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by Rakesh
10 Mar 2019 04:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/1103247316113252353 ---> In their desperation, some dalals are even going to the extent of disparaging Wg Cdr Abhinandan's achievement by alleging that he 'disobeyed' ground controller instructions. IMO, Wing Co Abhinandan actions were spot on given the situation ...
by Rakesh
10 Mar 2019 04:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2082
Views: 307133

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

Meteor cannot be carried on board the upgraded Mirage 2000I/TI. Meteor would have worked for the Tejas had Thales allowed the Elta AESA radar to be mated with the missile, but Thales refused. So now Astra Mk2 will take on that role. This Week, IAF’s Dreams Of Meteor-Armed LCA Tejas Could Formally Di...
by Rakesh
10 Mar 2019 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1194
Views: 230561

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

This is a big relief. Never get into any military alliance with any nation, especially the US. Work with all, but no alliances please. US Commander Hints That Quad Grouping With India, Japan and Australia May be Shelved https://www.news18.com/news/world/us-commander-hints-that-quad-grouping-with-in...
by Rakesh
10 Mar 2019 04:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Y Kanan Saar, there is no doubt that a PAF F-16B/D was shot down. Now going by the images that Karan M and sudeepj have posted, it appears that it is an F-16D onlee. Just because the engine wreckage does not belong to a F-16, that does not mean that a PAF F-16 was not shot down. The IAF has said it ...
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 03:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Excellent job Karan of refuting these tweets. Keep it up!
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 03:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Thank you for that info Karan. And best not to connect the dots for the enemy.

Folks, our satisfaction is inconsequential. The safety of IAF pilots come first and their ability to hit the enemy effectively.

Somethings are never to be said on an open forum or even at a BR meet.
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 02:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 544
Views: 134436

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Pakistani Army moves into the oil business
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/artic ... -business/

The army’s $100 billion commercial empire covers industries including banking, cement and real estate.
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 02:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

https://twitter.com/aloysius34/status/1104042887635845120 ---> 1. Media reports India-Pak air battle 27 Feb, IAF warplanes were constrained by ‘rules of engagement’ that restricted pilots from crossing the LoC & firing first, if true the absurdity of the decision led the Su-30MKI & Mirage-20...
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 02:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Another account.....analyze (& critique) away! We need one of our BRFites to do a write up. Who wants to volunteer? :) Retelling the dogfight over Nowshera https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/retelling-the-dogfight-over-nowshera/articleshow/68312209.cms https://economictimes.indiat...
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 02:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 3746
Views: 377561

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

X-Post from the Indian Army: News & Discussion thread.... ========================================================= https://twitter.com/ShivAroor/status/1104063043426766848 ---> BREAKING: Young Army (JAK LI) soldier on leave Rifleman Mohammad Yaseen Bhat has been abducted from his home in Qazipo...
by Rakesh
09 Mar 2019 02:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3734
Views: 491900

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

https://twitter.com/ShivAroor/status/1104063043426766848 ---> BREAKING: Young Army (JAK LI) soldier on leave Rifleman Mohammad Yaseen Bhat has been abducted from his home in Qazipora, Budgam by suspected terrorists. He was on leave till the end of this month. Search on. Pray this doesn’t end like Lt...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 19:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1516
Views: 83374

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Completely understand Admiralji and as you probably know I too harbor similar feelings. However, I do see a convergence in interests in that India wants a big carrier and check China as well. The US too wishes to hamper Chinese expansion. I don't see the harm in it providing the deal is affordable ...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 1194
Views: 230561

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

This is a big relief. Never get into any military alliance with any nation, especially the US. Work with all, but no alliances please. US Commander Hints That Quad Grouping With India, Japan and Australia May be Shelved https://www.news18.com/news/world/us-commander-hints-that-quad-grouping-with-ind...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 919
Views: 106023

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

Lockheed Martin Deletes Claim That Its Rebranded F-21 Could Be A Path To Indian F-35s
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/26 ... dian-f-35s

February 20, 2019
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 919
Views: 106023

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

MMRCA Mess and the Need for Professionalism in the Defence Acquisition Process
https://idsa.in/issuebrief/mmrca-profes ... hal-220219

By Group Captain Vinay Kaushal (Retd.) - a Distinguished Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

February 22, 2019
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 919
Views: 106023

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

Yes I remember Ramana-ji. The F-16/F-21 is by all measure done. Now only the F-18 is left. Anyway, that was the only serious American offering in the current MRCA contest. But then again the question remains, what game changing feature does the F-18 have that the Rafale does not? Cost alone will not...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Lalmohan wrote:i was struck by the fact that they fielded 24 aircraft, after we sent 12
not entirely a coincidence I think... :-)
eechendee oh eechendee...

They have to do double of what we do. It is a manhood thing for them.
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Pratyush wrote:But who killed the MiG-21. Why won't the TSP credit that kill to PAF.

