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by Rakesh
09 Sep 2018 21:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

I believe the COTS comm equipment on the P-8I communicate to INS Kattabomman and advise command as such and advise via a secure Indian network. It is my understanding that is how the process works now.
by Rakesh
09 Sep 2018 21:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

@ YI Patel : Not a single thing you have said above is true. But it does not matter, because the facts are otherwise. You are certainly entitled to your opinon (and you can keep harping on it, like a broken record player), but you are not entitled to your own facts. Breakthrough for Kaveri engine, C...
by Rakesh
09 Sep 2018 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

Rakesh, I will bet this MRCA 2.0 fracas will ultimately be cancelled if NaMO is back, common sense will predominate and we will buy another 36-50 odd Rafales. Exactly Karan! +108! I am waiting for the CAG report to come out and give its audit. It will serve as a nice thappad to the folks who claim ...
by Rakesh
09 Sep 2018 08:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2397
Views: 477745

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

No engine Yagnasri can survive for any length of time, without the required maintenance and the replacement of worn out components. So if sanctions come, we will be in a bind. It is for this very reason, that the Kaveri must fly and must be certified. However stocking up on spares - for an extended ...
by Rakesh
09 Sep 2018 08:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

Very good points Srutayus! +108! The 36 Rafales (not Rafaels) :lol: How many times will the Government and IAF have to clarify the same things? Rafale will give India 'unprecedented' combat advantage: IAF Vice Chief https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/rafale-will-give-india-unp...
by Rakesh
09 Sep 2018 05:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 492
Views: 56251

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Navy's F-35C Suffers 1st Major Mishap, Costing Millions in damages
https://www.military.com/defensetech/20 ... mages.html
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 23:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

This does not antagonize Russia in any way. India has found a way to align with USA and Russia again! This time it is more expensive for us - boots in AFG - but stakes are higher for India - so cost is higher. It will be expensive to put boots in AFG, but it will be beneficial for India to open a s...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 22:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2753
Views: 453070

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Dhoti Shiver Moment....if true. Why engine 'breakthrough' for China's stealth fighter should worry India https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2018/09/06/china-stealth-fighter-clear-engine-roadblock-mass-production.html On Wednesday, the South China Morning Post quoted Chinese military sources as saying...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 21:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2397
Views: 477745

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

A good article by Anantha Krishnan M on the future direction of HAL.

R Madhavan to steer HAL amid headwinds
https://english.manoramaonline.com/news ... enges.html
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 21:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

https://twitter.com/VishnuNDTV/status/1036534913808261120 ---> Images of Indian pilots flying French Air Force Rafales in Exercise Pitch Black recently in Australia. These same jets are now in India enroute to France. All photo courtesy here Royal Australian Air Force. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dm...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

The DCAS (Deputy Chief of Air Staff) is Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, a Kargil veteran. Nirmala Sitharaman defers visit to France https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/nirmala-sitharaman-defers-visit-to-france/articleshow/65727575.cms Meanwhileat least two senior military teams will vis...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

3) Thus the IAF realizes its best bet lies in acquiring what is in currently in the inventory. No bird will start evaluation prior to Sept 2019 anyway, when the first set of Rafales will be operational. Even prior to that, aircrew will be sent to France for Rafale conversion training. Pilots will b...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Radar - Specs & Discussions
Replies: 893
Views: 182644

Re: Radar - Specs & Discussions

https://twitter.com/strategic_front/sta ... 8752748546 ---> DRDO lab LRDE is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from prospective companies who would like to build AESA radars under Transfer of Technology (ToT).

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by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2882
Views: 284700

Re: International Military Discussion

https://twitter.com/shatrujeet009/statu ... 9772093440 ---> Snow camoflauge of French 13th Para Special Recon Regt.

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by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

6) The article is wrong in stating that the IAF had asked for 13 India-Specific Enhancements during the UPA tenure. I believe that is incorrect and the India-Specific Enhancements were only negotiated under the present Govt for 36 birds. Someone please correct me, if I am wrong. https://twitter.com...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2397
Views: 477745

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

^^^ Thanks for that fanne! ------------------------------------------- I do not know if the tweet below is extrapolating info that from an interview that Air Marshal Deo gave. But wow....24/aircraft per year is amazing. https://twitter.com/strategic_front/status/1038243589715886080 ---> A third prod...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 20:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 147315

Re: The IAF History Thread

https://twitter.com/indiandefence11/status/1038074853952114691 ---> The first Indian Air Force Pilot to fly the FoxBat: P.M. Ramachandran. He was among the Indian team to have visited Soviet Union to evaluated the MiG-25 at Krasnodar air base which got later inducted into IAF for reconiassance histo...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 17:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

I don't quite see how it benefits India in future wars. Other than the fact that khan would know what their equipments are doing. Your last passage echos my last passage. That they are very unreliable still you quote kissinger to make my point. You answered your own query. Khan would know what *THE...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 17:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2397
Views: 477745

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Mango question gurus: Is there any serious and timebound plan to test Tejas with Kaveri? VERY MUCH SO! :) Tejas flying with a certified Kaveri turbofan is the ultimate goal. It is India's penulimate hurdle. We complete this hurdle and we will have achieved greatness! Huge lungi dance moment. It wil...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 10:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

So this agreement just for the predator drones and for the hypothetical scenario where we'll buy F 35? My take from this is Predator drones, NASAMS (both more-or-less confirmed) and quite possibly, even the F-35. I do not believe this is a blanket agreement. In your second example, the khans will m...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 09:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

