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by Philip
22 Feb 2003 21:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Significant breakthrough in Nag project
Replies: 94
Views: 19727

Re: Significant breakthrough in Nag project

This is a curious announcement,right on the heels of a news item a day ago that said that both Trishul and Nag were being dumped because they had failed!Is this announcement about Nag mant to defelct criticism about the programme.At Aero India,Nag was conspicous by its absence (almost),unlike previo...
by Philip
13 Feb 2003 09:48
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results
Replies: 153
Views: 56496

Re: Indo-French exercises: Mixed results

Can someone enlighten me on this.I thougt that the Mirage deal for India signed years ago envisoned the replacement of the RDM radars with the more capable RDI.I have been under the impression that many of our Mirages have been modified with the RDI.You live and learn!
by Philip
13 Feb 2003 00:10
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 114519

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

The size of Brahmos ,8+m makes it rather large for VLS configuration,unless we possess ships of large destroyer/cruiser size of around 8,000t+.The interesting part is that it can be retro-fitted onto our Tarantula class missile craft (2x4)as shown in the DRDO model.We must remember that Brahmos wil ...
by Philip
12 Feb 2003 09:40
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 114519

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

I echo Shiv's views on the Natasha's,Lyudmilla's,Ivanas,etc,etc.Certainly these birds were equal showstoppers as their flying relatives outside!I thought that the time of the show could've been extended by another hour,opening half an hour earlier and closing half an hour later,as this time there wa...
by Philip
10 Feb 2003 09:05
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 114519

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

The best part was being able to identify the aircraft flying from the engine noise while inside the hangars!Shiv and I both found it so.The SU-30MKI' Saturn-Lyulka engines make an unmistakable crackling sound once heard,never forgotten! Maz,details of MACMET's wares can easily be obtained.They were ...
by Philip
09 Feb 2003 22:25
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Time to rethink NFU
Replies: 224
Views: 65440

Re: Time to rethink NFU

It is now well suspected,borne out with evidence, that Pak is secretly working on chem. warfare perhaps as an alternative to using nukes against India,apart from using chem. warfare also against Afghan forces.It probably feels that the use of chem. weapons in the Iran-Iraq war,which helped Iraq deci...
by Philip
09 Feb 2003 21:02
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports
Replies: 492
Views: 114519

Re: Aero India 2003 - News & Reports

Back at base.As Shiv said ,we had the mother of all BR meets.This Air Show ws the best ever,from an organisational point of view,though many experts felt that the aerobatics of previous shows-where Russian pilots flew the SU-30 to the limit were superior.One also cannot forget a previous show where ...
by Philip
15 Jan 2003 09:15
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Time to rethink NFU
Replies: 224
Views: 65440

Re: Time to rethink NFU

The stark fact remains that to be effective,our deterrent should have the minimum time to reply to a first strike,or "wave" of first strikes,which could clearly cripple our ability to respond.That is,until our deterrent is carried aboard nuclear powered subs,mobile and invisible,with the greatest su...
by Philip
11 Jan 2003 00:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni test of 09 January 2003
Replies: 165
Views: 56513

Re: Agni test of 09 January 2003

It looks as if a MIRV variant of Agni-1 will be tested,along with different payload/range versions.If a MIRV variant is developed,it will be particularly useful in the context of strikes against paki targets,many of which are in close proximity to each other and where one missile can do the job inst...
by Philip
25 Dec 2002 20:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 50427

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

Please don't underestimate the Paki threat to smaller cities,especially those with significant military assets.Pak may very well strike these undefended (against ballistic missiles) cities just because they are smaller and will alsos serve as an example/threat to larger cities in case India also int...
by Philip
19 Dec 2002 09:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 50427

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

VAYU in a recent article on how to protect Indian cities from Paki missile attack,suggest the following. 1.The Russian S-300PMU1/2 systems are considered superior to US and Israeli equivalents (Arrow and Patriot).They have better scoot capability ensuring better survivability too. 2.Paki missiles th...
by Philip
06 Oct 2002 21:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300
Replies: 137
Views: 50427

Re: India's missile defence - Arrow vs. S-300

One aspect not discussed is the survivability of the radar tracking systems of these ABM systems in the light of new weaponry aimed at destroying the electronics of anti-air systems.These have been tried out in the Balkans and have now been perfected by both the US and UK.The first blows in any camp...
by Philip
14 Aug 2002 10:48
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Klub ASCM and Kilo Upgrades
Replies: 212
Views: 36211

Re: Klub ASCM and Kilo Upgrades

Former USN studies suggested that any Soviet warship below 3,000t would be incapacitated by a single anti-ship missile and it would take about three missiles to knock out a Kashin class destroyer.These related to subsonic missiles.The kinetic power of supersonic anti-ship missiles indicate that just...
by Philip
28 Jul 2002 21:38
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Klub ASCM and Kilo Upgrades
Replies: 212
Views: 36211

Re: Klub ASCM and Kilo Upgrades

There is no question that the Brahmos is a derivative of the basic Yakhont missile.All pics of the two missiles betray that fact.However,the Brahmos may have a different custom made seeker to suit Indian operational requirements.In general,Russian missiles have been aimed at US carrier forces in par...
by Philip
04 Jul 2002 22:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 65630

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Sorry Raj! I repeat the question yet again,what has happened to Tank "X"? BY this I mean,has the GOI /MOD/DRDO said anything further on the status of this tank?The tank has been unveiled,but are we going to build on it further? There have been programmes to upgrade the T-72s in service,bringing them...
by Philip
02 Jul 2002 22:54
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Five Years!
Replies: 76
Views: 29465

Re: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Five Years!

