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by aharam
27 Feb 2019 06:13
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 140504

Re: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps

The acknowledgment of this strike is highly interesting. It is intended as a political message and choice of target, its separation from collateral damage and sheer execution is excellent. This is when one wishes one was there :-) To all those that were there, my heartfelt congratulations on a miss...
by aharam
27 Feb 2019 05:40
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 140504

Re: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps

The acknowledgment of this strike is highly interesting. It is intended as a political message and choice of target, its separation from collateral damage and sheer execution is excellent. This is when one wishes one was there :-) To all those that were there, my heartfelt congratulations on a missi...
by aharam
15 Nov 2016 07:43
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 606574

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Responding to many comments in the thread including Marten. Haven't quite figured out how to thread a complex response. And please believe me when I say, I am not looking to start a flame war - just some observations from having been a consumer of HAL. I am not questioning HAL's design capability. T...
by aharam
14 Nov 2016 06:38
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 606574

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

I am responding to some comments from a few pages ago and observations by Shiv. I will start by saying that I haven't flown the LCA and any comments here of mine are from an educated armchair perspective. From the specs and flying videos I have seen, the LCA has the potential to be a superb 4+ gen f...
by aharam
20 May 2016 06:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 4458
Views: 493889

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Hi, It's been a while since I posted. The discussion over the last few pages has been very enlightening, so I figured my 2 cents may be added. Looking at force structure, IAF's goal should be to get to what USAF operated in the early to mid 2000s, barring the high end of envelope, i.e. F22s. Essenti...
by aharam
10 Jan 2014 05:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 134919

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

I discovered the old "SOTE _ salt of the earth" video is entirely on youtube. those older than 35 might remember it...rest of you were not even born in the mid 80s. lot of archival and important footage including of the secretive Trisonics where even the most junior pilot was a squadron l...
by aharam
23 Dec 2013 08:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 134919

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

I can understand your point of view if India was trying to start jet engine research now. At this point through the Kaveri engine, GTRE and associated labs have accumulated around 30 years of R&D experience on building a jet engine. This is not something to let go to waste. I agree. However, th...
by aharam
23 Dec 2013 07:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 134919

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Good point srai. The core of a jet engine are the compressor stages, and that does take time and experimentation to achieve the desired thrust to weight in modern fighters. IAF will always compare GTRE and DRDO efforts to the best available and they had decades to perfect their art. My point though ...
by aharam
23 Dec 2013 05:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 134919

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Just saw the IOC II clearance of the LCA and started going through the project history in detail. The plane is really promising. Clean design with the large delta. Should have superb lift and very good sub sonic, trans sonic and early supersonic performance. Drag will increase in higher supersonic r...
by aharam
05 Oct 2013 06:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 134919

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

LCA was designed as a replacement for Mig-21 and was envisioned to fit into the same hangars, now Chabua which was hosting Mig-21 squads so far is being upgraded to handle the much larger MKIs, so was there ever a real need to limit the size of the LCA? Usually the sequence here goes as follows: mi...
by aharam
05 Oct 2013 05:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 134919

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

LCA was designed as a replacement for Mig-21 and was envisioned to fit into the same hangars, now Chabua which was hosting Mig-21 squads so far is being upgraded to handle the much larger MKIs, so was there ever a real need to limit the size of the LCA? The main reason for limiting the size is to b...
by aharam
11 Aug 2013 06:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Blog on NYTimes re: MIG 21's - BR gets a mention... The MIG-21, which marked 50 years of service with the Indian Air Force in April this year, has been the backbone of the air force’s fleet. The aircraft has participated in every major conflict involving India since 1963, and still forms the bedrock...
by aharam
21 Apr 2013 08:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

But will IAF accept such a plane. It did not accept the converted Grob. That is exactly the problem. The IAF seems to be moving away from the "jugaad" mentality that served it well from the 50s onwards to asking for the best available. "jugaad" is commonly confused with "ch...
by aharam
19 Apr 2013 05:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi, It has been interesting following the thread on the HTT-40 go back and forth. Thought I'd inject some technical capability details to ahem liven it up. I don't really have an agenda or any particular opinion on public vs private sector. To be somewhat precise, a basic trainer is actually quite b...
by aharam
14 Apr 2013 06:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

