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by Michael
25 Nov 2002 01:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Originally posted by Priyank: Try this link]http://projects.sipri.se/armstrade/]link It does not have a database driven search tool but most if not all of SIPRI's arms transfer reports have been organized and linked on that page. It has a seperate section for India and Pakistan for the years 1992-2...
by Michael
24 Nov 2002 12:36
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IA/IAF: Op Parakram and Kargil-II
Replies: 80
Views: 33812

Re: IA/IAF: Op Parakram and Kargil-II

Originally posted by Vivek.: Yeah that is right Mike! Can u ummmm tell me the kill rate of the 'higly glamourised' patriots in the gulf war? I believe it was labelled to have an accuracy in excess of 80% by CNN ? the US military during the war. Later it turned out that the missiles had a kill rate ...
by Michael
24 Nov 2002 09:28
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IA/IAF: Op Parakram and Kargil-II
Replies: 80
Views: 33812

Re: IA/IAF: Op Parakram and Kargil-II

Isn't it a little fishy that no one even knows how many Indians died in Kargil-II and Operation Parakram?

This uncertainty doesn't reflect well on India's claim to be an open democracy.
by Michael
24 Nov 2002 09:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Originally posted by nitin:
Per SIPRI,40 Harpy's.
Hey, do you have the link that section of SIPRI where you can do a query and show arms transfers for any country during any given year?
by Michael
22 Nov 2002 10:12
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Oh well, so much for the thread. We totally derailed it as soon as someone mentioned "red lines". It was a pointless discussion anyway, since nobody really knows much of anything about the IAF's real SEAD capabilities, and besides the juicy stuff wouldn't be fit to post here anyway. Suffice to say t...
by Michael
21 Nov 2002 07:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Actually, given that Pakistan's nukes are missile-based and road-mobile, even the complete and total loss of their air defense would have no impact on their detterent. Those Nodongs and Dingdongs certainly don't need radar to do their job, they can be fired from anywhere, and its impossible to take ...
by Michael
20 Nov 2002 23:12
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Ok, getting back to the specifics of IAF SEAD capability, what about Indian anti-radar missiles? I've visited this site since 1998 and all that time, the Kh-31P2 has been "on order from Russia". Indeed the "Missile Armoury" page on this site lists also lists the Kh-59 but the status on this one is a...
by Michael
20 Nov 2002 23:04
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Aerostat balloons are just about impossible to detect with radar aren't they? No heat signature either. Probably the only way you can track it is by homing in on its radar emissions. But they'll shut off the Aerostat radar if any IAF plane gets too close for comfort. I would think about the only way...
by Michael
20 Nov 2002 06:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Let's be realistic: the Isrealis were able to get away with limiting their SEAD ops to the Bekka Valley because they had such overwhelming superiority in air power that they could selectively dominiate any sector they wanted, at any time they wished. The IAF does not have this luxury, and will have ...
by Michael
20 Nov 2002 02:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Originally posted by Johann: Mike, unless you are planning on fighting a war with nukes you would not want to deny the other side the ability to detect ballistic missile launches or a nuclear bombing run. That still leaves the IAF with plenty of options - tactical SEAD or selective destruction of t...
by Michael
20 Nov 2002 01:48
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Originally posted by ramana: I want to remind people of a conclusion that Yogi came to. Any of these SEAD ops will cross the TSP redlines way before IA will ever cross the border. That is a defeatist attitude which is not only unrealistic but indeed plays right into the hands of the jehadists. Redl...
by Michael
18 Nov 2002 14:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 40385

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Current IAF SEAD assets: 16 x Mig-23BN (specially modified with ECM eqpt, these are dedicated jammers. May be able to fire Kh-series anti-radar missiles as well.) 12 x Mig-21M (same as above, but probably cannot fire anti-radar missiles. Probably just dedicated to jamming only) Matra ARMAT (anti-rad...
by Michael
31 Oct 2002 08:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History
Replies: 260
Views: 67842

Re: Books that cover Indian Armed forces and its History

Are there any books about the Indian military which tell the war story from the soldier's point of view? I'm not looking for dry, strategic-level stuff. I have no interest in books written from the viewpoint of generals, historians, and politicians. What I'm interested in are first-hand accounts, ta...
by Michael
26 Oct 2002 10:59
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 51865

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

Now that India has demobilised, this topic can be revisited. Shouldn't India's stand-down now finally clear the way for the Arrow and Phalcon to go through?

