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by SandeepS
21 Apr 2017 20:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4069
Views: 663509

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

What is infuriating is the services use the OFB and DRDO at same level as foreign vendors when they should use them as in-house resources. Ramana, can you elaborate how the Services currently use OFB and DRDO, and how you propose they should use? Please keep in mind the real-world org structure whi...
by SandeepS
29 Mar 2017 20:33
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 761774

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

I'm afraid I cannot comment on specific eqpt acquisition beyond what is available in public domain. Also I'll advise you not to extrapolate on the basis of one eqpt as that is likely to give you an incorrect and misleading picture. What I've tried to correct is the notion that IA/IAF/IN has the auth...
by SandeepS
29 Mar 2017 03:16
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 761774

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

This trial after trial seems an endless exercise because no one bothers to read the fine print and understand the underlying process. Which is funny because everyone on BRF has been exposed to details of mother of trials - IOC and FOC of Tejas. Each weapon system undergoes a somewhat similar set of...
by SandeepS
29 Mar 2017 01:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 202797

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

...I wouldn't be surprised if French is a more popular subject at the NDA today than Mandarin. You couldn't be further from facts...not only Mandarin but also Tibetan, Burmese, Pushto are taught at NDA and are well subscribed by the cdts. Have a look at MoD's School of Foreign Languages website the...
by SandeepS
31 Oct 2016 05:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 550273

Re: Indian Air Force News and Discussion - 21 Sept 2015

Let me illustrate what Akshay has been trying to convey with an article from our very own BRF by none other than Air Marshal S Raghavendran, VCAS. He has gone to into great details to explain the ACTUAL decision-making process of MoD babus that he & his Ops team faced every time they wanted to a...
by SandeepS
02 Dec 2015 14:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4065
Views: 730597

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Goswami, at the front of the assault team, called out a challenge. There was a burst of fire in return. Following the direction of fire, the 9 Para fired back. <br abp="825"><br abp="826">Our ROE HAVE to Change. This Challenging nonsense for a SF unit is plain stupid. When you h...
by SandeepS
30 Nov 2015 19:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4065
Views: 730597

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Some interesting insights into 9 Para (SF)'s AO, SF probation and operations in Kashmir (http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/vc5nVprN5J6tJhF5U6UinL/Living-and-dying-in-the-Special-Forces.html) On the morning of 26 August, a sunny, warm day, the 9 Para were called in. They had been waiting for this call....
by SandeepS
22 May 2015 19:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4065
Views: 730597

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

ID the paratrooper unit: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wfUbQPWbQ9U/VVS_YWJS9cI/AAAAAAAAUCk/L0vQ83o-rIs/s1600/s2015051465379.jpg (Op Maitri, Nepal) 252 Parachute AD Battery I wonder whether this is the erstwhile 252 (I) Missile Battery. It was a pioneer in IA as it was one of the first units equipped wi...
by SandeepS
13 Mar 2015 20:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 172051

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Do you really think what the Chief says makes any difference on the decision making process? Its MoD that decides which aircraft to buy or not. IAF only does trials as per laid down parameters, and many a times these parameters get moulded by MoD's diktats. I think it might be helpful to read this B...
by SandeepS
02 Jan 2014 23:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 176806

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

... The prospected location of 72 div in Pathankot is interesting as it serves multiple purposes- reinforce 16 or 9 Corps as required, or move the div to J&K for ops in Kashmir or Ladakh or orient it for ops in Himachal against China... Avik, I honestly commend your lateral thinking but if you ...
by SandeepS
29 Dec 2013 21:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 176806

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

As per AM Ashok K Goel Ops Mgr at ARC during Kargil, ARC's Gulf Stream fitted with Multi Camera Reconnaissance System played a major role in PR missions. They were escorted by MiG-29/Mirage-2000. IAF Jaguar were also used for PR missions but as compared to ARC's Gulf Stream, they were restricted in ...
by SandeepS
21 Aug 2013 20:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 176806

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

That is indeed a L70/40 in ground-role. Its a bit surprising that they did not go for ZU23/2, which have been used in this role for a long time now as it can be manhandled into (more importantly, out of) position much easily and has very low profile. L70 is a far bigger and much heavier system, even...
by SandeepS
28 Jun 2012 06:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 182118

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

I am not familiar with the formation units of Mech (I) AD Bde so I am happy to be updated. If I can confirm this info, then I will drop a line here to indicate. But (I) AD Bde have AD Regt, Light AD Regt or Light AD (Comp) Regt only. I do not have any open source reference at hand on this to share ...
by SandeepS
27 Jun 2012 04:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 182118

