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by vaibhav.n
06 Oct 2017 14:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3480
Views: 394763

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Sarkar Sir, Couple of points; 1. These joint doctrines are specifically in the conventional construct of operations against a peer or near peer adversary. Low intensity CI ops fall out of its ambit. We could argue that in the current age of hybrid warfare if these are relevant but that would be anot...
by vaibhav.n
05 Oct 2017 14:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

Calvin,

The authorised 1st line ammo scale is for an LMG team is in excess of 700 rounds. AFAIK, the Bren No1 carries the LMG and 5 mags while the Bren No2 carries another 5 mags and the spare barrel. The rest are carried by the Assault Group.
by vaibhav.n
05 Oct 2017 14:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3480
Views: 394763

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Sarkar Sir/Karan, In my defence, i had listed the blog more from an ORBAT perspective. I don’t agree with him completely, but he has put some interesting points across. His argument is, since armoured and mechanised units already operate as combined arms units it would benefit us if we formalised th...
by vaibhav.n
03 Oct 2017 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

srin wrote:One data point if anyone has: how many SLR rounds did a soldier carry before Insas ? And how many INSAS rounds does he carry now ?


It has remained the same since the 70's, each rifleman in an infantry section carries 80 rounds in 4 mags, 2 fragmentation grenades and 1 LMG magazine.
by vaibhav.n
03 Oct 2017 22:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3480
Views: 394763

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

For ORBAT junkies.... Restructuring & Reorganisation of Combat Arms - Gen HS Panag Indian Army inherited the regimental system from the British Indian Army. We broadly continue to follow it in the infantry, armoured corps, artillery and to some extent the corps of engineers. Where the units are ...
by vaibhav.n
11 Aug 2017 18:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate
Replies: 313
Views: 35020

Re: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate

No defence for the MoD http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/letterfromwashington/no-defence-for-the-mod/ Frustration in the Pentagon is high because India is being, well, India. The inertia, the missed opportunities, the constant roadblocks, the procedural rigmarole, the control freak babus, th...
by vaibhav.n
11 Aug 2017 17:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

US Army Issues RFI for 7.62mm Interim Combat Service Rifle The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a request for information—on behalf of Product Manager Individual Weapons—for a new Interim Combat Service Rifle chambered in 7.62x51mm. The Army’s 7.62 Interim Combat Service Rifle requirement wa...
by vaibhav.n
02 Aug 2017 20:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

Actually they did the right thing; this is a 7.62mm rifle and what better template to go by than the SLR itself. If you look at the grip and magazine it looks very very close to the SLR. It is an SLR magazine. That is fine for initial testing purposes, but they will have to employ more current tech...
by vaibhav.n
01 Aug 2017 03:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

The Collapsing cum folding butt seems very sophisticated, is it fabricated by OFB? That stock is from an Israeli company, FAB Defence. Long way to go as yet. They need to straighten the trigger and curve the magazine to increase reliability and shorten dimensions. The action looks overgassed, that ...
by vaibhav.n
28 Jul 2017 22:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

by vaibhav.n
28 Jul 2017 22:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559768

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

IA deploys skid steer loaders with its engineer units since 2000's. Its a Terex Heman 175. This is manufactured under JV by Vectra (of Tatra trucks fame) as SKD kits and resold to MoD. http://i35.tinypic.com/104nmab.jpg http://www.terex.in/en/cs/groups/webcontent/@web/@india/documents/web_content/uc...
by vaibhav.n
07 Jul 2017 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The Chinese ZTQ will follow in the concept of the US's upcoming Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle (MPF) program. These light tank companies would be attached to infantry brigades. These light tanks are to cover light infantry units while they are dismounted or screen for enemy MBT's while on the ad...
by vaibhav.n
07 Jul 2017 12:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-01-11-00.34.25-660x471.jpg http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-01-11-00.34.33-660x470.jpg The total contract with Heckler & Koch is worth EUR 168 million (USD 177 million). The weapons will be deli...
by vaibhav.n
07 Jul 2017 12:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

http://www.janes.com/images/assets/681/66681/1692734_-_main.jpg The PLA plans to induct up to 300 Xinqingtan light tanks. The tank will likely be used for recce and infantry support operations in mountainous terrain. Likely designation is ZTQ and the tank weighs 33 tons. An export variant of the Xi...
by vaibhav.n
21 Jun 2017 12:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

