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by Abhi K Rao
21 May 2008 03:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4627
Views: 796502

Igorr, That is a valid point on the day to day requirements of a respective military force and I do agree with the fact that insurgents would have the most to gain from wielding anti-material rifles. Awhile back, I remember reading an article that was released by the Department of Defense stating th...
by Abhi K Rao
20 May 2008 12:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4627
Views: 796502

Igorr, I was just thinking along the lines of an anti-material sniper rifle instead of MG against an IFV because the former (although not light) is much more portable than a heavy MG. Also, the latter is much more visible and Imho more vulnerable to return fire from the IFV because of the need for p...
by Abhi K Rao
19 May 2008 09:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4627
Views: 796502

Armen, Thx for the clarification, I thought that Hancock was able to get a 1920 meter shot with the M40 but as you stated it was probably the M2. There was another reported kill using the M2 of over 2300 meters. The M2 with sight was used early as Korea and was even pioneered during World War 2. Igo...
by Abhi K Rao
19 May 2008 01:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4627
Views: 796502

I hardly can imagine a real situation when an enemy will be destroyed from the 2-2.5 km distance by with using sniping instead of machingun, ATGM or even arty support. Igorr, I thought that Carlos Hathcock was able to get a kill at 1920 meters with a 7.62mm M40 in Vietnam. The record for a 7.62mm k...
by Abhi K Rao
13 Jan 2008 06:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 187850

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by Abhi K Rao
27 Dec 2007 08:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Jagan,

There is a '?' on the Mig-21 section on G limit. From what I have heard, the airframe was designed for a max of 7Gs.

-Abhi
by Abhi K Rao
27 Dec 2007 03:21
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

Polish PMK and Romanian AKM (both in service with the IA): http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/121/dscf4114si2.jpg http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/7097/dscf4116fu8.jpg Russian Mine + Grenades(not 100% sure but I think in service with IA): http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/4604/dscf4120dz7.jpg htt...
by Abhi K Rao
27 Dec 2007 03:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Anyway, some of the Pics you have given are available in colour in the HAL's heritage centre in Bangalore. If you ever go to Bangalore, do visit the place. it is very close to the main airport. There is also a static display of HAL aircraft there as well as a very nice pictorial display of every de...
by Abhi K Rao
27 Dec 2007 00:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Vivek,

thanks for the reply. I just figured out the problem. The image shack registration link was caught in my spam filter but there should be no problems in the future. Will follow steps a-e in future posts!

-Abhi
by Abhi K Rao
26 Dec 2007 23:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Vivek here are the Mig-21 pics that I said I would post: First HAL built Type 77 Mig-21FL in 1966: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NH7SIOHO First Mig-21M from HAL with 4 APU rails: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TQTZGAXS Final Assembly of type 75 Mig-21bis @ Nasik: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BV0T4183 S...
by Abhi K Rao
26 Dec 2007 05:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Thanks but, I was talking about your Pics!Smile I was hoping that you would put up the Pics you mentioned you had with you (the ones you said you had seen in a book or something) NP Vivek. I am about to leave for Fort Knox right now. I shall post the Mig-21 pics 2m. The book is the Mig-21 technical...
by Abhi K Rao
26 Dec 2007 03:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

I guess even if the image cannot be used officially, we can still see it, right?



Of course vivek! No matter if the pics are going to be used or not. We all appreciate the time and effort you have taken to share rare vintage photographs-
by Abhi K Rao
26 Dec 2007 00:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

I have asked this question to an Indian Army Officer (Family friend) and there are no M-4s in the Inventory. M-4s were considered for the MARCOS at one point few years ago but nothing came off it. We however do have a sprinkling of Colt Commando Carbines. Was just about to ask about that...thanks f...
by Abhi K Rao
25 Dec 2007 06:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Hi Jagan,

Thanks for clarifying that. I am sure you have already got it covered but let me know if you need any of the above mentioned pictures just in case.

