You are exaggerating bit, but i do agree that Mig29K is becoming Navy's Mig21 slowly.In 3 years time ALL MIG 29 K would have crashed
It will become a toothless carrier
CDS chaired by Rawat is the worst thing happened to our military. He is dictating other two services on what they want and what they should buy and what they should do.
Extremely well articulated thread between the land centricism doctrine of our armed forces namely the IA vs a more holistic approach articulated by the IN which itself given our resource crunch can be split between sea control & sea denial wallahs.
One wonders why can't our members here come up with such articles. After all Mihir Shah himself is an amateur expert with a decade of experience on BRF give or take a few years much like some veterans out here.
Instead we have short pithy takes out here instead of well articulated positions on the pros & cons of such an approach - any approach, which too is welcome instead of the tomes & tomes of insane optimism we're sometimes subjected too & then more tomes & tomes of clarification when caught out or exposed - a regular feature in the past few years.
Sometimes I think that's precisely why such thoughts - especially the latter as described above are articulated in such a closed group instead of a public platform like Twitter lest the said views & it's owner gets publicly humiliated for such jejune & juvenile behavior & it's consequences best articulated by this sentence in my late teens - apne hi chaddi se apne hi pichwade ka khoon saaf kiya.
Those are AD VLS cells alright. Not sure if they are Barak 8. If I recall correctly Vicky had Barak 1 AD missiles, don't know if Barak 8 had been added.1.) 3 x 8(?) cell Barak-8
The round white ones ? SATCOMs not radars.2) 2 new radomes...
So previously, did Vicky not have the ability to communicate with Indian satellites?, Or are these just enhanced capability additions?The round white ones ? SATCOMs not radars.
2 deflectors are already installed.Jet Blast Deflectors
RHIBs for crew transport & deploying Special Forces at sea.I see 4 "boats", 2 on each side of Vicky(can someone tell me what they are?)
Replaced ? No. Those RHIBs are essential. A couple of armed/unarmed USVs are under trials, the navy can add those to Vicky later.Can they be replaced by, say, Unmanned Surface Vessels, which can sport some advanced surveillance(recon) systems and some bang-for-the-buck weapons systems(Chain gun, Anti Ship Rockets, mines, etc...)?
Vicky will carry UAVs in the future. Mostly VTOL or small CTOL recon drones. There was a plan for getting the Ghatak UCAV on the Vicky and IAC-01. But that is a long way from now. I don't think UAVs will take up any AEW, ASW let alone transport role yet. Replacing helos for UAVs is not something Navy would consider.Unmanned Aerial Systems, let's say, dedicated to AEW, ASW, Transport, etc.... (maybe free up space for more fighters, in place for helos?)
The ship's front inclined deck has been modified an added on by the Russians once. Doing it again may not be safe.A long "deck" added to the ship(on the island side...) for carrying above platforms...
Mareech ATDS is already deployed on the Vicky as a soft kill measure. IN was in conversation with the Israeli company Rafael for the Torbuster hard kill system sometime back. It is not known if they acquired it.An advanced Anti-Torpedo Integrated Defense System(soft kill + hard kill), like the ones installed on Nimitz class supercarriers.
I have no clue about that.A few years back, there were several reports stating that IN Mig-29Ks were suffering from low serviciability rates(14 - 22%), and that the Navy wanted these jets to be further roughened up... Then a couple years ago, I saw a news article that said that the CNS has stated that all problems regarding the jets had been resolved. So what is the availability rate now, 70-75%? Because if Vicky carries its full complement of 30 Migs and 10 Hepters, we'll have 21-23 jets available for offensive strike missions and defensive CAPs at any given time...and I guess that's pretty good for a STOBAR carrier(?)
Previously IN relied on some generic Indian satellites & foreign satellites like Inmarsat. Since 2013 they had their own satellite: the GSAT-7 which functions on the UHF, C & Ku bands. To exploit its full capacity ships needed at least 3 SATCOM antennas, thus at least 3 radomes. Some ships retain the older SATCOM antennas used for other Indian satellites as a back up option.So previously, did Vicky not have the ability to communicate with Indian satellites?, Or are these just enhanced capability additions?