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by vardhank
16 Apr 2015 09:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Very interesting interview with Parrikar in HT this morning. 1. "We will probably need more Rafales." 2. The MiG-21s need to be replaced, we will either need mass production of the LCA or we might combine some other requirements and get a medium sized fighter. " Plus plenty of other t...
by vardhank
10 Apr 2015 09:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

@indranilroy Noob-ish question: would an 'active' solution have worked/been possible? I'm thinking of an extendable-retractable LREX type thing (a miniature swing wing, if you will) that can provide the wing shape needed at the apex to suit different needs?
by vardhank
02 Apr 2015 17:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

^ Reminds me vaguely of the Stuka
by vardhank
01 Apr 2015 12:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Foreign Operations & Deployments
Replies: 264
Views: 36043

Re: Foreign Operations & Deployments

Globe basters? The world is a big turkey, all ready for Christmas.
by vardhank
12 Mar 2015 16:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Foreign Operations & Deployments
Replies: 264
Views: 36043

Re: Foreign Operations & Deployments

^^ what a wonderful post!
by vardhank
12 Mar 2015 11:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

No worries :) but thanks for the suggestion to read up more on the LCA ASRs, I genuinely don't know enough. Any good sources you recommend?
by vardhank
12 Mar 2015 10:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

@ Shaun

? That's what I said, no? It was NOT multi-role from the start.
by vardhank
12 Mar 2015 10:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Uddu, thank you. Most useful posts.
by vardhank
12 Mar 2015 08:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

The thing is that all Air forces are going away from simple dedicated one role aircraft towards multi-role aircraft (tilted towards ground or air.) The economics of the purchase drive very strongly towards that. Logistics too. Almost 2/3rds of the cost of the aircraft is lifecycle cost, instead of ...
by vardhank
11 Mar 2015 17:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Bizarrely, the LCA and MMRCA problems seem to have exactly the same things wrong with them - it's as if we've learnt nothing. There are simply too many "needs/wants" heaped onto one airframe. Re the LCA, 1) The Air Force NEEDED a force-filler, quickly - means immediate/quick availability, ...
by vardhank
11 Mar 2015 16:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

I have little knowledge of aerodynamics but this article by Prof. Produt Das seems superficial and flies in the face of many observations that have nothing to do with aerodynamics. What Prof. Das would like to see is a simple LCA bomb truck. Something like what the IAF wanted a long time ago. A pos...
by vardhank
11 Mar 2015 08:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

Thanks again, brar_w. I guess my main concern was armour, which I believe makes the A-10 highly survivable. However, as you and negi said, better to have something that can fight its way to the battlefield in the first place. I'd still maybe look at an up-armoured LCA in that case (a la the Mirage 2...
by vardhank
10 Mar 2015 12:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

Thanks, Messrs Negi and Brar_w!
by vardhank
08 Mar 2015 12:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

Supposing I'm looking for a dedicated ground-attack/low-level strike/forward air-control aircraft, and I don't want to buy an A-10/Frogfoot, largely because I want to have as much commonality with existing equipment as possible, which approach would be better: 1) A modified fighter (the LCA as an ex...
by vardhank
05 Mar 2015 09:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: General Indian Military News & Discussions
Replies: 154
Views: 13264

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

Newbie question on IA/IAF doctrine and separation of roles. This came up while reading discussions on the Indian Military Helicopters thread. Given that the 'Cold Start' doctrine possibly exists, which essentially relegates the IAF to a top-cover role for army units striking quickly into Pakistani t...
by vardhank
05 Mar 2015 07:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 154707

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Some insiders say that this was also at the behest of a western power,who wanted us to remain weak. "Some insiders" say this was at the behest of little alien puppy dogs who want to take over India and turn it into a giant pink marshmallow. "Some insiders" can say pretty much an...
by vardhank
02 Mar 2015 20:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3011
Views: 571946

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

pretty out of the box idea vardhank ... worthy of a james bond but the real achilles heel of the concept are twofold 1) Service ceiling: 7,195 m (23,606 ft). this more than the 12,000 ft of the KA31/Merlin AEW types. BUT ideally you need them at 35000-45000ft for much longer radar horizon. a Triton...
by vardhank
02 Mar 2015 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3011
Views: 571946

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

the ancestor of the US2 was deployed in service for ASW patrols. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Meiwa_US-1A since it can land in reasonable seas , I think arranging to refuel it, load new sonobuoys and change the crew should be possible from a small supply ship like a submarine tender. but chang...
by vardhank
02 Mar 2015 08:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3011
Views: 571946

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

Reading some posts above on a naval AEW&CS aircraft, how about looking at the ShinMaywa US-2 amphibians as a platform? Big enough for 6-8 operator stations at least, 10-hour endurance, can land alongside our ships instead of on them. On a related note, could the US-2s also be used as MRTTs for ...
by vardhank
01 Mar 2015 21:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3011
Views: 571946

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

Reading some posts above on a naval AEW&CS aircraft, how about looking at the ShinMaywa US-2 amphibians as a platform? Big enough for 6-8 operator stations at least, 10-hour endurance, can land alongside our ships instead of on them. On a related note, could the US-2s also be used as MRTTs for n...
by vardhank
25 Feb 2015 22:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 683134

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Am I looking at this incorrectly, or is the (probable) sub in the (probable) degaussing shed a fair bit wider (beam) and a bit shorter than the Arihant?
by vardhank
25 Feb 2015 22:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: General Indian Military News & Discussions
Replies: 154
Views: 13264

