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by bmallick
28 Mar 2018 12:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3797
Views: 674508

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The unmanned tanks have really interesting issues. The remote operation of these tanks would involve significant radio chatter. Which implies: a. No radio silence while the tanks move into position for attack. Thus loosing tactical surprise. b. Easy triangulation of the operator location, which I pr...
by bmallick
23 Feb 2018 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Long Distance Chinese Navy Deployment - Analysis
Replies: 52
Views: 5658

Re: Long Distance Chinese Navy Deployment - Analysis

The island bases that China has built in the South China Sea should be seen as outposts. Just like any outpost they are not very far away from the actual force concentration. The same cannot be said for a base that China makes in the Maldives. It would require far more assets and infrastructure. Wit...
by bmallick
20 Feb 2017 17:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Stealth in military aviation, pros and cons
Replies: 57
Views: 11956

Re: Stealth in military aviation, pros and cons

Few more questions. A. How feasible it is in 3-D space to know where the other fellow is to enable directional communication? B. Does stealth imply that, your aircrafts have to mostly rely on others to do the searching for you, rather than itself. Otherwise,if it is forced to use its Radar continuou...
by bmallick
20 Feb 2017 14:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Stealth in military aviation, pros and cons
Replies: 57
Views: 11956

Re: Stealth in military aviation, pros and cons

A question. Let us say a bunch of Low Observable Fighters are coming in to attack a base. One of them, moves to some distance away from the others, maybe ahead or some other direction. It uses its radar to look out for the defenders and then shares the information with the others. In both the cases ...
by bmallick
31 Jan 2017 10:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 678580

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

With regards to the cost proposition of using a SAM to shoot an incoming rocket, I think the correct metrics is not the cost of the rocket but the value of the SAM vs the value of the target it is protecting, everything else is of much lesser importance. Would we be providing such kind of protection...
by bmallick
20 Jan 2017 13:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 806783

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Maybe,there can be a manual mode, whereby, an operator can take over for docking related operations.
by bmallick
20 Jan 2017 13:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 806783

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

These USV can be used as a compliment to the helicopter, especially in the ASW role. The biggest advantage of the USV over a helicopter is endurance/persistence. Which means that we can use them as a platform with dipping sonar deployed 30-50 km away/ahead of the mother ship and do so over longer ho...
by bmallick
24 Sep 2016 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Retaliation Options to significant terrorist strikes
Replies: 1227
Views: 150108

Re: India's Retaliation Options to significant terrorist strikes

`Some of the things that I have heard mentioned in this thread and other threads post URI attack are: - Military retaliation ---> May excalate to two front war - Get out of IWT ----> China may help its ally by doing something on the Brahmaputra etc. And quite a few other statements which basically p...
by bmallick
15 Aug 2016 12:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Happy Independence Day!
Replies: 66
Views: 5607

Re: Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all.

Welcome back BRF.

Jai Hind
by bmallick
24 Mar 2015 23:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 130906

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

If you want a real challenge, try to Identify the vessel on the extreme left of the image... the one that seems a little flat ... The extreme left image seems to be of INS Jalaswaha, based on the mast having three horizontal bars, with the lowest one seems to be having a radar mesh. Also we can see...
by bmallick
24 Mar 2015 22:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 130906

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CA2x2HNUQAEipe1.jpg There are actually 2 vessels behind the 3 ISVs. If you look closely you can make out that there are two sets of masts in front of the yellow tower. From the shape of the mast and the wheelhouse / bridge they look like 2 Pondicherry Class Minesweepers....
by bmallick
11 Feb 2015 17:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 130906

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Philip saab, 150 is the bare minimum spec. desired. Only question of mine, can Brahmos be data linked with P8i, bears and mays. Shaun, over the horizon targeting for Brahmos is needed even if it is launched from ships. Even a ships radar cannot see surface target 300km away, because of the curvatur...
by bmallick
18 Aug 2014 10:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 130906

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Rahul M, I think the lack of regular Barak-1 can be attributed to the number of Barak-1 systems, we had procured. All that we had acquired are currently installed on one or the other vessel. Procurement of more missile systems, was out of question due the investigation going on. It is after a long w...
by bmallick
11 Jul 2014 17:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 130906

