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by Vick
23 Feb 2008 03:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4216
Views: 745165

Gents, might as well add: 13 Aerostats are required by the IAF. Two are in service, upto 4 more are to be ordered. Seven remaining. Why? Add all the recent statements about aerostats, LRDEs advances in radars - and its plausible that an Indian made system is being contemplated. Just a thought. NAL ...
by Vick
22 Feb 2008 07:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 341975

Survey work for Sikkim's first railway line complete The proposed broad-gauge line will be 52.7-km long, connecting Sevoke in West Bengal to Rangpo on the West Bengal-Sikkim border. Bohra added that as much as 51.7-km will fall in West Bengal with only 1 km lying in Sikkim. . . At a later date, the...
by Vick
20 Feb 2008 07:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2881
Views: 554051

It's definitely not a MAD. I think it's more like rear facing ESM sensors.
by Vick
20 Feb 2008 04:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2881
Views: 554051

k prasad wrote:as for the AWACS.. I also noticed the fat tail section. didnt notice it then, which I regret. Anyone has an idea about what it could be... methinks its a fin sort of.

Not the fins, the fat conical section aft of the fins.
by Vick
20 Feb 2008 02:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2881
Views: 554051

In the first pic, one can clearly see the addition of the belly fairing to the aircraft.

Added later: Also, in the first pic, notice the fat tail section. Definitely something going on there.
by Vick
17 Feb 2008 06:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Multimedia - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2151
Views: 336319

Amazing videos of agni, akash and other indigenous stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYr3Om2qARg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1qqYGjFnQo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTYNZKBkzN0 Those are incredible. Looking at the Agni rail TEL, and thinking that any inocuous looking dingy shed on the sid...
by Vick
16 Feb 2008 05:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 101903

Image

Looks like the INSAS LMG with 30 round mag has been operationalized...
by Vick
16 Feb 2008 05:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270752

DRDO wants private cos, Armed Forces to share cost
[quote]However, the move to involve the Armed Forces by asking them to invest 20% of the project cost has come in for criticism. “The military’s business is to fight the war. It (funding development programmes) will dilute its purpose,â€
by Vick
15 Feb 2008 06:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270752

sunilUpa wrote:^^^Groan...it's 9:00 pm, time to switch off BRF and celebrate Valentines day!

You mean time to watch "Lost"?
by Vick
12 Feb 2008 06:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270752

The SAM could be SLAMRAAM and its associated radar for the LLQRM requirement but will have to wait for DefExpo for clarifications.
by Vick
08 Feb 2008 04:03
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 361
Views: 83726

I would put the J-10 production around 17-18 per year. The additional engines are maintenance reserve.
by Vick
08 Feb 2008 03:41
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 361
Views: 83726

In the first few days of the war, both sides will probably operate at equivalent surge rates and then have a rapid drop off in availability. That's when the higher numbers can play a significant role. When the units that participated in the surge are licking their wounds and conducting maintenance, ...
by Vick
07 Feb 2008 07:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

I'm thinking more on the lines of Aegis. I think LM will be trying to hit many birds with one stone. Aegis+LCS+BMD might be the sales pitch LM might be giving.
by Vick
07 Feb 2008 07:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

Huh?

India said mulling missile-shield work with U.S.

This seems more like a marketing trial balloon than anything else.
by Vick
07 Feb 2008 05:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270752

From DN [quote]Posted 02/06/08 18:47 India Puts MiG-29 Upgrade Back on Track to Approval By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI NEW DELHI — After nearly a year of stalemate in Indo-Russian defense deals, the Indian Defence Ministry has cleared a contract to upgrade 67 Indian Air Force MiG-29 fighter jets by Russian...
by Vick
07 Feb 2008 05:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270752

[quote="Kakkaji"] Lockheed leads American defense companies into India [quote] Russia now has other significant defense customers and wants market prices. But it is not offering India competitive back-up services on quality, training, and spare parts, and this is seriously affecting the op...
by Vick
06 Feb 2008 07:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 189375

Let's see how far the ABL's laser can be effective before writing off the railgun in that role.
by Vick
06 Feb 2008 07:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 397
Views: 270752

From DN Posted 02/05/08 12:08 India Seeks Bids for New Airport Systems, Air Defense Gear By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI NEW DELHI — India, which is planning a $1.5 billion upgrade for its 30 military airports and their air traffic control systems, issued a request for bids in January, a senior Indian Defenc...
by Vick
06 Feb 2008 07:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 189375

http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/webphoto/web_080131-N-0000X-002.jpg The EM gun projectile right before impact. Notice the lensing effect from the shock front. Reported muzzle velocity of the gun is around Mach 7.5 and that's at half power. I wonder if it would be possible to use railguns in ...
by Vick
01 Feb 2008 21:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 189375

From DN [quote]Posted 01/31/08 18:24 U.S. Navy Breaks Record with Railgun Test-Shot By ZACHARY M. PETERSON DAHLGREN, VA. — The Navy set a new world record for the most powerful electromagnetic railgun when it fired a test shot here Thursday morning. The gun fired an aluminum projectile at 10.68 me...
by Vick
31 Jan 2008 05:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4216
Views: 745165

