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by Michael
12 Jun 2002 05:53
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indo-US Operations in J&K
Replies: 27
Views: 12875

Re: Indo-US Operations in J&K

I don't think the US would dare risk its troops in JK. Besides it would drive our Paki "allies" nuts. You think Indians are hostile to the idea? Imagine the reaction in Pakistan. It has Yankee-Yindoo conspiracy written all over it.
by Michael
22 May 2002 01:01
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front
Replies: 173
Views: 58292

Re: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front

Originally posted by bharat: Hey, this thread has gone from discussing aspects of exercise to a punishing attack on non nuclear strategic assets to a direct attack removing Pakistan's nuke weapons. You're right. Guys, I started a separate thread on this topic of taking out nukes here: http://www.bh...
by Michael
21 May 2002 21:47
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front
Replies: 173
Views: 58292

Re: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front

Doesn't it strike anyone as more than a litte bit rediculous to be talking about taking out Pakistan's nuclear capability with a conventional strike? With conventional payloads, that is pure fantasy for the IAF and IN; I doubt even US air power could pull it off without using nukes. The only way Ind...
by Michael
27 Jan 2002 00:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 60108

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

<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Div: <p>Kill two birds with one stone...I like it! <hr></blockquote><p>Interesting. It would certainly be smart for India to avoid buying any further military equipment from the lying, hypocritical, and backstabbi...
by Michael
22 Jul 2001 04:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: TSP: Al-Khalid MBT rolls out
Replies: 82
Views: 34043

Re: TSP: Al-Khalid MBT rolls out

One thing I find interesting is Pakistan's continued emphasis on <I>offensive</I> rather than <I>defensive</I> equipment. <P>Over the last decade they've put a lot more spending into their army's armored strike forces (T-80U, Al-Khalid, Type-88). With Pakistan's endless claims of being scared of Ind...
by Michael
05 Jan 2001 12:28
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 43026

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jay Barua:<BR><B>Just looking at the picture of the LCA taking off tells me this is a 70's airplane</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Compare the LCA to the Gripen. Paint the LCA in a service color like grey or camo, add wea...
by Michael
04 Jan 2001 10:29
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: LCA ground run & some other questions
Replies: 102
Views: 48155

Re: LCA ground run & some other questions

In the Deccan Herald is said Tipnis is going to pilot a Mirage-2000 and fly along with the LCA. <P>You know, if the LCA crashes or something, I sure hope this doesn't kill the project like it did the Hs.748 AWACS. One crash should never be allowed to derail and entire program. It's really rediculous...
by Michael
14 Aug 2000 10:09
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

Just thought I'd make a quick correction: Mig-29SMT is an unproven design with no credibility behind it. And it costs as much as a Mirage-2000. And it cannot be manufactured locally. <P>Mirage-2000, by the way, is not just for air superiority - this is a true multirole fighther, as was so aptly demo...
by Michael
13 Aug 2000 18:26
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

dbpatra - Please excuse my silly mistake. You are correct. The annual attrition rate is only 3% not 12% percent. Oops! http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/ubb/redface.gif <P>Sounds pretty glib to say "only 3%". This is still a terribly high attrition rate! <P>By the way, I still like the idea of convertin...
by Michael
13 Aug 2000 15:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dbpatra:<BR><B>Dear Michael,<P>In this forum of progressives, let me not become an oldie but let's have some perspective on the Mig21 crash figures. IAF maintains 400 Mig21s, officially 16 squadrons(326) of A/F an...
by Michael
12 Aug 2000 03:31
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

Well, if the IAF maintains its gaint fleet of some 400+ Mig-21's for the "foreseeable future" then it better plan on retiring at least one Mig-21 squadron each year, to make up for all the crashes. This will require constant reorganization, though. To give an idea of the crisis proportions of the pr...
by Michael
11 Aug 2000 04:53
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

