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by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2960
Views: 235582

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Utterly insane to read about the types of conditions and terrain the IA has to fight in. That too in the 1980s!
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4517
Views: 1032759

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Misfiring and equipment malfunction happens to everyone and anyone. Let's not draw too many conclusions from this one incident.

Of course, if there are a series of such incidents with a specific system, then the argument changes.

We use the Igla too, I believe.
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405093

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Come to think of it, the new turbofan engine probably also has lower fuel consumption to give the JF-17 a slightly higher range/endurance as well.
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405093

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Shalav wrote:High velocity = low manoeuvrability


So you are seriously going to tell me that a higher thrust-to-weight ratio has no maneuverability benefit and that it is all about speed?
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Actually - you're trying to do what the Americans describe as "having your cake and eating it too". Already this 36 Rafale purchase is causing push back of orders to half ready LCH airframes and quite possible the 83 MK1As and perhaps the FOC deliveries are also halted to give the budgets...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

You misunderstood. When I said 'politically easier', I was referring to internal politics. Opposition (read Congress and RG) tried its best to 'Boforsify' the Rafale deal, though it failed. Issuing a fresh order can resurface those allegations, and thus hyping up the merits of Rafale and showcasing...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 02:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Pretty sure that all such systems have an onboard power generation system for all the electronics, radars etc. One was developed specifically for Netra. I don't think this is correct. There is some onboard power packs for the mission computers and some specific sensors, but the massive power requir...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 22:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Unfortunately, the bolded part above accurately summarizes the tactics used by the import lobby to cripple and eliminate local competition. Once you have taken this slippery slope, "funds" will always be used to throttle the sales in favor of continuous imports. I understand that, but i w...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 22:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1135
Views: 316249

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

The K-9s aren't the only game in town. You have Smerch regiments and also Pinaka regiments. Yes, for the larger units, I can see this working. But these are more for area targets, aren't they? What if you need to take out a specific bunker strongpoint, for example. Mobile tube artillery is supposed...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 177510

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Also note the INSAS LMG with 30 round magazine They still use the transparent (plastic?) magazines for the LMG variant? I thought I remember there being some complaints from the Army about that years ago? Fixed, presumably? Isn't there a better way for the magazine to give a haptic feedback to the ...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4517
Views: 1032759

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

https://i.ibb.co/H7tr69s/79-E49323-C29-E-493-F-8-E06-297-E9116-FCA2.jpg The Z-20 Copyhawk will be, in every sense, the same solid foundation for a range of variants for the Chinese army and navy as the original Blackhawk proved to be for the US military. The sale of the original Blackhawks to China...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405093

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

But what does it to to the Thrust-to-Weight ratio for the JF-17? JF-17 is all metal it will always be heavier than high composite LCA Tejas, while Russian Tech is improving I suspect in case of this Rd-93 it probably have lower MTBF. Still, it is probably an improvement in maneuverability over the ...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Cybaru wrote:At this point, the C295W will be the fastest route for the new AEW. CCS has already approved and the first few in the AEW config can be bought directly from airbus. This allows for decent continuity as well.


Does the C295W have enough on-board power for what the Netra system needs?
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Look at the speed of the decision-making for the LCH's primary ATGM system... could you elaborate more on this please if you know anything more than the usual we already know of ? any juicy technical bits that are delaying this more than what we alrready know ? Unfortunately, no. As far as I am awa...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Ahuja sir, I have a question. In your analysis, have the blade properties of individual helicopters been considered? I'm not questioning your analysis but was just curious to know the methodology. Thank you and I really loved your analyses. Consider this analysis more theoretical. It is more of a p...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3818
Views: 739454

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

Regarding Ru/ Sov. era missiles, most conflicts where they came off second best was generally with vastly inferior nations opposed to the US,like Iraq for instance. Israel has always had superior aircraft and weaponry thanks to US largesse, than its Arab neighbours. When in the hands of competent m...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

The presence of the French defence minister -- who is supposed to have come with a 'big team', is a clear indicator that GOI is planning to slip in a 'googly' of an order under the current 'Fog of war' at the LAC. The LCA programme is here to stay in various forms, and it's definitely going to be a...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

I would very much love to see more than 200 LCA in the IAF inventory. But looking at the current situation, if the govt. does not have funds for both, I would rather have another 36 Rafale (or maybe 50). If the government can afford both i'm more than happy. I'm not saying to completely scrap the o...
by vivek_ahuja
13 Sep 2020 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3672
Views: 689799

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

^^^Just be happy Rajnath Singh didn't touch French Defence Minister's feet. I admit I have not seen IAF induction ceremonies in the past, but watching clips of this on TV was cringeworthy at best. Indian govt may be hyping up the Rafale to make it politically easier to order the next batch of 36. H...
by vivek_ahuja
12 Sep 2020 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3818
Views: 739454

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

The concern is that the AMRAAM is built on the experience gained from the combat experience of the early generation of AMRAAMs, Phoenix and Sparrows etc.. By comparison, Russian AAMs have typically had a dismal performance in the field and their truly powerful Soviet versions were never tested in c...
by vivek_ahuja
12 Sep 2020 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2401
Views: 514153

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

I was taken aback at the above points too. The Heron guys would routinely drum up SATCOM capability in every presentation, the world leading EO tech they had etc. And all this while we were apparently operating w/o them and likely using the dedicated LOS datalinks? Or autonomous mode. Just makes on...
by vivek_ahuja
12 Sep 2020 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 237176

