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by rama
27 Jul 2000 22:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15914

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

The ASM's nose cone does not have any optical window, so that weighs against a laser guided or TV guided missile so AS-14's are out. Best guess would be an AS-12 - the anti-radiation version. This leaves me just a little surprised since the Mig-27 is not usually associated with "wild weasel" missions.
by rama
27 Jul 2000 21:26
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Can IAF Mig-27s do high-altitude bombing?
Replies: 45
Views: 15914

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

One of the major fuselage modifications to the Mig-27 was additional titanium armouring to the pilot and critical systems. So, one can assume that CAS and close tactical support was/is the Mig-27's primary role.<P>As for ASM's, check out BR's picture gallery. I believe one of the pictures is of a Mi...
by rama
11 Jul 2000 06:09
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 & Balderdash
Replies: 55
Views: 23885

Re: MiG-21 & Balderdash

Tom had mentioned (over on the other forum I think) that the R-27's (Alamo) had a very low PoK in the recent Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict (where it seemed to a superficial "internet" observer that the Su-27 really creamed the Mig-29). <P>My question to Tom is: Does this mean that the R-27 (or other BVR...
by rama
09 Jul 2000 03:00
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Akash and its nuclear payload
Replies: 55
Views: 15322

Re: Akash and its nuclear payload

Arun_S, Narayanan,<P>What are your thoughts on eventually deriving an airlaunched standoff weapon from the ramjet propulsion of Akash (something like an ASMP). For a standoff weapon, conventional turbojet cruise missiles offer good range x payload for a given weight limit (say 1000 kgs or less) to m...
by rama
08 Jul 2000 06:24
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 & Balderdash
Replies: 55
Views: 23885

Re: MiG-21 & Balderdash

Better at exactly what?? This also needs to be addressed in the specific Indo-Pak context. In the previous conflicts (esp 71), Pakis have alluded to better kill ratios (going into those is a different discussion) glibly ignoring the fact that a lot more IAF pilots were engaged in a lot more mud movi...
by rama
08 Jul 2000 05:16
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 & Balderdash
Replies: 55
Views: 23885

Re: MiG-21 & Balderdash

Hi Tom, <P> Welcome to the forum. Can I be blunt in making the following observation about your high opinion of training in the PAF? Perhaps you take published accounts at face value. Without accounting for the possibility that the PAF is extremely good at PR and has managed to get in some non-objec...
by rama
03 Jul 2000 06:08
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: MiG-21 & Balderdash
Replies: 55
Views: 23885

Re: MiG-21 & Balderdash

Except a couple of posts I was pretty disappointed by the lack on content in that thread on the AFM forum. Especially damning because it is not supposed to be a jingoistic country related forum. <P>I mean how can anybody take a "cant fly a kite" remark about the IAF seriously?? Even if you were not ...
by rama
22 Jun 2000 23:09
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear Weapons FAQ
Replies: 39
Views: 13131

Re: Indian Nuclear Weapons FAQ

Question - What is a practical upper limit on the yield of a boosted fission device? I am under the impression that something like 10X boosting is feasible but from some of the posts above, I am getting the impression that this may not be the case...
by rama
21 Jun 2000 23:54
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear Weapons FAQ
Replies: 39
Views: 13131

Re: Indian Nuclear Weapons FAQ

Hi Shiv, <P> Good idea to put this FAQ together. Couple of suggestions:<P> 1) Minor- either/or: Aircraft that *could* be used for delivery - Mirage2000, Jaguar and Mig-27 (there have been reports over the years of the latter two types being considered and/or put through some kind of evaluation)<BR> ...
by rama
11 Dec 1999 03:58
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition
Replies: 24
Views: 10793

Re: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition

Michael, <P> The other major discrepancy between Janes and BR is in the number of Mig-21's. IAF operates Mig-21FL's, Mig-21M's and Mig-21bis'es. BR lists 10 squadrons of Mig-21bis, 3 each of Mig-21M and Mig-21FL and in addition 80 combat capable Mig21 trainers for approximately 400 Mig-21's. <P> Wit...
by rama
10 Dec 1999 08:26
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition
Replies: 24
Views: 10793

