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by rohitvats
22 May 2017 11:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 279062

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Ramana saar, some of us are far closer to users than the engineers around. And being part of the ecosystem or seeing it up close, can safely say corruption is the main cause for the Arjun saga. Anyone who supplies to the IA will know. We know folks who do and I cannot tell you how badly off things ...
by rohitvats
22 May 2017 11:44
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 616487

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Reading Shivshankar Menon's book "Choices" right now and he says that it is only in the last 10 years that the Indian army has achieved frorce levels on the border with China sufficient to check Chinese creeping infiltration. In the last confrontation - China poured in hundreds of troops ...
by rohitvats
19 May 2017 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4039
Views: 689401

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

NSG First & third are good photo ops but bunched up without cover is asking for trouble, unless its a very momentary pause during sprint that the camera happened to capture. <SNIP> IMO, this bunching up of men (single file formation) is part of CQB drill and not exactly to be followed when you'...
by rohitvats
18 May 2017 14:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 710614

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

....and I thought such nonsense was restricted to only LCA thread!

Completely off-topic - may be, M777 is actually being inducted and Dhanush is undergoing user trials from first batch of 3+3 guns? Though technically, it has been inducted because IA took them on its TOE.
by rohitvats
16 May 2017 11:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1367
Views: 227242

Re: Analyzing CPEC

^^^I'm going to Tweet a part of the above.
by rohitvats
15 May 2017 11:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2406
Views: 368841

Re: CT and COIN operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

<SNIP>fellow soldiers in an unit massacring or abetting killing of non-KMs since 1947. It's tragic but true. You've any example of fellow soldiers being massacred by Kashmiri Muslims soldiers ever since J&K became part of India? And examples of Dogra rulers Muslims troops mutiny and desertion t...
by rohitvats
15 May 2017 11:41
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 710614

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Pakistan does not have 72 of those Turkish guns. Nor have any been produced in-house. Pakistan does not produce any artillery piece; does some mods to their older M-109. As for tracked arty, it is about mobility through a terrain which wheeled vehicles might not be able to cope. Secondly, it carries...
by rohitvats
14 May 2017 08:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2665
Views: 297985

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Karan M wrote:Literally no aft quarter stealth at all.


Layman question alert - What advantage does this a/c offer over Su-30 with upgrades? And how relevant are those in terms of emerging threats? What is longevity of its sub-systems?
by rohitvats
11 May 2017 08:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 423599

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

and backup by loads and loads of Rudras and LCH needed - infact all our armed gunships should be deployed in the mountains. the plains formations have lot of other assets and chances of a major war with TSP very low. Interestingly, first of the newly conceived Combat Aviation Brigade was raised und...
by rohitvats
11 May 2017 08:24
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 423599

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

So, no tank battles on China front, is it? Do tell that to the army which raised an independent armored brigade for Eastern Ladakh. And someone like Lt Gen Panag, who literally wrote SOP for fighting mechanized warfare in this sector, feels we need more such assets. At least one more armored brigade...
by rohitvats
11 May 2017 08:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3320
Views: 509331

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

At one point in time, IA had dedicated ATGM battalions under Brigade of Guards. But most, all may be, have converted to Recce & Support (R&S) role. Some are tracked (with BMP-2) and others are wheeled (Jeep mounted ATGM). There is a Rocky and Mayur show with 17 Guards which is a R&S batt...
by rohitvats
09 May 2017 09:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3320
Views: 509331

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

Well, the said missile has to be Milan rather than Konkur. For a simple reason that Konkur is used on BMP-2 by Mech Inf while Milan is the standard ATGM with the infantry.
by rohitvats
08 May 2017 14:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4193
Views: 669556

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

<SNIP>In mid 80s six MBB BO-15 with 6 Anti tank missiles wrecked havoc in a NATO exercise. ALH is BO-105 ka baap. But handicapped with lack of weaponry is my worry. Rudra is BO-105P. Secondly, pilots need to be trained for anti-tank roles - pilots doing utility roles cannot simply switch to AT role...
by rohitvats
07 May 2017 01:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 710614

