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by John
18 Jun 2018 07:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1839
Views: 308226

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Not at all comparable. The SA-3 Goa radars are completely outclassed in range, performance and capability and sensor diversity. We are talking of comparing a 2020 model F/A-18 to a 1960s A-4 and even with upgrades, latter won't compare as a strike fighter. Having said that, these were robust, capab...
by John
16 Jun 2018 06:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Pratyush wrote:Correct.

So the Astra SAM conversion is perfectly sensible.

If QR SAM didn't exist I would say so but existence of later with some of same components and similar range makes such a SAM redundant.
by John
13 Jun 2018 23:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3451
Views: 416210

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

abhik wrote:
Katare wrote:
That was my thought too but not sure if it’s possible. Have we selected an AA missile for LCHs?

Rudra is already using the french Mistral, should be the same with LCH.

It is using that for trials but it can adapted to switch to use Stinger as well during deployment?
by John
13 Jun 2018 21:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3451
Views: 416210

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Lot of Stinger missiles', i wonder if it is also be used for LCH?
by John
09 Jun 2018 20:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Is this functionality that we can implement in our locally developed systems as well, building on existing platforms? And will buying and operating the S400 give us some clues on building our own equivalent? The end goal has to at least be developing our own equivalent so that we don't have to go s...
by John
06 Jun 2018 22:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Are any of those available for IAF? Or still in trials stage? MR-SAM is being inducted right now. And components (radar, TEL) of MR-SAM can be used with QR-SAM and possible XR-SAM greatly reducing future costs. I am for S-400 if Russia is willing to provide tech transfer (like they are likely doing...
by John
06 Jun 2018 22:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Right Lets not buy the S-400 and be naked to nuclear blackmail form Pakis because the Chinese might have the S400. Same time the US might sanction our scam ridden economy. very good thinking. I am not following you, why does IAF need it like yesterday? MR-SAM already provide medium range engagement...
by John
06 Jun 2018 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

srin wrote:^^^ Hasn't China also purchased S-400's ?

Likely for "unlicensed" production in matter of few years.
by John
06 Jun 2018 15:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2627
Views: 248657

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

Having said that, Could it have been better? Absolutely. Considering that we practically bailed out Russian Aviation MIC, Sukhoi with Su30 and MiG with MiG29, that too with alacrity never seen otherwise, we should have been making copies of those planes as we please and even exporting them by now. ...
by John
06 Jun 2018 07:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Courtesy another DRDL tender, the diameter of Akash NG is 250 mm, down from 350 mm on Akash. The length is down from 578 cm to 465-ish cm range That is just slightly more than Barak 8 (225mm x 4.5m from wiki). Hopefully the range is also comparable so there is no excuse left to buy Barak 8 anymore....
by John
06 Jun 2018 02:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

I believe Israel is also concerned those missiles (especially the 400 km ranged variant) could be potentially be used as a hypersonic land attack missiles. The solid propellant is far more advanced than what iran has.
by John
05 Jun 2018 16:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Not sure I follow you, Brahmos can be used in those ranges and can fly lo-lo profile greatly increasing its effectiveness. But there is currently in short range Ashm in development by Drdo for launch from helos and smaller vessels ( possible replacement for Uran). Guess Brahmos will be expensive op...
by John
05 Jun 2018 05:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Also why do uou think India win’t get an mini anti ballistic missile defense capabilities too like US patriot systems? I doubt after S-400 there is room in budget for purchase of another ABM and will eat into even domestic program (AAD). S-400 deal will likely consist of 9M96E/9M96E2 and latter is ...
by John
04 Jun 2018 23:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Bart, I don’t know what is so special about the S-400 but IAF chief has put it as #1 acquisition priority. Somehow this system puts fear of god in enemy of any country that buys it. Nothing from Russia is selling like a hot cake except for this system. Mat be John can put more light on it but seems...
by John
04 Jun 2018 17:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Question for gurus. Do we have any antiship missile which can fight wars in littloral seas? <= 120km range? If so which one it is ? If not do we hqve anything in development? Not sure I follow you, Brahmos can be used in those ranges and can fly lo-lo profile greatly increasing its effectiveness. B...
by John
04 Jun 2018 16:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The Goa design is an improvement but it has no anti-missile defences of note, no SAMs and partial ASW systems.The 8 SSMs would be better located amidships and the space vacated for SAMs. Quite right about the Chin corvettes, meant to safeguard their large coastline and brown water territory.Enduran...
by John
03 Jun 2018 20:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

go go go with S-400, bring on cexy (non-aligned) back The S400 is bad news for the Indian mil-tech industry and local manufacturing, we badly need that dough injected into our own projects instead, and there is no reason why we cannot build a better system locally. Additionally the quantity/price i...
by John
01 Jun 2018 22:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Ramjet flying directly is the shortest path. It has endgame energy Solid fuels climb high to gain energy before burnout and then lose it in each hard turn to engage , unlike ramjets which have better level flight energy and keep turning and burning Ramjet is the natural design path to scramjets lik...
by John
01 Jun 2018 16:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

How is a ramjet powered missile better than a dual pulse rocket powered one ? Compare Akash and LR-SAM, where DRDO developed the propulsion in both cases. LRSAM is almost one-third the weight (275kg vs 720kg), but has three times the range (80km vs 25km) for the same warhead (all wiki specs onlee)....
by John
31 May 2018 22:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^^^ As I said earlier, I think our corvette needs to be domestic and cheap enough that we can build in numbers and form a backbone for our ship-building industry. I thought the P28 is too expensive for that role. The Russian estimates are put up as a possible reason why the Navy would look at them....
by John
31 May 2018 22:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