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

I beg to differ...apart from Missile Groups (SP), the AD Missile Regiments (SP) are part of (I) AD Brigades. 612 (I) Mech AD Brigade is such an example. As for being part of a Corps, well, the fact they are Independent Brigades, means that they report directly to Corps HQ or sometimes, Command HQ. ...
by SandeepS
22 Jun 2012 20:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 182118

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

All the SP AD units are invariably part of (I) AD Brigades of Corps with offensive responsibilities. (I) AD Bde have AD Regt, Light AD Regt/Light AD (Composite) Regt. SP (both SP AD i.e. Schilka & SP Missile Grp i.e. SAMs) are not (I) AD Bde formation units, they are generally part of Div/Corps...
by SandeepS
26 May 2012 16:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2945
Views: 196564

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

.... Let us stop these argument about "no strategic importance" of Siachen and that we can defend the Valleys w/o controlling the heights. If we loose Saltoro, we'll need to control the next series of high ground - let us be very clear about it and the whole process of Siachen 1984 will r...
by SandeepS
26 May 2012 16:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 475101

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Its interesting that some of the posters are bringing up the issue of engaging aerial targets in residential/built-up areas and consequent collateral damage. One can easily get confused by the deployment of ZU-23-2 in residential areas as seen in many Mid-East conflicts as being standard gun deploym...
by SandeepS
25 May 2012 21:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 475101

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

The fundamental difference between ZU-23-2 and L70/40 is that ZU-23-2 is a fair-weather weapon system while L70/40 has longer range radar-controlled, hence it can engage targets further and in all-weather. L70/40 when coupled with FlyCatcher is a potent weapon system but it is now long in tooth and ...
by SandeepS
14 May 2012 23:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 475101

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Arty supporting Armoured formations do need to move along with the armour - they will only stop while firing. That is why the OP officers from Arty have their own tanks, and cannot be differentiated from the armour - they won't be chugging along behind in a jeep or something :) . And it used to rea...
by SandeepS
28 Dec 2011 04:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Multimedia - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2154
Views: 354670

Re: Military Multimedia Content

... Now they say that they have integrated the Bofors L70 with Fly Catcher and i could see a single FC controlling 3-4 Bofors L70 gun , so have they implemented hydraulic control of gun which is controlled by FC , how have they integrated FC with L70 ?... Austin, I think you are mistaking the integ...
by SandeepS
18 Jun 2011 16:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 833349

Re: Indian Military Aviation

As per these snaps of IAF Hercs, the aircrafts are designated as C-130J:
In production
During induction ceremony of the first Herc at Hindon
by SandeepS
30 Jan 2011 19:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Profiles in Heroism: Archive
Replies: 434
Views: 140244

Re: Profiles in Heroism: Archive

Cross-posting from Indian Naval History thread on Capt Mulla's decision to go down with his ship INS Khukri:
by SandeepS
30 Jan 2011 19:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval History Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 10454

Re: Indian Naval History Thread

I came across this email by an ex-IN offr to Capt Mulla's daughter in response to her article on the sinking of INS Khukri and the brave decision by Capt Mulla. It is worth a read and hence copying it in full: “Dear Ameeta Mulla Wattal, I am an ex- Indian naval officer who left the service honourabl...
by SandeepS
23 Jan 2011 07:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 952042

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

I agree with your point that knee-jerk reaction to an event happening in our neighbourhood is no way to strategise. However, my point albiet a very brief one, was regarding the prolonged and back 'n forth nature of taking decisions by MoD. Thereby putting the tactics and strategies of the services a...
by SandeepS
23 Jan 2011 04:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 952042

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

PN to get 6 AIP subs from China

Hopefully this should get the attention of MoD to hasten the decision on our subs.
by SandeepS
17 Jan 2011 02:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military
Replies: 3954
Views: 1531812

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

http://www.flickr.com/photos/torqueaviation/5357689824/sizes/o/in/set-72157625703919543/

Looks like a Armoured Carrier (a la SDRE MPV) developed on the Tatra chassis probably by an EME Base Wksp. And its RHD now, to satisfy jingoes here :wink:
by SandeepS
17 Jan 2011 01:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military
Replies: 3954
Views: 1531812

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

I think that snap is of the lady officer commanding the NBC Recce Vehicle - http://www.flickr.com/photos/torqueaviation/5357688826/in/set-72157625703919543/. She is most likely to be from Engrs
by SandeepS
10 Jan 2011 22:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 992826

