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by Aditya G
02 Mar 2021 01:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 409
Views: 138543

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

Vivek K wrote:Same length but a little fatter.


Its just not carrying as much weight and hence out of the water
by Aditya G
01 Mar 2021 17:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant: News & Discussion
Replies: 409
Views: 138543

Re: INS Arihant: News & Discussion

Vivek K wrote:Check out Google Earth - lat - 17.710812°, Long - 83.268017°. Seems a new (fatter?) fish in the water.


Arihant class
by Aditya G
28 Feb 2021 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^ This could easily be a 2000 - 2500 ton ship if the ask is to include a hangar as well. It might be the case else why would you ask for LWT storage. Could be smaller at 1500 - 2000 tons with just a helipad. I doubt any smaller as newer ships with stealth shaping tend to have a lot of volume and ste...
by Aditya G
24 Feb 2021 18:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

As far as missile corvettes are concerned, the first question is what is the Navy's requirement? Are we looking for MiG-21 style interceptors in the sea who dash off at high speed with missiles or a vessel which can patrol for longer duration and kill enemy ships if required? IMHO the former type of...
by Aditya G
14 Feb 2021 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1200
Views: 254153

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

Attack class submarine - somewhat similar to Project-75I in ambition and scope. Also very controversial. However it has done a few things right: 1. The contract has been signed. No paper tiger this. 2. Based on an existing design (Barracuda) and to that extent project risk is minimized despite being...
by Aditya G
07 Feb 2021 04:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

If I am a guessing man the delays in issuing the RFP for P75I are due to introspection in IN or MoD. IN has progressively reduced lot size on multiple orders: Ka-31 P-8I MCM (24 to 12 to 8 now) MRSV (LPD) Carrier based fighter Project-75I as envisaged at the moment is simply unrealistic/unviable. Le...
by Aditya G
06 Feb 2021 07:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1508
Views: 472457

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Op Swift Distort was a very good operation straight from PAF playbook, i.e. surprise and overwhelm the enemy on Day-1 with a lot of mass, and then retreat into defence mode and tackle IAF on home ground. PAF to its credit was able to exhibit Large Force Engagement tactics and use of force multiplier...
by Aditya G
06 Feb 2021 07:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Let's assume the worst, that critical data about the capabilities and signatures of the boats were leaked. How does that help our enemies? You still need to search for and track a submarine before engaging it. PLAN infact operates Kilo class submarines, we can safely assume PN has access to all its ...
by Aditya G
04 Feb 2021 02:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1745
Views: 348400

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

MiG-29K order seems to be attrition replacement at best, at worst some rumour.

IN's fighter acquisitions are now linked to IAC-II.
by Aditya G
01 Feb 2021 02:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

There is a simple solution to SSKs - order more Scorpenes. Why look at Kilos when you can build more right here? It is already make-in-india etc, sure we cannot build em as fast as Kilos but that is the least of our problems.
by Aditya G
29 Jan 2021 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

LM2500 is a good system and a bonus is that it is already assembled by HAL. Now in 2021 CKD is not good enough, but it was a good start.

See my tweet for status of KMGT:

https://twitter.com/Aditya_G_Social/sta ... 66979?s=20
by Aditya G
22 Jan 2021 03:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1508
Views: 472457

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Excellent article on JF-17, though one must accept that the overall program is a successful one as far as acquisitions are concerned.

PS: comparison to MiG-29K is unfounded
by Aditya G
22 Jan 2021 03:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The advent of piracy and terrorism at sea has brought back naval guns into focus, right from small arms calibres. With lasers and railguns naval artillery may actually eclipse missiles. In the immediate term sensors such Lynx U2 and EOFCS have improved the accuracy and usability of guns, and guided ...
by Aditya G
22 Jan 2021 03:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3562
Views: 613927

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

We have a patchy record of utilizing civil ships for military missions. A few I can think of; - Op Rahat: Rescue of indian nationals from Yemen. - Lease of MV Triton Liberty, a multi-purpose ship. - IPKF de-induction - Purchase of INS Nireekshak from ONGC. She has served very well. Strangely, in rec...
by Aditya G
19 Jan 2021 05:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3562
Views: 613927

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

Philip sir may find this pic interesting; MV Hartland Point carrying military equipment during the Royal Navy exercise Cougar 12 It's a quasi-military ship, a civilian spec ro-ro ferry. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Merchant_Vessel_Hartland_Point_Carrying_Military_Equipme...
by Aditya G
09 Jan 2021 21:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Reg MCM.

