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by Philip
23 Mar 2007 19:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion
Replies: 3997
Views: 285493

True British casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article2383896.ece Ministers finally admit full scale of war casualties By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor Published: 23 March 2007 Casualty figures show that more British soldiers have been seriously hur...
by Philip
09 Mar 2007 11:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion
Replies: 3997
Views: 285493

Uncle Sam upto his dirty tricks again! Well,in this case the target is equally offensive in character and the best of luck to the hitmen,happy hunting! One request though,while the hitmen are in pak we'd be most happy if the ranks of the jehadis causing trouble in India face rapid depletion. US send...
by Philip
05 Mar 2007 10:27
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 361
Views: 79939

Asian arms race fear as Beijing raises spending http://www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0,,2026729,00.html · China 18% rise in military outlay is largest since 1995 · World's largest army to undergo modernisation Jonathan Watts in Beijing Monday March 5, 2007 The Guardian International concerns abou...
by Philip
01 Mar 2007 14:19
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Jagan commended by CAS
Replies: 85
Views: 55009

Gratters Jags! You are another kind of "Jag" of the IAF! Great work and I'm sure all of us are delighted and very proud of you.More strength to your arm!
by Philip
27 Feb 2007 19:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion
Replies: 3997
Views: 285493

bad day for Us diploducks.The Us ambassador was wounded in SL by LTTE fire and Cheney had a a narrow escape. Lethal blast misses Cheney at US Afghan base http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,2022307,00.html Associated Press Tuesday February 27, 2007 Guardian Unlimited Relatives carry the b...
by Philip
26 Feb 2007 19:22
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 56461

Interesting "titbit" about the Israeli's concentrating with dogfighting.This echoes the two designers (of the F-16) who in a recent article spoke about the virtues of dogfighting still,despite the advent of BVR AAMs and AESA radars.I must dig that article out quickly and post the relevant ...
by Philip
24 Feb 2007 13:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2197
Views: 220309

The immediate challenge-and a very big one for India is the imminent attack upon Iran by the US and possibly Iran.All the signs are that the US is hell bent upon massive air strikes against Iran to destroy all its nuclear,military and scientific infrastructure.Bush and his "toxic" VP (desc...
by Philip
22 Feb 2007 19:36
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 56461

Manohar,thanks for the views.It's just my gut feeling about the F-18 and the circumstantial evidence.Regarding Russian arms sales abroad,several govts. have been contemplating or buying Russian aircraft and arms like Malaysia,Indonesia,Venezuela,Iran,to name just a few,Russian arms have been touted ...
by Philip
21 Feb 2007 19:53
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 56461

Ah Vishnu,I was waiting to see you reveal the secret compartment on the MIG-35,containing the supreme afterburner...Stolichnaya vodka! great stuff.It is fascinating to see the different "aero-cultures",US,European,Russian,etc. with regard to cockpit design.I wonder where the LCA cockpit ra...
by Philip
20 Feb 2007 11:11
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2007 - Info Thread
Replies: 347
Views: 104178

Visitors got to see some great aircratf in model form at some chalets.What impressed me very much was the Sukhoi Superjet 100,of which a aprt mockup of the cabin was on display.A brand new passenger aircraft which has western engines and avionics.The latest Flight Intl. issue has a full detailed ana...
by Philip
20 Feb 2007 10:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 56461

Manohar,Shiv and I watched the F-16 fly around in mostly "straight lines",similar to our MIG-27/Jags in the air.It seemed to both of us to be rather funny ,lukewarm effort and we compared it with the performance of the F-18,a superb performance by the pilot,as the aircraft tried to match t...
by Philip
19 Feb 2007 19:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 56461

yes,what i suspected.The F-16 display for the aeronuts at Aero-India was a poor one in comparison to the F-18.The US is really trying every trick to sell us the F-18,as they know that we won't buy the F-16 because they've sold Pak dozens of new ones.So what they did at Aer0-India was to get the F-16...
by Philip
12 Feb 2007 14:00
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2007 - Info Thread
Replies: 347
Views: 104178

Our potential is fantastic (homegrown wares),but our plan to get there lacks direction.Compared to many other developed nation,we are designing and producing virtually the entire gamut of military hardware.We have had some successes and several delays and failures.Where there has been a clear cut di...
by Philip
10 Feb 2007 20:23
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2007 - Info Thread
Replies: 347
Views: 104178

I was very impressed with the C-17s excellent flight characteristics is a great aircraft and is extremely quiet too.One must make a cost comparison with our IL-76's which have proved themselves for decades.More interesting than the aircraft acquisitions are the huge helo needs for the three forces.L...
by Philip
09 Feb 2007 17:24
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2007 - Photo Thread
Replies: 345
Views: 96325

