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I stilll can't believe Ahuja sir is back!! Back with a bang actually sir!! Desperately waiting for more!!


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Vivek,
great writing. Very realistic, informative and gripping. Please do complete the scenario.

Guys, could someone kindly post the doc or pdf form of the scenario so far to download?


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How much capital you need Ahujaji? email me at rlnarayanarao@gmail.com


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Welcome back Vivek...this thread finally gets moving


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THE BATTLE FOR WINCHESTER-CHARLIE


THE WANG-CHU BRIDGE
NORTH OF THIMPU
BHUTAN
DAY 6 + 1452 HRS


Several thunderclaps reverberated in the valley amidst brief orange fireballs as the entire ridgeline west and north of the bridge disappeared under a carpet of dust and smoke. All movement was terminated, at least as far was visible from Spear-One positions. The humongous mountain of smoke descended into the valley and covered up the village west of the bridge even as the shockwaves rocked the trees all around the valley…

“Oh shit! That was lovely!” Vikram shouted over the comms as Pathanya peered through the binoculars and spoke to Fernandes at Hotel-Six: “Good effect on target, Hotel-Six! Preliminary BDA suggests massive enemy KIA on ridgeline west of Winchester-Charlie! Hold second salvo. Will advise; Over”

“Roger. Standing by. Out” the link chimed out.

“Okay boys…” Pathanya said, lowering his binoculars and staring at the settling cloud of dust in the valley, a couple of kilometres from his positions east of the bridge: “…No time to relax. That strike was good, but now the enemy will spread out and manoeuvre. He knows somebody out here is watching his movements. Expect flanking moves to our northeast and southwest. Keep your eyes…”

Incoming fire!” Ganesh shouted as a field artillery round slammed into the hillside just below their positions, followed by the screeching howl of more rounds…

“Go! Go! Go! Get to cover. Spread out!” Pathanya shouted as he quickly grabbed his comms set and SATCOM equipment and prepared to get into a rocky defilade position he had identified for just this kind of situations. The artillery rounds were slamming into the hillside east of the bridge, and the Chinese commander was walking his fire upwards, naturally expecting his opponents to be occupying the hill in force. His artillery barrage was saturation and HE area coverage, obviously hoping to suppress the Indian forces while he moved more of his men down from the ridgeline and into the village west of the bridge…

“Spear-One, this is Warlord-Central! What’s the hell is going on over there?!” the radio squawked amidst the roar of the explosions and the shrapnel flying overhead now. Pathanya grabbed the set lying in the dirt next to his rocky cover and brought it close to his mouth and covered the speaker with his hands to be able to get his words across over the background explosions around him:
“This is Spear-One, One-Actual! We are taking enemy suppression barrage east of Winchester-Charlie from high calibre enemy field Arty! Enemy attempting manoeuvre towards us! Requesting counter-battery fire from Hotel-Six on my location!”

“Say again! Spear-One! I don’t read you! Comms is One-By-Five! Over!”

“Damn it!” Pathanya shouted over the explosions before he calmed down. But before he could speak again, the Warlord chimed in: “Stand by, Spear-One!”
“Warlord-Central to Hotel-Six. Can you suppress enemy tube Arty fire on Spear-One? Over”
“Hotel-Six here to Warlord-Central! That’s a big negative. We have no country-battery eyes on Winchester-Charlie! Hotel-Six WLR has not been airlifted into Paru yet! We need to get eyes on Red-Arty before we do anything! I don’t have enough replenishment for my launchers to go around scatter shelling in the mountains of Bhutan! Over” Lt-Col Fernandes shouted back to General Potgam over at IMTRAT-COM at Haa Dzong. Pathanya was stuck amidst all this with his R/T to his ears and his eyes squinting at every near miss explosion rocking his hillside. And then there was that dreaded scream of a friend being injured...

“Oh shit! Ganesh is hit!” Vikram shouted from where he was, loud enough to be heard by pretty much everyone in the team above the sounds of the explosions.

