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by anand_sankar
09 Jan 2014 15:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1524
Views: 119425

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

The pecking order is firmly like this:

1. US CBGs
2. French CDG
3. INS Vik

The KUZN is in a very sorry state of repair and its air arm is set for renewal. Its not to be counted for the next 5 years.
by anand_sankar
08 Jan 2014 21:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1524
Views: 119425

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Guys, the VIK came through NATOs ASW swimming pool. I am sure they have operas of her prop noise by now. And she definitely was not on a stealth cruise. NATO need not wait for the Arabian Sea. As far as Munna goes, the show of force was for them right? And I am sure we had one big shark and two litt...
by anand_sankar
08 Jan 2014 16:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1524
Views: 119425

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

This was a band baaja baraat moment! We needed a grand homecoming not sneaking in after dark. The ship is not coming after an operational mission. Really this event deserved the headlines, rather the AAP-BS. Such a good PR moment gone amiss. The largest floating airfield of Indian Navy, the INS Vikr...
by anand_sankar
26 Feb 2013 23:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 375193

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

@Philip, agree with your 200+ number. But I expect 35% of that to come from the civilian market. It is not just military IL-76s that need replacement, there are close to a 100 flying on various civilian charters, most of them doing rough hauling in conflict areas. They should be pretty long in the t...
by anand_sankar
05 Feb 2013 23:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2410
Views: 403197

Re: CT and COIN operations in India: News, Images and Discus

@Surya

Sad that after 4,000-odd posts you need a silly emoticon and a pile of manure to make an argument.
by anand_sankar
05 Feb 2013 23:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2410
Views: 403197

Re: CT and COIN operations in India: News, Images and Discus

@SagarAg We seem to have got this notion of 'leave no man behind' from seeing too much of Hollywood and reading Tom Clancy types. SERE is every man for himself. Once crashed deep in enemy territory, if one incapacitated person is at risk of capture, it is stupid for other able bodied men to either g...
by anand_sankar
05 Feb 2013 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2410
Views: 403197

Re: CT and COIN operations in India: News, Images and Discus

Govt wants action against Air Force pilots who abandoned injured Chhattisgarh wireless operator http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/govt-wants-action-against-air-force-pilots-who-abandoned-injured-chhattisgarh-wireless-operator-326920?pfrom=home-topstories It makes my blood boil when the media is tryi...
by anand_sankar
19 Jan 2013 21:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: French military action in Mali
Replies: 171
Views: 6382

Re: French military action in Mali

@rohitvats True that! Have you seen he TV series Homeland? The terrorist Abu Nazir in it says they are prepared for a century or more of violence. For a brief little while after 9/11, I thought America would use its might to stamp this out. Then Iraq happened and Afghanistan unravelled. Both countri...
by anand_sankar
15 Jan 2013 22:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@Acharya

Yes lots of coverage of the Kumbh, I am trying to find some literature on the abandoned airbase.
by anand_sankar
15 Jan 2013 16:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Anyone here from Allahabad? Or anyone who has visited the WWII Phaphamau airbase north of Allahabad.

I'm in Allahabad in a few days to cover the Kumbh Mela. Planning to visit the location. Any info on it would be useful, nothing much on the Internet.
by anand_sankar
15 Jan 2013 16:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: French military action in Mali
Replies: 171
Views: 6382

Re: French military action in Mali

Gallic pride must be hurting like hell because they had to ask the Royal Airforce for an emergency heavy airlift with C-17s. I had never looked at the transport fleet of the French, I'm surprised they never went in for a heavy airlifter, even though they have paid big bucks for E-3s and KC-135s. The...
by anand_sankar
10 Jan 2013 21:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 199889

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

I sent this letter to The Hindu earlier today. This letter is regarding the article "Runaway grandmother sparked savage skirmish on LoC' by Mr Praveen Swami published on January 10, 2013. I have a specific issue with the article authored by Mr Swami, which centers around naming the 19 Infantry ...
by anand_sankar
09 Jan 2013 18:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 199889