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Shiv - 105mm is a single piece round like western tank guns.
by rohitvats
04 May 2017 19:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 723229

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

The army has some interesting views on what is light and not light. 120 mm mortar is pretty devastating on its own... Classification is based on diameter of the barrel. 105mm IFG and 120mm are Light; 130mm M-46 and 155mm Bofors/Dhanush is Medium; 160mm Tempella M-58 Mortar is the only heavy caliber...
by rohitvats
04 May 2017 14:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 723229

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

Toi article had some numbers. Seems we have 4 regiments with 67 missiles each and 5 telars each with 3 tubes ready to unload pain.<SNIP> The Brahmos Regiment with 42nd Artillery Div of 1 Strike Corps is the 3rd regiment. 2 and 21 Strike Corps arty divs got them first. And must have been inducted pr...
by rohitvats
03 May 2017 22:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 723229

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

malushahi wrote:
rohitvats wrote:Sapta Shakti Comd & Strike 1 Corps #IndianArmy launches #Brahmos Block- III M


block3 and I-corps?


:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Wonderful, isn't it? 42 Artillery Division of 1 Strike Corps would be holding these beauties. Great capability addition to the Army.
by rohitvats
03 May 2017 17:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 723229

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

From Twitter:

ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY‏Verified account @adgpi 3h3 hours ago
Sapta Shakti Comd & Strike 1 Corps #IndianArmy launches #Brahmos Block- III Msl in operational configuration from A&N Islands.#BrahmosIndia


https://twitter.com/adgpi/status/859689476863528960
by rohitvats
26 Apr 2017 14:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4324
Views: 447120

Re: Internal Security Watch

Sachin, difference between BSF and CRPF is in the role and orientation of the force and its troops. BSF mans the border and does not under policing tasks. While not termed as a Para-military, they're the closest we've to one after Assam Rifles. ITBP is also in the same league. Tough men who undergo ...
by rohitvats
20 Apr 2017 19:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 571271

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/kashmirvalleys-lost-middle-ground-as-voter-turnout-was-lowst-in-srinagar-since-insurgency-4620129/ Very good article by Lt General Hooda, ex-Northern Army Commander. Shows very clear appreciation of the situation and ground realities. Excerpt: In any...
by rohitvats
17 Apr 2017 00:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 571271

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Stone pelters viewed from inside the MPV. Remarkable restraint and self control showed the army personnel inside the vehicle. https://vimeo.com/213427902 Can we make this viral. Post it in Facebook and other SM Should come up on CNN and major TV channels worldwide if possible. Needs at least 10M vi...
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 21:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 190473

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

Link to doc version of the book - CIA's Secret War in Tibet. https://tinyurl.com/m36ejpm You can read about the book here: https://www.amazon.com/CIAs-Secret-Tibet-Modern-Studies/dp/0700617884/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0700617884&pd_rd_r=MYC3FT29J0NP720VSZ89&pd_rd_w=dhPoi&am...
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 20:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 190473

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

This was posted earlier as well. Re-posting it in light of discussion about the UK-Tibet border.

The case of Barahoti, the first Himalyan blunder

http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/2017/01/the-case-of-barahoti-first-himalyan.html
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 20:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 190473

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

Singha wrote:The western part of nepal called for some reason as Mustang is said to fairly desolate like aksai chin. Not many trekkers even go there.