Curious if there has been any positive movement in this direction since India's decision to pull back.
by Michael
24 Oct 2002 06:22
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Cope India 2002
Replies: 65
Views: 15377

Re: Cope India 2002

Originally posted by Rakesh Koshy:
Keep off blondes, IAF men warned
Keep off the blondes? Well if they all look like this:

:)
by Michael
21 Oct 2002 09:28
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 51865

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

During the years 1880-83, SLV-3 rockets were successfuly launched from Shriharikota. It also successfuly placed a home-made 40 kg satellite in a near-earth orbit.


Wow! Talk about being ahead of their time! :)

Great article btw.
by Michael
04 Oct 2002 21:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 51865

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

Originally posted by Tim: The Galosh/Gazelle used to have large (up to 1MT) warheads, as did the US Sprint/Safeguard types deployed in the 1970s. Holy Crap!!! That's one hell of a SAM. I was thinking more along the lines of a 1kt (or smaller) tacnuke for equipping an S-series missile. That should b...
by Michael
03 Oct 2002 23:21
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 51865

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

Originally posted by Tim: The most important part of the Arrow system isn't the missile itself, although it is very fast - it's the network of sensors to provide warning and targeting. The Soviets do not have anything comparable at this point. Which is why India is going for Isreali surveillance sy...
by Michael
02 Oct 2002 23:13
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 51865

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

If either the S-300V or S-400 are effective ABM systems, then why is India sitting around waiting on the Arrow? Obviously the planners know something we don't. If the Russians already had a working ABM system do you think India would be willing to put up with the endless delays in getting the Arrow?...
by Michael
12 Aug 2002 03:39
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Originally posted by Badar:
Mike, Spoken like a private :)

Try thinking bigger and larger :)
That's staff sergeant to you. :)

Anyway, I guess it's clear that my real-world experiences are not as valid or enlightening as your theoretical knowledge.
by Michael
10 Aug 2002 04:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Originally posted by Badar: Would you still prefer the Merkava over the T-series if your starting line was poland or east germany and you had to race to the English channel? Hell yes! Better to get there slowly and in one piece, as opposed to quick and dead. :) Like I said, war isn't a race; it's a...
by Michael
09 Aug 2002 05:44
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Originally posted by R Nathan:
what is the real cost of T 90 ?
$2.5 million IIRC
by Michael
08 Aug 2002 07:30
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Take it from someone with his own fair share of personal experience in Army mechanized operations: Mobility is Overrated. Firepower and protection matter more. In practice it matters litte if your tank is 15mph faster than the other guy's tank. It's not a race, it's combat. Mostly creeping around an...
by Michael
01 Aug 2002 00:32
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

We're way off the subject of armor now, but with its high operational altitude and 16 Vikhr missiles, the new Mi-17's seem to have been purchased with bunker-busting in mind. Up in the mountains the Mi-17's could provide far more accurate and flexible fire support for an Indian advance than artiller...
by Michael
28 Jul 2002 09:32
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Regarding the IAF Mi-17's with Vikhr, here's an excerpt from BR's own IAF section: "In May 2000, India and Russia signed a $170 million deal for 40 additional Mi-17 helicopters. These are of the Mi-17-1B variant, which have more powerful engines and enlarged side doors, allowing quicker disembarkati...
by Michael
19 Jul 2002 08:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Originally posted by Shirish:
[b]
BR would be a hell of a lot more useful if we actually had some real Indian soldiers, sailors, and airmen taking part.
ha ha ha ha ha aah :confused:
by Michael
19 Jul 2002 03:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Originally posted by harryvandeusan: The problem with the West is they cannot reconcile India in better position with Pakistan becasue of the martial races theory.They are shocked when something violates it , like near parity of Indian and Pakistani armour , they must run it down to conform to thei...
by Michael
18 Jul 2002 10:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

