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by KiranM
15 Mar 2014 21:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 217851

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

@KiranM, Thanks. Nice data point. That resolves the vertical separation, not the horizontal one. Anyways, let it slide. As per wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charkhi_Dadri_mid-air_collision ; both planes were assigned the same airway flying in opposite directions. So I guess horizontal separati...
by KiranM
15 Mar 2014 13:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 217851

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Note the Khazak plane had no radome * No-radar refers to ground radar coverage * (For kicks) do we know if the Kazakh plane had a transponder (that was turned on)? IF it did, then his "still descending" should have been detected * Even then I have never heard of opposing flight paths over...
by KiranM
10 Mar 2014 16:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 751373

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Philip, regarding the bolded part. On what basis are you claiming that Russia will allow India to carry nukes in leased Akula? If anything instances (like limiting Brahmos range as per MTCR restrictions) only prove that Russia applies International treaties seriously when dealing with other nations...
by KiranM
10 Mar 2014 15:16
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 751373

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

The MOD is now blaming L&T for the accident. Not too long ago,I posted xcpts. from a recent AWST issue on India's strategic missiles.Agni 6 to be specific.What appears to be on the cards is a larger missile for our SSBNs which will have MIRVs.So even if there are only 4 missiles on the first AT...
by KiranM
09 Mar 2014 06:11
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 751373

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

Is this a model of the Arihant or the actual Arihant? :oops: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/accident-at-under-construction-nuclear-submarine-site-in-visakhapatnam-1-worker-killed-493279?pfrom=home-lateststories Desi Dork Media at it again. That is the picture of HMS Astute class. You can make ou...
by KiranM
09 Mar 2014 05:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 3086
Views: 347013

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Military

svinayak wrote:
Identify which special force ??


IAF Garuds
by KiranM
25 Feb 2014 20:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kargil War Thread - VI
Replies: 1346
Views: 258149

Re: Kargil War Thread - VI

A paper written by a US Army Officer on IA/ IAF Mountain Warfare Tactics and Strategy during Kargil War. http://www.nps.edu/Academics/Centers/CCC/Research/StudentTheses/Acosta03.pdf This paper down plays the effect of IAF. Another paper that presents the opposite picture of IAF contribution and also...
by KiranM
24 Feb 2014 18:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 217851

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

A paper on Indian Amphibious force by an IN officer. The price tag on maritime assets like LHD/ LHA is staggering :shock:
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a517791.pdf
by KiranM
11 Feb 2014 22:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4146
Views: 778201

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Dear Anjan and Rohit, we seem to be talking at cross purposes. I am not saying Paratroopers should be considered equal to SF. All I get from the comments is the feeling that unit ethos is degrading military sense. So are Infantry batt. undertaking heliborne ops now to be temporary classed separately...
by KiranM
09 Feb 2014 22:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4146
Views: 778201

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

imo SF is cool and all if the political will exists for them to target wanteds around the world including in TSP (more like SF being on deputation with RAW like maatkal operators go with mossad/shin bet units), but we need to disrupt and dislocate PLA formations in tibet is not SF but big VVS/Range...
by KiranM
09 Feb 2014 15:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4146
Views: 778201

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Lt Gen Prakash Katoch's good and hard hitting article on IA SF story so far Very interesting article and the comments are more illuminating on what really runs in the minds of both camps. I continue to believe that the Parachute Brigade, especially after having commanded it, is an extremely potent ...
by KiranM
03 Feb 2014 16:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 525343

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

Hi Orbat Gurus like Rohit and Vaibhav. I would like to know how many aircrafts like An-32 and IL-76 are needed to deploy and sustain the 50th Ind. Para Bde?
by KiranM
24 Jan 2014 16:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3334
Views: 675074

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

Best we standardize on A330 then both for our new refuellers and AWACS after the EMB based tech demonstrators. That would have been best, but unfortunately the A330 doesn't have a AEW&C variant. The British and French operate the E-3 Sentry based on the Boeing 707. For better or worse, the only...
by KiranM
20 Jan 2014 14:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 525343

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

KiranM wrote:What is the difference between Landing Platform Dock (LPD) and Landing Ship Dock (LSD)? Both have a well dock for Landing Crafts and a flight deck for helicopters.