There have been a lot of good solutions to the Mig-21 crisis posted here. I wonder if one of the more prominent Indian columnists could write an editorial to put these ideas out to the public. Anybody here have any good contacts?
by Michael
10 Aug 2000 13:49
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

pratyush k ojha - that's a very intriguing idea. India certainly has the expertise to completely remanufacture Mig-21's - they've been building them for years. Still, you'd be spending several million on what will still be an obsolete (albeit more reliable) aircraft. Assuming your figure of $5 milli...
by Michael
10 Aug 2000 12:13
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by pratyush k ojha:<BR><B>why cant the whole fleet be remanufatured istead of replaced, is it something no one has thaught of. <BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>What are you talking about? Are you being sarcastic? I can't ...
by Michael
10 Aug 2000 05:05
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

Confusing about the Mirage-2000 pricing. On sat's post above, it shows the IAF paying $25 million for each Mirage-2000. In Div's post we see an $80 million price tag. I understand the -D is a more expensive variant but this huge disparity doesn't make sense.<P>Also, I'm surprised to see the SU-30MKI...
by Michael
09 Aug 2000 12:40
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

Yes Div, that makes a lot of sense, too. In fact no matter how bad the Mig-21 situation gets, it's probably a sure thing the Mig-21-93 program will still go ahead anyway, simply because the deal was signed so long ago. Hopefully only the newest Mig-21's will get the -21-93 upgrade. <P>Even if the Mi...
by Michael
09 Aug 2000 07:17
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

Let's be cynical and realistic for a moment, and consider a reasonable "ten year plan" for the IAF.<P>First of all, it would actually be far more cost effective to cancel the Mig-21-93 upgrade and convert the entire Mig-21 fleet into drones, use them for spares, sell them off, etc. At the same time,...
by Michael
08 Aug 2000 06:38
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

Better to use the Mig-21's as target drones. IAF pilots almost certainly don't get enough live-fire practice.
by Michael
08 Aug 2000 06:30
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 replacement estimates
Replies: 60
Views: 21513

Re: MiG-21 replacement estimates

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by nikhill:<BR><B>By the way, the French have again offerred us licence prodn of the Mirage 2000, which would make sense considering it is an excellent aircraft, combat proven, and the 2000D would give us nuclear cap...
by Michael
28 Jul 2000 04:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

rama - I can't tell from any of the Mig-27 pics whether the nosecone pod has a camera in it or not. Keep in mind these are covered except when in flight. I would assume it has to have <I>some</I> kind of camera in it, otherwise there'd be no way for the pilot to aim and steer his laser-guided missil...
by Michael
27 Jul 2000 04:42
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

Aditya Vikram - actually the question was whether IAF Mig-27's can use LGB's or ASM's from high-altitude, not its air to air capability.<P>I'm surprised with as much as we know about the IAF, this question remains unanswered. Isn't there a real IAF pilot (or ex-pilot) on this forum?
by Michael
26 Jul 2000 04:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

Found an interesting link on the Mig-27. <A HREF="http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/mig27/index.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/mig27/index.html</A> <P>According to this, there is a Mig-27K variant of the Mig-27 family which is equipped with "the PrNK-23K in...
by Michael
26 Jul 2000 04:13
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

ramana - They're going to equip all the Mig-27's with Litening pods? I didn't know that. <P>Thanks for the info on the Kaira-27, by the way. I guess this would also be used to guide the Kh-29L laser-guided ASM. <P>Do you know if the Kaira-27 has an infrared camera or just a regular daylight camera? ...
by Michael
25 Jul 2000 04:03
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

This is all very interesting and informative about the Mig-27 and its features. Always a learning experience on BR!<P>However, we're still left wondering if the Mig-27 can actually guide an LGB from high altitude. There has to be specs on this somewhere. <P>It all depends on the type of pod used. Eq...
by Michael
24 Jul 2000 12:56
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

So basically, no one knows whether IAF Mig-27's can do precision bombing from high altitude or not.
by Michael
21 Jul 2000 06:27
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

Yes, but does anyone know what kind of aiming system the Mig-27 laser pod has? This is the question. <P>It has to be some kind of camera slaved to the laser. There is no other way to "lase" a target without being able to aim at it. <P>I'd like details on this system. I just want to know if the Mig-2...
by Michael
20 Jul 2000 03:37
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

