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by Hobbes
13 Feb 2016 09:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3302
Views: 408587

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Isn't the Chinese J-10 based heavily on the Lavi?
by Hobbes
06 Feb 2016 06:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2944
Views: 161645

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

The casualty list (from Twitter):
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by Hobbes
29 Jan 2016 09:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259864

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

The Week mag has a cover feature on "100 years of the tank".Good issue a collector's item for enthuse.Covers the hist from the first to tanks today,great tank battles etc. It should be available on its website too. Posted some time ago,both US and Russia/Soviets have two types of export M...
by Hobbes
29 Jan 2016 08:59
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259864

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Saurav Jha reports that Pakistan is showing interest in the Turkish Altay. According to the Turks, 'ally' Pakistan is showing interest in the Altay. https://t.co/jywqOI9r5I If they do get it, will the Army finally drop their asinine championing of 50 ton tin cans? Or will they start asking for the A...
by Hobbes
29 Jan 2016 08:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 293958

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

^^^^^ The T class subs that the British offered India in 1963 were designed in 1934 and considered obsolete. Shows how much regard our erstwhile colonial masters held us in, offering us pre-WWII junk... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_T-class_submarine#/media/File:HMS_Thorn.jpg
by Hobbes
29 Jan 2016 08:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval History Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 9015

Re: Indian Naval History Thread

<snip> The Portuguese word for carrack is "Nau." The Indian word for boat/ship across states borrows the Portuguese word. Bharatiya Nau Sena means Indian Carrack Force, and borrows the Portuguese word. The only solace is that the English word Navy also derives from the Portuguese "Na...
by Hobbes
29 Jan 2016 07:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 647343

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

This is big. HEMRL has put out a tender for Casting and Handling fixtures for main motor of MPATGM . Meanwhile, more tenders on NGARM are out, like the assembly of empty warheads . Is that the MPATGM DRDO is doing as a JV with BDL? Mentioned in http://bdl.ap.nic.in/MediaRelease.pdf .
by Hobbes
25 Jan 2016 09:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 647343

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

From Saurav Jha on Twitter:

First of all Nag is not a 45 kg missile. And not even a 42 kg missile as has been reported. It's weight is lower than that.
by Hobbes
23 Jan 2016 07:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256090

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

shiv wrote:In a remarkable act of originality, Indian Express has sent a man with a cellphoe to Bahrain. That said - at least one of the square loops is seen well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDUVgy151ng


A caption towards the end of the clip credits DRDO for it.
by Hobbes
17 Jan 2016 09:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256090

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Not sure if this was posted earlier:

IDN TAKE: UTTAM AESA Radar Progressing Well
by Hobbes
17 Jan 2016 09:41
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259864

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Latest tweets from Saurav Jha:

* Arjun propulsion upgrade plan -> 1400 > 1500 > 1800 HP.
* Bharat Power Pack development is progressing well. DGMF is pushing for it.
* Drop in 1500 HP engine for T-72 upgradation being considered. Arjun MK-2 will feature a 1800 HP engine in the 2020s.
by Hobbes
17 Jan 2016 09:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256090

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

From Anantha Krishnan at OneIndia:

Tejas begins practice sorties at Sakhir Airbase in Bahrain

Great photo:
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by Hobbes
16 Jan 2016 06:56
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 391033

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Govt gives ordnance factories free pass in combat vehicle project Ajai Shukla's latest post: In an undisguised favour to the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), the defence ministry announced on Thursday that, while nine private sector companies would compete to develop the future infantry combat vehicle...
by Hobbes
16 Jan 2016 06:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 391033

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Blow to Tata Motors’ role in combat vehicle project From Ajai Shukla's blog: Tata Motors’ role in developing a “future infantry combat vehicle” (FICV) for the army has received a serious jolt, with its leadership hopes dissolved and its very participation now in question. On Thursday, the defence m...
by Hobbes
16 Jan 2016 06:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 647343

