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by Vidur
27 Jan 2021 22:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3420
Views: 356190

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Dear all, Its been a pleasure sharing views with you and I have learnt much. Hope I have been able to share some new knowledge and perspectives as well. As I leave I would like share this fantastic video by Sanjay Dixit IAS. He is IAS 86, senior to me and retired as ACS Rajasthan in rank of Principa...
by Vidur
14 Jan 2021 19:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 717
Views: 194578

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Wish all a very auspicous and shubh Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu. A belated Lohri as well. LCA Mk1A CCS sanction was truly a great gift to nation. It is very important for a number of reasons that all are aware of. Remembering Manohar Parikkar ji today. I would make the following points today 1. B...
by Vidur
14 Jan 2021 16:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 717
Views: 194578

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Wish all a very auspicous and shubh Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu. A belated Lohri as well. LCA Mk1A CCS sanction was truly a great gift to nation. It is very important for a number of reasons that all are aware of. Remembering Manohar Parikkar ji today. I would make the following points today 1. Be...
by Vidur
12 Jan 2021 21:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3420
Views: 356190

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Perhaps it would be better to start a fresh thread exclusively track the 'Farmer broker' drama. As there seems to be too many posts on this subject 8). Members of SC panel on agri laws pro-govt, won't appear before it, say Farmer unions The committee was formed by Hon. SC, and the 'farmer brokers' ...
by Vidur
12 Jan 2021 19:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3420
Views: 356190

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

frame and keep in a prominent place of honor https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ErfspNNUYAARHDW?format=jpg&name=large Indeed ! Are there any legal experts here ? I would be interested to know what the views are on -Sovereignty of Parliament -Limits of SC Powers and who has the final say - Role of Pres...
by Vidur
10 Jan 2021 14:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4440
Views: 894727

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Does the study assign weightages to each of the 'stress' factors ? Two weights are needed - Intensity and Impact of each factor. Without that it risks the wrong understanding. Many studies have been done over the years at various levels and I know a bit about them so am taking liberty to comment. 1....
by Vidur
04 Jan 2021 21:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 717
Views: 194578

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Jai Jawan, Jai Vigyan But where is the Kisan :D Jokes apart, many congratulations to Team Tejas, Team IAF and Team Bharat. Militray Aviation has truly come of age in India. The future is bright especially if we can properly harness the energies of the fantastic Indian pvt sector. We must not allow t...
by Vidur
03 Jan 2021 17:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

The Chinese have been very clear in their own writings about the War Zone concept that Vietnam, India, Taiwan will be subdued by force first. They have never talked about taking on US. Its only logical that they take on US After they become undisputed hegemons in Asia. We should read their doctrines...
by Vidur
03 Jan 2021 15:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Having made the above very important point about the nuclear bogey I will address Pargha's point about manpower 1. We have 9 Divs in Eastern Command which are adequate. We have 2 Divs deployed in Eastern Ladakh (3 Div reinforced by 1 more). We have adequate forces in Northern Command for Pakistan. W...
by Vidur
03 Jan 2021 15:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

In contrast, Indian Army's recruitment, training and organization were originally geared for colonial-policing, and they excel at small-scale wars; their difficulties in scaling up to large-scale modern wars are well-documented during the World Wars and the 1961-67 expansion. Repeated attempts to c...
by Vidur
02 Jan 2021 16:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

5. I was always aware of a degree of risk aversion in our military leadership (I don't mention the bureaucracy because they really do not have any understanding or interest in defence barring some anomalies like yours truly) but I wasn't aware of how its much more in the Army and Navy rather than t...
by Vidur
02 Jan 2021 15:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

I am taking the liberty of broadening the question and sharing what I learnt 1. I learnt that China has big gaps in strength especially in the PLAAF. I learnt with fascination about the deployment and tactics, runway lengths, airfield logistics, recovery air fields, air battle concepts and was relie...
by Vidur
28 Dec 2020 21:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1412793

