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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2012 14:02 
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help me too ajit.C. I did send some request as ask sticky but still not get word...
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Dear Sarabpal,

i just sent a request to the group Bharat Rakshak Forum (BRF). And was added. Guess you should do the same instead of sending stickys.

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Gentlemen,

I have updated my blog to contain the entire scenario up to the last post in a continious format. The need for this became evident when I tried to refresh myself on where I had last left off before going to the book-writing effort. The link for the blog is here:

http://mach-five.blogspot.com/

And the format for the scenario pages is as shown here. It is organized by the timeline of the scenario.

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I had hoped to restore writing new stuff today now that most of the book work is done, but instead it took me the whole day to organize the scenario thus far! :shock:

In any case, I will post new posts on the scenario on the blog and will then link/copy it here so that we have a proper storage of the material and easy comment/reader interface here (pending BR Admin approval, of course).

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Also, I was saddened to know that because of the delay caused by my recent shift in residence from Alabama to Texas due to professional reasons, and because of all of the ensuing chaos along the way, I missed the early year publication cycle and will have to wait till end of April before my book will be reconsidered. Hopefully it will go through this time, since I don't foresee any major interruptions from my side...

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I have also updated the blog with some stuff I had originally created for BR and also some upcoming stuff as I get back into action...

http://mach-five.blogspot.com/2012/04/helicopter-charts.html

http://mach-five.blogspot.com/2012/04/upcoming-paper-indian-tanker-needs-and.html

http://mach-five.blogspot.com/2012/04/il-76-performance-with-different.html

I am basically turning the blog into an archives of sort for all the different material I had generated and articles/papers I intend to write. Will update on BR as well, but just as a reference...

-Vivek


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^^^ very difficult to read your blog. The background is very distracting and text colour is blending with the background. Can you switch to a different, more readable template (background: white or some lighter shades)


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Finally, the world's a better place now!!! :D :D


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I second that.. Welcome back Vivek ji..


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Vivekji, It is impossible to read you blog sir. :(( Kindly make it easy to read. By the way where is you book and how we India people can purchase it. I hope you are selling it in India right?


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135 Pakistani Soldiers buried alive due to avalanche in Gayari sector of Siachen Glacier in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

According to sources it was an joint operation of RAW and Army. Technical resources of ARC, BARC and DRDO were also used. The Idea cropped up in one of the RAW Senior field officer when he saw DRDO (LASTEC) guys helping BRO (Border Road Org) clearing snow from the upper ridges over Jawahar tunnel, connecting Kashmir valley to the rest of India. He saw a DRDO's TATRA vehicle having a cabin on its back and a large artillery "gun" like device. The "gun" was connected to the cabin through numerous cables. A heavy electric generator set was pumping power to the cabin and the gun which has a clear marking on it saying "KALI". On enquiring he was told that the gun he was seeing is actually a laser gun and they were targeting snow catchment areas to trigger small avalanches from hill above so as to prevent larger and deadly avalanches. Another team of SASE (Snow & Avalanche Study establishment, Chandigarh) was directing the laser to the already marked areas.

He came to Delhi and popped up the idea to use avalanche to kill enemies. Initially he was snubbed but his elaborate and detailed plan presentation convinced the Director to take it up with PM and NSA. PM though have little interests in technical details but wanted to know any political and diplomatic repercussions. It was a cease-fire scenario all along LoC and AGPL for many reasons and he didn't want to India being blamed for violation. Also he was not sure about such a ambitious plan using technology and that too from DRDO but he gave that to NSA to ponder and reply. Director RAW and NSA were old time pals and NSA was taken into confidence by RAW much before that meeting at RCR. Director RAW also convinced the NSA to persuade PM for this op being highly classified and not to be shared with anyone except whom RAW thinks appropriate. PM gave in after NSA's assurance even though he couldn't find any scope of political mileage out of it. But NSA was smart enough to show the PM much larger picture. Permission granted and a task team was constituted. NSA was made to head the team with direct reporting to PM. Director RAW handpicked people from RAW, DRDO (LASTEC and SASE), Army and Airforce for the operation. Op was christened "White Wash". He even managed to pass it through always cunning finance controllers without any suspicion.

KALI also known as an avatar of Hindu Goddess Durga. KALI Ma (Mother KALI) is ruthless destroyer of the enemies. She is shown as four handed lady wearing garlands made of heads of enemies she has killed. One right hand holds a sword and other right hand holds a trident. Upper left hand holds a amputated and bleeding head of one enemy and lower left hand holds a bowl where blood from enemy head is collected. So the name suggests actual intentions and idea of DRDO behind this.

6 NLI BN HQ was marked as "test" area and a team of RAW and SASE visited "S" post of Indian Army at 21,000 feet in Siachen glacier from where battalion HQ of 6 NLI was visible. SASE team mapped the area and identified possible trigger points to bury the "test" area under tons of snow. Now the task force was facing a huge challenge of taking up the heavy laser gun, the gen set and other support equipments up there at 21,000 feet. Also heavy noise and vibrations of the equipment could also trigger an avalanche on our own troops. So, it was decided to use air platform for KALI. Two IL- 76s were deputed to ARC (Aviation Research Centre) from Indian Air force. ARC is aviation arm of RAW. Immediately those were flown by ARC pilots to Charbatia Airbase near Cuttack in Odisha. These IL-76s were refitted with KALI-50000W on board. It is much more powerful version than what RAW officer saw at Jawahar tunnel. Techically it is a pulsed accelerator of ~30 MeV electron energy, 50-100 ns pulse time, 90kA Current and 200 GW Power level. After refitting these IL76s were flown to Sarsawa AF station and parked. No one was allowed to go near those and were guarded by fierce looking Garud commandos of IAF.
H hour or the time of action was decided as 1200 hrs. It was suppose to take 2 hours to soften up the trigger points and then start the avalanche around 2 PM. Most avalanches occur around late noons, so was that planned timing. An observation party was though deployed at Indian Army's "S" post to monitor, feed and give directions if any to master control room aboard one of the IL 76s. Most of the DRDO scientists working with KALI and other communication engineering projects were South Indians and had never seen altitudes over 1000 feet. They were most uncomfortable when some of them were told to hold at 21,000 feet for 1 month. SASE guys were not so uncomfortable as they always are in snow and studying snow but still 21,000 feet is an altitude which can freeze the shit in you.

But they were lucky to find some brave and lunatics to accept that challenge. They were given high altitude training and proper acclimatization along with new inducting army units for deployments in north and central glaciers. Army instructors and jawans had seen many civilians at Siachen base camp earlier but never ever they saw some civilians training as hard as them.

The only problem with air platform was the very long shot for "laser fire" and thus problems in polarization (keeping laser intensity focused at target). And this operation required high precision "shooting". IL 76's were supposed to fly at 30000 feet and well away from Siachen. So BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre), Mumbai was roped in for help regarding polarization. After studying the requirements it was suggested to shift the H-hour either in early morning or late evening to avoid any refraction. Though both the times were highly unusual for natural occurrence of avalanches but it was decided to start "firing" around 4 in the morning, a day before Mr Zardari would be visiting Delhi.