-Abhi
by Abhi K Rao
25 Dec 2007 05:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 930
Views: 147571

Found this book I purchased for 8 Rs. called ‘Our Army’ by Major General D.K Palit. The First edition was printed in 1979 and I uploaded some images from the handbook. Other images include soldiers who are training with the Bofors and also a T-72 crossing a pontoon bridge. The third is of a colu...
by Abhi K Rao
25 Dec 2007 01:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Awesome pics vivek- There are some good photographs of the cockpit and of IAF Mig-21s in Yefim Gordon's book. I was wondering if you guys could use any of these pics but they are probably copyrighted to other sources. Some of the pics: 1.The first HAL built type 77FL in 1966 (Russian Aviation Resear...
by Abhi K Rao
23 Dec 2007 16:45
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

The US Military's decision to adopt FN MAG as M240 in 1980s to replace M60s was preceeded by decades, by many countries - including India (MG 2s), who had evaluated it as a superb medium machine gun. Def agree that the FN was much superior to the M-60. I think one of the main reasons was because of...
by Abhi K Rao
19 Dec 2007 03:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

INSAS: An amalgam of three different rifles, built in India for use by its armed forces, the Indian National Small Arms System (INSAS) has the gas system and general layout of the AK, the gas regulator of the FAL, and a cocking handle on the upper left side like that of the Heckler & Koch G3. Ad...
by Abhi K Rao
18 Dec 2007 06:54
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

@Abhi... No mention of the UZI and MP-5 or the INSAS series in the above.. Hey boss, still some other random IA guns that are currently WIP. I got 4 wisdom teeth removed this morning :( and im b/t pain killer induced naps. Will have a couple more up 2m :) Arment, thx for the clarification. will upd...
by Abhi K Rao
17 Dec 2007 10:09
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

FN 1A: A non-licensed version of the FAL, the Indian rifle was reverse engineered and adapted to local tooling and dimensional practices, so parts did not interchange easily with other FALs. Without the FN licensing and support, initial production was small, and the rifle was rough at first. However...
by Abhi K Rao
17 Dec 2007 07:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

Some snippets on various small arms of the IA: Enfield SMLE No.1 Mark III: Produced in country for local use, the Indian SMLE rifle was considered rough by some users but entirely serviceable. Many were produced during World War II. It was simply an Indian made No.1 Mark III. Production began at the...
by Abhi K Rao
13 Dec 2007 20:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 930
Views: 147571

The book also captured the following radio intercept during the battle of Khem Karan. The IA intercepted the following radio message between the Pakistani Brigade commander ( BC ) and the divisional commander ( GOC ): BC : It’s not possible for us to advance any further due to stiff resistance. He...
by Abhi K Rao
13 Dec 2007 20:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 930
Views: 147571

One interesting detail from Zaloga’s narrative is Pakistan’s use of the Cobra anti-tank missile. Even though the notorious 9M14 was in the spotlight by 1973, anti tank missiles were apparently used in both the 65 and 71 conflicts. I was interested about the Cobra so I read into it and found out ...
by Abhi K Rao
09 Oct 2007 20:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

Hi Abhi, The only paintball place I know of is in Bangalore. They have the standard Tippmann 98 guns. I have not been there personally but my friend has played there. You can check out there website http://www.yuyutsa.com/. Yah I just recently got into airsoft. More than playing, I would like to co...
by Abhi K Rao
05 Oct 2007 04:48
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

I think, this weight penalty is still worthing while AN-94 is better, then AK-74M in the most important aspects: 1) The soldier may fire single shots or short burst without any support of its shoulder, from unstable position. Now it doesnt impair the accurateness. 2) The first two bullets come almo...
by Abhi K Rao
02 Oct 2007 06:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

BTW Russian army already has both 5.45 mm AN-94 and 7.62x39 mm AEK-971 assault rifles, but in limited quantities. I hope, after some years of practical experience the needed improved will be done and the flaws will be fixed too, like it was happen in AK-47 history. AN-94 is the winner of the big te...
by Abhi K Rao
30 Sep 2007 04:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

I think, the 'blindness' of the decision makers follows to exist right now too, but we will see it only over the years . Who hampers for the Americans to adopt officially an AK derivate with all those supa-dupa advanced gadgets they love so much? The main aim of such modernisation was adaptation of...
by Abhi K Rao
28 Sep 2007 13:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

