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by akimalik
23 Nov 2011 16:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 730769

Re: LCA News and Discussions

What exactly is certain at this stage of development? It flies. It has worked so far. But it has not received FOC. So what certainties are clear to you at this "advanced stage"? It has achieved its IOC, we have LSPs flying do these events still suggest that the LCA development is in an im...
by akimalik
23 Nov 2011 10:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 730769

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Re. Impact of a LCA Mishap ...Most people are therefore afraid to take any risks. So whose dhoti-shivering are we talking about here? btw, I think attitudes in India are changing (and quite quickly at that). I fly R/C aircrafts, and a couple of months ago, I had a really pleasant surprise when a yo...
by akimalik
23 Nov 2011 10:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 730769

Re: LCA News and Discussions

PratikDas wrote:Shiv ji, I have some simple questions for you.

1) How does what you've written explain DRDO saying FOC is in 2012 and IAF saying it is in 2014?
...


+1
I agree, the question is not about dhoti-shivering. The question was always about why the uncertainty even at this advanced stage of development.
by akimalik
23 Nov 2011 09:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 660573

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

chackojoseph wrote:Till now, around 248 Arjun tanks have been ordered and a regiment of tanks (numbering around 90) are already in service.


CJ Sir, any news if this order of 248 may be getting enhanced?
by akimalik
23 Nov 2011 09:27
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 295460

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Ltd has informed BSE regarding "Issue of Equity Shares to International Strategic Investor on Preferential Basis" "Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited ("the Company") successfully delivered "The Gold...
by akimalik
22 Nov 2011 09:48
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 295460

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Barak 8 / MR-SAM Test Program to Begin in Early 2012 Four additional Kolkata class destroyers (Project15B) will be equipped with an extended range version of the missile (ER-SAM) capable of intercepting targets at a range of 100 km. These destroyers will also carry the Brahmos II supersonic and new...
by akimalik
21 Nov 2011 11:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 730769

Re: LCA News and Discussions

...after so many flights and so many birds flying... Sadly if you see the weekly flight updates, its quite the opposite not many of the "so many" birds are flying, and even those that are flying are doing just 1-2 sorties a week. My fear is two-fold: 1. Where is the risk assessment capabi...
by akimalik
21 Nov 2011 09:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval History Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 13580

Re: Indian Naval History Thread

@ Nikhil_T: My sincerest apologies.
by akimalik
20 Nov 2011 09:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval History Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 13580

Re: Indian Naval History Thread

Do wiki Sonar. Why don't you read up on the effects of scattering due to surface waves? Seniors (by knowledge) may please comment on how feasible it is to track Submarines on the Surface using SONARs by surface vessels. I have my doubts regarding this. We were dealing with a Submarine on the surfac...
by akimalik
19 Nov 2011 21:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval History Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 13580

Re: Indian Naval History Thread

Aditya_V wrote:PNS Ghazi did not detect Rajput until when it was on the surface and had to dive in a hurry.


How do we know Ghazi was on the surface? If it were on the surface, wouldn't Rajput have been able to engage it with guns?
If Ghazi was on the surface, how could Rajput get a SONAR contact for Ghazi?
by akimalik
19 Nov 2011 21:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 730769

Re: LCA News and Discussions

what sort of constraints? Why I ask this is because the scope of activities that were planned before FoC were known. I assume that by now the Dev team have had sufficient experience to be able to identify the risks prior to agreement of schedules. So what has changed. I ask this not to criticize, bu...
by akimalik
19 Nov 2011 17:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 730769

Re: LCA News and Discussions

how could this be a bolt out of the blue...
judging by the explanations (monsoon etc) these were already known. so i wonder, what has changed in a matter of 3 months.
by akimalik
19 Nov 2011 16:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4208
Views: 829644

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

ManuJ wrote:The composite hull combat vehicles will not only offer the same protection that is provided by conventional steel chassis vehicles, but will be 30% less


Imagine the implications for LCA :-).
by akimalik
14 Nov 2011 11:38
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 295460

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Light bulb, helpful in marking the extremities of the ship so that one doesnt fall overboard at night. I believe these are navigation lights, they are meant to indicate the ship and its orientation to other vessels at night. This one being on the Jack-staff, there would be others on the main mast (...
by akimalik
20 Oct 2011 13:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 945565

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

The average speed of Shurya seems to be Mach 4.2 , since it covered 700 km in 500 sec in latest test But this 700kms is the range over land, it does not indicate the actual distance covered by the missile. The missile's trajectory would mean that it actually travels a distance > 700kms to cover the...
by akimalik
16 Oct 2011 12:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 246963

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

If it meets the armys requirements its fine. Dear Sir, sometimes even that becomes an issue ... right? I read a couple of pages ago, that even that we lack the numbers of 155/52 we are "okay" w.r.t the numbers of other guns. At least we have the ability to shoot (or shoot back). However, ...
by akimalik
15 Oct 2011 12:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 780428

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

DavidD wrote:the pilot didn't


Condolences to the pilot's family.
Do keep us posted on the findings of the crash.
by akimalik
15 Oct 2011 10:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 780428

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

rudder moving right and getting stuck 1st the a/c rolls to the right, then it starts to roll to the left (maybe the pilot was try to correct the roll). did the pilot / wso eject? if the wso ejected, could it be that the pilot was incapacitated ... which is why the a/c was hardly maneuvering vigorou...
by akimalik
03 Oct 2011 09:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 923850

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

since we have spoken so much about tankers ... does this warrant a separate thread now? Secondly, shiv sir, with all due respect, I do not agree with your contention to the approach that tanker operations would be restricted to within our borders. Do you wish to imply that the tankers would be restr...
by akimalik
20 Sep 2011 08:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 1010896

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

SSridhar wrote:By 2012-13 it (first ship) should be rolled out” he said to a query.