“Medic!” Ganesh shouted with the pain clear in his voice. Pathanya dropped the comms set and ran out into the explosions over to the source of the call for help even as the team’s medic did the same. He had to run over the shredded tree trunks and the smoking craters created into the wet mud before he reached a cluster of rocks where Ganesh had taken cover. He lay on the ground between the rocks now, he leg covered in blood and the rocks nearby stained as well. His moans of pain sent shudders down Pathanya’s spine even as another explosion rocked the hillside and sent moulds of dirt flying all around them. The medic slid into the same position to avoid another incoming round and got down to work with Pathanya helping keep Ganesh down…

“Easy buddy! Hold on! Ravi is taking care of it.” Ganesh could only reply with a suppressed moan. Pathanya looked over to Ravi who shook his head and shouted over the explosions:
“We need to get him out of here now! I can’t do much for him other than killing the pain.”
“Do what you can. Stabilize him. I am going to go get some help!” Pathanya shouted as he got to his feet and ran across the ravaged hillside to his own position. He got there in time to see the R/T speaker half covered in mud and foliage but still working: the other line on the comms was desperately trying to get somebody to pick up the call…

“Warlord-Central to Spear-One! Do you read?! I say again: do you read?!”
“This is Spear-One! I read you five-by-five! I am taking casualties over here! I need that damn Red-Arty taken out! Over!” Pathanya shouted back into the speaker.
“Roger that, Spear-One! Hold Five. Warlord has redirected RPV coverage north of Winchester-Charlie. We are getting eyes on Red-Arty now. Hotel-Six will suppress. Over” Finally some good news…

Pathanya looked up but could only see the dark haze from the dust clouds enveloping the sky around him. But above his head, one of the Nishant UAVs under General Potgam’s command at IMTRAT-COM was now attempting to do the seeker role in a hunter-killer mission along with Hotel-Six Battery Control at Paru. The UAV was equipped with thermal imaging and showed the glowing white balls of fire exploding on the hillside at Winchester-Charlie and then further north the flashes of white emanating from the field guns of the Chinese commander. It didn’t take long for the latter location to be calibrated and projected back to the screens of the controllers inside Fernandes Battery Control trailer at Paru. The three launchers under the command of Hotel-Six quickly swivelled their launch tubes and adjusted for range, elevation, warhead settings and weather conditions before sending another streak of eighteen 214 mm rockets into the skies above Bhutan…

At IMTRAT-COM, Lt-Gen Potgam was watching the battle unfold from his own command trailers. The UAV feed was patched in to his trailer similar to the RPV-COM trailer with the latter having Ops control and the former having the Thermal EOP feed. Potgam watched in satisfaction as the a bunch of white tubes, showing up because of the residual structural heat from the launch, peppered the valley being used by the Chinese commander as his field Arty position north of the bridge. The smattering of white-black balls terminated the view and the EOP readjusted the optics. When it did so, the white balls of fire on Winchester-Charlie had stopped, and the northern Red-Arty Battery was dead…

“Good. Send my regards to Fernandes and his boys. Job well done. Now let’s see if we can get Spear-One some medevac support. Who’s on point?” Potgam asked his Ops officer next to him as they stepped outside of the command trailer at Haa Dzong.

“Flight of three ALHs and the one Lancer as before. They have returned from evacuating the Indian civvies from Paru to the Indian border and are being fuelled now. But the ALHs are pre-allocated for movement of personnel to secure Hotel-Six positions north of Paru. I suppose we could divert one helo from there to go to Winchester-Charlie and evac Pathanya’s casualties…” the Ops officer offered.

“That’s not going to be enough. That village west of the bridge is crawling with Commies by now. Any bird going in is going to take heavy fire. Besides, I doubt Pathanya is going to be able to find a decent spot to land on that hillside. Tell him to get his men to advance down to the bridge and set up a base of fire. We are sending in the evac bird. Send in the Lancer to provide security and draw fire during the rescue. Questions?” General “Warlord” Potgam said authoritatively.

“No sir!” The Ops officer said and ran off back into the C2 Trailer to divert the helos already heading over to Fernandes north of Che-La. Potgam turned around and saw the massive snow covered peaks of the great Himalayas north of his location. He hoped to see something, but all he saw was a pair of IAF Mi-17s from the barely operationalized airfield at Paru bringing in some under-slung load towards his converted FARP at the golf course.

New age of battle... He pondered in silence as the sounds of the distant thunder from the Chumbi Valley to the west and the Hotel-Six battery fire from the north reverberated in the background. I get to stand here and give orders while young boys like Pathanya and his team are taking fire on some goddamned peak. What the hell am I even doing in Bhutan anyway while Operation Chimera is kicking Commie ass in the Chumbi Valley FEBA?

