Friday, 24 October 2014

Indian Elephant Trying To Counter The Evil Designs Of The Dragon

India it seems has decided to disregard the Chinese warning regarding railway line on the Arunachal Border. Instead it will augment the plan with building 4 more railway links. Plus ITBP is acquiring cameras which will peer 20km inside the Chinese territories.

Readers might remember few weeks back the Chinese decided to issue a threat to India when it was made public that India will build 1800km long road along the border. China has been irked by its own mis-calculation that India will keep its side under-developed giving them a huge strategic advantage.

The Modi government has taken it a step further and has decided to build 4 more railway lines for the purpose of the troops. According to sources the proposed railway lines are 

  1. Misamari-Tawang Railway line 378 kms 
  2. Himachal Pradesh-Jammu and Kashmir, Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh 495 km 
  3. Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, north Lakhimpur- Silapthar line 240 kms 
  4. Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, Murkongselek-Pasighat-Tezu-Parshuram Kund-Rupai Siding line 256 km 

The PM has already issued orders to the Minister of Railways for starting the survey and submit a detailed budget for this project with exact routes etc. Due to the terrain many obstacles will have to be overcome and the survey alone will take 2 years to complete.

These proposed lines will run through some of the most strategic areas giving our forces an advantage during any form of conflict.

Projects like these should have been initiated by the previous UPA regime during its 10 years of mis-rule but for unknown reason the Congress Government decided to keep India at a disadvantage. It is very rare in Indian history that we get 10 years of relative peace. Defense ministry should have used that time to improve the infrastructure but it refused to do anything.

Even ITBP after the recent border skirmish with China has accepted that it is very poorly equipped to take on an increasingly aggressive and dangerously adventurist chines army. Thus it has decided to buy cameras which can look into the Chinese territories upto 20 km and has started testing one of them by placing it on one of its outpost.

According to reports these camera with thermal imaging feature will be used to keep track of any medium to large scale movement of Chinese army over a fixed period. But it doesnot stop there instead plans are to lay fibre optics cable along the border to connect these cameras for real time monitoring by not only ITBP command HQ but Delhi too.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

भारत सरकार सेना को लद्धाख मे नियुक्त करने की सोच रही है

पहले एलएसी पर आक्रामकता और अब तिब्बत में चीनी सेना द्वारा निर्माण. इंटेल रिपोर्ट के अनुसार पीएलए के अनेक अनन्य निर्माण का पता चला है . रिपोर्ट है की चीन का सबसे अच्छा लड़ाकू विमान गॉंगखा एयरबेस पर देखा गया है.

शायद भारत सरकार ने चीन से उत्पन्न होने वाले ख़तरे को भाँप लिया है . तथा उन्हे आशंका है की बहुत जल्दी ही चीन कुछ असाधारण कदम उठा सकती है इसीलिये समाचार यह है की सरकार भारत चीन सीमा पर ITBP के स्थान पर सेना को नियुक्त करने की सोच रही है .

अभी चूमार मे घटित झड़प के बाद यह सोच और प्रबल हुई है .सेना ने जिस गति से 1500 जवानो को चीनी सेना के सामने तैनात किया और दुर्गम परिस्थिति मे पीछे हटने से मना कर दिया उसको देखते हुए सरकार ITBP के स्थान पर सेना को लद्दाख सीमा का भार देने का मन बना रही है .

मेरा अपना यह विचार है की ITBP की कमान सेना को हस्तांतरित कर देना उचित होगा.   गृह मंत्रालय किसी भी ऐसे बल को संभालने मे असमर्थ है जो सीमा पर चीन जैसे दुश्मन के सामने हो. और चीन अर्द्धसैनिक बल का प्रयोग नही कर रही है हमारे सामने चीन की सेना PLA तैनात है.

असम ट्रिब्यून से बातचीत में डॉ सांगे ने बताया की चीन ने जबरदस्ती तिब्बत पर कब्जा करने के बाद और हाल के दिनों में देश को एक सैनिक छावनी मे प्रिवर्तित कर दिया है. उनके अनुसार चीन ने तिब्बत मे अपने ठिकानों का विस्तार करने की कोशिश कर रहा है. उन्होंने कहा कि सैन्य कस्बों की एक संख्या अचानक से बहुत बाद गयी है . हमे याद रखना चाहिए की तिब्बत का भारत के साथ एक लंबी सीमा है.

पांच प्रमुख सैन्य हवाई अड्डों का निर्माण किया गया है कि और छठवाँ निर्माणाधीन है.कॉंगपो सैन्य हवाई क्षेत्र सिर्फ 50 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर है अरुणाचल प्रदेश में अंतरराष्ट्रीय सीमा से.

चीन ने ल्हासा तक निर्मित रेलवे लाइन द्वारा अपने ZBD-03 बख्तरबंद गाड़ियों को लाने का भी अभ्यास किया है जो की बहुत महत्वपूर्ण साबित होगा किसी भी युद्ध मे  .

इसके अलावा , लगातार दूसरे वर्ष के लिए , पीएलए सेना और प्लाफ ने पिछले साल 5,000 से अधिक मीटर की ऊंचाई पर क़िंघई- तिब्बत पठार पर , ब्रिगेड स्तर के युद्ध अभ्यास का आयोजन किया था

Saturday, 27 September 2014

China new target of global jihad

It is increasingly becoming apparent that China has or will become the new battle ground for Jihad's to rally. News coming out of China indicates a major incident in the troubled province of Xinjiang.
It is learnt that rioters had a free for all in the city of xxx, loud explosions could be heard and report says the casualty to be around 60-70 people. According to Chinese media this includes around 45-50 rioters and rest are civilians and policemen.

