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by rohitvats
16 May 2020 09:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4303
Views: 753727

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

^^^As I said, I've no objection to full mechanization of 61 Cavalry. But as I said, at the same time, I respect the POV and sentiments of the people who want it to continue as a horse mounted regiment. A better option than 100% horse mounted regiment was to follow the example of Household Cavalry Re...
by rohitvats
16 May 2020 02:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4303
Views: 753727

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

^^^ Because there is something known as history, lineage, customs, nuances when it comes the Services. And especially, the army. Every army swears by its customs and traditions. And that holds good anywhere. Not that I've any issues with converting this Regiment into a full fledged Armored Regiment,...
by rohitvats
02 May 2020 07:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3945
Views: 700360

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

When it comes to Vipers in PAF, there is a set progression pattern. You need to have 400-500 hours on Mirages and a good track record before you can be considered for F-16 duty. And you'd have to be extremely lucky if you were flying F-7 to be considered for F-16. Given the low numbers of F-16 and h...
by rohitvats
02 Mar 2020 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3945
Views: 700360

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

Has this been posted before? https://www.theweek.in/theweek/specials/2020/02/28/hit-and-run.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true Excerpts: The exact date was left to the political leadership. February 26 was tentatively picked, though we knew we could get better weather two days later. The weather was...
by rohitvats
02 Mar 2020 00:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4721
Views: 899080

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

^^^From what I remember, IA's Apache requirement is 39 units. More will come. Irrespective of chest-beating by usual suspects, that is a reality. As is the induction of LCH. It will happen. The whole future of combat aviation in the army is hinged around LCH. It is the only way IA will have 1 squadr...
by rohitvats
23 Feb 2020 21:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

There is simply no argument which supports import of artillery guns at this stage. Even if we assume that local 155/52 caliber options are not mature. This is the time to go full throttle on indigenous solution and ensure that apart from tracked SP gun (for the moment), every other gun comes from do...
by rohitvats
12 Feb 2020 21:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 4398
Views: 779517

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

The missile is indeed TOW from PA.
by rohitvats
05 Feb 2020 20:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4721
Views: 899080

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

On Indian Navy and ALH, from ex-CNS Arun Prakash: Not factual. IN issued LoI for purchase of 120 ALH fr ship ASW/SAR early 1990's provided HAL could install blade-folding kit. Since hyd/elect wz not feasable we settled for manual. After decades we hv clumsy system of unbolting & lifting rotors. ...
by rohitvats
30 Jan 2020 15:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4303
Views: 753727

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

^^^Oh! Even I remember that cover as well...with LTTE fighters standing next to the bodies and inspecting them.
by rohitvats
24 Jan 2020 02:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2861
Views: 811322

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

Time to extend production run of Tejas Mk1 by at one more squadron. Good for IAF numbers and production.
by rohitvats
24 Jan 2020 02:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 407
Views: 114563

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^^^ How come people forget that the biggest issue with FICV program was OFB muscling in as a vendor? The whole idea behind FICV program was to involve private sector in partnership with a foreign OEM where two short-listed vendors were to present their design. OFB was not to be involved. But then, h...
by rohitvats
06 Jan 2020 16:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3318
Views: 664090

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

In terms of radar at higher altitude, which a aerostat provides, we should actually consider deploying a high powered radar in one of the J&K region at say.. 17000 feet! If we can create a engineering marvel in Siachien... at 20k feet.. even better :D A radar which looks along the length of Pak...
by rohitvats
06 Jan 2020 16:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3318
Views: 664090

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

<SNIP>On Feb 27, everyone was in surge mode and all assets were in the air. That is where the IAF AEW coverage deficiency became glaringly visible.<SNIP> And how did the lack of AWACS or AEW&C impact the outcome of the air battle? By all accounts, the PAF strike package was detected the moment ...
by rohitvats
06 Jan 2020 15:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3318
Views: 664090