Goa Shipyard has stated that they have the largest facility in South Asia for making FRP mulls for MCM vessels. What stops them then to propose a fully Indian MCM design? Where is the need for a foreign OEM beyond some consultancy?
by Aditya G
09 Jan 2021 19:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

.... Looks like the 4 Saryu boats are going to get a significant CIWS upgrade. They only had EO control for the SRGM/AK-630 till now. Perhaps a decent early warning air search radar will also be added. The Talwars will lose Russian fire control radars to Indian ones. The upgrade path is on the same...
by Aditya G
09 Jan 2021 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Out of the Box Query to the knowledgeable BRFites., how rational is it to expand the mandate of the ICS to include the whole of India's SEZ and to up gun and missile up suitable ships in the fleet and to include antisub ops in this region so that IN can free up its assets and move on to full-blown ...
by Aditya G
09 Jan 2021 19:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

...Can these drones operate off the IN carriers ? No. Interestingly though the 2 last Nilgiri (Leander) class frigates were designated as UAV control ships. IN Herons would fly off from shore, and then control would pass on to the frigate. This is an awesome capability and perhaps negates need to l...
by Aditya G
05 Jan 2021 01:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 286523

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

... What "far away" targets or battles are we planning to have which for which squadrons based at Andaman and Nicobar, Thanjavur and Goa wouldn't be close enough. Not to mention the larger loads they could carry with a land takeoff so even external fuel tanks come into play All the crucia...
by Aditya G
04 Jan 2021 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 286523

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

The comparison between air power and naval power is silly, though there is a question of whether air power is delivered from an aircraft carrier or shore. So is the comparison between Submarines and Aircraft Carriers. At the minimum aircraft carriers, even our STOBAR variety, offer an air defence bu...
by Aditya G
01 Jan 2021 21:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 286523

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Whats the DRDO TDV being built at the Cochin shipyard ? I thought the TDVs (aphorism for radar ranging, tracking ships) were built elsewhere ? There are 2 ships being built - one in CSL and the other at HSL. The one from HSL is called Ocean Surveilance Ship and Missile Range Instrumentation Ship - ...
by Aditya G
31 Dec 2020 21:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Barath wrote:... nothing concrete for MCM right now.


That sums it up quite right :rotfl:

Thank you for the elaborate post.
by Aditya G
30 Dec 2020 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

What is the current status of the MCM program, aside from reducing planned numbers? Is there any RFP etc? https://twitter.com/TheWolfpackIN/status/1343803800176504832?s=20 ---> Due to budgetary constraints, Indian Navy is reducing number of platforms of various systems to be acquired: 1) 34-36 4.5 g...
by Aditya G
25 Dec 2020 17:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussion
Replies: 471
Views: 78460

Re: Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussion

Ajai Shukla writes about under-whelming firepower on ICG OPVs; https://ajaishukla.blogspot.com/2020/12/coast-guards-offshore-patrol-vessels.html He delves into the cost vs capability issue, and also confusion on ICG's charter and expected role. However the article does not actually prescribes what t...
by Aditya G
24 Dec 2020 02:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1200
Views: 254153

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

...they can get everything - 65K aircraft carrier, six P-75I boats, six SSNs, additional SSBNs, phoren carrier borne fighters, etc..... First of all there has to be an acknowledgement that there is a funding and procurement issue at hand for the Navy. So far this is known in the context of IAC-II, ...
by Aditya G
23 Dec 2020 16:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1200
Views: 254153

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

...we should buy/ build a new line of U-boats which have a proven AIP system,superior to the French MESMA,on Paki Agostas too. These new U-boats can replace our 4 Sishumar class SSKs while a new Ru conv. sub replaces the Kilos as they retire..... This has probably been answered on the forum before,...
by Aditya G
23 Dec 2020 02:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3936
Views: 814866

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

MeshaVishwas wrote:Is that a light for those night time A2A refuelings, near the root of the Probe?


