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by Amitabh
04 Feb 2002 02:44
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 2)
Replies: 241
Views: 61752

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 2)

Er... how come people missed this little line in the Frontline article?<p> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Adding to India's missile strength in the near future will be Agni-III. It will have a range of 3,500 km and its first flight may take place in a few months. <...
by Amitabh
26 Jan 2002 01:31
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 64006

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

Or, as Umrao John implies, that's probably just a blurred image of the same missile.
by Amitabh
25 Jan 2002 21:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 64006

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

It seems to be the Agni II with the second stage removed (Agni II- ?).<p>It's interesting how no public source was able to conceive of, let alone predict, the development of this version.<p>Compare this missile with China's M-9.
by Amitabh
07 Dec 2001 00:03
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: T-72s in Chechnya, From Armour Magazine
Replies: 254
Views: 49063

Re: T-72s in Chechnya, From Armour Magazine

From paragraph 24:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>As the Government approval for induction of 124 tanks has now been accorded, all the committed expenditure so far for limited Series Production (LSP) tanks will now be transferred to the sanction for 124 tanks, ...
by Amitabh
05 Oct 2001 06:13
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 80660

Re: Indian Road Development

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> From a negative rate of growth of minus 11.7 per cent in 1996-97 and minus 34.9 per cent in 1997-98, upgradation of highways led to increase in growth rates for the roads sector to 47.6 per cent and 68.6 per cent during 1998-99 and 1...
by Amitabh
26 Sep 2001 21:22
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]
Replies: 39
Views: 8491

Re: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]

In the December 2000 Jane's Intelligence Review, Steven Zaloga says that the Club-S, like the Club-N, is the supersonic version of the missile. The subsonic version remains under development.<P>Can anyone confirm (?) this, since I was under the impression that the Club-S carried by the Kilo subs is ...
by Amitabh
26 Sep 2001 03:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]
Replies: 39
Views: 8491

Re: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]

Here are some PJ-10 details gleaned from Jane's website:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A collaborative project by India's Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Russian design and production company NPO Mashinostroyenia (formerly OKB-52) f...
by Amitabh
25 Sep 2001 01:44
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]
Replies: 39
Views: 8491

Re: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]

Does anyone have pictures of the BrahMos PJ-10 on display in Moscow?
by Amitabh
06 Aug 2001 20:14
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Has Pakistan raised a third armoured division?
Replies: 101
Views: 39588

Re: Has Pakistan raised a third armoured division?

<I>the PRC has a nice dagger pointed at chicken neck near siliguri as their territory extends deep between sikkim and bhutan.</I><P>AFAIK, it's all uphill for them and downhill for us in that area. So the advantage is India's.
by Amitabh
29 Jul 2001 21:23
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Has Pakistan raised a third armoured division?
Replies: 101
Views: 39588

Re: Has Pakistan raised a third armoured division?

To add to what Sanjay wrote, I was told after the Kargil war that the PA was very worried about an Indian assault a-la 1965, since its armoured formations were in poor shape logistically.<P>More recently, a Pakistani journalist told me that the budget cuts have seriously affected the PA's routine op...
by Amitabh
25 Jul 2001 23:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: TSP: Al-Khalid MBT rolls out
Replies: 82
Views: 35437

Re: TSP: Al-Khalid MBT rolls out

<I>More to the point manpads do not provide an effective deterrent agasint air ops. I would have thought Kargil demonstrated that.</I><P>Hmm. I thought Kargil actually showed how effective manpads are. The IAF was forced to strictly control the flight paths of its strike aircraft, and to make sure t...
by Amitabh
25 Jul 2001 23:29
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran-II Yield
Replies: 33
Views: 10754

Re: Pokhran-II Yield

Alternatively, is it at all possible to have a moderated thread? Questions could be emailed to the moderator who then chooses which ones PKI or whoever should respond to.<P>The moderator could for instance be given the ability to lock and unlock a thread, and would be the only one posting.<P>Sounds ...
by Amitabh
17 Jul 2001 22:12
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Aerospace Industry Developments
Replies: 50
Views: 25736

Re: Indian Aerospace Industry Developments

The article was hysterically funny! But it did clear up the HJT-36 pricing issue. Rs 19 crore =/= $15 million, that's for sure. The HJT-36 is apparently in the $4-5 million range.
by Amitabh
02 Jul 2001 03:27
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 80660

Re: Indian Road Development

That's incredible, from seven to two hours!<P>How do they plan on keeping cyclists and pedestrians from crossing the expressway at will? I know they have subways every few hundred meters, but how about barriers?
by Amitabh
23 Jun 2001 00:19
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Snipers of the Indian Army
Replies: 69
Views: 31217

