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by rohitvats
23 Apr 2019 11:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3846
Views: 548568

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

This is an important development. https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/india-completes-vital-ladakh-road/762332.html From the article: The 255-km Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DS-DBO) section of the road between Leh and Karakoram Pass has been completed, sources said. Some 37 bridges have been...
by rohitvats
21 Apr 2019 12:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1367
Views: 337465

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Adding more details about Spike SR from another article: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2016/06/14/rafael-concludes-first-exports-of-shoulder-fired-anti-tank-missile/ Known in Hebrew as TACT — an acronym that translates into Short Range Personal Missile — Spike SR is can be equipped with two warhea...
by rohitvats
21 Apr 2019 12:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1367
Views: 337465

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

For what its worth, Sanjay Badri Maharaj on Twitter had said that this order was for SPIKE - Short Range, most probably for special forces. Wikipedia description of the Spike-SR tells me that it is to give 'guided' option to troops who've been using Carl Gustav rocket-launcher. Also, it does not see...
by rohitvats
21 Apr 2019 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

We Indians tend to be masters at self-flagellation while making our adversaries appear as Supermen! The tweet exchange posted above, and I'm also tagged on one set, is a clear example. The randi-rona is quite nauseating. We're supposedly doing a critical analysis in the tweets mentioned earlier (one...
by rohitvats
19 Apr 2019 13:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

The crash site in AM Chopra's map is incorrect. This is because Nowshera has been marked wrong on the map. It is south of the location shown on the map.
by rohitvats
17 Apr 2019 22:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

Karan - I agree with some points but disagree on the overall narrative. The aerial battle needs to be analyzed by looking at the time-line and how it evolved. We're looking at it in a linear fashion now. While it was a mix of multiple parallel stories. This is what made the whole operation so comple...
by rohitvats
16 Apr 2019 22:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

I don't know whether this data-point had already been factored in about the surprise factor behind Mi-21 Bisons but here goes: - The AF Base in Badgam, Srinagar is at an altitude of ~5,000 feet and some change. - Pir Panjal Range, which run from North-West to South-East direction, lies due west of t...
by rohitvats
14 Apr 2019 23:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

Let me give an example. In case of IAF, since we intent to provide air defense cover across maximum space, we've air-bases which are spread like beads of a necklace, generally separated by ~200 km distance. Barmer, Jaisalmer, Phalodi, Nal (Bikaner), Suratgarh, Bhisiana etc. This is legacy of short-r...
by rohitvats
14 Apr 2019 22:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

Both points are right. (a) Geography is a strength because of the compact/limited nature of area which needs to be defended. PAF can easily move back-and-forth between forward and main bases (which are better defended), rather than have to deploy assets in permanently in a piecemeal manner. Also, wi...
by rohitvats
14 Apr 2019 21:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

When we discuss IAF versus PAF in terms of numbers, the basic numbers don't give the correct picture. Because even with reduced squadron strength, IAF can create massively disproportionate force ration in almost all their strike packages into Pakistan. Consider this - More than 50% of PAF strength c...
by rohitvats
12 Apr 2019 12:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

^^^Read the last part - the question which I've asked.
by rohitvats
12 Apr 2019 12:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 347
Views: 80588

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Long time back, when I wrote two detailed assessments of Artillery Divisions in the Indian Army, I had mentioned the term 'Maneuver by Fire'. This is something I had learned after reading Soviet Doctrine on Deep Battle. http://vatsrohit.blogspot.com/2012/12/artillery-divisions-in-indian-army.html He...
by rohitvats
12 Apr 2019 12:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

Sameer Joshi being ex-IAF fighter pilot, qualified on Mig-21 and Mirage-2000, means his sources are his buddies in IAF. Till date, there has been no official statement on the how the actual air battle panned-out. The best we have is the latest press conference and even there, the focus was on provin...
by rohitvats
10 Apr 2019 19:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 20461

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

This is not China border but Pak border. T-90MS is heavier than T-90 by around 2 tons as it carries the superior Relikt armor. And there you have your answer. Army had moved tanks from western border for new independent armored brigades raised for Tibetan front. And in lieu of these transfers, it h...
by rohitvats
10 Apr 2019 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 347
Views: 80588