The ethnic muslim uyghur's are organising themselves for a showdown with the brutal communist regime.  Not only has china publicly executed members of this community, it has put severe restrictions on their personal freedom. Some of these restrictions are quite similar to that put on Jews during the Nazi regime.

To further humiliate them, china has made its mission to resettle a large Han population in Xinjiang and these foreigners are now the wealthiest and most powerful community while the original dwellers of this land wallow in abject poverty.

The amount of religious persecution and repression is chronicled in this article.
Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, has just begun — but a number of China's 23 million Muslims won't be allowed to participate in the daily fast that is so central to the holiday, and in some cases are even barred from entering mosques. Authorities in Xinjiang, a largely Muslim semi-autonomous region in China's northwest, have sharply limited Ramadan observance for Muslim students, teachers, and civil servants, who are now prohibited from "fasting and other religious activities."

Even teachers are being used to guard the entrance of mosques so that their students cannot offer a simple prayer. While civil servants have been forced to sign solemn pledges that they and their families will not fast during this holy month. While the communist party does not mind if han Chinese students go to church or monastery. Question is why two rules for two different communities.

So it should not come as a surprise then that score of these oppressed individuals in their misguided belief have turned to the new Caliphate and joined the ranks of ISIS.
If you want to know who these ethinic people are and what is the history of their land, please visit this page

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Moles Or Morons In Indian Defense Establishment

Not so surprising if you are an Indian and have a taste of the official bureaucracy, a file related to Hawk AJT acquirement  has suddenly disappeared from the ministry of defense. As per the old routine ministry has ordered an inquiry to bring the guilty to justice swiftly....(read never)

The missing file dealt with 20 AJT's being procured for  IAF's surya kiran aerobatics team. which has been cooling its heels for last three years due to no jets to practice with.

Readers might remember similar thing happened with another file dealing with MMRCA contract, which went missing and was handed back to IAF by a civilian under very-2 mysterious circumstances.

You can add this to the assertions of the intelligence agency which was quite clear that Mumbai attack of 26/11 was facilitated by a mole in the Government of India. They never caught him.

Followers of this blog may be reminded of the case where a military officer asked a subedar to copy some documents from his computer and gave him the password for the same. This particular person turned out to be a guy working for the enemy and was caught handing over files to the Pakistani embassy worker.

Few years back the army sent its computers for overhaul with the hardidsk with sensitive information to local computer retail shop.

So you can draw your own conclusion as to what is going on in New Delhi. It would be very naive on our part to believe that our establishment is not being targeted (successfully) for infiltration and espionage. Not every agent is James bond or wears a long black overcoat.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Tarek Fatah exposes Islamism

Excellent speech by Mr.Tarek Fatah about the extent Islamic Jihad and its supporters have infiltrated the white house and Canada.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

आइसिस के विरुद्ध ओबामा चारों खाने चित

एक दो दिवस पूर्व ओबामा ने आइसिस के विरुद्ध अपनी रणनीति का खुलासा किया था आज ऐसी खबर आई है की लग रहा है की ओबामा को आइसिस ने शय और मात दे दी है. 

ओबामा तथा हिलरी के प्रिय फ्री सिरियन आर्मी के कई घटक दलों ने आइसिस के साथ शांति समझौता कर लिया है . इन सब मे CIA द्वारा समर्थित और अमरीकी सरकार द्वारा पसंद किए जाने वाली सिरियन रेवोल्यूशनरी फ्रंट भी शामिल है. अल-नुसरा नामक एक भयानक और खूनी दल ने इस समझौते को रूप दिया है. इसके अनूसार सभी दलों ने एक दूसरे पेर आक्रमण ना करने का निर्णय लिया है . तथा सब मिलकर राष्ट्रपति असद के खिलाफ लड़ने का भी मन बना चुके है.

सीआईए समर्थित जो एसआरएफ कमांडर है उसने साफ रूप से कहा की वो किसी भी समूह के साथ मिलकर लड़ने के लिए तैयार है जो  नुस्सायरी शासन के विरुद्ध युध के लिए उत्सुक हो . यह अमेरिकी सरकार और सीआईए के साथ घनिष्ठ संबंध वाला इंसान हैं .

दूसरी ओर श्री ओबामा ने निर्णय लिया है की वह वास्तविक षड्यंत्रकारी सऊदी अरब की मदद से इन्ही लोगों को प्रशिक्षित करेगा. उधर जर्मनी आईएसआईएस के इन सहयोगी दलों को हथियार भेज रहा है.

खबर यह भी है की सऊदी  अरब पाकिस्तान से मिलकर एक नया आतंकी संघटन का निर्माण कर रहा है जो शियाओं का मूल विनाश करेगी. 

अब असद के लिए मुसीबतें बढ़ रही हैं. संभवतया राष्ट्रपति की फ़ौजो को कई दिशाओं से बहुआयामी हमलों का सामना करना होगा. मुझे नही लगता की वह ऐसे ख़तरे का सामना कर पाएँगे. अगर राष्ट्रपति की सत्ता गिर गयी तो मान लीजिए शीया लोगों का भयानक नरसंहार होना निश्चित है.

ओबामा और उनकी सरकार अमेरिकी मतदाताओं द्वारा की गई सबसे बड़ी गलती साबित हो रही है .

