Saturday, January 31, 2015

Raven RQ 11 UAV

Raven RQ 11 UAV

India Plans to Build the American Raven RQ 11 UAV in India under make in India Program. While the US Industry plans to end the production line of RQ 11. India will setup plant to produce the UAV collaborating with a Indian private company after that India can supply the drone all over the Globe if they adopted US and Indian Policies. further developing the UAV with automatic target detection System also Planned. The UAV already in service with US as a Primary customer but Raven has Customers in EU and East Asia too. the Raven is the Military standard will not available for Public uses. 
Parts of RQ 11

The UAV can be easily launched by two Soldiers as they can carry the Flight unit, control unit and the Communication unit. all of them can be folded within two suitcases or a Backpack weighting as some 6 Kilo grams each. the UAV can be Fly in Autonomous mode for both launching and Landing. The UAV need to be turn on using the control pad then another Soldier can throw it over the sky. the UAV can collect search the Area for suspicious activities. the UAV can climb upto the Altitude of some 500 feets from AGL (above Ground Level)  and scan the Area at exact accuracy.  due to the low wingspan of 4.5 feet it's so hard to see through human eyes and Impossible to detect through Radar Signals. It also can used for Target Designation for Friendly Airforces can strike their hard target.

With fully charged Reusable batteries it can fly some one hour and transmit live video footage to the crew. it can fly at the speed of 45 to 95 Kilometers. and It's maximum range is 10 Kilometers that is it can collect info and Transmit the Footage to the crew upto 10 kilo meters. the main component of the Platform is the Color Infrared camera. which is used for both day and Night time and able to collect heat signatures of Animals and humans. the UAV can itself to the Crew area when the Landing command issued. it can first stall the speed and fell into the land by pieces. later can be reassembled with new or Recharged Batteries. 
A single UAV Costs about some $ 32,000 along with support devices like the Control unit and the Communication Tower unit. But make in India should costs less than some $10,000 will full units.

Single Solider carries total System
there is no doubt that these kind of small UAV's may bolster the Army's fighting capability in any kind of urban and Jungle warfare. giving these units to the Special Forces make them so strong where they always get a upper edge of Over seeing Eyes. 

Video Footage from the RQ 11

Total Unit set
Control unit set
The Future of the System can complies Automatic Target Identification system like this. still no information about this where they already added or planning to add. The below screenshot taken from Act of Valor Movie where they using the RQ 11 

Square indicates Automatic Target detection

Indian Forces Examining the RQ 11 in India in a previous Combat Exercise with US .Photo Courtesy Livefist 

Agni 5 ICBM

Agni 5 ICBM

Key Points

- Missile Launched at 8 AM IST. Launch Sucessful

- Strike Range Over 5000 KM

- It's a Three stage Solid Propellent Missile

- Missile Tested in Canister Based Configuration

- Compared to previous Models, The Missile sleek in design, witness say 

- The missile houses very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System 

- Micro Navigation System 

- CEP of less than 5 meters

- The high speed onboard computer and fault tolerant software along with robust and reliable bus    guided the missile flawlessly," said an official.

-The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile Agni-5 is capable of striking a range more than 5000 km. It is about 17 meters long, 2 metres wide and has a launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne. 
Unconfirmed Model 2

Unconfirmed Model 3
Unconfirmed Model 1

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rest in Peace Col Rai

At Braveheart's Cremation, Daughter Shouts His Regiment's War Cry 

Colonel MN Rai

Posted by Vishnu Som in NDTV Blog

She stood there, tears rolling down her cheeks, an 11-year-old girl seeing her father for the last time.

       Alka Rai rose above her grief to shriek an old Gorkha war cry; then she saluted her father Colonel MN Rai, an officer of the 2/9 Gurkha Rifles who was commanding the 42 Rashtriya Rifles.

         The 39-year-old was killed by terrorists in Tral in Kashmir on Tuesday.  A day earlier, he had been honoured for his bravery and awarded a Yudh Seva Medal on Republic Day, recognition for his immense capability and success as a Commanding Officer involved in anti-terror operations.

        Colonel Rai is survived by his wife, Priyanka, and three children - two daughters and a son, Aditya.

      At the very solemn ceremony today at Brar Square at Delhi Cantonment, 6-year-old Aditya touched his father's feet for the last time, perhaps not understanding the gravity of what had happened.
   His mother was inconsolable, almost unable to stand as she tried to shower her husband's body with petals.

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       Helping her was a CRPF officer in uniform. He stood strong, holding Priyanka up and guiding her away. The officer was none other than YN Rai, Colonel MN Rai's brother.  In 2002, YN Rai had taken a bullet for the country, fighting terrorists in Jammu during the famous operation at the Raghunath Temple when terrorists killed nine people and injured 42.

       And finally, there was General Dalbir Singh, the Army Chief, a fellow Gurkha officer, saluting the Colonel and then reaching out to the family, holding them, and assuring them that when the chips were down, the Army stood together, as one family. The deeds of Colonel MN Rai would not be forgotten. And the family would always be looked after.

