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by Mihir
16 Mar 2019 03:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2482
Views: 487329

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

He mentions Python 4/5 in current IAF inventory for Jaguar and Tejas, I know navy had Python 4 for SHAR's and IAF Python 5 for Spyder Air Defence system, never knew that Python 4/5 for Tejas and Jaguar, in fact I thought Python 5 had failed flutter tests on the Tejas? Anyone can throw any more ligh...
by Mihir
16 Mar 2019 03:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2482
Views: 487329

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

Karan M wrote:^^ We do have stuff that is comparable and probably not the best time to discuss it either.

What stuff? There is no stuff. We are going to lose onlee :(( :(( :((
by Mihir
04 Mar 2019 23:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1350
Views: 163717

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Interesting video this. The people in it clearly are shouting about 2 parachutes. Now there is audio and video confirmation of the downed f16. So far the most convincing unofficial piece of evidence imho. This is by far the most convincing video evidence that I have seen which supports the assertio...
by Mihir
05 Feb 2019 02:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4568
Views: 768712

Re: Small Arms Thread

Prasad wrote:Anyone know what happened to the JVPC trials by CRPF ?

They were taking deliveries starting September 2017.
https://twitter.com/crpfindia/status/905796340046643200
by Mihir
26 Jan 2019 02:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Army strikes terror camps in PoK
Replies: 2258
Views: 259966

Re: Army strikes terror camps in PoK

I didn't even know that cesspool existed. Seems to be full of jobless JNU students. Sorry for the OT, but r/india was very centrist a few years back. Then came the purge after 2014. Anyone nationalistic was banned and political shills of certain political parties took over. Full of Pakistanis prete...
by Mihir
21 Jan 2019 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2075
Views: 304773

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Thanks Rakesh saar! Rohit's piece was superb, and his analysis of the cost escalation clauses top-notch.
by Mihir
21 Jan 2019 00:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2075
Views: 304773

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

I wrote a piece pointing out some glaring error's in The Hindu's report for Newslaundry.

Five claims in The Hindu’s Rafale report that don’t quite add up
https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/01/19/ ... ont-add-up
by Mihir
08 Dec 2018 02:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3619
Views: 616468

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Kengsley wrote:I'm from Botswana

:lol:
by Mihir
04 Oct 2018 23:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2913
Views: 354417

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

Thanks Ramana. Good point about the boost in capacity!
by Mihir
04 Oct 2018 18:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2913
Views: 354417

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

Karan M wrote:JayS, you'll find this interesting.
https://cag.gov.in/sites/default/files/ ... pter_9.pdf


Thanks for that link, Karan. I summarised some of its points in this twitter thread.
by Mihir
13 Sep 2018 21:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Katare wrote:This was a weight reduction exercise by making a integrated hull (whatever that means) as per DRDO publication earlier but i don’t think weight would go anywhere near 50 ton with the crew of 4.

I hope this doesn't mean they're building a tank destroyer :|
by Mihir
05 Sep 2018 22:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

darshhan wrote:I cannot understand IA's obsession with tank cannon fired atgm. What exactly is the point.?


The Mango is an old design that lacks range as well as penetrating power against modern armour. Hence ATGMs.
by Mihir
27 Aug 2018 21:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Mihir or anyone, what types of tank ammo is there for Indian tanks? Hi Ramana, I believe Rohit Vats' last article is still accurate. There were some rumors floating around some time back that the Arjun's FSAPDS round was lacking in terms of penetration, since R&D on it had basically stalled. No...
by Mihir
25 Aug 2018 01:03
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

The Centurion was the best tank of the Cold War until Leopard I which in turn was the best until Abrams and Merkava. The Cent was a great tank for its time, but so was the T-55, which weighed 10 tons less despite having excellent armour. The Leopard 1 was unimpressive -- it just about had enough ar...
by Mihir
24 Aug 2018 23:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

No, no, no, no. Let’s be realistic here. If superior armor could be lighter then the world’s heaviest tanks would not all be in the West where technology levels are the highest. What makes you think that technology levels were highest in the West? Until the M1A1 entered service, Soviet tanks were b...
by Mihir
21 Aug 2018 21:28
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Manish, superior armour could be heavier, but doesn't necessarily have to be. The T-64 and T-72 were better armoured than their NATO counterparts while still being lighter. They achieved this by eliminating one crew member and using composite armour. Now with ERA and APS going mainstream, raw armour...
by Mihir
20 Aug 2018 23:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 390663

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

I think just like the airforce there must 600 tank heavy weight category tanks seperatly filled by Arjun. Lighter tanks should form most of the armoured regiments. Arjun type heavies can be kept mainly desert sectors Heavy fighters offer advantages in terms of more powerful sensors, greater payload...
by Mihir
07 Aug 2018 21:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1019587

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Indranil wrote:Brahmos is not the right tool for the job. Harris’s ji has captured is best in “jiska kaaj usi ko saadhe”.

