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by tsarkar
20 May 2019 20:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389500

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The most accurate analysis of the West Bengal voter sentiment is carried here. Especially the vote transfer from CPM to BJP. Please read in full. Also note what Bengalis think of JLN & Gandhi family :D https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/others/sunday-read/ram-navami-on-lenin-street/articleshow...
by tsarkar
20 May 2019 14:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389500

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The most accurate analysis of the West Bengal voter sentiment is carried here. Especially the vote transfer from CPM to BJP. Please read in full. Also note what Bengalis think of JLN & Gandhi family :D https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/others/sunday-read/ram-navami-on-lenin-street/articleshow/...
by tsarkar
17 May 2019 18:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1483
Views: 303210

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

^^ No its the MF-STAR radar itself that is providing the datalink updates to the missile here. On top of MF-STAR is Integrated EW System http://www.bel-india.in/Products.aspx?M ... =1&link=65
by tsarkar
16 May 2019 15:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3985
Views: 601990

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

^^ I stand corrected - ex-IAF helicopters were transferred. However the maintenance issue doesn't gel with that fact that Mi-35 is still in production with recent sale to Pakistan. A lot of countries in the world use Mi-35 that has common subsystems with Mi-8/17 that is the most produced helicopter ...
by tsarkar
15 May 2019 19:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3797
Views: 673785

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Singha wrote:nobody is going to invade bangladesh

An intervention in Maldives was imminent some time back. Other Islands like Coco Islands may need amphibious landings.
by tsarkar
15 May 2019 19:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389500

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

there are unlikely to be any muharram enthusiasts in yogi rally. https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/officials-anger-muslims-durga-puja-celebration-denied-birbhum-village-342918-2016-09-24 300 Hindu families unable to perform Durga puja in Bengal's Kanglapahari village after opposition by 25...
by tsarkar
15 May 2019 15:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3797
Views: 673785

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

they are of no use to us. useful for them in SCS. we need sleek fast ASW LPH ships of the Izumo class, not LPDs or san antonia class types. Please read up on the 1971 Cox Bazaar landings in Bangladesh to prevent Pakistanis from retreating to Burma. Also we regularly practice Amphibious landings in ...
by tsarkar
14 May 2019 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3806
Views: 520398

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Not everything is a manufacturing defect as how ordnance is stored affects its quality as well. Army storage facilities need to be assessed too - some of them are WW2 vintage. In many forward areas like during Kargil War, ammunition was stored in the open in the absence of UG bunkers that were requi...
by tsarkar
14 May 2019 18:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389500

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Singha wrote:most certainly some of the pkg of 12 mirages were a2a configured upg models for organic escort with mica aams.

Yes, 6 were armed with SPICE of which 1 was not launched due to INS drift in parent aircraft. 1-2 had Crystal Maze. Atleast 4 were flying top cover with BVRAAMs. All had CCAAMs.
by tsarkar
14 May 2019 00:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4720
Views: 603933

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Some bits of chatter from a brass-heavy evening: The first draft of op Balakot dates back to 2001. It had been re-looked at and revised many times to incorporate new weapons sensors platforms intelligence and techniques as and when these became available. The IAF always keeps it’s contingency plans...
by tsarkar
14 May 2019 00:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 928
Views: 225642

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

This is what Wikipedia says about the radar on K-30: The TPS-830K radar of K30 is an X-band (8 to 12.5 GHz) surveillance and fire-control pulse-Doppler radar, specialized for use against low-flying aircraft. Its features include real-time early warning, multiple target detection, an integral L-band...
by tsarkar
13 May 2019 19:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 928
Views: 225642

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

I get really depressed by news of this kind, tech wise, these are low hanging fruits that are well within our capabilities. Very true. Take an AK-630 made by OFB and add a set of Iglas guided by Aslesha (search & track) and Atulya (fire control) and put it on a BMP-2/T-72 chassis. http://www.of...
by tsarkar
12 May 2019 00:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3985
Views: 601990