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

“The need for more AWACS was acutely felt post the Balakot air strike, with Pakistan being able to deploy its SAAB AWACS 24x7 in the north and south sectors and India being able to cover the two theatres only for 12 hours each day,” one of the officials cited above said. A good example of how in th...
by rohitvats
06 Jan 2020 14:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3318
Views: 664090

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

my guess is IAFs priorities lie in obtaining western platforms for maximum baksheesh and safe sorties . I mean a pilot has to log x flying hours any given year, and their reasoning may be rather than using russian or Indian systems the best, most risk averse and safest possible option is to use wes...
by rohitvats
03 Jan 2020 13:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: History
Replies: 674
Views: 82988

Re: 1965 India Pakistan War: History

- ramana, you need to add one more aspect to operation in Kutch. - Pakistan wanted to use it to draw down Indian reserves into this sector. Indian military leaders resisted this temptation. - Imagine, Indian reserves drawn down from Punjab or hinterland to Kutch? What is Indian reserves from Souther...
by rohitvats
02 Jan 2020 17:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4273
Views: 1010393

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

^^^AFS Bhisiana, close to Bhatinda, is missing from the map. You've a Su-30MKI squadron there. Along with NETRA AEW&C squadron.
by rohitvats
21 Dec 2019 22:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015
Replies: 914
Views: 170124

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015

Some very interesting food for thought, ramana. On similar lines, the repeated, albeit periodic, attempts by US (or should we say, US State Department) to supply Pakistan with modern weapons is an attempt to create a Muslim state which is key to Middle East, Afghanistan and Central Asia. From CENTO ...
by rohitvats
18 Dec 2019 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3945
Views: 700360

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

Karan M, in this BVR vs BVR missile discussions, the lacunae exhibited by our side's ADS in challenging these morons creeping towards LOC is getting drowned out. One of the big concerns raised by someone I talked to is "What the heck were the AD guys doing?". His point was it was not the ...
by rohitvats
11 Dec 2019 05:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Excalibur test - one test where the target was a tin she'd was in air burst mode. The video show above is explosion after penetrating the ground. Excalibur comes with a three way programmable fuze - air burst, ground penetration and standard impact.
by rohitvats
10 Dec 2019 21:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 407
Views: 114563

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^^^US Brigade Combat Teams based on Stryker were not created as an alternative to any existing format. It was introduced to give mobility to infantry formations which were not mechanized. This was US Army's effort to create motorized infantry. As for how many heavy infantry, armor or Stryker BCTs to...
by rohitvats
10 Dec 2019 21:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 48th Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971
Replies: 162
Views: 24390

Re: 48th Anniversary of decisive Indian victory in 1971

Can we please simply give a link to these historical foreign policy documents with some excerpt? Such long texts are quite jarring if even from a simple scroll down perspective. Just a suggestion. Thanks.
by rohitvats
04 Dec 2019 18:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

^^^OFB upgrade of M-46 itself borrows heavily from the kits supplied bu SOLTAM for Phase-1 upgrade of 180 guns.
by rohitvats
04 Dec 2019 00:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 407
Views: 114563

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Folks, RohitVats said R F P - and he's precise with his words (i.e., its not an RFI) Not a new fishing expedition, its progress that concrete proposals are being asked for now... still late, but better than the alternative Sorry, my mistake. Its an RFI - https://www.indianarmy.nic.in/writereaddata/...
by rohitvats
02 Dec 2019 10:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 407
Views: 114563

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

- Recently, IA came out with RFP for 198 Wheeled AFV (8x8). - I'm surprised it has not been mentioned on BRF yet. - Before the usual shit-storm about import-pasand army hits this thread on this new requirement, putting out the context of the requirement, as gleaned from RFP: - Army wants 198 Wheeled...
by rohitvats
29 Nov 2019 23:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2724
Views: 766144

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Some thoughts on Spike missile induction: (1) Recent images of IA testing the missile in Mhow shows that we've imported the Spike LR (long range) version (2) By doing so, IA has imported a missile which DOES NOT overlap with DRDO's MPATGM (3) Spike LR has a 4+ km range and the most unique thing abou...
by rohitvats
27 Nov 2019 15:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

So, a former Director General of Artillery, who was also the main force behind Dhanush seeing the light of the day, is just another opinion on Twitter? And guys on this forum, quoting stuff from web are more knowledgeable?