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

this IIR seeker would be the ToT from sofradir got after the prior one failed some tracking test at 50c. next move is to fail it at 60c and start the circus all over again. in the meantime spend $2billion on kornets and spikes. we don't have either kornets or spikes.. one way or other Nag will come...
by Hobbes
15 Jan 2016 10:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 647343

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

^^^^^
The critical test for the new seeker will be in summer, when the old seeker was range-limited to 2.7 km in the daytime, which the Army found unacceptable. The hope is that the new seeker will overcome that issue.
by Hobbes
15 Jan 2016 10:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 256090

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Yes its long been a puzzle as to why the Tejas is never seen flying with wing and under fuselage drop tanks all at the same time..a ferry flight would seemingly be when you'd want to have such a configuration in use.. unless the reason for having just the 2 underwing drop tanks was that with these ...
by Hobbes
14 Jan 2016 06:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 451181

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

<snip> Barak-8 delay is far more complex than portrayed and in the end product was delivered in quick time span than other similar missile systems like Aster. The delay itself can be traced back to emergence of new threat from Katuysha lobbed by Palestinians which dictated a political shift to focu...
by Hobbes
11 Jan 2016 08:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 293958

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

My spider sense says Reliance could be set up as a trojan horse to pass on critical info on Indian Navy's SSBN building progress to the powers that be. If Reliance could not win the Kilo refitmeny program, the Talwar project so far, how can they spend 5000 crores on a shipyard without any orders......
by Hobbes
10 Jan 2016 07:12
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 391033

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Twitter post by Saurav Jha: The Turks plan to build a 1000 Altay ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altay_%28tank%29 ) units. That may be headed to Pakistan along with the MBT-3000 and T-99A2. The Altay is a Western style heavy coming in at 65 tons. if this happens, the Army is likely to start screamin...
by Hobbes
08 Jan 2016 06:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259864

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Arun Menon wrote:^It would have been the same result, so why waste money?

As also against the Armata.
by Hobbes
16 Dec 2015 07:14
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 391033

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

Western media reports that the latest T-90 avatars are being sent to Syria .These will most probably be the Ru variants with the better armour,specs,etc. It would be very interesting to see how they fare against ISIS,as US M-1s have taken punishment in the Yemen,as well as the fact that they're the...
by Hobbes
04 Dec 2015 07:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259864

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Arun Menon wrote:
Philip wrote:......lesser weight....... The cost of a modern MBT has to also be affordable.


Just like the new Russian tank eh? All lighter and cheaper?

That is because they're cylindrical structures made of tin, to keep them light and cheap.
by Hobbes
02 Dec 2015 07:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3734
Views: 491433

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 11 June 2014

I once met an officer who sustained grievous burn injuries in the 1971 war in a tank battle. He lived to bail out of his burning tank, and was honourably discharged thereafter. You could still see the terrible scars he bore twenty years after the fact. Post-recovery this officer was given an officer...
by Hobbes
23 Nov 2015 09:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 293958

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015



From the article:
Meanwhile, in compartment three, Electrical Sailor Lokendra, is preparing for what he does twice a day -....
Shouldn't that be Electrical Artificer, not "Sailor"? DDMitis at work again.
by Hobbes
22 Nov 2015 07:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2225
Views: 396899

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

srai, foreign or domestic, products are equally tested and vendors are penalized. For example, INS Vikramaditya boiler lining came off during testing. The ship was sent back to the shipyard. After the lining was repaired, re-tested, only then was the ship commissioned. And the 2.5 billion dollar qu...
by Hobbes
01 Nov 2015 05:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3734
Views: 491433

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 11 June 2014

The institutional memory in the Army is elephantine and such major instances are not forgotten. The unit and men associated with it will always be stigmatized. For now and forever. 4th Mountain Division was marched on foot from NEFA to Allahabad as mark of punishment for folding up during 1962 war....
by Hobbes
15 Oct 2015 07:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 122609