Friday, 12 September 2014

CNN publishes most amateurish commentary on Iraq

Here is another example of people writing an article without having the slightest idea about the situation, only mantra is write anything to attack the Government. Came across this master piece on CNN website.
She gives a 4 point resolution master plan for Iraq.

Obama can fight ISIS without bombs
Pro-military hawks must be pleased with President Obama's speech on Wednesday night about attacking ISIS. We're sure to hear many of them -- the same voices that have been hounding the President to take military action in the first place -- call for more extensive strikes and even American troops on the ground.

Let us discuss what Sally Kohn's 4 point formula is:

1) Cut access to guns and money.
Madam how does Obama cut access to gun and money when borders are controlled by nations with various interests and groups within those nations with different ideologies(some love ISIS, some hate them). Only way to seal borders is to use military. If you remember, outsourcing border duties to Pakistan came back to haunt the Americans later.

She mentions "US allies", which one is she talking about Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey......? Most of the so-called allies are instrumental in setting up this organisation and propping it up to break the Shia arc.

Turkey has opened its borders for ISIS to operate freely and helps in transportation of fighters from Syria to Iraq.

2) Fix Iraq's political rifts.
How does a foreign power fix the internal politics of a country. This is exactly what got Americans into trouble. They tried to fix Saddam Hussein and invaded Iraq. Unless political parties and different parts of the society in a country is willing to change, how can a foreigner do it. Remember Mr Paul Bremer's and Rumsefield understanding of Iraqi internal situation. Asking a country to play politics in another country smacks not only of  foolishness at best but a superiority complex at worst.

Iraqi society does not comprise of just whites, blacks and Hispanics with majority Christians(all variety).  Had that been the case, yes a simple nudge or a summit at camp David would have sufficed. Unfortunately as we have seen Iraq is a melting pot of different factions and they must have a secure environment with safety guaranteed to at least start thinking about unity. At the present moment due to the utter chaos, it is every man for himself.

3) Provide humanitarian assistance.
Please be kind enough to explain how do you send "humanitarian" assistance to Irbil or Mount Sinjar or Allepo when it is surrounded by heavily armed barbaric militia. What do you do airdrop food from the air, we all know that kind of strategy only works on a large area where accuracy is not important. Next is use helicopters to do the same for better distribution, but what about the mad mullah with a RPG sitting on a mountain top.

Even in an area as Kashmir, air-force had to scale down its operation after its helicopter's were stoned(not RPG). Same was the issue with Naxal affected areas, unless the ground troops could provide a sanitized area it was impossible for the choppers to operate. 

How many UN peacekeepers are needed to distribute supplies in Africa?

Therefore madam your assertion about "Humanitarian" assistance without proper military force and air-cover is not only pipe dream but a sure way to hand over billions of dollars of supplies to ISIS.

4)Lead a truly international response.
Another point which shows that the author is truly unaware of the situation. How do you get UN members to agree to fight for America. As she herself mentions that the  mess was created by the Americans and Obama in particular, thus going to UN would mean asking Russia and China to help clean America's mess. Good luck with that.

  • Relations with Russia at the present moment are touchy to say the least and after the Serbian treachery it is very hard for the Russians to believe anything USA says.
  • China has a stout policy of no interference.
  • Saudi is a sunni country and there troops in Iraq means  Shias would be up in arms.
  • Reports are that Saudi's are pumping in millions of dollar in a new Sunni outfit called Jais-E-Islam with the hep of Pakistan.
  • UAE is the hub of fundraising for Al-Nusra and the likes.
  • Turkey will not lift a finger to help the Kurds.
  • Qatar and Saudi will try their best to use ISIS against Shias, plus destabilize Assad and Iran, thus there are no chances of them playing fair.
  • Direct Iranian involvement would mean handing ammo to Sunnis for sectarian conflict.
  • European countries are struggling with economy and some would shy away after the the original Iraqi blunder.

Does the author seriously believe that countries like Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Japan, Australia, France, Egypt etc would commit troops/material for another US led misadventure?
Firstly getting a resolution for action passed in the security council is bleak possibility, secondly sending NATO troops is not really an international coalition is it?

So madam, please write a follow up explaining to us, how is your 4 point formula different from the Rumsefield era power point presentations.

With ISIS on ground and being a cohesive military unit, it is impossible for Iraq and Syria to stabilize and unless Obama gives up his favored "Get Assad" policy, resolution of any kind is bleak.

On the other hand recent tactical withdrawal by ISIS under air attack and ground offensive shows the limitation of its capabilities and a pointer towards the way forward.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Indian Navy and the Cursed P-75I

Seven years and this project has not got even started and now the Navy has accepted that all six submarines will be built in India instead of the earlier plan of importing the first two.

Since 2007 Defense Ministry and Finance Ministry have been playing a game of hide and seek for the Navies project P-75I.  Even at the cost of our maritime security which is at its lowest ebb ever with India being down to just 13 ageing diesel-electric submarines, with only half of them operational at present.

Under this project navy wanted 6 submarines with land attack capability and air-independent propulsion. 2 of which were to be imported and 4 were to be built in-house in joint venture with the foreign vendor and Indian Shipyard. Even the shipyards were identified and ready. According to the original plan three were to be constructed at Mazagon Docks (Mumbai) and one at Hindustan Shipyard (Visakhapatnam) with technology transfer from the foreign company eventually selected.

The Scorpene project is already 4 years late and the first sub will role out may be in 2016.

In desperation the Indian navy has given into the demand of the Government to allow all the submarines to be built in India rather than importing the first two.