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

Times Now is carrying an interview with Brig JK Tiwari Dy GOC 25 DIV. I am not able to get the link for the online video. This is how Brig Tiwari describes the chain of events. I think this is the first clear report of what has happened. 1. The incident happened between two posts approximately 7 kms...
by anand_sankar
09 Jan 2013 13:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 199889

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

I doubt if Mr Shukla is hearing himself talk right now. I have always hated his attitude right from the time I had to edit his writing. He has done a bit of good work, but overwhelmingly over the last few years he has been overtly pro-US, pro-establishment and doesn't like to ruffle feathers with al...
by anand_sankar
08 Jan 2013 18:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 258856

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

@Manish_Sharma We are already above the limit (budget-wise) of the number of 4++ gen heavy fighters that we can operate. There will be no more orders, except maybe one or two aircraft to replace future attrition while the production line is open. *************************** Agreed, Dassault wants to...
by anand_sankar
04 Jan 2013 18:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@Vivek Ahuja It is not just the MRTT purchase, there is deafening silence on the additional AWACS, AEW and ELINT aircraft. The Phalcon seems set to stop at 3, at least with the IL-76 airframe, thats what I hear. While the Embraer-based AEW birds are still in development and the number is still 2-3. ...
by anand_sankar
04 Jan 2013 12:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3079
Views: 338036

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

Hahaha... that is Chiranjeevi eh! It thought for a second it might be a diplomat who is a great lookalike. :rotfl:
by anand_sankar
12 Dec 2012 17:20
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648952

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

@Sarabpal

Thanks. Sounds a good read.
by anand_sankar
12 Dec 2012 15:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@Aditya: Nothing on page 49 about the Mig-29

@Singha: There is no low-RCS attempt on the Mig-29 anyway. Loaded to bear with stuff hanging off its wings those louvers are not going to add much to the final RCS.
by anand_sankar
12 Dec 2012 15:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

I think this picture is a good reference. http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/middle/8/2/3/2038328.jpg http://www.airliners.net/photo/India---Air/Mikoyan-Gurevich-MiG-29UPG-(9-20)/2038328/&sid=78e0e6cabcae23f0a584ed8a0132b75e The documentation available about the upgrade of the Mig-29 c...
by anand_sankar
10 Dec 2012 20:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

An interesting paper on the challenges of training for nightflying in the USAF.

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a240970.pdf
by anand_sankar
08 Dec 2012 19:20
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2013
Replies: 651
Views: 37313

Re: Aero India 2013

The last Aero India I covered was 2007. Have missed 09 and '11 due to other assignments. Same case with 2013, I'm at the Kumbh Mela, dunno whether I'm happy or sad. :-?
by anand_sankar
07 Dec 2012 20:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 518898

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their comrades who died in Afghanistan as they come onto the Unit's parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance ...
by anand_sankar
04 Dec 2012 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Post Nuclear Strike on New Delhi [Fictional Analysis]
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Post Nuclear Strike on New Delhi [Fictional Analysis]

@Deepan, a little confused here... are you talking about India's retaliation plans or civil defence and rescue efforts post an attack. If it is civil defence and rescue, then there are very solid plans stored at the office of every district collector and superintendent of police to deal with natural...
by anand_sankar
04 Dec 2012 00:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@Rohitvats, in terms of radar coverage its nothing short of a disaster for us. Terrestrial radars are practically useless especially in the north-east as they wont be able to see beyond the foothills. As for airborne radars the McMahon line is a huge radar obstacle. The ridges are 15-18,000 ft plus ...
by anand_sankar
03 Dec 2012 22:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@rohitvats, answering your questions one by one... While AWACS and long range AAMs are a buzz-word these days - how will the fighters fare at this altitude? IAF fighters taking off from virtual sea-level and PLAAF taking from 10K+ feet airbases. Leh and other high-alt bases apart, the IAF has a defi...
by anand_sankar
29 Nov 2012 14:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 199889

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

@rohitvats Agree with you partially in the fact that it seems to be a consensual encounter so there is no criminal misconduct. But every unit/contingent CO has the powers to set fraternization rules in the area of operation for the soldiers. If fraternization was banned and the soldier had relations...
by anand_sankar
25 Nov 2012 16:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 717368

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

Beg, borrow or steal... They have done it today!