On the d-day IL-76 flew from Sarsawa and soon positioned themselves at the required altitude and pre designated coordinates. 1 AWACS and 1 IL-78 mid air refuler took off from Agra and were given co-ordinates and call signs to help 2 classified flying objects over Uttrakhand skies. RAW ops are always strictly need to know basis. AWACS staff was little puzzled seeing few plain cloth men on board overseeing them but nobody questioned. AWACS were also tasked to vector in 6 Mirages from Gwalior and 4 SU 30s from Lohegaon (Pune) in support of those 2 classified flying objects. Mirages and SU 30s were airborne since 2 in the morning and taking turns to scan the area around 2 unknown birds. At 4 in the morning the shooting started and as expected early morning rare environment helped a lot in precision. SASE team had earmarked the points after detailed analysis of images at satellite data reception centre and 3-D Terrain Visualization Center. DRDO's team KALI was shooting at right places with laser gun being fed with precise coordinates. By 5:40 AM massive snow started hurtling towards plains where 6 NLI BN HQ was situated. It was a dry snow avalanche and very soon massive slabs of snow attained speed of around 300km/hour. Outposts of 6 NLI troops and other Pakistani troops must have seen the mass of snow coming down and might have tried to alert the HQ. But that massive avalanche not only had snapped the communication lines but also blasted away some outposts. And 300km/hr is a speed coupled with thousand tones of cruising mass which can beat any wit or training. Even Indian observation party at "S" post was horrified to see such large avalanche. Within 10-15 minutes everything was covered with 80-100 feet of snow. Indian soldiers looking that were horrified too and it was the real "tandav" of KALI who as per Hindu mythology has defeated "Shiva" the greatest and official destroyer of the Universe.

2 brand new MI 17V5s helicopters flew from Thoise airbase to "A" post at 8 AM. 6 Cheetah Helicopters were also ready at Siachen Base camp 1 hour before 2 Mi-17s i.e at 7 AM . 6 Cheetahs flew after gap of 5 minutes with each other and destination was "S" post. Task was to pick the group of "civilians" and their equipments who were dropped a month ago on postal-stamp size helipad of post "S". Cheetahs were suppose to bring those civilians to post "A" at 16,000 feet from where they'll board Mi17s to climb down to Thoise. KALI carrying IL76s were back at their base Charbatia and so were their escorts.

Brigade Commander 323 Pakistani brigade was jolted out of his sleep by his staff with the news. He was immediately out for rescue and relief work after informing Maj. Gen. Muzammil Hussain, Commander FCNA who in turn informed Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Khan, GoC, X corps. Soon Pakistani news channels started reporting the tragedy which has struck PA. The first rescue team led by Brigade Commander himself couldn't believe what they saw. There was just snow all around at the same place where 6 NLI was having its BN HQ few hours back. There was no communication signal either. FCNA Signal unit detachment, which was summoned to take part in relief ops were trying to get in touch with border outposts of the unit. Some of them perished in the avalanche and most of them were "out" of signal due to large scale destruction of communication lines. Brigade intelligence officer gave record of last evening roll call details as mentioned in sit-rep (situational report) of the BN HQ as sent by 2 in Command Maj Zaka UL Haq. There were 124 army personnel's including BN commander Lt Col Tanvir Ul Hassan, Cap (Doc) Haleem Ullah and Major Zaka. There were 11 civilians also including tailor, barber, porters etc. In total 135 men were under snow. Initial estimate showed a layer of 80 ft snow which is beyond reach of any sniffer dog or digging machines.

It was a crippling blow to Pakistan's tactical position in Siachen. With Pakistan Army occupying only downhill features in Siachen and Soltoro ranges India can take out all those positions without firing a bullet and no collateral damage. IL 76 mounted KALI avatar is very expansive as of now and not viable against small border outposts. DRDO is confident of developing a handheld or compact version soon for usage of KALI against such targets. KALI is also very useful and effective in "frying" up electronic circuits from considerable distance and with no human-eye visible rays. That can have wide range of application form missile defense system to satellite killer or snapping out communication of a moving armored column or making an AWACS a sitting duck.


With uncontrollable ethnic unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan and reports of hunger strikes and desertions in NLI units of Pakistan Army this news has stung any whichever moral left in NLI units. Pakistan elite and top brass is well known for having use-and-throw policy when it comes to deal with people of Northen Areas (Balochs also) and its soldiers. In "99 Kargil war PA had refused to accept bodies of their KIA soldiers from India. Even otherwise soldiers of NLI are not treated at par with Punjabis or others.

In Indian military and security circles this feat is being equated to Bana Singh's heroics when he routed the Quaid post in 1987 to conquer most dominating feature of entire Glacier.


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I have also updated the blog with some stuff I had originally created for BR and also some upcoming stuff as I get back into action...
-Vivek


Vivek,

Can you please change the background of those pages. It is very difficult to read them.

Thanks.


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Brilliantly written and visualised sharma sir.Hope you write more of this.


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Even though it was killing my eyes to read out the whole Day-6 on ur Blog, still went ahead & read it all. But as suggested by other members the background change is very much necessary.

Excellent write-up Vivek.


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What happend to the VA s novel publication. No news of that at all. Further there is no change in his blog also. VA is MIA once again.


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oops - so sorry for not posting and guess owe you guys an explanation - too much work related traveling and then a killing work load - have collected lot of material and details too and hopefully can start a new story soon -really miss posting on BR


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was thinking of a new scenario on taking out a high value terrorist target deep in pakistan (inspired by bin laden thingy) and a very intense but limited conflict as things go wrong a bit what say guys


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China blames terror camps in Pakistan as 20 killed in for Xinjiang violence
Saibal Dasgupta, TNN Aug 1, 2014, 07.19pm IST

(While ninety people were killed…)

BEIJING: Signs of a fissure developing in the "all-weather" China-Pakistan relations became evident with Chinese officials in the border province of Xinjiang blaming Pakistan for the renewed spate of violence on Sunday in Kashgar town, which left nine people dead.

Kashgar authorities said in their official web site that terrorists captured after a bomb attack had admitted that one of the group's leaders was trained in making explosives and firearms at camps in Pakistan before infiltrating back into China. The police have killed five of the terrorists representing the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which runs a separatist movement in Xinjiang province, it said.

The statement, made in the midst of Pakistan's ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha's ongoing tour of China, has clearly been approved by the highest authorities in Beijing. Pakistani media reported that Pasha was travelling in Xinjiang on Sunday, the day the violence broke out. China is clearly not convinced by his assurances of keeping the ultras under check.

"Pakistan government is not strong. It is weak. It is hard for it to control the situation in the areas where there is terrorism," Ma Jaili, director of the Centre of Strategic Studies of the China Reform Forum run by the Central Party School of the Communist Party, told TNN.

"But I don't think Pakistan government is directly involved," Ma said. The government should adopt strong measures to check infiltration of arms and ultras from Pakistan, he felt.

Sources in the Indian government said they were closely watching the situation as Kashgar authorities would not issue a sensitive statement on Pakistan without approval from authorities in Beijing. It is clearly a sign that China was reviewing its equations with Pakistan and working on a new strategy to deal with the terrorist problem on its border.

The violence that includes bomb attacks and random stabbing of people on the street, comes immediately after the July 18 when 18 people including 14 "rioters" were killed in exchange of fire between the police and terrorists.

