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by Bala Vignesh
13 Jan 2020 15:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 383
Views: 68274

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Glad to see someone pitch the case for a NLCA based LIFT!! It's a low hanging fruit ripe for picking, giving IN a huge boost in its Air warfare capabilities and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the MiG29K platform, which are clearly not living upto the expectations.
by Bala Vignesh
16 Dec 2019 13:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3783
Views: 651384

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

That's what the elderly Brig Major was trying to say, although he didn't necessarily need to ask Dr Fair if she understood (and she didn't need to react the way she did - she doesn't understand the subcontinental culture to know that age trumps other indignations). Of all the points cited by Dr Fai...
by Bala Vignesh
16 Dec 2019 13:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3783
Views: 651384

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

"That's what t he elderly Brig Major was trying to say, although he didn't necessarily need to ask Dr Fair if she understood (and she didn't need to react the way she did - she doesn't understand the subcontinental culture to know that age trumps other indignations)." He was a Brigadier M...
by Bala Vignesh
15 Dec 2019 19:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3783
Views: 651384

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

That's simply not how we do things, especially given that we acknowledged a fratricide and Abhi's downing. Even if we manage to hide it for now, there will be the families that wouldn't take it.
by Bala Vignesh
15 Dec 2019 15:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4624
Views: 855225

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

In case this was not shared earlier.

by Bala Vignesh
05 Dec 2019 17:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2688
Views: 621853

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

lakshmanM wrote:It looks photoshopped

It most definitely is not, sir.
by Bala Vignesh
03 Dec 2019 16:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 267
Views: 71655

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Wouldn't this make more sense for the CISF's Airport security group too? Wonder if they have evaluated it and if so what their observations were?
by Bala Vignesh
03 Dec 2019 16:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 688
Views: 161003

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Buddy refueling is inefficient because it uses internal fuel from another aircraft. The pod just houses the pump, hose and drogue. TSarkarda, In the buddy refuelling role, wouldn't the MiG29K actually carry 4 drop tanks on the inboard pylons and just orbit overhead the Carrier or may be set up an o...
by Bala Vignesh
03 Dec 2019 16:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 267
Views: 71655

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Thakur_B wrote:http://epaper.mailtoday.in/c/46428002

Sandeep Unnithan reports that SPG is buying small number of JVPC. This would be a big stamp of approval from a premiere organisation.

Amazing news if true!! Would help boost the image of the weapon over all!!
by Bala Vignesh
02 Dec 2019 16:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous - Aug 2016
Replies: 161
Views: 44475

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous - Aug 2016

1. What happens to the Artillery barrell (or any gun barrell for that matter) once it is worn out. Can we compress it radially and regroove it and reuse it ? 2. Can the caliber of a gun increased (temporarily for firing few shells) by adding a screwable extension ?Similar to adding a silencer to a ...
by Bala Vignesh
01 Dec 2019 11:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3293
Views: 648413

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

If you can find that link out, it would be great. A real engine in an enclosed aircraft is very unlikely (for all the obvious reasons) but that image could have been of a large APU? It would be an APU, not an actual aircraft engine of the kind that flies the plane. It most certainly wasn't an APU. ...
by Bala Vignesh
01 Dec 2019 01:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Philip wrote:12+ would be good going.Did any of the upgraded M2Ks take part in the last spat with Pak?