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Bhailog, BRakshaks, why are we even mentioning and hence implicitly accepting Sikh==farm bill agitators? Pls to not fall in such a trap onlee......... Sikhs are dharmics and as much a part of this land as any of us... anybody who is even remotely familiar with the history of Sikhism and also of the...
by Vidur
28 Dec 2020 11:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300672

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

IN must lobby MEA and PMO to support its case for a carrier. This issue is larger than just the defence ministry
by Vidur
28 Dec 2020 11:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2192
Views: 300672

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Carriers are very important to the nation. They have a very big role to play in diplomacy. Diplomacy, narrative building, giving confidence to partners in littorals are very important national functions of carriers. War fighting is only part of their function. An important part, but only part. The n...
by Vidur
23 Dec 2020 14:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 3493
Views: 660010

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

It will just take political will. I also note that both the ruling party and the government can be rather naive. During previous regimes there was a lot of clarity at the top albeit for wrong objectives, but there was a lot of clarity and purpose. That is missing now. For example has anyone wondered...
by Vidur
23 Dec 2020 14:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1587
Views: 299812

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

Ronnie Peirrera I think you are referring to. On the issue of bias against Submarine Arm officers, it is very true and quite dangerous but it is a matter for the service. There is nothing stopping the Navy from addressing it. They should not expect the Ministry to intervene because the ministry has ...
by Vidur
22 Dec 2020 12:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

You won't find a better assessment in public domain of Air Power deployment in context of India, China, Pak. Have had the pleasure of interacting with some of the panelists and will say without hesitation that they are some of the sharpest and clearest thinkers I have come across. Must see. Please a...
by Vidur
20 Dec 2020 23:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Vidur You know the situation better than most. It's ultimately multi-dimensional. Military we can defend right now. And political goal of standing up has been realized. Next step depends on Xi. Lets see. I dont think the political goal of standing up has been achieved. We have let an opportunity sl...
by Vidur
18 Dec 2020 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

India has the advantage now - IAF due to paucity of Chinese airfields and their geography so PLAAF numbers advantage cannot be brought to bear - Indian Army has the advantage due to prepared defences and forward deployments on heights + reserves. Also training, experience - IN has advantage due to n...
by Vidur
18 Dec 2020 01:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

62 wasn't a knock out blow. It is considered one, because we didn't carry out a counter offensive. Chinis know they cannot win, unless India accepts defeat. The Chinis empty the areas captured in 62 during every winter! No one in 60 years has ever thought about just walking in! That's how we are. :...
by Vidur
17 Dec 2020 13:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Fact is that an attack by China will be be welcome - it is they who will be decimated The player's thinking is as follows : Military - IAF is keen on action because they have a short window of 1/2 years where they have an advantage. IA has been defensive and risk averse but now the mood is changing ...
by Vidur
16 Dec 2020 09:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922174

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

The main culprit for the 2.3 billion Dollar contract to Turkey is HSL. The contract was put on hold in Oct 2019 but HSL insisted that it be signed and hence it was signed in in 2020. Our policy of apartheid towards Indian Pvt sector is costing us dear. I would encourage members to research history o...
by Vidur
15 Dec 2020 23:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922174

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Sad news. The Indian Navy just lost a serving Vice Admiral to COVID-19. https://twitter.com/ShivAroor/status/1338698761162223616?s=20 ----> Very sad news. The Indian Navy's ‘Grey Dolphin’ (senior most serving submariner) Vice Admiral Srikant passed away this morning in Delhi from Covid. Deepest con...
by Vidur
15 Dec 2020 23:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922174

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

P17 A definitely have a hangar that caters for 2 Sea King heptrs. Just like all our Destroyers and Frigates except Talwars. If you were CNS how would you allocate 24 heptrs amongst your fleet of 37 Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes that are designed to take 60. This is not counting the 2 aircraft car...
by Vidur
15 Dec 2020 22:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922174

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

P17 A definitely have a hangar that caters for 2 Sea King heptrs. Just like all our Destroyers and Frigates except Talwars. If you were CNS how would you allocate 24 heptrs amongst your fleet of 37 Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes that are designed to take 60. This is not counting the 2 aircraft carr...
by Vidur
15 Dec 2020 13:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922174