Correct
by Aditya G
22 Dec 2020 19:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1200
Views: 254153

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

We are looking at a situation where 4 submarine programs are to progress in parallel in broadly the same timeframe (~2025 - 2035):

SSBN - at SBC/HSL/L&T
SSN - ?
SOV - at HSL/L&T
SSK (Project-75I)

This is aside from IAC-II and much needed MCM programs.

Is this realistic?
by Aditya G
22 Dec 2020 19:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1200
Views: 254153

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

The biggest reveal of the interview is the conversations on extending Scorpene production. The original contract had an options clause of 3 boats - IMHO something that should be exercised irrespective of whether we have a Project-75I or not. If the ask to Naval Group is to create a brand new submari...
by Aditya G
16 Dec 2020 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3434
Views: 877699

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

I can't understand why our enemy's bumchum Turkey is getting the contract.All details of the vessels will be given to the Pakis. Earlier,such auxiliaries were of Italian origin and the Leonardo Group which owns Finncantieri could've been given the job especially as the V-2 new Vikrant CV has Italia...
by Aditya G
16 Dec 2020 02:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1745
Views: 348400

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Intent, statements and action very rarely align in Indian Defence. The Naval budget is not enough even to pay for contracts signed before the MH-60 Romeo contract. How it will cater for the above requirements is a deep mystery. The situation is the same for the Air Force and Army. A lot of deliveri...
by Aditya G
13 Dec 2020 16:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1200
Views: 254153

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

This boat may be the best in the world - but a strategic acquisition has to be from a strategic partner - like France or Russia. We need more than just boats for our money - eg South Korea has no veto in UNSC. This boat is the South Korean offering in the Project 75I program. https://twitter.com/Vin...
by Aditya G
06 Dec 2020 03:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1745
Views: 348400

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

CATOBAR or not, and consequent fighter choice, will likely be seen as Navy's technical choice by MoD. Budgets and politics around it will prevent Navy from acquiring a 3rd carrier. When even the Air Force has to be contend with barely 36 Rafales, there is no way Navy is getting any. The prospect of ...
by Aditya G
05 Dec 2020 16:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1745
Views: 348400

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

If the Navy wants to persist with demand for a 3rd carrier, then it will have to be innovative on budget front. For example, transfer MiG-29K squadrons to IAF thus focussing on the cost of the ship component while IAF takes on the air component on its books. Something similar was done in UK with Sea...
by Aditya G
05 Dec 2020 01:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1745
Views: 348400

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

IN could look at buying some LCA-N Mk.1s, even with limited load they could at least serve as a STOBAR training platform and air defence duty. Will save hours on MiGs. We should also look at aircraft carriers as platforms for helicopter based ASW. Not every operation will require you to blow shit up...
by Aditya G
03 Dec 2020 01:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2515
Views: 474440

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

Deans ... long deployment in CI duties makes an army risk averse as there is tendency to avoid civilian casualties and self casualties as well. any collateral damage brings -ve publicity. the need to win hearts and minds is at the cornerstone of CI ...which is a risk averse strategy. normal cycles ...
by Aditya G
02 Dec 2020 00:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2515
Views: 474440

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

Army's role is to defend and fight all threats. With terrorism being our constant war, it does not make sense to keep the army away from it. There are arguments to the contrary, with warfare evolving, you need the army to evolve to meet those needs. RR is Army by another name and is a way to isolate...
by Aditya G
01 Dec 2020 04:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussion
Replies: 471
Views: 78460

Re: Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussion

Above is a good article summarising expansion and advancement of maritime security apparatus in India.

I would add expansion of Customs Marine & preventive and also underwater harbour defence to the list.
by Aditya G
01 Dec 2020 00:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussion
Replies: 471
Views: 78460

Re: Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussion

C-295 can eventually also replace the An-32 and Do-228 in ICG and IN. Great opportunity to have a production of mid sized aircraft in India. https://twitter.com/strategic_front/status/1331893013904306177?s=20 ---> The IAF selected the Airbus C-295 to replace the HS748. The $2 billion deal for 56 C-2...

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