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by Barath
06 Aug 2020 20:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3620
Views: 664667

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

.. What the UAE got was an AESA equipped Viper, ...when only one or two aircraft types had an operational AESA anywhere in the world. . One of them being the F2, Japan's F16 variant., the first aesa in a combat fighter, the first co-cured composite in tactical combat fighter etc. The us got access ...
by Barath
06 Aug 2020 17:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3265
Views: 940590

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

https://www.onmanorama.com/news/nation/2020/08/05/with-expected-83-tejas-mk1a-orders-ardc-shapes-india-upgraded-fi.html As per the article, structural design are complete and will be certified by agencies. Why is structural design done again ? I thought the entire point of Mk1A was that structure w...
by Barath
05 Aug 2020 23:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 628
Views: 157619

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

A good, not very technical, overview of US attempt to develop its next generation of armoured vehicles. Thing to note is the how they have changes their approach to development, IMO something for us to learn. VfpotP5g1Kw There have been 3 prior attempts to replace the Bradley and this is the 4th. T...
by Barath
05 Aug 2020 23:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 628
Views: 157619

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

That is just it. We are getting our knickers in a test because of some rumour on Twitter? There's far too little information or confirmation to get too heated up. But it's not completely dismissed as ANI is often close to the government, and it's not just a tweet https://www.aninews.in/news/nationa...
by Barath
05 Aug 2020 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2941
Views: 521108

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

It is suprising the IAF is ordering Hammer kits for huge amounts, rather than equivalent Paveway IIs'. The hammer is an add on kit to a dumb bomb, which adds rocket power range extender, and either IN/GPS , IN/GPS+Laser or IN/GPS+IR sensor The paveway is an unpowered LGB . The Spice is unpowered gl...
by Barath
05 Aug 2020 17:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 628
Views: 157619

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

What could be the point of comparing 8x8 AFV with a 4x4 tactical utility vehicle. Looks like the usual rigmarole of consigning indigenous development to oblivion has started again! Don't agree for the simple reason that where were the requirements before ? My guess : This is Ladakh confrontation an...
by Barath
02 Aug 2020 21:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Don't know, but 5 more had already been delivered to the IAF in France, (where IAF pilots are undergoing training), before the first 5 took off. So won't be very long. https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/five-rafale-jets-leave-for-india-what-happens-next-6525806/ . (The planes in France will...
by Barath
28 Jul 2020 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

I am not arguing about lack of LCA induction or anything like that. But don’t show so much happiness for a phirang h/w. Celebrate the LCA induction like this or Akash or Pinaka like this. What you celebrate matters in changing attitude/perceptions You think there is happiness only about the plane? ...
by Barath
26 Jul 2020 21:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 628
Views: 157619

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Agree : The author decription "i am a Defence analyst of DFI.. News i post or Copy paste from Different forums," Ie It's in no way authoritative. Amended to reflect that Info on Sprut : http://www.military-today.com/tanks/sprut_sdm1.htm https://www.army-technology.com/projects/sprut-sdm1-l...
by Barath
26 Jul 2020 21:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 628
Views: 157619

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

https://mobile.twitter.com/I30mki/status/1287242359789490176 #Indian Army to buy 45 2S5 Sprut-SD/SDM Light Tanks on Emergency basis, which delivery to be started with in a year and completed before 2 years...... Later @DRDO's Light Tank Project to be revised. This seems to be highly reactive,and an ...
by Barath
25 Jul 2020 17:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1404
Views: 258127

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Philip wrote:"Approved" in the MOD could mean years before actual delivery! .


Exactly. Thus unless there is something concrete like CCS clearance now, or an order, where's the news ?

Do you have any concrete reports on SG, or P8i acquisition ?
Because if there were, I missed them
by Barath
25 Jul 2020 15:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1404
Views: 258127

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Philip wrote:V.good news about the extra 6 P-8 Is,to.