While this is true, I don't know how practical it is to have two sets of communications equipment everywhere we have COMCASA equipment. Someone from the forces side is bound to write about this, let's see what their take is. One of my objections to this agreement is that I don't see a compelling fo...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 08:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

^^^^ Just a couple of clarifications in the above article, as it is not written well at all. SHEESH!!!! :x 1) From Sept 2019 to April 2022, is 31 months for 36 aircraft. So at the average rate of 1+ aircraft per month. However aircraft deliveries will be in batches and not in individual flights to I...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

If I recall correctly, the expected first Rafale delivery is in 2019 (probably Q4 2019), almost a year to go. I would love to hear a confirmation from GOI/MOD/DA/French-Govt that the delivery is going to happen as planned. Would be excellent if one can show 2 Rafales on assembly lines which are bei...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

new hashtag (#IAFBacksRafale) that has caught on like fire on twitter ---> https://twitter.com/hashtag/IAFBacksRafale?src=hash

Click on the above link and see whose twitter account pops up! The damn irony!!! :lol:
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73999

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

https://twitter.com/strategic_front/sta ... 1003289600 ---> 72 are assured. 126 was before politics got involved. Still think it is highly probably as budgets increase and utility of Rafale is demonstrated. One thing for sure is MMRCA 2.0 is doomed to fail.
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

https://twitter.com/strategic_front/sta ... 1003289600 ---> 72 are assured. 126 was before politics got involved. Still think it is highly probably as budgets increase and utility of Rafale is demonstrated. One thing for sure is MMRCA 2.0 is doomed to fail.
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2397
Views: 477745

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Cross post https://twitter.com/writetake/status/1037530432563232768 @writetake So, @IAF_MCC Vice Chief AM SP Deo says the 3rd production line (or 2nd if Aircraft Div is counted out) for #Tejas, must go to a private party and not #HAL . Anything that comes quickly and money stays in the country, we ...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

Rafale will give India 'unprecedented' combat advantage: IAF Vice Chief https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/rafale-will-give-india-unprecedented-combat-advantage-iaf-vice-chief-118090501229_1.html Describing Rafale as a "beautiful" aircraft, Air Marshal S B Deo, the ...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 07:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

Indian Air Force dismisses Rahul Gandhi's allegations of scam in Rafale deal https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/indian-air-force-dismisses-rahul-gandhi-s-allegations-of-scam-in-rafale-deal-1334052-2018-09-06 In a big setback to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the Indian Air Force (IAF) today di...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 05:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

The first Rafales are expected to join IAF service in Sept 2019.
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 01:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

The second (and equally important) US platform that will come is the F-35. That sounds far fetched now, but COMCASA has opened the door for the Fancy Cornish Hen. There is no F-16 or F-18 coming for the IAF and for that matter no 110 birds (from any other OEM) are coming either. The GOI will go thr...
by Rakesh
08 Sep 2018 00:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 156
Views: 11441

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Okay, let us get a few facts straight; 1) COMCASA will *NOT* divulge all our communications. As Karan Saar pointed out ---> we will have two sets of networks (one for Indian/Existing platforms and the other for COMCASA-equipped platforms). 2) Again as Karan Saar mentioned, It is going to be expensiv...
by Rakesh
05 Sep 2018 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

Rafale deal: Is it about air power or political power? https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/rafale-deal-air-power-political-power-sukhoi-30-congress-bjp-upa-nda-indian-air-force-iaf/279141 And why hadn’t the current NDA leadership taken the opposition parties into confidence about this deal? ...
by Rakesh
05 Sep 2018 23:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

Rafale will give India 'unprecedented' combat advantage: IAF Vice Chief https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/rafale-will-give-india-unprecedented-combat-advantage-iaf-vice-chief-118090501229_1.html Describing Rafale as a "beautiful" aircraft, Air Marshal S B Deo, the ...
by Rakesh
05 Sep 2018 22:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3465
Views: 344280

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^^^ Just excuses to not induct the Arjun tank.
by Rakesh
05 Sep 2018 07:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1226
Views: 172169

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

I am beginning to think this is a hit job by USA. They cannot stand that their fighters were not L1 nor not getting any contracts in the future for their fighters. This will die down if an order is placed for the teens. The story just took an interesting turn. But we need to wait for more authorita...
by Rakesh
04 Sep 2018 23:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73999

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

SaiK : I agree with the general theory of what you are suggesting, however this is an attempt (and a pretty good one at that!) to win the MMRCA competition. They would not be shifting the production of the F-Solah's wings from Greenville, South Carolina to TASL in India, if the bird was not in cont...
by Rakesh
04 Sep 2018 21:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73999

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Posted by BRF Member Peregrine -------------------------------------------------- Lockheed to make wings for F-16 jet in India with partner Tata https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/lockheed-to-make-wings-for-f-16-jet-in-india-with-partner-tata/articleshow/65672475.cms Reuters...
by Rakesh
04 Sep 2018 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73999

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1036936614914678784?s=21 —> BIG: @LockheedMartin announces all future F-16 wings will be built in India by @TataCompanies Advanced Systems Ltd. As the competition gets closer to selecting L1, they will have moved the entire assembly to India. Now it is wings, the...
by Rakesh
04 Sep 2018 19:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 680
Views: 73999

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

The point was not to point that our system is screw up, the point was what you elaborated in the detailed production schedule, that by the time the competition is organized, MoD may ask IAF that what's the need to import aloo gobhi from hyatt when your (k)hal(a) can make it perfectly fine. Get katr...

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