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by bmallick
30 Sep 2012 10:05
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Is the submarine , partially seen, at this location on google earth the Arihant. ONe can make out the conning tower & sail. Coordinates : +17° 42' 38.20", +83° 16' 4.80 Link : http://maps.google.co.in/maps?q=17.710612,+83.268001&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=17....
by bmallick
23 Sep 2012 11:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 137957

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

That is the whole idea. It wasn't meant to be torpedo launched. But a VLS gives away the submarine's location on launch. A torpedo launch will cover some distance underwater before surfacing which will not give away the submarine's location. With all due respect Sir, how much distance would a torpe...
by bmallick
15 Aug 2012 13:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 138050

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

I was wondering on the issues being raised by IA with regards to Namica & Nag combo and it struck to me that that as far as the IA is concerned it is going to get a better platform for Anti-Tank & Scout duties, compared to Namica. Hence, the need to keep there number small. The other platfor...
by bmallick
02 Aug 2012 08:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 137957

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

Well the Shaurya need not be the one doing terminal maneuvering. It already has capability to carry 200-1000 kg payload. Why not put in 3-4 AAM's like Astra as the payload. in that case just modify the payload bay of Shaurya, add mid course guidance. Once Shaurya is 15-20 km of the enemmy AWACS, it ...
by bmallick
29 Jul 2012 16:41
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Agreed totally Austin. I was just trying to underscore the point that the model might be indicating to a HWT rather than LWT on the vessels. The Torpedoes will likely be LWT ( 324 mm ) DRDO developed LWT. Most frigates/corvette class ship carry LWT and Destroyers carry HWT 533 mm Well IN's Petya &a...
by bmallick
29 Jul 2012 13:16
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

With Brahmos & Klubs entering in good numbers in IN inventory, the issue of Over the horizon targeting would come to the fore front. Prior to this the styx ( 60 km ) & Uran ( 130 km ) could have been provided target information by the ships own radar or the helicopter patrolling 50 km from t...
by bmallick
29 Jul 2012 12:51
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

picture: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Images/Project28b.jpg P-28 is a well balanced ASW ship without getting into the itch of loading it with Anti-Ship missile. It has Hull Mounted Sonar likely also some form of LF TAS , for weapons RBU-6000 and two twin TT launchers , PDMS is Bakak/AK-630 pl...
by bmallick
29 Jul 2012 10:48
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Regarding the P-28 Kamorta class, everybody is saying it does not have AshM, because the model photo's do not show so. However everybody is dead sure that it has 2 triple launchers for LWT. However the model picture clearly show that the it is twin torpedo launchers and not triple ones. Hence isn't ...
by bmallick
29 Jul 2012 10:40
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

John - ASROC gives you the flexibility of separating the sensor from the shooter. You dont need the ship to detect the sub at a 50 mile range. An ASW heli can detect a sub, pass coordinates to the ship, which can attack the sub if its within the ASROC range. Moreover, since a ship has more onboard ...
by bmallick
19 Jun 2012 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3305
Views: 426733

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

What is the exact role that being envisaged for AMCA, thats a question which has been bothering me for quite some time. I have gone through the posts here, but would share my thoughts with all. If we look at the programs currently running, we have : 1. PAK-FA / FGFA - Heavy stealth fighter. It has g...
by bmallick
23 Jan 2012 11:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 132381

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Its really quite strange that the IAF is crying out loud when the IA is asking for its own Attack Helicopter & Tactical Transport helicopters. The IAF is complaining that the IA lacks "air-mindedness". Wonder why they did not think that they lacked "land-mindedness" when the ...
by bmallick
09 Jan 2012 12:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154338

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

[*]Light vehicle & IFV mounted ATGM -> Spike (8,356 units) [color=#0000FF] Again, should be in range of 30K missiles. Also, we don't have light vehicle mounted ATGM systems. Rohit, wouldn't it be more prudent to arm the light vehicle's with a Man portable ATGM. Which in IA's case should be the ...
by bmallick
09 Jan 2012 10:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 581641

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Seems the F-35C, the CTOL version of JSF, too is having its fair share of problems. According to new reports "all eight run-in/rolling tests undertaken at NAS Lakehurst in August 2011 to see if the F-35C CV JSF could catch a wire with the tail hook have failed." U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Na...
by bmallick
08 Jan 2012 12:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 3
Replies: 716
Views: 23303

