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by vivek_ahuja
28 Nov 2016 10:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

Vila Saar, I am still a lurker at the moment. Just been trying to find some time to do some writing, but without success. I should be done and back here in the next day. don't worry he does this... he will come out of his cave with a massive beard and overwhelm us with 6 posts every day for 6 days. ...
by vivek_ahuja
11 Nov 2016 11:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg G ephel could smell the scent of old books and parchments. He glanced at the rows upon rows of scrolls that documented the humble history of the Tibetan people over a millennia. He decided to take one of the scrolls out and spread it on the wooden table between th...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 10:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Army Day Bengaluru 2003 Shiv saar, I remember these armed Cheetahs. Weren't they called Cheetal? I think we even exported some of these. I think a similar capability will be needed for the LUH and the Kamov birds to fulfill the R&O role. I wonder if that was made part of the acquisition deal fo...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 10:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I assume the Apache is capable of mid air refueling? is the IAF/IA versions going to have that capability? Does the LCH have any capability in this regard? No for all three questions. Apache does not refuel in mid-air. IAF does not want that capability on its attack birds. And LCH does not have thi...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 10:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Vivek did the ah64a of ods fame have same internal range as the ah64d now? They added the fat side cheeks later and mainly has avionics bays. was wondering if that created room for bigger fuel tanks in main body As far as I can tell, the -701 series engines have not had a significant change in SFC ...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 08:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2209
Views: 380944

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

@Indranil, I haven't been on this thread in a long time. Have you, or someone else here, done a status report on the current state of the Rustom UAV program? Is it dead in the water, dead on arrival, or just encountering a painful gestation period? Last I read was that it was Rustom-II was in taxi t...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 08:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Vivek, I once read a report in Janes circa 1980s that, a flight of six MBB helicopters with anti tank missiles stopped a tank brigade in one of the NATO exercises. Interesting. I would love to get some details on that exercise. My thesis is that the MBB helicopters would be a much larger target to ...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 08:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I think the key takeaway here is that the IA does not have a clear distinction between armed-recce and R&O. So the LCH could do armed-recce, but this requirement has not been scoped yet...at least not publicly. Armed recce has been done by armed Cheetah . There are images about - will post from...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 08:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

So I was thinking some more about the "light" versus "heavy" attack helicopters, namely that: For deployment in plains, IAF and IA would be looking for an out and out tank-killer - something which can take out PA armor during our attack or blunt any armor offensive by the enemy i...
by vivek_ahuja
08 Nov 2016 06:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Rohitvats: as always, an information-filled post from your end. For deployment in plains, IAF and IA would be looking for an out and out tank-killer - something which can take out PA armor during our attack or blunt any armor offensive by the enemy into sensitive areas like Chicken's Neck. After all...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Nov 2016 12:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Rohitvats, I think it would be enlightening to clearly list out what the Indian Army considers its attack helicopter needs in its "Heavy" and "Light" classes. Is this distinction based on some firepower/range/protection metric? Or is it more philosophical? In the context of the U...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Nov 2016 12:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I feel like we go through this circle about the LCH versus Apache once per-year. Last year, I had posted a detailed performance analysis of the Apache-E and the LCH for high altitudes. See here: Why the Apache is a brute and LCH is elegant And the relevant performance chart from that article: http:/...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Nov 2016 11:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg N ot all Indian intelligence was gathered from the air or from space. A lot of the regular day-to-day Chinese activities were being tracked by a ground station of the Research and Analysis Wing, or RAW; the Indian external intelligence service. This station was a ...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Nov 2016 11:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg “N ew strip coming up.” The voice woke up wing-commander Nair from his catnap. He rubbed his eyes and brought up his comms mouthpiece up: “Right. On the way.” He then looked out the rounded window to see the bright sunlight glistening on the snow-covered peaks of ...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Nov 2016 11:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

dipak wrote:Vivek saar, in above latest scenario, Wongchup stands for Jongchup, right ...?


Not sure I follow. There was a typo in some passages above where Jongchup was written as Jangchup. I corrected this in the manuscript. Is that what you were asking?
by vivek_ahuja
02 Nov 2016 10:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg J ongchup tried to avoid the main streets on his way to work. They were far too engulfed in the chaos of the ongoing riots to be a safe route to his office. Even when the streets were clear of the rioters, it was filled with rocks, pebbles, discharged tear gas can...
by vivek_ahuja
01 Nov 2016 21:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3068
Views: 504486

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

TOI says pakis already in talks with chinese for export version of J-20 . pretty fast. Even a sqdrn will be great boost for pakis as they do not have to pay and will get hands on Gen 5 tech how will they pay for it Do they have to pay? Why would China not just give it to them to mess with us? More ...
by vivek_ahuja
01 Nov 2016 09:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg “A nd it can be done?” Wencang asked as he turned away from the digital map on the wall. “Yes sir,” the Engineer Colonel replied as he walked around Wencang and laid a finger on the red simulated lines on the wall. “You see these bifurcations here? They are design...
by vivek_ahuja
27 Oct 2016 08:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg “Y our tribesmen are rioting again.” The tone of the voice was a curious mix of mockery and contempt. Jangchup looked up from his papers and looked at his two colleagues over the rim of his glasses, resting on the rim of his nose. He saw Ling condescendingly smili...
by vivek_ahuja
24 Oct 2016 02:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1511
Views: 213250

