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by ManuJ
06 Nov 2019 06:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1925
Views: 509246

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

these missile tests will probably also be used to test the radars of our brand new 'ocean surveillance ship'
by ManuJ
28 Oct 2019 01:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419333

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

This question is directed primarily at Vidur, although if anyone else can answer, please do. Has the MOD/GoI ever done a study to calculate the difference in real cost to the national exchequer between an indigenous product and a corresponding imported product? What I mean is, say there are two comp...
by ManuJ
06 Sep 2019 00:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419333

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

If GOI is serious about promoting domestic military industry, why can't it offer the services a subsidy for buying swadesi? All products designed and made in India 30% off :) This will satisfy the services' concerns on capex and will give them more bang for the buck. It won't have much of a financia...
by ManuJ
24 Aug 2019 04:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff
Replies: 44
Views: 9282

Re: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff

LakshmanPST wrote:Apart from the NSA, other members of the panel will be the Cabinet Secretary, the defence secretary and the secretary, expenditure and Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC)

Ah, equal==equal with 3 IAS officers to balance the 3 members of the COSC.
by ManuJ
17 Aug 2019 00:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff
Replies: 44
Views: 9282

Re: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff

CDS is a good start, but has to be followed up with integration of the MOD and the forces' HQs, with the CDS in charge.
The integrated HQ needs to be manned by personnel from the forces and not by general-purpose bureaucrats.
by ManuJ
07 Jul 2019 00:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

tsarkar, astute observation. But don't think that's the complete story. IMHO IA is betting that high firepower, advanced technology and rapid mobility will give these brigade+ sized formations enough punching power as older division sized formations, while keeping them lithe and maneuverable. Best o...
by ManuJ
06 Mar 2019 14:52
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 5105
Views: 776292

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

I am trying to understand why IAF didn't raze those buildings to the ground - what did they gain by letting that infrastructure survive?
And didn't GOI anticipate the Paki denials and the media frenzy?
by ManuJ
28 Feb 2019 13:20
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strike Pakistan - News Only
Replies: 338
Views: 43278

Re: Indian Forces Strike Pakistan - News Only

Modi needs to clearly state this in one of his speeches - A failed terrorist state like Pakistan can never dream of dictating terms to India. India will choose the terms and play by its own rules. We will decide when and how to end the <punishment>. Till then, Pakis can stay awake every night, shive...
by ManuJ
28 Feb 2019 06:41
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 5105
Views: 776292

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

Please bear in mind that reports now talk of a whole complement of PAF attackers, including bombers and air cover fighters. If so, the air cover could have been provided by F-16. However, air cover fighters would not have had to intrude into Indian territory, only the bombers would have done that. I...
by ManuJ
27 Feb 2019 15:35
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 156865

Re: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps

One important statement - PAF targeted Indian military installation, although we had targeted terrorist camp.
This opens the door for India to retaliate in kind.
by ManuJ
27 Feb 2019 15:20
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 156865

Re: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps

Rather than being despondent, we should be proud that our boys actually engaged the PAF intruders and thwarted their plans. Unlike their PAF counterparts who chickened out on the pretext of darkness! However, how and why the Mig 21 trainer came to the fight is a mystery. I am speculating here, but m...
by ManuJ
26 Feb 2019 14:33
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 156865

Re: Indian Air Forces Strikes Pakistan along with Ground Assault

Found it interesting that M2K were used for the strike, rather than our dedicated DPSA Jaguar.
by ManuJ
26 Feb 2019 11:49
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strikes Pakistan Terrorist Camps
Replies: 2210
Views: 156865

Re: Indian Air Forces Strikes Pakistan along with Ground Assault

SaiK wrote:mohit++ great find

Yes, this document even names the camp - "Moaskar training camp in Balakot, PK"
by ManuJ
25 Feb 2019 14:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 592
Views: 124535

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

I feel that the Mk2 IAF and Navy versions still have some tweaks to be made before the designs are frozen, and there's scope for the two designs to converge further. Especially w.r.t. to canards and stabilators...
by ManuJ
22 Feb 2019 01:51
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 914140

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Really heartening news coming out of Aero India. LCA is one of the biggest fighter programs in the world now, in terms of projected numbers and planned developments. Sometimes crazy dreams do come true. I am amazed and even a little apprehensive by the confidence shown by ADA in announcing two very ...
by ManuJ
18 Feb 2019 09:51
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 190600

Re: Pulwama Attack

Deans wrote:There isn't a line running continuously from Jammu to Srinagar. Most of the section from Katra to Banihal, is not complete.

Yes I know, but it is complete where it matters, which is in the valley.
We should take advantage of that.
by ManuJ
18 Feb 2019 09:50
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 190600

Re: Pulwama Attack

5 army soldiers including a major getting martyred fighting holed-up terrorists, with no element of surprise?
How does that happen?
A bomb attack is a different thing, but this is simply not acceptable.
We really need to re-evaluate our tactics.
by ManuJ
18 Feb 2019 05:25
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 190600

Re: Pulwama Attack

The CRPF convoy was transporting troops from Jammu to Srinagar. Why isn't the railway being used for troop transport in the valley (Banihal onward)? Much easier to sanitize and protect, with vastly reduced logistic footprint. And I believe there are already elaborate security measures in place for p...
by ManuJ
17 Feb 2019 08:59
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 190600