Well done old bean.You have earned a rest from loading all that ammo fired over the last 5 years through BR!The bandicoots musn't celebrate too hard because Kaps will be taking charge of the attack from now on.Shiver me timbers!
Cheers once again.We'll do another Bombay meet when you're next in town.
by Philip
30 Jun 2002 13:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 65630

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Whatever has happened to the DRDO's indigenous and laudworthy effort Tank "X",unveiled at the recent DEFEX in Delhi,where an Arjun turret was carried on a T-72 chassis?This to some extent mitigates the weight and size problems faced with Arjun.
by Philip
26 Jan 2002 16:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 57326

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

There is an answer to the apparent confusion.There was some time ago a media item which said that experts felt the need for medium range missiles of range about 700km+.The absence of which left a hole in our strategic defence.Prithvi was too short ranged,liquid fueled and perhaps less accurate than ...
by Philip
26 Sep 2001 10:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]
Replies: 39
Views: 7352

Re: India test-fires indigenous missile [ DHANUSH ]

Dhanush is mainly meant for a land attack role.While it is theoretically possible for the missile to be configured for an attack against warships,it's hevay payload indicates that it is meant to strike at land targets from a considerable distance offshore.<P>It is an operational missile that can be ...
by Philip
17 Jul 2001 09:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Avatar, Durga, Kali and much more
Replies: 42
Views: 19173

Re: Avatar, Durga, Kali and much more

AGUPTA is spot on ,about the hyperplane's origins and first unveiling of the concept at Bangalore a decade ago.It provoked quite a bit of amusement then from foreign delegates,as by then we hadn't even got a mock up of the LCA ready!Not now,when the world has realised that india's efforts are slowly...
by Philip
11 Jul 2001 12:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Sagrika - Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 8770

Re: Sagrika - Discussion

There is understandable confusion here.However,if Brahmos has a range of 300KM at supersonic speed,the given range of Sagarika,300km at subsonic speed makes little sense.Why develop an inferior missile,when we already have tested a superior supersonic one?<P>In my opinion,sagarika,or whatever it is ...
by Philip
28 Jun 2001 04:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Avatar, Durga, Kali and much more
Replies: 42
Views: 19173

Re: Avatar, Durga, Kali and much more

We've seen the misshapen model of "Avatar"at a previous Air Show and have from time to time been told about Durga,Kali etc.These technologies are a very long way away from being incorporated into the armed forces as weapon systems.At the most,we can say that research is being done on these exotic pr...
by Philip
18 Jun 2001 22:41
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28813

Re: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

I haven't seen the video link as yet,but the launch appears typical of the "cold launch" technique of the Russians,where the missile is ejected from the all weather,maintenance free container/launcher.After ejection,the attitude is changed as shown in the pics of the launch,before the main engine fi...
by Philip
13 Jun 2001 20:28
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India and the NMD-2
Replies: 66
Views: 25312

Re: India and the NMD-2

Except for Agarwal's last idiotic line,that India should have a "modest" foreign policy,he in my opinion is justified in his views on our reaction to NMD.I have been from the outset a critic of our sycophantic and grovelling response to Bush's NMD gambit.There was no reflection or analysis of the re...
by Philip
13 Jun 2001 09:57
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28813

Re: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

There must be no confusion about the various missiles in India's inventory.Prithvi has been meant to carry primarily a nuclear warhead,hence it's heavy payload.The tactical cruise missiles such as the Klub family,have very specific targets,such as ships,subs and land strike capabilities.One variant ...
by Philip
04 Mar 2001 21:48
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Information on the Admiral Gorshkov refit
Replies: 49
Views: 21710

Re: Information on the Admiral Gorshkov refit

Hopefully,the MIG-29K in IN service will have all the capabilities of the larger SU-33 in a smaller airframe,allowing for a larger number of aircraft to be carried aboard the carrier.As far as the agility of the aircraft goes,all those at the Air Show where witness to an awesome display of the aircr...
by Philip
19 Feb 2001 20:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Information on the Admiral Gorshkov refit
Replies: 49
Views: 21710

Re: Information on the Admiral Gorshkov refit

The MIG-29K to be used on the Gorshkov will be an improved version of the MIG-29K that was earlier used on the Kuznetsov for trials.The aircraft will probably use some similar avionics that are being used on the SU-30MKI,LCA programmes.Whether the IN will want some of the LCA technology developed to...
by Philip
05 Feb 2001 00:21
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Production of Arjun tank to start soon
Replies: 82
Views: 31014

