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  1. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Yes it doese. Will it be the EOTECH (as on the photo) or another one?

    Btw, this model of Eotech is usually not favoured ... Because it doese not use standard AA batteries hehe...Other models (same brand) do (and a soldier need to have standrad batteries, i know ican look as a detail, but think of a soldier having to chose between 3/4 batteries size...and hold them)
     
  2. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    This is the budget for the three arms. The budget for the Indian Army is less around 15 bn US$.
     
  3. Nick 779

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    Army to get its first attack copter squadron next year
    Published November 21, 2011


    SOURCE: Vijay Mohan/TNS

    Twenty-five years after the Army established its own aviation wing to provide tactical air support to ground formations, it is getting its own dedicated attack helicopter squadron. This marks a notable shift in its operational capabilities and the beginning of a new chapter in the doctrinal book of the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) that has till now been largely restricted to surveillance and communication roles.

    Sources said the first attack helicopter squadron is scheduled to be raised early next year with the induction of indigenously developed Rudra, the weaponised version of the Dhruv – the advance light helicopter that is already in service. The new squadron is likely to be attached with one of the Army’s strike corps.

    So far, the Army is the only customer for the Rudra that is stated to be undergoing weapons trials. The machine would be armed with anti-tank guided missiles, rockets and machineguns. It can also carry torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.

    The basic concept of the Rudra is similar to that of the Russian made Mi-25/35 helicopter gunships in service with the IAF. Both are heavily armed with the capability to ferry 6-8 combat-ready soldiers in their passenger cabins. This serves the twin purpose of providing close air support to advancing mechanised formations or ground forces in varied operational scenarios as well as deliver troops to the combat zone as reinforcements or for special missions.

    Such roles are presently fulfilled by the Mi-25/35, which though operated by the IAF, have been paid for by the Army. Over the years, the IAF has been opposing the growth of the Army Aviation on the grounds that all aerial assets should be with one force to make training, maintenance and logistics easier.

    The AAC is primarily equipped with the Cheetah and Chetak light helicopters. Experts have argued
    that for the AAC to be an effective combat arm it must have adequate offensive and ground attack capability to provide the requisite tactical air support.

    The ACC got some teeth recently with the induction of the Lancer, which is basically the Cheetah retrofitted with two integrated weapons pods each carrying a machine gun and three rockets that can provide limited close air support.

    The ACC has also equipped a limited number of Cheetah helicopters airborne battlefield surveillance systems, giving field commanders real-time operational information. The system can relay its feed to a ground based receiver unit as far as 400 km away or it can record the input on to a CD for later viewing.
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    The first attack helicopter squadron is scheduled to be raised early next year with the induction of indigenously developed Rudra, the weaponised version of the Dhruv – the advance light helicopter that is already in service.
    The new squadron is likely to be attached with one of the Army’s strike corps.
    The Rudra is undergoing weapons trials. The machine would be armed with anti-tank guided missiles, rockets and machineguns. It can also carry torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.
     
  4. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I wonder if the ALH Dhruv will be armoured for the safety of the crew.
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Since it is a attack helicopter, it will certainly have a degree of Armour on it.
     
  6. Nick 779

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    Nepali youth defy Maoists to join Indian Army
    Published November 21, 2011

    SOURCE: DAILY PIONEER
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    The brigadier of the 1st Gorkha Rifles (GR), AG Kundalkar, on Sunday ruled out any impact of the call given by the Maoists to youth in Nepal for staying away from joining the Indian army.“There is no impact of the threat given by the Maoists to the youth in Nepal for joining the Gorkha regiments.

    We are filling our recruitment quotas and have to drop people because of the rush and willingness of youth to join our regiments,” Kundalkar said on the sidelines of a three-day reunion celebration of the 1st Gorkha Rifles at Gorkha Training Center (GTC), Sabathu, Himachal Pradesh.

    He said 1GR was maintaining the 60:40 ratio of its recruits. “As per rules, we recruit 60 Indian and 40 Nepalese in every recruitment process. We have been maintaining the ratio and there is no fear of any decline in number of people from Nepal joining our regiments,” Kundalkar said.

    Maoist leaders in Nepal have been continuously threatening to return to the jungle to start another “people’s revolution” in Nepal. They have also threatened people, particularly the youth, to stay away from joining Indian army.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Central Commander, Major General, P Ravindranath, who earlier received a guard of honour followed by a solemn wreath-laying ceremony, said the training aspect had been enhanced on scientific patterns.

    “Whole organisation (Gorkha Rifles) has evolved to manifolds. We have established state-of-the-art training centre for enhanced training to be imparted to our jawans,” he said.
     
  7. Nick 779

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    No shortage of artillery guns: Antony
    Published November 29, 2011

    SOURCE: IANS
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    Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday informed the Lok Sabha that the Indian Army has adequate arms and equipment, including artillery gun systems and that the government was giving priority to equipping the artillery units with modern weapon systems.

