Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
"India is to deliver two Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) HSA 315B Cheetah/Cheetal utility helicopters to Afghanistan in January, regional media reported on 11 December.
The new-build helicopters, which will be used for observation and reconnaissance purposes, are being supplied to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as part of a wider defence and security co-operation deal between the two countries."
Part of a deliberate, calibrated move, be it one with a lot more scope for expansion.
Update: The original news article Janes cited in the article above. Additionally informs of the possibility of stationing Indian trainers in Afghanistan & refurbish a hardware maintenance facility.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sunday, December 08, 2013
A freewheeling interview with India's only Space farer, till now.
One of the longest serving Chairman of ISRO reminisces about the fledgling days of India's forays into Space, & subsequently.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The Indian Navy's shipborne Submarine hunters.
Playing its role towards building a peaceful, empowered neighbourhood, safeguarding flanks.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Thursday, December 05, 2013
So profound has been the impact of this additive form of manufacturing, continually finding new & innovative applications, that poems are now being penned about it.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Possibly the 1st such picture of the newest first in class Warship of the Indian Navy [IN] performing sea trials.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Hi-Res pic of this Boeing-built aircraft, arriving recently, to join the Air Force's existing fleet of 3. Six more to come, estimated by 2014.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Indian Army initiative to implement an Information Technology-enabled eco-system for its Engineering support duties.
Blogged - Thursday, August 29, 2013
"Subsequent to recent reports that indicated the Indian Army's [IA] intention to acquire Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [UAV], it recently issued a 'Request For Proposal [RFP' in that regard. While the earlier report suggested that the requirement would be for 20 mini-UAV systems, the number has now been increased to 49."
The Mainstream Media - October 14-15, 2013
"In the wake of frequent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) Northern Command has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) tender recently for procurement of 49 NK Mini-UAVs for the Army units deployed in Northern Command theatre in J&K."
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
"During the 70s, 80s and 90s, we faced explicit or implicit nuclear threats on several occasions designed to change our foreign policy course," he said.
"Fortunately, our leaders of those times were strong- willed and refused to be deflected. Since we tested and declared our nuclear weapons in 1998, we have not faced any such threats of nuclear blackmail," he said.
You know you've done the right thing, when an opposition appointee, a powerful figure at that, can not help but speak in acknowledgement of the positive outcomes of your action.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The tip of India's Nuclear deterrence spear.
Islamic Republic of pakistan engaged in deploying a weapon for a scale of battle India has no intention of obliging it with, but one with the potential to imperil the West.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
Narrating to visitors, story of the campaign India undertook to evict the pakistan Army, & the supreme sacrifices Indian Soldiers made to achieve objectives.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
This progressively maturing Reactor design of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. [NPCIL].
This presentation, below, highlights some key aspects about the Fast Breeder Reactor programme.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
September 20, 1993, saw India's PSLV streak through the skies for the very first time. Will commemorate its Silver Jubilee mission, this year, with a trip to Mars.
How many did you count?
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
In all likelihood, being developed for the Rustom-II UAV, for which, however, a separate notification had been issued just a few months back.
"when Homi Bhabha of India was killed in the airplane crash on Mont Blanc on January 24, the world lost one of its greatest citizens"
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Thursday, September 05, 2013
They contend that India's development programmes, in the area of Aircraft Carriers, Remote sensing satellites & Ballistic Missile Defence [BMD], are more advanced, vis-à-vis their own undertakings.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
In midst of the escalating attempts to engrain the narrative, in India, that the new civilian "leadership" of pakistan genuinely means peace, comes a counter-narrative that challenges this assertion, citing present trend along with antecedents of the near past,
"....the manner in which Pakistan society is getting radicalised with the liberal elite marginalised or co-opted for their own survival. The discourse even among the liberals is that Pakistan is as much a victim of terror as India, conveniently overlooking that Pakistan is a victim of its own demons and India is a victim of Pakistani terrorism.
It is an extremely frightening prospect that today we have a Prime Minister in Pakistan who says he was clueless that his Generals were pushing his country towards an Armageddon.
Therefore, the questions that remain are whether or not Sharif is now a changed man and seriously intends to carry the peace process forward, or is this merely a ruse to buy time as Pakistan attempts to first strengthen its position in Afghanistan"
Vikram Sood, precise & prescient. It would benefit to pay heed to his words
The site in question is the 'Armed With Defence' blog - science.dodlive.mil - maintained by the U.S. 'Department of Defense', as part of its awareness & outreach efforts.
Fine endorsement. Good going mate.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
In addition to activity monitoring, these Indian Navy aircrafts are also capable of "influencing" them, with its payload of on-board firepower.