Even if the RFP is issued this year it will take another 3 years for the contract and another 7-8 yeas for the first submarine to be anywhere near operational.

Just compare this to the original plan. According to the envisaged plan, 12 new submarines were to be inducted to the navy by 2012, and was to be supplemented with 12 more submarines by 2030.

Another plan was:

The supersonic Brahmos will also be a principal missile to equip the six Indian Navy Project 75I submarines, for which the Indians are considering the Russian Amur class sub. Another sub being considered is the German Class-214. Plans to install the missile in the fifth and sixth Scorpene class submarines were cancelled after the Indian Navy decided to equip these subs with air independent propulsion (AIP), thus extending the submarine to its maximum length.

All these plans are now sound like castle in the air to me without any dose of realism.

So in order to have enough submarines to defend India’s maritime borders the Indian Navy can opt for 18 Scorpene Submarines, Why?
As mentioned earlier the RFP and production is going to take atleast 11 years, by which time our navies operational capabilities will become next to nothing.
Even if P75I selection is done by 2018 the first submarine will role out only by 2026 atleast and by that time Indian Navy will be left with just 6 Scorpenes. The 8 of the 13 subs India currently operate are on their last legs and by the time P-75I matures it will be all over for many of them.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

China's 'expansionist' urge

Two more instances of Chinese intrusion reported in East Ladakh; One in Demchok and the other in Towkhin in Ladakh. The Indian Army and the Chinese troops had a tough face off. As China's aggression along the LAC is increasing, will India take a tough stand?

1965, Maj. General Of Indian Army panics and runs like a coward

Maj. Gen. Niranjan Prasad, the Indian general commanding officer in Lahore sector ran away, when Pakistani Army Defense Forces counter-attacked the intruding Indian military and the general was fired upon on Sept 6, 1965. "On learning that, Lt. Gen. Harbakash Singh and the corps commander drove in a Jonga (Nissan P60 Jeep) to the battlefront. Army commander found that the enemy (PAF) air attack had created a havoc on G.T. Road. (Indian) Vehicles were burning and several vehicles of 15 Division abandoned on the road, the drivers having run away, leaving some of the engines still running. Maj. Gen. Niranjan Prasad was hiding in a recently irrigated sugar cane field. As described by Harabakash Singh: "He (Prasad) came out to receive us, with his boots covered with wet mud. He had no head cover, nor was he wearing any badges of his rank. He had stubble on his face, not having shaved." Seeing him in such a stage, Harbakhash Singh asked him: "Whether he was the General Officer commanding a division or a coolie? Why had he removed badges of rank and not shaved? Niranjan Prasad had no answer."
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Deal for minesweepers needed by Indian Navy may be in jeopardy

Indian navy needs 24 minesweepers to clear mines laid by enemy warships and submarines. These mines can not only harm ships but they can virtually blockade sea ports and lanes. At present Indian Navy does not have the number, in case of emergency it will not be able to protect even one port.

Keeping this in mind a deal was signed with a South Korean company called Kangnam Corporation to buy 8 such ships. Plan was to import two ships from foreign vendors and then get the rest 6 built with technology transfer at Goa Shipyards. Unfortunately MoD has found out that this company used middlemen in the deal. As readers might be aware that using middlemen is construed as mal-practice by the MoD thus the deal may have to be scrapped.

In 2012 a BJP MP had written to the then defense minister about this deal being crooked and asked him to look into the matter. Among the other bidders for the minesweepers for the Indian Navy was the Italian firm Intermarine which was beaten by the South Korean firm’s bid. In fact, the other bidder went to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) against the selection of Kanganam Corporation. However, the defence ministry and the Indian Navy explained to the CVC that the selection of the South Korean firm was made since they were the lowest bidder.

It is also learnt that Defense Ministry has en-cashed the bank guarantee given by the South Korean Firm. The case has been sent to Attorney General for his views.

Western Naval Command which has only one such warship left in its inventory has been forced to find novel ways of using other ships to carry out these dangerous tasks. they now rely on the portable, ‘clip-on’ side scanners which can be mounted on any of the other ships to perform mine sweeping tasks. “They are good but they are alternate measures. Every ship has a task to do and by making substitutes, there is always an area that you are neglecting,” said an officer. He added, “Today, almost every procurement in our country stands delayed. Minesweeper ships are just one of them.” The last of these minesweepers were inducted in the late 80s. In the two decades which have gone by, there has been little thinking on replacing these ships.

Friday, 5 September 2014

New Chinese road detected on the border.

Indian armies patrol party has spotted a new road link to Pangong. Due to the serious repercussions feared by the army and the general penchant for Chinese to grab Indian territory, army has intensified its patrol along that area. This was spotted on 18th of August since then LAC patrolling has been increased.

Readers might remember the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA) advancing several kilometer inside Indian territory at Demchok on July 28th. This lead to a heated argument with the Indo-Tibetan border Police (ITBP) jawans on the Indian side
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has made several attempts to enter into the Indian territory, triggering tension along the international border.
On July 28, the Chinese troops intruded in Demchok in Southern Ladakh after which the Chinese military and soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan border Police (ITBP) had a verbal altercation for about half an hour. The Chinese military later withdrew.
At around April last year China had sent a platoon or more men to set up tents inside our territory in Depsang  in Daulat Beg oldi sector. They stayed put until we had to abandon and remove fortifications from some of our posts in Chumar.
The new Central government in India has already made up its mind to go full throttle to develop border roads on our side facing China. It is evident that GoI has seen through the expansionists theme running through the Chinese government. India is not the isolated victim, same has happened with Vietnam, Philippines and Japan. The common thread is China forcibly and surreptitiously grabbing land and sea area of militarily weaker nations.

