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by John
29 May 2020 18:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1898
Views: 207233

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

For P-15A I recall the MF-STAR was installed prior to trail even while we waited for Barak-8 to finish development, not sure if there is some specific changes for Vikrant and that is holding it up. DRDO did have a specific entry for LRSAM for Vikrant: LRSAM IAC ‐ Long Range Surface to Air Missile fo...
by John
28 May 2020 22:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1898
Views: 207233

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Thanks Chola you beat me to it with the reply.

Also if you notice the carrier looks to be missing few components including MF-STAR.
by John
25 May 2020 09:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The RuN is equipping all its surface combatants from corvettes of around 900t to Kirov class BCNs with a mix of Tsirkon hypersonic, Onix supersonic and Kalibir LRCMs.Corvettes to carry Kalibir and Onix,while FFGs onwards could carry a mix/ selection of the others.Since we are members of the MTCR,ac...
by John
24 May 2020 05:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 539607

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

I think the sensor performance trumped coverage on the FFG(X) with its S-Band radar. The AN/SPY-6(V)2 is said to have the sensitivity and performance roughly comparable to the SPY-1 (given the Frigate mission which is Air Defense only and not BMD). Four faces within the structure and budget would h...
by John
23 May 2020 05:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 539607

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

brar_w wrote:Final design configuration of the USN's Frigate. Construction on the program will begin in 2022, with a 10 run buy followed by a competition or design change for a future flight of another 10 ships -


Only 3 faces won’t that result in a blind spot?
by John
23 May 2020 02:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4721
Views: 898302

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

LCH production was quite faced paced 30 per year...for a confirmed order of ~180 (114 Army +65 Air Force) it is quite good pace.... https://zeenews.india.com/karnataka/union-defence-minister-rajnath-singh-inaugurates-hal-developed-light-combat-helicopter-production-hangar-2266772.html Given current...
by John
21 May 2020 08:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Again - fair observation. However, there are no recent numbers of serviceability of the 29ks and concerns about their excessive wear and tear and engine issues are behind the Navy looking for replacements. So with the shortage of funds ....... and make in India ........ Last # I have is 60% and Nav...
by John
21 May 2020 03:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

kit wrote:Wonder if the air launched version of Brahmos can be adapted to give same performance as ship launched one ?

Without the larger booster the air launched Brahmos would not work when launched from ships.
by John
21 May 2020 03:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Fair question. Let me (hiding my ignorance) pose a question to you - when was the last time that a sitting IN/IA/IAF chief has given out operational flaws accurately? That is quite the right thing to do so as not to provide information to the enemy. It was navy chief or navy that brought up the con...
by John
20 May 2020 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I'm not so sure about the limited no. of SAMs aboard our DDGs and FFGs.All vessels will face saturated missile attack,sometimes coordinated using different assets like aircraft/ helos or subs too. Secondly ,there is a limited active layered defence. A second QR SAM as secondary anti-missile defence...
by John
20 May 2020 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Any point to get fighters with less than 25% up-times? What is the point of throwing good money after bad? Perhaps we should invest in some bows and arrows for the carriers too - result will be the same as a fighter in service hangar during war. Link for that? Navy chief was on record saying servic...
by John
20 May 2020 20:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Russian Navy had procured about 24 Mig-29K's. Atleast 1 one of these has crashed. With the Kuzetsnov not likely to sail again, we can perhaps buy about 16 Mig-29K's from the Russians. This would give us a total of 58 Migs 29Ks. This would be enough for 2 carriers. Sincerely hope the IN also orders ...
by John
20 May 2020 06:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

A request was made to Russia for information on additional Mig-29k in 2017 . But we never followed thru and shifted focus to a tender for 57 jets for the navy (Rafael-m, SH are competing in that) which is also in limbo.

https://tass.com/defense/1119171
by John
19 May 2020 05:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1898
Views: 207233

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Also It doesn’t look like MF-STAR has been fitted in yet.
by John
16 May 2020 04:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Also don’t forget SRSAM is also supposed to be fitted on the P-15a/b vessels (not sure about P-17a). This would give another 32 missiles and Barak-8 cells can be fitted with Barak-8 ER.
by John
16 May 2020 04:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

RBU 6000 derivatives can be used against incoming heavyweight torpedoes (maybe even against divers?) as a hard-kill measure Yes it can be used torpedoes, it is one of few hard kill options out there against torpedo. If we really wanted to fit another 32 Barak-8 we could have, I feel the armament is...
by John
16 May 2020 00:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

https://twitter.com/VinodDX9/status/126 ... 57381?s=20 ----> Chinese Navy Type-55: 112 VLS Indian Navy Kolkata/Visakhapatnam Class: 48 (VLS+UVLM) One thing I can't understand why Indian Navy ships carry less than Chinese counterpart. Meanwhile, the Arleigh Burke carries 96 VLS. That’s because of th...
by John
15 May 2020 19:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1898
Views: 207233

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Prithwiraj wrote:Lockdown might have pushed it back... looking at the recent pictures just posted above --- does not look like it is ready yet

Looks to be doing basin trials.
by John
15 May 2020 17:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1898
Views: 207233

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Is that 3D ASR radar or Indra Lanza radar?
by John
14 May 2020 10:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2724
Views: 765791

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Increased survivability and PoK are definite benefits! The missile is powered 'all the way' in its 25km range. Its not going to stop once it reaches 25km.. There may be an increase in effective range as well. Ramjet motor cannot be throttled similar to liquid fueled ramjet in Brahmos it will burn o...
by John
14 May 2020 07:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 539607

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Iran and friendly fire...how many errors in the past? The Iranian airbus shot down by the USN Vincennes, Iranian goof- ups past and present.It appears that the confined waters and airspace of the Persian Gulf ,the congested littorals, makes it v.difficult to distinguish between friend,foe and neutr...
by John
30 Apr 2020 06:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1754
Views: 327276