Friday, August 30, 2013
These Soviet designed, Russian built Helicopters, in service with the Indian Navy, are presently the sole ship-borne dedicated surveillance platform.
A Short Take-Off & Vertical Landing [STOVL] aircraft, currently flying off the Indian Navy's [IN] Aircraft Carrier, INS Viraat [R22].
Some cool, hi-res images showing the much acclaimed arms of the Indian Air Force [IAF] in action.
The workhorse of the Indian Air Force's [IAF] mobility wing.
Some hi-resolution pictures of various aircrafts currently flown by the Indian Air Force, or being developed for military & civilian applications.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Tablet PC must have an Ethernet port & at least 4 USB ports.
Number could more than triple, if it invokes option to place follow-on orders for these mini-UAVs. Final tally may surpass five-fold increase.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Russian-origin, Indian-operated aircrafts, equipped with French & Israeli sub-systems, flying across the skies of Britain.
IAF's Ilyushin Il-76 Transporter & Il-78 Aerial Refuelling Aircrafts In Waddington, UK [Hi-Res Pictures]
Indian Air force [IAF], with its contingent of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, Ilyushin Il-76 Transporter & Il-78 Tanker aircraft, took part in this Indo-British Air Exercise, some time back.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Purely randomly, paid the Indian Army's Twitter handle a visit, right now, & clicked on the 'Follow' button. Viola! blocked no more.
All I want to say is, thank you.
Posting without comment.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A critical element of India's Satellite Launch Vehicles.
When Even The Founding Father Of pakistan's Nuclear Dream Couldn't Stop Himself From Praising His Indian Counterpart
Subsequent DNA tests, however, revealed lack of Islamic genes in him, as defined in pakistan. Hence, recognition for fathering the project was awarded to a different, Sharia-compliant Halaal individual, whom the Time magazine called the 'Merchant of Menace'.
Pedalling its way to the "Space Club", quite literally.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Better engines, advanced auto-pilot systems, among others, being looked into, for this 50s aircraft. What, then, happens to the program to replace it?
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friday, August 09, 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
A projectile appearing to rise up - what is it?
Something could be brewing, if the country's Ministry of External Affairs [MEA] were to be believed.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
1st Picture Of India's Military Communication Satellite - INSAT-4F [Image Of The Day] [UPDATED: 2013.08.06]
A Communication Satellite believed to be built solely to cater to the communication requirements of the Indian Armed Forces, especially the Navy.
Strange are the way of Indian establishments.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Gaffe-prone institutions of India, serving the nation, committed to providing LULZ
Retired my old steed, for this machine.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 08, 2013
Friday, July 05, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
"If all goes well, the Indian tri-colour will be flying atop the INS Vikramaditya this November, after which it will start its journey to India"
Expanding the scope of this indigenously developed helicopter's utility.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
The Centre for Air Borne Systems [CABS] seeks participation, open to the private sector, for building & maintaining the country's fleet of indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control [AEW&C] systems.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Indian Air Force's [IAF] recently concluded Exercise 'Iron Fist 2013' saw the participation of this indigenously developed aircraft for the very first time.
Joining a long list of products, developed by the myriad of DRDO-run labs, totally unrelated to their mandate, is yet another product, the outcome of an exercise in irrelevance.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The first of these Boeing-built heavy-lift aircraft took off from from the U.S. this Tuesday & is expected to reach India on June 17.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Maintaining a YouTube Channel with a special focus on Science & Technology, one often comes across comments posted by a too clever by half individual.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Unperturbed by China's recent belligerence, India appears set to proceed with its much-needed/delayed plans of upgrading its infrastructures along its border with Tibet.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
"the fusion power plant has to be realized by 2050 so that it can reduce the carbon emission considerably and also makes an impact on the long-term Indian energy scenario."
Monday, June 03, 2013
"One day news spread that government was doing evaluative work to see what kind of monetary help could be offered to Pandits. At Shastri Nagar (in a school, I think) was set-up a make-shift office of a government representative doing this evaluation. Pandits were happy that finally the government, their 'Center', was doing something for them.....Next day, this form was duly submitted in that office. Some days later, just as suddenly the office had opened, it closed. The man with the forms was gone. It was much later that the Pandits realized that the man was probably just a student working on some PHD."
Sunday, April 07, 2013
The KALI-5000 electron accelerator is currently the most powerful one in operation in India, generating beams of up to 40 Gigawatts power. Comparison: Commercial power plant ratings are stated in terms of Megawatts, [1/1000]th of a Gigawatt.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
A collection of writings related to India's socio-political issues that made headlines this week.