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Rohit, happy to be corrected but I think we purchased 4 Mi-25/35 airframes from Russia and gave then to Afghanistan. Indian Mi-25/35 were Israeli upgraded with El-Op COMPASS as used in Dhruv, Rudra & LCH and not suitable for giving to Afghanistan nor does any Muslim country accept any Zionist eq...
by tsarkar
10 May 2019 10:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 18620

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Negi ji, I thought Dhanush is based out of Bofors Template, ATAGS or Bharat 52 are based out of GC-45 template. ATAGS and Bharat 52 are completely different systems. ATAGS is completely ground up DRDO development being proposed to be built by Tata & Kalyani. Bharat 52 is a private venture of Ka...
by tsarkar
10 May 2019 10:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4720
Views: 603933

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Pt. Nehru humiliated Thimayya and wanted a pliant army chief thereafter. Pran Nath Thapar was connected to Nehru family via his brother in law who married Vijayalakshmi Pandit's daughter. Pran Nath Thapar's career record is mediocre. He saw the opportunity when Nehru disregarded Thimayya's professio...
by tsarkar
07 May 2019 19:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 181020

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

Some Thoughts About India’s LCA Programme Having come so far down the developmental path, the LCA project must not stop at 123 or even 250 aircraft, but, along with the enhanced Kaveri engine should form the core of all future fighter evolution in India April 25, 2019 Editor Defence Industry, Top S...
by tsarkar
07 May 2019 16:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 181020

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

Really good news. if VCAS Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria does get promoted to CAS, it will be a massive shot in the arm for the Tejas program. While the current CAS, Air Marshal BS Dhanoa has been extremely supportive of the LCA program, my belief is that AM RKS Bhadauria will be even more supportive, g...
by tsarkar
07 May 2019 16:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 181020

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

>>brightest never stay C'mon man, that's a gross generalization and you know it. Some of the guys do stick around and persevere, even rise to the top of the system. Negi is right, none of the best make it to the top. Prem Bhagat Victoria Cross never made COAS. Neither did Sagat Singh - who fought a...
by tsarkar
02 May 2019 12:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3204
Views: 460261

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

Thermobaric warheads are the best option for such Defensive Field Positions / neo-sangars. HEAT will be ineffective in penetrating rocks as will HE-FRAG. The Indian Army uses RPO-A Shmel "flamethrower" for this purpose in COIN operations, though its actually a thermobaric weapon. There is ...
by tsarkar
29 Apr 2019 17:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1483
Views: 303210

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The Chinese are BS-ing. Typically for heat insulation of the boilers, asbestos is used. IN wanted an environmental friendly options and Russian used a Chinese option that badly performed during sea trials. Thereafter all such environmental friendly shit was removed and proven asbestos used on all 8 ...
by tsarkar
29 Apr 2019 16:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1483
Views: 303210

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

@Peregrine ji, this puts lie to what I just told you that the IN never paint the name in front of the ship. In seems they do paint the name during launch if not when in operation. Anyone more knowledgeable than I could tell us what is the convention in painting the name on the vessel for the IN? Th...
by tsarkar
27 Apr 2019 00:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4720
Views: 603933

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

^^The deficiency seems to be on the GPS guided types. We seem to have enough LGB's integrated on a large part of the fleet. But M2k's are the only ones with SPICE integration. Have to question why the IAF did not integrate the SPICE on the MKI's first considering the huge difference in sizes of M2k...
by tsarkar
27 Apr 2019 00:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4720
Views: 603933

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

So is the present story that the Indian planes (except for the line-of-sight weapon carriers) did NOT cross the LOC? Takes the joy out of imagining the F-16 pajama-shivering over Abbotabad while IAF planes whizzed by them and back. :(( They most certainly did. The max range of the SPICE 2000 may al...
by tsarkar
24 Apr 2019 10:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2984
Views: 398691

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

Will they be able to integrate derby I on bars radar? The Russians gave us Bars source code in the late 90's/early 00's. This was before capitalism corrupted them. So Derby or Astra or ASRAAM or Meteor or SFDR can be easily integrated. While Derby has been integrated on Su-30, it hasnt been ordered...
by tsarkar
23 Apr 2019 09:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 181020

