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by anand_sankar
23 Oct 2012 13:07
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 648952

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Navratri food and Vivek Ahuja, the day is made :)

Welcome back mate!
by anand_sankar
16 Oct 2012 19:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 699123

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

USAF targets long-range strike bomber http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/in-focus-usaf-targets-long-range-strike-bomber-377597/ Russian's next-generation bomber takes shape http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/in-focus-russians-next-generation-bomber-takes-shape-377251/ Our requirements ...
by anand_sankar
15 Oct 2012 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4143
Views: 769490

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Hahhahaha... @Singha good one!

The NSG can not just get one but a A-320 for each hub as the nationalised banks own the mothballed Kingfisher aircraft. In fact, there might even be a few left over to use as IAF VIP transports.
by anand_sankar
13 Oct 2012 20:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 699123

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

@Nakul The more I read this decision, it appears that the IAF is trying to keep budgets and options open at 2020. Even a die hard optimist would be hard pressed to predict that the AMCA will have at least IOC by 2025. The agencies involved have to move mountains literally. I think the IAF has adopte...
by anand_sankar
13 Oct 2012 19:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 699123

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Hoooohah... http://livefist.blogspot.in/2012/10/iaf-scales-down-fgfa-numbers-by-third.html The Indian Air Force has scaled down its requirement for the proposed Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) by 70 aircraft -- it has not put down a requirement now for just 144 aircraft, down f...
by anand_sankar
10 Oct 2012 22:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 699123

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

With experience of past programs and unforeseen challenges ahead, it would be wise to add +2 years to whatever date is quoted. Actually I don't know if anyone has a bead on the two-seater single seater mix. I think there is still a lot of debate on that. Now it looks even more inevitable that 2016-2...
by anand_sankar
10 Oct 2012 21:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 699123

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

LiveFist: Master! I have... it's very bad news! Master Oogway: Ah, LiveFist. There is just news. There is no good or bad. LiveFist: No 5th generation fighter for the IAF till 2020. [pause] Master Oogway: That IS bad news. http://livefist.blogspot.in/2012/10/indo-russian-5th-gen-fighter-only-by.html
by anand_sankar
08 Oct 2012 16:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/In-a-first-IAF-puts-women-pilots-in-attack-mode/articleshow/16716973.cms You must read this article in simply in the scenario of demand v/s supply. As our armed forces modernize, they are essentially competing with the mainstream economy for skilled people. ...
by anand_sankar
26 Sep 2012 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3079
Views: 338034

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

Airbase security is a function of base location, value of assets on base and threat perception. What is happening in Pakistan or Afghanistan is not a yardstick for us. There are protocols in place for each base based on the above three factors. Pune and southwards are the bases with least risks. As ...
by anand_sankar
23 Sep 2012 20:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

The search for two second-hand Mirage-2000s is good news and is something I foresaw. Both the losses were two-seaters and it would have severely curtailed training.
by anand_sankar
20 Aug 2012 23:31
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@Austin, yes, I have to agree with the rear admiral because he is talking from the perspective of the shipyard. First, our order sizes are pretty small, 3 ships in a class, which really does not allow economies of scale or time to kick in, further there are vagaries in design in each ship of the cla...
by anand_sankar
20 Aug 2012 17:34
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@Austin, there isn't any points in commissioning a half-useful system too :) The IN is playing it cool because the carrier programs are big time behind schedule. Even the Vik, we are getting the keys only by the end of this year. By the time it sails to India and we work it up slowly to something ap...
by anand_sankar
20 Aug 2012 15:29
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@Austin, waiting for the LR SAM Barak-8 is a necessity. The P-15A/B are going to the principal fleet defence combatants of our aircraft carrier groups. With the already non-existent fixed-wing AEW coverage, you need a really robust air defence platform for fleet defence. There was no way you could c...
by anand_sankar
19 Aug 2012 10:02
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

Thambi is still on the Kambi, 2 days now! Turning out to be a legendary PR c**k-up!

