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by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 22:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 234
Views: 29345

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

I don't believe anything about this except that they seem to have taken out 50% of KSA production for at least a few days, maybe more. With more to come . The "we did this with DRONES" may be a piskops to scare the insurance companies into hiking Saudi costs 1000%. Very cost-effective tac...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 22:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 234
Views: 29345

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

See, the thing is: if they did have cheap hand-held stuff launched from just outside the perimeter, then you can expect the Saudis to crack down hard on that kind of future repeat action. They will just establish a wide no-entry zone with shoot-on-sight ROE. And that would make this event a one-off ...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 11:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

@Indranil : glad to hear it. I wish they would give out regular updates to the world on the status of the project and its various planned milestones. It would go a long way in arming their supporters with information to defend against the import lobby.
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 11:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Since the Mi-38 came up against the Mi-17 variants, I figure might as well add my two cents from this post of mine in the Russian arms thread: I recently saw the new Mi-38 being offered by the Mil folks. Pretty bird: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_xYAmjaa0Wk/XAanZE8Om9I/AAAAAAAAdnE/gjKAzFYmEYE0RmJlyjYw...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 11:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

There are so many pressing procurements and replacements required that even considering replacing Mi-17V5s with another foreign import would be criminal. They're relatively new with a large part of the fleet having been delivered recently. And when there is no problem with the type in service so fa...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 11:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 58
Views: 8384

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

IMO, all this talk of armed HTT and surveillance HTT is not worth the time discussing it. The surveillance platform should be an unmanned UAV that can stay aloft for a much longer time; make a lot less noise; require lot less fuel and maintenance, etc.. The armed platform cannot survive in anything ...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 10:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 234
Views: 29345

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

I have been reading the news and am thoroughly confused: what exactly did the drones do? Were they: 1. Carrying missiles/bombs that they fired/released against the oil refineries? 2. Converted into Kamikaze drones and launched into the refineries? 3. Some other electronic attack to trigger a fire at...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Sep 2019 10:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3936
Views: 748360

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

1.The recent (under) performance of the KLJ-7/SD-10 combo in the Balakote event apart... 2.We also know the PAF went for more Erieyes to bolster its inventory and has deployed ZDK-03s away from the conflict. Again, these are CETC units, China's premier radar designer & this also speaks for itse...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 22:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 900
Views: 232489

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

nam wrote:These Mirages could be for their "other war". Bombing mud houses in Baluchistan and NWFP. Reduce air-frame time of their crown jewels.


Yes, that would be a good use for them.
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 22:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Development apart, they then need to be price negotiated. As we have seen so far with the LCA, and Akash, that process can take up to 3 years for domestic systems. Pinaka Mk2, Akash Mk1S, Nag, Arjun Mk2, Arudhra radars are all in the "pipeline" as they are being price negotiated. No clear...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 900
Views: 232489

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

From internet, these are air worthy and will be quite a handful in attack role. Despite the advanced air defenses now available to the Indian Army formations? Don't you think that's an overstatement about the attack capabilities of these old Mirages? What equipment do they have that would allow the...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 21:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3258
Views: 701009

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

Let me pose a question here that, to my knowledge, does not get enough discussion, but which bothers me to no end: I get the distinct feeling that the IAF likes to concentrate its crown jewels (especially those limited by numbers) to key locations during peacetime. Some examples: 1. Apaches being co...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 20:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3936
Views: 748360

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Looks like the Copy Hawk is in service. ... It took them 30 years to clone the S-70C but they finally did it. lol I don't think this is a LOL moment. 30 years to catch up to near-current chopper tech is not bad. 30 years is what it took us to catch up to fighter tech as well. Besides, if no war has...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 20:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 906
Views: 140733

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Send the natives shivering! This is a classic " my d*ck is bigger than yours" syndrome! We can field dozens of land- based MKIs , Rafales and perhaps SU-57s apart from whatever carrier aviation we also possess. A network of sats will provide real- time data of enemy CBGs. for our platform...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 20:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

if we are in a shooting match with the chinese, trust the apaches will be busy on the western sector. I hope u know what i mean. I do know what you mean, but I reject this implicit assumption that a Chinese match will automatically include their Paki pets. The Pakis are known for being backstabbers...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 20:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

LCH will have thousands of its missiles in the warehouse Can you point me to some sources showing what purchases we have made or have planned to make for these missiles? What numbers have been purchased or earmarked for purchase? Which model of missile has been selected? We have exact numbers for t...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 09:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1644
Views: 262641

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

I recently saw the new Mi-38 being offered by the Mil folks. Pretty bird: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_xYAmjaa0Wk/XAanZE8Om9I/AAAAAAAAdnE/gjKAzFYmEYE0RmJlyjYwbKNR09bsfpGlwCLcBGAs/s1600/mi-38%2B2.jpg Its a nice replacement (and more) for the Mi-17. And perhaps even the usual phoregn competitor for the...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 08:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The one image that answers the questions about the LoooongBow Radar. yes we did get but not all have it nor do all need it. Would love a word about this from Vivek_Ahuja about right now. Khalsa: I think the original discussion we have had in the previous pages is still valid here. Unless these Long...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 08:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The Ka-226 is another one of the geopolitical buys from Russia in the same way that the Apache is from the USA. I wonder if the armed forces also push for these sales as a way of applying pressure on homegrown projects to speed up their programs or lose out. Can't blame them if that is the motive. I...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 08:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

https://twitter.com/HALHQBLR/status/1169519371263201280 ---> Light Utility Helicopter Clears High Weather Tests at Himalayas. How cool is the visualization of the engine exhaust being bent vertically down after leaving the engine by the rotor downwash ? 8) Probably cooling and dissipating the exhau...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Sep 2019 08:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 906
Views: 140733