Re: IAF vs PAF: Some observations on attrition

Michael, <P> I am curious to know about your 750:500 combat fleet estimates. PIADS lists PAF combat aircraft inventory (including combat capable trainers) to be 476, of which 50 are F-6's and another 50 are A-5's. Both of these types have, for a while now, been slated to be decomissioned by the PAF....
by rama
13 Sep 1999 23:32
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: IAF strategy and capability assessment by SIPRI
Replies: 6
Views: 4660

Re: IAF strategy and capability assessment by SIPRI

I thought close air support was the primary mission of IAF's Mig27 fleet, which numbers about 200. Besides this, the Mig23BN's and Mig21M's are also tasked with this role, primarily, are they not?<P>Given the abscence of strategic depth of TSP, all of these platforms are good for strike on PAF, as t...
by rama
10 Sep 1999 13:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Harrier vs Mirage V/III
Replies: 22
Views: 11040

Re: Harrier vs Mirage V/III

To contribute my 2 pie towards the demolishment of the horse manure put forth by Rafay, he writes:<P>"On the other hand, the Mirage III/V after the MiG-21 and the F-16 is the world's best selling and successful fighter aicraft. "<P><BR>Bull****. Even if you are talking only of fighter aircraft curre...
by rama
01 Sep 1999 09:41
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4889

Re: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

I don't think the Gripen is an option because it's engine is the GE F404 turbofan which the US cannot sell to us. India is still under sanctions. <P>
by rama
30 Aug 1999 12:57
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4889

Re: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

Salman, <P> Even if nominally the Mig-29K/M/SMT are expected to cost roughly the same as the LCA - the operational costs of the LCA are still bound to be significantly lower and this may be a differentiator. It has one engine instead of two - and from gound up it's designed for very high servicabili...
by rama
30 Aug 1999 01:49
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4889

Re: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

Hi All, <P> While an LCA can do more than a Mig-21 - our neighbourhood is getting busier too.<P>Won't stuffing the IAF with more LCA's (at $30 million per piece) or Su-30MK's or Mirage 2000's ($50-$60 million?) be very expensive? We may be talking, possibly 200 planes here, and $6-$12 billion _more_...
by rama
29 Aug 1999 11:34
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: How deep will IAF force level reductions be?
Replies: 12
Views: 4889

How deep will IAF force level reductions be?

IAF has in the recent past indicated a reduction in force levels in the future - just how deep will they be?<P>Specifically: Mig-21's will be gradually retired and replaced(touch wood) with the LCA. But - there are 16 suqadrons (by BR's OrBat) of Mig-21's, and most articles on the LCA talk about 200...
by rama
18 Aug 1999 09:42
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Trisonics operate MiG-25R or MiG-25RB?
Replies: 18
Views: 7700

Re: Trisonics operate MiG-25R or MiG-25RB?

Don't knock vacuum tubes and other 'obsolete' electronics too hard. Should we get struck by EMP (electromagnetic pulse) or other high radiation weapons, the Mig21 (minus the 21-93 upgrades), the Mig23 and the Mig25 will be the only flyable components of the IAF...<P>Back to Iran's acquisition of the...
by rama
18 Aug 1999 06:11
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Trisonics operate MiG-25R or MiG-25RB?
Replies: 18
Views: 7700

Re: Trisonics operate MiG-25R or MiG-25RB?

Doesn't the Mig-25 have a higher ceiling than most others? ISTR that it can fly at 70,000 ft+ compared to the 50,000-60,000 ft ceiling of other fighters, and with an enemy without long range AAM's that alone gives it excellent protection even if it is flying sub-Mach 2. So, as far as PAF is consider...
by rama
29 Jul 1999 08:54
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Questions on the PAF
Replies: 12
Views: 6471

Re: Questions on the PAF

<BR>Isn't active jamming done by emitting radiation in the same frequency band as the radar itself? Since the radar's receiver is looking for reflections in that band, the jammer will completely overload the preamplifiers - why should this be different for air-to-air? Ramen, do I misunderstand your ...

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