Potgam walked back into his C2 trailer and picked up his personal comms R/T speaker to speak to his boss at Eastern Army HQ:
“Yeah. This is Warlord at IMTRAT-COM. Are you guys at Army HQ serious about saving Bhutan or not? I can end the commie threat to Thimpu in a matter of hours if you get me the reinforcements I need over here. I was promised Paras to help me hold on to Bhutan. I still have no clue where the hell they are or how long will it take them to get here, damn it!”

“We are working on it Warlord. Paru took a beating at the hands of the CAF bombers. Only a trickle of the planned force-reconstitution of IMTRAT-COM is taking place. We are looking at alternative MSRs. Will advise later. Give me a sitrep!”

“Holding on. General Dhillon is making do with whatever RBA forces he can muster in eastern Bhutan. I am supervising the Northern and Western Bhutanese Ops. The Chinese haven’t devoted that many troops to this particular theatre. I suppose they can’t spare to given the scale of operations in Laddakh and the Chumbi valley sectors. We get in the men I had been promised and I will end this battle here and now and move on to support Chimera Ops to my west. By the way: don’t bother looking at alternative MSRs around here. There are none. How about airlifting the Paras directly to Thimpu using the pads there near the Royal Palace and what not?” Potgam offered, running his hand through his balding white hair as he spoke.

“Is Thimpu secure?” was the Eastern Army Commander’s question.
“No idea. But we can do RPV recon real quick. I also have the main route to Thimpu from the north bottled up at the moment near a bridge called Wang-Chu. That is Winchester Charlie. Team of SF boys are providing my Arty with targets. Don’t know how much longer they can hold, though.”

“Your risk assessment?”

“I say we go, sir. Things are not going to get any better than what they are. Those SF boys could really use some backup over there.” Potgam said, nodding to his Ops officer listening in on the conversation to get the RPV redirected south from the bridge over to Thimpu…

“Your call, Warlord. I am redirecting the Paras over to IMTRAT-COM Ops control. Get them into Thimpu and secure that city. Those media ******** over there are spreading the panic by calling our absence in Thimpu as a sign of defeat. HQ in Delhi has been on my ass to ensure Bhutan’s safety. Maybe a fleet of helicopters descending with Special Forces will change their perspective. Get it done, Warlord. Over and out” and the link clicked off. Potgam turned to his Ops officer:
“Huh. Funny how that works. I bet they would have been sitting on their asses if I hadn’t called them. Now they want me to get it done.” Potgam finished off that sentence with a grunt.

“About time too, if you ask me, sir.” The Ops Officer said. Potgam was already walking back out from his C2 Trailer to get a breath of the fresh, cold air. As he opened the door, the whisk of cold air and the bustling noise of activity poured in. The two Mi-17s were hovering over the golf course now, releasing their precious cargo under the guidance of the ground crews there. Potgam stared in silence for a second before turning back in to face his staff:

“Yeah. The Paras wanted to get into this war. Now they are going to have their chance. That Chinese Divisional commander won’t know what hit him.”

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vivek_ahuja wrote:
Bala Vignesh wrote:
rohan,
Last heard, the book was still not published but work was going on in trying to publish.


I am still trying to finalize a publisher but busy updating the book which is now, frankly, a bit dated by current events. If necessary, I will publish the book on my own expense to save time. I believe the readers here will like what I have been doing to it. Will keep you guys posted.

In the meantime, if I may be allowed, I would like to continue my remaining scenario here...

-Vivek

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Anymore incoming? Have been refreshing this page the whole day. :D :P


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THE INDIAN AEROSPACE NODE (IASN)
BANGALORE, INDIA
DAY 6 + 1512 HRS


“Please tell me that’s not what I think it is!” The Group-Captain said to his subordinate as they pored over the latest satellite imagery on the giant screen in front of them.

