Search found 2047 matches

by Prem Kumar
14 May 2009 00:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army Discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 147972

Re: Indian Army Discussion

Cross posting from SF forum. An interesting blog read which sheds more light on the Kupwara encounter where we lost many of our SF. This is the first time I am hearing about "Headlines Today": does anyone know more about them or this author? http://headlinestoday.intoday.in/index.php?optio...
by Prem Kumar
14 May 2009 00:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4059
Views: 721985

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Posting this here and in the Indian Army forum. An interesting blog read which sheds more light on the Kupwara encounter where we lost many of our SF. This is the first time I am hearing about "Headlines Today": does anyone know more about them or this author? http://headlinestoday.intoday...
by Prem Kumar
13 May 2009 21:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 512
Views: 327071

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Yep - he is the same. I read somewhere (TOI I think) that his grandson was granted bail for the funeral. So, not sure if potah kuttah is in massaland or jail
by Prem Kumar
13 May 2009 21:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 512
Views: 327071

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

RIP Adm.Nanda.You played your part well in '71 and the IN was covered with glory in its achievements on both the western and eastern fronts. Coming back to Navantia.As I said earlier,the Juan Carlos amphib vessel which Oz is buying is best suited for the IN's purposes,as it has an extra deck when c...
by Prem Kumar
11 May 2009 19:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missile Technology Discussion
Replies: 293
Views: 16052

Re: Indian Missile Technology Discussion

The news report on Astra test-firing said that it was launched at an imaginary target. If so, how could an Active Radar seeker have been tested? Dont you need a real target for that?
by Prem Kumar
09 May 2009 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1915
Views: 385968

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

So, is the argument that LRSAM is not necessary since we have aircraft? Isnt the "we have interceptors" line of thinking that led to our serious shortage of a quality SAM network? I am not saying that it is an either-or type of situation. But an extended kill-zone provided by an LRSAM netw...
by Prem Kumar
09 May 2009 02:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army Discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 147972

Re: Indian Army Discussion

On a different topic, I read this paper on the Cold Start doctrine. http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mert1769/Ladwig,%20Cold%20Start%20NPS%20Paper.pdf As expected from most Western authors, there is some blathering (especially the last chapter) on why this is all a bad idea. But setting that aside, it does po...
by Prem Kumar
09 May 2009 02:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army Discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 147972

Re: Indian Army Discussion

Ms. Roy believes in the "we are all brothers, so lets all make love not war" line of thinking. And by the way we are "all" not brothers - you have to exclude the corporations, who are the enemies. She lives in her own cuckoo-land utopia. Plus she needs the attention since the &qu...
by Prem Kumar
09 May 2009 01:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 400
Views: 19949

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Paki Al-Zarrar tank disabled/destroyed by Taliban.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9fZIR7Hjkw&feature=channel
by Prem Kumar
09 May 2009 00:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missile Technology Discussion
Replies: 318
Views: 14377

Re: Indian Missile Technology Discussion

Do we know "under what conditions" does Astra have a 80 KM head-on and 20 KM tail chase range? Found this interesting article describing how these numbers are inflated by missile manufacturers and are achievable only under "ideal" conditions - like high altitude, non evading targ...
by Prem Kumar
08 May 2009 02:06
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 137794

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

Hmmm - citing nationalism as the cause for opposing the nuke deal and turning around and pitching NPT will be one hell of a trapeze act by the Left. Not that I put it beyond them. Its amazing isnt it - the # of "levers" everyone else has within India: Red, Green, you name it. Only to be ma...
by Prem Kumar
08 May 2009 01:45
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic leadership for the future of India
Replies: 1978
Views: 137794

Re: Strategic leadership for the future of India

Another factor is the left parties. The U.S would like to steer the new govt away from any leftist dependence. Expect "suitcases (from the U.S.A with love)" once the horse trading begins post May 16th
by Prem Kumar
07 May 2009 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion
Replies: 1915
Views: 385968