Today is the day to swallow some pride and applaud.

The INS Vik ain't gonna reach our shores before Jul '13 and our first landing is not expected till Oct '13. Lets twiddle thumbs in the meanwhile :(
by anand_sankar
20 Nov 2012 00:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2974
Views: 405571

Re: International Military & Space Discussion

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor Author: Jake Tapper http://www.amazon.com/The-Outpost-Untold-Story-American/dp/0316185396 I can't recommend this book highly enough. It was released last week and I came across it randomly while searching for some ebooks online. This is the most grippi...
by anand_sankar
14 Nov 2012 20:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Some Su-30Ks undergoing deep overhaul in Belarus... Looks like the ones we returned.

http://englishrussia.com/2012/11/13/belorussian-aircraft-repair-plant/
by anand_sankar
12 Nov 2012 20:10
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@Phillip second that! Also, I donot think I will live to see a day when we go asking for a fight into the South China Sea. Stealth or not, they have to first sail past the Malacca Straits. We have the biggest unsinkable aircraft carrier -- our peninsula and the Andaman Chain --- in the region. Steal...
by anand_sankar
05 Nov 2012 16:04
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648952

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

@Vivek_Ahuja I had a sinking feeling when the air war was turning in our favour. Hope there is still a twist in the tale ;) Now in the mind is all about possibilities from your first scenario which you left deliciously poised... Anyway there is lesson in this for folks who look at two sets of tables...
by anand_sankar
04 Nov 2012 18:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2619
Views: 364349

Re: Military Flight Safety

Ground resonance is one of the freakiest phenomena. Check out what it does. You could get chopped up by your own rotors. http://www.alexisparkinn.com/photogallery/Videos/2006-2-10_Ground_Resonance_Side_View.mpg http://www.alexisparkinn.com/photogallery/Videos/2006-2-10_Ground_Resonance_Rear_View.mpg...
by anand_sankar
02 Nov 2012 02:07
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648952

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

@Vivek_Ahuja Don't bother responding to numbskulls. They think this is Rediff.com to troll. I think the mods need to stick the metaphorical foot into some of the serial offenders. Everyone is open to having a healthy argument, but this is simply 'Yo, Mama' stuff. You are doing awesome. You keep it r...
by anand_sankar
29 Oct 2012 12:13
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The factor that affects carrier ops the most is the sea state. The pitching, and worse, rolling motion is most hazardous for landing aircraft. Most carriers have roll stabilizers so they can operate upto a certain limit. The sea state limit for safe air ops is usually 5/6. The general thumb rule is ...
by anand_sankar
27 Oct 2012 20:13
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648952

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

@ashdivay 1. In this forum everyone has an right to opinion, but please refrain from making blanket unsubstantiated statements. This is just a short example of efficiency in Western Armoured units. How evident is this in Indian Armoured units ? PLA has also started to impliment similar efficient bat...
by anand_sankar
26 Oct 2012 14:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3079
Views: 338036

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

Hahaha... you should see how regular tyred vehicles get stuck in the White Rann. It especially gets worse as the tide is coming in and can be very deceptive. The water first soaks underneath before you see it on the surface. Tourists go there to see the tide coming in and park on the salt. On the wa...
by anand_sankar
23 Oct 2012 20:03
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648952

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

@Hari_sud, good proposal!

@Vivek_Ahuja, would love to purchase the entire scenario as a PDF in the future as a collector's item. It is fair that you get some remuneration for the fantastic writing, and the hours of research and thinking you are putting into this work.

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