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    Anonymous

    Incidentally this Telegraph seems to be funded from across the border. During the New Year incident when some Policemen roughed up some Army officers and were treated to a taste of their own medicine it was the Telegraph that was the first to rumour monger. When the facts were out that the Police in cahoots with the Hotel had tried their usual ‘bully the Public ‘ stunt this paper did not even have the guts or the decency or moral courage to publish the facts. Now Pillai must have hosted a lavish lunch with freebies for their reporter else how can only the Telegraph report this in the east when the trials were carried out in the West. Were the other papers sleeping on the scoop?

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  2. 2

    NJS

    Army / govt should place orders for large volumes , If we don’t believe india products , then their is no use of saying Indians.

    IAF have decreased ordering AKASH missiles sqn’s by 8 to 2 nos sqn’s.let’s see what army is going to do with bramhos.

    Make india stronger , don’t allow neighbors to be stronger . JAIHIND

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  3. 3

    BENGAL UNDER ATTACK

    Ooopsss…. Our articles coincided :).

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  4. 4

    BENGAL UNDER ATTACK

    Ooopsss…. Our articles coincided :).

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    Mumbaiwala

    Hi
    This is all good, for now. Arjun, Akash point to a systemic scuttling of the indigenous weapons systems by people in the “system”, corrupt military officers and babus(since all babus are corrupt) pocket taxpayers money on the side.
    Until the time India starts exporting weapons systems this trend will not change. When that happens babus will still make money but from other countries coffers.

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  6. 6

    Anonymous

    i am too confused to say Bhaat is right and bhaat is wrong with the army or Mr. Pillai?

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  7. 7

    Anonymous

    How about an investigative piece on this

    Missile range was scaled down to benefit Israel firm

    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NEWS/newsrf.php?newsid=10740

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  8. 8

    Harpreet

    Is there any need for such one-upmanship? Didn’t DRDO put its foot in the mouth on the first test?

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  9. 9

    spr

    Does this piece not seem to be written as a promotional piece for Dr Pillai?

    Why demonise the Armed Forces? Is it too much to ask for weapon systems that perform on the battlefield? Did the failure of the first missile test inspire a lot of confidence amongst the writers of this piece?

    Is a missile not supposed to work in a multi target environment? If the Army insists that the missile should be able to discriminate a designated target in a multi target scenario, it is just being realistic. After a failure, it was Dr Pillai’s duty to inspire confidence among the Armed Forces, and by extension to all of India, by successful demonstrations.

    It is a matter of pride that BrahMos is a partially indegenous product. The Armed Forces, more than anybody else, are aware of the pitfalls of imported products. But for induction into services, the products must be of requisite standard – it is a matter of thousands of human lives and NATIONAL SECURITY/SOVEREIGNTY.

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    Anonymous

    What is a regiment anyway? How many launchers and missiles would that be? I would imagine 2000 odd missiles will be more than enough to form a reasonable first wave into Pakistan. Even with the published range there are a lot of valuable targets in the envelope.

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    Anonymous

    that currupt ex air force officer
    is air wing commander SP TYAGI who is working for IAI and he is the cause of decreasing no of akaash sqn in IAF service

    moreover regarding brahmos army personnel looking demonstrations of 300km tomahawk by raytheon

    not sure what advantage 300km tomahawk provides and it will b much costlier than brahmos

    and drdo working on nirbhay

    this is the level of curruption in india

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  12. 12

    Hojo

    Well i would say, This is not good for IA/IAF/IN. We should use our Products to show to world What we are.

    2 sqn. Of akash missile doesnt made any difference in IA thinkings.

    Join New IDF

    http://www.defenceforum.in

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    Mayuresh Gaikwad

    I sincerely feel we should induct these in large numbers (1000+) as quickly as possible and also export some Mark1 Anti-ship missiles to friendly countries. That shall give us credibility in the eyes of the world, of being a good weapons manufacturer

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  14. 14

    Anonymous

    Looks like Sir has fallen ill after coming back from Chennai.

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    Anonymous

    Looks like Sir has fallen ill after coming back from Chennai.

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  16. 16

    Mahesh

    What exactly was the “Naval War Room Leak? Is there any article on that? How many people were punished for that?

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    Anonymous

    As such we don’t have the balls to use any of these missile system against our enemy, in the west or east.Then why bother?
    Don’t you feel bored talking about this high tech equipments serving no purpose in the indian context.
    The same does not even have a deterrent effect on tke pakis as can be seen from the recent incidents in our counrty

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    Vivek

    The main opposition of the army has been the missiles prohibitively expensive unit cost. Neither the article nor the comments on the thread have addressed the army’s very valid concerns.

    A 1000 missiles launched in half a day sounds very good, but at $3 million a pop, the fireworks will cost the military $3 billion.

    While the army’s interest in the Tomahawk may seem like a betrayal to many, an in-depth analysis(which is beyond the majority of us) may end up suggesting the Tomahawk is a better choice.

    The Tomahawk at a fifth of the Brahmos’ cost has a payload that is 50% higher and range that is almost eight times as much. When manufactured in a 300km variant(to comply with international norms), one can expect the payload to be even larger.

    The Brahmos’ only advantage remains its sheer speed and maneuverability. Intercepting a barrage of Brahmos missiles is a tall order for any AD unit.

    But, while such penetration may be crucial to hit naval targets its utility diminishes in the land attack mode. Pakistan’s surface based air defence network is very poor to say the least, which the Tomahawk shouldn’t have much trouble with.

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