Chinese officials have for years avoided pointing the accusing finger at Pakistan although there has been clear evidence that the separatist movement in Xinjiang was fueled by ideological and arms support of terrorists based in Pakistan.

The ice was broken a few days back when the head of a official think-tank, the Institute of Central Asia at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, referred to the role of Pakistan in Xinjiang riots after the July 18 clashes in Hotan, "Located in the southern part of Xinjiang, Hotan is close to the border with Pakistan. Due to their affinity in religion and language, some Uyghur residents there are at risk of being influenced by terrorist groups such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement," Pan Zhiping, director of the Institute was quoted in the State run Global Times as saying.

These statements show there is a realization in the Communist Party of China that its close relationship with the Jamat-e-Islami and its protective attitude towards Pakistan have both failed to insulate Xinjiang from separatist violence, sources said.


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ooh ooh ooh please start shankar sir!!
Like start right now! :D


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SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIRECTORATE –RESEACRH AND ANALYSIS WING –NEWDELHI
Additional director Prabhakar Rao looked at the news report with interest. It actually dove tailed nicely with the operation he had in mind close to Pakistan china border in fact marginally inside the territory ceded by Pakistan to china illegally. His newly formed directorate had a very clear mandate –neutralizing terror camps and high value targets within Pakistan occupied territories quickly and quietly using any resource deemed necessary .Rao was a man of deliberate thinking and his actions reflected that as he slowly opened a locked cabinet and took out a slim folder titled “operation sword of Allah”.The folder contained very little just a mug shot of a bearded mad looking skywards in high resolution and the geographical coordinates of the barren mountain cave in Aksai chin. Taken by RISAT one in spot light mode, the picture though taken from 535 km up in space were incredibly detailed .It showed in black and white the undulating terrain ,the fortifications ,the protective wall and possible gun and missile defense fortifications along with a plethora of armored personnel vehicles with Afgan army markings .From the sky it looked like any of the multitude of terrorist camps that dot the POK what made it different was the presence of anti-aircraft weaponry as if the terrorists have learnt well the lessons of Abbottabad and have taken care not to let it happen again . The mug shot of the bearded mad explained the rest. He was Abu Said the Egyptian born mastermind of international terror whose attention was now India more specifically to killing high profile Indian leaders who are close to US.
It was time to take him out – but before that he needed to talk to his Chinese counterpart and that he could not do on phone .


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Good to know, Shankar that you are back.

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[i]TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: China continues to intrude into Indian territory in the real as well as virtual worlds with sheer impunity. Along with mounting cyber-attacks, China persists in needling India all along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

At least three incursions by motorised armed patrols of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the strategically-located Trig Heights and Pangong Tso lake were recorded during last week, said sources on Monday.Chinese "transgressions'' into these sectors in Eastern Ladakh this year have registered "a sharp jump'', ranging from 27% to 52%, as compared to the same timeframe in 2009. "Just in Trig Heights area, for instance, almost 30 Chinese transgressions have already been witnessed this year,'' said a source.

Similarly, both the north and south banks of Pangong Tso, two-third of which is controlled by China as it extends from India to Tibet at an altitude of 4,218 metres, record incursions by Chinese foot, vehicle and boat patrols on a regular basis.

This continuing cat-and-mouse game to strengthen its claims over disputed areas is yet another indicator that China has very little intention of softening its posture in the protracted border talks with India to delineate the 4,057-km LAC.

Indian troops, of course, also indulge in similar moves but they are nowhere near as aggressive as the assertive border management policy of the 2.25-million strong PLA, which has already unnerved the Indian defence establishment with its massive build-up of military infrastructure in the border areas.

This flexing of muscles is not restricted to Eastern Ladakh alone. It spreads across all the three sectors -- western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal) -- of the LAC. "Chinese armed patrols, for instance, have intruded in the Asaphila sector of Arunachal as well this year,'' said a source.

Even Sikkim, which India considers to be "a settled matter'' after the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China in 2003, has not been impervious to incursions across the state's 206-km border with Tibet. The so-called 2.1 sq km "finger area'', the northern-most tip of Sikkim, for instance, is still on China's radar screen.

The UPA government, however, continues to publicly downplay all these concerns. The consistent official line is that the transgressions take place due to "differing perceptions'' of the unresolved LAC, with both New Delhi and Beijing trying to "amicably resolve'' the issue through talks.

But the concern underneath can be gauged from the fact the Border Roads Organisation is now being pulled out of Naxal-hit areas to concentrate on infrastructure build-up in forward areas.

This has become necessary because of the tardy progress in the construction of the 73 all-weather roads earmarked for the Sino-Indian border, with only a dozen ready till now.

Then, of course, apart from beginning to base Sukhoi-30MKI fighters in North-East as well as upgrading airstrips and helipads, India is also raising two new specialized infantry mountain divisions (35,000 soldiers) and an artillery brigade for Arunachal Pradesh.[/

Colonel Narottam Puri,military intelligence, smiled as he looked over the old new report engineered and leaked by him few years back just to draw public attention and political push to get the money rolling for army modernization particularly all along line of actual control .Disinformation all through ages have been a weapon of war . Nett ressult on date there was atleast 8 squadrons of Su-30 mki under eastern air command along with first two squadrons of Rafale multi role fighter on "lease" loaned form french air force.The light howitzers from US was acquired and deployed ,two additional regiments of Arjun main battle tanks and ofcourse the ammunition reserve have been quckly built up albeit at prohibitive cost . Nett ressult the armed forces were far better equipped to face a threat from pakistan-china combine than 2 years bacK.He only hoped it will never come to that


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DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REVIEW REPORT -CLASSIFICATION TOP SECRET
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MILITARY IMPLICATIONS

It may be noted that China uses the Tibetan plateau for the development of its nuclear bombs. The Chinese military arsenal on the plateau is believed to include 17 top secret radar stations, eight missile bases with at least eight inter-continental ballistic missiles, 70 medium-range and 20 intermediate-range missiles, and 25 airfield and airstrips. Some of the missiles have a range of a nearly 13,000 Kms, which could reach many parts of Asia. However, so far lack of transport facilities had greatly restricted China’s military maneuverability.With the completion of the Qinghai-Tibet railway line, China will be able to overcome this obstacle in increasing its military deployment near the India-Tibet border region. This indeed will have serious security implications for India. It is believed that it will reduce the travel time from Gormo to Lhasa from 72 hours to 16 hours. In military terms, the rail link gives China the capability to mobilize up to 12 division (12,000 men make a division) a month. Though China may not pose a direct military threat to India, its strategic infrastructure in Tibet will enhance its military capability and enable Chinese coercive diplomacy with respect to the border dispute with India.

China also has a listening post in occupied Aksai Chin. Sources say the listening stations will monitor Indian deployments in the region, eavesdrop on forward and intelligence communications of the army, and even intercept US radio signals pertaining to anti-terrorism activities in Afghanistan. .......


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Shankarda...
Welcome back.. Looks like you are back with a bang...