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/harassed-armyman-climbs-tower-refuses-to-come-down/283427-3.html
by anand_sankar
18 Aug 2012 15:01
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

WHAT! It is the same Thambi who went up the kambi (pole in tamil) in Bangalore! There was talk he would be discharged on mental-health grounds and they did not?? Isn't one stunt like that enough to send you home, hell, any employer would send a suicidal employee packing. I am still not sure if it is...
by anand_sankar
18 Aug 2012 14:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3321
Views: 665963

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

The Embraer arriving is good news, but doesn't mask the fact that they are a decade behind schedule w.r.t requirements. Like the Navy is lagging behind on warship acquisition to complement its aircraft carrier(s), the IAF has seriously neglected force multipliers in its acquisitions. We are basicall...
by anand_sankar
13 Aug 2012 22:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@Singha: Had to check in for two days for some first line servicing, nothing serious :)
by anand_sankar
13 Aug 2012 19:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

@Pandyan, back home, but it was mini air-show out there today! The flying order was like this today... 1. Mig-21 (early around 8.30 am) 2. Mig-21 3. Hawk (so silent compared to the crotch rocket and the jags) 4. Jaguar 5. Jaguar (two-seater) 6. Hawk 7. Painted white -- couldn't identify The Jags did...
by anand_sankar
13 Aug 2012 11:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Probably the only thing nice about being tied to a hospital bed is watching take offs from HAL airport. Lucky to get a room looking bang onto the runway.

count since morning:

2xMig-21
1xHawk
by anand_sankar
11 Aug 2012 22:35
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 If what you are saying is true, it is definitely not right on the part of the officers to bash the soldier for peeping. There is enough in the Army Act to deal with the soldier's offence. So, the situation was first made tense (resentment comes here) by the unlawful physical assault by th...
by anand_sankar
11 Aug 2012 20:36
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

@pmund, well said! It is a matter of pride for a unit when a soldier from the ranks makes it as an officer. Have myself personally seen COs and other officers coaching soldiers who want to take up the exams and the postal bachelor's degree. It is brownie points for the unit and the CO if a soldier m...
by anand_sankar
10 Aug 2012 23:41
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@titash: Good article! Further explains why the IN wanted to keep the MAD on the P-8Is. MAD is especially useful in shallow water ASW ops. Especially significant if you already have a map of all the known magnetic sources (wrecks) on the seabed. Should be easy for us as we have not had a great seafa...
by anand_sankar
25 Jul 2012 02:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

http://englishrussia.com/2012/07/22/deep-modernization-of-the-airborne-cruiser/ Nice photo essay that shows the entire INS Vikramaditya rebuild. Some of the old pictures of the ship show it when it arrives for the refit. I wonder how the initial assessment was done, it looks a total mothballed rust...
by anand_sankar
24 Jul 2012 15:01
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

I do not see the P-28 ships part of the CBGs unless there are circumstances that make larger ASW assets unavailable. What the P-28 will do very effectively is free up the larger ships from littoral duties. For example, the corvettes can easily secure the approaches to major port infrastructure in Gu...
by anand_sankar
23 Jul 2012 15:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

There is no 'peacetime' in the Navy. When ships leave harbour, there are ready for war in a moment's notice unlike the army and the air force which require a degree of mobilisation. Warships always have their magazines full with live rounds. An aircraft carrier is a capital asset, which will be acco...
by anand_sankar
21 Jul 2012 19:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tracking Errors in Defence reporting
Replies: 499
Views: 89449

Re: Tracking Errors in Defence reporting

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/stealth-warship-ins-sahyadri-commissioned-245979?pfrom=home-india The 4,900-tonne INS Sahyadri is equipped with some of the most advance surface and air-to-air missiles and can carry two helicopters - a mix of Dhruv, Sea King or Kamov - onboard for various missions...
by anand_sankar
21 Jul 2012 19:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/express-exclusive-air-force-plans-projects-leaked/977444/0