    Antony’s statement, in a written reply to questions from MPS, comes in the backdrop of the army having failed to procure even a single new artillery system since it procured the 410 Bofors 155mm guns in 1987 and the subsequent 1,000-gun order from the then Swedish firm AB Bofors was also stalled due to allegations of kick-backs in the deal that hit the then Rajiv Gandhi government.

    ‘Arms and equipment including gun systems in the Indian artillery are available in adequate quantity. Modernisation of artillery, which entails replacement of the equipment of older technology, is an on-going process and is being given priority to ensure that the artillery remains equipped with modern weapons systems,’ he said.

    Antony also noted that there was ‘no significant problems’ in the existing gun systems. ‘However, the shortages of certain types/components of ammunition as and when reported, have been addressed adequately,’ he added.

    The defence minister said India had obtained the technologies for the Bofors guns transferred to the ordnance factories.

    ‘Though further dealing with AB Bofors was suspended, the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has been manufacturing the major components of the gun, such as barrel, breach mechanism, muzzle break, loading trough, recoil system along with the elevating and traversing cylinders, and supplying to the army as spares,’ he said.

    Noting that OFB has indigenised the ammunition required for the Bofors guns, Antony said it has been supplying them to the army on a regular basis.

    Antony said the government had prepared a long-term action plan for upgrading and modernising the artillery, which is underway to cater to the requirements projects by the army.

    ‘In terms of this plan, several major weapon systems are in the process of being procured,’ he said, refusing to divulge more details in national interest.

    India is in the process of procuring four types of artillery guns. The Indian Army’s artillery needs 1,580 155mm 53calibre towed guns, 180 155mm 52calibre wheeled and self-propelled guns, 145 155mm 39calibre ultralight howitzers and another 100 155mm 52calibre tracked guns.

    Some of them are caught up in red tape due to complaints of procurement procedural lapses by rival defence firms, still others are in limbo due to black-listing of the foreign companies that want to sell these weapons system to India.

    He is lying, India has a huge nos. of 105mm and 130mm Arty. guns but only 380 155mm Bofors gun.
     
  8. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Dhruv is not an attack heli
     
  9. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Tuesday, November 29, 2011
    Indian Forces Set For Big, Mean Wargame
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    One of India's largest military wargames, Exercise Sudarshan Shakti, begins. Tanks and fighter aircraft will manoeuvres over India's desert sector near the Pakistan border. Approximately 50,000 troops along with T-90, T-72, Arjun tanks and BMPs will carry out simulated assaults on their objectives with artillery and IAF providing the support. According to an Army statement today, "This exercise will be a trendsetter for the Integrated Theatre Concept. The transformation of the force is at making the Army a more agile, versatile, lethal and networked force. In this exercise, we will be trying out new structures, strategies, and test beds of an integrated, seamless air-land battle."

    Photos / DPR Defence & Indian Army
     
  10. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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  11. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    ‘Sudarshan Shakti will ensure preparedness of Southern Command’
    Published December 1, 2011

    SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
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    The ongoing desert exercise Sudarshan Shakti will ensure full operational preparedness of the Southern Command, said Lt Gen A K Singh, General Officer Commanding -in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Southern Command while addressing the media in the backdrop of the exercise.

    One of the largest military exercises of the Indian Army conducted in the southern sector is in the conclusive stages in the deserts of Rajasthan and is being led by formations under Bhopal-based 21 Corps, an offensive Corps of the Indian Army, also known as Sudarshan Chakra Corps. The Corps Commander Lt Gen Sanjiv Langer also interacted with the media over video conference, throwing light on the aim and the nuances of the exercise.



    “The primary aim of the exercise is to validate the operational and transformational effectiveness of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps, one of the three strike Corps of the Indian Army. It is being done on the backdrop of the study on transformational and theatrisation of combat and support services of the Indian Army,” said Langer.

    About 50,000 troops, 500 armoured vehicles including T- 72, T- 90 and MBT Arjun will carry out simulated assaults on their objectives with the artillery and IAF providing the support. The exercise which was inducted in the desert sector in October has been witnessing various formations under Sudarshan Chakra Corps training in a graduated manner starting with battalion/ regiment upwards. The exercise has also been aiming to achieve a synergised capability by inculcating initiatives such as the technological advancements such as precision munition, space and network centricity- key elements of future warfare.



    Emphasising on the tri- services integration, Langer further added, “With air support playing a major role in future battles, increased air assets of the IAF and Indian Army have been employed in an integrated manner. Employment of attack helicopters, airborne special forces, air maintenance are being practiced during the exercise. ”
     
  13. Nick 779

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    Upgraded Arjun to undergo trials in Pokhran soon
    Published December 2, 2011

    SOURCE: TNN
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    The Mark II version of Arjun main battle tank (MBT) will undergo field trials in January and June next year at the Pokhran field firing range. The successful trials at Pokhran would be a green signal for building 124 Arjun Mark IIs at the Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi near Chennai. These will supplement the 124 Arjun Mark I already in service.