Re: ABM/Missile Defense Discussion

Arun Saar To play devil's advocate: even though PAD may have a long range a/c interception ability, I dont get the feeling that its going to be very useful in that role. Its still a modified Prithvi. From an operational deployment standpoint, it doesnt seem to belong in the same class as an S300 - t...
by Prem Kumar
07 May 2009 03:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion
Replies: 1471
Views: 140992

Re: Nepal News and discussion

I am not sure if our foreign policy has been strategically brilliant - examples? But in this case, they have definitely done a class act by putting Prachanda in his place. And the timing is great too - before the Sino peace treaty crap is signed. We should press the matter further and ensure that Ch...
by Prem Kumar
07 May 2009 03:20
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India nuclear news and discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 226125

Re: India nuclear news and discussion

IMO a very good stance. We have to realize that we also have the U.S by the short & curlies. Now that the nuclear trade door has been opened & the Russians and the French have come through it, it will be extremely difficult for the U.S to close it shut. Plus they will piss off their GEs and ...
by Prem Kumar
07 May 2009 02:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nuclear Threat From Pakistan : Boom or Bluff ?
Replies: 275
Views: 31681

Re: Nuclear Threat From Pakistan : Boom or Bluff ?

This was in one of the comments by Prasun Sengupta on his blog - is there any truth to this? "As regards the nuclear weapons deployed in Pakistan I'm not too worried about them at all since all of them and their delivery systems have been supplied by China off-the-shelf and are therefore under ...
by Prem Kumar
06 May 2009 08:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Oh ok - I had read the first sentence incorrectly. Also, I read further that TecSAR is also capable of electronic beam steering, which is used for its "mosaic" mode (would be surprising it the Israelis couldnt do it). It seems that the TR modules of RISAT-1 will give it the same capabiliti...
by Prem Kumar
06 May 2009 03:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Interesting - so, as you had said earlier, this could be a dual Optical + SAR satellite!! Also, what does the active antenna & 288 TR modules mean? Is RISAT-1 going to have electronic beam steering along the lines of AESA as opposed to physically steering the antenna in the case of TecSAR?
by Prem Kumar
06 May 2009 01:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

I hope so. But I dont know if its feasible - the swath width of RISAT-2 is 100 KM. This seems like a very "narrow strip" compared to the surface area of the ocean to be covered
by Prem Kumar
06 May 2009 00:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Thanks Anujan-Saar. Btw, another article in Deccan Chronicle Risat-2 will bring down infiltration http://www.deccanchronicle.com/sunday-debate/%E2%80%98risat-2-will-bring-down-infiltration%E2%80%99-007 Valid requirement from the Navy IMO. We definitely need dedicated satellites for naval recon, give...
by Prem Kumar
05 May 2009 22:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

A couple of questions to the gurus. As much as I find the political slant of the article disgusting, it does raise a couple of questions. Dont want to throw the baby out with the bathwater: a) Do any of our satellites like Cartosat have the ability to do imaging in the UV and IR spectrum (like the a...
by Prem Kumar
05 May 2009 22:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Exactly my sentiments too. The phrase "fatal attraction" is mentioned 3 times without once explaining why this attraction is fatal!! Typical commie style propaganda - always hint at an issue without having the b$#@s to name it. But again, what do you expect from the rabid pro-commie Chindu...
by Prem Kumar
02 May 2009 08:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 512
Views: 327071

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Raising profile as a maritime power in East Asia Interesting article, though towards the end I felt the author meanders along without making a point. I always read Hindu articles looking to filter out its obvious "pro-China & pro-commie" tilt. Its gotten significantly worse & the ...
by Prem Kumar
29 Apr 2009 21:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

S^3 saar - glad to know we have a knowledgeable insider who can give valuable gyan :D The most recent news report where I read about Cartosat 2 "having problems" is in the link below: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Indias-200M-TECSAR-Satellite-Purchase-Launched-05386/ Quote: The count...
by Prem Kumar
28 Apr 2009 22:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

S^3 - thanks for the clarification.

