A month in Kinnaur & Spiti. Part 2: Chitkul

Cheetah helicopter flying in Himalayas

The morning of my second day in Chitkul, I wanted to just laze around doing nothing. Weather was sunny, so I thought that I should go sit on the grass and read something. Even with a bright sun outside, it was a bit cold, so I covered up and went out on a patch of […]

A month in Kinnaur and Spiti – Part 1: Road Trip

Himalayan mountains near Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

This post is a travelogue of a solo month long trip to Kinnaur and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. It started with NW getting really excited about going to the mountains for some reason. I didn’t take it seriously at first because if you go by his grand plans, you’d have seen the whole world. But […]

Pakistani Armed Forces ORBAT, Part 1: Structure of Pakistani Army

Pakistan army picture

“Most countries have an army, but Pakistan’s army has a country”  is a popular saying which to be fair, is also somewhat true for many other unstable countries in Africa and the Middle-east. What makes Pakistan unique is how it’s armed forces have successfully controlled all aspects of the statecraft and internal politics for so […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 6: Navy

chinese navy

China has invested a lot of resources and efforts on scaling up its navy in terms of quality and quantity both. Need for wide scale reforms in PLA was felt after a war with Vietnam in 1979. Gulf War of 1999 and Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1995 made CPC realise the importance of having a […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 5: Air Force

PLA AIR FORCE ORBAT & STRUCTURE In December 2011, PLAAF started creation of Air Brigade structure by upgrading 14 existing Air Regiment (AR) HQs and abolished 4 existing Air Division HQs. All the brigades were assigned to one of four Bases New Command Structure for fighter and ground attack aircraft is as following: PLAAF HQ […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 4: Rocket Forces

PLA Ballistic missiles

Formerly the 2nd Artillery Corps, PLA Rocket Force is now considered a separate service branch in itself with 90,000 to 1,20,000 personnel. It seems like TCs in their respective areas may command some of the resources of certain units belonging to PLARF. Its HQ is located at the Qinghe Compound in Beijing and is commanded […]

Arduino Weather Station to measure temperature, pressure and humidity

This is a quick project which uses Arduino and two sensors DHT11 and BMP180 to display humidity, temperature and atmospheric pressure to on a small LCD screen. I first proofed the setup and code on Arduino Uno and then tried to shift it to a cheap Arduino Nano clone for final setup. But after facing […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 3: Ground Forces

Chinese PLA ground forces

Following is the list of PLA ground forces divided among five different Theater Commands. Some of these TCs command a few independent brigades, divisions and even regiments in addition to regular Combined Arms Brigades. The data is collected from multiple sources which will be presented in the last post of this series. In addition to […]