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  1. Levina

    Levina Colonel on stilettos SENIOR MEMBER

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    Hello all,


    We had been waiting to break this news to you all.
    The defence correspondent of India today,SHIV AROOR (of Livefist fame), would be on our forum soon and you will be allowed to ask him questions.

    His book called OPERATION JINNAH is now out in the stores.

    But hold your breath........ we are giving our audience a peak into his book. :)


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    The X2 flew arrow-like through the air, with none of the external blinking lights that usually give away aircraft. Swerving away from the coast and into the mainland, the helicopter was now cruising at 15,000 feet and headed dead north on a steady bearing, its navigation computer keeping the aircraft from careening off its course.

    But just as its chief pilot dozed off, something caught Vikramaditya’s eye on the radar display in the centre of the cockpit console. A small blue triangle had popped up from the bottom of the screen and was gently moving closer to the green dot in the centre of the screen, which was the X2 itself.

    Aircraft. Approaching.

    A single set of digits next to the triangle told Vikramaditya that the aircraft was flying about 3500 feet higher than the X2. But those digits were dropping rapidly.

    The approaching object was headed straight for the X2. And fast.

    ‘Situation?’ Saraswati asked, sitting up. She had noticed Vikramaditya looking at the radar. Ranainstinctively looked out of his window again. But there was nothing but black.

    ‘Aircraft of some kind approaching. Didn’t see it before. Pretty much out of nowhere.’ Vikramadityawondered if he should take the helicopter lower. He had been ordered not to by his junior commando pilot, and he knew he had to wake her up. He didn’t need to.

    ‘That’s headed straight for us,’ Akeela whispered, rubbing fifteen minutes of sleep out of her eyes. ‘Make no moves. Steady.’ She jabbed the button that put the controls back into her hands. ‘He’s slowing down. Trying to check us out. Not a chance in this light.’

    There was no way for the X2’s crew to tell what it was that was now clearly pursuing them. They waited. The blue triangle edged closer on the radar screen, its altitude dropping till it was level with the X2, flying dead behind the helicopter.

    Akeela froze. The blue triangle now veered to the right and sped up. In less than a minute, the pursuing aircraft would be alongside them.

    The X2 wasn’t a listed military aircraft. It wasn’t plugged into the military communications grid. It didn’t have a call sign or radio identity. It was completely off the books. It wasn’t meant to have unplanned encounters in the air. That was the whole point of flying ‘black’. The mid-air tank-up must have done it, Akeela thought with a sigh. As her fingers instinctively clenched around the throttle stick, she exhaled and turned her head to the right.

    ‘Here it comes,’ she breathed out.

    At first they saw nothing. And then, it appeared. The ghostly silhouette of a large jet inched forward alongside them, its airframe lights bright, blinking against the absolute darkness of the X2.

    ‘Steady, Akeela. No manoeuvres,’ Rana whispered from the back seat. Lit up every few seconds by the fleeting blast of its own lights, the X2’s pursuer was now flying right next to the helicopter, the restrained roar of its twin engines audible inside the soundproof cabin.

    It was a MiG-29K fighter plane, its serpentine front section now just thirty feet from the X2. The glass of its cockpit canopy shone in the moonlight, and inside it they could see the helmeted head of a fighter pilot. Looking straight at the X2.

    Akeela turned a knob, turning the X2’s cabin totally dark, the instrument panels switching to night mode, visible only with night vision goggles. Akeela and Vikramaditya strapped on their goggles from below their seats. The two officers in the back looked around. The X2 was now in absolute black mode. On a new moon night, this helicopter would have been a puff of breeze to anyone caring to look. But none of that mattered now. The X2 had been spotted and cornered. Going black was useless, Akeela thought, as she put the helicopter on autopilot and looked out of her window.

    ‘We’re going to have to declare, sir,’ Saraswatiwhispered from the back. ‘This is not a good situation.’

    ‘No moves. Let him talk first.’ Rana was scanning the aircraft, whose deafening roar had been reduced to a muffled rumble inside the X2, the vibrations from its jetstream making the airborne encounter even more ominous.

    ‘Sir, in this current situation, I’d say we have a minute before he blows us out of the sky,’ Akeela said. ‘That’s combat patrol.’

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    Link to his book





    Excerpted from Operation Jinnah by Shiv Aroor, available in bookstores and on www.juggernaut.in
     
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  2. PARIKRAMA

    PARIKRAMA Captain IDF NewBie

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    Big news.. and all the best to Shiv.. I hope to read this book as soon as it's out..


    And we all can ask him lots of interesting stuff when he comes to the forum..
     
  3. Levina

    Levina Colonel on stilettos SENIOR MEMBER

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    When SHIV AROOR comes to the forum, our members can interview him.
     
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  4. Hellfire

    Hellfire Devil's Advocate THINKER

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    My query - does he really think his whiskers suit him?

    :)

    I harried him a lot in 2007-09. Won't trouble him here ;)
     
  5. Levina

    Levina Colonel on stilettos SENIOR MEMBER

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    Okay.
    But I hope others utilise this opportunity to interact with him.
     
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  6. Sathya

    Sathya Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Hi ,

    is this the weekend big announcement ?
    i was expecting a bit more... thought PM himself might join in..:laugh:

    nevertheless it will be good interaction :rap:
    since most of us here, read his LIVE FIST , we may already know his knowledge and info s

    it will be helpful to ask him questions if someone points out his strong areas.

    kudos to the initiative , i hope forum calls out many members like that.
    like Mr. Anantha krishnan.,..etc:victory:
     
  7. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Thank you, great work levina! Now please do pay attention to SM too :)
     
  8. enquencher

    enquencher FULL MEMBER

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    Superb job ...great forum.
    Keep up ur good work.
    Three cheers for the mods admins and members
     
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  9. Levina

    Levina Colonel on stilettos SENIOR MEMBER

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    Sure. :tup:

    His book will be as interesting I hope.

    Yes we are planning that too. ;)
     
  10. Grevion

    Grevion Professional Think Troll IDF NewBie

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    So that was the big announcement after all.:biggthumpup:
    Now can you please tell me where to put my quiries whenever he visits?

    Would like to host Anrundhati Roy here one day. :facepalm:
    Have a lot of questions for her.:artillery:
     
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  11. Levina

    Levina Colonel on stilettos SENIOR MEMBER

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    Why not.
    Suzanna Arundhati Roy should also come to our forum some day. I hope that will give her a reality check.

    Okay won't deviate from the topic.
     
  12. Levina

    Levina Colonel on stilettos SENIOR MEMBER

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    We will post a thread where you will be able to interact with him.

    The date of his arrival will be announced in advance through your alerts. :)
    Hope that helps.
     
  13. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Shiv Aroor just tweeted about his book.
     
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  14. Grevion

    Grevion Professional Think Troll IDF NewBie

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    That will be great. Thanks!
     
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    Pundrick Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Yaar!! should have included Indian soldier with IA camouflage rather than some western camouflage.

    Thanks @Levina for having him here.
     
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