How do you use a laser range finder if you don't have a viewer to aim it with? There has to be come kind of magnified IR or TV camera slaved to the laser, so you can see what you're lasing. From a plane it would be impossible to lase anything without that. <P>So, what do the Mig-27 pilots see on the...
by Michael
19 Jul 2000 05:31
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

By the way Fanne, with regards to hi-vs.-low altitude tactics, in practice I can guarantee you that the IAF would be better off staying at high altitude. Yes, it's true this makes it easier for PAF fighters to spot you, but this is more than outweighed by the advantage of not being in range of Pakis...
by Michael
19 Jul 2000 05:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

You're talking about CCRP (Continuously Computed Release Point) delivery which allows aircraft like the F-16C to hit targets with precision using unguided bombs. Instead of placing the guidance burden on the bombs themselves, the aircraft becomes the aiming device. Basically you lock onto a ground t...
by Michael
18 Jul 2000 13:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15311

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

I'm a little confused by the specifications on BR's IAF section regarding the Mig-27. <P>In particular: <I>The stub-shaped nose has an in-built laser guidance system for accurate bombing.</I><P>This is vague. Is there more info on this "system"? Are we talking about a pod with a laser designator and...
by Michael
12 Dec 1999 05:34
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition
Replies: 24
Views: 10325

Re: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition

Thanks for pointing out the error in my figures for IAF fleet strength. My source (from Jane's WAP) badly under-represents the true number of Mig-21's in the IAF fleet, and also shows considerably smaller figures for Jaguars and Mig-23's as well. Also combat capable trainers are not counted. <P>If y...
by Michael
10 Dec 1999 10:48
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition
Replies: 24
Views: 10325

Re: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition

rama - yeah I didn't notice that discrepancy. I got my figures from here: <A HREF="http://www.alphalink.com.au/~bjordan/airforce14.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.alphalink.com.au/~bjordan/airforce14.htm</A> <P>This site used Jane's World Air Power for its figures, I believe. <P>Here's the breakdown:<...
by Michael
10 Dec 1999 08:04
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition
Replies: 24
Views: 10325

Re: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition

Vikram Rathore - actually, the size ratio of IAF vs. PAF is about 1.5:1, that is 750 IAF combat aircraft vs. 500 PAF combat aircraft. So, apparently IAF pilots are getting more flying hours, at least on their own aircraft, but the vast amount of flying hours the PAF pilots get with the air fleets of...
by Michael
15 Nov 1999 02:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Light Tanks for the Indian Army
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

Re: Light Tanks for the Indian Army

Johann is right - rugged all terrain vehicles like the US HUMVEE and British Landrover with mounted ATGM's are very cheap, mobile, and deadly little platforms. They are also very easy to camoflauge, they use little fuel, and require only a fraction of the maintenence of a tank or APC. I admit, I may...
by Michael
08 Nov 1999 23:11
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Light Tanks for the Indian Army
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

Re: Light Tanks for the Indian Army

narayanan - I wouldn't fully agree that tanks are useless on the modern battlefield. There is nothing in the world that can stand before a full assault of an American armored division. On the right terrain, the shock effect of a well executed armored attack is hard to appreciate unless you see it in...
by Michael
07 Nov 1999 09:18
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Light Tanks for the Indian Army
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

Re: Light Tanks for the Indian Army

I'm all for the idea of having a larger number of light vehicles armed with a good AT missile like the Nag or Milan. <P>When I was in the US Army, in an anti-tank unit, we used a lightly armored version of the HUMVEE utility vehicle (if you don't know what a HUMVEE is, picture a big, glorified Jeep ...
by Michael
31 Aug 1999 13:52
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4701

Re: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

I don't think India can afford to wait 10 years (or more) for the LCA. <P>I also don't think the Mirage-2000 or the SU-30 are a good deal. They cost over $40 mil apeice and they definitely aren't worth that much. <P>The Gripen I believe sells for around $25 mil. Saab is already selling to S. Africa ...
by Michael
30 Aug 1999 16:47
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4701

Re: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

I'm always hearing about the LCA and the MCA, but I have to ask: aren't we just talking fantasy here? There is not a single operational LCA at this time, is there? Not one! I understand that India needs to have an indigenous arms industry, but for the sake of national security I don't think India ca...

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