Re: Snipers of the Indian Army

CRPF and other paramilitary organizations depute people to the NSG. Hence the possibility of a CRPF member being an NSG sniper.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/LAND-FORCES/Special-Forces/NSG.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/LAND-FORCES/Special-Forces/NSG.html</A>
by Amitabh
22 Jun 2001 03:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 31922

Re: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

What's interesting is that the Onyx/Yakhont appears to be derived from the SS-N-7 (at least according to FAS). What an interesting coincidence! The SS-N-7 equipped INS Chakra back in the 1980s.<P>Oh, incidentally, a US admiral (they have dozens, don't get too impressed!) told me back in 1995 that th...
by Amitabh
14 Jun 2001 07:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 31922

Re: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

That's probably the nose cover ejecting to reveal the nose intake that will allow air to flow to the ramjet. This lends support to the PJ-10 = Yahkont theory. The missile <I>does</I> resemble the Yakhont in Vishnu's clips.
by Amitabh
09 Jan 2001 04:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 153
Views: 45912

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

The potential market for the LCA includes all the MiG-21 and F-7 customers who can't afford F-16s, Mirage 2000-5s and Gripens. That certainly rules out the wealthier E and SE Asian countries. Vikram's idea about Iran is very good.<P>I would be concerned about product support if I were buying an Indi...
by Amitabh
08 Jan 2001 04:11
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 153
Views: 45912

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

I'm a tad concerned about the short time between the first flights of the LCA technology demonstrators (TD series) and the actual prototypes (PV series). TD-2 is expected to fly in a few months' time, and PV-1 is scheduled for its first flight by the end of this year, with PV-2 and PV-3 flying in 20...
by Amitabh
21 Jul 2000 22:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 16268

Re: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?

If I correctly recall a <I>World Air Power Journal</I> article a few years ago on the MiG-23 and its ground attack variants, the IAF MiG-27s are given the same designation as Russian MiG-27s (i.e. MiG-27ML) but are in fact inferior in a couple of aspects.<P>One of these is the type of laser ranger i...
by Amitabh
21 Jul 2000 21:13
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Warbirds of India - Please add any details
Replies: 26
Views: 19018

Re: Warbirds of India - Please add any details

A Gnat flown by Air Chief Marshal LM Katre is located at the Doon School in Dehradun, his alma mater.
by Amitabh
20 Jul 2000 21:15
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 16268

Re: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?

Yes, I realize the debate is over pods, not LGBs! I just threw that in to add to vverma's comment about IAF LGBs.
by Amitabh
20 Jul 2000 21:13
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 16268

Re: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?

The <I>Aviation Week</I> cover story on the IAF a few years ago said that 315 Paveway II laser kits had been ordered. So we have a <B>minimum</B> of 315 laser guided bombs. Other sources like Russia and France have certainly been tapped. French Matra BGL-100 LGBs were apparently used in Kargil, acco...
by Amitabh
10 Jul 2000 05:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Akash and its nuclear payload
Replies: 55
Views: 15711

Re: Akash and its nuclear payload

FWIW, an armoured corps Lt. Colonel told me last summer that a 20 kT bomb would destroy one armoured squadron at most (that's 15 tanks, right?).
by Amitabh
06 Jul 2000 21:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Akash and its nuclear payload
Replies: 55
Views: 15711

Re: Akash and its nuclear payload

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>I've always wondered why the Akash had the complexity of an airbreathing stage.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's because the missile is derived from the Russian SA-6, which has airbreathing propulsion. The Trishul is similarly derived from t...
by Amitabh
09 Sep 1999 01:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Harrier vs Mirage V/III
Replies: 22
Views: 11219

Re: Harrier vs Mirage V/III

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>However explain how a matra armed jaguar/Mig-27 would be an easy kill for the upgraded PAF Mirage.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>As Vikram pointed out, the answer is <B>energy</B>. The Mirages will "bounce" the Jaguars from above, and will thus ...
by Amitabh
18 Aug 1999 21:18
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India's Second (Nuclear) Strike Capability
Replies: 15
Views: 7747

Re: India's Second (Nuclear) Strike Capability

Wilson John isn't a particularly reliable writer IMHO, as the Prithvi on Su-30 and Jaguar claim makes obvious!<P>But so far as the 400 nuclear warheads claim goes, apart from the Jane's Intelligence Review article (which was written IIRC by WPS Sidhu) I believe that one of the Pokhran II tests inclu...

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