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

When we talk about weight of ATAGS being 3 tons higher, we also need to remember that it has 25 liter chamber. From what I remember, most other 155/52 guns have 23 liter chamber. While bigger chamber leads to longer range, does this lead to more weight? Quite likely because ability to withstand high...
by rohitvats
10 Apr 2019 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 20461

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

With the latest purchase of 464 T-90 MS tanks, the total number of T-90 tanks will go beyond 2,000 (2,104 to be precise). If my memory serves me right, we had about the same number of T-72 in service with the army. To this, you can add few hundred T-55 which are likely to be in service with Corps of...
by rohitvats
10 Apr 2019 16:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4927
Views: 690774

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

People need to see Operation Balakot beyond the bombing of targets in POK and Pakistan. From bits and pieces of information available online, it is my considered opinion that GOI is using multiple means to increase the cost to Pakistan of creating terror in Indian. Now, the COST has two aspects - (1...
by rohitvats
10 Apr 2019 16:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2143
Views: 337062

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

Basis every account that I've read, IAF wanted Jaguar as DPSA. It was offered to IAF during initial stages of its development and procurement but IAF was not interested then. It was working on Marut. It took delivery of Jaguars a good decade after it was first offered to IAF. Also, IAF was aware of ...
by rohitvats
06 Apr 2019 11:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 813
Views: 231002

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

Did you guys notice something missing in the FlighGlobal article?

No mention of LCA taking 30 years for development or facing issues or not in the league as new aircraft.....the usual rona-dhona!

Oh! how times change!!!
by rohitvats
03 Apr 2019 02:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

Karan M and Others - For what its worth, take my word that some hits were very close. One is the Bde HQ mentioned above and another was an ammunition depot.
by rohitvats
02 Apr 2019 13:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

I guess times like these calls for all hands on deck! Welcome back. :) Thanks, Karan! There is a strong disinformation campaign going on. I was quite outraged after reading the article by Shekhar Gupta. Imagine my horror when I someone inquired from me - 'Is PAF more advanced than IAF?" and I ...
by rohitvats
02 Apr 2019 12:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3042
Views: 422212

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

I guess times like these calls for all hands on deck! Coming to the commentary and map shared by Sameer Joshi, do compare that with the one shared earlier by AM Anil Chopra. The one shared by AM Chopra has flight paths and even time stamps which shows the position of fighters as the air-battle progr...
by rohitvats
21 Feb 2019 15:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 875346

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

I had vowed to not post on BRF but on this momentous occasion of Tejas achieving FOC, I'm making a temporary exception. Somethings are beyond individual likes and dislikes. And this is too big a occasion and I know, BRF is the only place where I can share my happiness over it. Congratulations to all...
by rohitvats
13 Jul 2017 20:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 945
Views: 52446

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Moderators - I reiterate my request to kindly deactivate my accounts. Thanks.
by rohitvats
12 Jul 2017 19:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 736888

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

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Moderators - You're requested to hereby delete/deactivate my account on BRF permanently.
by rohitvats
12 Jul 2017 15:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Amarnath Yatris killed in terror attack. Allahoakbar
Replies: 434
Views: 40229

Re: Amarnath Yatris killed in terror attack. Allahoakbar

This cross-fire theory is BS of the highest standard. In a cross-fire, the main body of the bus would've been hit. Remember, the seats in a bus are placed at a height - you need to fire at an elevated angle to hit the windows. In a cross-fire, when the two parties are firing each other, the gun is p...
by rohitvats
12 Jul 2017 10:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 736888

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Okay. I am back. I have been reading a lot of nonsense on this thread, but did not have time to respond. Time to take down the import pasand lobby here. If you post crap on this thread, be prepared to be called out. What do you mean by 'import pasand lobby'? The last person I expect to go around pa...
by rohitvats
11 Jul 2017 19:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Amarnath Yatris killed in terror attack. Allahoakbar
Replies: 434
Views: 40229