The LCH is anything but "light"! It resembles considerably current attack helos.One cannot understand the huge size of the rear fuselage,quite disproportionate to the cockpit for the pilots,unless there has been an error in the scale of the mock-up! I pointed this out to Shiv,the huge size...
by Philip
03 Feb 2007 14:35
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Pakistan forces watch -arms sales, operations, doctrine, etc
Replies: 315
Views: 111251

God thread.We can start with the latest news of the US plan to equip pak with P_3 Orions with the Hawkeye AWACS package,scuttling the Swedish offer.
by Philip
27 Dec 2006 18:56
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56737

MRS is on the ball yt again! http://www.hindu.com/2006/12/27/stories/2006122704441000.htm Remember lessons from Tarapur M.R. Srinivasan Indian negotiators must insist that the 123 agreement recognise India's sovereign right to reprocess nuclear fuel imported from any country and to use it in safegua...
by Philip
22 Dec 2006 15:49
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India-US Nuclear Deal continued
Replies: 285
Views: 56737

If China says its OK,then it must be damaging to India! http://week.manoramaonline.com/ Great con game - R. Prasannan NUCLEAR DEAL US does not want India to make bombs The proof of the nuclear pudding will be in eating it. The pudding, according to the Manmohan Singh government, will come in the for...
by Philip
09 Dec 2006 13:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-4
Replies: 139
Views: 52169

Think of Dhanush as a "mobile" version-at sea,of the land based mobile Prithvi.A surface launched Dhanush will pave the way for a sub-surface version,or newer sub-surface missile after the Dhanush experience.
by Philip
08 Dec 2006 18:33
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-4
Replies: 139
Views: 52169

Dhanush's size poses a problem for small amd medium sized warships,where Klub and Brahmos missiles can be fitted into VLS launchers more easily.If the IN goes in for larger capital ships from 8- 12,000t,which can carry larger missiles and in greater numbers,then missiles like the Dhanush become an i...
by Philip
05 Dec 2006 13:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-3
Replies: 320
Views: 72001

This snippet of info is extremely crucial,the cost and production rate of our Prithvi ABM missiles."India could produce 200 interceptor missiles a year, at a cost of 60 million rupees (US$1.3 million) each, Saraswat said." China had the capability of producing 500+ tactical strike missiles...
by Philip
04 Dec 2006 10:58
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-3
Replies: 320
Views: 72001

Please read Raj Chengappa's article on the Prithvi ABM in the latest India Today.Chengappa has access to excellent authentic sources as we well know. What is very satisfying is the fact that the devlopment of the ABM system has been a dark secret ,in similar fashion with the secrecy surrounding P-2.
by Philip
30 Nov 2006 20:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-2
Replies: 324
Views: 65033

Ramanna,I am not playing down the achievement of the Indian scientists.I am only highlighting the long way to go because even the US with Patriot has had shortcomings.Secondly,with the range of missiles in the Paki and Chinese arsenal,we will have to devote huge amounts to a defnsive sensor network ...
by Philip
30 Nov 2006 12:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India tests Prithvi based ABM-2
Replies: 324
Views: 65033

This just the first step.Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that we have a "magic bullet" in our hands.Even the US after decades of rsearch and billions spent,still have not perfected an ABM system and the airborne laser weapon system is just being tested. Terrorism is a far more dange...
by Philip
28 Nov 2006 14:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India Tests Prithvi based ABM
Replies: 334
Views: 55191

Ingenious! Instead of reinventing the wheel,or rocket,as in this case,our boffins have delivered a very pleasant pre-Christmas gift!. Santa has come early this year and the innovative Prithvi-ABM prototype has opened up new opportunites for us to perfect our very own ABM system.This has perhaps been...
by Philip
07 Nov 2006 19:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2197
Views: 220309

China has just finished hosting an unprecented dialogue with almost 50 African leaders in beijing,where the Chinese offered their guests money.goods,technology and most importantly,diplomatic support for many despotic regimes),in exchange for the riches of Africa.I posted some months ago news of the...
by Philip
07 Sep 2006 20:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-EU News & Analysis
Replies: 1560
Views: 136464

BLiar,Bush's pood;e and sancho panza is on the roeps,gasping for breath,desperate to go out in the style of a Roman "triumph"!However,this latter day Nero,is more likely to deaprt from the stage in the manner of another Roman,Julius Caesar! "Mischief,thou art afoot" indeed in the...
by Philip
29 May 2006 12:21
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Rogue nuke out of Pakistan - article by KS and reactions
Replies: 276
Views: 69094