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INDIAN AIR FORCE STATION HINDON -DAY 1 -1800 HRS

Wing commander Ambica Soni lover her aircraft ,her beer and her job .12 years with air force she has seen it all or thats what she thought -from the icy heights of Saichin to deep blue of Car Nic .She has delivered everything from guns to dead bodies to missiles to live goat . Today she have been assigned an operational sortie .To drop a special package near line of actual control at extra low altitude by parachute extraction to be preceded by a high altitude drop further away from border . She was comparitively new with the C-130J and never had the chance to use even half the high end gadgets packed into her guts .But she also knew any operational sortie that too near dragon land can turn hairy without notice .Squadron leader Ramesh Nair will be her first officer today and she trusted his meticulous approach to flying .As she finished her walk around the spanking new squeaky clean air port the sun was just about ready to set in the western dusty horizon .There would be an air to air on way back and the route was quite complex intentionally . But that did not bother Ambica . she was kind of used to the intelligence rigma roles .

Hindon Air Force Station (Hindon AFS) (also Hindan) is an Indian Air Force base under the Western Air Command (WAC). It is located near Ghaziabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the National Capital Region on the outskirts of Delhi, close to the Hindon River. There is one runway, aligned east-west (09-27), of 9,000 feet (2,700 m) length x 150 feet (46 m) width. Originally the base was home to a squadron each of MiG-23s and MiG-27s, both single-engine fighters. After the 1965 war, No. 7 Squadron IAF moved to Hindon along with Hawker Hunters, and stayed here till 1969, when it moved to Bagdogra, subsequently during the East Pakistan Operations 1971 it flew in on December 6, 1971.[6] Prior to the No. 3 Squadron moved here in July 1971 and was operating Mystère IVAs at the time. After the war it moved back to Hindon, until it shifted base to Pathankot in 1975.
In mid-1980s it was identified by ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali among the 10 air bases in India prone to bird hits, due to the presence of slaughterhouses and dumping grounds in its vicinity being close to the Ghaziabad industrial city. In the coming years, the number of accidents increased. Finally in 1997, when three plane crashes occurred within a span of few days, Hindon was abandoned as a fighter base and remained home to Avros and Mi-17 helicopters and transport aircraft in the following years, apart from being used by the IAF Aircrew Examination Board. However in 2003, with growing terrorist threats, its importance as a strategic air base to provide air cover to the capital was realised, as Hindon-based fighters could reach the skies over New Delhi within five minutes as compared to the 15-plus minutues it would take from other closest bases, namely Sirsa, Ambala Air Force Base and Chandigarh Air Force Station, and thus Hindon was reactivated and area around it was cleaned up September 2005, saw Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi becoming the first Chief of Air Staff to earn para wings while in office, as he finished his fifth and final para jump at Air Force Station Hindon.
In 2006, Indian Air Force shifted its 74th Anniversary celebration venue from Palam Airport in Delhi, to Hindon to avoid airspace closure for commercial traffic, where the Air Force Day Parade cum investiture ceremony was held on October 8, and an air display by 66 aircraftThis also gave the IAF aircraft more air space during the air show, till then was uses primarily as a helicopter base. After that it has become an annual event at the station.[ On June 1, 2007, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major flagged off a microlight expedition, part of the IAF’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, aiming to creating a record by completing the expedition, Around the World in 80 Days. Wing Commanders Rahul Monga and Anil Kumar reached Hindon back on August 19, and covering 40,497 km in 80 days they achieved a speed of 21.092 km/h thus beating the previous record of 16.53 km/h set by Colin Bodil of the U.K. in 2001. Also in the same year, when the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) launched a pilot project to test joint management of the airspace, Hindon was opened to civilian flights, though its open for flights only during stipulated hours of the day After the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks IAF moved MiG-29s were the air base in order "to protect the capital from aerial threats."[16]
Hindon was amongst nine airfields in the Western Air Command (WAC) for the Modernization of Air Field Infrastructure programme (MAFI), started in 2009, and due its proximity to the Delhi, work at the station which included equipping it with sensitive radars was commence first, scheduled to complete by 2011, when the first of six C-130J Hercules tactical transport aircraft are to arrive from the US, to be used be exclusively used by the Special Forces (SF). Hindon was designated to become home base for these aircraft, and for this purpose, the Hindon runway was extended and modern hangars, servicing and operations facilities suitable for the C-130J aircraft were added.


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Aksai Chin is one of the two main disputed border areas between India and China. India considers Aksai Chin as the eastern-most part of the Jammu and Kashmir state. The line that separates Indian-administered areas of Jammu and Kashmir from Aksai Chin is known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and is concurrent with the Chinese Aksai Chin claim line.

Topographically, Aksai Chin is a high altitude desert. In the southwest, the Karakoram range form the de facto border (Line of Actual Control) between Aksai Chin and Indian- Kashmir. Glaciated peaks in the mid portion of this boundary reach heights of 6,950 metres (22,800 ft).

In the north, the Kunlun Range separates Aksai Chin from the Tarim Basin, where the rest of Hotan County is situated. According to a recent detailed Chinese map, no roads cross the Kunlun Range within Hotan Prefecture, and only one track does so, over the Hindutash Pass.[3]

The northern part of Aksai Chin is referred to as the Soda Plain and contains Aksai Chin's largest river, the Karakosh, The river, which receives meltwater from a number of glaciers, crosses the Kunlun farther northwest, in Pishan County and enters the Tarim Basin, where it serves as one of the main sources of water for Karakax and Hotan Counties.

The eastern part of the region contains several small endorheic basins. The largest of them is that of the Aksai Chin Lake, which is fed by the river of the same name.

The region is almost uninhabited, has no permanent settlements, and receives little precipitation as the Himalayas and the Karakoram block the rains from the Indian monsoon.


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EMBASSY OF PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA –NEW DELHI -1830 HRS -DAY 1

Prabhakar Rao came out of the embassy with head bowed deep in thought .The un official exchange of information on terrorist camps in Aksai Chin border was acknowledged by his PLA counterpart but at the same time no offer of taking them out was given .It was also hinted that any unilateral Indian action may or may not invite strong Chinese military reaction .In a classic diplomatic double talk the decision to act was left to Indian Government with china free to react depending on the outcome of any such mission .He got into his customary white ambassador and told the driver to head for Defense secretarie’s farm house in the outskirts of Delhi . The ministers were waiting for his assessment and feedback .The mission was getting time critical .

INDIAN EXPRESS –DATED 27MAY -2014

Beijing: Reacting guardedly to India's assertion of over 500 transgressions by Chinese troops along LAC in the past two years, China on Friday said it is committed implement agreements to ensure peace at borders, while the official media charged that Indian violations could be double than that.

"Chinese position on China and India boundary question is clear and consistent. China is always committed to (implement) bilateral agreements aimed at ensuring peace and stability at the border areas", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hong Lei told a media briefing here today replying to a question.

He was reacting to Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran's statement in Rajya Sabha on March 16 that Chinese Army has transgressed Sino-India border more than 500 times in the last two years.

While Hong preferred not go beyond China's commitment to implement bilateral agreements on border areas, Chinese official media here said Indian violations along Line of Actual Control, (LAC) could be more than double than that has been alleged by India.

While reporting on Ramachandran's remarks, state-run Global Times quoted a strategic analyst Wang Dehua as saying "if Indian troops were held accountable for crossing into China's territory, the number of transgressions by Indian side could be more than double that during the same period".

