. - The competition hasn't even been announced yet so obviously there is no 'short list' - There is nothing about a 65,000 ton aircraft carrier that requires a nuclear plant. - The US is clearly willing to sell pieces (namely EMALS) separately. - There is nothing 'imposs...
by GeorgeWelch
18 Mar 2016 12:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

But the west had different tech that you couldn't get from Russia. There is no magic tech we can get from anywhere we can incorporate into our own platforms. So its a non sequitur. Of course, you are right, Russia tech is the absolute best in every single area. That was certainly part of it, but th...
by GeorgeWelch
18 Mar 2016 01:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

The access to western technology was/is a figleaf. MMRCA TOT level was at 60% with 50% offset - it wouldn't even match Su-30 (at 73% as of last year). But the west had different tech that you couldn't get from Russia. The decrease reliance on Russia was plain & simple tied to serviceability iss...
by GeorgeWelch
17 Mar 2016 22:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Karan M wrote:Maitya, the reason for MMRCA was to hedge against Su-30 and basically compensate for lack of serviceability


I thought it was to get access to Western technology, decrease reliance on Russia and boost falling squadron numbers
by GeorgeWelch
10 Mar 2016 14:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 502389

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Snehesh Alex Philip ‏@sneheshphilip 3 hours ago India does not have adequate numbers to fully execute an air campaign in two front scenario, admits IAF #IAF says it is concerned with the low service ratio of #Sukhoi fighter aircraft #IAF says it needs much more MMRCA type aircraft than the 36 #Rafal...
by GeorgeWelch
02 Mar 2016 23:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 323265

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

why further two myths in one post? each has been debated to death countless times. A hundred craft of all vintage have been operating a hundred plus sorties a day on average for nearly six months. Not with EMALS The US version is a massive development project that's been going on for over 20 years ...
by GeorgeWelch
22 Feb 2016 19:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 323265

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Really Philip you need to stop digging up old news that is irrelevant.

The F-35C landing problem that you keep highlighting was already fixed over two years ago and fully verified over a year ago
by GeorgeWelch
22 Feb 2016 10:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 323265

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

When the much touted US assistance on an N-powered EMALS CV was first reported Again, reactors for a carrier were never on offer. cats adding enormously to the cost Cat operations are more expensive, both for the cat itself and the planes (F-35C costs more than F-35B) and additional training and ce...
by GeorgeWelch
21 Feb 2016 23:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 323265

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

but honestly, do you think it makes sense to consider EMALS without n-power? As you say, it is the natural follow-on, so what's the point of offering to talk about EMALS without nuke propulsion? Are we supposed to be such idiots to want to build such an energy intensive tech powered by gas turbines...
by GeorgeWelch
20 Feb 2016 03:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

vishvak wrote:If we want to just increase numbers, why not build brand new Mig 21s? One aim must be to increase production rate to 32/year as someone has suggested earlier.


Because they aren't being made any more, so you'd have to create an entire supply chain from scratch
by GeorgeWelch
16 Feb 2016 20:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 229151

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

ragupta wrote:Wishing that the current imported strategy ends with the limited purchase of Rafale and Pakfa.


What good is a limited purchase of Rafale?
by GeorgeWelch
02 Feb 2016 21:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 596700

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-b ... RW?rpc=401

Boeing would receive well over $1 billion in new aircraft orders as it seeks to extend production at the company's St. Louis facility.


2 SH FY17
12 SH FY17 'unfunded priority list'
14 SH FY18

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