I'm raising a red flag.The latest reports from Iran that their govt. wants to have "close" relations wiht Pak should erve as a warning bell for Indai.After genuflecting to Uncle sam over Iran's nuke ambitions,the Iranians have dumped us and our grand strategy of encircling Pak and a new ro...
by Philip
25 May 2006 16:23
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Rogue nuke out of Pakistan - article by KS and reactions
Replies: 276
Views: 69094

The "Jig" nuking reminds me of the time when (wasn't it Morarji?) ,who called India's nuclear test "not" a nuclear test because it was an "implosion" not an "explosion"! With Pak accelerating tis ballistic and cruise missile capability with first strike,it nev...
by Philip
07 May 2006 01:31
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: IAF to Phase out MIG-25's on May 1st
Replies: 154
Views: 69036

What is the replacement? If the Foxbats are being retired,then what is to replace them?Why is there silence on this subject?I've asked this q before. There was also the Russian offer to replace the Mig-25s with new AWACS busting MIG-31s.We have soem other means of obtaining our surveillance from the...
by Philip
07 Apr 2006 16:29
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: IAF to Phase out MIG-25's on May 1st
Replies: 154
Views: 69036

What happened to the Russian offer of taking back the MIG-25s and givign India in return modified MIG-31s with ultra long range missiles (AWACS busters)?
by Philip
03 Feb 2006 17:27
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Defexpo 2006
Replies: 286
Views: 87939

An old P-17 model that has few features ,apart from the usual weaponry forward of the bridge (similar to Talwar),gatlings and two Sea Kings aft ,was spotted.Nothing about the P-28.The lucky chaps who were there for more days might have gleaned some info from the concerned gents connected with those ...
by Philip
02 Feb 2006 17:17
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Defexpo 2006
Replies: 286
Views: 87939

Weaponry for the Scorpene is sketchy.Apart from the ususal French weaponry,the subs need to have something extra,which is available with our Russian subs,like Klub,or Brahmos variants at a later date.I think that we will have to wait for some time until the details are officially available,as the IN...
by Philip
02 Feb 2006 16:32
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Defexpo 2006
Replies: 286
Views: 87939

The whole desi establishment was there,with all the "usual suspects" displayed.One have seen these models (Nag,Akash,etc,)time and time again,I think now for almost a decade,without any of them entering service! The naval shipbuilding stand,featuring all the major dockyards,with their mode...
by Philip
02 Feb 2006 16:07
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Defexpo 2006
Replies: 286
Views: 87939

Just back from the Defexpo,regrettably was able to spend only a day at it.I haven't been able to collect all my thoughts about the various exhibits/exhibotors as yet,but first impressions were that it was a very good expo,full of hard core technology on offer.Another plus point over Aero-India was t...
by Philip
24 Jan 2006 14:36
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: First IL-38 upgrade returns home
Replies: 88
Views: 39613

The return of the IL-38SDs now prompts the question,what are the future LR/MP aircratf going to be?Several types are needed for the IN and Coast Guard,for long range patrol as well as for medium ranges.The In has apparently given up on the US P-3 Orion offer,because the aircraft is no longer in prod...
by Philip
06 Jan 2006 16:40
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Lessons of 1962 War for a possible new Sino-India conflict
Replies: 222
Views: 71866

China is rapidly building up a very powerful navy.It surprised the US with its new sub class,the Yuan or Super Song,depending upon which source you prefer.Apart from building its own classes of subs,it is buying another batch of improved 636 Kilos from Russia in addition to its current Kilo fleet.It...
by Philip
02 Dec 2005 09:33
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Lessons of 1962 War for a possible new Sino-India conflict
Replies: 222
Views: 71866

There has reportedly been a secret Chinese study on the casualties that China would suffer during an invasion of Taiwan.The figure was over 20,000 dead.This was reportedly felt too high to be accepted by the Chinese people.The leadership is currently suffering from unrest in the countryside.the late...
by Philip
30 Nov 2005 14:31
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Cope India 2005 - Kalaikunda AFS - Part II
Replies: 254
Views: 95133

Aren't the newer versions of the MIG-29 going to have engines which are going to reduce the smoke emissions?The Folland Gnat was indeed a great little fighter.I remember an admiring article about it in an international journal,where they were comparing the philosphy about the design behind the Gnat ...
by Philip
21 Nov 2005 11:21
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Cope India 2005 - Kalaikunda AFS - Part II
Replies: 254
Views: 95133

At last we have the answer to the shortage of pilots in the IAF.Send in the ubiquitous Indian "taxi-driver"!We all know that our taxi drivers are the kings of the road.Imagine if their 'ground" skills are used in the air.Our friend has also proved that the Indian taxidriver is vastly superior to a U...

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