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Just saw this: http://www.dsalert.co.in/files/October_2015_Air_Marshal_Anil_Chopra.pdf - an article from Defence and Security Alert on IAF modernization, by AM (Retd) Anil Chopra. The article is dated October 2015, yet it refers to the IAF's former position and not what the Chief articulated in his ...
by Hobbes
15 Oct 2015 07:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 293958

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Old news, but relevant given the incalculable damage the UPA and "Saint" Anthony did to India's security: http://www.newslaundry.com/2014/10/18/ndtv-pulls-down-former-navy-chiefs-explosive-interview/ The story in question is a particularly explosive interview that Nitin Gokhale, NDTV’s Sec...
by Hobbes
15 Oct 2015 05:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 22 April 2015
Replies: 4211
Views: 293958

Re: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 22 April 2015

Nick_S wrote:
SaiK wrote:so pakis have not yet responded for international fleet review next feb.


They have already refused.

Guess they don't want to risk having one of their rustbuckets sinking during the review.
by Hobbes
14 Oct 2015 06:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 122609

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Saurav Jha ‏@SJha1618 7h7 hours ago TASL is keen to build the LCA also. They are also open to being Tier-1 to HAL. They are taking a strategic decision on this it seems. Now that would be a real win/win. TASL have proven their chops with the Sikorsky cabin assembly work as well as the RuAG JV for t...
by Hobbes
06 Oct 2015 09:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 391033

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9 , 2014

If this report/costs are even approx. accurate,one could buy two-3 T-90s for just one Arjun. $1.02M works out to about 6.5 cr. Please compare prices from the same time period, not one form the past and one from much later. Also, please don't compare the price of a full option product with a bare bo...
by Hobbes
04 Oct 2015 07:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2934
Views: 358794

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

Serviceability of SU-30 down to just 55%. A bit of misreporting there from Rajat Pandit: he states in the accompanying infographic that the LCA Mk.2 has been scrapped. However Ajai Shukla's far more informative article states that Meanwhile the Tejas Mark II will continue development, say sources i...
by Hobbes
01 Oct 2015 07:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259864

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Not going to happen. The Army will trot out all the old arguments about the Arjun and repeat them ad nauseam. They will then point to the Armata as the logical choice to counter the VT-4.
by Hobbes
22 Sep 2015 07:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion
Replies: 3934
Views: 199446

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion

The Vikram 1601 is a 16 bit processor, and hence two generations behind the times. Check http://ijves.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IJVES-Y14-09450.pdf for some info on it. Maybe based on an early MIPS design?
by Hobbes
26 Aug 2015 05:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 203260

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

From the AINonline article by Neelam Mathews quoted above: “So much for the Make in India program,” said an Indian defense vendor, who told AIN that the valuable MMRCA project would have boosted the aerospace industry in India. I believe the "Indian defence vendor" in question is most prob...
by Hobbes
14 Aug 2015 07:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 141
Views: 33292

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

Hari Sud wrote:150 copies sold of FENIX is too insufficient to call it anything. The BR readers who appreciated Ahuja posts have to loosen up their pockets to buy more. Only then Vivek Ahuja becomes a successful writer. Please do buy more.

I bought mine the day after the launch.
by Hobbes
14 Aug 2015 07:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3480
Views: 386937

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

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/new-chiefs-for-drdo-labs-cabs-gtre/article7530920.ece we should not miss oppty to reorg and shake ups. right time for gtre. I think we are letting kaveri go down! I'm curious about the basis for that interesting conclusion from the bare announcement tha...
by Hobbes
13 Aug 2015 06:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 122609

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

HAL by its own admission does not have the resources to work on Mark II. The smart thing to do is to let a private player enter the game with Mark II and let this private player takeover the Mark I production line, in exchange for an order for Mark IA from the IAF. Kill two birds in one stone. Get ...
by Hobbes
13 Aug 2015 06:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 122609

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I think this bit from the article points out HAL's giant boo-boo: The Bengaluru-based public sector aviation monolith says its engineers are already stretched with existing projects, including the Tejas production line, design and prototype manufacture of a basic trainer aircraft, the Hindustan Turb...

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