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by Ved
30 Jul 2009 22:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kargil War Thread - VI
Replies: 1341
Views: 240906

Re: Kargil War Thread - VI

Talking of Capt Vikram Batra, PVC (post)....this from his twin brother... ' When I talk about Luv, I dont know where to begin. Capt. Vikram Batra PVC (posthumous) is Luv, and I, his younger twin, Kush. His identical twin. Ours was a childhood spent in the hills of Palampur making the most of our ide...
by Ved
03 Sep 2008 09:06
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 235007

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

ranganathan wrote:Paki air defences are rudimentary and not a big threat.


I wish!
by Ved
25 Aug 2008 05:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 169446

Re: Re:

Arun_S wrote:
vivek_ahuja wrote:Hmm...Long time since this thread was seen alive. Time to open it up again with some new stuff...


Lovely pics - ... brings back memories!
by Ved
24 Aug 2008 13:25
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 235007

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

Ved wrote:So its over! Well done, by all accounts.

I'm sure our boys are looking forward to being home, after a brief 3 day stop at Saudi Arabia for a mini exercise with those guys.


Sorry - I meant UAE!! :oops:
by Ved
24 Aug 2008 09:43
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 235007

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

So its over! Well done, by all accounts.

I'm sure our boys are looking forward to being home, after a brief 3 day stop at Saudi Arabia for a mini exercise with those guys.
by Ved
22 Aug 2008 20:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 169446

Re: The IAF History Thread

vsunder wrote:Ramana, Tank was a superb engineer.

Many years back I heard that Tank was involved with designing the Messerschmit (sp?) 109, Luftwaffe's famed fighter of WW2 - is he old enough?
by Ved
22 Aug 2008 05:45
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 235007

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

no dude, these pods (also known as AIS pod (P4A-M)) provides aircraft's position in three-dimensions including all infomation like vector, AoA, G, seeker head look angle etc and relays it to ground monitoring stations. In laymen terms its like viewing the whole airspace in digital form which can be...
by Ved
20 Aug 2008 05:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 169446

Re: The IAF History Thread

Did the Maruts ever get used in action? .... A Marut flown by Sqn Ldr KK Bakshi of 220 Squadron also shot down a PAF F-86 Sabre on 07 Dec 71 (Flg Offr Hamid Khwaja of 15 Squadron PAF). http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/History/Aircraft/Polly-Marut.html -Vivek Live & learn - thats something I ne...
by Ved
17 Aug 2008 20:58
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 235007

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

Singha wrote:looks like they are flying missions late in the night and recovering around dawn.

bang on!!!
by Ved
11 Aug 2008 05:49
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 235007

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

jahaju wrote:Pity those kinds of jackets are still not availbale in India with IAF logos, sqn names etc.


Actually, the IAF has had a neat black, leather jacket, for about 2+ years. I'll see if I can find a pic somewhere - maybe on the IAF website. Badges etc would have to be put on by the user, obviously.
by Ved
29 Jun 2008 20:17
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Welcome to the New Moderators
Replies: 83
Views: 16620

Re: Welcome to the New Moderators.

Congrats to all of you!
by Ved
29 Jun 2008 07:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Women in Combat
Replies: 521
Views: 73347

Re: Women in Combat - 2

Shankar wrote:
The First Women Pilots in the Brazilian Air Force
.......


.... similar to the IAF's experience, where, as we know, they have been flying for a number of years.
by Ved
28 Jun 2008 07:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Women in Combat
Replies: 521
Views: 73347

Re: Women in Combat - 2

Women would be as good as men in the fighter cockpit, in terms of ability. However, and I've said this before on this forum, one good reason why we cannot afford to have women as fighter pilots is that they would not be able to withstand 'G' forces during their menstrual periods - under G, your weig...
by Ved
07 May 2008 21:41
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Hawk crashes
Replies: 130
Views: 37364

Jaeger wrote:^^ we don't have the facility to access the data on the FDR?! is that a fact? does anyone else find this a little ludicrous?

Not yet, presumably.
by Ved
04 May 2008 20:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Hawk crashes
Replies: 130
Views: 37364

[quote="John Snow That brings us to the question, 1) Service schedules were not followed by IAF a) components that need to be serviced were not b) components were not stocked to replace those that need to be. c) improper training 2) If above is true then its derliction of duty. 3) If the above ...
by Ved
04 May 2008 20:40
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Hawk crashes
Replies: 130
Views: 37364

Arun_S wrote:Ved sir, the above are not my words. :cry:


My apologies - I screwed up there!
by Ved
03 May 2008 22:24
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Hawk crashes
Replies: 130
Views: 37364

[quote="Arun_S"][quote="rakall"][quote="sum"]Slowly, the dirt starts coming out from behind the curtains...But IAF says that ever since their induction, the trainers have enjoyed a low serviceability rate of 40 per cent. .....“The Hawks are not flying around much as t...
by Ved
03 May 2008 09:03
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Hawk crashes
Replies: 130
Views: 37364

[.....plenty of times - Pilots tend to have more faith in thier flying and handling skills rather than in the ejection seats. You can call it overconfidence to an extent. It also has something to with the false sense of security that being seated in the cockpit environment gives to a pilot. .... Wh...
by Ved
23 Dec 2007 08:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2587
Views: 334165

.......Pilot Officer O M Nirmal Kumar, with barely 200 hours of flying experience, nearly pulled off an improbable forced landing of a crippled jet. .......To put things in perspective, the elapsed time between the bird hit and the ejection was mere 100 seconds......... M P Anil Kumar is a former M...
by Ved
04 Aug 2007 22:32
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Indradhanush (Rainbow) '07 @ RAF Waddington, UK
Replies: 347
Views: 122410

pradeepe wrote:....is this what happens just when you engage after-burner. Seems like pure fuel injected into the last chamber...