“Sure is, sir. WS-2400 high mobility transporters, on the road and everything” the Squadron-Leader replied back dryly before continuing: “Let’s see if we can overlay a grid reference on this image…” he pressed some keys on his keyboard and the image changed to show latitude and longitude grids on the image with a small inset map of the region. The Squadron-Leader continued: “…Yeah, I thought so. Heading down on 204-Provincial Road towards Dochen Tso. Looks like our friends in the 2ND Artillery don’t fool around. That’s twelve autonomous DF-11A launchers heading toward the Sikkim-Bhutan theatre…”

The Group-Captain had heard enough. He knew the Chinese were taking a beating in the Chumbi Valley. So now it looked like they were deciding to up the ante. He walked over to the nearest phone and called up the Strategic Forces Command watch officer:

“Be advised: we are detecting battery of twelve, I say again: twelve, DF-11A Tactical Ballistic Missiles headed south towards the Sikkim-Bhutan front near Dochen Tso. Suggest you send out the warning immediately. Vehicles currently not deployed for launch. Will update…yeah, Okay” the Group-Captain put down the phone and walked back to the screen with the imagery on it. By now, SFC intelligence experts were already poring over the same data to determine earliest launch status on the missiles. The Group-Captain approached the Imagery Analysis officer working with him:

“SFC wants to know the status of that single S-300 system in Sagher north of Bhutan. If the Chinese attempt to use Ballistic Missiles in this war, the first thing they will lose in return at the hand of our Prithvi Missiles is that lone S-300 battery protecting precious airspace between Bhutan and Lhasa…”


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333 MISSILE GROUP
SILIGURI, INDIA
DAY 6 + 1525 HRS


The first Prithvi Missile TEL vehicles rolled out of their camouflage locations north of Siliguri shortly after the warning order went out from the Indian SFC HQ to all Indian Missile Forces. For the 333RD Group, that warning order was superseded with an alert order for imminent launch. The 333RD was the only Group with the Prithvi SS-150 missiles deployed in a conventional, Battlefield Support and TBM role. Other Groups were already operating a mix of SS-150/250 in the nuclear role. For now, the Chinese missile threat was classified as Conventional by the SFC. Chinese satellites also detected the deployment of the SS-150s south of the Chumbi valley region in near real time and the game of nerves began…


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I was under the impression that SS-150s were exclusively deployed near Indo-Pak border


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well being truck mounted, the entire group got on a rail of flatbed cars and moved east..


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Without getting detected by Chinese and paki intel!!! That's one helluva movement across such a long distance..


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In last post, Chinese had indeed noticed the deployment through satellites, but it'll also give Pakis a cause for mischief. Wouldn't Brahmos be more suitable due to it's better accuracy, launcher mobility and longer range ?

Of course all of this is based on my initial assumption that SS-150 are deployed on western border only.


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According to the posts,
The chinese got alerted to this because the launchers moved into launch positions.. Else they wouldn't have noticed..


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No story today? :cry:


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with 10s of military trains on the march daily in north india during wartime, it would be hard to spot the prithvi trucks because they are small and ordinary looking. decoy trucks with dummy prithvi's (or spares) could be arranged and left behind at original site to soothe anyone who looks.


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welcome Back Vivek..
thanks for a thundering start :)


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I have been visiting BR for a long time now. This is my first post and i will like to say thanks to these amazing guys for such superb stuff. Hope will be able to contribute something worthy in future


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Ahuja sir Jai Ho!!.... Its so good to read your scenarios...


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I have it. mail me at abhinavjo@gmail.com and I'll forward it to you.


Hello Abhinav, please forward the scenario in the format you have. will drop at mail at the gmail id given above.

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Amazing writing Mr. Ahuja! :hat tip:

I am eagerly awaiting your book :)

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THE INDIAN AEROSPACE NODE (IASN)
BANGALORE, INDIA
DAY 6 + 1512 HRS



“SFC wants to know the status of that single S-300 system in Sagher north of Bhutan. If the Chinese attempt to use Ballistic Missiles in this war, the first thing they will lose in return at the hand of our Prithvi Missiles is that lone S-300 battery protecting precious airspace between Bhutan and Lhasa…”


A quick koschan..

Don't the S-300s have proven ABM capabilities? Esp in taking out the short range BMs?