Re: Amarnath Yatris killed in terror attack

http://www.hindustantimes.com/rf/image_size_960x540/HT/p2/2017/07/11/Pictures/_b39d69d4-662b-11e7-95fb-ec6334583ea6.jpg His reply: Rajnath Singh ✔ @rajnathsingh Ms Kalra I certainly do. It is absolutely my job to ensure peace & tranquility in all parts of the country. All Kashmiris are not terr...
by rohitvats
10 Jul 2017 14:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3305
Views: 426996

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

The above article is typical of obfuscation which happens with respect to domestic programs. While gunning for a domestic product is a good thing, it does not help the cause when major issues are not highlighted. Because unless you know what and where are the hurdles and acknowledge them, you'll rep...
by rohitvats
09 Jul 2017 23:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 736888

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Rakesh wrote:Vivek Saar: You are wasting ur time. Don't bother.


I seriously hope he takes your advise. And some like me can be spared his constant useless rants.
by rohitvats
09 Jul 2017 23:00
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 416129

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Indeed, the state of domestic automative industry lends it self to a new series of armoured vehicles to be designed and developed in India. All it will require from the army is a well conceived GSQR. More than anything else, it requires breaking the Defense PSU monopoly and penchant of MOD to award...
by rohitvats
07 Jul 2017 10:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1069310

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

India needs to HOLD to present position - physically on ground and diplomatically. By simply holding its ground, inside Bhutan, India sends very strong signals: 1. We're not pushover when it comes to Chinese/PLA. When required (and given right political dispensation) we can hold Chinese to a standst...
by rohitvats
05 Jul 2017 17:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2947
Views: 615080

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

Please do read this. It highlights multiple real-world issues in fighter ops at those altitudes. And otherwise. Source: http://vsktelangana.org/the-attack-on-tiger-hill/ The Attack on Tiger Hill On the 24 of June 1999 the Indian Air Force dropped its first LGB in anger. The release was from a Mirage...
by rohitvats
04 Jul 2017 18:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5116
Views: 1073595

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions-May 2017

srin wrote:^^^ Does the Tatra truck in the pic have a left hand drive ?


It does. This means it is from imported-but passed off as made by BEML - stock which was part of the earlier scam.

BTW - how come no one noticed TATA POWER SED written on the truck?
by rohitvats
03 Jul 2017 22:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5116
Views: 1073595

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions-May 2017

QR SAM is actually what IA wanted from AKASH missile system. For known reasons, AKASH is not as mobile as what Army wanted. QR SAM will see much higher proliferation in IA as compared to AKASH.
by rohitvats
03 Jul 2017 15:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3211
Views: 475072

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

Thanks guys. Have done the needful.
by rohitvats
03 Jul 2017 15:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3211
Views: 475072

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

Thanks. How do you put a copyright? Please put a copyright statement in the footer, something like "©Rohit Vats 2017. Contents should not be reproduced in part or full elsewhere without prior permission of the author." Thanks. Have put a copyright statement. Also watermarked the images.
by rohitvats
03 Jul 2017 14:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India Border Watch: Security and Operations
Replies: 3211
Views: 475072

Re: India Border Watch: Security and Operations

My analysis of the latest China India stand-off in Bhutanese territory: http://vatsrohit.blogspot.in/2017/07/doklam-plateau-india-bhutan-and-china.html very good analysis along with maps Rohit! Please add a copyright statement to it, as otherwise, our media will just plagiarize it. As already seen,...
by rohitvats
03 Jul 2017 10:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1069310

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

SSridhar wrote:Rohitvats, brilliant work. Clears the confusion a lot.

You have PM.


I will send a detailed e-mail by today evening.
by rohitvats
03 Jul 2017 01:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1069310

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Posting a part of my analysis on the present Sino-Indian stand-off: http://vatsrohit.blogspot.in/2017/07/doklam-plateau-india-bhutan-and-china.html Please refer to these maps to understand the write-up: Doklam Plateau outline as claimed by China and acknowledged by Bhutan. Position of various mounta...

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