He said China is "covering it up" because such assertions would not serve any purpose.

"Upholding the agreement by both sides not to aggravate the border tensions, China has been covering up this figure" because it does nothing to solve the boundary problems between China and India, Wang said.

He also said that Indian army was encouraged by the US to make some noise to distract China from the South China Sea, where it is in a spat with its sea neighbours such as the Philippines and Vietnam over the disputed islands.
"But India is neither on the US side nor on China's side, but has its own agenda," Wang said.

Besides holding 15 rounds talks to resolve the disputed boundary, India and China had also formed a new mechanism consisting of officials from the Ministry of Defence and foreign affairs to attend to problems relating to patrols by both sides of the disputed areas.


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INDIAN AIR FORCE STATION HINDON -DAY 1 -1900 HR

Wing commander Ambica soni strapped into her bucket ejection seat as the western horizon started turning dark . Next to her the commander in training squadron Leader Deepak Kumar was already strapped in and loading up the route waypoints into the small console dedicated for date feed to navigation computer . Loading up the odd sized cargoes and the paras took more time than anticipated particularly the prototype version of light combat helicopter had significant dimension deviation .The newly inducted BMP 3 s were comparatively easy to load .The troops settled down wherever space was available in between the LCH and BMP3 s. Still the Hercules had 20% reserve payload capability to take care of high altitude she will be flying tonight .Ambica used to fly AN 32 s before so flying a C-130 j was not difficult if not a breeze . In fact she found the aircraft a bit over instrumented but ofcourse the large well lit multifunctional displays made flying work more comfortable . She checked to see the fuel trucks withdrawing and I was time to power up and tower clearance

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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential sale for six Lockheed Martin C-130Js to India.

Under the estimated $1.2bn foreign military sale, India has also requested US Air Force (USAF) baseline equipment, six Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 spare engines, eight AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems, and eight AN/ALR-56M advanced radar warning receivers.

The package also includes eight AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing Systems, eight AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE III Special Operations Suites, eight ARC-210 radios, 3200 flare cartridges, associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

The proposed sale will provide special operations airlift capability to the Indian Air Force to perform humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support missions.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Rolls-Royce will be the prime contractors.
- Morning tower – snapper flight –request permission to power up
- Snapper –tower –cleared to start engines

Ambica nodded to her first officer and he dutifully closed the contact for engine two waited for it to stabilize then did the same for engine 3 followed by 1 and finally four

The C-130J is equipped with four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, each rated at 4,591 shaft horsepower (3,425kW). The all-composite six-blade R391 propeller system was developed by Dowty Aerospace.
The engines are equipped with full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) by Lucas Aerospace. An automatic thrust control system (ATCS) optimises the balance of power on the engines, allowing lower values of minimum control speeds and superior short-airfield performance.
The aircraft can carry a maximum internal fuel load of 45,900lb. An additional 18,700lb of fuel can be carried in external underwing fuel tanks. The refuelling probe installed on the centre of the fuselage has been relocated on the C-130J to the port side, over the cockpit.
The airframe vibrated as the engines came up to idle power .Compared to An 32 sound level inside flight deck was comparatively much less and allowed conversation even without inter com.As she powered up her head individual head up display and adjusted the contrast her xo finished the pre taxi check list and confirmed all door closed and cabin is now pressurized .

- Tower- snapper – ready to taxi
- Snapper –tower – cleared to taxi – use taxi way lima Charlie delta delta – be advised wind on runway at 12 knots from north west – over


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Squadron leader Deepak liked the spacious flight deck .For today’s mission the large multifunction display in front of commanders seat was configured to display the navigation way point ,the two smaller displays in center was showing various engine parameters and status of radar warning threat recievers and status of countermeasure dispensers ( both on standby at the moment ) ,his own large multi-functional display showed the radar display on standby again which he will put on active mode much later into flight ,the two individual head up displays hanging from brackets overhead showed the basic flight parameters like indicated air speed – altitude –angle of attack – landing gear position – flap position etc. .
Overhead consoles like any other aircraft had the bank of circuit breakers controlling power to avionics ,air to air refueling mechanism – radio console and landing lights .The special noise cancelling ear piece made combat flying almost a pleasure . As first officer it was his job to maintain radio communication ,keep watch on surface to air threats and safe cargo drop at designated drop point close to enemy territory leaving the captain free to concentrate on flying through the treacherous Himalayan valleys in radar black out mode and ofcourse evade any attempt of enemy intercept if it occurs over friendly or hostile airspace.
Tower – snapper - cleared to taxi –over
Snapper –tower read back is correct –over
Deepak nodded and ambica eased the power lever power lever of engine 3 and 4 forward and the giant aircraft eased out of its parking ramp into the taxi way and started rumbling forward over the some what uneven taxi way towards the distant hammer head . In the distance he could see the landing lights of two aircraft making the final approach ,most likely mig 29s on evening patrol coming in to land and he was right as the radio crackles sharply
- Tower – cobra lead - 10 km out – request permission to land –over
- Cobra lead – tower –cleared to land on runway 24 L – follow standard approach vector – wind on runway 12knots north west –over
- Copy that tower –wind on runway 12 knots north west –follow standard approach vector – over and out

The fulcrums came in nice and smooth in a tight spiral approaching at right angles to the main runway and then turning sharply to runway heading flaring just a little for a perfect touch down on the wind swept hot tarmac.


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Aircraft noise often inhibits mission
effectiveness. As a result, flight crews,
ground maintenance personnel, and
passengers suffer degraded voice
communication, impaired performance,
increased fatigue, and hearing loss. The
magnitude of these effects is dependent on
both the exposure time and level of the
noise. In an effort to reduce the level of
noise both inside and outside of the aircraft,
techniques have been developed that attempt
to quiet the environment. The simplest
approach uses passive noise reduction
methods, including installing acoustic
insulation and exhaust modifications, but
these only provide limited success. A more
complicated approach uses an active noise
cancellation system, which offers improved
performance that can augment passive
methods to significantly reduce both internal
and external aircraft noise. Active noise cancellation (ANC) achieves
noise reduction by creating an anti-noise,
which is an equal and opposite acoustic
wave that cancels the unwanted noise. This
type of cancellation works well in smaller
volumes, like headset ear cups, where the
calculated acoustic canceling wave can
easily drive tiny speakers located in the head
set ear cup. For larger volumes or
environments, arrays of loudspeakers are
needed, but are often ineffective due to their
size and weight. Since the primary noise on
multi-engine turboprop aircraft, such as the
C-130, originates from the engine-propeller
system, the noise from one engine-propeller
can be tuned to provide a canceling acoustic
wave to reduce the noise generated from
another engine-propeller operating on the
same aircraft.
Because the levels of noise generated from
each engine-propeller combination are
similar under normal operating conditions, a
means to adjust the propeller phasing to
create a noise canceling effect is needed.
For multi-engine propeller-driven aircraft,
engine-propeller phase control is
accomplished using an electromechanical
device called a synchrophaser. Most
turboprop aircraft in the Department of
Defense (DoD) inventory incorporate
synchrophasers that have fixed enginepropeller
phase angle relationships that are
factory set. Unfortunately, these predetermined
phase angles are not acoustically
optimized for maximum noise reduction
during all flight conditions.




