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by Cosmo_R
18 Sep 2017 22:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 201276

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Go the whole hog. Use the new Vikrant hulls to build Wasp class LHDs—our version of JC stick 20 F35Bs and we get both and 2 for the price of 1 How will the 40000t hull be suitable for a 25000t ship? Overall I have to agree that the change of focus to amphibious assault/helo/light aircraft carriers ...
by Cosmo_R
18 Sep 2017 03:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 881390

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^Station the Growler at naval land air stations, as they have longer legs than the F-35B.

Interesting point. If range is a factor, why not put Growler capabilities on P-8 I or a more specialized version of 737s?

Longer legs, loiter time, MRO compatibility with P8-I
by Cosmo_R
17 Sep 2017 18:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 881390

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^ Also, the whole Vishal thing was to make India spend on being a 'complementary' naval power and take the pressure off the pakis by starving the IAF/IA
by Cosmo_R
17 Sep 2017 16:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 3160
Views: 415987

Re: Indus Water Treaty

... So, IMHO, both modifications and termination are possible per IWT provisions. I defer to your knowledge. However, a question. A new treaty can replace the existing one according to the provisions but unless and until a new treaty comes into force by agreement by and between the two signatories,...
by Cosmo_R
17 Sep 2017 15:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 462361

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

@Chola ^^^: Exactly. Add to that a 'fits and starts' defense policy and each new project is greenfields. No institutional memory, cumulative knowledge base and no mentors. If we had persevered with the HF24, we would have had our 'Viggen' by the early 1980s. And that base today... I hope that with A...
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 05:34
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Austin wrote: I wonder of single engine would have requirement for hardwiring it for nuclear role and if swedes and US would oblige ?


How did the Pakis and the Israelis do it? It was common knowledge about the Israelis doing it some 30 odd years ago
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 05:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 597688

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

.. ... But the heavy/Medium"light was a media creation with our media defence experts writing article saying that "All air forces have this heavy-medium-light" mix". I laughed and pointed out this bullshit very early on - but it has now become "gyan" I think they shoul...
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 05:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 597688

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

They have 30 years of MRO for existing a/c. Decline in peace
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 04:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 156389

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

A propos of nothing. In 1978, I was invited by SBI to outline how the Eurodollar syndication market worked at the time including how we priced risk. Presented what we'd done for Korea Development Bank and an entity called Samsung. Was more than surprised when I got flak during Q&A when many newl...
by Cosmo_R
16 Sep 2017 03:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - June 20, 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 352882

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - June 20, 2017

FT: US weighs dropping Pakistan as an ally .... Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Pakistan in the wake of 9/11, says Pakistan resents the wild oscillations in support from the US. “They went from our most allied of allies to our most sanctioned of sanctioned,” he said, recalling that the US wor...
by Cosmo_R
15 Sep 2017 19:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 2012
Views: 177479

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

I don't know if this is really true or the writer is being disingenuous: "The Importance of a Japan-India Amphibious Aircraft Deal. The conclusion of an India-Japan deal for the transfer of ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft will bear immense strategic importance." ..."a symbolic firs...
by Cosmo_R
15 Sep 2017 18:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 462361

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

... ..though it will be shaped for stealth, a non-stealthy version has also been planned. Now this is smart. The concept of stealth in the mid 2020s will be a moving target. Better to get a platform that has everything else for a 5G a/c and then worry about stealth as it will be 10 years from now. ...
by Cosmo_R
14 Sep 2017 03:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3878
Views: 549057

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

This struck me as interesting in the context of MII http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/return-part-was-most-difficult-recalls-major-who-led-surgical-strikes-in-pok-1748359 "Maj. Tango would be armed with his M4A1 5.56-mm carbine, the rest of the assault team with a mix of M4A1 s and standard-issue ...
by Cosmo_R
13 Sep 2017 01:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2753
Views: 332346

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^^^Don't see any irony. Look up the JSF Turkey or Talisman thread and you will get a handle on the past discussions. I reserve the right to make a comment on a picture when it portrays carrying EFTs as some sort of great milestone. I'm not sure why you take it so personally and infuse it with a scho...
by Cosmo_R
12 Sep 2017 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2753
Views: 332346

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Sir, are you opposing because you must? Exactly.. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/F-22_fuel_tanks.jpg F-35 linky Gentlemen, you miss the point. When the JSF was discussed in its own thread, many on BRF scoffed at the bomb load in stealth configuration. Short legs, small payload....
by Cosmo_R
11 Sep 2017 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2753
Views: 332346

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

^^^"EFT's is not be stealthy but to extend the range either for ferry or for tactical advantage" Of course, but when one is touting, the PAK/FA as a 'stealthy a/c' with an effective/superior combat range, it hardly helps that you've got these beacons pinpointing you because they are extend...
by Cosmo_R
11 Sep 2017 03:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2753
Views: 332346

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Very stealthy those EFTs
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 22:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^The only demand I could think of was Taiwan and Vietnam for new build. I don't know what the MRO market is but if we become sole source, the margins are phenomenal.
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 19:31
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Seems there's not even a thought in Delhi about asking USA to pass a law regarding guarantee that the weaponry we buy won't be sanctioned. I have a greater chance of when crossing the road, have a Ferrari - driven by none other than Katrina Kafi - hitting me, Katrina Madam jumping out of the car an...
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 16:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 816666

