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  • Originally posted by Double Edge View Post
    If they're going to be sending missile making equipment why do it via India ?!?
    Perhaps, they thought India wouldn't know, and customs got a tip off. Perhaps, the ship's crew had an emergency and needed to berth.
    Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles! || Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it - Mark Twain! || I am a far left millennial!


    • Originally posted by Oracle View Post
      I read this exact news a while back, this is definitely not news of February. Something's cooking, I don't know exactly what.
      I didn't understand that underlined bit ?

      Let's go with the word cooking and what mind games we can play with it.

      Both China & the Paks will be watching Trump's visit. What he says and what gets agreed to.

      That we have this development is good timing.

      China is an issue otherwise Trump would not bother to come over. He wants a closer relationship with India.

      Watch China's reaction in the coming weeks and months.

      American interest in India is because of China. Goes right back to independence and Truman.

      US China policy shaped US India policy and India's perception of China affected how it dealt with the US.

      So China shapes and influences US - India relations

      When China ceases to be a problem then Americans lose interest in India.
      Last edited by Double Edge; 22 Feb 20,, 04:08.


      • Originally posted by Oracle View Post
        I had venison some months back. Think I told you that. Went for a hunt etc. The other thing is tortoise, damn tasty meat. Tortoise meat is hard, so it's imperative to boil it properly, and garam masala is needed a wee bit more.

        Anteaters are very tasty meat too. My dad, when I was a kid used to buy the tail for it had only meat.

        Buffalo, cooked properly tastes just like mutton.

        Wild hog, very less fat, and more muscle. Damn tasty. I have eaten jackal too when I was a kid, don't remember the taste now.

        Porcupine is tasty meat too. Lots of other meat I'm forgetting. I can talk about meat all day. Meat is like therapy for me. We should have a meat thread in here. :D
        You have a taste for the exotic, the only game i've had is venison & pheasant and that bird still had shot pellets in it you had to mind for while chewing.

        The anteater part has me curious. See, there was this US naval pilot tasked with enforcing a NFZ over Serbia in the 90s. His plane was hit by a SAM and he had to survive for at least five days in the wild behind enemy lines all the while evading Serbian search patrols until he could be evacuated. They made a movie about it with Owen Wilson in the lead role as Navy pilot & Gene Hackman

        Now, the movie was based on the book this pilot wrote but wasn't exactly true to it. There was some tiff and ended in an out of court settlement between him & the movie studios.

        But in the book, he mentions he survived for five days by eating ants. He said a pound of ants has more protein than a pound of beef.

        I'd imagine anteater would be high quality protein in the jungle with nothing more appetising to be had.

        Most non-veg people think meat comes from supermarket shelves. Dogs and Pigs are considered as haram in Islam. Both animals that can sit on their hind legs, this a practising muslim told me.

        The difference I think, is the psychology of fear that tribals espouse. Nobody knows them or their culture that closely, but many do know a century back Nagas were head-hunters. If that's doesn't chill your bones, you need to spend some time with me and my friends in the middle of nowhere, foxes howling, hills surrounding, and people getting drunk and sleeping with a khukri at arm's length. These people don't fear tigers or leopards roaming in the hills, or bear attacks, and they get drunk and sleep peacefully. I had to get drunk, after so many years, to hide my fear, and get some sleep. Pussy me. :D By the time I woke up, they had already killed a rat snake and put it up for breakfast. I witnessed only the skin, and some sounds earlier when the snake was passing by. Poor snake.

        Do you remember the Muslim guy from Assam lynched in Dimapur? Muslims created a lot of hue and cry that they will have revenge. I see no revenge. On the contrary, Nagas keep coming to muslims dominated places, and do business.

        If a community is known for violence, all other communities leaves them alone. That is a FACT. You won't even see Hindus fighting or wanting to fight the Nagas. :D
        What if it isn't fear that that Kashmiris feel towards Nagas but respect ?

        Nagas aren't the kind to submit. As far as they're concerned Indians are just the latest in a string of invaders that is trying to subjugate them. They've been fighting outsiders a lot longer than Kashmiris who are rank novices in comparison.

        White face, brown face equals not a Naga face equals resist. If ever we were to make peace with these people it was with Article 371

        The FATA lot are no different.

        Wanted to reply for ages but kept forgetting : )
        Last edited by Double Edge; 28 Feb 20,, 17:53.


        • Am making the point if India could handle all those NE rebels over the decades then Kashmir isn't going to be that hard : D


          • Angad brings some clarity to a confusing topic. We need anywhere from 200 - 300 fighters. We're doing it in chunks of 100

            New fighters for the IAF: Answers and more questions | ORF | Jul 04 2020

            Discussion about the article
            Last edited by Double Edge; 14 Jul 20,, 04:50.


            • Originally posted by Double Edge View Post
              Angad brings some clarity to a confusing topic. We need anywhere from 200 - 300 fighters. We're doing it in chunks of 100

              New fighters for the IAF: Answers and more questions | ORF | Jul 04 2020

              Discussion about the article
              And then it's a diferent model for each chunk...


              • Am getting the impression that is already the case within the first chunk

                Second hand mirages from Brazil.

                Mig 29s

                Some SU-30's

                Maybe couple more squadrons of Rafale since the second round will be cheaper

                Throw in some LCA

                While this is going on announce a new plan to buy 114 jets and call it MRFA.

                Given how the previous MMCA went, people aren't very confident how this new MRFA will pan out.

                126 jets turned out to be just 36 with the option to get more in the future.

                Yeah, i think that's what i got so far : )
                Last edited by Double Edge; 14 Jul 20,, 12:08.


                • First batch of Rafale have arrived

                  Five Rafale jets land in India: All you need to know | TOI | Jul 29 2020

                  The new five Rafale fighters arrived in India on Wednesday and touched-down at the Ambala air base in Haryana after covering a journey of 7,000-km from France. The journey included a mid-air refueling and an overnight pit stop in the UAE. The three single-seat and two twin-seat omni-role fighters, flown by seven IAF pilots of the 17 "Golden Arrows" squadron were led by commanding officer Group Captain Harkirat Singh.

                  This one has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp
                  Last edited by Double Edge; 30 Jul 20,, 06:37.


                  • Maybe some things every one just has to go through..

                    Military aircraft procurement: An insider reflects on why it so often goes wrong | Hush Kit | Mar 30 2020


                    • Originally posted by Oracle View Post
                      I couldn't find the Indian defence thread, so posting it here.

                      Boeing tests Super Hornet for Indian Navy

                      So many things happening, and so much confusion.
                      Lives in the Naval warfare section

                      Originally posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
                      This should be a no brainer. Navalized Sukhois. Your logistics are already in place and HIND is already doing the maintenance. But intelligent choices are really too much to ask for from any government.


                      • 10 years from now what offensive platforms are we going to use ?

                        If the Russians can keep at it we're good. If not then we're going with western platforms.

                        Which western platforms ? Are we going to be all Rafale or will there be American

                        This is where the S-400 purchase can become problematic.