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^^ they do. Even shot down couple of Brahmos in the earlier posts


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Done! :)


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THE WANG-CHU BRIDGE
NORTH OF THIMPU
BHUTAN
DAY 6 + 1530 HRS


“Okay. Here’s the plan…” Captain Pathanya said to Vikram as he slung his rifle sling around his neck. Behind them, the rest of the Spear-One team had gathered up. The artillery fire from the Chinese side had stopped after Hotel-Six had annihilated the battery north of the ridgeline in a heavy salvo of counter-battery rocket fire. The hill they were on was still covered in smoke and dust clouds, lingering because they had no place to drift off to. The trees on the western slope of the hill had been decimated to their roots, and craters peppered the hillside, spewing acrid smoke in plumes. Pathanya and the others were choking from the smoke and dust, struggling to speak up…

Pathanya pointed his arm towards the dilapidated Wang-Chu village on the western side of the bridge. They had seen Chinese infantry taking positions inside the village, about to make an attack to seize control of the bridge. Hotel-Six was replenishing its rockets north of the Paru airfield and was temporarily unavailable. All Pathanya could count on for the moment in terms of support was the RPV recon from Warlord-Central and the inbound flight of two helicopters, one of which was an armed Lancer equipped for close range support:

“Those houses there are probably occupied by now by Red Troops. The bridge is wired to blow, but the frozen riverbed won’t stop the enemy infantry from rushing across. We can’t stay here now. We have to keep rolling backwards to Thimpu, harassing these guys all the way using Hotel-Six rocket Arty. And we also have to get Ganesh out of here and beyond that bend of road to the south where Delta-One and –Two are waiting to extract him on any open clearing we can secure.

“Keep your eyes peeled and move silent. We are going back down that slope without waking up the reds. One false move and they are going to open up with everything they got and we are going to get skewered. Understand?” Pathanya said, and looked around to see everybody nodding in silence. He then removed the rifle sling, pulled up his rifle and headed out from behind the rocks, slowly moving past the broken branches and tree trunks and stepping across the smoking shrapnel embedded into the wet mud of the hillside. Behind him, the other ten members of the team did the same. Three of them moving with Ganesh as they helped him descend the tricky slopes…

At least the ice and snow melted away…Pathanya thought as he realized why he wasn’t slipping on the same rocky terrain he had climbed up before. His eyes, however, were peering down the red-dot sight of his rifle as he watched the eerily silent windows of the houses across the bridge. He looked behind for a quick second to see the others coming down the hill as well, all of them moving without a sound. The Chinese probably didn’t know the exact location of the team that had helped Indian Arty wipe out their guns and a good portion of their men from the first wave that had descended towards the outskirts of the village. And Pathanya certainly didn’t relish being sighted by the guys now in the village who were probably pretty vengeful by now.

A few minutes later, Spear-One had pretty much descended right up till the road and the burnt out hulk of the RBA truck from before. The sun was beginning to dip now, as the day began to end. Normally, Pathanya and his men would have waited till nightfall to withdraw, slugging it out from their elevated positions if they had to in order to buy time. But Ganesh could not hold on that long, based on what the team’s medic had told Pathanya. And Delta Flight choppers could nto hang around indefinitely either. General Potgam had continuous requirement for helicopters in Bhutan right now and could not afford to allocate them indefinitely to a single SF team, no matter what the situation. Not enough choppers to go around so everybody had to share…

“Delta-One, what’s your position, over?” Pathanya said as he depressed the R/T transmit button on his comms. The reply came over the background of helicopter blades and engines:
“Standing-by south of Winchester-Charlie at three clicks; What’s your situation? over”

“Spear-One is attempting disengagement and withdrawal. All silent so far; ETA to primary LZ is ten minutes. Over” Pathanya said, and received the okay from Delta-Flight before switching comms to his team again. Vikram’s voice came online just as Pathanya and another of his men ran across the edge of the road and took cover behind the RBA truck spewing black smoke into the darkening sky above…

“Boss, I got optical reflections from that central two floor building. It’s the only elevated position in the village. I think the Reds have optics on us…”
“Shit! Get behind cover!” Pathanya said as he pulled out his own binoculars and peered around the edge of the frontal axis of the truck, looking into the village.

