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by astal
06 Nov 2010 10:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Diwali thread
Replies: 51
Views: 4328

Re: Diwali thread

Really miss the firecrackers going off randomly in all directions. Happy Diwali to all who celebrate.
by astal
05 Nov 2010 22:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 979522

Re: LCA News and Discussions

After the extended discussion on angle of attack, could it be that adding LEVCONS safely allows testing at higher AOA? If so, would it be beneficial to test the naval versions first for high angle of attack? Is it not obvious? Every addition of control surface is done with the intention to increase...
by astal
04 Nov 2010 09:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newsflash: Kaveri engine successfully test flown!
Replies: 206
Views: 34994

Re: Newsflash: Kaveri engine successfully test flown!

BRF and GTRE are on the same team! (Infact we are armchair designers or critics, while they walk the talk.) The forum laments their failures and rejoices at their successes. Unfortunately since engine design is a complex and closely guarded endeavour, successes are much harder to come by. Anyway ste...
by astal
04 Nov 2010 09:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 979522

Re: LCA News and Discussions

There was an interesting quote from P.S. Subramaniam, Director ADA. Something on the lines of "It would have been easier if we had first designed the Naval LCA before attempting the Airforce version." This had struck me as odd at the time, as I assumed that the Naval version would be more ...
by astal
12 Aug 2010 23:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3890
Views: 979522

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Bosses, Based on the musings of members in the know like Enqoob, I was lead to believe that there are many additional parameters besides the T/W ratio that determine power. 1) Published thrust is for a plane standing still. 2) The airframe and inlet designs influence acceleration and aircraft perfor...
by astal
30 Jul 2010 00:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 466954

DRDO developing artillery.

Gurus and Other Opinion Holders, I have some questions which would help (me) understand whether it is realistic to expect DRDO to develop 155mm artillery and have the army induct it in the near future. It would also be expedient to understand how DRDO would go about developing guns in an managed fas...
by astal
27 Jun 2010 01:36
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)
Replies: 2858
Views: 338005

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)

http://indiacurrentaffairs.org/petroleum-taxes-the-untold-story-dipankar-mukherjee/ During the year 2009-10 as per provisional figure available for the period April to December, 2009, the contribution to central government exchequer by petroleum sector is Rs 56,365 crore. The subsidy provided by th...
by astal
26 Jun 2010 00:40
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)
Replies: 2858
Views: 338005

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)

The US interstate system was funded with a 2 cent tax on fuel from 1956. It has worked out very well and I do not see any reason not to adopt a similar tax in India. A direct tax of say Rs.1-2 tax per litre on fuel with a mandate to use the revenues exclusively for funding highway construction and m...
by astal
26 Jun 2010 00:24
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)
Replies: 2858
Views: 338005

Oil deregulation

Imho deregulation of oil prices is a very positive development and the current political situation makes it possible. This price hike seems like an attempt to "test political waters". If there is a public outcry and hysteria they will roll it back. Right now our deficit is at the mercy of ...
by astal
10 Jun 2010 00:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown (Jan 26 2010)
Replies: 3870
Views: 327415

Re: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown (Jan 26 201

Interest rates are dependent variables that are targeted, but not directly controlled, IMHO - the lever is control of the money supply through open market operations. True. The FED via meetings of its Fed Open Market Committee decides upon a target interest rate. It then instructs its traders to bu...
by astal
26 Mar 2010 03:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 871653

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Re. Politics in the MRCA. I believe that introducing a political angle to the MRCA has been the worst thing that happened to the deal. There is always a degree of politics involved in foreign weapons deals but for the MRCA we harp about it. The only reason I can think of is the successful conclusion...
by astal
26 Mar 2010 03:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Interests
Replies: 6459
Views: 338886

Re: Indian Interests

Ramana, Thanks for posting the interview of Pavan K Varma. Must read the book. What is especially heartening is that a foreign service official who served with distinction has such confidence and clarity about India's place in the world. From what I read on the foreign service and senior bureaucrats...
by astal
25 Mar 2010 06:29
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)
Replies: 2858
Views: 338005

