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by Nikhil T
16 Feb 2020 04:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300880

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Guys, IAC-2 is coming. The only questions are when and in which form. Just because there is no funding in this financial year, that does not mean it will never happen. The Navy is not about to drop a 60+ year experience of operating carriers just because there is no money. The navy’s blue water doc...
by Nikhil T
16 Feb 2020 03:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 4099
Views: 833743

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

IIRC, 12 Mirage fighter jets flown that night, 4 hit balakot, rest .... -Ankit Doesnt make sense. Gafoora was so quick to tweet about Balakot and its crow effect. Yet no word from him on other so called hits. Imho only Balakot was hit. Perhaps IAF fighters might have dashed to Muzaffarabad , chakot...
by Nikhil T
15 Feb 2020 12:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

It’s that time of the year where self appointed vigilantes attack people / destroy private property for celebrating V day. Sigh. Hyderabad - Bajrang Dal https://twitter.com/lasaniayunus/status/1228298790345424899?s=21 Meerut - Hindu Swabhimaan Sansthan https://twitter.com/benarasiyaa/status/1228299...
by Nikhil T
15 Feb 2020 12:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

It’s that time of the year where self appointed vigilantes attack people / destroy private property for celebrating V day. Sigh. Hyderabad - Bajrang Dal https://twitter.com/lasaniayunus/status/1228298790345424899?s=21 Meerut - Hindu Swabhimaan Sansthan https://twitter.com/benarasiyaa/status/12282996...
by Nikhil T
15 Feb 2020 04:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1312
Views: 217752

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

100% agree. Traffic in Indian Tier-1 cities is a disaster by every living standard. Mumbai and B'lore are pathetic. We need radical changes if we are to fix anything; anything like status quo with a new bridge inaugurated here or there with much fanfare will just not cut it. While purchasing cars in...
by Nikhil T
14 Feb 2020 06:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Continued .. https://twitter.com/DrSJaishankar/status/1227607702169321472 https://twitter.com/DrSJaishankar/status/1227607720192348160 Bhell .. the last highlighted part bissed the distortion mightly .. https://twitter.com/Ram_Guha/status/1227807052233199617 Ramachandra Guha @Ram_Guha This is a myt...
by Nikhil T
14 Feb 2020 06:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

His interview on Aaj Tak was shocking. Couldn’t form a single logical sentence on how he would improve Delhi. Eg. mentioned price rise will be solved. Interviewer asked him how exactly and said something like “modi ji ke aane se khud solve ho jayega”. Arey bhai, candidate tum ho ki Modi ji. It was a...
by Nikhil T
14 Feb 2020 06:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1544
Views: 495060

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Pak terms US move to sell air defence weapons to India “disturbing” https://www.dawn.com/news/1534239/pakistan-terms-us-move-to-sell-air-defence-weapons-to-india-disturbing :twisted: Pakistan on Thursday termed United States’ decision to sell integrated air-defence weapons system to India as “distur...
by Nikhil T
14 Feb 2020 02:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5284
Views: 1163093

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

In other news it appears that we are signing the deal for SIX Apaches for the IA at $900M+. While LCH is still waiting for orders, what is the opposite of lungi dance? Shitting in our pants. Looking at our helicopter procurement, we should patent how to grab defeat from jaws of victory. With an exc...
by Nikhil T
14 Feb 2020 02:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300880

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

^^ That's a good point. But by the same logic, we don't need additional jets too (for the 3rd carrier that is). We only need enough for two carriers (with war-time allotment) + buffers (to account for aircraft undergoing repairs/maintenance). Which means that its better to have two identical ships,...
by Nikhil T
13 Feb 2020 04:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300880