“Which building are you talking about? I see a white one with a half destroyed roof.” Pathanya said without looking away from his optics. Vikram was doing the same from his position behind a large boulder a few meters above the road and on the slope:
“Yeah. That’s the one. Second window from the right, second floor”

“Oh yeah. I have it now…yup: that’s weapons optics for sure. He’s scanning the hillside looking for us. Probably hasn’t spotted as near the base of the hill because he is looking further up towards the top.” Pathanya said as he lowered his binoculars and looked around for options. If they moved now, chance sof being spotted were high. But all said and done, the Chinese probably still weren’t sure who and where the opposing forces were. They were probably expecting a standard hilltop deployment of at least a Company size force. That would explain their Arty fire as well, which was area-saturation rather than precision, even though Pathanya knew very well that they had precision arty rounds on hand, going by the way they had targeted the RBA forces in the sector…

“Damn it!” Pathanya thought as he realized the openness of the next few hundred meters down the road that they had to go. Enough cover to allow a fighting withdrawal by a larger force, but not by ten men out of which four were combat-ineffective. He switched his comms back to Delta:

“You still there, Delta?”
“Roger that, Spear-One. What’s taking you so long? We are going to be running on fumes here pretty soon if you boys don’t reach the LZ!” the Major piloting the Lancer said as he watched the ALH hovering a few feet above the grassy terrain of the Bhutanese countryside to his left as he did the same.

“Delta-One, we have enemy optics conducting visual recon of the hillside and we are exposed. No enemy fire yet suggests enemy does not know our force composition or strength. However, that will change if we are spotted by that enemy OP in an elevated structure in the center of Winchester-Charlie. Over” Pathanya said over the R/T. The Army Aviation Major looked to his co-pilot in a silent gaze that said it all. Goddamn it

“Spear-One. Describe the structure occupied by the Red OP team. Over” the Major said finally.

“Delta-One, Enemy OP is a two floor, white coloration building with a damaged roof and flat top. Structrue is in the center of the village and clearly visible when ingress is from the northeast. Over” Pathanya said, guessing what the Major had in mind…
“Roger that. Delta-One is detaching and bypassing Winchester-Charlie from the east. Expect ingress from the northeast. ETA…five minutes. Delta-One out!” the Major said and looked over to his co-pilot:

“All right, my friend. I am not a religious man, but god help both of us now!”

The Lancer increased power and picked up from the grassy field surrounding LZ-Alpha, leaving the ALH hovering over the field with its crew watching as the Lancer’s engines groaned and moaned under the sudden strain of maximized collective by the Major. The helicopter flew down the valley, flying east of the hill occupied by the Spear-One team. The Major looked to his left and saw the smoke bellowing from the western slopes of that hill. He frowned a bit at the corner of his mouth and then lowered his helmet visor as he adjusted the tail-rotor power and spun the helicopter around on a south-westerly axis. He and his co-pilot could now see the Wang-Chu village on the horizon as they hovered over the tips of the trees in the valley below. The sun was somewhat in their eyes but that couldn’t be helped since the target had only one approach route…

“Weapons armed. You have release. Throttle at max!” the co-pilot said as the Major looked out to try and spot the target building with his eagle eyes. He thought he spotted it: “Okay. I have target acquisition! Let’s roll!”

The Lancer dipped its nose and rapidly built up speed as it flew towards the Wang-Chu village from the north, coming up behind the Chinese forces at tree-top level. Pathanya spotted the Major and his helicopter coming down the valley a good few seconds before the Chinese did, and by the time they picked up their weapons and attempted to reorient themselves, the Lancer was flying a hundred kilometers an hour and already over the village…

“Weapons release! Fire! Fire! Fire!” the Major shouted over the R/T as the Lancer released all four of its gun-pod rockets which slammed into the white building in the center of the village, demolishing it in a bowl of dust and smoke but surprisingly little fire. As the last walls of the building occupied by the enemy OP team collapsed, the Lancer had already flown overhead amidst a crackling of gunfire from the Chinese infantry inside the village. It didn’t take long before the thuds of bullet impacts started off inside the cockpit of the Lancer. The Major and his co-pilot were busy taking their bird down to tree-top height to evade the fire when a burst of LMG fire severed the tail rotor drive on the exposed boom of the Lancer, sending the helicopter spinning around while moving at one hundred kilometers an hour…

“Mayday, Mayday! Delta-One has suffered catastrophic failure in attitude control. Shutting down power and attempting auto-rotation landing! Delta-One requesting SAR support at grid-Alpha-Quebec-tw…” the R/T transmit was replaced with a screeching static as the helicopter slammed into the trees well south of the village and close to the primary LZ of Spear-One…

Oh dear god in heaven!” Vikram said from his position loud enough to be heard by all around him as they watched the helicopter disappear from their sights and a rumbling thunder occur a few seconds afterwards. Pathanya, however, was more composed:

“Spear-One! We are leaving. Egress to primary-LZ and link up with Delta-Two! Make the most of the cover provided by Delta-One’s sacrifice! Move!”