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Jan 1 2010)

RamaY, I admire your effort to think of an alternate model for growth in India. There are fundamental problems with farming as a way to mass prosperity as mentioned by many posters. I will recap them. Agriculture is susceptible to natural events such as lack of rain, pests, floods and other disaster...
by astal
25 Mar 2010 04:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3520
Views: 476293

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Regarding the Arjun saga and the DRDO versus army debate, I want to ask the forum stalwarts that would support a decision not to induct more Arjuns the following question. To what extent is the Army responsible for improvement of Indian technology and manufacturing capabilities? The government suffe...
by astal
25 Mar 2010 03:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3520
Views: 476293

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Though the instinctive desire for jubilation is difficult to suppress, lets not make this an Army vs DRDO issue. First of all we need to wait until the official report is filed, as is mentioned in Ajai Shukla's article. Like the article states, some of the army brass were pleasantly surprised by the...
by astal
19 Dec 2009 00:58
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown
Replies: 3894
Views: 365691

Re: Perspectives on the global economic meltdown

Kisine sach hi kaha hai, When it rains, it pours. More telegraf D&G on UK-stani utopia. In fact, around four fifths of the state's debt bill is inflation-proof. The only way ministers and mandarins could inflate their way out of the crisis would be to rip up all the contracts that tie these deb...
by astal
12 Dec 2009 07:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj
Replies: 2847
Views: 269693

Re: Bakistan: Emirate of New-clear Inquilabi States-Bojitiv Newj

Aoa,

That magni fecient smells from Mujahids, Mullahs, Khuspoo's and Mushraff's, BO is Body Odour. 100 Stribes to aurat far complaining of this wonderful gift of almighty. :evil:
by astal
26 Nov 2009 00:21
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 2936
Views: 720168

Re: Indian Missile Technology Discussion

Couple of points. Why is our strategic missile program so transparent? If I remember correctly, we have agreements with Pakistan to inform each other about missile launches in advance. Another reason is to keep commercial air and marine traffic informed. Otherwise detection of a missile can result i...
by astal
25 Nov 2009 09:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA news and discussion
Replies: 2899
Views: 775332

Re: LCA news and discussion

Raveen, I absolutely agree with you about TOT. So far it seems like a way to extract extra money. No corporation or country is going to give us advanced engine technology unless their "B&LLS" are in a financial vice. I am still waiting for single crystal blade technology that was promi...
by astal
25 Nov 2009 08:47
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)
Replies: 2768
Views: 359880

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (June 8 2008)

That is almost 250000 kg (kilograms) or 551156 lb (pounds) given today's values of gold per gm is $ 16997.68 per lb (US dollars per pound) gives massive figure of 9.36837*^9 We ain't poor. :-) Is this really a lot of money? Would this make India "Rich"? It is about 10 Billion Dollars whic...
by astal
25 Nov 2009 07:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA news and discussion
Replies: 2899
Views: 775332

Re: LCA news and discussion

As useless as an engine that will take multiple years and $$$ worth of development to fulfill one of the basic requirements of the LCA namely naval operations? ... Just get the contract out fast. Make sure it is capable of doing what the LCA requires, we don't have time for LCA III. Any engine that...
by astal
25 Nov 2009 02:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA news and discussion
Replies: 2899
Views: 775332

making a sea-worthy version of the EJ200

Regarding aircraft carrier based operation of the NLCA, I would expect that it is far out into the future. The EJ-200 in its current form, can be used for testing all non-carrier aspects of the of the NLCA. Given that we don't even have a flying prototype of the NLCA yet, I think Eurojet has plenty ...
by astal
24 Nov 2009 04:27
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 2936
Views: 720168

Agni II user test

Re. Agni test It is likely the test failed given the fact that we have not seen the words "Textbook Launch" and "All objectives achieved". If the test has indeed failed, it would be extremely unsettling as it renders India's deterrence questionable against China. But there are ma...
by astal
03 Sep 2009 04:09
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist
Replies: 2362
Views: 151862