Ministry Of Defense admits that nearly 80 critical border roads have been stuck for many years in the due to environmental hurdles. These include crucial GS (General Staff) roads that link border outposts and camps to the main road head. We must take it with a pinch of salt though because MoD is legendary for messing things up. Some years ago they could not find enough workers to work on these roads so blaming every other ministry for their failings is pretty damn easy.
The new environmental minister of India has removed all hurdles plaguing these projects. Some rules have been modified so that construction may be started without clearance from his ministry. Plus the compulsory afforestation rule for every project has been waived off too.

In fact, the Defence Ministry has also been working on a legislation to ensure exemption of strategically significant projects — especially those along the LAC — from green regulations that may be hampering progress.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

रक्षा अधिग्रहण परिषद के निर्णयों का विश्लेषण

सबसे पहेले ४०० हेलिकॉप्टर की बात करते हैं . यह हेलिकॉप्टर चेतक और चीता की जगह लेंगे क्यूंकी यह दोनो पुराने हो चुके है. हेलिकॉप्टर का काम उचाई पर हमारे ठिकानो को रसद, वीक्षण, हताहत निकासी और सेना के जवानो को पहुचाने का है . HAL नेअभी तक कोई भी हेलिकॉप्टर इसके लिए निर्माण नही किया है . उसकी योजना अनुसार LUC नामका एक हेलिकॉप्टर बनेगा . उसका कोई भी उड़ता हुया मॉडेल नही है . अत: ४-५ वर्ष लग जाएँगे इसको आने मे . तब तक हमारी सेना उचे पहाड़ो पर क्या करेगी उसका अनुमान आप लगा सकते है. 

इन ४०० मे से HAL को २०० हेलिकॉप्टर का अनुबंध प्राप्त होना लगभग तय है और अगर कोई निजी कंपनी कोई और हेलिकॉप्टर नही लाती है तो पूरे ४०० हेलिकॉप्टर HAL को मिल जाएँगे.

इसका फायेदा यह होगा की हमारी बहुत बचत होगी और हम किसी के भरोसे नही रहेंगे (एंजिन और कुछ एवियानिक्स के अलावा) किंतु HAL की कार्य प्रणाली बहुत ही घटिया है उनके द्वारा निर्मित अधिकतर आयुध 3rd क्लास होते है तथा १ साल का काम वो ४ साल मे करते है .
अतः मेरी इच्छा है की टाटा, अशोक Leyland इत्यादि अगर हेलिकॉप्टर का निर्माण करे तो बेहतर होगा .

दूसरा बड़ा फ़ैसला और मेरे हिसाब से बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण फ़ैसला Active Towed Array Sonar के संदर्भ मे लिया गया है जिसके लिए मैं बहुत प्रसन्न हूँ . आप यकीन नही करेंगे किंतु हमारे नये यूधपोत इस सोनार के ना होने के कारण पनडुब्बी के लिए आसान शिकार हैं और चीन का पनडुब्बी बेड़ा बेहद खतरनाक और विशाल है .
DRDO ने कई वर्षों तक हमारी नौसेना को मूर्ख बनाया और अंत मे हाथ खड़े कर लिए.

तीसरा फ़ैसला भी बहुत अच्छा है ४० अर्जुन tank पर आधारित catapult artillery सिस्टम खरीदने के लिए एक प्रस्ताव को मंजूरी दे दी. आप शायद भीम नामकself-propelled howitzer के बारे मे जानते होंगे कुछ वर्ष पूर्व T-७२ tank के उपर Denel कंपनी का तोप लगा कर एक बहुत ही शक्तिशाली self-propelled howitzer बिल्कुल तैयार था किंतु Denel के विरुद्ध कुछ मामले सामने आए और यह प्रॉजेक्ट धरा का धरा रह गया .

चौथा और बहुत ही बड़ा फ़ैसला chinook और अपाचे हिलिकॉप्टेर के विषय मे है, chinook एक बहुत विशाल हेलिकॉप्टर है जिसका विश्व मे कोई सानी नही है mi-26, रूस द्वारा निर्मित हेलिकॉप्टर का सर्विस रेकॉर्ड बहुत घटिया है . तथा यह फ़ैसला भारत के महामात्य के अमरीका दौरे को ध्यान मे रखते हुए किया गया है.
Apache मेरे हिसाब से दुनिया का बेहतरीन लड़ाकू हेलिकॉप्टर है जिसने अनेक यूधभूमि पर आपना लोहा मनवाया है

एक और फ़ैसले से मै बहुत प्रसन्न हूँ इंडियन आर्मी ने स्पाइक anti-tank guided missiles की खरीद पर ज़ोर दिया था किन्तु अमरीका ने अपने बहुत की ख़तरनाक javeline missile ka साथ मे निर्माण करने का प्रस्ताव रखा है यह हमारे लिए बहुत लाभदायक हो सकता है अत: स्पाइक की खरीद अभी स्थगित कर दी गयी है .