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

General comment : I have recommended in past that all Indian Armed Forces order the critical fighting components of their equipment in the same contract as far as possible. Otherwise there are chances that either the system or the system plus inimical powers will ensure that many expensive systems b...
by Vidur
15 Dec 2020 12:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 3611
Views: 922174

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Until recently, the IN insisted on twin helos for all major surface combatants as a robust picket defense against submarines. Until recently that is, when advances in underwater sensors and paucity of helicopters might have made the navy go for single helos (paradoxically khan is shoving in two hea...
by Vidur
14 Dec 2020 20:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1790
Views: 367634

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Intent, statements and action very rarely align in Indian Defence. The Naval budget is not enough even to pay for contracts signed before the MH-60 Romeo contract. How it will cater for the above requirements is a deep mystery. The situation is the same for the Air Force and Army.
by Vidur
30 Nov 2020 16:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2695
Views: 431216

Re: Military Flight Safety

Very sad to see this. What a tragedy that such a promising officer may be lost. And so soon after his marriage.
by Vidur
30 Nov 2020 16:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2541
Views: 488344

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

That is why RR was created and they are doing a great job. The main problem is in how the commanders mindset develops due to experience and environment of CI/CT operations. In CI Operations senior commanders and even Ministry and PMO may interfere/monitor/keep close check. If something 'goes wrong' ...
by Vidur
29 Nov 2020 15:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2541
Views: 488344

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

This is probably true, we have not hit the Pakis hard enough. Quite frankly if we are prepared to escalate we must have the ability to go all the way up the ladder. But clearly we have to improve our capabilities to hit and dominate Pakistan, the importance of it being a no contest war and preparat...
by Vidur
28 Nov 2020 23:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2541
Views: 488344

Re: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion

Couldn't agree more. While Modi sarkar has certainly raised the stakes with surgical strikes, pro-active targeting of launchpads & disproportionate response to CFVs, we are still losing our braves for cockroaches in return. A lot of high-level afsars & other HVTs must be taken out - consist...
by Vidur
27 Nov 2020 13:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

@Vidurji, It is good to know we are in good position weapons, systems, logistics etc wise in any two-front war. But I feel the real fight that can give us a massive advantage in any conflict is going to take place in the South i.e. on the seas. It is here we are not investing much to counter the ma...
by Vidur
25 Nov 2020 18:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Even 3 years later I would not be in a position to make the statements I made in the previous post. Window is now. Vidur ji, I'm trying to read together your earlier comment about the leadership in the forces being risk averse and the comment above. The only third ingredient is the decision making ...
by Vidur
24 Nov 2020 20:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Don't let this be a get out jail free card for the bureaucrats. The trajectory of equipment gaps is against us and gaps will only worsen with time. Geographic advantage on one front will also reduce with time as China makes more airfields. Enemy will learn, adapt, correct mistakes so training and op...
by Vidur
24 Nov 2020 20:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

While I understand and appreciate the overall thrust of your argument, I am not sure how we can say that equipment is not a bottleneck today. Every single thread on the Mil forum here has one or more examples of severe shortcomings in equipment holdings in either quantity or quality or both. From b...
by Vidur
22 Nov 2020 15:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Solutions can only be found when we are honest with ourselves. Are we an honest people ? Facts A much smaller power has inflicted severe casualties to our military on our soil for over 30 years. Over 20 Cols have made the supreme sacrifice. Thats 20 SSPs/Under Secretaries. Families destroyed and al...
by Vidur
22 Nov 2020 12:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Solutions can only be found when we are honest with ourselves. Are we an honest people ? Facts A much smaller power has inflicted severe casualties to our military on our soil for over 30 years. Over 20 Cols have made the supreme sacrifice. Thats 20 SSPs/Under Secretaries. Families destroyed and alr...
by Vidur
21 Nov 2020 12:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3622
Views: 772174

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

I would also strongly caution against taking OSINT handles seriously.

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