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by Prem Kumar
24 Jan 2020 10:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1782
Views: 515282

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Time to extend production run of Tejas Mk1 by at one more squadron. Good for IAF numbers and production. Given that all/most MK1s will be upgraded to the MK1a standard, its a very low risk option to increase MK1 orders by a few more squadrons. Commit orders to HAL so that they can increase their pr...
by Prem Kumar
23 Jan 2020 20:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2372
Views: 537939

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Any particular reason the Varunastra will not go into the Scorpenes & Arihant? Granted, its not ready yet for sub-launch, but won't it be ready by the time the L1 bidder is selected and first deliveries begin?
by Prem Kumar
22 Jan 2020 18:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

User disinterest in a SAL ATGM, i.e. SAMHO. They want fire and forget. It does exist in a fashion as the round for the Arjun - the CLGM which is due for trials soon. Quite sad really. A cheap SAL missile from UAVs & Helicopters can be very useful in COIN operations, when you want to hunt pigs s...
by Prem Kumar
22 Jan 2020 00:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Hemant Rout is claiming that K4 was test-fired with MIRV capability!! Could that explain the 2 Tonne payload?
by Prem Kumar
21 Jan 2020 09:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3390
Views: 554844

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

tsarkar: thanks for the post about numbering. One learns something new in BRF every day.
by Prem Kumar
20 Jan 2020 10:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Sandeep Unnithan wrote once that nearly 10 tests were conducted, most of them without announcement. Wiki itself lists a handful. Most of them were successful, with a couple of failures. One was an aborted launch due to a drained battery. Another (which was hinted indirectly in reports today) had to ...
by Prem Kumar
19 Jan 2020 00:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4675
Views: 567065

Re: Internal Security Watch

We see the tamasha in the Jyothi Singh (Nirbhaya) rape case, where even after 6+ years, the murderers file review petition, mercy petition, juvenile petition, presidential pardon, I-can-keep-doing-this-since-I-have-connections petition etc etc. Indians lost faith in the judiciary decades ago because...
by Prem Kumar
18 Jan 2020 09:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4675
Views: 567065

Re: Internal Security Watch

A few things that I hope happen: 1) The State must have the monopoly on violence. This is critical for the functioning of a stable society. "Attacking the police", which the Muslims seem to indulge in when they have the numbers, must be brutally put down. Both during the attack and thereaf...
by Prem Kumar
13 Jan 2020 10:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Awesome news! Specs are very impressive. The weight, dimensions, CEP etc of SAAW are very close to that of the SDB. The main-in-the-loop guidance for Phase 2, resembles that of Spice. It also means that the Phase 2 variant will be for the Sukhois, with their dedicated WSO. Looking forward to IIR see...
by Prem Kumar
12 Jan 2020 22:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1782
Views: 515282

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

The reason to keep dangling the carrot for Mk1a & the lack of subsequent orders for Mk1 is not just due to Rafale-love. I think the IAF realized that there is no money for many Rafales. It was for 110 MMRCA & I hazard a guess that its the Gripen that they're eyeing. All the griping & moa...
by Prem Kumar
09 Jan 2020 16:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

The lack of Nirbhay tests is indeed worrying. Given that it succeeded after a string of failures, I'd think that they'd re-test to have a string of successes to improve confidence level. Even without Manik, we need confidence that all the other sub-systems are working, guidance is working, min-range...
by Prem Kumar
08 Jan 2020 22:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3277
Views: 629480

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

There will be no shortcuts in the A330-chappathi project. Our memory is singed by the Airavat crash, which set us back by a decade. So, AWACS will take time to come! This is why its important to buy 12 more Netras. You have put in all the God-awful amount of effort to get a structurally stable aircr...
by Prem Kumar
08 Jan 2020 10:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1573
Views: 192424

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

CNN is reporting that the U.S troops in the airbase received adequate early warning and had time to get into their bunkers. So, the U.S must have missile launch warning radars, planes, satellites watching Iran on a 24x7 basis. Plus "getting into bunker" drills. Iran just looked like Scud-S...
by Prem Kumar
07 Jan 2020 18:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1782
Views: 515282

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Woohoo! Hope they stick to the date.

Didn't know that FOC Tejas has the Gsh Gun
by Prem Kumar
06 Jan 2020 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3277
Views: 629480

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Netra is the only answer and even that won't come by month-end, though it will be the quickest
by Prem Kumar
06 Jan 2020 23:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1573
Views: 192424

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

When it comes to foreign policy, when asked to bend, the U.S media will crawl.
When it comes to killing brown, non-Christian people, the Left & the Right in the U.S will join hands and sing carols.
by Prem Kumar
06 Jan 2020 23:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3277
Views: 629480

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Hence the conservative estimate of about a decade as a reasonable expectation. Ideally, 4-6 additional Netra's should be acquired over the next decade leading up to the big AWACS induction and as a hedge against any delays. Not doing so is taking a tremendous amount of risk . Well said! I am thinki...
by Prem Kumar
06 Jan 2020 09:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 5245
Views: 471740

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Shoddy article. I think Swarajya is probably understaffed and sometimes an farticle likes this slips through the cracks.
by Prem Kumar
05 Jan 2020 15:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3277
Views: 629480

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Great post, Vivek Ahuja!! The couple of days after the Balakot strike, we weren't doing any fighter aircraft refueling. There's no reason we shouldn't have maintained a 9 hour endurance of Netra with refueling. Airbus AWACS is 6+ years away. Even given the limited endurance of Netra vis-a-vis Erieye...
by Prem Kumar
04 Jan 2020 19:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Having a ballistic missile/rocket based warheads have the twin advantage of:

(1) Carrying more warheads to defeat massed attacks
(2) Using our rocket artillery as a way of stopping armored thrusts
by Prem Kumar
04 Jan 2020 10:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

If its a 10 Kg warhead, probably 40 - 50 of these could be carried by a Prithvi class missile. More than the weight, I guess the available space & form factor will be the constraint
by Prem Kumar
04 Jan 2020 10:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Is it like the CBU-97 munition? A missile, guided by INS/GPS, arrives at a target area and releases a bunch of these 10 Kg submunitions, each of which is independently guided via an IR sensor. Anti armor/soft-vehicles.