किलो क्लास पन्नडूबी के मध्य जीवन उन्नयन का निर्णय भी नौसेना के लिए लाभदायक सिद्ध होगा.हमारी नौसेना के पन्नडूबी गिनती मे बहुत कम और पुराने हो चुके है जो किसी भी प्रकार चीन का मुकाबला करने मे और हमारे विशाल सागर क्षेत्र और तट रेखा की सुरक्षा के लिए परिपूर्ण नही है. रक्षा मंत्री ने कुछ दिन पूर्व स्कॉर्पीन पन्नडूबी को जल्द से जल्द सेवा मे लाने का भी आदेश दिया था , इन फ्रांसीसी पनडुब्बियों को  4-5 साल पहले ही सेवा मे आ जानी चाहिए थी किंतु हमरे लचर रक्षा उत्पादन उद्योग के चलते वह आज भी निर्माण चरण मे ही अटकी हुई है.

तेजपुर स्थित 4 कोर ,3 कोर दीमापुर आधारित और 14 कोर लेह आधारित के तहत चीन सीमा पर तैनात सेना के जवानों के लिए मोबाइल संचार प्रणाली का नेटवर्क स्थापित किया जाएगा . युद्ध और शांति के दौरान बिना संचार व्यवस्था के सेना की कार्य क्षमता नगण्य हो जाती है. तथा दुश्मन सबसे पहले हमारी स्थिर संचार व्यवस्था को निशाना बनाएगी.  

अंत मे 118 अर्जुन MK2 Tanks की खरीद का है DRDO की मंशा यह थी की अर्जुन कम से  कम 300-500 के बीच मे हो ताकि आपूर्ति लाइन ठीक से काम करे और मुनाफ़ा भी दे . हो सकता है की सरकार और सेना पहले इन Tanks को उपयोग करके देखना चाहती हो फिर और नये अर्जुन MK2 ख़रीदेगी. हो सकता है की इस समय अर्जुन पूरी तरह  से परिपक्व नही हुया हो किंतु हम अगर इसको उपयोग मे नही लाएँगे तो कैसे पता चलेगा इसकी क्या कमियाँ है और अगले संस्करण मे कैसे उसे और सुधारा जाए. कोई भी Tank पहले संस्करण से बिल्कुल सही नही बनता है. आप  किसी का भी उधारण देख सकते है चाहे वो इज़्रेली मेरकावा हो या फिर जर्मन लेपर्ड.
हर देश ने धीरे धीरे घर मे निर्मित वस्तु को सुधारा है. अगर कल रूस हमे टी-90 देने मे असमर्थ भी हो फिर भी हमारे पास अपने घर मे बना अर्जुन होगा तथा टी-90 के मुक़ाबले यह सस्ता भी होगा आगे चलकर . 

जैटली जी ने शुरआत अच्छी करी है आशा करता हूँ की उनके आदेशो पर तीव्रता के साथ अमल भी किया जाएगा .

Friday, 29 August 2014

Two Bangladeshi among five arrested in India

Tata to build aerostructure for Pilatus

In a major boost to manufacturring sector as laid down by the roadmap introduced by the new PM, we have learnt that Switzerland based Pilatus Aircraft Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have entered into an agreement for manufacturing aerostructures( which includes the airframe of the plane with fuselage, cockpit, fins, rudders, wings etc).
The Swiss company supplies the PC-7 MkII Trainer aircraft to the I.A.F. 

I.A.F has already put in an order fro 75 such aircrafts.

"We are delighted to enter into a relationship with TASL, which is known for its high quality aero structure assembly capability, proven to many prestigious international aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Tata is without doubt a partner of choice for Pilatus in the continued expansion of its portfolio of international subcontractors. The partnership is also important in the context of Pilatus' offset obligation resulting from the sale of the PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft System to the Indian Air Force", CEO of Pilatus Aircraft, Markus Bucher, stated in a press release.

"We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Pilatus, known for its technology leadership and excellence in the business jet and trainer aircraft segment. It is a matter of pride for us that Pilatus has found Tata Advanced Systems to be the partner of choice in its global supply chain. This significant initiative is testament to the strong performance demonstrated by Tata Advanced Systems in recent years to become a supplier of choice for Aerostructures manufacturing. Our desire is to further strengthen this partnership with Pilatus to develop capabilities for complete aircraft manufacturing in India, which will meet the needs of the Indian Defence Forces." TASL chairman, S Ramadorai, said.

What should we expect from PM Modi's visit to Japan

With PM Modi's visit to Japan, what should we expect???

1) Japan pressing for bullet train project.

2) Would Japanese lawmakers back Indian Civil Nuclear Deal???<Abe is one person>

3) With the Liability law proving a bridge too far for most companies, would Japanese shy away too???

4) Can the Japanese bring their manufacturing sector to India and make it a hub??
Japanese expect that strong Modi Government would expedite the process for ongoing big ticket projects such as Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor including smart community projects, Dedicated Freight Corridor (the new construction of railways dedicated for freight transportation) and Chennai Bangalore Industrial Corridor. Japan wants to see implementation of these major economic projects accelerated, as well as prompt resolution of investment-related concerns.

5) With huge Chinese army in an eyeball confrontation with our Army over a big land mass, how much room PM Modi has for maneuver .(No American Army Base here and Chinese def minister statement is categorical about use of army anytime)
6) Investment in Indian Infra is it lucrative enough?? (Over zealous courts and weird tax laws)
In 2003 only 250 Japanese companies were operating in India and now there are 1100, unfortunately Japanese see the chronic problem of Indian infrastructure as an impediment to rapid scaling up of investment.

7) Will the Japanese agree for joint production of US-2 aircrafts in India, if we agree to no sale to third party?
8) What is the strategic vision vis-a -vis China, is there a common ground to act upon or it is just castle in the air??

