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by Rupak
22 Aug 2019 06:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3323
Views: 503234

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

Now that there are so many Mirage 2000 that can be bought second hand that the IAF should seriously look at that option. The PAF added bulk by purchasing every Mirage 3/5 it could get its hands on. The Qataris and UAE have been trying to get rid of their Mirages and there are now several AdA aircraf...
by Rupak
22 Feb 2019 21:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3946
Views: 596509

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

nam wrote:I read in Lt Gen. Husian article that RR battalions are bigger than regular battalion. 1000 men.


Regular infantry battalions have 4 rifle companies, in case of the RR they have 6 rifle companies.
by Rupak
19 Feb 2019 13:44
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 723205

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

As per wiki chacha, there are around 67 artillery regiments. Now if 45 of those regiments will convert to 155mm guns, imagine the sheer fire power they will bring. And of the remaining 22 regiments, some units will feature the Pinaka and Smerch MBRL. Brown pants for TSP are in order :) If not for a...
by Rupak
21 Nov 2018 01:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1943
Views: 427728

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The shallow water ASW craft were an idea that Admiral Nirmal Verma got on a visit to Turkey. What he essentially wanted was a cheap inshore/harbour defence vessel equipped with off the shelf commerial sonar and twin LWT which could be built in large numbers. The vessels are not meant to venture far ...
by Rupak
05 Sep 2018 17:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 897528

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

Go Cpt Rajeev Joshi was my house captain once upon a time!
by Rupak
17 Jun 2018 21:31
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 723205

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Per above tweet, pinaka fired 5000 rockets. Might not be true. M-46 firing only 4000 shells is also hard to believe. Ammo was less expensive than Bofors, and gun is the backbone of Indian Army artillery.. Strictly speaking, the IFG/LFG is the backbone. The M46 was deployed in limited numbers becaus...
by Rupak
10 May 2018 09:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 853229

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

With Russia under sanctions, where would the engines for the Ka226 come from?
by Rupak
02 Nov 2017 17:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 853229

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

NUH is in 3.5-4 T Class so its neither the Dhruv or LUH/Ka-226 , this will be a new class It seems things are set up deliberately by the IN to get a nice firangi helo in the Panther/Dauphin class which to be honest is the archtypical general purpose type used by most European and Asian navies as we...
by Rupak
01 Nov 2017 19:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 853229

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The issue is not fold vs. not fold. It was auto fold vs. manual fold. Auto fold = weight penalty due to additional mechanism required.

Here is a Naval SAR Dhruv embarked in Viraat's hanger.....with blades folded.

http://i.imgur.com/jMWR2HC.jpg
by Rupak
15 Oct 2017 13:58
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 433189

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Philip and Singha read this http://www.historynet.com/profiles-cold-steel-making-tanks.htm Ramana, Thanks for sharing. The German philosophy was very evident in the design of the HF-24, which I've heard from more than one source entailed a very complex manufacturing process when compared to the Gna...
by Rupak
17 May 2017 19:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4822
Views: 853229

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The idea for these shallow water ASW ships came from a visit to Turkey by then CNS Nirmal Verma. The Turks were using commercially available fishing sonars fitted onto inshore craft for harbour defence. The idea therefore was to have something cheap and effective.
by Rupak
05 Apr 2016 18:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 742533

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Guys I would love to do a analysis of where the these IAF Sqdns would be stationed. But purely wiki analysis of logical areas, no classified info or chaiwalla please. We know the first two are at Pune and Gwalior. A good analysis of Indian SAM Network is here (2010). Good starting point since Akash...
by Rupak
08 Mar 2016 00:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4316
Views: 230850

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

99.9 percent of accidents and leaks in N-plants are on the non nuclear side, most often due to corrosion in piping.
by Rupak
28 Feb 2016 22:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1432
Views: 195356

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -3

Tsarkar,
Thanks for your clear explanation of the Indian nuclear submarine design philosophy.
by Rupak
21 Jul 2014 12:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 156230

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The decision to proceed with an ASW version of Dhruv is a very welcome one. It will plug a critical gap in fleet requirements, while larger platforms are acquired. The Dhruv wouldn't be unique since both the Lynx and Z-9 fall into the same class. It would be cheaper to operate, and easier to replace...
by Rupak
11 Jul 2014 15:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: RIP Bharat Verma
Replies: 45
Views: 2336

RIP Bharat Verma

Dear All, After a brief and heroic battle with lung cancer, Bharat Verma passed away in Delhi today. Founder and editor of IDR, Bharat was an early supporter and friend of this website. Even though he was diagnosed with the cancer in December, he kept it hidden until the very end. Rest in peace, dea...
by Rupak
03 Feb 2014 17:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 156230

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@Merlin,
I don't know if LR-SAMs are loaded, but all the hardware and software allowing "plug and play" is there already. This was not the case with the 16A when commissioned.
by Rupak
03 Feb 2014 04:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 156230

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The LR-SAM I understand has been qualified and that the Alpha's are already equipped for it.
by Rupak
29 Jan 2014 23:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 723205

