Sure but are we using those tactics because we have no other choice? In a lot of these battles, one or two guys manage to escape, we take casualties, it gets long tiring and bloody expensive in terms of army/para lives and civil property.
What if we had some sort of sleeping gas like the one the Russkies used in the Moscow theatre? Or a severe skin irritant? This might border on chem warfare, but it would be very limited use and tightly controlled. If the Army is evacuating the surroundings anyway, this can work.
This is not THE solution, but A solution. I'm sure the Army can come up with 50 more, if provided the $ and freedom to improvise.
You are right. The situations where the terrorist escapes happens quite often. You are right when you say that the army can come up with 50 strategies. What I think is that there is less transparency among the areas of various anti-terrorism operational groups. Please note that I am not being a critic here but I am trying to focus on an operational re-structuring.
Its like this...consider each commander/captain in charge of a team currently engaged with the terrorists. He is in touch with his base commander. If you know a tree data structure the base comander is a parent and the captain the leaf node. This parent has multiple childs who are captains who may also be engaged with terrorists. If the situation goes bad, this parent has to get in touch with his parent(say X) to decide whether additional type of help is needed. It might be that X or his parent has a pointer to another tree structure of the helicopter commander's list who he can summon for help.
What I am talking about is getting the helicopter command's pointer right into the base commander's data structure. You know greater freedom and transparency among sections of army & airforce operating in kashmir. You do not need to use costly and highly sofisticated Mi-8/17 or ALH. Just a lancer would do the job perfectly...sitting far away. Plus extra imaging equipment can be installed in it to aid in spotting the escaping terrorist. Its like how police out here make use of choppers in car chases. LA is famous for that.
We can even go as far as the leaf node in direct contact with the helicopter commander.
Hey none of you guys expressed any views on air-combat exercises with with the most potent isreali air force.