I honestly don't see what's news here.The 6 were approved by the DAC in Nov 2019 and the 4 were approved in 2010 and ordered in 2016 for delivery starting 2020
by Barath
25 Jul 2020 00:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

If this "OIS" is same as "Offset India Solutions" (excellent creativity in naming the company), it was basically a front for arms dalal Sanjay Bhandari. Folks bitching about PSUs non stop don't seen seems to realise there are a fair number of shady private companies too. https:/...
by Barath
24 Jul 2020 23:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

So the AAASM can be as much as 4x the cost of a JDAM, or 2X the cost of the GBU-49 assuming that the company managed to get the unit cost down to 80,000 Euros (and keep it there). Acquisition strategies can accommodate both so there is on one right answer. You're right,but the correct comparision r...
by Barath
24 Jul 2020 21:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Every add-on purchase is pointing towards additional Rafales in the long term. I doubt the IAF would spend its meagre CAPEX on this purchase otherwise. And you are correct. The Hammer is one expensive munition. From wiki chacha.... With 600Cr budget for emergency budget, they will not be able to bu...
by Barath
24 Jul 2020 16:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

nam : Hammer was among the weapons that was optioned for, to use aboard the Rafale. Now with the ongoing border situation, that option is being exercised. Please see below (from 2017). The Spice is the corresponding equivalent to the Hammer; both are add on kits that feature ins/gps, ir/optical and...
by Barath
14 Jul 2020 17:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4787
Views: 1133641

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

One report has it that Washington in mightily pissed because we're buying more MIGs and MKIs and must be sanctioned under CAATSA! ....The US/ Lockheed has been desperate to sell us the F-16 under a new number as production will finally shut down after 5 decades https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/com...
by Barath
11 Jul 2020 11:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4787
Views: 1133641

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

https://theprint.in/defence/iaf-gets-night-flying-capability-at-leh-for-mig-29s-force-sees-it-as-a-game-changer/457828/ IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’ Surprised the hell out of me, as I assumed that Mig 29s/Leh had night flying capabilities eve...
by Barath
07 Jul 2020 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 322
Views: 70859

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Just order more of F414, in exchange for healthy offsets in India, availability of spares and quick servicing. Standardising on few components simplifies the supply chain, cross cannibalization when needed (let's say future sanctions) and most importantly maintenance and skilled manpower logistics....
by Barath
07 Jul 2020 23:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 322
Views: 70859

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

There is a USN War study on the carrier in IN doctrine. A lengthy study.In short it questions the efficacy of our " light" carriers as the VikA and new Vikrant, in carrying out full spectrum carrier warfare as practised by the USN.Reasons are the foll: STOBAR launch,lesser payload carried...
by Barath
07 Jul 2020 23:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 529
Views: 118334

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

human tgt can not be engaged by anything more than a 7.62mm [/b]and we all know that is not the case, ever. I thought that was 14.5mm, not 7.62mm. Can you elaborate (eg source hint or context) - I thought It's legal to use a 0.50 caliber or a 23 mm or a 20 mm cannon or more ... The Saint Petersburg...
by Barath
07 Jul 2020 22:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 529
Views: 118334

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

The treaty is binding between those who signed it. While the 1899 is the origin, I believe it might be carried forward through other conventions and case law also. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_the_Hague_Conventions_of_1899_and_1907 The last column shows that India, Pakistan have ...
by Barath
07 Jul 2020 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 529
Views: 118334

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussio

Replacement of standard issue steel jackets with hollow points overcomes this perceived lack of lethality in 5.56. I’ll even go on to say that each target is on average engaged by a huge number of rounds at which point 1 rd or 2rd of this or that caliber barely matters. Aren't hollow point bullets ...
by Barath
07 Jul 2020 21:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Since our doctrine is not to claim enemy territory in a war (where we occupy territory like in POK/ Aksai Chin, the terrain makes it extremely difficult), our existing strength and deployment is adequate to defend our country in a 2 front war (while inflicting heavier casualties on the enemy). We w...
by Barath
29 Jun 2020 07:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3265
Views: 940590

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

1 month old. I put it here primarily as MK1A contract is also getting delayed. there seems to be a pattern The pattern is that due to COVID related finance squeeze, all capital acquisitions have been put on hold. Covid would set back defense procurement plans by a year atleast. From the article: Th...
by Barath
28 Jun 2020 21:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3265
Views: 940590

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

Barath, What’s the point of getting to the combat area if you can’t carry anything :wink: Helps you get to the scene of the crash faster, as the old chopper joke has it. :wink: As basanth said, it can have some utility even without external weapons (exit the area, come in to use guns, especially ca...
by Barath
28 Jun 2020 21:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3265
Views: 940590

