Gyan wrote:chola wrote:There are a lot of militaries involved and a lot more as observers. A massive marketing opportunity for exports so of course the chinis are there in force.
This is why I wanted the Arjun there. Why not showcase the Arjun and see if we can get any interest?
We talk about the chinis and “face” but I don’t see any evidence they give a chit. Their wheel fall off their MBT in the Tank Biathlon and becomes internet joke? But do they care? They come back the next year in force and showcase their wares in even greater numbers.
We lose a couple of T-90s and we shy away from bringing any of our tanks. We have no confidence and are afraid of a few eggs on our face. If the chinis can showcase their chit that breaks down in front of the world then what do we have to fear with the Arjun? We need to develop thicker skin and toughen up. This bothers me more than the results.
The failure to bring back our T90s worries me more then the mistakes and failures
The inhibition in bringing back our own tanks might mean that there are some inherent deficiencies in our tanks
In fact we should send more tanks and more men to these competitions so that they get additional exposure to men and equipment of other Nations also
Yes, it scares me that we did not even bring the T-90 this year. It almost seems like we are hiding something. If the T-90s broke down last year then we should have made the appropriate changes and come back this year to see if they perform better. It should be a benefit to be able to do this.
It also irritates me to no end that we are not exposing more units to these wide ranging games which includes air force and naval competitions too. We were in only three events.
The Russians and Chinis were in 20 events each. If we see ourselves as a major power at the same level we must be confident enough to compete across the board against them.
And there is some very real intelligence opportunities here too, especially regarding the PRC. For example, according to the chini mil boards, in the 2017 Games the J-10B actually beat the SU-35 in the aerial maneuvering portion but lost overall on putting bombs on ground targets. The PLAAF operates both so why wouldn’t we want to see this?
We buy Russian ships so why wouldn’t we want to see how they perform against Cheen’s? In the 2017 Games, a chini Type 056 went up against a russki Steregushchiy class (the 056 won.) Competing in there with a Kamorta would have given us some insight on future purchases and also how we might design our own corvettes.
As a chini mil watcher, it bothers me to see them get a load of data back as the 2018 results filter in while we sit on the sidelines. There is already word that their JH-7A won against the SU-34 and SU-24 in the strike section of Aviadarts.