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This scenario with terrorist camps of unknown affliation in Akash Chin does not make sense. There is no possibility of anything like this happening now or in the near future. Chinese are not Pakistanis. Chinese are aspiring for bigger and bigger role in the world. Having terrorist camps in heavily militarized Akash Chin is least of all possibilities. This scenario is dead before it takes off.


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Hari - please do let the story to develop than writing its obituary. I think shankar is developing the scenario with the camps near the Aksai chin border between Pakistan and China.

Shankar - @ 1800 hrs the first officer was Ramesh Nair @ 1900 it is Sandeep Kumar is it a case of last minute change. :)


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AQ CAMP 4850 –AKSAI CHIN – ADJOINING POK BORDER ON LAC – 1900 HRS

Abassi zardari was not a typical terrorist he was more of a military planner .He was with Egyptian special forces but later on disillusioned and joined AQ as technical expert at an astronomical salary of 10000 dollars a month where he designed compact explosives suitable for remote detonation and which would escape day to day frisking drill .Based in Palestine he worked quietly providing hi end technical support to multitude of terrorists groups operating against nation state of Israel. Till the bombing of Haifa happened where 18 women and children were killed and double the number critically injured as a bomb made by Abassi exploded inside a crowded mall in evening peak hours . MOSAD picked up the clues and went to action. Abassi escaped his apartment in Gaza few minutes before an Apache gunship of Israeli defense forces took out the building with a single hell fire missile. Abasi knew he had to run fast and run far, and went Afghanistan via Iraq and Iran where he came into contact with AQ leadership and was given the responsibility of developing detection proof IED s for use against Indian army in Kashmir .

Camp 4850 was not a traditional terror camp .It was a factory for manufacturing high end plastic IED s to be used against India and also sold to terrorist groups all over the world. Abasi was its chief executive officer reporting direct to AQ chief.
The location was selected with care. In the barren high altitude dessert at the confluence of three countries and almost zero civilian population it was ideal to place to test explosives. Once made and tested the IED s were smuggled across Ladakh to Kashmiri militants. No military over flights ever took place in the region because of proximity of Chinese borders and Pakistan conveniently overlooked .PLA knew but again decided not to probe the activities much since the products went to tie down the Indian army in Kashmir region lessening pressure on their western front.


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Major Abassi liked the seclusion of aksai chin ,liked his pay deposited directly into his Egyptian bank account and he liked waging war against Indian army .He would ride out into the scenic high altitude landscape whenever the weather permitted in his motor bike and enjoy the small high altitude lake near his camp .The local PLA garrison commander was a friendly person ,who overlooked his presence as long as no Islamic terrorists were active inside china controlled territory or provoked the Indian army into hot pursuit across the line of actual control . He even sold gasoline for his motor bike under strict "confidentiality " and against dollar payment only at 5 times the normal price. Pakistani army irregulars visited him once a month under cover of darkness bringing in supplies and taking out "finished goods" .Apart from this rare visits even Pakistani army or its intelligence agencies did not even acknowledge his existence .

For all practical purpose camp 4850 did not even exist on the face of the planet .

Two developments changed all that .First was of course the Abbotabad mission by US navy seal team 6 and second launching of RISAT 1 radar imaging satellite by India few months after that .Darkness and permanent cloud cover was no longer a safety curtain it once was .Unknown to Abassi his hideout in aksai chin was long suspected but never proven .The lucky shot few days back as Abassi finished his afternoon prayers and looked up at setting sun ,the 1850 kg satellite 536 km up in the sky silently clinked a series of high resolution images - which was about to change everything .


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China’s ‘peaceful rise’ is over and its new ‘assertiveness’ is bothering diplomats, politicians and military strategists. “The Chinese have incrementally taken over ground in the Western Sector near the Pangong Tso in Ladakh,” says Bhaskar Roy, accomplished China-watcher and analyst, and a recently retired RAW officer. “Indian Army cartographers have informed the government that the Chinese are claiming more territory. India will have to strengthen its defences.”

Nobody in the government will admit it, but the fact is that two years ago India’s armed forces upgraded the threat perception from China from low to medium. Officially, China’s defence budget is $70 billion, but Pentagon believes it is $150 billion. In comparison, India’s defence spending is a fifth of the Pentagon estimates. Despite such colossal spending, however, it is not likely that nuclear India and China will go to war because neither would like to lose an opportunity to lead the world in the 21st century. There is too much at stake. Yet, Beijing and New Delhi are engaging in military posturing and preparing for a war they are not likely to fight in the Eastern Sector (Arunachal Pradesh) and Western Sector (Ladakh).

The border region in Ladakh resembles an inverted palm. Over the past four decades, China has occupied three of the finger points. “They (the PLA, People’s Liberation Army of China) are advancing towards the fourth finger area, called the Trigonometric Heights or Trig Heights. Most PLA transgressions happen at Trig Heights,” says Srikanth Kondapalli, a rare Mandarin-speaking academic privy to restricted information. Kondapalli is chairman, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.TRIG HEIGHTS is south of the Chipchap River, comprising Points 5495 and 5459 (called Manshen Hill by the PLA). Southeast of Trig Heights is the Depsang Ridge, which it is trying to take under its domination. What Roy and Kondapalli say is important because South Block often seeks their inputs into policy-making.

For reasons best known to it, the UPA 2 government has not come clean on the extent of Chinese incursions in Ladakh, consistently playing them down. In September 2009, New Delhi and Srinagar were alarmed by reports of Chinese incursions in Zulung La in Chumar sector in the east of Leh, located at the junction of Ladakh, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, and Tibet. While Chinese claims on Arunachal grab news space, it is in the Western Sector that Indian and Chinese troops are endlessly trying to outwit each other.

India has deployed elements of the Vikas Regiment of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) in the Ladakh part of the Western Sector. The secretive SFF reports to the Cabinet Secretariat. This regiment was formed by recruiting and training Tibetan settlers in India. They operate in an area where “not even a blade of grass grows” as Jawaharlal Nehru famously said. There is no habitation, only nomadic shepherds. China has used this to gradually advance on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).“Two-thirds of Pangong Tso is in their control. There are reports that the Chinese have brought in the artillery and fast patrol boats. They are aggressively patrolling the lake, which is believed to be 50 to 300 metres deep in most parts. There are even reports in the Chinese media about the induction of a submarine,” says Kondapalli. The Indian armed forces are outnumbered because there is no way they can effectively dominate the third of the lake under their control. “We cannot frequently go on patrols because our forces don’t have patrol boats on the lake.”

The PLA is gradually strengthening its claim over the Samar Lungpa area in the Western Sector. According to the Chinese, the LAC is south of Samar Lungpa, an area wedged between the Karakoram Pass and the Chipchap River. But it is business-as-usual when it comes to the official version. RK Bhatia, director-general of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), addressed the media in the first week of November. “We have no report of any intrusion along the borders. The borders are peaceful,” he said. What Bhatia didn’t mention was that the ITBP sends out area domination patrols across the LAC north of Samar Lungpa, while the force is stationed south of it. This is just a minor instance of how successive governments in New Delhi have categorised even the most trivial China-related information as classified.

