> What other heli do you think could have fared better if it were to be in Apache's place in Karbala?none. it was a wrong decision to send the apaches ahead and acknowledged as such later. we need not repeat the same mistake.
That is the point I like to make too. A bad mission does not necessarily mean a bad Heli.
secondly we can afford far more LCH/WSI than 44 apaches (let us say we buy another 22 later)...we can likely put up 2 LCH/WSI for every 1 apache on a cost basis.
I am not that worried about the cost.
What I am more interested in a Ah-64 is the LongBow. The Attack Helis can be mashed into one complex flight of one longbow for every 4-5 LCHs. I don't know of anything on LCH in the league of longbow yet.
By this we can have a very balanced and pertinent force.
If can somehow manage to use Helina with Longbow, it becomes even more sweeter.
But Koti sir I think, we need to understand the roll in between the different classes of Air combat vehicles of IA. The both class of combat air vehicles (Heavy and light) are requires to full filling the war doctrines (Offensive plus defensive). Like….
1.With Apache-AH64 IA will get a boost to its deep strike capabilities and also to its limited strike capacity (During interview one of NSG commando was questioned, would you like to die for this country. He said I am not trained to die just but to fight and return back alive
). This deal definitely will be morale booster for the strike core.
2.LCH as its main role (order of IA 114 Units) will give aerial support to IA armed division. But if we integrate one such discipline with our ground combat group, we need whole planned roles for each and every unit/type. (Like LCH tracked targets should be shared in between all in range combat units via a uniform Battle management system and the same way sharing of Arjun MK 1&2 and T-90 tracked targets mutually with LCH
). Such platform (Air plus ground) needs more focus on joined developments & exercises to get better integrated outcomes.
3.As an add-on with the first point, another role for WSI or our new MI-17 V5 for deep troop’s deployment under apache cover for limited strike or evacuation. And this will be the best indigenous effort or option for such role (Leave aside the Eurocopter deal), which we will required not just on western front but also on eastern (for deployment plus evacuation).
4.The front role for the apache would not be just strike but to map the immediate front battle field (esp. by 11 millimetre-wave Longbow radars in low visibility) also and this data will get help in battle management and on-time deployment....
So I think it is a matter of time for proper absorption of capabilities of each individual unit under proper training, then IA will get a set role for each, and this will take time.