BrahMos is the new blockchain. It will solve everything.
by Mihir
05 Aug 2018 07:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1019587

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Tsarkar, excellent posts. Like many others, I use to view standardisation as a sine qua non for military effectiveness. But I'm coming around to your view now.
by Mihir
26 Jul 2018 23:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3619
Views: 616468

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Singha wrote:https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/us-pacific-fleet-reveals-new-high-end-strike-group-training/

years of mundane missions in mid-east had made them sloppy....now they are being worked into cold war ship shape

There are serious issues with the US Navy's training as well.
by Mihir
04 Apr 2018 03:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 830772

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

To celebrate completion of 65 years of commissioned service and 50 years since assuming my first command of an operational unit, visited the Flying Daggers for tea and crew room Gup. The boys are all experienced pilots. Boys come from varied backgrounds. M2K,Jaguar, Mig29, Mig27 are all represented...
by Mihir
13 Mar 2018 02:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3302
Views: 408256

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

It might have something to do with Boeing's earlier offer. https://www.livefistdefence.com/2016/11/boeing-unveils-an-amca-sweetener.html ...Boeing proposes that the manufacturing facility and supply eco-system that it builds up for the F/A-18 in India in the event it is chosen, could be used to prod...
by Mihir
15 Feb 2018 23:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1019587

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Yes it is large. But it is not inefficient . It is powered all throughout unlike solid rocket based missiles which coast for very long periods of flights. You don't want to be painted by this thing. I don't think this is correct. The sustainer motor on the SA-6 has a burn time of about 20 seconds. ...
by Mihir
10 Feb 2018 02:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2075
Views: 304773

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Kartik, Rakesh, thanks! :)

It was pointed out on Twitter that the Dassault-RDL JV was signed in 2012, before Modi even took office. Also, good point about the Meteors!
by Mihir
09 Feb 2018 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2075
Views: 304773

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

I wrote a piece on the contrived nature of the Rafale scam for Newslaundry: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/02/09/ ... y-dassault
by Mihir
18 Jan 2018 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3619
Views: 616468

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

What range can these drone swarms operate at? 20 minutes of endurance isn't much. They might prove useful in attacking targets at or near the frontline, but anything deep in the interior would be out of reach, wouldn't it? Couple that with their limited payloads, and you see that they may not amount...
by Mihir
12 Jan 2018 01:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1516
Views: 83195

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

But we have carriers and the battle group needs a protector like the Ticonderoga cruiser that the USN uses at the core of its CBG’s defense. The Ticos were for defence against massive (division-sized) SNAF raids, which were expected to launch more than a hundred supersonic cruise missiles at NATO c...
by Mihir
10 Jan 2018 02:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 27739

Re: Tactics & military craft

Akshay Kapoor wrote:I would now like serious posters to show us how all of these principles were followed in that classic prepared defenses company battle – xxxx

The Battle of Longewala
by Mihir
10 Jan 2018 02:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 638740

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

How on earth does a open hatch happen in a billion $ N-sub when when a simple car has a alarm for a open door or hatch? It probably wasn't a hatch, but a valve or vent of some sort for the heat exchanger. Pubby contends that water could have entered the piping. An open "hatch" would see i...
by Mihir
06 Dec 2017 23:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1019587

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

Karan, my guess is that the SARH seeker makes it easier to upgrade the batteries that have already been deployed. You could swap out the seekers in existing missiles and still use the remaining support systems. Also, it's likely enough for a 25 km range missile. For an Astra that needs to hit target...
by Mihir
06 Dec 2017 04:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1019587

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

I guess that would depend on whether this new RF seeker is passive or active? It will have less dependence on Rajendra's capabilities if it is an active seeker. Karan M and other gurus, is my understanding correct? It is most definitely an active seeker. And you are quite correct it makes the whole...
by Mihir
01 Dec 2017 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2075
Views: 304773

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Funny thing is, Gupta published the Su-30 story just a few days back, and used it to argue that the Rafale deal shouldn’t be questioned on the basis of BS claims. And now Pubby comes out with this…
by Mihir
01 Dec 2017 22:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2075
Views: 304773

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

That story is BS. Why would Eurofighter offer a price that's €59 million lower than the Rafales? They've obviously excluding items that the Rafale contract contains. Like weapons, spares, sustainment, etc. etc. It's evident from Ajai Shukla's report that the planes themselves cost €138.9 million - a...
by Mihir
13 Nov 2017 23:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 531745

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

What is HAL supposed to do with those 404s when the airframes they're supposed to power are still in production?
by Mihir
13 Nov 2017 22:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 531745

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I mean think about it F-16 maintenance is 3 hours per flight hour, Gripen's 6!!! Who writes such stuff? If IAF did this in an official reply, it will be a shame! They seem to be quoting LCA's endurance on internal fuel only. That too realistic numbers with reserves etc. If LCA could only fly 59 min...
by Mihir
11 Nov 2017 12:39
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259702

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Hi Manish, was the book "Attrition: Forecasting Battle Casualties and Equipment Losses in Modern War", by Col. Trevor Dupuy?
by Mihir
11 Nov 2017 03:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 259702

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Very interesting post. This encourages me to put a point that I have been thinking over for a while now, which I didn't dare putting on BRF before looking at how even Doval was poopooed when he said that tank battles is a thing of past (to be frank even I was not convinced at that time about what h...
by Mihir
05 Oct 2017 22:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4568
Views: 768712

Re: Small Arms Thread

Interesting that you mention the "Ek goli, ek dushman". How does it apply to automatic assault rifles that IA wants to procure ? The motto isn't to be taken literally. It showcases an emphasis on individual marksmanship, but marksmanship is not seen as a substitute for sustained suppressi...
by Mihir
08 Sep 2017 21:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Naval LCA - News and Discussion
Replies: 997
Views: 160178

Re: Naval LCA - News and Discussion

Bharat Karnad is no better than Prasun Sengupta. Most of these so called defence consultants make friends with PRO of services, DRDO, DPSU & MoD during press meets, events like Aero India and Fleet Reviews, and they try to get information over drinks. I discovered his depth when he posted INS A...
by Mihir
04 Sep 2017 06:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: North Korea : Military Technology News & Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 6923

Re: North Korea : Military Technology News & Discussion

Ramdas, first of all, that was then, this is now. Today, a tested, weaponised design exists. Even if it is not multi-megaton thermonuclear bomb. Even so the Shakti tests were expensive for our economy. While aggregate growth might not have faltered, some sectors of the economy suffered. For instance...

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