From DN [quote]Posted 01/30/08 10:26 3 Indian Firms, Boeing Join for Aerospace Tech Effort By Vivek Raghuvanshi NEW DELHI — Three Indian IT and research organizations have teamed with Boeing to develop network technologies for aerospace-related applications. Wipro, HCL Technologies and the Indian ...
by Vick
18 Jan 2008 05:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4216
Views: 745165

Thanks tsarkar, especially for the Revathi pic. In that pic, the bowtie looking antennae on the mast, are they for the Ellora?
by Vick
12 Jan 2008 07:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 189375

Camera Shy? Pentagon Builds a Portable Lens-Destroying Laser Any night-vision device used by the enemy -- light intensifiers, thermal imagers or infrared scopes -- could be swiftly nullified. And crews of enemy armored vehicles might find that their only way of seeing out is to open a hatch and exp...
by Vick
12 Jan 2008 07:48
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 361
Views: 83726

Chinese Submarine Patrols Rebound in 2007, but Remain Limited China's entire fleet of approximately 55 general-purpose submarines conducted a total of six patrols during 2007, slightly better than the two patrols conducted in 2006 and zero in 2005. The 2007 performance matches China's all-time high...
by Vick
12 Jan 2008 06:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5503
Views: 578404

Stating that India needs to diversify its sources of military equipment and not be overly reliant on Russia is not waiving the US flag. Bhaskar doesn't even mention the US in that piece. India having strategic relations with Russia and the US is not a zero sum game. In other news, Russian vehicle ma...
by Vick
06 Dec 2007 06:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

Speaking of PAC-3... USA proposes $9bn Patriot anti-missile sale to UAE The proposed sale includes nine Patriot fire units with 10 phased-array radars, 37 launching stations and 288 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles plus 216 Guidance Enhanced Missiles-T (GEM-T). PAC-3 missiles are manuf...
by Vick
06 Dec 2007 05:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

So far these are the US ABM programs are I can think of off the top of my head:

NMD (KKV)
THAAD
ABL
PAC-3
SM-3
NCADE
by Vick
30 Nov 2007 06:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and ASEAN / East Asia
Replies: 662
Views: 65292

I wonder if MMS is losing any sleep over the plight of Hindus in Malaysia and the destruction of Hindu sites?
by Vick
21 Nov 2007 07:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2240
Views: 418885

There's an Il-76 in the background. http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/web/071104-F-2185F-131.JPG A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down an Afghanistan runway Nov. 4. The Reaper has flown 49 combat sorties since it first began operating in Afghanistan Sept. 25. It completed its first combat strike...
by Vick
08 Nov 2007 02:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 341975

Sridhar, I think you're being too kind to call NDLS a dump. I would classify it more as an urine soaked rat infested sh!tpit. At least that was my impression of it in 2005, if things have gotten worse from then, I can't even imagine... They plan on having this new fangled NDLS, designed by Terry Far...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 10:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

No fleet can enforce 300km under surface protective bublbe that in the first place requires under water sensor reach of 300km. The Brahmos terminal sersors do a neat job, if only they can be roughly cued. and a subsurface vessal can do that quite well. Not necessarily. Assuming the target is a carr...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 08:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

JCage wrote:Apparently not. The IN wants the Brahmos to be truly fire and forget.

Fire, turn and burn... or the naval equivalent.
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 08:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

I can sortie a Ka-31 to detect a ship and another ship will launch the Brahmos from a totally different vector having recieved the data on LINK-II. Or there could a sub which receives the mission clearance, gets a fix by sonar and launches a Brahmos within the "bubble". Even if detected? ...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 07:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

JCage wrote:Which basically means they were not looking it as the Kh-31 in specific, but a threat that could be posed by longer ranged missiles that avoid detection.

:) Surrogate is the word, I think, you're looking for.
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 07:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

Vick: That is overtly simplistic. Of course it is. It was meant to be a simple way of demonstrating what a worst case scenario could be for a ship. Now if you start layering on variables like supporting systems, platforms, specific equipment, ECM, ECCM, etc. The problem space blows up into a gigant...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 07:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

The best case scenario is that of early warning detecting the contact and interceptors doing the needful to the offender. That's the nearly trivial case, why game that? The intent of the Kh-31 tests in the US was to test the worst case scenarios (low-lowest response times) and learn the lessons with...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 07:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

It’s not that easy IMO. If the incoming aircraft is at extremely low altitude, it cannot see the target either, remember? It’s a two way game. Your statement assumes that the attackers are receiving information about the target location from another source at higher altitude, and if that goes d...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 07:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

I agree, but what I am wondering is whether they ever had the kind of close integration that such a sophisticated EW attack ability as described by AWST would be required for. Otherwise, why bother when jammers can do the job. The Israelis probably used a mixed bag of tricks. Jamming, deck level fl...
by Vick
13 Oct 2007 07:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1904
Views: 369955

Its easier for the ship to detect a 5 SqMtr RCS as compared to a 0.01 Sq Mtr RCS. Thats the point about it being detected more easily since the shooter can be detected and hence engaged. So the ship knows where the Kh-31 is coming from unless the launch platform is again sea skimming, and that too ...

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