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by vram
24 May 2001 08:49
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India and the NMD-2
Replies: 66
Views: 26319

Re: India and the NMD-2

Tim,<P>how difficult is it to scale-up a division-level exercise/operation to Corps level? As long as the concepts are validated and operationalized, it is only a question of time and how soon DRDO can crank out those NBC suits and equipment.<P>Capability may not exist at the intended level, but fro...
by vram
02 Mar 2001 13:24
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: What kind of equipment do the Indian police have?
Replies: 51
Views: 22023

Re: What kind of equipment do the Indian police have?

The crying need for Indian policemen aren't automatic weapons, but non-lethal weapons like stun grenades, bean-bag bullets, rubber bullets, pepper spray, cattle prods, tazers. Often, Indian cops shoot into crowds injuring and sometimes fatally killing people, because they don't have any other option...
by vram
18 Jan 2001 03:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 43028

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

Excellent interview with Dr Kota Harinarayana:<P>`LCA is about creating wealth for country' <A HREF="http://www.hindubusinessline.com/2001/01/13/stories/041367ju.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.hindubusinessline.com/2001/01/13/stories/041367ju.htm</A> <P>Extract:<BR><I>Was the project required at all?...
by vram
14 Jan 2001 03:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 43028

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

This is what I wrote to the golfer-defence agent Nadkarni:<P>Mr. Nadkarni,<P>I used to read your articles with great interest because they provided a fresh perspective on many challenging issues faced by our armed forces. But after reading this article I have lost the respect that I had for you (not...
by vram
07 Jan 2001 16:26
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 43028

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

Defence India has very detailed technical info on the LCA:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.defenceindia.com/test1/templ.php3?filename=technology.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.defenceindia.com/test1/templ.php3?filename=technology.html</A>
by vram
07 Jan 2001 15:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 43028

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

What do you guys think of Jasjit Singh's analysis in TOI? I think the challenge is to develop Kaveri and this may take much longer than 2010. In the interim he suggests using Russian engines (discussed first on BR). He also highlights the shortfall in IAF of 10-12 squadrons by 2010. Realistically, L...
by vram
11 Jul 2000 01:18
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 & Balderdash
Replies: 56
Views: 22891

Re: MiG-21 & Balderdash

Tom,<P>remember the arguments comparing Mig-29 and F-16. What if I state that the Mig-29 with the Adder is more agile, more maneoverable and deadly compared to a F-16. In fact, during exercises, the German Mi-29s consistently beat the F-16 during close-in combat. Western folks are going counter that...
by vram
09 Jul 2000 02:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Akash and its nuclear payload
Replies: 55
Views: 14570

Re: Akash and its nuclear payload

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> The area of the Earth's surface directly illuminated by EMP is determined entirely by the height of burst. All points on the<BR>Earth's surface within the horizon, as seen from the burst point, will experience EMP effects as depicted...
by vram
07 Nov 1999 10:12
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Light Tanks for the Indian Army
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

Re: Light Tanks for the Indian Army

Baxter,<P>the Nag does everything that you say a anti-tank guided missile should do and better. It is far superior to the TOW, it is a top attack, fire and forget missile with tandem warhead. No wire to worry about.<P>Gobind, Janes featured a russian mobile rocket launcher recently, quite similar to...
by vram
03 Nov 1999 23:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG
Replies: 22
Views: 5939

Re: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG

I thought the S. African anti-material gun we are purchasing is specifically meant for bunker-busting. It's cheaper to use than the Bofors and you can equip infantry with many more of these guns..
by vram
03 Nov 1999 02:43
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG
Replies: 22
Views: 5939

Re: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG

The SPA being developed by Bofors (pictured above) seems to be an awesome killing machine. It has arange of 50-100kms!! I had posted info on it long back, hope no harm done if i post it again: (From bofors website) <BR> <A HREF="http://www.bofors.se/weapon/bolagisering/english/index.htm" TARGET=_bla...
by vram
02 Nov 1999 04:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG
Replies: 22
Views: 5939

Re: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>since the Bhim involves substantial domestic component with no scope for Baksheesh, its no wonder a powerful lobby would love the towed guns with all imported stuff.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The domestic component of Bhim is only the chassi...
by vram
02 Nov 1999 03:54
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG
Replies: 22
Views: 5939

Re: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG

Actually, Bofors self-propelled version comes with NBC protection. Here's the relevant extract from R. Bedi' Asian Age article:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR>They said the fully electronic weapon system could easily be operated by a two-man crew from the t...
by vram
02 Nov 1999 03:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG
Replies: 22
Views: 5939

Re: JDW: India set to test Bofors SPG

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>What is the advantage of a SPG over towed howitzers with shoot and scoot capability? Both are mobile, and both would require same type of roads to travel..<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The shoot and scoot capability of the Bofors towed howitzer...
by vram
26 Sep 1999 02:42
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Why didn't we try Harriers in Kargil mountains?
Replies: 42
Views: 28106

Re: Why didn't we try Harriers in Kargil mountains?