I think, you're mislead about Fedorov. He was not only practicist but the 'father' of the Russian (and in some aspect world) small arms constructor school, the big theorist. One of his thesis: the arms development goes towards lesser caliber and more sofisticated weapon and rounds. This thesis work...
by Abhi K Rao
28 Sep 2007 09:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Jagan,

Great work on the updates and the Canberra article. Keep it up :)
by Abhi K Rao
28 Sep 2007 08:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

The reason for 6.5x50.5mm was because Federov did not have access to the required technology to enable a heavier round. His original gun was based around the Arisaka, which was favored by Japanese soldiers for the lower recoil. Federov chose the smaller round because anything larger would have been ...
by Abhi K Rao
11 Sep 2007 10:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

What a coincidence! Although I was very little, I vividly remember the archeological museum. It had some great exhibits on Jambias and Nizam muskets. Upstairs, there was a Penny Farthing style bike and an open terrace. Outside, there were many stone cannons and a huge 4 wheeled chariot. Also, there ...
by Abhi K Rao
11 Sep 2007 05:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Sree, Much gratitude for the input. My dad recently left to India on a busn trip and I sent along a list of books for him to keep an eye out for. I will also keep a look out on Ebay or might end up getting the volume(s) that Jagan referred. Also found an old book from my childhood- it’s called “...
by Abhi K Rao
09 Sep 2007 01:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

RD-11F-300 Engine Specs: Type 37F two shaft turbo jet with afterburner. Maximum dry rating of 3880kgs (8554lbs) Maximum afterburner of 5,740kgs (12,654 lbs) Featured an LP spool with three stages of axial blades driven by a single-stage LP turbine with solid shrouded blades. The first compressor st...
by Abhi K Rao
08 Sep 2007 08:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Jagan, It would be interesting to find out what really happened- regarding Shah's kill. Thanks again for the link, I will probably end up buying that volume. Let me know if I am just wasting thread space- but found some interesting stats on the Mig-21MF: Weights and Loading: Weights empty - 5843kg (...
by Abhi K Rao
08 Sep 2007 04:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Some other interesting sections- A simplified version of the Mig-21PFM was prepared for license production at HAL, in India. Whereas the Indian Air force had used the Mig-21F-13, all these had been imported from the Soviet Union.Organizing production of the fighter in India, under an agreement in 19...
by Abhi K Rao
07 Sep 2007 23:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Thanks for the clarification Jagan-

According to PAF sources(not sure how reliable they are)-

They lost a F-6 on Dec. 7th to triple A. Also, an F-6 was lost on Dec 8th to “possible fratricideâ€
by Abhi K Rao
07 Sep 2007 04:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 158329

Just picked up the War bird series technical volume on the Mig-21. It is written by Yefim Gordon and Peter Davison and has some very interesting sections regarding the Mig-21 in IAF service. The book also offers technical details on India’s Mig-21 upgrade. During the 1965 war, 8 Mig-21f-13s saw se...
by Abhi K Rao
05 Jun 2007 23:21
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

To utilise spare capacity, BDL has been nominated as production agency for Barak Missile with ToT from RAFEL, Israel, C-303 with ToT from WASS, Italy, Igla S missiles with ToT from KBM, KOLOMNA, Russia and Takshak (heavy weight Torpedo) developed by DRDO. 124. The Ministry has further stated that o...
by Abhi K Rao
05 Jun 2007 10:08
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 99814

does bdl make iglas Then, 450 Igla MANPADS were delivered to India. Later several contracts were signed with the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on component and spare parts supply. Now 12 to 15 small contracts are under study. KBM groups them into packages by services of the armed forces, with ea...
by Abhi K Rao
24 Feb 2007 03:16
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Pakistan forces watch -arms sales, operations, doctrine, etc
Replies: 315
Views: 113084

maybe this has already been posted. srry if it has. A fifth generation of the TOW family, TOW-ER also known as TOW AERO provides significant operational advantages above the latest TOW-2B version. Among the improvements are improved aerodynamic profile and elimination of guidance wires, enabling tar...

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