In firearms, reliability is most often measured by Mean Rounds Between Stoppages (MRBS). MRBS is the standard benchmark for most military related weapons testing; it is quite plainly, the number of stoppages a weapon has during a pre-determined number of rounds fired. These are usually tested under ...
by vaibhav.n
20 Jun 2017 14:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

In India, tank temperatures frequently reach as high as 55-60 degrees on the inside. Units usually cover up a tank with camo nets during a halt. Tank crews are authorised twice the water and electrolyte rations of a regular unit in deserts. During winters night temperatures in deserts will drop to z...
by vaibhav.n
12 May 2017 20:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559768

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

getting arty up there is 10% of the problem - but occupies huge mindshare. the other 90% is stockpiling enough ammo in caves and bunkers, protecting them for air and missile strikes and resupply from the depots .... these puppies all have high firing rates and can easily release say 300 rounds a da...
by vaibhav.n
01 May 2017 13:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2406
Views: 338520

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

Image

Bullet-proof patka's sacrifice overhead protection for superior protection along its circumference and is capable of stopping 7.62mm rounds from as close as 20 metres.
by vaibhav.n
07 Apr 2017 15:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

The standard load for a rifleman is 4 INSAS mags (including rifle) + 1 LMG mag + 2 Frag grenades.

The actual loadout will vary as if he is a part of the rear section in a platoon he may carry additional 84mm RL or 51mm mortar rounds.
by vaibhav.n
06 Apr 2017 17:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

US Army Considers Adopting an Interim Battle Rifle in 7.62 NATO According to multiple sources, what started out as a directed requirement for a 7.62 NATO Designated Marksmanship Rifle for issue to Infantry Rifle Squads has grown in scope to increase the Basis of Issue to all personnel in Brigade Co...
by vaibhav.n
30 Mar 2017 12:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3579
Views: 456278

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The IA's Army Design Bureau is looking to improve the reliability of the MGB via domestic suppliers right now. It lists the power output for the MGB. METALLURGY FOR HELICOPTER MAIN GEAR BOX 1. Short Title. Metallurgy for Helicopter Main Gear Box (MGB). 2. User Directorate (s). Director General of Ar...
by vaibhav.n
21 Mar 2017 00:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3480
Views: 394763

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Defence Investiture Ceremony 2017-Mar 20, 2017

@ 8:00 mins watch out SF citations for Surgical strikes and subsequent NSCN(K) ops @25:00.

by vaibhav.n
20 Mar 2017 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

M80/M80A1 is the standard ammunition for 7.62 NATO. OFB has manufactured the former for eons now. The RFI has half a page on reliability tests and mentions TOP (Test Operations Procedure 3-2-045 Small Arms) which is the US Army standard and lays down very comprehensive norms which the competing rifl...
by vaibhav.n
13 Feb 2017 16:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559768

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Dhanush troop deployment



Mountain trials



Dhanush firing sequence close-up

by vaibhav.n
26 Jan 2017 00:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4005
Views: 620876

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

One SM (Gallantry) for Special Group also.... :wink: :wink:
by vaibhav.n
13 Jan 2017 22:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559768

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

so vaibhav how would one use this kind of system to say hit a moving column? target whose position changes.. i will still need a spotter? FOO Yes, we would absolutely require an FOO to call in fires and correct the fall of rounds. However what these systems are designed to effect is when one is usi...
by vaibhav.n
13 Jan 2017 20:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559768

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Land navigation systems are inertial systems primarily based on laser ring gyros or fiber optic ones fused with motion sensors. They provide the ability to conduct navigation without the need for GPS receivers or when signals are getting jammed. That information can be inlaid over existing digital G...
by vaibhav.n
13 Jan 2017 15:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4565
Views: 559768