I have always wanted to ask this. when poised for takeoff run how does a pilot ensure that he is exactly down the centerline - is there some kind of "gunsight" for him to align with the white stripes down the center? I figure even with a 5' deviation, over course of a long takeoff run, he...
by aharam
12 Apr 2013 05:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Don't know, they look like Greek Mirage 2Ks to me. They are Indian, unless the Irish suddenly took a fancy to acquiring mirage 2Ks - they are the closest roundels and colors to ours :-). The afterburner glow brought back old memories of night flying when multiple aircraft were rolling down the runw...
by aharam
18 Feb 2013 09:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Thanks a lot for this post Karan. It was really interesting to get a glimpse of BVR and WVR A2A tactics today. Cheers Aharam To understand how the exercises bring value, these are the transcripts of two pilots Moose and Ragin who flew in Cope India the second one. Their posts were removed later but ...
by aharam
30 Jan 2013 09:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Forgot to mention another point. Missiles that can carry nuclear load outs are limited as well as expensive. Wasting them on conventional strikes where they have a mere 1 ton payload is highly ineffective - basically you are spending an expensive hard to replace resource for something that is three ...
by aharam
30 Jan 2013 09:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi George Pleasure to meet virtually :-). I argued the same point about JDAMs a few pages ago. I rarely find enough time, so my post responses are horribly outdated in a fast moving thread such as this. I fully concur, JDAMs or any other aircraft delivered precision weapons are cheap, effective and ...
by aharam
30 Jan 2013 08:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi Shiv This is probably a derailed thread, but I don't get enough time to argue, so I will try to refute :-) There are two distinct problems here and a third strategic calculation that changes perspectives. The first issue is a strike package composition. Today our strike packages are mixed, with a...
by aharam
17 Jan 2013 08:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi Kiran Can the MRTA be converted? Based on the specs on google, it certainly looks doable. I am by no means an expert, this is just my 2 cents. By the same token, most long range civilian airframes are also amenable to modification to a transport or bomber role - this is a structures problem more ...
by aharam
17 Jan 2013 08:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi Shiv While I agree on the Ploesti oil field raids - they were not effective, the main reason for industrial production increase in Germany was Albert Speer. His autobiography is an interesting read and if he had risen to his post as armaments minister in 39 instead of late in the war, the results...
by aharam
17 Jan 2013 08:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi Shiv Nice series on posts. Let me see if I can take a contrarian position :-) Fundamentally, I agree with you on the effectiveness of strategic bombing in WWII. It was started by the Germans as a terror weapon to empty cities and block the exit routes of defending/entry of supporting armies. Bomb...
by aharam
17 Jan 2013 07:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi, Looks like there are a lot of posts to respond to, so I will try. The point I was trying to make in my original post was that in the past we did not really have doctrinal flexibility due to budgets. In the 60s, when every great power was building bomber fleets based on incorrect lessons on strat...
by aharam
16 Jan 2013 07:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi, I believe some of my comments were misconstrued. Unfortunately, I was busy and didn't get a chance to respond earlier. When I said that India did not have the budgets to build a bomber force, I mean a strategic bomber force, not a fleet of medium bombers. In the 50s and 60s most world powers bui...
by aharam
09 Jan 2013 08:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

+1 to that. But what are options now to deliver atleast a fb111 type load? Platypus? I think we pught to sign on for the pakda project from word go. It will likely be smaller and cheaper than blackjack and we could afford some atleast in 2025 That's a good question Singha. FB 111 is a medium bomber...
by aharam
09 Jan 2013 06:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

While most folks on here realize that we are not going to be getting long range bombers anytime soon due to a multitude of reasons ranging from limited availability of airframes to limited availability of $$$, the other thing that gets missed out is that especially in the USAF and to a lesser exten...
by aharam
01 Jan 2013 04:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 610201