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Chinese Navy really suffers when compared to the US. Considering the Chinese fancy themselves as a competitor to the US and they recently have scaled back and cancelled their plans for a super carriers it would be fool hardy of them not to take advantage of a Russian offer for Lider class if availa...
by John
29 Apr 2020 06:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1027
Views: 193222

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Which submarines have been proven in war ? WW2 proved the value of subs. It was perhaps the most feared German weapon and sunk up to 3000 allied ships. Even today, subs are one of the greatest fears of even a carrier group. It can singelhandly challenge the whole group. Particularly the nuclear sub...
by John
28 Apr 2020 20:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1754
Views: 327276

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Its expected displacement also grew from already massive 12,000 to 13,000 tons to 19,000 tons, stretching its classification as a "destroyer."The Project 23560 design featured an especially heavy armament, including a vertical launch system array with 64 3S14 universal cells capable of fi...
by John
28 Apr 2020 02:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^ That is almost a decade old news? There was an extended version in development of RGB-60 .

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Ti ... 576638.ece
by John
25 Apr 2020 03:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6491
Views: 606834

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Take this with a grain of salt early anti body tests were shown to be inaccurate. The candidates in this survey seem to be random, so at least sampling should be ok. Are the antibody tests themselves faulty? Lot of false positives and negatives from these tests so till they are vetted they cannot b...
by John
24 Apr 2020 03:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 6491
Views: 606834

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

NY antibody tests show only 13.9% infection rate over the entire state and 22% in NYC. Disappointed. Given these figures, the death rate is 0.5% which is high. I really hope the figures are much better in India. And also it seems to confirm the bias of the Stanford study that since it was voluntary...
by John
16 Apr 2020 09:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

If you want to saturate with Brahmos like missiles, use more aircrafts. A scenario where a Su-30 will need to carry 5 Brahmos NGs is beyond my imagination. Yes exactly carrying 5 Brahmos NG (which I highly doubt will come to fruition but whatever) will greatly reduce maneuverability and range. Give...
by John
15 Apr 2020 20:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Brahmos Corp did not make any official claim that Mig-29 could ever carry Brahmos-A if you know of any interview with brahmos chief stating that share the same as I have not seen them ever doing that WB Austin I am not sure of an interview stating that but there was multiple brochure displaying Mig...
by John
15 Apr 2020 06:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Yes but even at 50% it will be quite more than mil per missile anyway we won’t know. We paid quite a lot for MM40 as well which were supposed to be cheaper than harpoon.
by John
15 Apr 2020 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

What is the rationale behind ordering such a tiny quantity for the primary anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons of our primary ASW aircraft? I'm sure we would have paid less per missile if we had ordered decent numbers. More penny-wise pound foolish behavior by the bean counters I suppose. Due to h...
by John
13 Apr 2020 16:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Dr Pathak confirm that Brahmos-NG both Mig-29 and Tejas can carry 2 each and NG speed will be M 3.5 Yes I agree but it doesn't discuss this configuration for takeoff from ski jump (especially with plans for 3rd carrier with cats look unlikely). I doubt Navy would drop $$ for Air launched NG if it c...
by John
13 Apr 2020 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1205
Views: 225738

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Please remember that I'm speaking about BMos- NG.Much smaller and lighter,which our 29Ks,etc. will carry.Even Tejas has been tasked to carry the same. We already discussed this, there is not much public information available on NG and more than likely Mig or LCA cannot take off from ski jump with N...
by John
12 Apr 2020 03:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The Arihiant is supposed to cost some 500 billion dollars (about double the cost of Kilos). But most of the components are made in India and also it is in a different class when it comes to capability. Would it not be better to invest in such boats? Imagine the awesome threat a dozen or 2 would pro...
by John
11 Apr 2020 21:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Late Jaitleyji had been to Japan as RM before handing over to NS. The joint statement of Modiji and Abe did not cover the ToT aspect. Exposure to Russians remains the thorn on Japanese side hence reluctance to do ToT or local manufacturing of subs Even if Japan agrees for ToT there is no $$ for US-...
by John
11 Apr 2020 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^japan will grovel to White Australia to sell Soryu. But won't sell to fellow Asians. Also its frame life is only 16 years after that you have to discard it. Our forces like sturdy platforms that can be extended for 30 to 40 years. Japan has reservations for ToT and make in India. Hence the relucta...
by John
10 Apr 2020 23:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Indian Navy submariners have familiarity in operating and maintaining Kilo class for years. They probably just don‘t want to be starting from scratch in an entire new sub. The trade off in terms of capability of improved Kilos vis-a-vis others and keeping in mind the steep learning curve is probabl...
by John
08 Apr 2020 18:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Time and realisation is excruciatingly long when it vomes to our MOD. Asininely piad extra for batch 2 of Talwars offered at the same price for a long time. Stop the name calling and making up things. 2nd batch of Talwar cost the same as first batch and extra cost was for changes (Brahmos) the deal...
by John
08 Apr 2020 00:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Does anyone know the exact condition / specifications of the 3 Russian subs on order ? , are they hulls being rebuilt or are they used and mothballed ones or used and refurbished ? .. without such info how do we make an informed judgement / opinion on that deal ? I doubt even Russia knows fully amo...
by John
06 Apr 2020 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2787
Views: 655940

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Algeria bought two Kilos for $1.2 billion in 2014. Our Scorpenes costed us $500 million per boat in 2005 (of course it had a lot of overhead). At 600 mill that still seems like a better deal than a used older model Kilo for 300+ mill (keep in mind the other 2 are upgrades which certainly doesn’t co...

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