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by abhik
22 Oct 2018 10:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4629
Views: 577403

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

Abhik, He is talking of tail rocket motors in the shell to give extra range. I don't like the idea of longer barrels as they need extra maintenance, care to avoid balloting. Better idea is the tail motor to give extra range. The second half of the video is actually showing updated MLRS rocket not t...
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 22:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4236
Views: 686338

Re: Small Arms Thread

The recently released CZ Bren 2 BR (Battle Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 20:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4611
Views: 336478

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Any updates on the indigo's plans for buying wide body aircraft to start their long haul routes? Last I heard they were looking to buy a bunch of A330 neos.
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 19:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4629
Views: 577403

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

^ They have achieved their desired accuracy out to 40 miles but testing and demonstrations are ongoing and the goal is to reach 45 miles with the current ammo and 80 miles with a new round (by 2023). The ER rocket is wrapping up testing with a Max range of 139 km with the tail controlled section an...
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?
Replies: 517
Views: 39240

Re: CAATSA...An Oxymoron?

Good thing about the US is they do this somewhat openly, I refuse to believe we buy all those tin-cans etc. from Russia & others because we actually need that junk, and they are such good "friends". We have put ourselves in a position of paying hafta to multiple goondas, if we increase...
by abhik
21 Oct 2018 00:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1643
Views: 138619

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Trump.is bargaining to waive S-400 sanctions for buying F-16s. He can go take a hike. I am in favour of hard american sanctions against India. Only then will there be fire under the Musharraf of our political masters and the r&d bodies will have the required support needed to develop domestic s...
by abhik
20 Oct 2018 19:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

What is the government doing to "fix" HAL? It is perfectly happy to vacuum out it's "profits" as dividend and getting it to open factories in influential politicos constituencies.
by abhik
18 Oct 2018 22:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1643
Views: 138619

Re: Understanding the US - Again

MBS and friends have bailed out kushiebaby on his personal business deals. MBS brags to people that kushie is his paltu kutta MBS forces Qatar into diplomatic doghouse and sanctions to make them do favourable business with kushie you do the math... The tail may wag the dog sometimes, but shouldn't ...
by abhik
15 Oct 2018 18:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

@JayS, not sure what you are getting at, HAL was supposed to assemble the 108 fighters.
by abhik
15 Oct 2018 08:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Throwing HAL under the bus to CYA on Rafael by the government was a gift wrapped political opportunity for the congies, can't blame the congies taking full advantage of it.
by abhik
14 Oct 2018 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4629
Views: 577403

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

JayS wrote:
nam wrote:Found this during my internet surfing. BF ULH firing "something".

Looks like they have something fixed at the opening of the barrel, perhaps the projectile part of the shell. Some intermediate fire testing looks like. But nonetheless good to see.

The towing ring/bar probably.
by abhik
14 Oct 2018 12:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4629
Views: 577403

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

https://twitter.com/sjha1618/status/1050486401622392832?s=21 —> Kalyani says that the titanium version of its 155 mm /39 caliber ultra lightweight howitzer (ULH) weighs 4.5 tonne, while the steel version is heavier at 6.7 tonne . I was expecting it be be lesser than that, given that the 40 year old...
by abhik
13 Oct 2018 15:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

I don't think images of 'Garuthmaa'/'Garudaa' have been released, or at least I don't remember seeing one. Many indian news outlets keep showing this picture as DRDO glide bomb, looks pretty lean massa grade design but what is it? https://www.newstrend.news/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/glide_bomb_test...
by abhik
10 Oct 2018 08:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

^^^
In actual combat SAM systems routinely shoot down friendly aircraft. Our league of nations fighter force will have an "interesting" time dealing with our league of nations SAM force I imagine.
by abhik
10 Oct 2018 08:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1643
Views: 138619

Re: Understanding the US - Again

She did not get SoS job after T Rex left, and I get the impression that Pompeo knows how to handle the Mr T, will last a long time in office. So I upside in remaining UN ambassador.
by abhik
09 Oct 2018 09:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Yes, a true League of Nations SAM inventory :x
by abhik
08 Oct 2018 20:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1643
Views: 138619

Re: Understanding the US - Again

... This is where I find your moral compass very strange. There was never an accusation of sexual abuse against Clinton. Monica never claimed that. It was clearly consensual relationship between two adults and by most current moral standards a victimless crime (despite presence of rarely enforced a...
by abhik
19 Sep 2018 09:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3492
Views: 352821

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^ Tsarkar sir, isn't the Invar a guided missile (laser beam riding, controlled by the tank gunner)... needing guidance till impact.. thereby meaning that it is also LOS dependent. Or was that only limited to the older gen versions? INVAR missile is indeed laser beam riding but the laser designation...
by abhik
17 Sep 2018 11:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

The VEM missile definitely looks different than the DRDO one, with the fins swiveling out of the body (like Spike and javelin) instead of being "folded". Also did the army give specifically give the requirements for this program or are they using the GSQR for the import contract (which by ...
by abhik
17 Sep 2018 09:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

its hard to comment on size without any human for reference. https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-c86743de8de75c92ecc9167bd12965f9 The DRDO developed one is different from the VEM developed one right? Also I hope they have factored in a greater range for the missile, all the latest ones (MMP, Jave...
by abhik
13 Sep 2018 21:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 373343

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Starting with a used air frame will knock off some $150-200 from the cost, Israel is already offering such a solution (airbus and boeing may be resistant though). The tanker contract has already been cancelled twice, I hope we take the sensible route instead of indefinitely waiting for chi-chi solut...
by abhik
09 Sep 2018 16:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4236
Views: 686338

Re: Small Arms Thread

Pratyush wrote:Why not think out of the box and go for case telescopic ammo in intermediate calibre. Such as 6.8 mm.