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

My apologies - this post was meant to go with an attachment. Mods, could I have permission, please? It'll be way easier to convey the concept. Thank you. Very random question to gurus. Would someone care to comment on this hull design I came up with? I'm no sort of marine engineer, just a fanboy who...
by vardhank
24 Feb 2015 10:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 156850

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

It might be a bit premature, but given that people are talking about LCA Mk IIIs on the Rafale-MMRCA thread, I'm wondering what it might have. Would anyone like to hazard a guess? I'm assuming it won't be major changes like a different fuselage shape or a totally different, thrust-vectoring engine e...
by vardhank
23 Feb 2015 22:04
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII
Replies: 856
Views: 54182

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XIII

Hi Vivek, Great writing, and a lovely, fast-paced thriller. Wish there had been more on the Pathfinders and their action deep in enemy territory - hope you will expand this when you get to later drafts. However, I'd like to understand why you've left the rest of the world out of both scenarios - do ...
by vardhank
20 Feb 2015 10:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: IAF Re-Equipment Schedule
Replies: 60
Views: 4914

Re: IAF Re-Equipment Schedule

@rohitvats Since you pointed out on the Rafale-MMRCA thread that we're wrangling over the merits/flaws in the Rafale deal without looking at the simple need for numbers in the IAF, so I'm putting my questions to you in this thread, purely in terms of acquisition, rather than in terms of which aircra...
by vardhank
12 Feb 2015 08:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 150021

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Noob POV (please move to the Newbie thread if you think it belongs there). Nix the Rafale purchase deal, lease ~60 Rafale/Typhoon so our numbers are taken care of until the LCA-2 gets going, and equally important, that air crews get flying hours. Get more MKIs, possibly even built in Russia, and tak...
by vardhank
08 Dec 2011 18:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3011
Views: 571946

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

What a mean-looking plane.
Can anyone start figuring out what those antennae and sensors might be?
by vardhank
08 Dec 2011 18:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 705381

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Code: Select all

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/comanches-child-the-arh70-armed-reconnaissance-helicopter-updated-02421/


Hah. We should offer them the Rudra. Exactly what they're looking for...
by vardhank
18 Nov 2011 15:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 632574

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

I'd spoke at one point on the LCA thread about selling LCAs at a cut-rate price, as a start to make sure our allies have the right equipment. I have another proposal, if India wants to not be seen as overtly helping China's neighbours. India, behind the scenes, and as secretly as possible, should br...
by vardhank
14 Nov 2011 17:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

vardhank, if you read carefully I didn't say anything about blindly following international trends but trying to understand why those trends are there. the tucano is first and foremost a turboprop trainer, do not forget that ! remember my point about modifying existing design ? ;) AWACS, mid air re...
by vardhank
12 Nov 2011 11:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

vardhank, almost all fighters designed in 80's and later can be considered STOL. if Mk2 has levcons LCA would do even better. coming to stall speed, there was a very interesting picture from 1989 air power demo at tilpat range. it featured 2 mirage 2000's flying with a quite slow flying prop driven...
by vardhank
11 Nov 2011 11:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

@Rahul M Low-speed ability... I'm probably not using the proper term here. What I mean is a low stall speed, to be able to engage ground forces effectively (especially in the mountains, where you'd probably need visual confirmation, at least for foot-soldiers). I would imagine this is not so easy to...
by vardhank
11 Nov 2011 08:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Design your own fighter
Replies: 543
Views: 63468

Re: Design your own fighter

Don't know why I ever stopped visiting this thread... I'm going to do a bit of a sum-up, mainly for my own use, but perhaps we could use this to harden the concepts, maybe even sort of have project leaders and teams for each proposal? I can see four major proposals here: 1) The original BRF Jingo 1:...
by vardhank
12 Oct 2011 16:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 165798

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

More details on the "theater-isation" concept of IA: Coming soon: An 'agile, lethal, versatile' Indian Army Could the gurus break this down, please? How exactly it would be done, what changes in command this would lead to? As I understand it, it means that all operations within an operati...
by vardhank
13 May 2011 13:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 575081

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

@ Rohitvats

What's your take on the NAMICA thing? Any idea why the sudden flip?
by vardhank
04 May 2011 16:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon and Rafale for MMRCA shortlist
Replies: 1324
Views: 165491

Re: India selects Typhoon and Rafale for MMRCA shortlist

^^^ I don't think it should be seen as such. In a way, the USA is learning to accept the fact that India cannot be seen as an ally in the Cold War sense, i.e. a vassal. The nuclear agreement, for example, quietly bypassed the NPT and CTBT problems. The US tried again with CISMOA and the LSA - and lo...
by vardhank
04 May 2011 12:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon and Rafale for MMRCA shortlist
Replies: 1324
Views: 165491

Re: India selects Typhoon and Rafale for MMRCA shortlist

US asked India for more data on fighter setback India has agreed to provide the United States with more information about its decision last week to drop two US defence companies from an $11 billion fighter competition, a top US official said on Tuesday. Assistant secretary of state Andrew Shapiro r...
by vardhank
28 Mar 2011 16:03
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 444303

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

^^ Oh yeah, completely agree - I love the fact that they're trying it. There's a mad-scientist gleam in DRDO's eyes, especially so because the first batch of monsters isn't just alive but singing and dancing a very graceful tango - and hats off to them, as long as they don't lose sight of the goal. ...

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