The team moved out a few seconds later while Pathanya stayed behind the truck to observe the dust cloud from the destroyed building and the dead Chinese OP team’s position. He could see the chaos inside the village as the Chinese soldiers attempted rescue operations for their wounded and buried. They seemed extremely energetic, however…

Maybe their CO was in that building. Good for us. Bad for them
…Pathanya thought as he lowered his binoculars, picked up his rifle and moved out from behind the truck. As he ran, he switched comms: “Delta-Two, this is Spear-One. What’s the status of Delta-One? Do you have a visual of the crash site? Over”

“Delta-One is down and on fire, Spear-One. We have visual of the crash site close to LZ-Alpha. Can you divert some personnel for SAR? Over” the pilot of the ALH said over the R/T.

“Roger that! Any survivors?” Pathanya asked as he waved another of his men to follow him to the crash site made visible by the pillar of smoke coming from the trees near LZ-Alpha. He then ordered Vikram to see that Ganesh was evacuated properly and to secure the perimeter.
“Hard to tell, Spear-One. Over”

“Roger. We will take it from here, Delta-Two. Meet you at the primary! Out” Pathanya said as he and his colleague ran through the bushes and jumped over the rocky terrain covered in treacherous ice and snow as they moved towards the burning wreckage of the Lancer. When he got to the site, Pathanya was witness to the horror of the crash. The Lancer cockpit had been smashed into the trees, and its engine and gun-pods were scattered into the foliage all around him, smoke bellowing and fires raging from fuel splattered all around. Pathanya saw the crushed body of the co-pilot still strapped inside his seat in the crushed glass cockpit. The Major had fallen clear and his body was nearby, trailing a line of blood from where he had fallen…

“Oh my god! He’s alive! Quick!” Pathanya motioned to his colleague and they ran over to the Major and turned him over. He was bleeding profusely through his green flightsuit but his hands were still clenching his personal firearm. Both men picked up the Major and straggled over to the LZ where the ALH was waiting and Vikram and the other men were on kneeling around the helicopter, their weapons pointed outwards at any threat that might come their way. They loaded Ganesh and the Major into the ALH which promptly screeched back off the ground and dived behind the hills as it flew south towards Paru airfield and General Potgam’s security zone in southern Bhutan…

Pathanya looked at the blood on his arms and hands that had resulted when they had brought the pilot over to the ALH. He saw his nine remaining men staring at him in silence as he looked at the blood. His face then stiffened and he pulled out a cloth to remove the blood:

“What the hell are you guys waiting for. This war isn’t over! The Chinese are probably getting organized inside Wang-Chu. Vikram, blow the bridge. We have no further use in holding on to it. Any villagers north of Wang-Chu are now behind enemy lines.

As for the Chinese inside Wang-Chu: let’s see if Fernandes can loan a suitable reply of 214 mm presents for what they did to the crew of Delta-One…”


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Hey Vivek,

Really glad you are back writing again. Great stuff.

Have you considered publishing your book on Amazon Kindle?

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

I don't own a kindle, but use the Kindle Cloud reader, a free app on Google Chrome. I guess it would be a great way to ensure you get your dues while ensuring that your work is not pirated or illegally shared.

Anyone with a credit card can just click and buy your book and keep it forever on the Kindle Cloud.

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I have it. mail me at xxxxxjo@gmail.com and I'll forward it to you.

THANKS for the scenarios, you might want to remove your ID from the forum


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Welcome back Vivek!
If you could post a rough map, that would help in creating a mental picture of the battle.
Right now, I am having a bit hard time in visualizing the battlefield.

Please keep us updated about your book.
I will be one of first buyer.
I guess, many of us might have kindle application installed on their computer. So, if nothing works, you can try self-publishing through amazon too.

:) Please have maps in the book, if you can.

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Coming back to Scenario.
If you could, can you please also mention about LCA Tejas too.
I know it is a light aircraft and won't able to match heavy Chinese Su or Mig.

But, I wonder during full-fledged war with China, India won't have luxury to hold Tejas back in hangers.