At least 2 that we know of, which were handling the southern half of the front with 4 Mirage V and 4 JF-17's opposite them.
by Bala Vignesh
01 Dec 2019 01:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3293
Views: 648413

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

I think there was a reference from Dr Christopher where he mentioned a third engine (sort of an APU) would be put in to address the additional power demand for an AWACS. I think it was in AI2017, CABS had shown a video/model of a 330 with another one of its actual engine placed inside the cabin for...
by Bala Vignesh
14 Nov 2019 01:04
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 688
Views: 161003

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

JayS wrote:NLCA demonstrated night arrested recovery. A video in this tweet.

https://twitter.com/SandeepUnnithan/sta ... 05632?s=19

Waah!! 2019 is proving to be a watershed year for Indian aerospace R&D.. More steam to the team!!
Lungis fully deployed!!
by Bala Vignesh
03 Nov 2019 01:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion
Replies: 282
Views: 55840

Re: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion

I thought RSAF had a permanent det out at KKD??
by Bala Vignesh
01 Nov 2019 12:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The article states that the last active squadron of MiG27 UPG is 29 Scorpio. That would mean that 10 squadron has already been number-plated.
by Bala Vignesh
26 Oct 2019 23:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

fanne wrote:Does anyone know if Mig 29 UPG also includes fly by wire upgrade? (Mig 29 K have them)


Open source data doesn't indicate the addition of a FBW system as part of the UPG package .
by Bala Vignesh
24 Oct 2019 18:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2604
Views: 354237

Re: Military Flight Safety

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/army-chopper-with-northern-army-commander-on-board-crash-lands-in-j-k/articleshow/71738549.cms Army chopper with Northern Army commander on board crash-lands in J-K An Indian Army helicopter with the Northern Army commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, on ...
by Bala Vignesh
21 Oct 2019 15:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4112
Views: 748032

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Well, I was aware but was told by my paanwala not to share the exact location. Hence the obfuscation, if you could call it that. Didn't know the information was public domain already.
by Bala Vignesh
21 Oct 2019 14:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The distance, as the crow flies, between Jamnagar and Masirah is just about 1200kms, well within the advertised range for internal fuel of 2100Kms of the UPG. This has me thinking why did they take extra tanks on the inboard and the ventral stations? The UPG seen on its own, is still a gorgeous thin...
by Bala Vignesh
20 Oct 2019 14:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4112
Views: 748032

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Yup, BLR has the PRTC which is the home of all Para SF Bn and will have adequate manpower to mount operations when required and also BLR is supposedly home to a Para SF Bn as well, not sure if that's true.
by Bala Vignesh
18 Oct 2019 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Yeah, but she was graceful and elegant as well earlier.
by Bala Vignesh
11 Oct 2019 17:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 367513

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Saw this video of a US Airforce C-17 refuelling, can our C-17 use Drogue and Shoot method or can the IL 78 use the US airforce method ? https://twitter.com/Chopsyturvey/status/1181854826570739714 Nope!! The C17 and P8I require a flying boom and the Il76 is not going to be equipped with one for a ob...
by Bala Vignesh
08 Oct 2019 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4624
Views: 855225

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Looks like it, they must've got confused with MI-171V
by Bala Vignesh
07 Oct 2019 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Drones May be not but subsonic cruise missile should work but that would be better handdled by a SAM in any case. The worst case scenario when these assets may be required would be to givenCAS in a last ditch effort, IMO.
by Bala Vignesh
07 Oct 2019 09:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4098
Views: 946989

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

here is the IAF Day2019 promo video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDY5pmKcak8 @5:58 looks like an Hawk firing Rockets??? does the IAF have a weaponized Hawk?. i thought the Hawk-i was a HAL proposal. what am i missing :roll: The Hawk could always launch dumb weapons. It's supposed to be able to ...
by Bala Vignesh
04 Oct 2019 19:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 745
Views: 207029

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

IMO, if we want to start another project thay builds on the LCA and MWF, then we need to start on our own growler. Needn't be very powerful like the growler, even of we reach Prowler level in capabilities, it would be sufficient.
by Bala Vignesh
02 Oct 2019 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 25244

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

I would actually like to see the Thunderbolts aerobatic display team getting resurrected with Tejas atleast a 3 aircraft formation used for advertising our product world wide. Isn't that Sagar Pawan? Was it renamed as Thunderbolts? Nope, the Sagar Pawan's had an almost similar livery as the thuderb...
by Bala Vignesh
30 Sep 2019 13:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 745
Views: 207029

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

AUW is All-Up Weight, but in this case, I believe they are using it to mention the MTOW.