I think Dr. Satheesh Reddy once talked about a weapon like this
by Prem Kumar
02 Jan 2020 09:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 930
Views: 94681

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Its now clear why Bangladesh has turned off their GrameenPhone cell network along a 1 Km stretch in Indi-Bangla border. They want to prevent illegals from coming back . Without mobile coverage, the illegals cannot get in touch with their touts. This is similar to what happened in the Kashmir valley....
by Prem Kumar
01 Jan 2020 09:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3934
Views: 577108

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Because we don't have a BPJ that can withstand the 397th bullet,
We will not induct any BPJ, that can withstand 20 bullets,
But I will get on my high horse and proclaim: "We will fight with what we have", while letting my boys die

We had decades like these. Just wow!
by Prem Kumar
31 Dec 2019 10:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 712
Views: 174866

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

What really will accelerate the desi-Excalibur project, IMO, is to open it up for competition from Indian companies including startups (design & make in India, not buy & assemble). 1) Throw open the competition and ask for proposals 2) Select the most promising ones & fund them 3) DRDO s...
by Prem Kumar
30 Dec 2019 14:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 622123

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I don't think we have seen the last rung of the escalation ladder from BIFs. The reason a Godhra like incident didn't happen because Congress/Muslims fear that it will polarize Hindus decisively towards Modi. This was even tried in U.P where they tried to burn down the building with 30 odd policemen...
by Prem Kumar
30 Dec 2019 10:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 622123

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

All IITs have humanities departments. AFAIK 2 semesters in first year 2 courses in Humanities is mandatory for BTech program. True. But what's new is that IIT's now offer Humanities Degrees . This was not the case before. UB Ji: the barmaid wanted a min-JNU sleeper cell in each institution of reput...
by Prem Kumar
28 Dec 2019 12:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 6692
Views: 622123

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I am happy that the German & Norwegian white trash are getting deported & many Indians are hearing about it. There is certain level of delusion that its the English/Americans who are evil, while the Dutch, Belgians, Scandinavians are all liberal, nice people. The shades need to fall & pe...
by Prem Kumar
28 Dec 2019 11:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

I am not underestimating. The need for our own anti-ship BMs & Brahmos batteries in A&N is precisely to thwart their power projection abilities via choke points. IOR must be India's ocean. At the least, anything above water must be target'able by us, should the need arise.
by Prem Kumar
28 Dec 2019 10:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4155
Views: 910540

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Kerala Govt has "in principle" agreed. Knowing how justice works here, I'd love to see the day when Dr. Nambi Narayanan actually receives the money. Yes, we have a very truncated system of justice, unlike say the U.S. All the traitors who hatched the conspiracy must be prosecuted & sen...
by Prem Kumar
27 Dec 2019 18:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Batteries of 750 - 1500 Km Shourya based ship-killers, in Andaman & Nicobar islands will be deeply unsettling for the Chinese.
by Prem Kumar
26 Dec 2019 15:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Phillip: there are several advantages to a weapon like SMART: 1) Separates sensor from shooter 2) Reduces time to target. A missile propelled torpedo will reach the target sub much more quickly than a torp launched into the water from the ship. You can take advantages of fleeting opportunities to ta...
by Prem Kumar
25 Dec 2019 17:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 712
Views: 174866

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

We must also note the IA went through a recapitalization of the BM-21 regiments with new vehicles and now the new ammo, that DRDO notes the 22 regiment overall of Pinaka is still there, and that MBRLs have a much higher minimum range than an 155mm Arty gun. In short, wait for more info, dont jump t...
by Prem Kumar
25 Dec 2019 13:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 712
Views: 174866

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Infuriating & sad at the same time! Read today's piece by one of the key movers behind Pinaka (Lt Gen Palepur Shankar). If the reduction in Pinaka regiments from 22 to 10 is true, this is shocking! https://palepurshankar.blogspot.com/2019/12/pinaka-in-conventional-non-contact.html
by Prem Kumar
25 Dec 2019 12:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Indranil: thanks for the schematic. I am not sure if jacks are needed or not. In the test firing picture, jacks were used. Also, how self-sufficient is each CG (Combat Group)? If I was the enemy, I'd target the RCPV, BCPV or the BSR. It appears like the CGs are independent - the BMFR (multi-function...
by Prem Kumar
25 Dec 2019 01:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 712
Views: 174866

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

DRDO Tech Focus, in its details, specify that Guided Pinaka's CEP is 30m. If you look at the Pinaka hitting a target, the miss-distance seems something like 5-10m. Pretty darn accurate! A 100Kg warhead, with a 60m lethality radius & a low CEP, makes it lethal. We have a precision-weapon at the c...
by Prem Kumar
25 Dec 2019 00:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

QRSAM needs to take short halts before firing. The track & search radars can do their job on the move, but for firing it has to make short stops. I'd be curious to know which systems can truly move on the fly - Pantsir seems to be one, though even for them, the jack-support is needed for gun-fir...
by Prem Kumar
24 Dec 2019 13:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 2399
Views: 630047

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

A question on inclined vs VLS. QRSAM needs to make short halts to launch. I am assuming its because of stabilization required because the wheels cannot take the thrust of the missile. Does VLS offer an advantage here? Because VLS canisters pressure launch the missile out of the tube, wouldn't it imp...

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