Bumping my post up to hopefully get an answer.
by KiranM
20 Jan 2014 14:12
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4022
Views: 252010

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

From the Hindu Article posted above Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and DRDO Director-General, said “the mission went off perfectly well” with Agni-IV reaching a height of about 850 km and achieving its full range of 4,000 km. The success “opens a new missile ready for i...
by KiranM
16 Jan 2014 16:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2925
Views: 513730

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

The ARC is a common pool of platforms that can be used by the national command authority as they deem fit. Its manned by the IAF/ services anyway. It also a neutral perspective which is always valuable. Going forward, if the CDS becomes a reality, ARCs-services integration may become much smoother....
by KiranM
13 Jan 2014 17:19
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 937528

Re: Small Arms Thread

Black frame INSAS with UBGL. Kewl 8) . Any idea if this is the same UBGL imported to use with AKs/ Tavors? Or indigenous versions?
by KiranM
13 Jan 2014 17:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 205637

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

In both calculations where are the ~50% non ICV personnel being used up? Mechanised Infantry Battalion Battalion HQ-3 Regimental Aid Post-2 Assault Pioneer Platoon-2 Mortar Platoon-6 Mech Coy-13 Mech Coy-13 Mech Coy-13 Total-52 Mechanised Batalions like their Infantry brethren would have platoons t...
by KiranM
13 Jan 2014 16:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous
Replies: 4126
Views: 525343

Re: Newbie Corner & Military Miscellaneous

What is the difference between Landing Platform Dock (LPD) and Landing Ship Dock (LSD)? Both have a well dock for Landing Crafts and a flight deck for helicopters.
by KiranM
11 Jan 2014 09:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion
Replies: 1524
Views: 121621

Re: INS Vikramaditya: News and Discussion

WHy cant Mig29 s and F 18s do a Fairey Swordfish and launch torpedoes from their wing pylons? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_Advanced_Light This is 22o kg. Carrying torpedoes is not the problem. Detecting a submerged sub to target is the problem. Even if a fighter carries sonabuoys, it lacks ...
by KiranM
10 Jan 2014 20:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 205637

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

we can say that 600 personnel in a Mech inf Bn - 4 Rifle Coys, MMG Platoon, Mortar platoon and RL platoon; is to be transported by IFVs. This matches the 60 IFV per Mech Bn (@ 10 per IFV) you allude to. But what about reserve IFVs? Also BMP2 carries 3 crew + 7 passengers. So the crew for the BMPs c...
by KiranM
10 Jan 2014 09:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3967
Views: 200575

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Def Min may reconsider Avro HS-748 replacement program plans Aviation Week article Legally, I am not sure if it is possible to invite global tenders from anyone other than Indan Public Sector concerns. That would not be a global tender but a requirement which has pre-excluded the Public Sector. The...
by KiranM
09 Jan 2014 13:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 205637

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

Hi Rohit, Please clarify few doubts. ..removing one infantry bde of 3 x infantry regiments... Should 'Infantry Regiment' be 'Infantry Battalion'? - 7 x 2 armored regiments (@900 men each) = 12,600 As per this link: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/LAND-FORCES/OrBat/Misc/3-B.html , manpower for an Armor...
by KiranM
06 Jan 2014 18:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Has the Death of the Tank Been Greatly Exaggerated?
Replies: 23
Views: 1839

Re: Has the Death of the Tank Been Greatly Exaggerated?

IAF's role is important to provide in terms of interdiction missions in FEBA as well as ground support. Sometime back there was a report which spoke about IAF's reluctance to support IA in CSD as 'flying artillery' as it has bigger things to care about. IMO, that is flawed thinking. Reason being un...
by KiranM
06 Jan 2014 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 379245

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

IMHO it is high time we extricate ourself out of the MTA mess. Explore if the C-27J design, production tools and technology can be acquired lock, stock and barrel. Given that Spartan has a bleak future, this might be possible. Engage a conglomerate like Tata/ Reliance to partner with HAL to manufact...
by KiranM
06 Jan 2014 17:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4146
Views: 778201

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

To gurus like Rohit and Raja Bose, any idea why some para battalions have been renamed as Special Forces (Airborne)? To me looks like they are the original para infantry for 50th Ind. Para Brigade. That is the genius master-stroke of some para general who thinks Special Forces and Parachute Infantr...
by KiranM
06 Jan 2014 17:29
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: New Moderators - Batch of 2013
Replies: 119
Views: 11972