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

@Aditya_G
The system you are thinking of is called the WM-18. This L&T launcher is carried on the Shardul Class LST.
by Rupak
23 Jan 2014 01:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 831000

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

@Shrinivasan
No.15 Sqn is Flying Lances, formerly flying MiG-21bis
by Rupak
17 Jan 2014 01:12
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 723205

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Aditya G,
Since the engine pack is rear mounted and the gun is fixed, mounting the gun rear facing reduces the footprint of the entire system. This makes for easier storage and transportation. It is therefore the lowest cost (time and money) conversion!
by Rupak
13 Jan 2014 22:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1517
Views: 97545

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Tsarkar,
Many thanks for the exhaustive info.
by Rupak
13 Jan 2014 21:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 156230

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Philip,
The person responsible for conceptualizing these ASW vessels was very clear that these are meant as low cost vessels inspired by Turkish Tuzla Class, which are equipped with depth charges and fisheries sonars for harbour defence. So no missiles. Tsarkar has already provided further details.
by Rupak
13 Jan 2014 03:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1517
Views: 97545

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Rajit O, Thanks for posting the Arun Prakash interview. It provides a very clear view of the IN's operational priorities. My reading of it, reinforces the view that the IN continues to see carriers primarily as instruments of fleet defence. We are unlikely to have the logistical (financial?) capacit...
by Rupak
10 Dec 2013 02:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 635108

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

Possibly India just may not be prepared for what China can throw at her? Indian Navy concerned over Bangladesh's decision to buy two submarines from China This is just silly. Bangladesh is a sovereign country and can choose to purchase whatever equipment she wishes. The tragedy is that she has to t...
by Rupak
10 Dec 2013 02:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3003
Views: 268573

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

Merlin, Tsarkar may have already made this point before, but it's worth repeating. The P-15A were designed to embark the same 100mm gun as the P-15, and three were ordered. However, product support has been rather poor for the 100mm gun, so the decision was taken to fit this Alphas with a new gun. W...
by Rupak
07 Dec 2013 03:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3003
Views: 268573

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

Merlin, there are no Barak-1 on the Kolkata, all SAMs are Barak-8/LRSAM
by Rupak
06 Oct 2013 18:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4216
Views: 752866

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

The other interesting issue is that of integration of 105mm guns with the BMP. I recall seeing a prototype at DEFExPO some years ago..is there a production order for these?
by Rupak
27 Sep 2013 12:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 450678

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Pratyush,
The Metamorphosis upgrade has the same basic restriction as the M46 design, namely restricted angle of elevation. This limits crest clearance when deployed in mountain areas. Plus, the basic design is now quite dated and we have access to the FH77 blueprints.
by Rupak
16 Sep 2013 22:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 450678

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Until WW2 the basic infantry support gun was in the 3-inch range - 75mm (French/German/American/Japanese/Italian), 76.2mm (Soviet), 84 mm (UK It was found during WW2 that a) the widespread development of new fortifications materials such as reinforced concrete required greater weight of shell, and b...
by Rupak
16 Sep 2013 16:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 450678

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Rohit, Great job explaining the employment of artillery in mountain areas. If you can get your hands on it is great reading, 12-15 years ago Lancer produced an operational history of the Indian artillery on a non-commercial basis (not for sale). It has detailed accounts of artillery employment durin...
by Rupak
04 Sep 2013 15:30
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 198970

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Second NOPV INS Sunayna commissioned
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes ... rol-vessel
by Rupak
22 Aug 2013 03:42
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Re: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 582
Views: 34498

Re: INS Sindurakshak Sinks after explosion in Mumbai Naval D

I don't know which Groton you're talking about. But having visited several times, I can tell you that the boats are berthed metres from each other, and exposed to the elements. The covered areas at the Electric Boat Co are fabrication sheds. Note, the base is up river north of the 95, the Yard is at...
by Rupak
19 Aug 2013 19:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 160421

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Good find, Amitabh :rotfl:
by Rupak
17 Aug 2013 13:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1810
Views: 160421

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Yes indeed those smaller designs were for the Air Defence Ship. That concept itself is an evolution of a USN concept called Sea Control Ship from the 1970s which envisaged small fast escort carriers. The ultimate expression of this concept is found in the Principe de Asturias, Garibali and Chakri N....
by Rupak
09 Aug 2013 09:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 198970

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Guys for the last time the P-28 was not designed to embark SSM. Ditto for the NOPV. Given their role, there is no need for SSM. This makes them cheaper to build and operate.
by Rupak
16 Jul 2013 19:45
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 198970

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

It looks like some kind of decoy being fired.
by Rupak
17 May 2013 13:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 150342

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Austin, To understand why the 23BN was not license built one has to look at the performance characteristics of both aircraft, as well as, the requirement for which they were bought. The Russians themselves alawys saw the 23BN as an interim solution, and in any event in the 1970s, the IAF was looking...
by Rupak
09 May 2013 19:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 153199

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

YI,
Great to see you on the board. Perhaps an offline discussion would be more suitable on the subject.
by Rupak
08 May 2013 10:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 153199

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

Rohit
More than one friend with direct experience has described at the ITBP as "unprofessional" and "cowardly".

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