I thought that was what the Hassan Siddiqui celebration video was about, no? JF-17 shooting down a MiG-21. All official records from Pakistan state that the PAF shot the MiG-21 down.
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 18:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Pakistan broke LoC rules; India went by book http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pakistan-broke-loc-rules-india-went-by-book/articleshow/68312074.cms A much clearer picture... Pakis took the first shot and by the time the su-30 and mirages had recovered from defensive action the f-16s ...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 11:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

They had no intention of striking anything. Their only ruse was to get IAF fighters to cross the LoC and shoot them down. With that, they could show their populace that they bested the IAF. Already the PAF pilot - Hassan Siddiqui - is being compared to MM Alam of the 65 Indo - Pak War. Ironic really...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 10:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Sid, let us continue to keep this thread open. In addition to what Karan said above, when new info comes in...it is good to discuss. That India Today article I posted has now turned out to be a fake. But would have never known that, if it was not posted here and we discussed it.
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 06:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

This doesnt sound like the complete story.. We know that there were Mirage III/V strikers in the PAF package, that launched standoff weapons, the H4 denel raptor. My reconstruction of this battle based on fragmentory reports is as below. This is just my guess, so take it for what its worth.: You ar...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 06:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Thank you saar for bringing this up, it explains why Indian planes never fired a BVR shot, why fire a shot from the edge of the engagement envelope when the planes you are targeting are already running away and already have a SAM coming up their tailpipe. You are welcome Khan. I would love to know ...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 05:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 3746
Views: 377561

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Rudradev wrote:What about the ...

Sent you email Rudradev-ji :)
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 05:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

India-Pakistan dogfight: A minute-by-minute account of Abhinandan's air battle https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/india-pakistan-f16-mig21-dogfight-minute-by-minute-1472548-2019-03-07 9:52 AM : Indian Air Force's Netra surveillance drone and the Northern Air Command detect 10 F-16s taking off th...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 05:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

The one thing I can guess was to have the PAF cross over the LoC. Till then no missiles were to be fired. Launching BVR missiles into Pakistani airspace would have likely escalated the conflict. In the scenario, we would have shot down a number of their birds in the strike package. That would have c...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 05:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1420
Views: 174666

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

We do not have any native indigenous SSNs yet. We have 2 - 3 SSBNs, depending on source. The SSN fleet is still in planning phase. The hull may be of an Akula I, but she will end up being equal to or even better than Akula II with the upgrades in sensors, hardware and weaponry. At that rate, I will ...
by Rakesh
08 Mar 2019 03:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 3746
Views: 377561

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Zaid “SAD” Hamid aka Lal Topi
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1516
Views: 83374

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Personally, I would love to see a repeat order of P-8Is, more CH-47s (please!), more C-130s and MH-60R helicopters. We lost out - due to Babu laziness - on additional C-17s. That was criminal.
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 20:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Including future monitoring of his activities. This is Pakistan after all. They are devious in their ways.
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 20:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1516
Views: 83374

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

my bad, brar_w saar. I would prefer not to see any combat aircraft of US origin in the IAF or the IN.
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1516
Views: 83374

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

Cain-ji, any tip-of-the-spear platforms of US origin are best avoided. Logistical platforms (C-17, C-130, CH-47, etc)) and surveillance/second tier combat platforms (P-8, AH-64, etc) are okay. The Americans are untrustworthy and unreliable. And that is putting it mildly. Best avoided. The Harry Trum...
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1420
Views: 174666

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

I hope it is not Akula - II, otherwise I will have to distribute Mithai.
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 06:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

It is not the wreckage of the F-16. Pakistan will not release the wreckage of the F-16. It is not in their interest to do so.
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 06:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 3746
Views: 377561

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

The facts about that Balakot that Pakistan does not want you to know
https://myind.net/Home/viewArticle/the- ... ebruary-26
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 05:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 3746
Views: 377561

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/1103392189252460544 ---> A 2000-pound (907 kg) class bomb isn't filled with nearly 2000 pounds of explosive. The explosive content by weight is a fraction of the total weight. For e.g the 907 kg BLU-109/B which can be used as a warhead for the SPICE 2000 guidance ...
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 05:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

What ended up being the story behind this photo? Was there any reason to think it isn't PA officers inspecting what looks like the remains of an F-16 engine? Curious because everyone is saying no proof that a PAF F-16 was actually shot down but this photo would be pretty damning proof, assuming it ...
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 02:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

ArjunPandit wrote:one question, what stops IAF from passing on the retiring or retired migs to colleges to colleges

Nothing and there probably already is.

Check out Jagan's Warbirds of India ---> www.warbirdsofindia.com
by Rakesh
07 Mar 2019 02:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 1431
Views: 178127

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Well, some news to brighten your day. Pakis are so dumb! :P https://twitter.com/aimal_khanPak/status/1103331774300672000 ---> Talking to The News, the retired air marshal said he had signed this agreement on behalf of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as deputy chief of air staff (operations). He explai...

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