Re: Pulwama Attack

India's release of terrorists like Maulana Azhar in Kandhar during NDA regime was our biggest strategic defeat in recent times. One that the country is still paying for with the lives of our brave soldiers. That they have been allowed to live and thrive all these years after their release is utterly...
by ManuJ
03 Feb 2019 02:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5563
Views: 506553

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Hindon air base has a (temporary) civil terminal coming up, and could work in the future as a third option for low-cost regional airlines.
by ManuJ
01 Feb 2019 03:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Yes, the brigadier rank is not going anywhere, it's becoming non-select.
by ManuJ
29 Jan 2019 07:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Army strikes terror camps in PoK
Replies: 2258
Views: 286133

Re: Army strikes terror camps in PoK

Finally! Going to see the movie today after multiple postponements. The movie is still running to packed houses in the SFO Bay Area - couldn't get tickets during the weekend for any show. BTW, how come the movie hasn't been made tax free in India? GOI should do everything in its power to ensure maxi...
by ManuJ
12 Dec 2018 00:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 927
Views: 150045

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

The new Mig29 squadron for ENC is being created with existing frames, or additional purchases?
by ManuJ
12 Nov 2018 01:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2121
Views: 474385

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Love the layout of the Gorshkov, especially the ample space dedicated to missile systems. Interestingly, Russian navy seems to have abandoned the RBUs to which IN is still persisting with. Also, how come the difference in size between the new IN frigates and destroyers is down to ~1000 tonnes? The f...
by ManuJ
21 Oct 2018 01:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018
Replies: 1082
Views: 229573

Re: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018

We shouldn't get too hung up over the numbers.
The truth is, IAF will induct as many LCAs as HAL can produce in the next 15 years.
by ManuJ
15 Oct 2018 23:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

That’s the crux of the matter innit? The same person gets the experience as he progresses in his rank over the service tenure and with the abolition of the Brig rank the experience is what will get hit, per my view. The Brigadier rank is not getting abolished, only becoming non-select, which means ...
by ManuJ
15 Oct 2018 05:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

We should be looking at reducing the age profile not increase no of Maj Gens. This seems more like a house keeping option rather than combat relatedd. The proposal does address the issue of reducing age profile. Bright officers should be able to become Major Generals by the age of 45. Please read t...
by ManuJ
15 Oct 2018 02:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

All commentators have mentioned IBGs being made up of 4-6 battalions. Since Indian formations can be quite large, that would translate to anywhere between 6k to 9k men. I wouldn't be surprised if eventually these formations end up being regular division sized (10k - 12k). The plan should be to incre...
by ManuJ
15 Oct 2018 01:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

I wonder though how IA will manage the transition from Colonel to Major General - that's quite a jump in responsibilities. To answer my own question, looks like there will still be a Brigadier rank, but will become non-select: Selected Colonels can spend three years in command, the next three as Co...
by ManuJ
15 Oct 2018 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Currently, Brigadiers command a brigade with 3,000+ men, and Major Generals command divisions, which have 10,000+ men. IBGs will supposedly have 6,000 men. Somewhere between a brigade and a division. If that's true, than a regular Major General commanding an IBG would be a demotion of sorts. And a b...
by ManuJ
16 Jul 2018 01:10
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate
Replies: 330
Views: 47631

Re: CDS, Tri-Services Issues & Integration Debate

How does the theater command concept preclude shifting of assets around?
by ManuJ
07 Mar 2018 01:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 292006

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

The excuses will continue for status quo until bold leadership lays down the law.
Then everyone will start singing a different tune and all the very valid reasons for continuing with T90 will suddenly become obsolete.
by ManuJ
06 Mar 2018 04:08
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 292006

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Indranil wrote:is there anybody in the world who has built a tank with Arjun's specifications which is lighter than Arjun?

Needs to be highlighted and asked again and again, whenever someone brings up the question of Arjun's weight 'problem'.
by ManuJ
04 Mar 2018 01:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018
Replies: 1082
Views: 229573

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

Confirmation of the production rate being targeted: Currently, the HAL is producing around eight Tejas, a single engine multi-role aircraft, annually and the defence ministry wants it to increase the number to 18 planes per year. The HAL is investing Rs 1,300 crore to augment the existing infrastruc...
by ManuJ
02 Mar 2018 00:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.2: News & Discussions - 25 February 2018
Replies: 1082
Views: 229573

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

From the DRDO chief - IAF has already committed to over 300 LCAs: Speaking of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Christopher said HAL had already got an order to manufacture 123 LCAs. “In addition to that, the air force has given in writing another 201 aircraft, which is the next version, that we ca...
by ManuJ
10 Nov 2017 00:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799088

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

Removing coordinates as per request, though I am not sure what good it will do. For the interested, the airbase is north west of phalodi town itself. While it still looks a bit underdeveloped with no blast pens etc., it looks fully functional with a large apron area and some hangar type structures....
by ManuJ
08 Nov 2017 00:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799088

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

I just see one airstrip, although the designation has certainly changed to an air base.
But there is no supporting infrastructure.
by ManuJ
25 Oct 2017 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3366
Views: 527291

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

Aditya_V wrote:From the above quotes it seems we have ordered 42 more Su-30s

There's no ambiguity in the news report:
IAF has already ordered 42 more Su-30MKIs increasing the number of fighter from 272 to 314.
by ManuJ
04 Oct 2017 23:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628739

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

There will always be a debate about the optimal size of a formation, but size cannot remain constant with advances in technology.

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