“None of the official documents related to China are in the public domain. Go and ask for a China-related document at the National Archives and all you get is silence,” says Kondapalli. Under Indian law, restricted official documents can be declassified after 50 years, but documents related to China have not been declassified since 1914. These documents are from the 1914 Shimla Convention when representatives of Britain, China and Tibet met to resolve Tibet’s status. During this convention, the McMahon Line was drawn delineating the India-China border. However, China does not accept this border.Roy says the PLA’s incursions and its incremental encroachment in Ladakh are designed to show that Beijing has shifted its stance on the Kashmir issue. “In the 1980s, the Chinese described the Kashmir issue as a bilateral dispute. Jammu & Kashmir was described as Indian-held Kashmir and the area held by Pakistan was described as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Now they say Indian-held Kashmir is a disputed territory and that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is Pakistan’s sovereign territory.” Kondapalli agrees there is “definitely a shift” in China’s Kashmir policy. “The critical period was 2009 October-November when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Arunachal. This was followed by the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang. These were massive heartburns for the Chinese.”


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INDIAN AIR FORCE STATION HINDON -DAY 1 -1900 HR

In the cargo bay colonel Joshi looked over the nylon webbing strapped over his two most precious possessions to be used in combat for the first time .The first was a stealthy upgraded version of light combat helicopter and the second a low observable fast attack boat christened “sharky” both had discreet inputs from recently concluded government to government military sales with US. The advanced combat helicopter was equipped with 7 barrel Gatling gun , 8 hell fire missiles ,automated self-defense system and coated in radar absorbing tiles as irregular computer generated angles to minimize chance of detection even at ultra-low altitude it was supposed to fly . The fast attack boat was equipped with state of the art ultra-quite pump jet propulsion and very little else but capable of speed excess of 50 knots in calm waters it depended on weapons carried by the soldiers on board to provide defense .
Next to him strapped on and grim faced but utterly relaxed sat the Marcos team alpha,a group of 24 marine commandoes trained in under water demolition ,counter insurgency including jungle warfare ,high altitude mountain warfare .HALO as well as HAHO jumps and proficient in all possible small arms know to modern armies of the world .Their weapons and parachutes for the ,moment was dumped carefully packed in sealed water proof pallets with their own parachutes .
He knew it will be long flight –delhi to pathankot jammu to Srinagar and onwards To Leh and then eastward to the drop zone just inside india controlled Ladakh .They were the advance party .Back up will join them direct from Agra in 24 hours . They were tasked to set up base camp ,fuel dump and if possible carry on some advance recon around target zone .Also it was their responsibility to set up the sat based communication net since political honchos wanted to see the action “live “ .


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A pump-jet, hydrojet, or water jet, is a marine system that creates a jet of water for propulsion. The mechanical arrangement may be a ducted propeller with nozzle, or a centrifugal pump and nozzle. The Italian inventor Secondo Campini showed the first functioning man-made pump-jet engine already 1931 in Venice. He never applied for a patent though and since the device suffered from material problems resulting in a short life-span it never became a commercial product. The one to achieve that was New Zealand inventor Sir William Hamilton in 1954.
Pump-jets used to be limited to high-speed pleasure ships (such as jet skis and jet boats) and other small craft, but since 2000-2010 the desire for high-speed vessels has increased and thus the pump-jet is gaining popularity on larger craft, military vessels and ferries in particular. On these larger craft they can be powered by diesel engines or gas turbines. Speeds of up to 50 knots can be achieved with this configuration, even with a conventional hull.
Another prime advantage for pumpjet powered ships is maneuverability. Pumpjet powered ships are well known to be very maneuverable. Examples of ships using pumpjets are the fast patrol boat Dvora Mk-III craft, the HAMINA Stealth Attack craft, all Virginia Class submarines, the Stena HSS High-speed Sea Service ferries and the United States Littoral Combat Ships [LCS
In the Ordovician geological period the first known cephalopods swam by a natural built-in reciprocating hydrojet.
pump jets have some advantages over bare propellers for certain applications, usually relate to requirements for high-speed or shallow-draft operations. These include:
• Higher speed before the onset of cavitation, because of the raised internal static pressure
• High power density (with respect to volume) of both the propulsor and the prime mover (because a smaller, higher-speed unit can be used)
• Protection of the rotating element, making operation safer around swimmers and aquatic life
• Improved shallow-water operations, because only the inlet needs to be submerged
• Increased maneuverability, by adding a steerable nozzle to create vectored thrust
• Noise reduction, resulting in a low sonar signature; this particular system has little in common with other pump-jet propulsors and is also known as "shrouded propeller configuration";[2] applications:
o submarines, for example the Royal Navy Trafalgar-class and Astute-class, the US Navy Seawolf-class, Virginia-class, the French Navy Triomphant class, and the Russian Navy Borei class.
o modern torpedoes, such as the Spearfish, the Mk 48 and Mk 50 weapons.

A pump-jet works by having an intake (usually at the bottom of the hull) that allows water to pass underneath the vessel into the engines. Water enters the pump through this inlet. The pump can be of a centrifugal design for high speeds, an inducer for low speeds, or an axial flow pump for medium speeds. The water pressure inside the inlet is increased by the pump and forced backwards through a nozzle. With the use of a reversing bucket, reverse thrust can also be achieved for faring backwards, quickly and without the need to change gear or adjust engine thrust. The reversing bucket can also be used to help slow the ship down when braking. This feature is the main reason pump jets are so maneuvreble.

The nozzle also provides the steering of the pump-jets. Plates, similar to rudders, can be attached to the nozzle in order to redirect the water flow port and starboard. In a way, this is similar to the principles of air thrust vectoring, a technique which has for long been used in military jet powered aircraft. This provides pumpjet powered ships with superior agility at sea. Another advantage is that when faring backwards by using the reversing bucket, steering is not inverted, as opposed to propeller-powered ships.

Pump-jet powered watercraft do suffer from the Coandă effect, which must be taken into account when making changes in heading. The heading needs to be adjusted two degrees further than what would normally be required because of this effect.


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SNAPPER FLIGHT – HINDON AIR FORCE STATION-1908 HRS

- Tower –snapper flight –request permission to take off
- Snapper flight –tower –you are cleared for takeoff – fly run way heading – climb to flight level 150 – use own navigation – good luck and good hunting
- Roger that tower – fly runway heading to flight level 150 –use own navigation –rolling now


Wing commander ambica nodded to her first officer ,tightened the straps one last time and leaned forward to push the collective all the way forward . The six bladed composite propellors changed pitch and the engine noise deepened as the low slung aircraft dipped its nose and started crawling forward slowly at first and picking up speed quickly as the wings took o more and more weight and higher airflow into engine generated higher thrust .

The take off was slow and smooth, Ambica scanned the display – indicated air speed 240 knots – altitude 4500 – 5004 -5100 ft –climb rate 1500 ft per minute – indicated air speed 260 knots - -in the distance she could see the brightly lit sky line of national capital receding fast behind the pollution haze even at this altitude .