The Indian Navy's recently upgraded INS Sindhurakshak, a modified Kilo-class submarine, making port calls at different countries on its way back to India from Russia.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Extended video footage showing the Soviet Aircraft-carrying Cruiser 'Admiral Gorshkov' turned Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier 'INS Vikramaditya' on its first sea trial, last year.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
As scathing & hurtful as the tone of this article is, there is great merit to what has been said in it,
"....it’s time we woke up to the fact that though we claim to have pride as Indians, we don’t have the courage to uphold it or fight for it, just like how while we claim to have come from a bi-zillion years of culture loaded with morals we ever so rarely display them."
"Now let us look at how the Italians have handled their marines. The day the marines were arrested, the Italian government made sure they got bail, they were put up in a guest house instead of jail, they were well-fed and of course in keeping with their Italian need for fashion, well-clothed and well-cooled with fancy sunglasses."
"Our leaders are so used to cutting deals and compromising within the nation and in corridors of power that they use the same methodology in international politics, embarrassing themselves and us."
It was the second consecutive appearance of this Dassault-built Technology Demonstrator aircraft at the iconic British air show.
A mixed bag of interesting topics to spend time on a weekend, reading.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Satellite image showing the sole Aircraft Carrier China operates, a Russian-origin Kuznetsov-class vessel, recently christened Liaoning, berthed at what has been said to be its home base in China's North-East.
With an already over-flowing work-order, delayed projects & running an operation that, in general, doesn't evoke enough confidence in collaborators, the state's sole Aerospace manufacturer is set to dip its fingers in yet another pie - UAVs.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
112 of these Swiss-built aircrafts would eventually be in service with the Indian Air Force [IAF], serving as the Stage-I aircraft to train its cadets, replacing the current HPT-32 Deepak aircraft.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The recently upgraded Russian-origin Kilo-Class derivative submarine stopped at the Portsmouth port in the UK, in February, on its way back to India, upon completions of its upgrades in Russia.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
"The Data Link System is one of the major systems of UAV that is based on Digital Communications Techniques and provides full duplex communication between UAV & Ground Control Station."
Friday, March 08, 2013
Coffee table picture book capturing life at one of the most well-respected training institutions in the country, grooming cadets to join the Indian Army as Short Service Commissioned [SSC] officers.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
"During one trip, [NSA Chief] Jones went completely off script and promised Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan's top military man, a civilian nuclear deal in exchange for Pakistan's cooperation. Panic struck the White House."
Whatever may have been the merit, or lack of it, going by the article above, to Obama's undermining of Richard Holbrooke's efforts in the Pak-Af region, India quite rightly & skilfully torpedoed his yearnings to become a player in resolving the issue involving the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Foreign Satellite Launch & Construction by Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO] [UPDATED: 2015.10.14]
List of Satellites that India has launched or built, so far, for International customers, through the Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO].
Indian Air Force's [IAF] most advanced fighter aircraft, to date.
Indian Air Force's [IAF] Russian-origin Su-30 MKI 'Flanker' all-weather, Air Dominance Fighter Aircraft.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Significance of the development & launch of a Synthetic Aperture Radar [SAR]-based satellite, one that India has developed itself, can't be stated enough - India entered an all new realm of Space-based surveillance.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
As claimed by the France-based, privately-operated, global intelligence gathering organisation, Indigo Publications, in its 'Intelligence Online' publication.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Very Low Frequency [VLF]-based communication forms the current backbone for data transfer to Indian Navy's Submarine fleet from land.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Sure, a free-floating IIPM, from all accounts, is mediocrity personified. But, is it any worse than numerous other institutions that have state recognition?
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Trials to evaluate an 'Automatic Ramp Take-Off' system would be carried out shortly at the Shore-Based Test Facility [SBTF], making it, perhaps, the first ski-jump aircraft in the world with this feature.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
While "Interwebbing" each day, I often check up on the cached version of a given page, as last indexed by Google's spiders.
Director of the JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau, Mikhail Pogosyan's statement to reporters, while attending the Aero India 2013 air show, seemed to imply this.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Friday, February 08, 2013
Transfer Of Some Critical Technology Being Negotiated For As Part Of India's MMRCA Contract [Illustration]
The upwards of $10 billion USD deal with France for the acquisition of the Rafale fighter aircraft would involve local assembly, manufacturing offsets & Transfer of Technology [ToT].
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Had written this post, little earlier, when this issue was in the news. Never got to posting it then. Just didn't feel like. Doing so now, despite the phase having passed by.
For the very first time, a high ranking Indian official makes mentions of this project in public.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Satellite image showing the latest class of Indian Navy's [IN] Offshore Patrol Vessel [OPV] all at one place.