Now Mr Antony can order another serious of inquiries so that even the targets in now what is a open document are never met by 2020 :P
by anand_sankar
20 Jul 2012 21:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 201911

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Minimum 24 C-130Js. Orders will be done before next elections.
by anand_sankar
17 Jul 2012 23:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Critics of America in the MoD and the forces are being genuinely won over by American equipment. The on (sometimes ahead) of time delivery and excellent OEM support is winning over real good opinion. I am not faffing, I have a cousin in a senior position in a transport squadron and he says the missi...
by anand_sankar
19 Jun 2012 17:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2974
Views: 405571

Re: International Military Discussion

The USAF with the F-22 seems to have stumbled into an area of aeromedicine where there is precious little data to work with. The problem seems to be in altitudes above 44,000 ft, where the Raptor with its engines have an unparalled advantage but pilot life support systems are having difficulties. An...
by anand_sankar
06 Mar 2012 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2619
Views: 364348

Re: Military Flight Safety

@Zynda is right. Ejection posture is part of training. It helps minimize the impact of the upward force. Also it helps that your body and mind are prepared for the ejection when the ejection is planned. Spinal injury apart, the next most common injuries are when the limbs flail and come in contact w...
by anand_sankar
05 Mar 2012 17:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2619
Views: 364348

Re: Military Flight Safety

We've been lucky the engines have cut-out in what looks like level flight at a safe altitude. Things could have been a lot worse if it happened during low-level flying or air combat exercises. The pilots have had time to plan the ejection, that in itself reduces the risk of serious injury by a large...
by anand_sankar
05 Mar 2012 14:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 693974

Re: LCA News and Discussions

There could be longer knock on effect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dassault_Mirage_2000#Mirage_2000H_.28India.29 The wiki says we had ten trainers in total. Since the aircraft are spread over 2 squadrons and TACDE (please correct me if I am wrong), I would assume the split would be three trainers e...
by anand_sankar
05 Mar 2012 14:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 693974

Re: LCA News and Discussions

The Mirage 2000TH crashes are going to have a major impact on the LCA test programme and the N-LCA first flight could be delayed further. The fleet will be grounded till they pin down the problem and a fix is applied. Two crashes in 10 days is too much coincidence. The 2000TH has been the mainstay a...
by anand_sankar
28 Feb 2012 19:03
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17186829 It is the lone IN Dornier based in the Seychelles on anti-piracy duty that has come to the rescue! Now makes a case for basing a couple more aircraft there. Interesting, for the nutjob that the Italian marines pulled off 14 miles off Kerala, look who ...
by anand_sankar
28 Feb 2012 12:55
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 245009

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

It always pisses me off that the GOI doesn't give a damn about good PR work for the armed forces. Looks like the Indian Navy has been the first responder to the Costa Allegra crisis near Madagascar. We have to learn from the BBC that an IN aircraft is the first to take pictures of the stricken cruis...
by anand_sankar
27 Jan 2012 12:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 518898

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

I really recommend, gripping read: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History authored by a former SEAL Chris Kyle. http://www.amazon.com/American-Sniper-Autobiography-Military-History/dp/0062082353 Its also available in a Kindle edition. You don't have to ...
by anand_sankar
31 Dec 2011 12:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3079
Views: 338034

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

>>Always wondered above what rank does this transition from Jeep/Gypsy to Amby happen in the services.

Army - Brigadier
by anand_sankar
28 Dec 2011 16:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 883162

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

A couple of things that disturb me about this issue of sunlight affecting the SU-30MKI, it should not be a big issue. I am taking avionics, and plastics and polymers separately. 1. Avionics I come from an electronics background. From the time semi-conductors and transistor-based circuits came into b...
by anand_sankar
22 Dec 2011 14:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 860043

Re: Indian Military Aviation

@Singha

I thought the 'Hack' must be retired since they went with the Israeli radar for the Tejas.

Will watch out for it over my farm now. All the HAL test craft and IAF aircraft from Yelahanka do their flying over my farm near Kanakapura.

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