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

I admire how the posters on this thread are discussing the navy's needs in defeating the upcoming Chinese carriers using P-8I, UAVs, anti-ship missiles etc. In other words: countermeasures. And to pay for these countermeasures, we are willing to give up our own carriers. However, remember that the I...
by vivek_ahuja
20 Aug 2019 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I also hope that they qualify the LCH to fire the Hellfire missiles being procured in bulk for the Apaches. We should never be in a situation where the LCH has run out of stores for its ATGMs up in the mountains, but a pile of Hellfires is sitting around in warehouses for parked Apaches that cannot ...
by vivek_ahuja
20 Aug 2019 02:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Its not just the aerodynamic shaping that is the issue. It matters if they changed that circular pole underneath that aerodynamic fairing. If not, then that shaping would not benefit the structural limits. On the other hand, if they removed the circular pole altogether, and replaced it with, say, a...
by vivek_ahuja
20 Aug 2019 02:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Will a heavier payload if the spar can accommodate extra ordnance impose significant penalties with respect to the helo's performance? Range, speed, endurance, etc.? Perhaps why the "L" is in the name. Yes. An LCH carrying 16 ATGMs is not going to be flying nearly as high in the mountains...
by vivek_ahuja
20 Aug 2019 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

...a Mk-2 LCH ( we seriously need to drop "Light" from the name ) will be a perfect candidate... Agree. The "Light" in the name always seems to start off innocently in Indian R&D activities and then always, without fail, bites us in the ass down the line when that moniker se...
by vivek_ahuja
20 Aug 2019 00:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

LCH boom went through iterations. Initially it was designed to maximize stealth. The drag was found to be too high. So, they went to an aerofoil design to reduce drag. Around 2011, it was revealed that it won't add any lift. But, the current design has been optimized to generate lift. So, this shou...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Aug 2019 09:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

HAL video from Aero-India states that the pylons ("armament boom")for the LCH are " very different" from the ALH and that the weapons restrictions are only a function of the weight capacity of these structures (i.e. the electronics/LIU etc. are scale-able). Also states that the L...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Aug 2019 08:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Who is a structural designer here? I think the principal parts of Helina quad launcher can be made out of aluminum or graphite epoxy and only the tubes which can be replaced made out of steel. The attach pylon can be machined from Aluminum plate. @Ramana: It is not just a structural issue, as I fou...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Aug 2019 02:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

A couple of Apache, one with longbow radar guiding 6 LCH will be a deadly combo while in highly contested battlefield only Apache are used. This would be ideal, but as Indranil has said: there is skepticism on the efficacy of this, given that no information exists that the Apaches are going to be n...
by vivek_ahuja
15 Aug 2019 02:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Rudra carry only twin launcher due to low ground clearance. Yes. I think quad launchers on the Rudra is not feasible. And not necessary either, IMO. It does not need to act as a full-up attack helo. The max combat wing load for LCH is 800 kg and apache is 1400 kg. Higher load may be carried at the ...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 23:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

CH has not been flown with quad launchers. There has been some discussion but no firm push as the user has not provided that requirement. The problem is not structural strength. AFAIK each hardpoint is rated at 250 kgs. It should be noted that not only are we talking about quad-launcher capacity pe...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 21:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

BTW, it seems pretty clear to me that the IAF is deploying the Apaches at Pathankot quite literally opposite the Pak armor forces at Shakargarh bulge under 1 Corps (as Rohitvats has said): https://i.ibb.co/Ctj4Cqw/Pathankot.png The geographical distance between the border and Pathankot is about ~40 ...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I don't think it is correct to say that a souped-up LCH is good enough to match Apache. A souped-up LCH with all the bells and whistles as Apache is no longer LCH but a dedicated medium/heavy category helicopter gunship. We should keep comparison between as-is LCH and Apaches. Plus, what other incr...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 19:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

- In both of the above areas, we will see massive concentration of armor. Between the two armies, each sector could witness ~1,000 tanks deployed. - So, long story short, don't underestimate the importance of a heavy attack helicopter in plains. I think your point about the heavy hitter requirement...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 19:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Hi Vivek do you still have those analyses you did on LCA and LCH on your blog ? The old blog seems to have gone down. I just looked it up online and all those articles are collated here: http://thebetacoefficient.blogspot.com For this thread, the specific LCH article is here: http://thebetacoeffici...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 07:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Since everyone here was raving about one Apache being more than the sum of two LCHs, I thought to myself: "boy, I must be completely missing something!" So I went back and redid some calculations from the old articles I had written on this stuff. One of the earlier plots I had made include...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 07:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Has there been any information about the networking connectivity between the Longbow system and the equipment carried by the rest of the Indian military (UAVs, Netra, Phalcon, etc.)? In other words, do we know whether the Apache will be team player within the Indian military setup or whether it will...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 06:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Looking deeper into the Apache sale for the army (6 helos) and IAF (22 helos), you get the following info on the web: Included in the package for the 6 IA Apaches: 14 T700-GE-701D engines, 4 AN/APG-78 fire control radars (Longbow) 4 Block III radar electronic units (REU) 4 AN/APR-48B modernized rada...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Aug 2019 06:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4320
Views: 701812

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Fair enough on the Longbow. Rotor-mast stabilization for radar systems is indeed one of the measure of system maturity in rotorcraft. And the Longbow is the result of decades of Apache development activities. But it still leads to some awkward questions in the Indian context (reiterating some of the...

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