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by anand_sankar
21 Dec 2011 12:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2974
Views: 405571

Re: International Military Discussion

You could almost predict this would happen when the UK scrapped its aircraft carrier!

South American states ban Falklands vessels from ports

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16280613
by anand_sankar
21 Dec 2011 09:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 860043

Re: Indian Military Aviation

@Singha

Yup they must must have auxiliary internal fuel bladders. You wouldn't do over-water-flights without adequate reserves.
by anand_sankar
20 Dec 2011 22:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 860043

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Quite hard to believe they did Hindon-Campbell Bay-Hindon without a top-up from an IL-78MKI over Agra (still too much of a stretch) or Kalaikunda (possible). The open source listed range of the C-130J is ~ 2,900 nmi. Add 10% to that and still you fall short. This is not accounting for headwinds and ...
by anand_sankar
16 Dec 2011 18:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2619
Views: 364349

Re: Military Flight Safety

Happens to the best of them! For those who blamed the Russians for faulty cockpit ergonomics in the first Su-30MKI crash, read the Alaska F-22 crash report.

http://usaf.aib.law.af.mil/ExecSum2011/F-22A_AK_16%20Nov%2010.pdf
by anand_sankar
29 Nov 2011 20:34
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648953

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Hey Vivek, Really glad you are back writing again. Great stuff. Have you considered publishing your book on Amazon Kindle? https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin I don't own a kindle, but use the Kindle Cloud reader, a free app on Google Chrome. I guess it would be a great way to ensure you g...
by anand_sankar
22 Sep 2011 20:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 974975

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

A sweet little nugget from a BBC news report - "On a lighter note, the preoccupation with American activities in Pakistan has meant that Indians - traditionally the most watched nationals - are having an easier time of it. An Indian posted in Islamabad recently joked that the intelligence agenc...
by anand_sankar
20 Apr 2011 19:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The IAF History Thread
Replies: 1048
Views: 178407

Re: The IAF History Thread

Speechless... That's airmanship.
by anand_sankar
11 Apr 2011 11:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military
Replies: 3954
Views: 1554883

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

This Shifuji is great inspiration for a comic strip. He is totally LOL ROTFL!

Wish I could draw!
by anand_sankar
20 Jan 2011 21:02
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648953

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

@Bala: The very real depiction of loss ratios is what I like about Mr Ahuja's writing. Granted, India is going to win in the end, but with a heavy price. In a post-2015 conflict, the Mig-21, even the Bisons, is going to find itself very exposed. Innovative tactics and individual pilot skills can onl...
by anand_sankar
03 Jan 2011 22:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 1015898

Re: China Military Watch

@Marten: If I were the US President would I want to bring a conflict in the other end of the Pacific to my western shores, emphasis on cities? Face it, the US itself might have entered the conflict in support of another treaty nation. The "swift and much greater" retaliation would have to ...
by anand_sankar
03 Jan 2011 21:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 1015898

Re: China Military Watch

Shiv -- just wanted to put forward a new dimension Why assume that the warhead on the PRC Anti-carrier Ballistic Missile will be conventional?? It makes more sense to arm it with a tactical nuke or a low-yield weapon. In a confrontation with the US, I would assume the PRC wouldn't escalate to launch...
by anand_sankar
03 Sep 2010 22:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 758760

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Mr Nair, Remembering the encounter with Wg Cdr Krishna, has awakened something that has been dormant for a while. Well, he is the one who put a devil in a small corner of my head, with the line, "Oh, you ride a Bullet, you must learn a helicopter now." Can you fill us in on what is the sta...
by anand_sankar
03 Sep 2010 22:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 758760

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

I remember being at the Sarang Aero-India '07 crash site, the morning after the incident. The mood of the team, whom we met with the commander of Yelahanka AFB was sombre and you could clearly sense they were shocked. But the spirit was simply "The show must go on". The media was as usual ...
by anand_sankar
28 Aug 2010 18:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 758760

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Mr Nair, What do your service rules say about blogging about your daily life??? Ok, even if you can't write with your real name or mention real events in detail, can you write a blog like this one... http://flightlevel390.blogspot.com/ This blog is written by an American commercial pilot who calls h...
by anand_sankar
22 Aug 2010 23:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 758760

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Great to see Mr. Nair here. Just thought I should post links to the two afternoons before Aero India 07, I spent with HAL's rotary test team and the Tejas test team at the NFTC. There was so much I learnt at my time there and pity I could accommodate only little in my stories. The Dhruv team - http:...
by anand_sankar
12 Jun 2010 15:13
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648953

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Even the first link works now.

Cheers
by anand_sankar
12 Jun 2010 11:56
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648953

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

You need patience for all the good things in life.... So, I wait for Mr. Ahuja again... In the meantime, I went through the whole scenario again and compiled it into a file, of course with author credit in bold to Mr. Ahuja. If anyone else wants to read it again here is the link... http://rapidshare...
by anand_sankar
13 Apr 2010 17:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 758760

Re: LCH discussion

Guess the flight landed at the HAL Airport, no sign of them coming back to Helicopter Division yet. But must say, what a PR opportunity for HAL, the Dhruv being the chase aircraft for the LCH! Some observations from the brief sighting: 1) The LCH is quieter than the Dhruv. Heard the Dhruv, but the L...
by anand_sankar
13 Apr 2010 16:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 758760

Re: LCH discussion

FLIGHT ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!! LCH flies in stormy skies! The LCH just took off from HAL's Helicopter Division about fifteen mins ago. Was on my terrace enjoying the strong wind and light rain, when suddenly a Dhruv popped up. I was wondering why they are flying in such gusty conditions and then another c...
by anand_sankar
12 Apr 2010 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 518898

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

Found some gorgeous pics from a recent Russian tank-ex. Awesome photography

http://tinyurl.com/y85gndl
by anand_sankar
30 Mar 2010 09:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 974975

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

You want to see them grinning and smirking together???