    In March 2010, after the Arjun outperformed the Russian T-90S in performance trials in Rajasthan, the Army inducted 124 Arjun tanks into service. But the army has made a follow-on order on the condition that 93 improvements shall be made in the Mark II version, including 19 major modifications, said Col S D Goswami, defence spokesperson.

    The Arjun Mark II’s most remarkable feature is its extra weight – 3 to 4 tonnes more than the earlier 62-tonne Arjun. For years, the army criticised the Arjun as too heavy for India’s road and rail infrastructure. But now it wants modifications that will make the Arjun heavier.

    Fitting Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) plates on the tank has boosted crew protection, but it also increases the weight by one-and-a-half tonnes. An equivalent increase comes from the added mine ploughs, which churn up the ground ahead of the tank, uprooting explosive mines that would otherwise blow up the tank. During trials this summer, the Arjun had demonstrated a crucial modification in the transmission system that makes the 65-66 tonne Arjun Mark II more agile than the lighter, 62-tonne Arjun Mark I.

    “We ran the modified Arjun for 1,300 kilometres, gradually loading dead weight until it was 65.5 tonnes. We demonstrated that its performance, acceleration, torque, working temperature and fuel consumption were better than the Arjun Mark I,” said DRDO spokesperson Ravi Gupta. The Arjun Mark II does just 60 kmph, compared with the 70 kmph top speed of the Arjun Mark.

    Earlier, the army was criticizing Arjun for its heavy weight. But its cross-country performance was commendable, said the spokesman and same was endorsed by Israel Military Industries, which did a third-party evaluation of the Arjun. Another crucial improvement in the Mark II is the tank commander’s thermal imaging (TI) night sight, which replaces the day-only sight of the earlier Arjun. Now, the Arjun can operate at night in “hunter-killer” mode – the commander as hunter and the gunner as killer. The commander scans the battlefield through his new TI sight; the targets that he spotted are electronically allocated to the gunner to destroy, while he returns to hunting for more targets. The Mark II also equips the driver with a new night vision device based on “un-cooled thermal imaging,” allowing him to clearly see 300-500 metres, even on a pitch-dark night.

    “Four major modifications – the mobility performance at 65.5 tonnes; the commander’s night sight; the driver’s night vision device, and ammunition containerisation – were validated this summer,” said an official.

    In the coming January a new capability will be tested-missile firing through the Arjun Mark II’s main gun. A “laser warning counter measure system” will be integrated in June user trials at Pokhran field firing range next year. This senses the laser beam that incoming missiles ride, giving just 10-15 seconds of reaction time. Within milliseconds, the system automatically launches smoke grenades, creating a smokescreen around one’s own tank that leaves the missile operator without a target to aim at, said a DRDO official.
     
  14. Steel

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    Army denies reports of China intrusion in AP

    The Army on Friday rejected media reports on alleged Chinese intrusion in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh recently.A few regional TV channels had on Thursday telecast footage of Chinese army damaging a ‘wall’ constructed by the Army on the Indian side of the border.

    Brigadier Sudhakarjee of Army’s 190 Mountain Brigade said there had been no such incident reported on the international border.

    The Brigadier’s clarification came in the wake of the reported telecast of the alleged footage. At a meeting with CM Nabam Tuki on Thursday, Lt Gen Shakti Gurung had said everything was normal along the border.

    Army denies reports of China intrusion in AP | idrw.org
     
  15. Nick 779

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    Army asks for attack copters
    Published December 26, 2011

    SOURCE: DECCAN CHRONICLE


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    The Indian Army has validated the concept of “aviation brigadesâ€￾ in its latest battlefield exercise and now wants attack helicopters of its own to provide aerial support to its tanks and advancing troops in a battle scenario. The concept was validated in the recently-held Exercise Sudarshan Shakti in the Rajasthan desert, sources said.
    As per the Army’s plans, each aviation brigade in future is to constitute three squadrons of helicopters. One squadron will comprise helicopters used for airlifting heavy equipment, the second will be used for recce purposes while the third squadron in the aviation brigade will perform the most crucial task of providing air support to the advancing battle tanks. Currently, the task of providing air-support to advancing troops in a battle-scenario is performed by attack helicopters of the Indian Air Force.
    But the Army feels that it should have attack helicopters of its own to perform the task since the “aviation brigade is tailor-madeâ€￾ to move continuously with the Army formations on ground and maintain the “forward edge in the tactical battlefield areaâ€￾. Currently, the Army does not have its own attack helicopters.
    Attack helicopters that are being developed for the Army by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) are currently undergoing trials.“Unplanned fleeting opportunities present themselves at different points in time and space, which, if not capitalised upon, lead to a standard toe to toe slugging match. The presence of aviation brigade headquarters in the tactical battlefield area negates these misses,â€￾ said a source.
     

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