Which "first ship" are they referring to? Have they already got some orders, or are they referring to the FAC orders currently being executed at Hazria?
by akimalik
19 Sep 2011 11:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3882
Views: 534319

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

mostly words ... but some information/confirmation
NSC for review on blacklisted firms
by akimalik
12 Sep 2011 13:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 1010896

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

akimalik wrote:What news?


This news...

by akimalik
08 Aug 2011 10:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2655
Views: 398198

Re: Military Flight Safety

^^^More indication towards pilot error. I was speaking to a serving IAF personnel on Sunday on such very incidents and I was amazed to hear what he had to say. he said that if there is a crash and the pilot survives, they try to save the pilot's career. on the other hand in such instances (where th...
by akimalik
24 Jul 2011 11:42
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4158
Views: 790479

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

I think the Submarine on the left hand side is Arihant. if you look at the vessel alongside the trailing Sub ... that is a Veer-class. Going by the dimensions of the Veer class, neither of the subs are anything in the region of Arihant's displacement. I do not think either of the subs is the big-on...
by akimalik
18 Jul 2011 16:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2433
Views: 540834

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

and who ever else.... Just this weekend, one of the flyers on our airfield had brought an RC model of a UAV (it was a Chinese model) which looked quite similar to the Nishant. I guess the "specs" are pretty common-place, the issue is with getting the endurance and equipment to fit (and li...
by akimalik
09 Jul 2011 17:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 1010896

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Rocky and Mayur (NDTV Good Times) are onboard INS Viraat.
the programme is currently airing on NDTV Good Times.
by akimalik
08 Jul 2011 11:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 822468

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Perhaps Arjun & LCH with nags can be 1-1 buddies I was just wondering ... has any enterprising engineer thought of a solution to have the LCH be truck-transportable (perhaps a dedicated container sort of arrangement)? That way the helis move with the unit. Plus there is an automatic hangar avai...
by akimalik
07 Jul 2011 10:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 551613

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

I just received the Annual Report of Astra Microwave.
In the report, they mention that for the first time they have participated in a Transfer or Tech/Knowledge from a foreign partner.
Any idea what this could be?
I believe Astra Microwave in involved in supplying components for BEL's radars.
by akimalik
05 Jul 2011 09:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 945565

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

i think nikhil's reason for using convoluted hinglish was to let these details remain "for OUR consumption ONLY"
not sure translating it into direct numbers is what he wanted.
by akimalik
05 Jul 2011 07:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 945565

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

I was just reading up on TATA Motors when I came across this interesting piece of news. They had brought out a concept super-car - the C-x75 . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_C-X75 The interesting thing about this car is that it uses 2 micro-turbines (weight < 50kgs). Also, interesting to hear i...
by akimalik
28 Jun 2011 09:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 780428

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

shiv wrote:On a bright day that would be clearly visible from the air or from satellites.


Hi is there a reason why Sub hulls are painted black?
I mean would it not be better to have them in a blue-green kind of paint-scheme?
by akimalik
26 Jun 2011 16:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy and International Anti-Piracy Ops
Replies: 1192
Views: 212814

Re: Indian Navy and International Anti-Piracy Ops

In this case, INS Godavari was brushed by PNS babur and the "extended" nets were damaged. Had the nets been closed babur could have actually rubbed against the Godavari hull. So in this display of stupidity, Babur damaged its own hull and Godavari nets were damaged. I am cofused regarding...
by akimalik
24 Jun 2011 10:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 945565

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

And I'll believe that IA is out to scuttle the deal when I see the news and not form an opinion on nudge-nudge-wink-wink post by CJ. I believe the IA will place an grand order of 124+124 Helinas as well to ensure that we will never come across such a news item. They will not reject it, they will si...
by akimalik
24 Jun 2011 08:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 945565

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

There is nary a word on the status of Helina, or on exact status on this air-launched ATGM business and yet, There is news on the HELINA, however, it seems that the IA chooses to be blind-sighted. http://frontierindia.net/helina-missiles-two-way-rf-command-video-data-link-realised Rohit you may cho...
by akimalik
16 Jun 2011 14:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3792
Views: 409923

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

the gunships are very vulnerable to counter air, they only really work in very secure skies or COIN roles we wont have the former easily and the latter we don't do to excess first of all, the question to ask is the viability of this idea, that is, will such a Sqn be able to provide effective arty s...
by akimalik
16 Jun 2011 09:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3792
Views: 409923

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Lalmohan wrote:Is the special ops version of the plane so expensive?


Hi all, some more food for thought. Do we envisage the acquisition of platforms such as the AC-130 with its 102mm howitzer / 120mm mortar?
Could having a Sqn of these, help in providing rapid and highly mobile artillery support?
by akimalik
15 Jun 2011 15:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 899036

Re: Indian Military Aviation

how many Mig27 we have and how many were upgraded ? will the non upged ones all be retired soon? the 125 Bisons are expected to be phased out in 2020 I think...they will be used until the last possible moment. how much of a stretch of imagination it is to see the Mig-21s (and perhaps the 27s) conve...
by akimalik
14 Jun 2011 10:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 5274
Views: 1157279

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

talking about DSI and inlets and the works, I have a question: As explained by seniors DSI has its pros and cons. One of the cons of the DSI concept is its inability to change shape (perhaps that is also what makes it a simple and attractive alternative). But what if we try to overcome that using Sh...
by akimalik
03 Jun 2011 09:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 1010994

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

these are like high end hobby kits, plenty of videos in youtube of similar kit used by enthusiasts all over the place. the pakis probably trawled a few places and bought the rights to make and market some of these. the real meat of the matter - the payloads is listed under expansion options. which ...

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