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

this is where Rafale selection, IMO, will become important as only it will be able to replace the Migs besides take load off the underpowered jags till they come with replaced engines. Pragnya, please note that the Jaguar re-engine plan is running in parallel. What this means is that by the time th...
by bmallick
03 Jan 2012 16:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 561033

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Question 1: Can any of the current tanks survive a top attack ATGM? If no, how heavy the armor needs are for the said protection? Question 2: How proliferate is the use of Top Attack ATGM's in our immediate neighbourhood? Question 3: How high is the chance of our tanks meeting up with enemy attack c...
by bmallick
30 Dec 2011 09:25
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 597022

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Vivek sir, Congratulations. Eagerly waiting for the link. Would the publisher ship it in India or is it restricted to US initially?
by bmallick
28 Dec 2011 21:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 691020

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

There seems to be a lot of work going on to make all 3 forces "integrated". It may be the integration issues that the Air Force worries about. For example the Air Force is tasked with Air Defence and interception of intruding aircraft. Now unless they have a very clear understanding of wh...
by bmallick
28 Dec 2011 15:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 791962

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Yes Bala, the Jaguar was inducted around 78 as the Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft (DPSA) & the Mig-27 ( actually initial two squadron were equipped with MiG-23BN ) was inducted around 85-87 as the Tactical Air Strike Aircraft (TASA). Two slightly different requirements. So the DPSA, needs a go...
by bmallick
25 Dec 2011 22:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Conduct your own war
Replies: 189
Views: 6448

Re: Conduct your own war

Shiv, as Badar said, the transition of an echelon formation ^ into a line abreast one ---, if van is under fire would depend on a lot of factors and is not an automatic choice. It would depend on the terrain, the cover available, enemy position, doctrine and prior planning. Also communication betwee...
by bmallick
25 Dec 2011 10:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Conduct your own war
Replies: 189
Views: 6448

Re: Conduct your own war

Badar, since Shiv specifically stated the fire is coming from "up ahead", which means that its not exactly an ambush, but rather contact with enemy defenses. This is something that is anyway expected. Shiv, you said the platoon is pinned downed. Which means that they are taking continuous ...
by bmallick
24 Dec 2011 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

Isnt that happening now, Ak-47 for COIN, INSAS for normal ops. But that mean twice the no of guns in inventory, twice the no. of Holographic sights etc.. Question if the barrels are changed and given the different characteristics of the 7.62 X 39 vs 5.56 X 45, would the soldier need to against real...
by bmallick
24 Dec 2011 14:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

Would we be better served by two different guns. One large caliber, 7.62 *39, small low weight carbine to be used for COIN, CQB & related operations. This design can be a bull-pup for lower weight & size. It has the stopping power & ability to kill ASAP. The carbine also replaces the sub...
by bmallick
24 Dec 2011 09:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 137957

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

instead of a new 'interim' soln like PARS3 or Spike, why dont we integrate the existing Vikhr (from Mi17V) onto the Rudra as interim and let Helina run to completion in 2 yrs and then deploy it? Maybe, Vikhr manufacturers are not that keen on its integration with Rudra. I do not understand this int...
by bmallick
24 Dec 2011 09:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

Are you saying stopping power (momentum)will be the same at 2x the range for a bullet twice as heavy, but the KE would be the same for 5.56 and 7.62 at 1x and 1.4x range respectively? Why do I feel that KE is more related to penetration than mere momentum? Like I said I am missing something. Yes th...
by bmallick
24 Dec 2011 08:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

shiv sir your calculations are a bit off. Let's say M & V are weight & speed of 7.62 mm and m & v are weight & speed of 5.56 mm bullet. Now for the same energy, means => 0.5 * M*V*V = 0.5 * m * v * v => M*V*V = m * v * v Now since , M = 2m => 2m * V * V = m * v * v => sqrt(2) V = v =...
by bmallick
23 Dec 2011 12:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154338

