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by Sukumar
03 May 2011 23:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 176544

Re: Breaking News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan

discussion on the mystery helo over at milphotus. http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?197635-The-mysterious-helicopter-involved-in-the-Osama-Bin-Laden-raid The US chopper that crashed was an AH-6 Little Bird. Small and nimble, just the right size to land inside high walled compounds...
by Sukumar
12 Feb 2009 00:11
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2009
Replies: 1181
Views: 292315

Re: Aero India 2009

Walkaround shot of F-16IN http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/media/32356-2/F-16INd.jpg Which country's marking does the F-16IN have? Thats an F-16F Block 60 of the UAE Air Force. The UAE paid for the complete cost of development and will get a royalty if the IAF buys the F-16IN which is based on this pl...
by Sukumar
09 Mar 2007 23:59
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 59376

Smoking is bad for health

Smoking is bad for health - whether it is people or fighters. During the Vietnam war, one of the two significant weaknesses of the F-4 Phantom included smoky engines. While a magnificent aircraft, one of its many nicknames was "Old Smoky" and the smoke from the J-79 engines could be seen ...
by Sukumar
22 Feb 2007 00:23
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: My F-16 and MiG 35 sorties at Yelahanka
Replies: 125
Views: 59376

Have the MiG29 issues been rectified?

Vishnu, lucky you :P great summaries. A few questions. The MiG 29 had numerous issues including 1. smoky engines (reminds one of the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam) 2. short engine life 3. lack of parts reliability etc 4. short range The IAF went thro a lot to rectify these problems. Has the 35 overcome the...
by Sukumar
21 Jul 2004 07:55
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Co-operative Cope Thunder
Replies: 201
Views: 75862

Re: Exercise Co-operative Cope Thunder

I am sure he got busted down to Lt.
by Sukumar
15 Feb 2004 17:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BSF, CRPF and other Paramilitary Forces Discussion
Replies: 870
Views: 194885

Re: Reorganizing India's COIN & Border Mgmt Forces

The idea of raising a "Gujjar Scouts" is brilliant. The IA has used the Gujjars regularly for scouting and intelligence. This will make it more formal as well as provide these scouts with the right training.
by Sukumar
09 Nov 2003 16:50
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs
Replies: 159
Views: 67963

Re: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs

Ray, you moved too quickly from a cursory examination of step 1 to step 4. Like Nitin's excerpt said if the concurrence is that Pak is not a major danger and will be a LIC creator and CHina is going to be too busy being a super power (which by the way sounds like a Maginot line mentality and unreali...
by Sukumar
08 Nov 2003 21:19
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs
Replies: 159
Views: 67963

Re: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs

Ray, this opinion comes from an arm chair officer while you are a real one. I think the idea of doing an RMA like the US and talking of revamping equipment and buying more toys for the armed forces is fundamentally flawed. It is also how business has been done for many decades now. I think the logic...
by Sukumar
03 Nov 2003 05:52
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs
Replies: 159
Views: 67963

Re: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs

Ray:

While the IA officers definitely lead from the front - I thought it was the senior NCOs and JCOs who keep the institutional memory of the IA and form its long term back bone ??
by Sukumar
04 Jul 2003 07:46
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Manning the Siachen Glacier
Replies: 126
Views: 51342

Re: Manning the Siachen Glacier

This is the definition of a "Col" A strip of land or a ridge connecting two formations, such as mountain peaks. A depression in a mountain range; the lowest depression between two peaks. South Col is the lowest depression south of the summit of Everest. A Col is not a pass or a peak. Here is a photo...
by Sukumar
28 Jun 2003 20:33
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Manning the Siachen Glacier
Replies: 126
Views: 51342

Re: Manning the Siachen Glacier

Col. Nair: Welcome to the forum. It is always a pleasure to hear from serving/retired officers. Let me congratulate you on a nice article. I have some comments and then some questions. Comments on Siachen 84: 1. In retrospect, do u think - if India decided to break the spirit of Simla - that we shou...
by Sukumar
22 Feb 2003 20:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Significant breakthrough in Nag project
Replies: 94
Views: 20855

Re: Significant breakthrough in Nag project

Originally posted by muddur: "All three tests achieved the range of 4kms in top attack mode in day as well as night trials hitting target with cent percent accuracy", top DRDO officials said. They said the Missile was tested in mobile vehicle launchers and tests on Tube launched mode and helicopter...
by Sukumar
18 Feb 2003 06:57
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 59539