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

I think the ship is provisioned for 32 Barak-8's only. We are thinking that it is a AAW destroyer, hence expecting it should have atleast 64 long range sams. Whereas the fitment of weapon system clearly indicate that it is a multi-role ship. In fact it packs the biggest punch of all IN ships in term...
by bmallick
12 Dec 2013 18:45
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 148487

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

QRSAM & SRSAM are pushed on the grounds similar to by creating a fictitious requirement QRSAM is an army requirement while SRSAM is a tri service requirement. AFAIK the former is a home grown effort while the latter is the "Maitri" one with France. Astra is a different class of missil...
by bmallick
09 Jul 2013 16:47
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Brahmos might be too big and too heavy for Corvette class of vessels. Maybe VLS Club missiles would do the trick. 4-6 nos. of follow-on class to the Kora should be planned. Perhaps the P28 design itself can be tweaked, retaining the same hull, to get a new Missile Corvette. Just food for thought: T...
by bmallick
01 Jul 2013 15:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 4264
Views: 132089

Re: LCA News and Discussions

So basically Indranil what you are saying for case c is that the upward deflection would result in greater drag...basically as in case of a higher AOA wing. Basically a bigger effective flat surface against the direction of movement, hence greater drag. So for higher lift, rather than increasing the...
by bmallick
01 Jul 2013 11:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 4264
Views: 132089

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Based on all the discussion going no with regards to Levcon's and whatever little I could read and understand on the internet and various papers, I have a few question for the guru's here. a. Is it possible to deflect the Levcon's both upwards as well as downwards. b. Let us say that the aircraft is...
by bmallick
10 Jun 2013 09:52
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

A very important thing to note here. Even though many of us agree to the impracticality of the idea of putting Brahmos onto a submarine, the main take from the idea is, here we have a weapon system, which is designed and built in India ( of course with due collaboration with Russia). Hence the flexi...
by bmallick
09 Jun 2013 22:23
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The more I think about it, the more I feel that Brahmos on Submarines, is good to read but impractical. In case of an SSK, it would require a 4000 tons heavy sub. Now how many such a sub maybe able to pack in. 6-8 missiles is not that good a size, not enough to overwhelm the enemy. Remember in-case ...
by bmallick
08 Jun 2013 18:59
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

BM,truly,no sarcasm was meant! I truly didn't realise that Sanya was that close,within BMos range and was delighted at the info.It puts a completely new perspective to an Indian presence in Vietnamese waters and being able to operate out of Vietnamese ports. Just imagine the future when we have our...
by bmallick
06 Jun 2013 16:22
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

You don't say BM! How prescient of you,and we know that "wink,wink,nudge,nudge",Brahmos has "extra stamina" what? If we are able to rotate our far east flotillas,just as the RN "Armilla patrols" and French rotate theirs in the IOR/Gulf,we would be able to keep an eye o...
by bmallick
06 Jun 2013 12:55
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Vasu wrote:May we live in interesting times.

Vietnamese gallery for the above. Enjoiss.

Da Nang mein danka.


The distance between Da Nang and Sanya Base of PLAN is 280 kms as the crow flies, followed by the mighty Brahmos. :-)
by bmallick
05 Jun 2013 17:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 124034

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lxTxzyH756o/UalVBTLkHXI/AAAAAAAAD-U/UMqgSTulGKo/s1600/Avinash1.jpg This picture was on Ajai Shukla's blog, with the news of Avinash Chander being named DRDO chief. Two questions: 1. Is the Astra the old model? 2. On the extreme right of the picture, there is a picture of a...
by bmallick
14 May 2013 16:41
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

But why exactly has it been built facing a mountain? It has not been built facing a mountain. Rather if you look at the topography of the area, the angle of the photo suggests that the mountain is actually that island of Mortar Island (most probable candidate) or Grand Island, which are about 3-4 k...
by bmallick
24 Mar 2013 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012
Replies: 4311
Views: 125580

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012

The IA post the test will still go on with the T 90. The T 90 purchase is a scam, that no one talks about. A tank that is inferior to the Arjun in nearly all aspects. Yet gets 1600+ orders. While a better Indian tank gets 124 orders and then the line goes quite. Ghar ki murgi daal barabar. I just d...
by bmallick
22 Mar 2013 20:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012
Replies: 4311
Views: 125580

