Sunday, May 07, 2006

This upgraded T-72M1 creates its own sand storm, as it charges full speed ahead and lives up to the motto - BASH ON REGARDLESS!!!

The upgraded T-72M1 MBT, at an Indian Army's firepower demo held in January 2006 at a firing range near Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. In addition to a new fire control system (FCS), sights and laser warning receivers (visible on the turret's roof), this armoured vehicle features one of the most comprehensive add-on reactive armour suites ever seen on any tank. A GPS (Global Positioning System) provides accurate positioning and navigation along a predefined path. It also indicates the velocity of movement and distance to the target designation statUS

The pride & joy of the Indian Armoured Corps' latest behemoth - the 46.5 ton, T-90S MBT - on display for the press at a firepower demo held in January 2006 at a firing range near Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The tank represents a technological leap over the current workhorse, the T-72M1.

The 214mm Pinaka MBRL firing its payload of rockets, during a user evaluation by the Indian Army. Although advertised with a maximum range of 38 km, the Pinaka has achieved ranges up to 42 km during user trials. Each rocket is of 214mm calibre, is 4950mm long, weighs 276 kg and carries a 100 kg warhead. Minimum range is 10 km and the overall CEP (Circular Error Probable) is less than 1-2% of the total range

The 214mm Pinaka MBRL is an all weather, indirect fire, free flight, area saturation weapon system that has begun to enter service with the Indian Army. It consists of a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) vehicle with 12 tubes, three replenishment vehicles, a loader cum replenishment vehicle and a fire control system containing a command post and the DIGICORA MET eadar. A battery of six launchers can turn an area of 1000 x 800 meters into melted Swiss cheese in less than 44 seconds.

The Pinaka program has a lot of contribution from the private sector. Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Ltd. claim credit for building the 2-axis DC servo drive for the Pinaka, while TATA Advanced Materials Ltd. (TAML) have developed launcher tubes and containers for the rockets and missiles. TATA Power's Strategic Electronics Division (SED) also developed the prototype Pinaka launcher which underwent extensive user field trials

The Indian Army has proved that the regimental colours its Jawans carry are still a matter of honour. The many wars it faced, have ensured that those traditions would be carried on by many generations of fighting Jawans in the years to come. Most of all, the Jawans have learnt that after all was said and done, honour in battle meant standing one's ground and fighting - even to the last man or tank if necessary. Jai Hind!! Jai Jawan!!

Voice of India
Our brave soldiers have encircled the intruders at the Tiger Hill and other hilltops in the
Kargil, Dras and Batalik sector, and soon the enemy shall meet a dog's death.
The mountain ridges and gorges are resounding with cries and wails of the insurgents
on one hand and on the other with the victory slogans & ‘BHARAT MATA KI JAI
of the Indian jawans. The intruders shall meet the inevitable as there is no escape now.
They have played foul and have violated the Geneva Convention by savage and barbaric
treatment of our soldiers who died while trying to oust them. We shall not let them do such
inhuman acts with impunity. This dastardly act has transformed every Indian
into a gladiator - it is question of " do or die" now. Soon shall these sneakers
become their own grave - diggers, Kargil sector shall become another
Kurukshetra. The horrors we shall inflict on the guilty will haunt them for decades.
And very soon shall our brave soldiers show them " the writing on the wall".

A country that learns nothing from its past soon crumbles and
disappears from the world map. Threats are made by cowards;
and by those who fly with "borrowed" wings, we Indians are not afraid of
'Nukes' and 'Ghauris'. Let them try and watch the holocaust.
Nero was playing on the harp when Rome was burning.
The Pakistani leaders might flee from their Country and watch the
"horrendous circus" from a distant country.
It is still time that sanity should prevail and prevent the lunatics
from indulging in any mischief. The entire world is watching the war
being fought at the highest terrain in the world, and they know who is guilty

In the summer of 1999, India and Pakistan fought a 73 day military conflict in the upper reaches of Kashmir at Kargil, located 120 miles from the capital city of Srinagar. The Kargil conflict merits intensive study because:

  • It was a major conflict between two countries possessing nuclear weapons.
  • Despite grave provocations and the intensity of armed skirmishes, the conflict remained limited in terms of time, geographical area, and weaponry.
  • The conflict was a clear manifestation of a 50 year-old sub-continental rivalry that has portents of a nuclear conflagration affecting global peace and security.
  • The confrontation was a revealing example of asymmetric conflict, wherein opposing combatants employ markedly different resources and strategies in an attempt to maximize their advantages and exploit the opponent's weaknesses.

Back in Indian hands: Jawans with the flag on Point 4825, which was being held by the enemy in the Mushkoh Valley.


The BM-21 multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) fires a rocket towards Tiger Hill. Although ageing, the BM-21 MBRL still packed quite a punch in the Kargil operations.

A HAL Cheetah helicopter in the Batalik sector, flies over troops after delivering the goods. Below, army engineers are clearing the mountain pathway, to make a road.

After the victory in Kargil War Indian heros
Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers, receiving Param Vir Chakra - India's highest gallantry award - from President K.R. Narayanan. Grenadier Yadav was awarded the medal for his outstanding bravery on Tiger Hill. -

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles, receives the Param Vir Chakra, from President K.R. Narayanan. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar was awarded the medal for his striking valour on Area Flat Top.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

what a way to fight