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    it's time to buy more C-130J's and Induct CH-47 as early as possible,

    finalize the Chopper deal for army….

    because its not the



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    Wrong on the helicopter front. There are 17 Mi-17V5 helicopters doing the hard work. Why have you not mentioned that? In terms of absolute numbers, it is the single most used platform out there.

    If i had not been a regular at your blog, i would have taken your post differently, but such wrong analysis is really not expected of you.

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    Shiv Aroor

    Read the numbers carefully.

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    I saw a video on one of the channels ( NDTV i believe ) where 2 cheetahs were visible.

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    Anonymous is right, this article looks more like US PR campaign, than presenting the reality of the operations now.
    Isn't it true that in the first days there wasn't suitable airstrips available for the fixed wing aircraft's, which limited even the C130J's to recon missions only?
    In Fact the first landing of the C130J was not in a rescue or evacuation mission, but to provide fuel for the Dhruv's and Mi 17s, that actually are doing the bulk of the work right now and which you strangely don't praised here.

    Btw, the Mi 26 was used for exactly the same mission before the C130J could do it and reportedly carried 30 fuel barrels and 70 troops. Which means that it bridget the time till fixed wing aircraft operations were limited, which also would have been worth to mention!

    The short take off and landing capability is good compared to the older IAF transport fleet, but still works only when you have suitable airstrips, especially in such mountainous areas. If not, you definitely need a capable transport helicopter fleet, to set up an airlift and that's what the Dhruv, the Mi 17, but also the Mi 26 did so far in a very good manner as it seems.
    So instead of looking even at Ch47's that aren't participating in the operations today, you should have pointed out the performance of these aircraft's and might have asked for faster inductions and further orders of Dhruvs and Mi 17s.

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    guru prasanna

    Sancho, what is "PR" about it? The Hercules and Chinook have already been selected. Stop finding fault with straight facts and some editorial analysis. We have been readers on this blog long enough to know that shiv aroor does not hold a brief for any country or company. your insinuation is silly and offensive.

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    nirranj prabhu

    Sir what about the dhruvs?

    I am eager to know how they Are doing out there in himalayas…

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    Im lucky

    I feel Anonymous is right, I feel something wrong with shiv in this post. Why are we talking about chinook, while mi-17 and mi-26 working actually. Mi-26 is really a mighty helicopter. I feel something has gone wrong with shiv in this case(are you promoting chinook helicopter?). I did not find such kind of post from shiv in the past.

    Sorry if it hurts any body

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    the more important question is why is that we have not deployed around 100 IAF choppers? – what is preventing that? – in such a time critical situation won't that save more lives?

    Why only 30-40 choppers? surely we can delploy much greater numbers…

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    guru prasanna

    dear "im lucky", the mi-26 is working fine you say? do you even know the serviceability data of that chopper. shiv is not pitching any new platform. he is merely saying that the current operations have somewhat validated the iaf's decision to go in for platforms tailormade and proven in humanitarian relief operations. what is wrong with that? if anything it is pro-iaf and lauding their decision. i think we have become complacent. there are blogs which take sides on equipment etc. don't think livefist is one of them. you can seek balance, or you can seek facts. either way, i don't think there is anything to be suspicious about as far as shiv is concerned. i for one trust him fully. i have been reading livefist for five years and not once have i ever found reason to believe shiv is holding a brief for any country or company. he is entirely open about his visits also.

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    What rubbish "Im lucky". Do you not read this blog regularly. Nothing of the sort can be said about shiv. Can personally vouch. Have followed since the beginning. If your intention is to sling mud, i would urge shiv to filter out such silly comments.

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    Ch47-chinook is more maneuverable than Mi-26. It can land in places where MI-26 cannot. For sure IAF misses Chinook and C13OJ-super Hercules, there is nothing to doubt Shiv here. Both went through tough selection process and IAF has made their decision long time ago.I will say 40 C17Globemaster III, 24 C130J super Hercules and 40CH47-Chinook are needed for a country as populated as India.

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    What happens if the Chinook goes down? Read this on wiki – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_Mi-26

    For their ruggedness which is required in Indian conditions no machines can match the Russians.

    Ask the engineers who built mud runways for An 32s in Tuting in 1980s in AP. Bet, no C 130s can match the An 32s. This fascination with American machines will prove to be our undoing when Uncle Sam stops the supply of spares.

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    Bame Duniya

    All said and done this blog is quite informative despite some prejudice about MI helicopters.

    The airstrips at Dharashu, Gochar and Naini Saini have been around for a long time and they are all more than 1 kms long and thus can take in C 130s very easily. They are not really STOL strips.


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