Re: China Military Watch

A Tale of Two Ports As per this research article India is attempting to checkmate China's presence in Gwadar by developing the Iranian port of Chabar (and Karwar naval base in India). I must confess that I had no awareness of India's role in Chabar and used to wonder why India is investing in devel...
by SandeepS
27 Nov 2010 01:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2587
Views: 340975

Re: Military Flight Safety

Jagan, I was going through the MIG-25 thread on BRF homepage and also the material on 'Warbirds of India' site and I noticed that neither sites mention a MiG-25R that crashed near Station Arty Officers' Mess, Jodhpur in summer of 1985 or 86. The crash site was approximately 2-3kms in a straight line...
by SandeepS
27 Nov 2010 00:51
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion
Replies: 4621
Views: 719867

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Rahul, your Tailor of Panama comment has hit the bulls-eye. Turns out that the fake Taliban was a shopkeeper from Quetta as per this news article... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/25/AR2010112503577.html But on a serious note, this will be a second major coup by the int...
by SandeepS
26 Oct 2010 14:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BSF, CRPF and other Paramilitary Forces Discussion
Replies: 870
Views: 198167

Re: BSF,CRPF and other Paramilitary Forces Discussion.

As per this news article, the new CRPF DG seems to have hit the ground running and is wasting no time in updating the training at the officer-level and trooper-level to meet physical and psychological challenges of operating in Naxal environment - http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/oct/24/crpf-under...
by SandeepS
06 Oct 2010 20:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 601939

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Each Med Regt used to have at least 2xVijayanta in Recce & OP role. Not sure whether they are still continuing with the same SOP or have adapted with access to better SATA - WLR, R&O flts, etc. In case they are still continuing with the same SOP, then some of these Med Regts might get a few ...
by SandeepS
06 Oct 2010 20:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 952042

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,721110,00.html - Gen. P. Musharraf's interview with Der Spiegel on 04-Oct wherein he unambiguously admitted that Pak forces have been training militants to fight in J&K. He seems to be losing his media-savviness. I'm sure this interview must have ...
by SandeepS
11 Jun 2010 18:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Where can i spot IAF fighters at close range in Banglore
Replies: 110
Views: 10132

Re: Where can i spot IAF fighters at close range in Banglore

akshayprabhu wrote:IB4TL :P

lemme contribute tooo :P :P :P

This must be a first too...the initiator of the thread is himself putting in a IB4TL post on his thread...ha ha ha
by SandeepS
11 Jun 2010 18:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Where can i spot IAF fighters at close range in Banglore
Replies: 110
Views: 10132

Re: Where can i spot IAF fighters at close range in Banglore

Tempted by Shiv's appeal to post my first IB4TL. Mod(s) is/are definitely very generous today...probably distracted by World Cup
by SandeepS
24 May 2010 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2408
Views: 388894

Re: CT and COIN operations in India: News, Images and Discus

NSG list of former DGs is mentioned here on NSG website - http://nsg.gov.in/june08/formerdg.htm. These two names do not figure in that list either. BTW, DG has always been IPS officer. Probably Vivek's acquaintances were IG (Ops) which are sometimes staffed by Army. Though recently there were sugges...
by SandeepS
21 Apr 2010 21:36
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3520
Views: 480038

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

... 1) Fuel would be same AFAIK they both use diesel engines of similar robustness w.r.t. fuel, but yes different fuel consumption would be the case, as well as different rate of consumption of other spares and different times that are needed for each tank to reequip and overhaul in battle field. T...
by SandeepS
31 Mar 2010 21:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 732474

Re: LCH discussion

chetak wrote:Here is a fairly decent picture of the LCH on it's maiden flight.

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4087 ... flight.jpg


Is that the second LCH airframe behind the crash tender? The rear stabilisers/tail-planes and rear skid look similar to the in-flight LCH.
by SandeepS
12 Feb 2010 22:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 1102302

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

During 1971 crisis (thanx to) Nixon, India had a kamikaze action in mind in worst case scenario to take the USS Enterprise down, but now the tables have been turned and India has a luxury to brag about Brahmos, if not brandish it. This is something I had earlier heard from some retired person. But ...
by SandeepS
23 Dec 2009 16:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Women in Combat
Replies: 521
Views: 74284

Re: Women in Combat

I came across this news article from NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/us/17women.html ; on vagueness of US military policy on deploying US women combatants in action/active areas and various kinds of dangers/hardships faced by them. Those interested can browse for rest of the articles in...

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