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

1. Don't the Canards reduce the overall visibility ? Additionally IMHO the enlarged fuselage behind the canopy also contribute s to the reduced rear ward visibility. Rear view mirrors are used to see back. It’s impossible to twist the neck pulling “g”s 2. Accessing the 2nd seat in a twin seater MK2...
by tsarkar
21 Apr 2019 23:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 181020

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

^better than mirage 2000 which was around 1800km iirc on internal fuel. Of course they don't point out to the ferry range load out in the above slides. But I'm assuming it is on internal fuel only. Note mk1a could have better range than mk1 if they manage to bring down it's weight as proposed. Ferr...
by tsarkar
21 Apr 2019 23:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1483
Views: 303210

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Karthik S wrote:Not surprising, we are very lazy and useless in bringing down construction time. Even paks if they had money would have been faster than us.

Delay is due to engines, gearbox & shafts coming late from Ukraine and radar/missiles from Israel
by tsarkar
21 Apr 2019 23:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 736
Views: 177614

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Second hand purchases are a bad idea because one doesn’t know the wear original user put them through.

Better idea is to ramp up Tejas production at Bangalore and Nashik and complete Mk1A / MWF development on a war footing
by tsarkar
18 Apr 2019 17:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 5759
Views: 389500

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I was at Bangalore Tuesday & Wednesday and my chauffeur for two days - typically used to foreigners - on finding me Indian started briefing me on local politics. So posting his views FWIW. He was fairly well learnt on National & International affairs. He is a Vokkaliga Gowda from Mandya dist...
by tsarkar
16 Apr 2019 14:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 18620

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

ArjunPandit wrote:philip sir pls dont masquerade as barath :P.

Barath is Bharat with a new profile. He was banned earlier for being rude to Ramana.

While he reads up internet DDM data, he misses the detailed analysis done here that is not reported anywhere.
by tsarkar
16 Apr 2019 14:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 18620

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Raveen wrote:Less suited to the desert? How on earth? It has lower weight/track area (I forget the specific term) than the T-90

Ground Pressure
by tsarkar
16 Apr 2019 14:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2648
Views: 533390

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

This is a good system urgently needed to replace two old work horses in the Avro and An-32. The Avro is already obsolete and currently used to move cargo and not people. The An-32 will become obsolete in next 5-10 years. So a recapitalization of the transport fleet is imminent. Though personally I ...
by tsarkar
12 Apr 2019 17:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3040
Views: 407507

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

But bottom line, once shots were fired on the Indian side, they were *definitely* weapons free. This is very different from what I know. Unless war is formally declared - and in this case it wasnt - it requires Controller approval. None of the Indian fighters fired their long range weapons goes con...
by tsarkar
12 Apr 2019 10:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3040
Views: 407507

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

No, the ROE was dont fire first. Once fired upon, everything changes. Abhi entered the fight with his team (wingman) and other Bison flights all being told they were weapons free and warned of AMRAAM launch possibilities. So ROE changed moment AMRAAMS were fired Abhi was cleared to engage, he didnt...
by tsarkar
11 Apr 2019 10:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3040
Views: 407507

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

Saar, ROE doesn’t apply anywhere in the world if you are being locked on and fired upon. And what is the basis of your statement? Not following orders is a court martial offense. Ever seen Kashmiri rascals slapping CRPF personnel and CRPF personnel not reacting? They dont react not because they can...
by tsarkar
11 Apr 2019 10:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3040
Views: 407507

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

. Seems R77 lacks in range by 10-15 KM against AMRAAM and PAF exploited that advantage. R77 is slightly longer ranged than AIM120C5. The NEZ of both is approximately similar. Missile range from manufacturer is often propellant range in best case conditions. It deteriorates in environmental conditio...
by tsarkar
08 Apr 2019 13:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3040
Views: 407507

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

Negi, There is an extremely bloated Military Headquarters (across all three services). We have more Admirals than we have capital ships and submarines. The military bureaucracy is as conformist and non-committal as the civilian bureaucracy. Also, sufficient field experience is lacking. We have Senio...

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