First off, sorry shek, I couldn't contact you. I did visit the NCC stall around 2.00 pm and it was nice.
I enjoyed the last day of KYA, although I reached there about 12.00 and today was a very hot day indeed, which really sapped my energy. Soon as I reached there I was pissed off to note that I had only about 4 shots left in my camera so interesting pictures were out :-(
The first thing I noticed when I entered were three BEML Tatra transporters, which carried the T-72s and the BMP-2s from Secunderabad. It must be something pulling 40+ tons on the road! Then I headed to the BMP-2s. There were people climbing all over and the army guys had a tough time keeping people in check, but they were cheerful about it. There were people in the driver's seat and in the gunner's seat. The only place people couldn't get into was the rear compartment which was locked. The same scenario was repeated on the T-72s. People all over.
The small arms section was interesting. The 1 MLI guys were polite, courteous and didn't lose their tempers to some silly and inane questioning by me and tons of other people. I played around a bit with the INSAS LMG, the guys seem to like it because its has greater range and is accurate to boot. Looked at the 30 round plastic magazine and what surprised me was that it loads 15 bullets into 2 columns, not 30 bullets one on top of the other as I had expected (shows you my knowledge of small arms
The INSAS LMG has an optical sight mounted on it, as did the assault rifle version of the INSAS. I also held the Dragunov sniper rifle, nice piece of equipment that. I thing that I didn't know we had was a 6 shot 40 mm grenade launcher that is carried one per section in an infantry batallion. This equipment originates from South Africa. Also on display was the 30 mm AGS-17 Plamya grenade launcher.
There was an Israeli thermal imager on display and three 81 mm mortars. 3 men are required to carry one 81 mm mortar (base plate, tube and bipod support, each approximately weighing around 14 kgs.). Interesting to me was the fact that once the barrel heats up, the men are issued gloves to handle it.
There was a 106 mm RCL mounted on a Jonga and a Milan launcher mounted on a Mahindra jeep. And a very light Igla launcher.
BEML Tatra trucks galore. All left hand drive.
There was an AAC Dhruv, kids were being allowed to get in close to the rear clamshell doors and peer into the cockpit. That was nice to see.
The ISRO stalls had scale models of the GSLV-Mk.III and the PSLV. The only brochure I picked up was a list of all Indian satellites launched into space - 39 at last count. Trivia question - which is the only Indian satellite launched into space by the Space Shuttle?
I finally got confirmation that was is under test are directionally solidified turbine blades manufactured by DMRL and not single crystal blades. GTRE guys are the most secretive of any DRDO lab I have ever seen - they must be defensive about not having any engine developed that powers any aircraft that flies, in their entire existence!
ADE - the tow bodies towed by the Lakshya have an RCS of 4 sq.m.
The NCC stall had scale models of ships and aircraft including what I thought was a very nice one of the HS-748 mounting the ASP.
Improvements that could have been made was that the display could have been arranged better and there could have been more regulation of the crowd near the T-72 and BMP display.