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Sree, thanks for your detailed response. Dont get yourself tied up in knots on the "packaging" concept. I did not accuse the IAF/PAF of being bad bcos they werent packagers ;) In fact aircraft like the B-2 were intended to make packages obsolete...... The idea behind the question was to see if the I...
by Sukumar
15 Feb 2003 22:13
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 59539

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Originally posted by Vishnu Som: Sukumar ... Not quite sure what your question on "packages" is ... You argue that a 2 aircraft attack formation is not a strike package. Fair enough. You've also misunderstood my initial post a bit ... I never said that this was the first time IAF pilots were involv...
by Sukumar
15 Feb 2003 20:27
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 59539

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Vishnu, can u please answer my question on "packages" above ? thanks.
by Sukumar
14 Feb 2003 22:30
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 59539

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Vishnu, again being nit picky - a strike package (as invented by the USAF) typically is a larger group of aircraft of different types/roles to facilitate a successful strike mission. Usually it will be a core strike force with SEAD out in front, EW jammers, close in and top cover escorts, AWACS, ref...
by Sukumar
14 Feb 2003 10:29
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 59539

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Vishnu, this might be a nit to pick, but I wouldnt call those two aircraft pairs a strike package.

From what you wrote it looks like the Jags were not bounced and did hit the target - which is a good sign.

Did the 27s make it to the target and egress successfully ?
by Sukumar
14 Feb 2003 10:03
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 59539

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Vishnu, from your very first post starting this thread, when you say "strike package" what do you mean ? how many aircraft and what types ?
by Sukumar
12 Feb 2003 10:59
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 121087

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

Shiv, Harry, Jagan, Nitin et al: Thanks for all the pics and info. Feel great, feel proud. A few questions: 1. Harry, from your pic I assume the gunner's cockpit in the LCH is the one in front ? 2. Can someone list the names of all the weapon systems presented in front of the LCA ? 3. Shiv when you ...
by Sukumar
10 Feb 2003 08:27
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 121087

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

Originally posted by Arun_S:
Originally posted by Div:
[b]No, the two 'black things' sticking out the sides look like sensors to me.
Me think they are IR-decoy flare dispenser.[/b]
Look like navigation lights to me :)
by Sukumar
09 Feb 2003 20:18
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 121087

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

Thanks for the pics Shiv. You're a champ !! Here are some initial comments on the LCH. 1. The cockpits seem to have too much glass on the sides. Would be good to take the cockpit metal sides up a little more and surrounding the crew in a titanium "bath tub" to protect against small arms and AAA. For...
by Sukumar
08 Feb 2003 10:09
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 121087

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

Originally posted by Vick: Originally posted by Manavendra: [b]<A HREF="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/030207/168/37vtw.html">Aero India Pic</A> Can someone ID all the planes in the pic? I can see MiG21, MKI, LCA, Jag. That pic is great, I never really appreciated the massivenes...
by Sukumar
25 Jan 2003 19:50
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Role of armed helicopters in army operations
Replies: 107
Views: 40467

Re: Role of armed helicopters in army operations

Khukri

Thats why India has the ALH (utility + armed chopper) and then the gunship that is evolving from the ALH.

As I had suggested in a thread long time ago a good name for the gunship would be ALAH (Advanced Light Attack Helicopter)......... would put the fear of God into the pukis........ ;)
by Sukumar
14 Jan 2003 21:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni test of 09 January 2003
Replies: 165
Views: 58206

Re: Agni test of 09 January 2003

Originally posted by ArunK: Originally posted by R Sukumar: [b]Arun_S, maybe you have some ideas on this. Why is it that the successive versions of Agni progress in small steps rather than leaps and bounds ? I mean Agni to Agni 2 was 1500 --> 2599 Km Agni 2 to Agni 3 is 2600 ---> 3000 Km why dont t...
by Sukumar
14 Jan 2003 09:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni test of 09 January 2003
Replies: 165
Views: 58206