On a related note, is it true that the CartoSat 2's performance has not been satisfactory, as mentioned in some news reports? Or is it plain old-fashioned DDM?
by Prem Kumar
28 Apr 2009 09:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Something interesting I noticed when looking up the specs of TES (the experimental spy satellite that ISRO launched in 2001). It had a panchromatic camera (with the 1m resolution) and an X band antenna.

What was it - a radar satellite and an optical satellite rolled into one? Very intriguing ....
by Prem Kumar
27 Apr 2009 05:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army Discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 147972

Re: Indian Army Discussion

40 infiltrators killed in Kupwara, Gurez: Army http://www.hindu.com/2009/04/26/stories/2009042658190100.htm Interesting - the #s seem to be higher than what was published earlier (even admitting that 6 pigs died in an avalanche). Great work by the IA, especially the SF. Or perhaps this report &...
by Prem Kumar
25 Apr 2009 01:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Notwithstanding some phenomenal successes of ISRO, I do have a gripe with them. They seem to have drunk quite a few 12-packs of their own "we are civilian only" kool-aid. The ratio of civilian:military satellites that the ISRO launches is too skewed. Which is very sad for a nation that is ...
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 23:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

The whole "number plate" thingy sounds like a big FUD factor (fear, uncertainty and doubt). Some smart alec Amrikaan must have coined the original term long ago and every DDM reporter has faithfully aped this as the ultimate benchmark for satellite spying. Question for the gurus: can the R...
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 09:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

It will be interesting now to see how the RISAT2 data will be operationally used. Every pass is going to generate a boatload of data. Hopefully our IT prowess will take over at that point in analyzing and classifying all this. The best evidence of its effectiveness would be a (hopefully) dramatic in...
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 03:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

If the Israelis are helping the U.S on SAR, that's pretty impressive, given that the U.S has been researching this area since the 70s.
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 03:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Yeah - given the urgency of the purchase, I am sure there must be some govt-to-govt agreement to share intelligence. Not a bad thing though. The Israeli co-operation has been one of the few master-strokes of our defence & foreign policy establishments. I dont know who the credit should go to - G...
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 02:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Thanks Arun Saar.

Also, the fact that RISAT1 is still not ready, will weigh much more and have a lower resolution than TecSAR shows how much catching up we have to do in SAR technology.
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 02:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion



This sounds like DDM'itis. I cant imagine how a non-optical SAR radar satellite can "see" number plates. Even if it was an optical satellite (which it is not), with a 1m resolution, number plates cannot be recognized.
by Prem Kumar
23 Apr 2009 00:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 519
Views: 31293

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

Firstly, hearty congrats to ISRO !! There is something interesting about the timelines though. If indeed the order was placed for TecSAR after 26/11, the entire process from order placement to launch has been an incredibly short 5 months!! Is it really possible to build, test and launch satellites w...
by Prem Kumar
15 Apr 2009 01:03
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 623853

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Hi Ash, Great videos - keep them coming. You have taken these scenarios to the next level - bringing multimedia in!! A couple of questions: does the simulator let you pick the type of tank you want? Also, would it be possible to distinguish our tanks from enemy tanks (like an insignia or something)?...
by Prem Kumar
15 Apr 2009 00:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 850386

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Rahul - is there an operational/doctrinal reason why the IAF doesnt have dedicated bombers? At least for delivering strategic payloads, wouldnt they be needed to complete one of the arms of the nuclear triad. The Jags/MKIs may serve this dual purpose, but they cant deliver anywhere close to the payl...
by Prem Kumar
13 Apr 2009 23:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army Discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 147972

Re: Indian Army Discussion

Thanks Surya. I can understand the apathy of the government (because we are all used to it), but fail to understand the apathy of the Indian Army. Why would they not care for their "own boys" who died? Do you know what it would take to help move this forward? Maybe we in BR can take the le...
by Prem Kumar
13 Apr 2009 22:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army Discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 147972

Re: Indian Army Discussion

A question: I was reading Col Hariharan's MI blog where he said that there is no memorial in India for the 1225 IPKF soldiers martyred in action in Sri Lanka!! Is this true?

If OT, please let me know where I could post this.

Go to advanced search