      MN Rai was an inspiration for many around him, the ultimate leader and best possible friend. Former Army officers who had been cadets with him told us about how he would not only complete a route march with 22 kilos on his back but often pick up the 22-kilo backpack of fellow cadets who were flagging.

      As an officer, Rai was known to always take the initiative in what the Indian Army considers one of its finest traditions - the officer corps leading from the front.

       It was no different this time around. When intelligence reports came in of a group of terrorists hiding in a home in Tral, the Colonel was the first to act, rushing to the site with an Army Quick Reaction team.  When members of a family emerged from the house claiming the militants would surrender, he paused for a moment, a moment that cost him his life. Storming out of the house, the militants unleashed automatic gunfire in all directions.

      The Colonel was hit on the temple. He died later in hospital.

         Another man also lost his life. Sanjeev Singh of the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was a Head Constable who had been involved in anti-terrorist operations for years. He too was shot down and died on the spot.

       Colonel MN Rai, who also has another brother in the Army, based in Kolkata, would have lived life in no other way. For him, as with so many brave-hearts of the Army, India comes first, each and every time.

        His last status update on WhatsApp said it all ... "Play your role in life with such passion, that even after the curtains come down, the applause doesn't stop."


Thursday, January 29, 2015

How India must fight against the ISIS without upsetting Muslims at home

How India must fight against the ISIS without upsetting Muslims at home

The Islamic State

Posted By Gurmeet Kanwal  @gurmeetkanwal in Daily O 

       A week is a long time in strife torn West Asia. The militia of the so-called Islamic Caliphate (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) beheaded one Japanese hostage on Saturday, January 24th, and are threatening to kill the second hostage. They have also captured a Jordanian pilot and have demanded the release of Sajida Al-Rishawi, an ISIS activist, without offering to release the two hostages. On Wednesday, two Israeli soldiers were killed when the Hizbollah fired a missile on Israeli forces along the Lebanese border; several others were injured. A Spanish peacekeeper died in Israeli retaliatory fire. Hamas, the Palestinian militant organisation, has threatened to join in and another short conflict may ensue. Slightly further afield in Yemen, Houthi rebels owing allegiance to the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQIP) stormed the presidential palace in an attempted coup that has led to a tenuous ceasefire, even as American counterterrorism operations continue by way of drone strikes. And, in Tripoli, gunmen claiming affiliation with the ISIS staged a deadly attack on a luxury hotel and killed nine people, including four guards. All through the Cold War, the state of the turmoil in West Asia was a fairly accurate barometer of the world’s political climate. Despite two wars in Iraq in 1990-91 and 2003 and the withdrawal of US-led NATO forces in 2011, volatility has continued to dominate the strategic landscape.

          The emergence of the ISIS is only the latest manifestation of the continuing conflict in this arc of instability. The triumphant march of the virulently radical Sunni militants of the ISIS in 2014 was finally halted virtually on the gates of Baghdad. The ISIS militia, numbering between 20,000 and 30,000, now control a large area straddling the Syria-Iraq border and have seized key border crossings on the Syrian border with Jordan. After capturing Faluja in January 2014, the ISIS fighters made rapid progress in advancing along the Euphrates River in Anbar province of Iraq.

      In Syria, the ISlS has consolidated its hold over the eastern provinces bordering Anbar province of Iraq. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have managed to retain control over Damascus and the area up to the Mediterranean Sea. The "Nusra Front", the Syrian affiliate of the al Qaeda, controls most of north-west Syria and is gradually gaining ground. Syrian rebels known as the "Southern Front" are continuing to fight President Assad’s forces while avoiding clashes with the Nusra Front. In the north, the "Free Syrian Army" has a tenuous foothold over a small patch of territory.

         Significant help is being provided to the Shia-dominated government of Iraq by Iran and Russia. And, in a move that might be a game changer in the long run, the Peshmerga, forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that had captured oil-rich Kirkuk, regarded as the Kurd capital, have joined the fight against the ISIS in the Syrian border town of Kobani. Known as tough fighters, they are expected to drive the ISIS militia away from the areas claimed by the Kurds. So far, 500,000 to one million refugees have been added to the large number of displaced persons already struggling to stay alive in the steaming hot cauldron that is West Asia today.

        After vacillating for long and admitting that he had no strategy, US President Obama decided to join the fight against ISIS by launching air strikes against ISIS forces. The United States has been joined in this endeavour by Australia, Britain, Canada and France and five Arab countries (Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates). In early November 2014, President Obama approved the deployment of 1,500 additional troops to take the strength of ground troops to 3,100. For the time being, they will continue to have only a training and advisory role.

      The ideology of the ISIS is primitive and barbaric. The video-taped beheading of innocent hostages exemplifies its brutality. Osama bin Laden is reported to have declined to have anything to do with them when they had approached him. Al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph, has openly declared the intention of the ISIS to expand eastwards to establish the Islamic state of "Khorasan" that will include Afghanistan, the Central Asian Republics, eastern Iran and Pakistan. The final battle, "Ghazwa-e-Hind" – a term from Islamic mythology – will be fought to extend the caliphate to India.