Singha, Mustang was also the base of CIA backed Khampa rebellion in late 50s. It was out of bounds for many years.
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 190473

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

BTW why does most of the discussions on topic such as this dwell only on AP/Sikkim/Ladakh and none on HP/UK? Is the border here settled or is there no threat perception in these regions? Also what is the IA deployment, and why no strike corp here? When IA went on expansion spree especially with res...
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 17:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 745779

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

What was the end-game of NLCA Mk1 and when was it likely to be reached?
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 13:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 745779

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

^I read the article yesterday but not convinced the reasons stated by CNS Arun Prakash have really been refuted. The admiral never asked for a future NLCA to be abandoned but has provided sound justification to NOT lock themselves in to the program, until proven. At this time, I support the IN deci...
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 12:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 745779

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

At this point in time, the IN has one STOBAR aircraft carrier. Second STOBAR carrier will join in another 5-years. The IN has 45 MiG-29K (ordered/in-service) for the STOBAR carriers. If the MiG-29Ks were good, one can question why is there a "haste" to acquire another twin-engined foreign...
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2017 02:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 571271

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Mr. Farooq Ahmad Dar states that he is not a stone pelter. It appears that no judicial process was conducted before he was tied to the front of the Army jeep, and indeed no judicial process is being conducted now that he has been released. If he was a stone pelter, should he not be arrested, charge...
by rohitvats
14 Apr 2017 18:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 710614

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Rohit, why is production batch testing taking so much of time..? Are they repeating entire test case set...??? I was expecting shorter test campaign for production batch, focused only on production quality. Well, I don't know what is more or less testing time. IA will put the weapon through its pac...
by rohitvats
14 Apr 2017 10:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 571271

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Rohitvats ji, thanks very much. That is indeed a fascinating read. It offers a plausible explanation for why a BJP-PDP coalition government was necessary in the valley... for all its faults and drawbacks it ensures the continuity of institutional authority. Welcome. And as you said, very fascinatin...
by rohitvats
14 Apr 2017 10:04
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 710614

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Karan M wrote:100 k-9s (approved by ccs, order to be placed)
114 dhanush indented (still in trials) [1st lot of guns from production factory are being trialed]
145 m777 ordered
by rohitvats
13 Apr 2017 10:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 571271

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Rohitvats ji, Can't access the site as it appears to be blocked by my ISP (maybe all over N. America? Not sure). Could you please copy-paste the whole text of the article? If this is an anti-national website they can't very well complain about copyright infringement :mrgreen: Sir, as requested: Why...
by rohitvats
12 Apr 2017 13:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 571271

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Very interesting perspective on overall Kashmir insurgency. It is flawed at multiple levels but interesting, nonetheless as it gives peep into other side. And what possible course of action they can take. http://kashmirdispatch.com/2014/08/22/why-occupation-fails-in-afghanistan-but-succeeds-in-kashm...
by rohitvats
11 Apr 2017 10:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1451
Views: 190473

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

Shiv, when you're looking at the Sikkim sector, do look at the road network into the Chumbi Valley. You'll notice that the Indo-Tibet border along the whole north-south alignment of Chumbi Valley runs along a ridge-line. And there are many roads/tracks which go from the valley floor towards the ridg...
by rohitvats
08 Apr 2017 20:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 723229

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

^^^When we look at quantum of stuff likely to be purchased, it is always advisable to start from basic - i.e. present strength of the system being replaced by new system. Unless, it is a system in a new category like MRSAM for IAF and IA. In case of Akash, IAF has/had about 30 missile squadrons equi...
by rohitvats
07 Apr 2017 09:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 723229

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

In terms of radars and missiles, the various JVs and imports have ensured that next iteration will be completely homegrown.
by rohitvats
06 Apr 2017 19:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 745779

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Great chart.

OT but thanks everyone for great series of posts. Even a BA pass and land-lubber like me learns a few things!
by rohitvats
06 Apr 2017 17:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 745779

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

The outboard pylon, right from the onset is designed to take maximum of a 490 ltr EFT that almost 400kg. Along with 250kg Bombs, 250+kg rocket pods and so on. Obviously it could easily accommodate any and every change in the AAM missile evolution. Till date it never ever had to exceed the designed ...

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