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist

Disclaimer: I am the shortest and darkest of SDRE's being an e-con-o-myst (to many jingos, perhaps justifiably, we are in the same company as witch doctors and voodoo practitioners in terms of usefulness to society). I have no knowledge of any nuclear design or panwallas except what is discussed in ...
by astal
12 Aug 2009 23:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 703999

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

NRao Saar, In net present value terms, it could add $59bn in taxes and royalties to the government’s already stretched coffers. ........................... I have not read the article as it requires subscription but net present value is the value of an asset projected along its useful future. $ 59 B...
by astal
23 Jul 2009 01:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Interests
Replies: 1307
Views: 161215

Re: Indian Interests

Ramana and Sanku and all, Crony secularism is good but may I humbly suggest also considering selective secularism. Secularism in India has come to mean protecting minorities (especially fundamentalist islamic and christian) at any cost. On the other hand religions/philosophy of Indian origin are ope...
by astal
04 Oct 2008 00:24
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 398
Views: 184208

Re: Artillery and Armor thread

Rahul M and Abhischekcc et al, Regarding the deal with Denel, I was of the opinion that something very sinister was going on in the background. Though the Indian government canceled all dealings with Denel using the fig leaf of bribery in anti material rifles, something recently has come up that mig...
by astal
23 Jul 2008 02:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1577
Views: 246764

Re: Residential solar power with photovoltaics

There is a study by Haas (Berkeley Business) professor Severin Borenstein about residential PV generation in California that gives a good idea of all the cost factors for residential photo-voltaics. Many factors including location and slant of roofs, nearby trees, their growth and ambient temperatur...
by astal
31 May 2008 04:03
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65110

Moved from Indian Interests Thread. If one looks at the Hindu tradition, it's most widely known philosophical work, the Gita is about how one must take recourse to violence, of course, when all other paths fail. If everyone if playing by the rules (aka dharma) there is no need for violence. But agai...
by astal
31 May 2008 02:49
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65110

Surinder wrote "It is foolish to claim ignorance to project greatness and vision. " I am not claiming ignorance, merely refusing to speculate. Swetank, Surinder and Sanku, I completely agree with you that institutions have to come from within. Institutions are useless if there is no partic...
by astal
31 May 2008 02:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Interests
Replies: 1307
Views: 161215

Hindu, Buddhist tradition and non violence

Off topic. Moved to Distorted History Thread
by astal
30 May 2008 05:09
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65110

Re: British Atrocities in India

If I am not wrong didn't Indian PM Manmohan Singh publically propagated and shared the same sentiments during London visit!!!!!!! And if I am not mistakened he publically thanked the British for their projects and efforts in India!!!! I think this was sensationalized by the media. I leave it to you...
by astal
30 May 2008 01:14
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65110

British Atrocities in India

I was reading up for a project on colonial legacies and came across this report on the Jallian Wala bagh massacre from Reginald Dyer to his superiors. (April 1919) "There was no reason to further parley with the mob; evidently they were there to defy the arm of the law. The responsibility was v...
by astal
30 Sep 2005 01:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Technolgies useful for Indian problems
Replies: 699
Views: 126312

This is truly amazing. I hope the idea flies . 8) http://www.moller.com/skycar/ From your garage to your destination, the M400 Skycar can cruise comfortably at 350+ MPH and achieve up to 28 miles per gallon. With obvious military applications. Added Later: Only drawback is cost at 21 million $. Rats...
by astal
14 Aug 2005 05:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Cruise Missile Test in Pakistan: News and Discussions
Replies: 381
Views: 99830

Quid pro quo?

Paki experts, Since it is unlikely that the Paki's developed this on their own. It could have most likely been China or as TSJ says, a small outside chance of KSA. In case of the Chinese what was the cost to TSP. Some base in China? More like Gwadar? The Chinese are very good at extracting a cost. W...
by astal
07 Jul 2005 03:14
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Eight Years!
Replies: 41
Views: 22046

Nice place to start posting. I have been lurking for some time. I signed up and posted before but changes in software caused a reset. Anyway LONG LIVE BHARAT - and Bharat Rakshak.

Abhijit

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