9) Japanese economy is slowing down again with an ageing population and draconian labor laws.
This an area where India can be of help by providing cheap labor and a huge population. Thus a company invested in India can make more profits even though Indian labor laws are not the best either.

Monday, 2 June 2014

LCA-Naval completes successful supersonic flight

Without much fanfare and circus, LCA-N has just completed its maiden supersonic sortie.
It was so quietly done that most people missed the news and only now some information is appearing.

It flew at Mach1.1 with another Tejas from IAF chasing it, this is a great achievement for the STOBAR version of LCA-N because after 2012 it was going through a redesign of its landing gear.

More Details

Garuda 5 exercise begins in Jodhpur

Garuda-5 Update

70 member French Airforce team has landed in Jodhpur for the Garuda-5, this event has got quite a bit news coverage because French airforce will be using 4 Rafale multi-role fighters against Indian Su-30MKI,MiG-27 and MiG-21.

The two air forces would be engaged in various missions ranging from close combat engagement of large forces, slow mover protection, and protecting and engaging high-value aerial assets in the exercise at the strategic airbase near Indo-Pak border.

The airchiefs of French and Indian airforce would be flying the Raflae and Sukhoi.

It will help the Indian side understand the best way to use Rafale by watching it in action in the hands of french pilots and the French team will get a first hand experience of the needs and thinking of the Indian pilots. Added to that is the exchange of ideas for maintaining and servicing such high end products between the ground crews of both the forces.

Defense minister Jaitley is scheduled for a visit.

Rafale Details

Rafale is a twin-jet combat aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of short and long-range missions, including ground and sea attacks, reconnaissance, high-accuracy strikes and nuclear strike deterrence. The aircraft were developed for the French Air Force and Navy. France's Air Force and Navy ordered 180 (132 for the air force and 48 for the navy), 100 aircraft had been delivered by the end of 2010. The Rafale entered into service with the French Navy in 2004 and with the French Air Force in 2006. Ten aircraft are operational on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

Read more about Rafale

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Shang class submarine on patrol in Indian ocean, where are our subs???

China had informed the Indian MEA that one of their nuclear powered attack sub would be entering Indian ocean and would patrol it for two months starting from December 13,2013 to February 12,2014.

It was the "shang" class sub other wise known as Type 093.

Indian intelligence RA&W in one of its report has clearly predicted a carrier battle group being deployed in Indian ocean in the next 3-4 years.

This will be done to demonstrate China's capability to protects its interest in Africa and west asia.It may seem as a muscle flexing move by Chinese to force countries on the Indian Ocean to bow to its will.

While this was going on guess what was Indian Navy doing? Yes you guessed it , we were waiting for the appointment of the next navy chief.

The navy that considers Indian Ocean as its own backyard is suddenly faced with a submarine with land-attack as well as anti-ship cruise missiles. China already has two of these and reportedly building 4 more.

Indian navy now has only 10 old fashioned kilo class subs and 4 german shishumar class. Added to this is one Akula class sub on lease from Russia.MoD is still not ready to build 4 SSN's to escort our SSBN and go on patrol with our Aircraft Carrier.

The SHANG's range and weaponry will give the PLA its first non-nuclear global strike capability. As with the Song SSK, the new submarine incorporates advanced quieting with a hydrodynamically efficient hull form, a single shaft and a highly skewed 7-bladed propeller.
The submarine is equipped with torpedoes, antisubmarine warfare missiles, and a submarine-launched antiship cruise missile, possibly a follow-on to the C801, as well as the projected Land Attack Cruise Missile. Despite the early rumors that the Type 093 was based on the design of the Russian Victor III class nuclear attack submarine, it appears that the two submarines bear no resemblance in appearance. However, it cannot be ruled out that Russian technologies were being incorporated into the Type 093's design.
While there is no direct indication of Russian technology transfer to China connected with this program, Beijing's next-generation nuclear submarine programs reflect Russian influence.China's new indigenously produced nuclear attack submarine, the SHANG class, benefits greatly from Russian technology and design - it is armed with both ASCMs and LACMs. The Type 093 is estimated to be 6,000~7,000t displacement when dived, significantly larger than the 4,100 -4,500tons (surfaced) and 4,500-5,500 (dived) displacement of the earlier Type 091 Han class.
As revealed by the submarine model and Modern Ships photograph, the submarine features a water-drop shape hull, with a pair of fin-mounted hydroplanes and four diving planes. The submarine is fitted with sophisticated sonar systems, including bow-mounted sonar and H/SQC-207 flank-mounted sonar. Three flank-mounted sonar arrays are clearly visible on the hull of the submarine.
 The Type 093 submarine has six 533mm bow torpedo tubes (4 above, 2 below), and is presumed to be equipped with a range of anti-submarine and anti-surface vessel torpedoes of wire-, acoustic- and wake-homing, based on both Chinese and Russian designs. The torpedo tubes can also be used to launch Chinese indigenous YJ-82 anti-ship missiles. Some reports suggested the capability of launching land-attack cruise missiles (LACM), but this cannot be confirmed.
Read the complete article here

Higher FDI In Defense a master stroke or a lame duck initiative?