Sigh!

No wonder the quality of discussion is pits!
by rohitvats
26 Nov 2019 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

From Twitter handle of Lt Gen Shankar, ex-Arty DG, who led the whole Dhanush effort; I had asked him about weight issue of ATAGS: Too heavy. major issues involved. Accuracy and consistency suffers badly. Future Range increment from ammunition technologies, not from barrel lengths or increased chambe...
by rohitvats
26 Nov 2019 20:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

I dont understand this discussion at all because I don't have knowledge of the context. But, your response surprised me. How can you build a 23 ltr chamber volume without commensurate increase in weight and length? The chamber volume is actually 25 liters. And here's the most brilliant part - IA di...
by rohitvats
26 Nov 2019 17:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

WoW! As is typical of BRF, love the way people disregard and wave-off operational issues. ATAGS is 4 tonnes heavier? So what? Simply get a more powerful FAT! Never mind the dimensions of such a FAT or the dimensions of gun itself. For example, barrel on Bofors has a length of about 19.5 feet while A...
by rohitvats
26 Nov 2019 17:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 4398
Views: 779517

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

The last road mentioned in the above report will improve the lateral connectivity between theaters and also give depth to Indian communication axis in the zone. Consider this: - First road will go from a place about 30 km before Keylong in Himachal Paradesh (this is after crossing Rohtang La Pass) a...
by rohitvats
13 Nov 2019 18:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: History
Replies: 674
Views: 82988

Re: 1965 India Pakistan War: History

As one reads more about 1965, one thing becomes clear: - the decision to attack into Pakistan in the Lahore sector (even before the Sialkot Sector on 8th September), had a much wide ranging implication than simply taking the pressure off the Chhamb sector. - It most probably prevented the proverbial...
by rohitvats
13 Nov 2019 16:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: History
Replies: 674
Views: 82988

Re: 1965 India Pakistan War: History

One nugget in OWR is 75% of Indian casualties were due to shell fragments! This is in Notes section of Chapter 12. I had seen this somewhere else. The finest artillery to emerge from WW2 was the US Army. And Pakistan Army's artillery regiment was trained to very high standards by US Army. They abso...
by rohitvats
04 Nov 2019 11:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

One of the most critical requirements specified by the end-user is that the gun, as well as the missile, should be able to engage aerial targets both with and without the fire control radar. Is that feasible? This is where the electro-optical channel(s) come into play. While both Russian and South ...
by rohitvats
31 Oct 2019 14:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4273
Views: 1010393

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

On the Marut manufacturing - When Dr Kurt Tank came to India, he brought with him his core team, most of whom stayed with him. Guess which guys did not stay? The one who's expertise was in production!
by rohitvats
30 Oct 2019 14:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3609
Views: 610539

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Ya All*h! Look at the Lt. Gen.! Stands head and shoulders above the TFTA oiropeans, and what a nice friendly sdre face. You want to be coming over the Yellow Sea and see THAT? :eek: <SNIP> That Lt General is 15 Corps Commander and goes by the name of Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon or more famously as 'T...
by rohitvats
24 Oct 2019 20:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

ramana wrote:<SNIP>BTW with 45th K-9 delivery that is 1 regiment plus 9 for next regiment.


2 x Regiments (18 guns each) and 09 for the next one.
by rohitvats
23 Oct 2019 13:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 292
Views: 79249

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

You're misreading SJha's tweet. From what I remember, he mentioned that it won't be long before we start looking at 6.8mm and not that we're already looking at it.
by rohitvats
23 Oct 2019 12:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 247072

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Each Division in Indian Army has an organic Artillery Brigade which used to have a break-up like this: 1 x Medium Regiments (130/155) 3 x Field Regiments (105mm) 1 x Light Regiment (120mm Mortar) But in due course of time, most Field Regiments became Medium Regiment when we bought 130mm M-46 guns at...

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