Re: Agni test of 09 January 2003

Arun_S, maybe you have some ideas on this. Why is it that the successive versions of Agni progress in small steps rather than leaps and bounds ? I mean Agni to Agni 2 was 1500 --> 2599 Km Agni 2 to Agni 3 is 2600 ---> 3000 Km why dont they just make a leap to 5-6000 KM ? or is it all disinformation ?
by Sukumar
04 Dec 2002 10:33
Forum: News Folders Archive
Topic: Indian Navy -- News Folder -- December 2002
Replies: 38
Views: 3695

Re: Indian Navy -- News Folder -- December 2002

Good article by Adm Nadkarni "When the Gods smiled on India"

http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/dec/04nad.htm
by Sukumar
29 Nov 2002 03:57
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Sensor capabilities of IAF aircraft
Replies: 157
Views: 62118

Re: Sensor capabilities of IAF aircraft

Rudra, I believe the Jags came with the TIALD (Thermal Imaging and Laser Designation) pod. Here is a link http://www.flyingzone.co.uk/tornadoinfocus/gr1photopage/tialdpoddetails.htm
by Sukumar
29 Oct 2002 05:16
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Remembering a War: The 1962 Indo-China War
Replies: 224
Views: 49069

Re: Remembering a War: The 1962 Indo-China War

Originally posted by dsandhu: The article regarding Rifleman Jaswant Singh of 4 Garhwal Rifles is pure bakwas , regarding his head bust etc. Jaswant Singh was killed when he and two others attached a chinese machine gun position which was causing trouble on one of the flanks of 4 Garhwal rifles. Th...
by Sukumar
19 Jul 2002 04:22
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Klub ASCM and Kilo Upgrades
Replies: 212
Views: 40417

Re: Klub ASCM and Kilo Upgrades

Originally posted by Rudra Singha: >where did I get the Shiva class name ? after you reach 8000+ posts, these little liberties are allowed...its a good name, the only proposed name in public thus far. ATV sounds so unromantic. Shiva is too good a name to waste on an SSGN. I would rather Shiva be th...
by Sukumar
23 Apr 2002 07:14
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Originally posted by Johann: ......... If the target was approved by the commander and his (no jokes)legal advisory team, the ATO and if possible video stream would be transmitted to available aircraft already in the area or en-route........... Johann, I was under the impression that the ATO was qu...
by Sukumar
19 Apr 2002 10:37
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Does anybody know the answer to the organizational question ? see page 1
by Sukumar
19 Apr 2002 00:00
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Originally posted by Jagan: Originally posted by R Sukumar: [b] Does any one know if there are any other Air Operations Groups (AOGs) in the IAF other than the Nothern AOG overseeing J & K ? If yes then the AOG is indeed part of the IAF hierarchical structure. Sukumar, There was an AOC, Rajasth...
by Sukumar
18 Apr 2002 08:29
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

I think this thread has veered away and to some extent overlapped with the strategic discussion thread. To bring it back to its original intent: Does any one know if there are any other Air Operations Groups (AOGs) in the IAF other than the Nothern AOG overseeing J & K ? If yes then the AOG is i...
by Sukumar
17 Apr 2002 04:21
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Johann, good overall observation. These are some of my inferences watching the Indian military scene. Compared to the Brasstacks type scenarios of the 80s, given the fact that Pakistan (the main military enemy) has nukes and has advertised possible usage in the face of major Indian military gains in...
by Sukumar
16 Apr 2002 09:01
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Johann, airforces world wide have a fear of their mission being subordinated to being the air support arm of the army. The USAF for one has always tried to stress the strategic war winning capability of air power (quite well demonstrated since Desert Storm) and has always shied away from CAS. So muc...
by Sukumar
11 Apr 2002 12:18
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Originally posted by Johann: Nice recap Sukumar. Some additional questions to help refine it; - where does the responsibility lie for the flight readiness of a given squadron/gorilla's aircraft lie? - how did the typical request for close air support flow from IA rifleman/officer to IAF pilot in Ka...
by Sukumar
10 Apr 2002 05:32
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

Originally posted by Johann: Sukumar can correct me if I'm wrong but part of what he's asking is - how much tactical & operational planning is done above the squadron level? - are operational commitments/deployments/rotations made at the squadron leval or above? Johann thats partly what I am as...
by Sukumar
09 Apr 2002 11:03
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure
Replies: 71
Views: 31670

Re: IAF Organizational/Functional Structure

I believe the wing is an administrative division not a functional organization like an Air Ops Group. Thats part of the question.

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