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20 Comments on "MH370, Switched-Off Radars & Security Lapses: Clearing Misconceptions"

Avinash
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Avinash
2 years 3 months ago

Very well written which is understandable by a not so tech savvy guy…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

We did same stupid thing to combat piracy, overused Naval assets. Now the side effects of maintenance is there for all to see. Hope wiser counsel prevails.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

I strongly disagree with Mihir's views on saving costs. The Andaman and Nicobar are of very high strategic value and any expenses of the Indian tax payers money for round the clock radar coverage is money well spent. Better this than corrupt individuals pocketing the same money in the middle of defence deals.

Money spent on defence assets is a waste of tax payers money from one point of view, but its necessary.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

India can't protect itself from pakistan and china…China is far ahead of india. india cannot export high-tech gadgets because of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats and can't develop it in-house due to lack of skilled people.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

systems like Radar are for early warning.Early warning in scenarios which are unpredictable (like this malaysian flight thing), & which are not available through intellegence. If the radars are shut,just to save cost, I wonder what is their use then ???

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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

tommorow, if we lose 2-3 aircrafts of ours due to a terror strike, how much will it cost ???..Saving one aircraft from a terror strike will make up for, I guess 10 years of radar maintanance costs,Apart from saving the nation's grace.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

Politicians are not to be trusted. They waste he'll lot of money on sops and subsidies. Just to protect their seats. A&N being a strategic area for India don't tell us that defence forces cannot afford to operate a decent modern radar.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

What will india do with Andaman Nicobar islands…india is not powerful enough to project power from there, better give it to US and let them defend it and us (india).

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago
Mihir has a well written article. There are valid reasons why the VSR radars are not active all the time. But the intermittent radar coverage is still a concern. The reason for having Early Warning radars is to have sufficient reaction time for organizing a timely defensive measure using fixed and mobile military assets. Operating an EW station is cheaper than other measures like fighter CAP or Naval patrol in the area. History has shown that areas claimed to be “low risk” or “impregnable” has been the route of successful surprise attacks. (Think Tanaji conquering Kondana fort, Hannibal crossing the… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

Not a very convincing argument for maintaining the status quo. A security flaw has been exposed, and instead of rectifying it- doing what it takes to improve radar coverage- the author advocates shirking our national responsibility.

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capital P
2 years 3 months ago
balanced view expressed by the author.. caution from going over-board in our knee jerk reaction is far more important than frittering resources in every inch of area thought out as vulnerable. we may eventually seek to acquire that capability, but lets graduate there in terms of national resource allocation & capability. and as a big nation we should be in a position to absorb a surprise attack and retaliate well..the power of retaliatory strike, intelligence on a potential enemy are more deterring than building defences endlessly. permeate potential enemy and quietly keep winning small battles..let it be by arresting a… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

A 9/11 style attack coming from A&N side … undetected and slamming into Chennai or Vizag could be a real threat scenario !

Not operating air defence 24x7x365 is simply not acceptable !

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago

Unfortunately Mihir (I am not sure of his education and training level) is parroting the idiotic and stupid assessments made by Indian bureaucracy – here is why ? If India thinks A and N to be stratgic and has a command in place – why can't India develop a closed loop cycle Nuclear reactor to generate power at cheaper rate there ? Not only that there are other methods – ingenious methods to generate electricity which include tidal, solar and wind power – I am no troll and mean no disrespect but

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago
but these kind of idiots – who self establish their credentials without going thru a market test of their broader thinking -dominate indian estt thinking. If you have a command with thousands of people there for 50-60 years – you need to develop infrastructure there w/o relying on main land – do you think Japan is well connected to the Asia continent or Hawaii or honolulu ? It is poverty of their thinking which gets me. I hope he doesn't look for a job sooner – these kind of people should have been sent on MH 370 instead of representing… Read more »
shailesh
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2 years 3 months ago

The author has presented a lame argument. The country gets attacked in 1962 by China, and leadership " postulated" they will never do it ( Gen. Kaul, Nehru, and Mennon). I just read that China has a hypersonic vehicle. How long the Indian autocrats going to behave like ostriches? Protecting a country from all levels of threat is not easy. We waste billions in unproven technology, but fail to upgrade and maintain the most important technology under " given circumstances".

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 3 months ago
If the airliner was not detected inside , or in a classified distance outside of official Indian airspace, it points black & white to a security LAPSE. 1> A&N is a strategic location of great importance, whichever way you look at it. 2> A Triservice command setup there is for a reason which we can all guess, & to limb it with half-time surveillance is a crime at best. 3> Get back enough money from the corrupts, pull down the legacy VSR & implement multiple AESA VSRs. Mechanical steering is from a bygone era. How to power? Use tidal power,… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 2 months ago

problem is : we have a corrupt, inefficient, insensitive and ignorant leadership – contrary to the claims of Oxford pedigree, etc. Utilizing manpower in defence projects , in maoist areas, in northeast etc is considered by these bastards as waste of money – in a country or population of 1.3 billion – they can't find handful of people with integrity, sense of purpose and intelligence. A and N can be a rival to tourist destination like Bali, bangkok and even for millions of govt employees who can be motivated to take their vacation there –

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 2 months ago

not only that, why ship out fuel from main land when your own coal comes from Australia, etc. wind turbine in the sea, solar power can just reduce their own requirements. government has no sense of being efficient – they have one set of excuses for islands – but gues what, if you ask- – you will get the same set of excuses for Ladakh, kashmir, north east and orissa, jharkhand and other maoist areas –

William Braylen
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11 months 15 days ago

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William Braylen
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11 months 15 days ago

The bag vehicle, bogie and cart we know nowadays is an transfer from the Far Eastern, made from low top quality under specified metals and components. They are not of commercial top quality but are still used as such. Unfortunately brought in carts, bag vehicles and barrows have put an incredible number of U.K. employees on the dole. Now individuals want the commercial conventional items and few individuals are remaining with the primary abilities or information to generate them Bygone Chinese money

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