If this circus carries on for some more time, the US effort to do the same might see the light of day, and IA might shift the goal post to the new and shiny thing.
by abhik
08 Sep 2018 18:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4236
Views: 686338

Re: Small Arms Thread

The search for an assault rifle https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20180917-the-search-for-an-assault-rifle-1334289-2018-09-07 The MoD now wants the AK-103 to be produced in one of the three rifle factories at Ishapore, Kanpur or Tiruchirappalli. Production lines at these factories c...
by abhik
04 Sep 2018 08:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3294
Views: 308152

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

"Top of the food chain are the Japanese. They have a GaN AESA fighter radar and AESA based BVR, started deploying in 2012!"
AFAIK there are no operational GaN AESA fighter radars, happy to be corrected.
by abhik
02 Sep 2018 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Question: if the Modi government's price for Rafale deal was so much better than UPA's price for the Rafale, Why didn't Modi go for the full 126 fighters? Costs - the country simply cannot afford to buy more without breaking the bank. The UPA 2 thingy was not a deal, it was just an announcement wit...
by abhik
30 Aug 2018 08:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Tomahawk is not just another legacy system, till now US has sold it to only UK, its quite a significant development if they are really offering it to us. Or it could mean Trump is easing export controls (note the euros have already sold air launched cruise missiles to a bunch of countries)
by abhik
29 Aug 2018 10:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3038
Views: 555016

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

BTW why only Air Force pilots, why not include the other forces also? I doubt there will be much "piloting" involved - so why not a submariner who may be more used to working in a confined pressure vessel for days at end.
by abhik
28 Aug 2018 11:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2806
Views: 300050

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

http://idrw.org/indias-super-sukhoi-su-30mki-to-get-su-57-technology/ Is there even a need to buy Su-57 if this is true? Though I am sure Russia will only allow these upgrades after we place an order for 20-40 Su-57 :( Aren't we developing our own IRST for the MKI, then where is question of getting...
by abhik
27 Aug 2018 18:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2307
Views: 284354

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

, the current phase may provide India an opportunity to press its northern neighbour on issues such as entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and a ban on Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Masood Azhar. I hope we are not actually taking to the Chinese about Masood Azhar bilaterally, it is completely worthless....
by abhik
22 Aug 2018 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 526
Views: 85043

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Roosi Corvettes are armed with long-range cruise missiles as they cannot have land based ones due to treaty, our usecase is more like the US (or I at least I wish) with the main carriers being destroyers/crusiers which prowl the oceans half way round the world. Any thing in the immediate neighborhoo...
by abhik
22 Aug 2018 10:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Why not use helina for the land based launcher also? I would think that lock on after launch is useful in this case too.
by abhik
17 Aug 2018 08:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4236
Views: 686338

Re: Small Arms Thread

Thales F90 is a 5.56mm not 7.62 right?
by abhik
16 Aug 2018 00:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 4728
Views: 882892

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

While prowling in Southern IOR, we need some way to communicate with these subs when the needs arise. I don't know if it is possible through land based comms. It may require satellite based communication, however by the time it has come to go full monty, chances of having any satellite survived, is...
by abhik
13 Aug 2018 18:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4226
Views: 373343

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

kvraghav wrote:I think all this discussion about moving AI started because Karnataka Govt under the great Siddu had written to defense ministry saying the AI was a huge logistic nightmare and cannot be handled effectively.

Is there any source for this? It sounds too stupid even for a nincompoop to do.
by abhik
12 Aug 2018 12:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3038
Views: 555016

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

^^^
What will they drop it from? C-17?
by abhik
09 Aug 2018 13:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Rakesh wrote:Apparently, the Govt asked the IAF how many aircraft would they need at minimum. 36 was the reply.

Minimum for what Saar? Surely we wouldn't be needing MRCA 2.0 if 36 were enough.
by abhik
08 Aug 2018 22:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Kashi wrote:Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha are stepping in to further muddy the waters in the Rafale acquisition.

One of the points is "Who decided on the figure of 36 when the original requirement was 126"

Seriously!!

Its a perfectly valid question, if I was a congi I'd ask the same.
by abhik
07 Aug 2018 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 526
Views: 85043

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

IF P-8I was not the winner of L1 then this would be another Scam only done by UPA and the present Government will highlight it Not to worry Austin Saar, Ajai Shukla has come to Boeing's rescue :lol: CAG criticises UPA’s purchase of Boeing P-8I aircraft http://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/2018/08/cag-cri...
by abhik
06 Aug 2018 10:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1436
Views: 200712

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Till date I haven't seen rafale with more than 3.x t of payload (excluding fuel), while there are videos of MKI dropping twice as much bombs.
by abhik
05 Aug 2018 20:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2856
Views: 473868

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

One major difference between Japan in WW2 and China today is that the Japanese were ~1:10 disparity in industrial capacity compared to US but today China actually has an advantage.

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