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

This report was date stamped may 15 and gives some background on the Tonbo imaging open letter (ie it's old) https://officechai.com/news/defence-tech-startup-tonbo-imaging-claims-govt-defaulted-payments-cancelled-contracts/ Letter itself undated. No idea on update. This comment and previous one more...
by Barath
28 Jun 2020 10:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3265
Views: 940590

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

^^^ Even a Hawk AJT can go supersonic in a shallow dive. “Super cruise” doesn’t mean a thing unless it can used in a combat mode. As a thumb rule, Super cruise is used to get there and get back faster (while expanding more fuel than subsonic cruise and less than afterburner), while actual combat do...
by Barath
24 Jun 2020 09:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3265
Views: 940590

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

I could be wrong. Thanks for the correction. :) Basant, you are actually correct from the perspective of brakes http://www.frpinstitute.org/pdf/Carbon-carbon%20guru.pdf Csaurabh is right, Tejas uses carbon-carbon matrix composites for brake pads (and other places). The PDF is a nice reference, with...
by Barath
23 Jun 2020 11:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3537
Views: 641995

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

So when they went for the G-to-G, was meteor the deciding factor? or was it some game-changing advantages inherent to Rafale itself? Or was it just that their love for Mirage got transferred to Rafale? Combination of factors, ...... In addition to those, I assume that france being flexible on weapo...
by Barath
19 Jun 2020 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

https://warontherocks.com/2020/06/tension-high-altitude-higher-logistical-and-physiological-constraints-on-the-indo-chinese-border/ Some days behind the times, but an interesting outside perspective Also relevant: a 2 year old perspective has a couple of interesting points, I had not remembered, or ...
by Barath
17 Jun 2020 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

This is the crux of the matter Relative defence spending India vs China vs Pakistan https://ibb.co/f9Ttmnr https://ibb.co/f9Ttmnr You should add or substitute GNP of the 3 countries as it helps drive , enable and sustain military spending and helps meet aspirations. Even the Soviet union faltered a...
by Barath
17 Jun 2020 17:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

How about bleed china with a thousand cuts in Tibet? Like Afghanistan and Vietnam? It'll take years. You also need a native population that'll do the cutting. Judging by how they locked up and basically pacified a far more radical muzzie population through internment in Xinjiang, I don't hold out m...
by Barath
12 Jun 2020 13:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1853
Views: 354923

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/missile-defense-weapons/us-air-force-investigates-hypersonic-test-mishap Hypersonic test missile for HAWC suffered a mishap during a captive carry flight test. Thought to be the LM version, rather than the Raytheon version. Article also references the tactical ...
by Barath
10 Jun 2020 21:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1404
Views: 258127

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

The RFI does not mention automatic rotor folding. It's a RFI, it asks folks to specify the technology used But there's a section ~pg 14 that I suspect was pointed at this: Rotor System (a) Will the main rotor blades of helicopter be foldable for storage and transportation and have a folding mechani...
by Barath
07 Jun 2020 21:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

China wants to achieve its military and strategic objectives without any war with us. ... All this dhoti-shivering I see on this thread about how big their GDP is, and how ill equipped we are, o.... As i uunderstand : India has conventional superiority of forces near the borders. China has conventi...
by Barath
07 Jun 2020 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

My take is the Quad cant do much, all the above can happen without the QUAD hullabaloo "friendships" are quite enough., unless and until i see an American carrier group steaming to South China sea and another one in the Indian Ocean in support of India and Australia deploying their warshi...
by Barath
07 Jun 2020 20:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 6772
Views: 733804

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Tibet is a buffer state even if it is under Chinese occupation. Tibet's independence is acknowledged globally by many nations. Please name some of those nations. Per wiki: The United States government maintains that no country recognizes Tibet as a sovereign state,[98] and German scholar Thomas Heb...
by Barath
19 May 2020 18:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2201
Views: 311619

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

... However, the IAF needs substantial combat punch for today and tomorrow, while the rest of its fleet can be brought upto spec, upgraded, indigenized etc. ..... These "buy" us peace for the next decade while we can continue to mature our homegrown platforms, and we are also able to go t...
by Barath
19 May 2020 18:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1404
Views: 258127

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

While the focus has been on the MRCA for IAF, I think far greater danger is in the 57 carrier based fighter deal. I don't think that is happening But at the same time, with Vikrant being so close, we need more. I suspect there will be more Mig29Ks coming (and hopefully 1 squadron of LCA-N). India b...

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