Joined Wipro… :)

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

So I joined Wipro on May 17th at Bangalore and have completed one week of training. I’ve been put into EAS – Enterprise Application Services. I’m not having regular access to the Internet and so the number of posts may reduce over the next two months.

Found a good read: Missile capabilities of India, Pakistan and China

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Categories: Defence, General

BrahMos – Destruction at 3 times the speed of sound.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at the Republic Day Parade of India

BrahMos, named after the major rivers Brahmaputra of India and Moskva of Russia, is a perfect example of a time tested military and strategic relationship. Russia, India’s Cold War ally, has been the top weapon supplier and partner for many decades, with Israel vying to overtake that. The BrahMos is the result of the long and fruitful technological and research cooperation between the two countries.

BrahMos is a land/naval/air attack supersonic cruise missile, capable of cruising at ~mach 3, which is three times the speed of sound. The range of the missile is 290 km, which is a little less than the 300 km prescribed by the Missile Technology Control Regime treaty. It employs a kinetic hit and kill method which can punch a gaping hole in a ship as huge as an aircraft carrier.

Presently the fastest cruise missile in the world, the BrahMos can carry a conventional or nuclear warhead, but it is currently being produced for conventional use, as the missiles will be used primarily for precision strikes rather than a full scale bombing type of attack. Precision strikes are those strikes which are carried out to eliminate small but important targets like a military general’s convoy or headquarters. BrahMos can differentiate the target among a cluster of other objects, which is the norm in urban combat zones. The pin-point precision added with 360 degree maneuverability makes the BrahMos a deadly asset.

The BrahMos II is the next gen version of the BrahMos. It can travel at mach 5 speeds and it is due for induction in 2013.

The variants of the BrahMos missile are as follows:

  • Ship launched, Anti-Ship variant (operational)
  • Ship launched, Land attack variant (operational)
  • Land launched, Land attack variant (operational)
  • Land launched, Anti-Ship variant (existence not confirmed)
  • Air launched, Anti-Ship variant (development)
  • Air launched, Land attack variant (development)
  • Submarine launched, Anti-Ship variant (development)
  • Submarine launched, Land attack variant (development)

Even though the BrahMos project took 7 years from design to induction, we can be proud that we designed and implemented a deadly, highly advanced modern weapon through meaningful cooperation with Russia, unlike Pakistan which is buying weapons ‘off-the-shelf’ from China (which in turn stole Russian and Israeli weapon designs).

Source: Wikipedia

Why Pakistan is a failed state??? – Here is an example.

This single article proves how the Pakistani people have been brainwashed by the state sponsored media and propaganda. They have such a paranoid government and media that they can be a great example of how a country should not be.

Click here to read what our ‘friendly’ neighbours are saying about the trial of Kasab. You can’t get such brilliant insights anywhere else in the world. Read and have a laugh.

We are the champions!!!

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

After missing out by a whisker in 2008 and failing in the semis in 2009, naama team Chennai has brought home the IPL trophy, after a wonderful season of ups and downs, just like the rising of a phoenix bird from the ashes. As one of the most consistent and under-rated teams in the IPL (without the useless glamour of Bollywood celebrities and those stuff), Chennai really deserved to lift the trophy.

Well known as a cool, fun loving team, Chennai held on to their nerves and performed brilliantly in the semis and the final (but felt sorry for the God for losing :(). The two sixes by namma thala Dhoni off Irfan in the last over of the do-or-die match vs Punjab gave a glimpse of what Chennai is capable of doing. As Dhoni told, if Chennai played with full potential, not many teams can stand their power.

The matches which I watched fully on TV were the matches which Chennai lost. So I decided to take a ‘tough’ decision of not watching any match on TV. The Punjab-Chennai match was the one which proved my ‘theory’ correct. I was watching the scores in Cricinfo and the asking rate for Chennai was increasing like anything. I closed the page and returned to it after 15 mins to see that Dhoni had murdered 2 balls out of the stadium. That made be believe that the semi-finals and finals were won only because I didn’t watch those matches as I was travelling from Hyderabad to Chennai and vice-versa :). I (and many more Indians like me) have been following this ‘tradition’ of doing some routine actions(which would have proved to be effective in some match) for every match, hoping that the luck will continue. I still remember sitting in the same posture till Sachin gets out, so that my movement does not trigger a bad moment for him. Sounds stupid, but I love cricket more than I love myself :).

I switched off my mobile after the first two wickets fell for Chennai in the semifinal. I woke up after midnight to see that Chennai had won. Same procedure against Mumbai, same result :).

I don’t know what are the steps I need to follow to make sure that India brings back the T20 world cup. Hope India beats the s**t out of Pakistan to bring back the cup home.

Categories: Chennai, Cricket

Goodbye MiG – 21

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

At last, a news which will make the pilots of the Indian Air Force sigh with relief. The 200+ fleet of MiG–21s, better known as the “Flying Coffins” are going to be retired from service in phases. 121 of the 206 planes were upgraded recently and are fit for service for another 7 years. The remaining 85 are to be retired over the next two years.

The MiG-21s have a dubious distinction of having more losses attributed to accidents rather than in combat. Almost half of the 600+ MiG-21s which India produced during the 1960s have been lost in accidents. Defence analysts’ views are that the Russian design was faulty but the Russians stand their claim that the quality of components manufactured in India are sub-par and not in accordance with the recommended specifications.

And, the MiG-21s were the planes which young pilots were given after they complete their training with trainer planes. This resulted in the loss of many young pilots, which surely is not a great result for the air force. Instead of spending millions on keeping the planes in operational readiness, the Air Force finally took the right decision to say goodbye to our old friend.

Also, with our ‘friendly’ neighbour Pakistan getting free dollies from Big Uncle USA, it’s time our administrators look beyond Russian defence technologies. So lets say goodbye to the MiG-21s and hope for a more deadly Air Force, with the MMRCA deal around the corner.

Last but not the least, lets hope that our home-built LCA Tejas performs well, so that we can induct our own planes in our Air Force rather than depending on foreign deals or even worse, begging for military equipment like Pakistan. A couple of examples of Pakistani military ‘acquisitions’ (read as ‘aid’): Example1 Example2.

After 4 yrs of hard work, finally got my degree certificate.

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I had been to my college on the 25th this month, to attend our batch’s convocation day. It was a nostalgic experience looking at the class rooms, labs, lunch halls and every other place where we used to talk and eat during our college days. It was a great feeling to be among the same people with whom I spent 4 important years of my life.

We had a lot of fun talking about our college days and the events which occurred during that time. Four people from our class got university ranks and made our department (E.E.E) proud. And our beloved Chairman talking in his usual funny Tamil was the only thing which didn’t change over the period of 4 years.

I met almost all my friends after a long time. After a lot of mokkai talk by the chief guest and the other managerial level people (about the ‘uninterrupted power supply’ in our college, as usual), we got our degree certificates in a beautiful file but the beauty of the certificate was killed by a very horrible photo of me 😦 . Nevertheless, I got my degree (Aathaa naan pass aayittaen 🙂 ).

It was a great day and am looking forward to the next special day, the Alumni meet.

Categories: College Life

About me :)

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi, this is Karthik and this is my first blog. So look out for some stupid mistakes :). Keep checking for more posts in the future.

My Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/gkarthikeyan

My email id: karthik.ars14@gmail.com

Categories: General