It was time retract flaps – flaps rolled up smoothly on hydraulic hinges

- Tower –snapper – request permission to class B air space
- Snapper flight – you are cleared into class b air space – over .



Back in cargo bay the colonel joshi was busy going over the ops folder with his team mates .For them the scenary below held no charm – in few hours they will be in the middle of one of the most dangerous missions ever –snatching food out of dragons jaws.Ingress and egress will be over water and the marine commando team will be joining them at Leh .

Pangong Tso (or Banggong Co Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake") is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 sq. km. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.
The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.
Pangong Tso is in disputed territory. The Line of Actual Control passes through the lake. A section of the lake approximately 20 km east from the Line of Actual Control is controlled by China but claimed by India. The eastern end of the lake is in Tibet and is not claimed by India. The western end of the lake is not in dispute. After the mid-19th century, Pangong Tso was at the southern end of the so-called Johnson Line, an early attempt at demarcation between India and China in the Aksai Chin region.
The Khurnak Fort (33.766667°N 79.000000°E) lies on the northern bank of the lake, halfway of Pangong Tso.[ The Chinese controlled Khurnak Fort area by end of 1952, as is the situation today.
On October 20, 1962, Pangong Tso saw military action during the Sino-Indian War, successful for People's Liberation Army.
Pangong Tso is still a delicate border point along the Line of Actual Control. Incursions from Chinese side are common
he brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake.
The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot.
Formerly, Pangong Tso had an outlet to Shyok River, a tributary of Indus River, but it was closed off due to natural damming. Two streams feed the lake from the Indian side, forming marshes and wetlands at the edges Strand lines above current lake level reveal a 5 m (16 ft) thick layer of mud and laminated sand, suggesting the lake has has shrunken recently in geological scale




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SNAPPER FLIGHT –C-130 J X1 -2130 HRS- CLASS D AIR SPACE –SRINAGAR

-Srinagar tower –snapper flight – request class B air space transition
-snapper flight –srinagar- cleared through class B air space – we have two incoming on final approach – stay over flight level 250 over
- Copy that tower – snapper confirms – flight level 250 -over


Ambica checked the altimeter and pulled the control yoke gently backwards and the mighty Hercules started climbing in a shallow bank and the display on head up started changing .In the distance she could see the dark shapes of mountains and the small circle of light that was the city of Srinagar slowly drifting out of star board window.

The plane is not the mighty B-52, not the redoubtable F-4 Phantom, not the artist's-dream P-51 Mustang, none of them: This foremost of U.S. military aircraft is the Dumboesque C-130 Hercules.
"I am convinced that the C-130 is one of the greatest aircraft ever built," said Air Force Gen. John W. Handy, chief of the U.S. Transportation Command.
Lockheed Martin Corp. has been building the rugged plane without interruption to the assembly line since early 1954, longer than any military aircraft. Its production has spanned essentially half the history of powered flight.
With its distinctive pudgy shape tugged along by four mighty - and mighty noisy - turboprop engines, the Hercules is a transport plane that no news reporter can resist calling "lumbering," though it can zip along at almost 400 mph.
And the plane has landed nimbly - without the aid of an arresting tailhook to stop it - on one of the Navy's aircraft carriers. It landed on only one carrier, the USS Forrestal, during tests of the feasibility of landing and launching such a large plane on carriers.
The C-130 has landed or airdropped cargo at every flashpoint from the Congo to Vietnam to Kosovo to Afghanistan and Iraq. It has dropped bombs and then turned around and hauled relief supplies to every Godforsaken outpost and calamity on the globe.
During the Vietnam War, a Coast Guard C-130 pilot even outmaneuvered a North Vietnamese MiG-21, luring it into apparently crashing in a canyon as the Hercules evaded the little fighter's cannon fire. The kill was not confirmed, but the C-130 flew out of the valley and the MiG didn't, according to Coast Guard aviation sources.
First flown Aug. 23, 1954, in Burbank, Calif., the C-130 entered operational service in 1956 with the U.S. Air Force. Since then, more than 2,270 Hercules have been delivered to 60 countries, and 67 countries - counting those that bought pre-owned C-130s - fly the beefy plane.
Because of its ubiquity, the "Herk" is the standard by which military equipment is measured. As one official told Army magazine, "if it doesn't fit into a C-130, it doesn't go."
An array of technical, economic and historical factors vaulted the Hercules to its pre-eminence.
From its high wing to low-hanging belly to its upswept tail, form follows function in the Herk's design.
"The C-130 is only the second airplane designed from the ground up as a military cargo airplane," said Bill Mikolowsky, Lockheed Martin's senior manager for air mobility at the Hercules plant in Marietta, Ga. "They got it about just right."
After generations of underpowered cargo craft, the C-130's turbine engines - a first for American production transports - endowed the plane with plenty of power. Those turboprop power plants gave the aircraft the ability to carry more, go faster and get into and out of tiny rough-country strips.
"That made the airplane an instant success," Mikolowsky said. The C-130 is as tough as the Greek hero it's named for. "It's a very robust aircraft," said John McDonald, the C-130 chief engineer with the Air Force's Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia.
Compared with temperamental jets, he said, Herks are happy on dirt runways, where their high-set wings and propellers keep the engines from sucking up buckets of rocks. Its cargo compartment is high, wide and long, and you can drive right into it from the rear-opening ramp. "You can do roll-on, roll-off stuff all the time," McDonald said.
"Aerodynamically, the C-130, though not pretty - except to those of us who love its rugged good looks - represents a reasonably clean figuration," which contributes to its performance, Mikolowsky said.
Buying and flying the Herk won't break the bank. The Air Force says a C-130 costs $48.5 million, which, while not Georgia peanuts, is inexpensive for a military transport. "Compared to most aircraft, the cost per flying hour is very, very low," McDonald said. And "if you're going to modify an aircraft, the C-130 is a lot cheaper" to redesign for those odd little special missions.
There's strength in numbers. With so many Herks flying around the world, a solid industrial base grew up to support the plane, making it attractive for armed forces to operate. "You can buy more," McDonald said, "so you use them for more things." Good publicity goes a long way.
Two dramatic, widely reported events demonstrated how useful the Hercules could be to military customers, Mikolowsky said.
In the 1968 siege of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War, a massive airlift shouldered primarily by the Hercules supplied cut-off U.S. Marines for 70 days.
Then in 1976, the Israelis flew four C-130s 2,000 miles to rescue 105 hostages held by terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda, demonstrating how the plane could be turned into a weapon of power projection.
International sales took off. "If you're going to have a serious air force, you've got to have Herks to go with your fighters," Mikolowsky said. Pilots love it.
"It's a damn good airplane," said Bob Hill, Lockheed Martin's chief production and delivery pilot in Marietta, Ga.
Hill is 71, and he has flown approaching 10,000 hours in the Herk.
"I'm not retired," he said, "cause there's no way in the world I can get hold of an airplane like this

Ambica dittoed the thought .Very soon she will have to make the tricky approach to Leh at night and she strted focusing her mind to that


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Shankar ji,
You scenario has too much of background information rather than actual story. Out of a 1000 words barely a 100-150 form meat of story which is a big let down. Please write more of the story and little less background details of the equipment


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Thats his style writing, he has always given a background / information / history of the aircraft, missile etc.


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