Unfortunately, unless new investments are made in R&D, modern factories, personnel Indian defense industry is going to stagnate.
Till now India has not been able to attract any FDI in our defense sector as told by Anthony to the Parliament.
We do not have the modern technology to make everything in India.
Lets take the case of Arihant, we could not have built the nuclear reactor in the next 50 years, it was the Russians who stepped in and gave us the technology to do so.
Next are the destroyers we are building, actually the word should be assembling, none of the high end components being put in those destroyer are Indian.
Then comes the case of Arjun, again we have bought 50 equipments from 50 different sources and assembled it thus the quality is so "ify".
Now why is no money flowing into FDI or the private sector not bothering to  come in a big way.
PROFIT........ As civilians we look at the finished product but the case is drastically different for the three services, after we buy a Mirage2000, every time it fly's a small part inside that huge body either finishes its life term or is about to, where do we get these parts from????
1) Cannibalize our own Mirage200 to have at least one in the air.
2) Ask France to give it, If france has stopped the assembly line it will just say sorry.
3) Look for other countries who have spare parts, if we find some, they will try to cheat us by selling old spare parts or asking 100rs for 1rs product.
4) Build our own!!!!!!!
4th point is where privates sector comes in.
So IAF needs 10000 of these small parts for the next 5 years.
Fine, a private player with the help from the french sets up a factory to build these parts, it supplies 10,000 parts to the IAF within one or two years, now what??????
What happens to the factory????The equipments??? The workers???? The Investment????

This is the huge bottleneck in our Private/FDI policy.

Just imagine if the French move their production of some high end lethal weapon to India and after 500-1000 unit we say ok now stop production because we will not allow you to sell these items to anybody else. You can imagine the four letter word French will throw at us.

Thus no FDI or privatization policy will work unless we can assure profits to the private sector.

These views have been formulated after talking to a Gen(retd), Air Marshal(retd) so this is the situation on the ground.
Given below is an excellent article written by Maj Gen Mrinal Suman
fdi in defence dispelling the myths

Government wants to raise FDI in defense
NEW DELHI: The department of industrial policy & promotion (DIPP) has prepared a draft Cabinet note that proposes to allow up to 100 per cent foreign direct investment in defence as part of its plan to boost domestic manufacturing. The move comes two days after Nirmala Sitharaman took charge as the new commerce & industry minister. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had indicated on Tuesday after taking charge of the ministry that he would consider the issue of FDI in the sector.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Extended Range Pinaka Mark II Tested Successfully

The extended version of the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket system was tested successfully in Odisha.

The original system which saw action during Kargil war and was instrumental in flattening enemy positions had a range of 39-40km. This version has a range of around 60-65km.
This system can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets weighing 1.2 tonnes in 44 seconds, neutralizing a target area of 3.9 km2. The system is mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility.

PXE Director R Appavu Raj confirmed that all three tests were successful meeting the mission objectives. “The rockets travelled nearly 61 km as coordinated thus proving the efficiency and capability of the system. The tracking radars have monitored the movements of the rockets till the point of impact,”

This a home grown solution capable of taking out enemy bunkers due to the different kind of warheads it can carry.
  • Fragmentation high explosive
  • Incendiary
  • Anti-Tank and Anti-Personnel minelettes
  • Anti-Tank bomblettes

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Russians want to place three GLONASS ground stations in India

It has been in the making for quite a few years but now senior Roscosmos official confirmed that they would like to outsource GLONASS navigation equipment manufacturing to India.

It is believed that the countries may start the process in earnest after a visit from a Russian team in June or July.More information could be found at the page inside the frame.
Things are moving in a direction where India may sign an agreement with the Russians for the deployment of three GLONASS stations here. This was confirmed to some newspapers by  Sergey Savelyev, deputy head of Roscosmos.

Unknown to us is the fact that we have been using Russian tech for some time now. Not only civilian applications like IPhone4 but India Army uses these signals too. Some of the satellites for this network has been launched from India. Many big chip set manufacturer in India utilize this technology some of them are  Qualcomm, Broadcom, STMicroelectronics.

“We would like to place our own GLONASS ground stations here, as well as jointly produce user equipment and work together on the implementation of technologies such as the ERA-GLONASS. It would be interesting to create a joint venture in India,” Savelyev said.

Some of the related news articles could be found here

India strikes deal with Russia on Glonass
Now, it can get precision signals from Russian constellation of satellites
A day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here last weekend for his annual summit with the Russian leadership, an Indian defence team of scientists and defence brass returned to Delhi after inking an agreement for receiving precision signals from Glonass, Russian constellation of satellites. 

These signals will allow missiles, including those fired from nuclear submarine Chakra, to strike within half a metre of distant targets.

Glonass is an alternative to the U.S.-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS).
Indian military's access to Glonass has been considered important enough to find a mention in half-a-dozen joint statements issued after India-Russian annual summits.

As has been the case earlier, the issue lay in an indeterminate state for long time after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed it with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during their meeting in Delhi last year.


Russia and India navigational satellites launched
by Simon Chester on 1 April, 2014 in GPS & Navigation 

On 24 March, a Russian Soyuz rocket launched a Glonass navigation satellite into orbit from Russia’s northern Plesetsk space center, inserting a Glonass-M satellite into orbit where it is now functioning normally.

Additionally, India’s latest navigational satellite, IRNSS 1-B, will be launched on board a PSLV C-24 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on 4 April. The Glonass-M satellite (designated number 54) was manufactured by ISS-Reshetnev and is designed for a seven-year operational life.

It is planned that five satellites of the Glonass-M series will be delivered into orbit in 2014 in order to maintain the national navigation system GLONASS in its full operational capability. Three satellites will be launched in a batch of three, while the rest two will fly into orbit in two single launches.
Russia and India navigational satellites launched