       An ISIS branch has already been established in "Khorasan". Its "Amir" is former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Hafiz Saeed Khan and is probably based in Pakistan. Some factions of the TTP have already declared their allegiance to Al-Baghdadi. Afghanistan's new national security adviser, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, has said that the presence of  Daesh or the ISIS is growing and that the group poses a threat to Afghan security. And, some ISIS flags had appeared in Srinagar a few months ago.

         The ISIS militia is slowly but surely gaining ground. It has proved itself adept at fighting simultaneously on multiple fronts. Not surprisingly, the ISIS has carried the war into cyberspace and is deftly exploiting the Internet as an effective propaganda tool to spread its message. It is using Facebook and bulletin boards to influence the minds of Muslim youth and gain recruits. The international community has not yet found an answer to this potent threat. There is growing realisation that air strikes alone cannot defeat the ISIS. In his State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, Obama asked the US Congress to authorise the use of force.

    The US officials have been dropping broad hints to the effect that India should join the US and its allies in fighting the ISIS as it poses a long-term threat to India as well. India has a large diaspora in West Asia, which includes female workers. Some Indian nurses had been taken hostage by the ISIS fighters, but were released unharmed. Approximately 40 Indian workers are still held hostage. India has a large Muslim population that has remained detached from the ultra-radical ISIS and its aims and objectives, except for a handful of misguided youth who are reported to have signed up to fight. This may change if India joins the US-led coalition to fight the ISIS. However, India should cooperate closely by way of sharing information and intelligence.

     A concerted international effort is needed to first contain and then comprehensively defeat the ISIS, failing which the consequences will be disastrous for the region. However, it is for the Arabs to find the resources necessary to seek and destroy the ISIS fighters on the ground. As an emerging power sharing a littoral with the region, India has an important role to play in acting as a catalyst for the West Asian stability through negotiations and dialogue rather than confrontation.

About the Author 

Gurmeet Kanwal is former Director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi. an He served in the Army too .Reach Gurmeet Kanwal by @gurmeetkanwal

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pinaka MBRL

Pinaka MBRL 

Pinaka Mark II Version Test Firing a rocket

         The Artillery Guns are made for the Soldiers to Bombardment the enemy Positions and Bunkers. those starts from Howitzers to Field Artilleries but they lacks the Accuracy. they can't hit the Target in single shot you need to Bombardment the Threat area to neutralize that threat. So the Russians first bring the Rocket Propelled Artillery Rounds that's fitted in a Mobile vehicle. gives superior effort to the Russians to bring Victory in the war. Other nations too see the Performance of the MBRL and  researched about the MBRL. For India we first Produced and Tested our own version of MBRL named Pinaka. when Pinaka entered the service It suddenly get the chance to kck some Baksitani's a$$. due to the birth it can't be deployed all over the frontiers but It shows the muscle where they deployed.

           Typically a Pinaka Battery holds a Six Launcher units that can hold some 72 ( 12x6)  missiles ready to Launch the designated Area. while each Pinka holds 12 ready to fire Rockets.  and one more those 72 Rockets can be fired in a Ripple mode that means it can fire it's 72 missiles within 45 seconds ie less than a Minute. if those 72 Missiles can target a wide area of 1 square Kilometer entire structure  can be demolished  within the radius. The Battery also consists six Loader  Replenishment  Vehicles. each Loader Replenishment vehicle Holds 24 Missiles. that can be Reloaded within four Minutes. and another three Replenishment Vehicles holds the Rocket spares, Power supply, Support systems and More. two more Command Post vehicles also within the battery while one works another in Standby mode to replace the Command Post in case of any technical issues. and a DIGICORA MET radar which is a Meteorological Radar which analyzes wind speed and Weather information for Launching the Rockets in best weather and Direction. 

A loader Replenishment Vehicle of Pinaka MBRL 

Modes of Operation 

Autonomous Mode 

        Which means the system can be deployed somewhere in the Remote Area. which can fire the Rcokets in a Single command send by somewhere in the Field Office or a Head quarters

Stand Alone Mode 

      if your are somewhere with the Pinaka Battery and Found some illegal activities to in the Zone. and you have the order of Fire. you can fire without the need of anything thing .Just you need the Pinaka Launcher the Command Post and the Radar set. here you go. 

      If we compare the cost of the System with other MBRL the Jugaad king cost less money.and as of now the Mark II Version Pinaka Can engage targets upto some 60 Kilometers with the CEP of some 2m. The Pinaka can house different kind of Warheads like  250kg of HE or Anti Tank mines and Anti tank Bombs. The Entire Pinaka system is NBC ( Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) protected. so you can use the Pinaka system in any worst case scenarios. 

    The Army have Plans to add more wings to the Pinaka by adding this with the Indian Army ACCS system which is a integrated  Artillery firing command that can give order to the Pinaka which is nearby the Threat zone. 

        As of now three Indian Army Regiments using the Pinaka MBRL System deployed in various area's near to the Border. the DRDO also have Plans to increase the Range of Pinaka to double by adding boosters in the Rocket to engage targets upto some 120 kilometers.  
Pinaka Mark I Version