Even as India is building its first large-scale Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor [PFBR], of indigenous design, work on its successor, the Fast Breeder Reactor [FBR], with improved features, is also underway.
Friday, February 01, 2013
An aerial picture showing the Embraer ERJ 145I aircraft, modified for DRDO's AEWACS programme, performing its maiden flight in Brazil
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Two ads released by the respective aircraft manufacturers - the Eurofighter Typhoon & Saab JAS 39 Gripen [NG].
"Nayan Tarse, Nayan Tarse, Taras Na Mile, Nayan Tarse
Nayan Tarse, Nayan Tarse, Dono Se Bahe Dhaar, Nayan Tarse
Haare Yeh, Path Nihar, Nayan Tarse Tarse Tarse Re"
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
MiG-29K Aircraft Performs Series Of 'Touch-And-Go' Before Landing On Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya [Video]
Video footage from cameras on-board the aircraft shows it landing on the INS Vikramaditya - super cool.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Breath-taking collection of pictures showing the Carrier-capable version of the French aircraft operating off its sole Aircraft Carrier, the Charles de Gaulle.
Indian Navy's Russian-origin Sindhughosh-class submarine, the INS Sindhurakshak [S63], has successfully undergone upgrades in Russia & is set to sail for India tomorrow [January 29 2012].
Sunday, January 27, 2013
A total of at least 12 of these medium-lift transport aircrafts are expected to be inducted into service with the Indian Air Force [IAF] - 6 have been delivered, so far.
Boeing provided this photograph as part of its media kit to the press, while announcing the maiden flight of the Indian Air Force's [IAF] C-17A transport aircraft.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
A glimpse of military hardware & weapon systems used by the Indian Armed Forces.
In his latest column, Lt. Col. [retd] Ajai Shukla Sir makes the case for a peace process between India & Pakistan, ultimately leading to peace - a goal as pious & virtuous as global Nuclear disarmament itself.
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Indian Air Force's [IAF] first C-17 transport aircraft would undergo tests there, as specifically asked for by the end-user.
The latest prototype of the Russian fifth generation fighter undertook, what has been described by its designers as the longest flight journey.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I'm constantly amazed by the wide range of topics columnist Aakar Patel chooses to write about. A columnist inside whom, perhaps, resides the spirits of Leonardo da Vinci's fellow Renaissance man, Athanasius Kircher1.
Friday, January 18, 2013
The Indian Air Force [IAF] Website was recently updated with these photographs - wallpaper material.
First flight of the IAF's Boeing-built Globemaster III aircraft is said to have taken place on January 11 2013.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Joint partnership & co-operation between two nations with shared values, common interests and similar threat perceptions.
"Bhool Gaye Woh Ramzan, Bhool Gaye Woh Insaaniyat" Translation: "They've forgotten [the Muslim festival of] Ramzan [Ramadan], They forgotten humanity"
[In response] Arif Naseem Khan, minorities affairs minister: "This is shocking. Its very sad to hear that a police officer is promoting communalism."
[In response] Muslim "Activist" Ameen Mustafa Idrisi: "We want a case of spreading communal hatred registered; if they fail to do so, we will file a PIL"
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article from the latest issue of the 'Flight International' magazine, summarising news of the latest revelation of China's military programme - its Y-20 transport aircraft.
The Dornier Do-228 Transport Aircraft, made by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited [HAL], will soon be transferred for operation by the Seychelles Air Force.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Old, yet so cool - Indian Navy's Shivalik-Class Frigate, INS Shivalik [F47], making a port call to China, as part of the Navy's annual deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.
Friday, January 11, 2013
China's Satellite & Missile Tracking Ship Alongside Its Latest Type 052D Destroyer [Image Of The Day]
Satellite imagery showing China's Yuan Wang 5 Space Tracking ship alongside what is believed to be a Type 052D Destroyer, as China gets ready to conduct an ASAT test.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Indian Air Force's [IAF] SEPECAT Jaguar Fighter Aircrafts require a more powerful engine to power its upgraded capabilities. Honeywell Aerospace is the only contender with a solution - its F125IN Engine.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Special Frontier Force [SFF], Vikas Regiment, Establishment-22, call them what you may. They're Tibetans trained to fight Han China's occupation of Tibet.
This airframe, with British serial number ZR343, is the fifth helicopter under construction, that would eventually be inducted into the Indian Air Force [IAF].
Monday, January 07, 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Saturday, January 05, 2013
"India is located in the center of sea lanes which connect Japan with the Middle East and Africa, making it an extremely important country in a geopolitical sense for Japan"