Re: New Moderators - Batch of 2013

Congrats new mods. Hope BRF returns to its old days of meaningful discussions with extra hands around.
by KiranM
06 Jan 2014 17:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4146
Views: 778201

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

To gurus like Rohit and Raja Bose, any idea why some para battalions have been renamed as Special Forces (Airborne)? To me looks like they are the original para infantry for 50th Ind. Para Brigade.
by KiranM
11 May 2012 11:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218827

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Viv S and sudeepJ, then we should think about demilitarizing Siachen after we build modern artillery. And also field the required number of UAVs to lase or target themselves such positions.
Without having the requisite capabilities, saying that IA can deter or respond to a PA violation is irrelevent.
by KiranM
10 May 2012 15:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218827

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Agreed, that once someone is on a ridgeline, they are hard to dislodge, but coming down from that ridgeline into the valley, that too without any control of roads, or air, is another matter altogether. The ridgeline is for OPs, heavy machine guns and mortars i.e. limited range weapons. The valley i...
by KiranM
08 May 2012 17:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 205637

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

I understand that Tatra trucks are sold to Army at a markup by BEML. Tatra is also charging higher to BEML than they are sellin in Europe. So there is a loss to exchequer. MOD, BEML officials and army officials must be involved in this scam. However, i am more concerned about the quality of Tatra t...
by KiranM
08 May 2012 17:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 699586

Re: LCA News and Discussions

Austin wrote:Mig-29/Eurofighters were Air Superiority fighter not interceptors.

Thanks for the correction. However, the point stays the same.
by KiranM
08 May 2012 16:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3947
Views: 699586

Re: LCA News and Discussions

But the requirement for LCA was it to be multi-role (back then, IIRC, another term called swing-role used to be used). Irrespective of the nomenclature it needed to do ground-attack as well and that too quite efficiently - for which it needed storage-capacity of somewhat equivalent of a jaguar/27s ...
by KiranM
08 May 2012 14:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2957
Views: 218827

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

I stand corrected, there is after all, a 105mm pack howitzer, though its range is only 11 kms.Oh.. crafty crafty humans.. :D Oh.. ignorant ignorant human.. :( http://ofb.gov.in/products/data/ammunition/lc/7.htm 17.6 km Not to mention, in the rarefied atmosphere like in Siachen, the actual range ach...
by KiranM
27 Apr 2012 12:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion
Replies: 4358
Views: 211533

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion

I remember reading in newspaper a few years back that India has changed its posture from NFU to use against any nation (nuclear/ non-nuclear) that uses a WMD (biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological) against Indian assets civilian or military. Somehow Shiv Shankar Menon's statement partly cont...
by KiranM
03 Apr 2012 15:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 503725

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

> The only US Army unit that specialize in Mountain warfare is the Vermont National Guard's 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry Regiment. you mean the US has all of 900 people trained and equipped to operate in areas like higher reaches of ladakh? how did they plan to fight in the mountains of norway, swe...
by KiranM
29 Mar 2012 16:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 503725

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

the 10th mountain seems to have: 4 brigades + 1 aviation brigade each brigade has 2 x infantry 1 x cavalry 1 x field artillery not sure what the cavalry uses - Stryker or bradley or if they have tanks also. 10th retains 'Mountain' only due to its history. In reality it is more of a light infantry d...
by KiranM
15 Feb 2012 15:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012
Replies: 4311
Views: 211963

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012

Interesting excerpt from DID - http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/algerian-arms-deal-brings-russia-75-billion-gas-market-leverage-02024/#more-2024 Meanwhile, Russia is reportedly moving to upgrade its T-72 tanks as a cheaper alternative to new T-90s, while the army awaits a new tank design . Which ...
by KiranM
28 Dec 2011 12:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Conduct your own war
Replies: 189
Views: 10622

Re: Conduct your own war

Rohitji, assuming BLF commander gets below info from his UAVs; 1) What is the disposition and strength of your forces Westwards of the ridge? 2) Fortification, defences if any Westwards of the ridge (say between gap and city)? 3) Type of Defenses Between ridge and canal? 4) Disposition and strength ...
by KiranM
28 Dec 2011 12:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 766796

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

Shivji, just to debate this through; will not asking AF to setup up a 'Wing' HQ (which controls and deploys the helicopters depending on Army requirements) tagged along with the tactical Army HQ (Division level??) also work? Added later: What is AF's view or Jasjit Singh write about in his book rega...

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