By the way, read this very enlightening report, from Indian sources: http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl1912/19120130.htm "Vajpayee, enraged by the Parliament building attack, reportedly favoured the air strikes but senior members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cautioned against such action...
by Michael
18 Jul 2002 10:15
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

nitin - would you mind posting some links which verify that India's T-72's are equipped with night-vision gunner sights? So far all I've seen are hints that some T-72's TC's (tank commanders) might carry a set of NVG's, but nothing that talks about the gunner having a night vision sight. If the gunn...
by Michael
17 Jul 2002 07:29
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Nitin - in an earlier post you said Indian T-72's, while not possessing thermal sights, do at least have night vision. You might find this report interesting: http://www.strategypage.com/fyeo/howtomakewar/default.asp?target=HTARM.HTM "July 14, 2002; A follow-on to the Indian acquisition of 310 T-90S...
by Michael
15 Jul 2002 21:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Originally posted by Abhaey: This is what it says on army-technology.com: The T-90S has the 1A4GT integrated fire control system (IFCS) which is automatic but with manual override for the commander. The IFCS contains the gunner's 1A43 day fire control system, gunner's TO1-KO1 thermal imaging sight ...
by Michael
13 Jul 2002 05:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Originally posted by nitin: Mike, The T85-II AP not T85-III has passive night vision eqpt.Please check up on the HIT website. They are the darn manufacturer's(licence) for the T85 II AP.And they dont quote thermal imaging. If you have anything else,pls feel free to add it. On the Pakmilitary site i...
by Michael
12 Jul 2002 23:33
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Originally posted by nitin: Yes!Do a google for Heavy Industries Taxila. But I thought the Al-Zarrar upgrade was already well underway for Pakistan's T-59 fleet. Al-Zarrar includes a new FCS with thermal view for both gunner and tank commander. Also, aren't you forgetting that all T-85III and T-80U...
by Michael
11 Jul 2002 06:20
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

nitin - are you saying that Pakistan's upgraded T-59's and its T-85III's do not have a thermal gunner's sight? You're saying they employ passive night vision only. (For the benefit of the uninitiated, night vision means a light enhancing viewer - NOT to confused with a thermal viewer. Both are passi...
by Michael
10 Jul 2002 08:00
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67705

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

India is to upgrade 250 of its T-72M1 tanks with the Drawa-T thermal imaging fire control system from PCO of Poland. Deliveries are to be completed by 2004. This and other similiar reports of late, appear to confirm previous reports about India's tank force that are quite disturbing. It looks like ...
by Michael
05 Jul 2002 09:38
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Originally posted by kamdev: http://www.depo.org.pk/products/hit/alzarrar.htm http://www.ideaspakistan.com/2000/art12_hit.htm http://www.pakdef.info/pakmilitary/army/tanks/t59.html http://www.pakdef.info/pdnn/news/archives/news2000nov2.html http://www.defencejournal.com/2000/dec/arms-peace.htm www....
by Michael
03 Jul 2002 22:30
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Anybody know how many of Pakistan's T-59's have received the Al-Zarrar upgrade?
by Michael
02 Jul 2002 00:00
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

Re: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Aw come on guys, throw me a bone.. :D
by Michael
30 Jun 2002 04:17
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks
Replies: 111
Views: 40802

The state of the armor - Indian and Pak tanks

Let's have a thread for talking about and comparing the state of India and Pakistan's armored forces. Key points to cover: 1) How far along is the Al-Zarrar upgrade project for Pakistan's older Chinese tanks? What all does the Al-Zarrar upgrade entail? 2) What is the status of India's T-72 upgrade p...

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