It would be interesting to see, how LCA Tejas could be used effectively during war.
They could be used in ,maybe, a composite squadron (with SU-30MKI), close air support or something you can come up.


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question to readers:

I am unable to find any description of OP Chimera in the chumbi valley. was it the subject of scenario posts or just mentioned in passing to be taken up later?


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Here are the Links to the previous scenarios in pfd/.doc
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DISCLAIMER
I did not create these files, got them from a fellow BRFite
If the authors want i would gladly take these off the net too.
Have fun!


http://www.megafileupload.com/en/file/3 ... o-pdf.html
http://www.megafileupload.com/en/file/3 ... k-doc.html
http://www.megafileupload.com/en/file/3 ... r-doc.html


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Singhaji,
It was mentioned in the initial posts, sometime in 2009 if i am right. But there was no proper description of all the battles/ops involved in it.


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Hi Vivek, will we have any further updates.


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I recently got the opportunity to read up on the previous posts of Mr Vivek's scenario 2. Was very gripping and felt quite realistic. Mr Vivek i have one doubt.

As per the post with the heading "OVER CENTRAL CHINA DAY 2 + 2330 HRS" the Indians had found out about the cruise missile launches by China. As per the "CHAPTER-2 STRATEGIC WAR NEW DELHI DAY 3 + 0000 HRS" post the Indians new that a debilitating attack was launched by China with missiles aimed at Delhi proper in an attempt to destroy the political leadership. As at the time of the evacuation of the executive, the Indians did not know if the attack was conventional or nuclear.

In such a surprise attack, would India not have considered this to be a nuclear first strike by China and responded by activating its deterrents and launching a similar strike against Beijing proper. If I understand properly the Indian nuclear policy is to respond to the launch of a nuclear strike; the one against Delhi fit the bill to a "T". Was there a reason why the Indians did not respond to this attack on Delhi.

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Vivek Saab, can we expect some big posts during this weekend. :?:


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n such a surprise attack, would India not have considered this to be a nuclear first strike by China and responded by activating its deterrents and launching a similar strike against Beijing proper. If I understand properly the Indian nuclear policy is to respond to the launch of a nuclear strike; the one against Delhi fit the bill to a "T". Was there a reason why the Indians did not respond to this attack on Delhi.


No, the doctrine is that India will *verify* that a nuclear strike has occurred, and who has initiated it and then respond. The response can take days, the doctrine does not specify immediate merely says that it is "assured". The entire posture that India has is not "launch on warning", hence the demated cores from the warheads.


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Thanks, Abhinav.


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vivek_ahuja wrote:
I am still trying to finalize a publisher but busy updating the book which is now, frankly, a bit dated by current events. If necessary, I will publish the book on my own expense to save time. I believe the readers here will like what I have been doing to it. Will keep you guys posted.

In the meantime, if I may be allowed, I would like to continue my remaining scenario here...

-Vivek


Ahuja Sir, a couple of people I know have been quite successful via self publishing. Not too expensive either. There is a company called, Lightning Source that does a pretty decent job in publishing per order. It also sets you up on major outlets such as Amazon and B&N. Upfront cost including getting a SAN, ISBN etc is not much and I think with your own publication house, you are looking at no more than $ 500-750.

Basically, they don't print anything until they either get orders directly from outlets such as Amazon or the author/publishing house gives a specific order - for bulk as well as small orders, they are very, very reasonable. I have compared 'em with options from India as well.

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I have got a question Vivek sir, in your scenario in which the Sukhois took out the S-300 batteries,why did you decide to choose Brahmos for the job ?
Couldn't Smerch or Pinaka missiles have taken out the batteries ?I feel that instead of using expensive Brahmos missiles,a salvo of either one of these missile system could have overwhelmed the defences and could have done the job without risking the planes and the pilots.
This is just a simple query,please don't take offense.


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Aniket, SMERCH and Pinnaka have ranges of 90 and 40 kms respectively. The S300 batteries are well beyond the range of these 2, maybe 300-400 km behind the front line. Hence the choice of brahmos on Su-30's and Jaguars.

Vivek ji, waiting for your update.


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What are the chances of SU-30 or any IAF aircraft against S-300 ....the missiles as per wiki attain a speed of 2.5-8.5 mach ..as compared to max speed of a fighter which in best case can be 2+ Mach ??


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