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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Naval Light Combat Aircraft [N-LCA] - maiden flight [Photographs]

Photo-gallery containing pictures of the Naval version of India's indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft [N-LCA], during its maiden flight.


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Data Journalism Handbook - for bloggers & journalists alike [free e-Book]

The European Journalism Centre in collaboration with the Open Knowledge Foundation have written this book, explaining how data & information relevant to a topic being researched can be sourced, compiled & interpreted for an article. While this book has been written with journalists intended as its target audience, instructions & teachings should be handy & useful for bloggers alike.


Friday, May 04, 2012

Rajput-Class Destroyer of the Indian Navy at Exercise Malabar 2012 [Wallpaper]

Rajput-class Destroyer of the Indian Navy are a modified version of the Russian Kashin II-class destroyers. It currently operates five such Destroyers

  • INS Rajput [D51]
  • INS Rana [D52]
  • INS Ranjit [D53]
  • INS Ranvir [D54]
  • INS Ranvijay [D55]

Indian Navy's Kora-class Corvette INS Kulish [P63] [Wallpaper material]

INS Kulish [P63] is a Kora-class Corvette operated by the Indian Navy [IN]. This class of Corvette has been designed & built within India by Indian shipbuilders Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers [GRSE] & Mazagon Dock Limited [MDL]. Their primary weapon is the Russian-origin Kh-35 Anti-Ship Cruise missile. Each Corvette can carry 16 such missiles at a time.


Deepak-class Fleet Tanker, INS Shakti refuelling Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson

A fleet refuelling tanker, while it may not exude the glamour & awe evoked by the mere mention of offensive forces warships like Destroyers, Frigates & Corvettes it replenishes, is critical for effective & prolonged deployment of these warships out at sea. During such deployments, presence of these refuelling ships offer warships the decisive advantage of not having to visit the port of a friendly country, or even return back home, to replenish fuel & inventory, keeping them out at sea for long & expanding the envelope of their reach.


INS Satpura [F48] - Indian Navy stealth Frigate [Shivalik-class, Wallpaper]

Shivalik-class of Frigates were the first Frigates designed & built by India to incorporate stealth features. Mumbai-based Mazagaon Dock Limited [MDL] shipyard was entrusted with the job. Design and construction of the Frigates was undertaken as part of 'Project 17' [P17]. As part of this project, the 3 warships were to be built,

  • INS Shivalik [F47]
  • INS Satpura [F48]
  • INS Sahyadri [F49]

Indian Navy Warships at Malabar Naval Exercise 2012 [wallpapers]

An enduring feature of the military aspect of India-U.S relationship has been the Malabar-series of Naval exercises. Started in 1992, with the aim of being an annual engagement, things came to an abrupt end owing to the imposition of U.S sanctions on India in 1998, following India's testing of the designs of its Nuclear weapons. After a gap of 4 years, the exercises resumed in 2002 & have been taking place annually since then, so far.


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Brahmaputra-Class guided missile Frigate [Indian Navy]

A collection of pictures of the Indian Navy's Brahmaputra-Class of guided missile Frigate - INS Betwa [F39] & INS Beas [F31]. INS Betwa, commissioned on July 7, 2004, marks a technological first in Indian warship design. Fitted on-board is an indigenous combat data system that can co-ordinate & control the frigate's myriad of weapon systems & radars having multi-national origin, along with indigenous systems, all through a single control station. This seamless integration & synchronisation between the varied systems was brought about with the help of the Equipment Modular for Command and Control Application [EMCCA] systems developed by Bharat Electronics Ltd. [B.E.L]. This system was first successfully validated on the Betwa & is now fitted on all frigates of its class.