John you are right and I confused the total cost of the P28 program for all four corvettes instead of one at $1B. Yeah, I might be even more confused and pessimistic by the cost inflation over the years and took the $1B figure in a lot of the wiki sites at face value. Okay taking the 1700 crore fig...
by John
31 May 2018 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

It says right in link it is for complete project all 4 vessels. Price went from 700 to 1750 crores per vessel ( it is actually incorrect Kiltan is only one that cost 1700 due to redesign).
by John
31 May 2018 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^ Where are you getting the 1 billion figure from? Even Kiltan with redesign for composite mast cost only 1700 crores not even 1/3rd of how much you quoted.
by John
31 May 2018 16:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

India Took Interest in Russian Gepard-Type Frigates India interested in Russian Project 11661 Gepard-class frigates Never heard of this before could be Russian DDM Not new I believe we been interested in Steregushchiy class for a while but Russian been hesitant/asking two much for it. In exchange t...
by John
31 May 2018 00:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

wiki claims we got MR ... IAF is very secretive about this system unlike akash where they are openly on watch in eastern command -- 18 SPYDER-MRs along with 750 Python-5 surface to air missiles (SAMs) and 750 Derby SAMs has been delivered. I tend to think we got the cheaper SR It was for SR unfortu...
by John
27 May 2018 21:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Deals with Russians generally involve paying for what is not publicly stated. We must be paying the Russians in some way for all the nuke sub tech, we are using I am pretty sure there is more to the deal than it meets the eye. If that were case would have signed the deal while back. The original pl...
by John
27 May 2018 20:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2719
Views: 375444

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Considering for 6 billion dollars we are getting only 5 systems ( already cost more than 2.5 times as Mr-sam and that doesn't all price escalations that will happen by the time system is inducted) and we are paying much more than China or Turkey for these systems. Throw in there no tech transfer or ...
by John
26 May 2018 18:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

He's Admiral of the Fleet! Did you read an earlier post about Ru tactics to destroy US CBGs? A Backfire can carry sev. more BMos , Kalibir or Ru's newest missiles than a Flanker derivative.Launching them well out of range of the carrier's aircraft, massed shoes can be launched.If 12 missiles are la...
by John
26 May 2018 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

We never had any naval ports that would have allowe us to berth the Varyag in early 90 , the Karwar which could do that came much later , during 90 we had no money to maintain existing ships much less buying a mammoth like varyag We did not have $20M? Even if we had to anchor the thing outside Mumb...
by John
25 May 2018 22:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

I recall seeing a figure of 1000 for Indian armed forces at the inception of the program. Plus about 1500 exports. Highly doubt we will get any export customers, the air launched variant could have some demand even then there is only few platforms that can carry it. Where as naval variant has compe...
by John
24 May 2018 22:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

indeed - even with no radar or aircraft equipments, the ships sea trials could commence .... there would be 1000s of test cases non involving these. instead of radar they could bolt some steel plates to simulate the weight for CG calculations. instead of aircraft some piles of steel plates again, n...
by John
24 May 2018 16:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4719
Views: 716852

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

^ Not sure how Sq area of the country matters ( so you are telling me Greenland (Denmark) should field one of most powerful navies in the world) Australia population is only 24 million so they are relatively small but have high GDP/Def budget. They are fielding 3 Hobart class DDG which are one of mo...
by John
23 May 2018 20:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Could Akash be developed into a naval SAM system too? I know that the B-8 supposedly a JV with Israel but depends hugely upon it, has been earmarked for our principal warships as principal anti-air/missile defence.However, a secondary desi SAM system based upon Akash could be very useful also and p...
by John
23 May 2018 04:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

John So IR seeker mode Akash can work in look down and shoot mode due to the ballistic trajectory? Need more information I don't think they did any software updates to allow this and this would require much more testing as well. Perhaps for now it will serve as a backup when engagement radar is off...
by John
23 May 2018 04:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 3980
Views: 703165

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Akash can engage low flying targets and has been tested extensively in that regime. That's likely not the real reason, but more about survivability. Doesn't SAM follow a ballistic trajectory when intercepting very low flying CMs? If there was a radar seeker, it would be looking down and could be ef...
by John
21 May 2018 23:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1347
Views: 155644

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

FWIW, Kashtan was chosen for Type 17 but dropped because of its poor performance in Talwar class. http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/weapons/specs/190-Project-17.html For the CIWS (Close In Weapon System) role, the ship was originally designed for two Kashtan Air Defence Gun/Missile mounts but this...
by John
20 May 2018 17:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1347
Views: 155644

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

John are you here just to troll , you claim many things without backing up without any thing , have you seen mod brief on Syria pantsir was the best performing in Syria which had most hits even better than some of medium range Sam like Buk m1 Don’t just make claims pulling it out of thinn air you h...
by John
20 May 2018 00:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1347
Views: 155644

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

No one here made such claims so no need to get hyperbole .....but this not 30 years back where IAF can enter SAA airspace and wont face resistance or loss of asset which indeed they already did Sticking to relevant Pantsir poor performance doesn't surprise me Syria could be facing similar issues we...
by John
16 May 2018 04:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1347
Views: 155644

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

The western observer says "we hit them all", and we are to believe them. The Russians say that the vehicle had run out of ammo and was being reloaded, and we are to call BS. Even if that was reloading in this situation IDF seems to have knocked out a lot of Pantsir and system overall seem...
by John
16 May 2018 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian weapons and military technology
Replies: 1347
Views: 155644

Re: Russian weapons and military technology

^ In the previous Allied strike all missiles were reported to have hit the target and there is detailed analysis of what hit where and even Syrian observers have confirmed no missiles were shot by Syrian Air defenses. As for Israeli strikes we just don't know IDF doesn't release much info on these s...

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