MWF is to be with INS6.
by Bala Vignesh
30 Sep 2019 13:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4624
Views: 855225

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

raghuk wrote:Blades issue was an old one and even then it was only for the cheetah/cheetah never the chetak. And the chetak was never meant for ASW or ASuW missions. A 2 Ton heli can only do so much.

The blades for Cheetah and Chetak are different? I thought they were the same design?
by Bala Vignesh
30 Sep 2019 12:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 745
Views: 207029

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

https://twitter.com/strategic_front/status/1178323717790715905?s=19 The tweet has a very nice graphics on evolution of LCA MK2 in three iterations. Can someone please post the pic here..? JayS, this is already posted on the Tejas Mk1/Mk1A thread. Cross posting from there below. Evolution of LCA fro...
by Bala Vignesh
30 Sep 2019 12:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 745
Views: 207029

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Aditya_V wrote:Out if curiosity is there a in flight refuelling video of JF-17 or probe in flight- I have it with the aircraft on the ground only.

While not exaclty in flight, this has a few JF17's with IFR probes coming in to land.
https://youtu.be/Z6b9PKeca2c
by Bala Vignesh
28 Sep 2019 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2604
Views: 354237

Re: Military Flight Safety

It was a low vis situation, unless you TCAS or a radar altimeter with an alarm function, I don't think it would have helped.
by Bala Vignesh
27 Sep 2019 15:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Phil Camp passes away Sep 26, 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 2402

Re: Phil Camp passes away Sep 26, 2019

May his atma again moksha!!
by Bala Vignesh
27 Sep 2019 13:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4151
Views: 708442

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Vivek ji, The previous wars were fought without any nuclear overtones between the combatants, not considering Kargil as a war since it was not an all out war across the entire front with Pakistan. Given that we now have over nuclear capabilities and just as our potential adversaries do, it would be ...
by Bala Vignesh
27 Sep 2019 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4151
Views: 708442

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Vivek,

I think it's best not to second guess the decisions of professionals who would be betting their life based on this assessment. Let's leave these decisions to the professionals, which you and me are clearly not.
by Bala Vignesh
24 Sep 2019 12:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2979
Views: 540407

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

From Dassault Aviation's website on the Rafale. https://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/defense/rafale/specifications-and-performance-data/ Fuel (internal) - 4.7 t (10,300 lbs) Fuel (external) - up to 6.7 t (14,700 lbs) So a total of 11.4 tons of fuel. Or 10,342 kg. Or 22,800 pounds. At 11.4 tonnes, f...
by Bala Vignesh
22 Sep 2019 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4624
Views: 855225

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Cross post from the IN ASW and AEW thread. https://hal-india.co.in/HAL%20Delivers%20Ch/ND__265 These helicopters are used by Navy for communication duties (Passenger transport), Cargo/ Material transport, Casualty evacuation, Search & Rescue, Areal survey & Patrolling, Emergency medical serv...
by Bala Vignesh
20 Sep 2019 18:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2337
Views: 675115

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

How many 2 seater LCA do we have? I believe three. Two Tejas trainers (PV-5/6? the DM flying from HAL grounds should be one of these) and the first NLCA (NP-1). IAF had 8 two-seaters ordered for the initial batch of 40 but unless I missed it all 16 SPs sent to Sqd 45 are single seaters? That's righ...
by Bala Vignesh
20 Sep 2019 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3293
Views: 648413

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

^^ I agree. A single design which could be multi-use. But after todays announcement on tax cuts for corporates, and a possible revenue shortfall of Rs 1.5 Lakh crores, the IAFs desire for more capex, is not going to happen. I just hope the 83 LCA Mk1A are ordered. This would make the C295 based AEW...

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