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8592472.stm
by anand_sankar
24 Feb 2010 17:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Brake chute wear... first chute (top) visible fraying in centre-right corner. That apart... The point I am trying to make is trying to figure out the accumulated flight hours of SB 023. We all know SB 001-18 were plain-jane flankers, from SB 019, MKI begins. So SB 023 must have done quite some air m...
by anand_sankar
24 Feb 2010 14:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

@Prasdha: First, I see that you too are a "Noobie" as your BR forum designation says. Second, I am not a "Noobie", when it comes to aeronautics. I honestly don't care what my BR forum designation is. Finally, I never passed a judgment on the IAF's maintenance practices. I have me...
by anand_sankar
24 Feb 2010 12:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Looks like th early birds have been flogged quite a bit now. Check out SB 023 at Vayushakti '10. The radome looks sand-blasted and the paintjob elsewhere on the aircraft skin is literally peeling off. Worse, the brake chute looks battered and frayed. Is the first lot of aircraft overdue for an overh...
by anand_sankar
11 Feb 2010 18:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 3926
Views: 932811

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Why 12 AW-101 choppers?? Simple... Security manuals dictate that even though the choppers have all kinds of self-protection, the PM/Prez flight is always three identical choppers which keep intermixing their positions. So any potential threat doesn't know which chopper the VIP target is on. This rul...
by anand_sankar
29 Jan 2010 15:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: PAK-FA Thread - First flight
Replies: 495
Views: 182598

Re: PAK-FA Thread - First flight

Awesome stuff! I am completely in love with the design, especially the aesthetics of the wing shape. Almost immediately you can notice weapons storage is predominantly in the central bay. I think I can make out four doors. Looks like Sukhoi has ditched the idea of having IR-AAMs in side bays. The F2...
by anand_sankar
18 Jan 2010 11:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 518898

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

Don't know how many noticed this on Saturday (Jan 16) evening. An IAF OSA-AK-1 SAM system (launcher, loading vehicle, command vehicle, et al...) was parked near Patparganj, on the highway to Ghaziabad in Delhi. Huddled around were quite a few red-faced IAF personnel and a bemused Delhi police patrol...
by anand_sankar
14 Jan 2010 11:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 3926
Views: 932811

Re: Indian Military Aviation

A little bit of an update on the An-32 upgrade program.

The aircraft that were supposed to fly to Kiev in Dec and Jan, haven't left. Blame the severe winter across Europe and Central Asia.
by anand_sankar
02 Jan 2010 16:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 3926
Views: 932811

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Talking of the N-ALH, there is an incident that I can now reveal. I had a close friend working with HAL who was present at a meeting between them and the Indian Navy. The MoD was trying to mediate so that everyone went home with something. The navy did not want ANYTHING to do with the N-ALH. A brigh...
by anand_sankar
31 Dec 2009 15:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 3926
Views: 932811

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Mechuka land blips on air force radar --- IAF eyes advanced landing grounds in Arunachal Pradesh http://telegraphindia.com/1091231/jsp/n ... 924877.jsp The reporter has got his number totally wrong here. All the eight advanced landing grounds combined might not be more than a 800 acres at most. Its...
by anand_sankar
29 Dec 2009 13:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 518898

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NEWS/newsrf.php?newsid=12127 Phew! Finally, some progress for the IAF in litigation with land-grabbers in Jalahalli, on Bangalore's outskirts. I remember some years back Wing Commander Raghunath, the then Bangalore IAF PRO, trying to explain to me the intricacies of th...
by anand_sankar
03 Dec 2009 14:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2619
Views: 364349

Re: Military Flight Safety

Here is my two cents on the latest Su-30 MKI crash. In the first crash as soon as information about the loss of control surfaced, it was clear it was an avionics issue. But this one is a lot more baffling. It took a bit of time to think hard and assimilate lots of different scraps of data on the MKI...
by anand_sankar
25 Nov 2009 12:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military
Replies: 3954
Views: 1554883

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

Some rare pics of Indian troops on UN duty. This is from MONUC in the DR Congo. This was on the BBC. The story says the UN mission to Congo has failed and has an accompanying slideshow. Link to the original slideshow: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8353133.stm http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/...
by anand_sankar
30 Oct 2009 14:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2619
Views: 364349

Re: Military Flight Safety

I was at the crash site of the Sarang chopper in Bangalore, a few hours after the incident. I must second the opinion that the Dhruv is one tough bird. While trying to pull up after a loop, the Sarang chopper plowed into the ground. It was at the extremes of any design for crashworthiness. The impac...
by anand_sankar
17 Aug 2009 14:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 699762

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

More pics of the Russian Su-27 crash, includes one aircraft in flames and pilots ejecting

http://englishrussia.com/?p=4835#more-4835
by anand_sankar
14 Jul 2009 16:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 359
Views: 38699

Re: International Military Discussion

Nice blog post on the raging F-22 funding debate in the US

http://tinyurl.com/lhoj5r
by anand_sankar
08 Jul 2009 19:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 518898

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

Found this video of the Mig-29 OVT prototype at an unknown air show.

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1899

The llink also has pics of the RD-33MK TVC engine. I have seen this very same aircraft at Aero India '07, bloody hell the TVC gives the Mig-29 airframe a new dimension.
by anand_sankar
28 Jun 2009 15:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

The ejection seat harness of the Su-30MKI failed due to exposure to the sun! I mean this again... what do you say about it... If you use Google Earth or Wikimapia and zoom into Diego Garcia, you will see what little things we can learn from the Americans. They have these nifty collapsible tents to s...

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