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

But no, that's not TFTA enough. So now we will have a handful of shiny Rafales that might all get wiped out in the initial nuclear strike. If that's your gripe, then would buying an all Indian fleet make any difference? A nuclear strike would wipe them just as it would wipe any other jets. The nucl...
by vivek_ahuja
24 Oct 2016 02:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

That being said, I get the feeling that if this was Boeing or Sikorsky, Ecuador would have been far more muted before blaming the helicopter for the crashes. I suspect the whole TFTA culture extends worldwide. They could afford to blame the Desi maal because you know, desi maal is always substandar...
by vivek_ahuja
24 Oct 2016 02:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg A nsari stepped out of the vehicle and heard the rumble of smells of an operational airbase. The whining of the powerful turbofan engines of the massive C-17 transport aircraft drowned out everything else and the air had the smell of expended jet fuel. He turned t...
by vivek_ahuja
24 Oct 2016 02:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

A request from readers: If you have purchased and read Chimera or Fenix (or both) from Amazon (whether in India or elsewhere), can I ask you to leave some reviews of the books on the relevant pages? Chimera currently has 93 reviews on amazon US. That is really awesome! But Fenix has barely 6 reviews...
by vivek_ahuja
22 Oct 2016 04:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3668
Views: 482606

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

:( I know that there were a couple of Dhruv crashes in Ecuador and they gave the Ecuadorians a bad taste for the Dhruv, but I hope that HAL didn't let them down with poor after-sales support for the rest of the fleet. This was the one real export success and this kind of a result will not go un-not...
by vivek_ahuja
22 Oct 2016 04:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1511
Views: 213250

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

Quite honestly, the entire Rafale deal is baffling to me. Billions of dollars, dozens of new technologies, god knows how many more weapon system types and all of it bought in penny-packet quantities. Basically, another comical addition to what is becoming a laughable IAF fleet filled with aircraft d...
by vivek_ahuja
21 Oct 2016 11:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg T he soldier returned to hand Ling her ID back and waved her on with a smile. She smiled back and accelerated her car off the gravel and through the now-open gate to the camp. “Third checkpost today,” Honghui observed from the passenger’s seat next to her. “They a...
by vivek_ahuja
21 Oct 2016 11:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

zoverian wrote:is the book already out....please keep me posted with the link to purchase...


Cerberus is not out yet. It will be out in end of December 2016.

Chimera and Fenix are already available for purchase.

-Vivek
by vivek_ahuja
21 Oct 2016 11:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

sudhan wrote:Vivek ji, What is the time line for Cerberus compared to Fenix? Also could you give an overview of the fall out from the previous war and how Bharat and its citizens are coping with it?


Cerberus is generally set a few years downstream of the Fenix timeline.
by vivek_ahuja
19 Oct 2016 08:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg "T hey are denying our people the most essential ingredient of life, sir. We beg you to intervene!” The desperate plea of the Tibetan government in exile was hard to dismiss. Ravoof listened silently as the ambassador handed him a written version of what he h...
by vivek_ahuja
19 Oct 2016 07:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg W encang put the folder on the table and handed it back to the bureaucrat in the suit. He then walked back to where Chen was seated, sipping his tea. “How many dead?” Chen asked as he leaned back in his chair. “Fifteen. More or less.” Wencang grumbled and picked u...
by vivek_ahuja
19 Oct 2016 07:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

Have been waiting a long time . When do you expect to publish the book? :-) Cerberus will be an open book like Chimera and Fenix was. BRF gets first look at it here on the forum pages. Then the final polished publication copy comes out. I am planning to push Cerberus into publication at the end of ...
by vivek_ahuja
19 Oct 2016 07:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

GShankar wrote:Question - do you think may be there should be an update or prequel for your 2nd book based on the unfolding events?


I am not sure I understand the question. Prequel for Fenix?
by vivek_ahuja
18 Oct 2016 11:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

http://i66.tinypic.com/2dwf0vl.jpg ──── PROLOGUE ──── T he bump on the road caused her to look up from her notes. The camouflaged faces of the soldiers sitting across from here were focused entirely on her. They didn’t say anything, of course. But the stared at her nonetheless. Apart from the inter...
by vivek_ahuja
18 Oct 2016 11:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

After a long circuitous road that led me to the metaphoric mountain peak in search of the meaning of life :oops: , I now sit at my keyboard, stroking my new long beard 8) and pondering on the final chapter of the current trilogy: Cerberus. I think it is time to begin this story, with all of your per...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Aug 2015 18:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

Folks, thanks for your support of Fenix. So far, Fenix has sold about 150 copies globally in the last three weeks. Hopefully it will pick up even more. :) Can I please request those who read Fenix to put some reviews of the novel on the Amazon site? It makes a huge difference in the visibility of th...
by vivek_ahuja
11 Jul 2015 22:08
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 40527

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

The kindle link is now live! 8)

Pliss to review at this page:

Fenix Kindle Link

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-Vivek
by vivek_ahuja
11 Jul 2015 21:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV
Replies: 124
Views: 29043

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIV

Gentlemen,

Time for the final chapter in the trilogy: Cerberus.

-Vivek
by vivek_ahuja
11 Jul 2015 20:54
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 40527

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Folks, Fenix is now in publication via Amazon. 8) The books will be available on Kindle and paperback versions via Amazon.com as well. I will post the links on amazon as soon as they go live in the next day. If you liked Fenix over here, pliss to help the book by posting some reviews on the amazon p...

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