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

If the new version of Namica is to carry 6 missiles with no re-load, then wouldn't it be better to go a for a lighter vehicle than the BMP based design. I mean 6 Nag, each weighing in 42kg, means a total missile weight of 250 odd kg. If we forgo a 360 swiveling launcher and go for maybe 60 degrees o...
by bmallick
23 Dec 2011 12:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154338

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

With 200 Namica's & 114 LCH, the army sure is would have a formidable anti armor capabilities. Further integration of LCH & Namica's in composite troops of say 2 LCH & 4 Namica's, would sure rain hell for any armor thrust into the country. That's about 4*6+ 8*2 = 40 tanks/IFVs/APCs gone....
by bmallick
23 Dec 2011 11:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154338

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Tarmak007 has a report on the Namica. As per the report, there is going to be a face-off between DRDL designed Namica and L&T designed Namica in the summer of 2012. The final vehicle maybe one of the two or an amalgamation of the two designs. Well amalgamation of the two would surely mean furth...
by bmallick
23 Dec 2011 10:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

> These are also the most widely available ammo in the world and can be sourced unhindered by arm-twisting I think we had better make arrangements to produce all caliber of ammo locally. it would be very worrying if we need to import small arms ammo for the army! +1. Depending on imports during war...
by bmallick
23 Dec 2011 10:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

A Question. The higher caliber rounds such as 7.62x 51, have greater stopping power and greater energy to penetrate body armour. However they have much greater recoil, hence are really really difficult to control in full auto mode. The bull-pup designed gun is much easier to control because a) the C...
by bmallick
23 Dec 2011 10:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

But it also means extra parts inventory, more maintenance issues and increased wear and tear at the joint where the interchangeable barrel is attached. The only question is whether the trade-off will be worth it in a combat situation. Yup, that is the biggest concern. Extra baggage adding further t...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 17:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

Yes INSAS was the result of a similar exercise in the 80's. Even now the army can start a fresh exercise on the need for tomorrow. A gun designed around the average indian soldier would make for a better fit for the IA, than a gun designed by outsiders whose ergonomics are not the best fit for the a...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

I think, the IA has a decent gun in the INSAS and need not replace it in the short run. They have time of 8-10 yrs, before replacement would start. They should sit down with DRDO & look into ballistics in our conditions, from the thin air of the Himalayas to the jungles of north east, hot desert...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 14:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

Bull-pup, I have read also provide better balance, because of the placement of the handle being much closer to the CG of the gun. However they do suffer from difficulty in ambidextrous usage, because of the shell ejection being so much closer to the face. Also wouldn't the overall short length mean ...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 14:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 791962

Re: Indian Military Aviation

Koti, don't you think wartime, especially long wars, would need more training needs to replace injured/dead pilots. Hence training would be more paramount. Hence diversion of scarce training resource to do CAP might hinder overall pilot replacement. Moreover, there are dedicated aircrafts in the IAF...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 14:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

However, one question needs to be answered, i.e in all the above case wouldn't it add to the logistics, which already has to take care of now keeping track of ensuring different amount of ammo & spares are sent to the troops, not just based on a fixed ratio but based on what the troops of a par...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 13:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818596

Re: Small Arms Thread

I don' think the normal soldier would lug both types of barrel, ammo & associated equipments. It would be more a case of the soldier changing the barrel at the unit jump off zone, before moving into the actual battlefield. The actual barrel & caliber chosen would depend on the mission profil...
by bmallick
22 Dec 2011 09:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 137957

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

[quote="Pranav" Would it be possible to putting pods at the end of the aerodynamic fins, with additional seekers in them? All the seekers could be combined via synthetic aperture technology to get better resolution.[/quote] Technically yes. But it would mean extra weight dangling at the fi...
by bmallick
20 Dec 2011 15:34
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 5409
Views: 180909

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The second ship in the video a Single Hull Frigate class ship, seems very much a stealthier derivative of the Talwar/Shivalik. Maybe its the design for the 7 Shivalik follow-on ships which have been in the pipeline.
by bmallick
18 Dec 2011 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Conduct your own war
Replies: 189
Views: 6448

Re: Conduct your own war

Based on the posting's made till now & reading up from the internet, the conclusion what I have drawn is that the initial crossing has to be done by the Infantry. The infantry soldier has to slug it out across the DCB & Canal, get into the high trenches & over power the enemy infantry th...

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