Essentially, this is what an A/B is!
by Ved
30 Jul 2007 19:04
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Indradhanush (Rainbow) '07 @ RAF Waddington, UK
Replies: 347
Views: 122410

Re: TV Nozzles and our boys

Though I admire the Russian engineering genius that has produced these beauties ....... You havent seen anything till you've seen the old Mig-23MF's (Rakshak) nozzle - no controls, free floating, takes the mean position dictated by inside and outside pressure - and delivers (or rather, delivered) a...
by Ved
02 May 2007 07:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Radar - Specs & Discussions
Replies: 924
Views: 213854

Kartik wrote: .....and whats this nonsense about the Wing Cmdr having to drive tanks in the Thar desert ? and why on earth would he have to do that to talk about aircraft ?! :roll:


That's what I thought too.... guess I missed the sarcasm bit as well!
by Ved
15 Apr 2007 08:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2276
Views: 443082

......I am usually very wary of technological advances which their creators plug as revolutionary. I have never seen an example of any technology having anything more than an incremental effect on the battlefield.. Not really, if one sees the tremendous impact on the battlefield of various RsMA ......
by Ved
09 Apr 2007 07:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2587
Views: 334165

shiv wrote:....This is the first one (on Flt Safety) - written by a Gp Capt Valluri - whom I do not know personally - ....


That's 'Nalluri', more commonly known as 'Motilal', a Test Pilot.
by Ved
04 Dec 2006 07:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1047
Views: 169446

I recently got an enquiry from the daughter of a 9 sqn pilot, trying to trace him - can anyone provide a clue? I quote.... 'Could you please help me. My father Jeff Robert Bearcroft was a Wing Commander with the 9th Squadron (we think) in 1945. He was killed in an aircraft accicent (when flying for ...
by Ved
03 Oct 2006 22:13
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - V
Replies: 322
Views: 121176

Interesting, Ved, can i ask a related question? One can appreciate Nachi's stand in firing back at his pursuers - but is that the recommended action? What are the IAF's directives to its downed pilots when they are cornered - should they fight, or should they give up? A downed pilot is to try and g...
by Ved
03 Oct 2006 07:39
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - V
Replies: 322
Views: 121176

surya, Was there a firefight as was the case with nachiketa? it also beggars the question - why was nachi spared? Pure luck! The men who got him were restrained by a sensible officer, who just happened to be there - luckily for Nachi! The main issue about doing unto the enemy what he does to his vi...
by Ved
02 Oct 2006 08:47
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - V
Replies: 322
Views: 121176

It is great to hear that IA is gentlemen first.... officer next... But what of Shaurab Kalia, and SqLdr Ahuja... who suffered so much in their hands? The hallmark of fine sense is the adherence to one's own values. Do we need to match the bad examples, or wouldnt we rather set a few good ones of ou...
by Ved
06 Aug 2006 08:44
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

[quote="Vivek_A"]DRC report. Take it with a pinch of salt. Kargil military inquiry proposed Musharraf’s court-martial: PML-N ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said on Friday that a military inquiry into the Kargil operation in 1999 had recommended the court-martial of G...
by Ved
01 Aug 2006 23:14
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

RayC wrote:
2).......At the age of 55, what do you expect them to play? Rugby? .....


That was GOOD!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Ved
01 Aug 2006 23:08
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

Lalmohan wrote:
er... IAF dropped LGB's on Tiger Hill amongst other places, ...


Right. The Mirage for example, had them.
by Ved
31 Jul 2006 08:06
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

Found this after some looking around , Don't know how authentic tribune's source was ! Napalm attack on infiltrators DELHI, June 2 — Going into the eighth day of air strikes, the Indian Air Force (IAF) today took to intensive measures, pounding the last few positions of the infiltrators with extr...
by Ved
30 Jul 2006 21:32
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

Napalm needs a lot of air to burn. Any studies of how napalm performs at 18000 feet? All descriptions of Siachen speak of weak, slow burning kerosene flames from lack of Oxygen. Burning Napalm would flow down slopes so I guess it would not be useful to try and hit Bakis sitting on mountaintops if I...
by Ved
30 Jul 2006 21:29
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

Napalm bombs when dropped along low level attack profile, slide along the ground and incinerate the area as it slides along and also spreads. (I have not seen a napalm strike to be honest, but I have seen such attacks in training films). One wonders how effective it would be on mountain tops and al...
by Ved
30 Jul 2006 10:12
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

On a similar note, it can't be that difficult to simulate the trajectory of ordinance, given the fact that ISRO routinely performs these for ite space crafts. It is comparatively easier to calculate the trajectory of something that is moving directly 180 Deg to gravity, than at near horizontal to i...
by Ved
30 Jul 2006 09:29
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

Walked over tiger hill ??? With all due respect tiger hill was one of Kargil's costliest assaults . I am one hundred percent sure that the Sikhs and grenadiers did not just walk over tiger hills .This message from army HQ needs to be verified . I'm only repeating what was said - BGS 15 Corps, I thi...
by Ved
28 Jul 2006 08:13
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

couch in as many as words, till IAF stepped in our army brass was clueless as to how to get the peaks back while young officers were being sent like lambs to slaughter. ......While the army may have been late to realise that the peaks were occupied , the op vijay was carried out brilliantly . .... ...
by Ved
17 Jun 2006 08:17
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil War Thread - IV
Replies: 325
Views: 106090

Two aircraft, 1xCheetah and 1xMi-8 are known to have been lost to enemy fire in Siachen in different incidents ....." Besides the choppers, it is wrongly assumed that 2 fighters also went down to Stingers. Its an academic point, but only the MiG-21 was actually shot down by a Stinger - he inad...

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