Re: Production of Arjun tank to start soon

Point taken about the T-72.That is why I said that smaller tanks with three man crews with auto loaders (though the T-72 one is notorious for being unreliable) is preferabe for lots of reasons.Smaller crew,smaller size,less weight,faster speed,longer range etc.The T-90 in any case is supposed to be ...
by Philip
04 Feb 2001 11:04
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Production of Arjun tank to start soon
Replies: 82
Views: 31014

Re: Production of Arjun tank to start soon

Since the other thread on the T-90 has been closed,I'm using this to make a few points.I still think that we are going down the wrong track with large ,heavy tanks for the future,as Arjun typifies.Members please take a look at the current R&D going in in all the major nations.Heavy,large tanks w...
by Philip
26 Jan 2001 17:51
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Production of Arjun tank to start soon
Replies: 82
Views: 31014

Re: Production of Arjun tank to start soon

Arjun's limited production only means that the GOI is keeping part of the huge workforce suitably emloyed,even thought the tank is anything but a success.It is decades obsolete in concept and will in 5 years time be really seen to be so.Smaller,faster,tanks,new engines, with two man crews and increa...
by Philip
06 Aug 2000 08:24
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Nuke angle to Kargil crisis
Replies: 32
Views: 16697

Re: Nuke angle to Kargil crisis

Anyone who thinks that merely 4 Prithvis and 1 Agni were operational during Kargil is naive.These numbers are too small to have been of any significance.They may merely pertain to those probably with N-warheads.In addition,the N-weapons to be delivered by air,which seems to have been the first deliv...
by Philip
14 Jul 2000 07:44
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000
Replies: 36
Views: 9244

Re: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000

Let me nail the lie of Roshan about his "26" yr old LTTE footsoldiers.Here's the latest from Unicef.To any neutral observer,the greatest danger to the extermination of the Jaffna Tamil people is the LTTE itself.I'm sorry,but Roshan's blatant pro-LTTE propaganda makes me throw up.<P> From the Pioneer...
by Philip
12 Jul 2000 10:35
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000
Replies: 36
Views: 9244

Re: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000

Here's a gruesome "order of battle",which is more realistic.The reports coming out indicate that major battles are being fought at this time and that losses have been heavy on both sides as govt troops take the offensive to the LTTE.<P> Wednesday  12, July  2000 <P>----------------------------------...
by Philip
09 Jul 2000 15:08
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Akash and its nuclear payload
Replies: 55
Views: 13874

Re: Akash and its nuclear payload

I'm surprised that AIR is being taken so seriously.If you believe everything that you hear on AIR,every missile test including Trishul will have a nuclear flavour!Akash has always been India's prime SAM project,now to be integrated with the Russian S-300 family of ABMs (with Israeli help) to develop...
by Philip
02 Jul 2000 23:22
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 & Balderdash
Replies: 56
Views: 22104

Re: MiG-21 & Balderdash

Have we turned down the Thai request?Where did I come across the piece that we have offered to train them at Goa?Vayu-wher it is said the Adm.Sushil Kumar himself has offered the same.
by Philip
30 Jun 2000 23:10
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000
Replies: 36
Views: 9244

Re: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000

At the moment there is a lull before the storm.July 23rd approaches.That is the infamous date when the 1983 anti-Tamil riots took place after 13 Sri Lankan soldiers were blown up in a land mine attack in the north.To those who went through it and survived,it is an experience etched in one's memory.T...
by Philip
29 Jun 2000 21:40
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000
Replies: 36
Views: 9244

Re: LTTE Order of Battle, June 2000

Quite an arsenal by modern standards.It would be interesting to calculate how much this would approximately cost.I mentioned in another post that it is time that terrorist outfits like the LTTE were taken into consideration by defence planners in the Asia-Pacific region.The LTTE if these figures are...
by Philip
10 Dec 1999 10:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition
Replies: 24
Views: 9887

Re: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition

An interesting note from AWST about Chinese capabilities.It said that while the Israeli,Indian and paki pilots flew their aircraft to the limits of their envelope to master them,the Chinese rarely if ever flew their aircraft in similar fsashion ,because their pilots did not want anything to go wrong...
by Philip
09 Dec 1999 20:26
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Chagai tests and the PU sample
Replies: 20
Views: 7033

Re: Chagai tests and the PU sample

Ramanna,an excellent piece of deduction.You have put your finger on the spot with the reference to the statement by Kohl and Co.which was incorrect-paki tests.It reminds me of the dog that did not bark in a Sherlock Holmes story!To me,it appears that the nexus between pak and China goes beyond what ...
by Philip
20 Oct 1999 08:45
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategic Affairs - III
Replies: 20
Views: 8638

Re: Strategic Affairs - III

Well,Clinton is coming as a Tourist-to-be.His role in world affairs is ending pretty soon.There is no popint in negotiating with a failing bank.What India should do is to strengthen it's position during the run up to the US elections and then negotiate from a considerable position of strength wiht t...

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