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

The Tu-22s will likely be used only with long-range standoff missiles Which Tu 22s? What missiles? Without some speculation about the above two questions, preparing to face a threat is pointless. Couldn't resist the Tu22 thread. I agree with Shiv - the Tu 22 to put it mildly is antiquated. While it...
by aharam
10 Dec 2012 08:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Hi Shiv Do you happen to know if this was because of weight/aerodynamics considerations? The two seater is pretty cramped, so an IFR probe would have had to be non retractable, which would then come with drag and weight limitations. That said, this is kind of a critical capability in a strike aircra...
by aharam
28 Nov 2012 08:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012



Really glad to see that the pilot was safe. Always harrowing when things like this happen. Then again, it was a WC piloting the bird!

Cheers
Aharam
by aharam
02 Aug 2012 04:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

After spending the last hour reading the debate on DPSUs between several folks, with rather valid points, I felt compelled to get out of lurk mode and participate. The fundamental issue here is whether DPSUs are (a) capable and (b) can or will the private sector eventually take over and to what effe...
by aharam
02 Aug 2012 04:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Industrial Complex and DPSU privatization
Replies: 20
Views: 1043

Military Industrial Complex and DPSU privatization

After spending the last hour reading the debate on DPSUs between several folks, with rather valid points, I felt compelled to get out of lurk mode and participate. The fundamental issue here is whether DPSUs are (a) capable and (b) can or will the private sector eventually take over and to what effe...
by aharam
24 Apr 2012 06:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 814856

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

However standoffish weaponry it has, any craft doing offensive bombing of an enemy with fighters/SAM need crazy dash speeds and violent maneuvering capabilities. Even paki type enemies will earn to reposition their defense after a few slaps, so "standoffish" might not always remain that w...
by aharam
08 Feb 2012 06:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Let's take this to the logical conclusion. The MiG-29 also cannot hold its own against the J-20. Neither can the Mirage 2000. Obviously Su-30 is too old. Rafale also half a generation behind. So can we just buy 800 FGFA and be done with it? You got me wrong there Badar. Of course I don't advocate p...
by aharam
07 Feb 2012 03:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

other than the 40 or so F-16A in PAF, none of the a/c in the paf or plaaf can confidently outmanouver the Tejas mk1 in wvr as it stands today imho - the F-16block52, Mirage3, MirageV, JF17, J7, J8, FBC-1, Su27, Su30, J11 all have their pros and cons but none are as handy in a dogfight as a old mode...
by aharam
01 Feb 2012 06:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 174709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Finally, they appear to have made a decision before combat aircraft became obsolete. Both the aircraft in final selection were technically quite superb. I guess, the difference lay in the maturity of the platform and inherent development risks involved in achieving feature parity, which probably rai...
by aharam
22 Jan 2012 06:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 631867

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

we had better get cracking on the AMCA using a mix of indian, israeli and western inputs. the engine should either be the kaveri-snecma (when it arrives@maturity - hopefully in 7-10 yrs) and interim can be the M88-4 which is apprently ready for the latest block of Rafale. I dont think we'd need 2 x...
by aharam
22 Jan 2012 06:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

IAF against Army aviation brigades The Indian Air Force (IAF) has staunchly opposed the Army’s move to constitute aviation brigades, that will comprise a squadron each of attack helicopters, in its various Army corps, saying the move is a violation of the current government policy dating back to 19...
by aharam
22 Jan 2012 05:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 134462

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

I thought that these laser warning systems can only detect illumination by a laser beam riding type of weapon system(where the entire or at least large chunk of the aircraft will be under the laser "flash light") and not a pinpoint laser beam that a range finder (or a Hellfire type missil...
by aharam
31 Dec 2011 20:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 793018

Re: Indian Military Aviation

nitpick, >> The Jag has lower wing loading than either the 29 or the M2K. you mean higher, not lower. jag has lower wing surface compared to weight, hence higher wing loading, as befits a low level striker. Hi Rahul, No, I actually meant lower. The Mig 29 has a wing loading in the mid 400 kg/m2 and...

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