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Some American general probably said this 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' thing in public, now everyone keeps repeating it without giving it any thought. You are on to something. The term “unsinkable carrier” shouldn’t be part or any honest or intelligent conversation about force projection, defense o...
by vivek_ahuja
12 Sep 2020 21:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1045674

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

What is the increase in payload of LUH at siachen compared to Cheetah? From Sonam post for e.g.? Here's a link to the theoretical analysis I had done back in the day for the LUH: The Beta Coefficient Blog Use this plot to extrapolate the payload capacity for a given altitude. Read the article above...
by vivek_ahuja
09 Sep 2020 01:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

BTW, as we have seen with the Rafale saga, the IAF has no issues in defending its intents/decisions publicly when it is fully behind a project near its heart. I have yet to see any such public displays of affection for the Netra to get it over the GoI ban-list.
by vivek_ahuja
09 Sep 2020 01:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Look I'm all for criticizing the forces when it is warranted but it's getting too much in this thread. I and other posters have mentioned several times that more Netra orders are impossible because Embraer has been blacklisted. The IAF can do nothing about this beyond pleading to the MoD. From what...
by vivek_ahuja
09 Sep 2020 00:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 724315

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Interesting thought if something like that happens it would put tremendous pressure on China, because China would not want any type of US presence on their southern and western border. In fact China might stop the current aggression, at the some time PAF would be grounded to (my uneducated opinion)...
by vivek_ahuja
09 Sep 2020 00:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1135
Views: 316249

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

For the three strike corps as it gives one regiment on tracks. (3x8 guns+ 1x8 reserve) That seriously does not sound enough, unless it is being used at corps level. I believe in the democratization of artillery: i.e. the ability of junior officers to be able to call for mobile artillery support as ...
by vivek_ahuja
09 Sep 2020 00:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4517
Views: 1032759

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Chola, nam: careful that you guys aren't accidentally derailing the purpose of this thread. Do we really need full-size movie posters in your comments?
by vivek_ahuja
09 Sep 2020 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206176

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

nachiket wrote:I was being sarcastic and referring to the fact that the NAMICA has been thoroughly ignored in all this.


I, for one, found it hilarious that even in response to your sarcasm about the NAMICA being ignored, Manish_P offered all sorts of import options from around the world.

Oh the irony! :rotfl:
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3087
Views: 763467

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The second and third sub are expected to carry 8 K4 missiles, as opposed to 12 B05 or 4-K4 for the Arihant. If the K4 has 3 MIRV warheads then it would mean 24 warheads per sub. Hope multiple warheads are being worked on. Multiple warheads would required miniaturization of size of the warheads. Tha...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 237176

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Where be the backfires? That's my question. And dare I say, comrade Phillipovs as well. In the meanwhile, the MKIs will have to shoulder on.... The Backfires? They will be in the Russian Air Force/Navy. We are talking about the Indian Navy. Let's be realistic. If the MKIs are the long-range attack ...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405093

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Aditya_V wrote:91KN is only sligthly more pwoerful than the Ge404-In, so dry thrust should be in the 58KN range. Given the all metal nature of JF-17 with single engine it would not be able to Supercruise.


But what does it to to the Thrust-to-Weight ratio for the JF-17?
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020186

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Regarding engines, it looks like the following is indeed expected for the Nirbhay/ITCM: Wiki: GTRE is developing a new 4.25 kN thrust turbofan engine to power Nirbhay Cruise missile and future UAV, Long range AshM cruise missile systems. GTRE is working fast to add test capabilities and infrastructu...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020186

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Because we don't have the subsystems! Where are the engines? Where is the proven seeker? Where are the multiple trials for both? That is the part we have to complete. Just curious: what made the engines used for the TD Nirbhay very unique? I was under the impression that we purchased/used some Russ...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2401
Views: 514153

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Such a beautiful-looking UAV, too. Just look how clean and elegant it is. Locally customize-able and upgrade-able.

All being wasted at the altar of imports.
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2401
Views: 514153

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Quote from the above link Rustom-II (Tapas), the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Aeronautical Development Establishment flew in the Satellite Communication (SATCOM) mode for the first time. https://www.onmanorama.com/content/dam/mm/en/news/nation/images/2020...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Sep 2020 00:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4517
Views: 1032759

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

On the issue of Chinese copying culture: An interesting comment I heard on an interview of the former Google VP for China: he said that the copying culture is so ingrained in Chinese industry that it is impossible for a new startup there to raise VC money without the product being a direct copy of s...
by vivek_ahuja
04 Sep 2020 10:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1214444

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

Added Derby to that list. Thanks!
by vivek_ahuja
04 Sep 2020 10:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3623
Views: 1083872

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

Of course, the Derby! I will edit the list above.

So many missiles in the inventory that I am losing track of them. God knows how the IAF expects to fight a war with such diverse logistics.
by vivek_ahuja
04 Sep 2020 10:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3640
Views: 1020186

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Again coming back from the IAF thread, Question: How many Astra Mk-1s have been ordered? Has this been made public? It also brought up a question in my head: how many AAMs does an air-force need per-airframe in its inventory? If there are 200+ Su-30s, 200+ LCAs, Mirage-2000s and Mig-29s, how many As...

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