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012

Because the Arjun doesn't have a smoothbore gun. Smoothbore guns are good because they fire shells on a flatter trajectory and are therefore more accurate. DRDO cannot design smoothbore guns. They are still hung up on obsolete rifled-bore guns. Well, the whole world shifted from smoothbore musket t...
by bmallick
12 Feb 2013 09:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 620801

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

I would like to hazard a guess why the Diamond planform has been chosen for AMCA. The current position of the internal bomb-bay is shown to be behind the cockpit and ahead of the engines, almost in the middle of the fighter. Now the release of weapons should not disturb the CG of the fighter by huge...
by bmallick
19 Jan 2013 08:59
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 588828

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Thanks a ton Vivek Sir, for this excellent scenario. We have been lucky to have someone with a story telling penchant like you in our midst and giving us glimpse of your work even before it hit the stands. There is no doubt in my mind that you are a story telling star in the making. Good luck for yo...
by bmallick
18 Jan 2013 08:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 148487

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

The A/C scenario was portrayed just to give an idea about the potential and destructive power of such a missile. Let's work again on the numbers. 1 SAG of 3 Destroyers with 8 missiles each. Each missile with 8 100kg guided sub-munition. That's 3*8*8 = 192 sub-munitions. Such huge number of munitions...
by bmallick
17 Jan 2013 16:19
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 148487

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

Guys, please note that at no point did I say that a few 100kg bombs would sink the carrier.

The idea is to hit the flight deck and make a few holes on the flight deck. Which means that flight operations are out of question. Hence a mission kill.
by bmallick
17 Jan 2013 13:00
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 148487

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

BMallick: submunitions may not pack a punch big enough to take out a carrier. You need a 200KG+ warhead to cause some serious damage. Check out the IN's recent RFP for an AShM Sir, in my post I had specifically mentioned that the idea is a mission kill of the Carrier, not sink the carrier. 4-8 hole...
by bmallick
16 Jan 2013 14:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 148487

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

Adding to what I said above. 1 destroyer launching 8 missile, means that a total of 8*8 = 64 sub-munitions in the air. That would wipe out one entire convoy in one go.
by bmallick
16 Jan 2013 14:20
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 148487

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

This news from RCI is really very exiting. As someone mentioned above, that what has infact has happened that the sub-system techs have matured and now its upto us to imagine the myriads of ways that these sub-systems can be made to work together to deliver capabilities. Also, what this news shows t...
by bmallick
05 Jan 2013 20:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4641
Views: 832963

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

Couple of questions come to my mind: a. As is said, we would go for a foreign collaboration for injecting tech into the Kaveri Engine programme. Since, there are a handful of companies in the world which make jet engines for fighter aircrafts, why the heck would they help us learn the tech from them...
by bmallick
25 Dec 2012 18:08
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

What is being suggested vis-e-vis the Saryu Class OPV's could be up-armed by pouring in a bit more of money, is a classic case of requirement/mission creep. People tend to think that adding a bit more would a great panacea for everything. But the catch is the requirement/mission needs never ends. Fo...
by bmallick
13 Dec 2012 08:55
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 588828

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Hi Vivek Sir, awesome writing. The first thing I have been doing for the last few months is to check whether a new post from you on this thread. Thanks a lot for indulging us and giving us your scenarios. One question, in this naval battle, I guess most of the missile launches have take place beyond...
by bmallick
22 Nov 2012 19:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 679570

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

If we are taking of networked scenarios, wouldn't the following methods of attack possible for SEAD. AEW/AWACS/ESM aircraft patrolling 300-400 km away, picks the emissions from ground radars, estimates it location. Now, it can pass on the coordinates to low flying attack choppers, which fires their ...
by bmallick
12 Nov 2012 20:20
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 170521

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

+1 to that @Phillip. Infact, the two most important game changer's for us are the UCAV & Nirbhay cruise missile. What they would provide us is the ability to hit deep inside the enemy territory, their communication nodes, rail infrasructure, radar network etc, with out resorting to lobbing balli...
by bmallick
04 Oct 2012 19:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 126841

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

According to Tarmak, Nirbhay is "approximately 6 metres long and 550 mm in diameter".

550mm = 21.625 inch. 21 inch = 533.4 mm.

Thus the approximate specs are tantalizingly close to that of a 21 inch TT. Hope it is designed with 21 inch TT in mind.

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