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

A version of this story is in the FGFA thread already. But I want to discuss the possibility of us buying the goddam MiG-35 as a sop to the fvcking Russkis for making a mess of the PAK FA. http://defenceaviationpost.com/russia-pitches-mig-35-india-fgfa-project-falters/ .... Note the "we are wi...
by Cosmo_R
09 Sep 2017 05:05
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

What does an 'iron clad guarantee' mean? Suppose they are barred by the US from providing XYZ—what are we going to do? Sue them? Yes definitely get damages. If going into a contract they know of the pitfalls of their dependency and inspite of that if they hope to make billions doing business in/wit...
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 23:10
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

" Actually companies like HAL do not need any more cash as such from GOI as well. They are literally debt free. They can borrow huge money very easily from market, if GOI let them to." There's a very good reason why they are not allowed to borrow. In fact, many reasons. First and foremost,...
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 23:01
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

If India decides to opt for Gripen E then it will have to get Iron-Clad guarantees from Sweden that it's dependency on US for various spare parts and the engine will not threaten or jeopardise the continual production or flight availability status in India. We will do well to remember the Sea King ...
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 22:58
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 997
Views: 182513

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

I have been saying this about BK all along. He's devolved into wild assertions
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 04:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 917
Views: 102191

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Singha wrote:
rsingh wrote:What about Israeli security?


Turkey and israel have close ties


On the ropes. With Namo's visit, the Turkish option has cooled given the Islamist bent of Erdogan.
by Cosmo_R
08 Sep 2017 04:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 917
Views: 102191

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-pakistan-defence-idUSKBN1861YK Turkey and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding for the sale of four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara's armed forces, Turkey's defense industry undersecretariat said o...
by Cosmo_R
07 Sep 2017 06:19
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

"Making Profit the kingpin of National Security" ^^^

vs. loss making? PSU union paid stuff on first glance.
by Cosmo_R
07 Sep 2017 05:41
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5116
Views: 1143122

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

In the event of a major conflagration with the PRC, how many conventional IRBMs could we bring to bear on our Northern flank and what are the pain points we could target that would give PRC pause as they consider hitting our cities?
by Cosmo_R
07 Sep 2017 03:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 638983

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Canadian defence procurement seems to be as bad as or worse than ours. .... Now the Canadians are begging the Aussies for their old F-18s, which are probably as old as the RCAF planes. Read it here .... Wait till they find out about the Qatari M2Ks :) But you're right very similar. And it stems fro...
by Cosmo_R
05 Sep 2017 22:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2968
Views: 370540

Re: International Military Discussion

In just 11 years the NOKOs have gone from a piffling sub kiloton nuke to a 100KT thermo nuke. All with a tiny scientific and industrial base—a fraction of what India has. The Indian ~45KT thermo nuke in 1998 (much disputed as a failure) took how many years? You don't think the PRC proliferated do yo...
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 23:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 597688

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

The jump from a high building and growing wings on the way down works in the US and nowhere else. FSU tried it for a while (design bureaus) and found it ruinous. LM's and Boeing's Phantom works built on their companies' parts bin that came from aircraft in production and from reservoir of experience...
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 22:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 201276

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

I do support a few hyuga class 20000t fast helicopter carriers though for asw sea control role mounting a strong fleet of asw helis like jmsdf does to support land based asw efforts We can get 3 for price of 1 vishal without emals nukular power and jsf airwing and 1/3 the tonnage Go the whole hog. ...
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 22:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 201276

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Singha wrote:Atleast 3 or 4 like vanguard or troimphant class


If S5 is convertible (S4/K15/Nirbhay), we can amortize cost over larger run that includes SSGNs and keep PRC guessing over 'recessed deterrence.
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 22:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 201276

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

That weighs as much as S-5. I think our SSNs will be just that: SSN. I'll be happy if it carries 40 odd HWT and BrahMos missiles. It may or may not have VLS for BrahMos, initial LA class, the missiles were fired through Torpedo tubes. By the time our SSNs come, we can do necessary modifications to ...
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 19:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 201276

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

... if funds a concern, its far better to be a major submarine power than a moderate carrier power. this is exactly the decision that russia also took in the cold war. Yup. And it all depends on what you want. A carrier based strike force or an Air Defense Ship to provide cover for the fleet. Frank...
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 16:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 597688

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

tsarkar wrote:...

As I wrote in the Artillery thread, there are so many vested interests in India that it's a miracle whenever something right happens


More like innumerable mouths at the public trough. That's our food chain.
by Cosmo_R
04 Sep 2017 16:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 597688

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

regarding 2-engine LCA, AMCA is definitely the way to go. with the caveat that AMCA Mk1 should not have any dependency on tech we don't possess right now. just re-size the LCA to accept 2 engines (F-414 if that's all we have) and re-use whatever subsystems you can from LCA. forget all unobtainium t...
by Cosmo_R
03 Sep 2017 05:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 881390

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I fail to understand why the scorpene deal did not include a basic thing like torpedo and ASM and it should have been routed via DCN to procure and qualify our chosen torpedo, and help us test it into induction. In economics there is a term 'time inconsistentcy problem'. It means that time horizons...
by Cosmo_R
03 Sep 2017 05:06
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 655443

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Cain Marko wrote:... Mr. Bhamre was saying - we will have 42 sqds in the next 3-4 years! Kamaal key log hai. ...


Bhamre's office was deemed untrustworthy by MP. Google
by Cosmo_R
03 Sep 2017 04:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 201276

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Singha wrote:from the description sounds like a very tricky problem in physics and signal processing to work in all sea conditions. the sea is constantly shifting and moving.


The French said no to SSN help.

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