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

How is targeting information passed on to the rocket. Is the rocket compatible with existing launcher. It is the launcher which is equipped with an INS system and likely being cued by the Battery CP tied into the Artillery Combat Command and Control System (ACCCS). The rockets iirc have an trajecto...
by vaibhav.n
09 Jan 2017 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3480
Views: 394763

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Tata Motors concept for the IA LIGHT SUPPORT VEHICLE (LSV) contract. Most likely IA's first foray into US style armoured technicals mounted with crew served weapons. Possibly a replacement for the Mahindra MM550D http://corp-content.tatamotors.com.s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2...
by vaibhav.n
09 Jan 2017 20:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Seriously,what manner of beast is that TATA ICV? It appears to resemble a WW2 half-track! That is not the Tata FICV but a german Wiesel 2, its a 5 ton Infantry support vehicle with recce and ATGM variants among others. Tata Motors-General Dynamics FICV http://corp-content.tatamotors.com.s3-ap-south...
by vaibhav.n
05 Jan 2017 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4005
Views: 620876

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

I really don't know where this chap is getting his information from. Most AK's have been phased out of SF teams for half a decade plus now besides the point that the Tavor is known within SF units for being rugged and reliable.
by vaibhav.n
04 Jan 2017 20:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The tank pakistan plans to license and manufacture under the Khalid programme is most likely going to be the VT-4 aka MBT 3000. A souped-up T series. The MBT-3000 is a recent Chinese main battle tank, developed specially for export. It is also referred as VT-4. It is being marketed by NORINCO. It is...
by vaibhav.n
04 Jan 2017 13:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

IIRC...All modern IFV's have had aluminium alloy hulls with additional add on steel or ceramic armour.
by vaibhav.n
02 Jan 2017 21:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3480
Views: 394763

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Insignia of 17 Mountain Corps, next to 101 Area. (A celestial weapon Shiva's bow and arrow across Mt kailash outline) i was told. https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15747916_588416904688276_9159102992938980807_n.jpg?oh=c2281414c6452120fcc3f510081827f7&oe=58DF3323
by vaibhav.n
21 Dec 2016 21:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate
Replies: 313
Views: 35020

Re: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate

Looking at some of the MSM news articles and Ajai Shukla's blog (not just now, but also few years earlier), this is also becoming an infantry vs armoured corp debate. As an armchair corporal, what I don't get is how come the generals are so specialized ? Isn't there any rotation of officers among t...
by vaibhav.n
21 Dec 2016 19:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3466
Views: 344524

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Rheinmetall Ups Tank Firepower with new 130mm Gun The new 130 mm gun is a precondition for the future tank, known as ‘Main Ground Combat System’ (MGCS) being developed by Germany. MGCS is currently being developed by Germany and France as a future replacement for the Leopard 2 and Leclerc main batt...
by vaibhav.n
19 Dec 2016 13:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

Indian Special Forces gear up, Army to move a proposal seeking better weapons Next time when Indian Special Forces would enter Pakistan or any other country for a surgical strike, Government is working towards making sure that they have the required weapons and equipment to carry out their mission ...
by vaibhav.n
13 Dec 2016 14:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate
Replies: 313
Views: 35020

Re: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate

Couple of Points; 1. In the IA structure, operational commands are actually Field Army HQ's. One of the reasons GoC-in-C are more commonly referred to as Army Commanders. They control multiple Corps across a large AoR. We cannot revert to a highly centralised Paki system which places junior Corps Co...
by vaibhav.n
09 Dec 2016 21:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

AWSM? Not very likely? Sure it retails for a higher price but on a bulk order of this size AW should have a greater incentive to cut costs. Accuracy International sure has some pricey kit. Sako is not far behind. Their M10 rifle plus setup retails at around 12k $. Both have guarantees for a 1 MoA r...
by vaibhav.n
08 Dec 2016 20:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4133
Views: 667707

Re: Small Arms Thread

Sako should have this pretty much in the bag.

Their 338 lapua TRG has been in testing since ages with IA.

MARCOS also got themselves the 7.62 Sako recently.

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