Doesn't the Harriers come with flare & chaff dispensers? If yes, wouldn't that offset its higher IR signature, and with ECM support from Mirage 2000, would it be a feasible platform for kargil type air operations?<P>Salman & Co objections regarding few number of harriers and their "high" cos...
by vram
19 Sep 1999 12:58
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: RAW, Mossad developing strong strategic relations
Replies: 19
Views: 9999

Re: RAW, Mossad developing strong strategic relations

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Imagine it if pakistan allowed the US or Chinese to operate out of Karachi,Gwadar etc.!The hue and cry over anything like that from our side would be deafening.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>During the Afghan war, US did use TSP as a base for tr...
by vram
15 Sep 1999 06:59
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India planning another nuclear test: Shamshad
Replies: 40
Views: 14805

Re: India planning another nuclear test: Shamshad

Very illuminating, Ramana. great post!
by vram
13 Sep 1999 10:15
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India planning another nuclear test: Shamshad
Replies: 40
Views: 14805

Re: India planning another nuclear test: Shamshad

<I>Primarily, the fact that it took multiple<BR>tests for all the other nuclear powers<BR>to just achieve staged themonuclear detonation (China took six tests). </I><P>One of the things that scientists at BARC have been repeating over and over again is that the Pokhran II test design were based on 1...
by vram
13 Sep 1999 08:20
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India planning another nuclear test: Shamshad
Replies: 40
Views: 14805

Re: India planning another nuclear test: Shamshad

<I>With the situation that india is in, I would<BR>recommend clandestine sub-kiloton testing<BR>before india signs on the dotted line.</I><P>Sub-critical tests can be conducted even after CTBT is signed. There's no problem with that.<P>Based on what do some members in this forum claim that more test...
by vram
04 Sep 1999 14:08
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Emergency Response System
Replies: 21
Views: 4985

Re: Emergency Response System

I don't know about ERS shelters, but highways we definitely need. And that's something that will get build by the govt or private sector in the next decade or two.<P> But if we are going to build an elaborate network of 4-lane national highways criss-crossing the countryside, what will be the increm...
by vram
03 Sep 1999 23:14
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Emergency Response System
Replies: 21
Views: 4985

Re: Emergency Response System

<I>9. Yes, fighter planes<BR>10. SAMs<BR>11. Small-arms, ammunition and equipment.</I><P>These will be a real pain to guard and protect, especially because they would be close to civilian facilities. A good target for Mujis to raid and re-arm or just to detonate.<P>But the overall concept sounds ver...
by vram
31 Aug 1999 08:24
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Battle of Longewala
Replies: 53
Views: 22298

Re: Battle of Longewala

hi narayanan,<BR>regarding something weird about janes' F-15 simulation, in training mode you have unlimited supply of ammo, AoA missiles, AoG missiles-- fire a million away and you are instantly replenished--some training huh!<P>Another thing i've not been able to figure out--in a mission when you ...
by vram
30 Aug 1999 06:44
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4701

Re: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

<I>At ~$25+ million, the LCA is a steal to replace the MiG-21. That is if the price stays at that level. The LCA alone at 220 aircraft will cost the IAF $5.5 billion (220 x $25 million). </I><P>Firstly, regarding the LCA, the expenditure of foreign exchange ($$$) to manufacture them would be minimal...
by vram
24 Jul 1999 07:28
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Understanding Air Operations in Kargil
Replies: 23
Views: 15492

Re: Understanding Air Operations in Kargil

>>>The primacy of interdiction targets as opposed to Battlefield Air Strikes (BAS) targets was clearly brought out, as also the fact that air power is not to be frittered away on insignificant targets like machine gun posts and trenches, but on large targets of consequence (like the supply camp at M...

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