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

I think srin's point is that it is *quickest* to stick with existing Vikrant design as opposed to a new, 55K tons "stretched" design that will only consume more time in both design, production, and trials. Its not insurmountable for NDB - but its not trivial or quick either. e.g. We involv...
by Nikhil T
12 Feb 2020 12:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Then you must not be following this thread, sir. There are some who are not fans of CAA, NRC etc too (including me, in fair disclosure). If you follow Teetar, you’ll see BRF posters who differ in their political opinion vs the prevailing opinion you see on this thread. Then again, ex CNS Arun Praka...
by Nikhil T
12 Feb 2020 10:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Glad that Tej Bug-ga was defeated. He ran a vile Twitter campaign with heavy dose of fake news videos that voters eventually didn't care for. Dint know there are people in this nationalist forum who dont like Bagga. Khalistanis are not a fan of him either. Then you must not be following this thread...
by Nikhil T
12 Feb 2020 07:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Most supporters of Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga are Hindus. Sikhs not so much. Just like most viewers of Tarek Fatah are Hindus. Muslims not so much. Glad that Tej Bug-ga was defeated. He ran a vile Twitter campaign with heavy dose of fake news videos that voters eventually didn't care for. Also, the p...
by Nikhil T
12 Feb 2020 05:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1219
Views: 314329

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^Still based on a Tatra platform, I think. Reminds me of the cozy BEML-Tatra relationship that screwed IA through inflated prices. Hope that mess is sorted now or preferably, we can have the OEM make these tweaks and sell them directly to the IA.
by Nikhil T
12 Feb 2020 02:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018
Replies: 248
Views: 95897

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018

^ A big reason for us to be self-sufficient in sensors. I was thinking the other day that our NASAMS equipment should be screened very well by NTRO, since Khan knows that NASAMS is being procured to protect Lutyens Delhi where all our top political and military leadership is. A golden opportunity fo...
by Nikhil T
11 Feb 2020 12:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 4099
Views: 833743

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Excellent interview - thank you! Also love that ACM has confirmed the 2002 Machlil sector action of the IAF that was under wraps until recently.
by Nikhil T
11 Feb 2020 11:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Most BJP leads are tiny with <200 vote margin. Expect them to get 10-12 at max. Either way, it’s a big rejection of their agenda. :rotfl: More of the local leadership - 7/7 LS means agenda has support, abvp winning means agenda has support, MCD wins means agenda has support Agree - the agenda of *t...
by Nikhil T
11 Feb 2020 11:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Most BJP leads are tiny with <200 vote margin. Expect them to get 10-12 at max. Either way, it’s a big rejection of their agenda. Not really, I don't think the BJP offered as much freebies as pAAPis. Delhi voters are in their own bubble. The BJP legalized 1700 illegal colonies that house 40 lakh pe...
by Nikhil T
11 Feb 2020 11:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

This has been posted. Just for the record. https://twitter.com/TimesNow/status/1226892732318142466 TIMES NOW @TimesNow #Feb11WithTimesNow | @BJP4Delhi's internal survey predicts that the party will win a minimum of 41 seats . Listen in: On @thenewshour Navika Kumar takes you through the inside scoo...
by Nikhil T
11 Feb 2020 04:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

+1 Don't forget Israeli in that circus - we have Spyders too. :)

We can spend all our moolah on such gold plated stuff, while the things that will actually matter in a war - MBT tanks, minesweepers, ASW helis or subs will be found wanting.
by Nikhil T
11 Feb 2020 01:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments


This is for the innermost ring of AD protection for New Delhi. Very interesting that they chose to include 32 M4 rifles with it :)
by Nikhil T
07 Feb 2020 05:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1413546

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Amit Shah claiming BJP will win 45 seats. I personally dont think so but there is no doubt that BJP are fighting this tooth and nail. Cant complaint of complacency. They couldve chosen a CM face, yes. But still, rest all is being done as perfectly as it can be given the current scenario. There's a ...
by Nikhil T
06 Feb 2020 07:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922784

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Another good news for Navy's sub fleet: Navy to get third Scorpene submarine in Dec 2020 The third Scorpene submarine, Karanj, will be delivered to the Indian Navy by December and all six submarine deliveries would be completed by 2022, Nicolas de La Villemarque, Vice President India, Asia and Pacif...
by Nikhil T
06 Feb 2020 07:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922784

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

HSL delivers INS Sindhuvir refit four days ahead of schedule Hindustan Shipyard Limited displayed its prowess in submarine repair by completing extensive repairs, upgrades, system integration and trials of INS Sindhuvir, a Sindhughosh-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy, ahead of sch...
by Nikhil T
06 Feb 2020 00:39
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3885
Views: 1233863

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

The wait is excruciating. I hope HAL is not waiting for contract signing to begin its activities (think it said 3 yrs from signing to first aircraft).
by Nikhil T
05 Feb 2020 04:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 2848
Views: 704701

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

As soon as they get a loan from Malaysia. :rotfl: This is nothing but one more of hawa hawaii castle building from Napakis. Previous hits include ImDim saying "instead of taking aid, we will create a country that will give aid to other countries" and "instead of asking for visa, we w...
by Nikhil T
05 Feb 2020 02:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6236
Views: 1429197

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The budget in graphs: https://www.rediff.com/business/report/budget-in-graphs-shows-sitharamans-awry-fiscal-maths/20200204.htm Key points 1. Most of food subsidy is being accounted from National Small Savings Fund in last four years. 2. The real fiscal deficit after accounting for such off-budget bo...
by Nikhil T
05 Feb 2020 00:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1312
Views: 217752

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

Leaving official videos aside, i was watching YouTube videos of people still in Wuhan, aerial videos of the cities etc and there is absolutely no denying that thr Chinese have built world class infrastructure almost everywhere. There is just no comparison. All videos show US level infrastructure wi...
by Nikhil T
03 Feb 2020 06:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4477
Views: 921596

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

US soft on Pakistan, which is trying to get off the `Grey List' in FATF. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pak-likely-to-stay-in-fatf-grey-list-over-inadequacy-in-curbing-terror/story-KcHfsyAvR18zMrZzvL6mcL.html However, diplomats from both European nations [neither of the two European coun...
by Nikhil T
03 Feb 2020 05:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

I think you are assuming that the allocated money is enough for the pending orders of LCA Mk1A, Arjun, A330 AWACS, additional MiG 29, additional Su 30MKI, minesweepers, and ASW helis. That is a big IF and only time would tell. From recent reports, most of capital budget was consumed by committed li...
by Nikhil T
02 Feb 2020 12:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Since the usual money is less for modernization complain is gonna come our way; let me list the super critical item our service would need; Army: Armor: Arjun Mk1A is to ordered this year; enough T90s Artillery: dhanush;sarang ordered; atags still in testing; might be ready this year or next. Mecha...
by Nikhil T
02 Feb 2020 09:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6236
Views: 1429197

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

A third noteworthy initiative was the government’s decision to list the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) through an IPO, which almost went unnoticed in the general gloom of the markets. But that is a future big-bang dismissed with just a line in the budget speech. An LIC that gets listed will proba...
by Nikhil T
02 Feb 2020 00:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6236
Views: 1429197

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Brevity is the soul of wit Clearly Nirmala Sitharaman hasn't heard of it She kept rambling on and on til she fell ill and couldn't complete her speech The speech was poorly written as well - it was just hard to follow. At one point I heard something like “Action item 1 of 16 of the first theme’s se...
by Nikhil T
01 Feb 2020 15:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Overspending is always a possibility. We can only compare what we read in the budget docs.
by Nikhil T
01 Feb 2020 15:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Budget 2020 Defense capital budget raised from Rs 1.10 lakh crore to Rs 1.13 lakh crore - just Rs 3000 crore or less than 3%. Not even sufficient to beat inflation. https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/doc/eb/sbe20.pdf Boss the document states clearly last years defence budget was 1.03 lakh crore. So it'...
by Nikhil T
01 Feb 2020 14:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 3012
Views: 584169

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Budget 2020

Defense capital budget raised from Rs 1.10 lakh crore to Rs 1.13 lakh crore - just Rs 3000 crore or less than 3%. Not even sufficient to beat inflation.

https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/doc/eb/sbe20.pdf
by Nikhil T
01 Feb 2020 14:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6236
Views: 1429197

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Vamsee wrote:Saw on ET now that Defence got 3.23 lakh crores


That’s just 5,000 crore increase - less than 1.5%. Inflation will eat up far more.

So the Modi era of low defence budgets continue. This is also the second year that defence allocation was not mentioned in the budget speech.

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