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by Anoop
25 Mar 2019 06:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 651
Views: 159776

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Watching the video above, I was struck by how much ascendency the Baloch freedom fighters have over the Pak Army. Just imagine that they have so much ground that they can film the removal of weapons from dead soldiers . Such a sight would be unheard of in J&K or the NE. Even if our soldiers died...
by Anoop
23 Mar 2019 18:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2885
Views: 368994

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Regarding the use of MiG-21 as a CAP platform, isn't that due to the fact that it's the fastest fighter to scramble? The Su-30 takes orders of minutes higher to scramble, don't know about the MiG-29. With airbases so close to the border on both sides, this becomes an important consideration. When th...
by Anoop
18 Mar 2019 02:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Shri Manohar Parrikar condolence thread
Replies: 108
Views: 6030

Re: Shri Manohar Parrikar condolence thread

A big loss for the nation. I had hoped he would beat cancer and return for another stint in the next Govt. Thank you, Sir, for your contribution to nation building. Condolences to your family for this untimely loss.
by Anoop
17 Mar 2019 17:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2885
Views: 368994

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Quite disappointing to see the discussion continues on the identity of the guy with his hands raised. Do his clothes indicate a pilot's flight suit or inners? It's quite clearly not so.
by Anoop
13 Mar 2019 06:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4416
Views: 537087

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Karan, it's not just the chatterati, the real problems lie with wven the so called mainstream political parties in J&K like NC and PDP. In some cases, they profiteer from the same financial networks and in other cases they are loath to take on the Hurriyat or JeI for fear of losing local support...
by Anoop
13 Mar 2019 04:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4416
Views: 537087

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Karan, yes, I totally agree on the need for political will to sustain the pressure. And certainly until now, only 1 political party has demonstrated it. If the govt changes, I expect a return to the old ways of doing things, which have not worked. This has the potential to work, especially disruptin...
by Anoop
13 Mar 2019 04:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4416
Views: 537087

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

To disabuse Pakistan of the notion that terrorism can lead to talks, we need to simply refuse talks on any subject until terrorism stops, or at least dramatically drops. We need to turn the Pakistani logic on its head because until we do, they have no incentive to reduce terrorism. So it should be a...
by Anoop
19 Feb 2019 11:04
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery: News & Discussion
Replies: 4827
Views: 667715

Re: Artillery: News & Discussion

The NoKo artillery demonstration linked above is good only for that - a demonstration. In war time, such a deployment would be asking for trouble, both from air and from CB fire.
by Anoop
18 Feb 2019 18:30
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 159814

Re: Pulwama Attack

Karan

The latest issue of SAIR on the SATP portal has an article with a teshil wise breakdown of stone throwing incidents. I don't know how to link the article.
by Anoop
15 Feb 2019 23:53
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 159814

Re: Pulwama Attack

Ms. Sethi, That Jaish is dead. And more will follow. Do you hate the elected Gov so much that you celebrate the deaths of your own soldiers? Or do you hate the idea of India as well that these soldiers protect at the cost of their lives? Or do you not see that it could have been someone you know in ...
by Anoop
11 Dec 2018 01:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

My understanding of new promotion policy is different. The rank of Brigadier becomes a non select rank, so all Cols become assured of retiring as Brigadiers at least. However, not all of them may command Bdes. Those ound fit for Command of Bdes at the time of promotion do so. The others are appointe...
by Anoop
03 Sep 2018 17:29
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397656

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Our gratitude for your uncle's valor in service, Sir.
by Anoop
24 Aug 2018 23:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2665
Views: 283545

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Indranil, Thank you for that easy to understand summary. M Very valuable for people like me. Reading your post about the heat signature from engine exhaust, it seems then that the IAF's insistence on supercruise is more for operating cost and range purposes than for stealth? Thanks for your posts in...
by Anoop
17 Aug 2018 07:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away
Replies: 71
Views: 4845

Re: Atal Bihari Vajpayee Passes Away

Rest in Peace, Sir. Apart from being a wonderful PM, he was also one of the best parliamentarians. He upheld the dignity of Parliament whether he was in power or out of it. Thank you for your service to our country.
by Anoop
12 Aug 2018 01:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

According to the article above, that is a saving of around 300 officers and 2000 jawans from abolishing the Div HQ in peace areas. Some of them will be reassigned to Corps HQ according to the article and I am guessing that the majority will go to operational areas to make up for the shortfall. What ...
by Anoop
23 Jul 2018 23:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Rahul, Bishwa

Yes, I didn't include either of those, so the number of spots wiuld increase.

What do you all think of the numbers quoted in the article by Bharat Karnad? Scary situation.. What is the opinion on the suggested remedy?
by Anoop
21 Jul 2018 06:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

There are 34 Divs in the IA and 37 Ind Bdes. Assuming ea ch Div has an average of 3 Bdes, that is a total of 139 Bdes that need to be commanded by a Brigadier. Add to this the appointment of Brigadiers as Dy GOC of 34 Divs and as BGS of 14 Corps and 7 Commands, it comes to a total of 194. This does ...
by Anoop
20 Jul 2018 08:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Anoop, rather than reducing ranks the solution might be to add a Brig. Gen b/w Brig. & Maj.Gen. promote people to Brig. & some would become Brig. Gen. who would command brigades. Rahul, then what would Brigadiers do? I mean, those who are not in staff appointments or other appointments like...
by Anoop
20 Jul 2018 08:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Staff College is at major level right? And MHOW is at Lt. Col. level? Sorry, I made a mistake. You are right. What I meant are courses like Higher Command Course and Higher Defence Management Courses in College of Defence. I stand corrected about the promotion process above Colonel rank; it is base...
by Anoop
19 Jul 2018 18:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

rather than reducing ranks army should look at time bound promotions. I agree, it will improve the operational effectiveness at unit and sub unit levels to have younger Lt. Cols and Cols. But being the sharp pyramid it is, the bottleneck will still remain at the Brigadier level. If one doesn't get ...
by Anoop
19 Jul 2018 08:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

This warrant of precedence is red herring and more a colonial hangover. How many occasions do the military interact with civilians where the WOP takes primacy?. It is actually a critical issue in civil military relations. It impacts things from pay and pension parity, composition and reporting auth...
by Anoop
18 Jul 2018 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

ramana wrote:I dont see what is gained as they have junior and senior major generals.
Aping civil services is not wise always.


It is one way to reduce disparity in warrant of precedence with the civil services.
by Anoop
05 Apr 2018 21:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Actually that program clearly emphasized that appetite drops drastically at those altitudes and the only way that soldiers - jawans and officers - eat enough is by taste. That means that they will revert to 'comfort' food. Smell and sights have a lot to do with working up an apetite. High calorie it...
by Anoop
05 Apr 2018 05:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Lalmohan, interesting to hear about the Mongols and Napoleon's tactics. Thank you. I re-read the articles on the 1965 armor deployments that Ramana linked in the 1965 Indo-Pak War thread. What struck me was that the killing zone of the Pattons was developed over 2-3 days and it made very little use ...
by Anoop
20 Mar 2018 08:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Sir, Thank you for the reality check and the details of employing small units. It's far more useful (and more difficult) for us civilians to understand from the ground up, rather than from the top down. Re. the statement "protecting the shaft", what I meant is that as the tank thrusts go d...
by Anoop
19 Mar 2018 09:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

To me, the key aspects of employing armor are: 1. They always have to be a part (naybe vanguard, maybe not) of combined arms. Particularly, significant engineer assets for clearing ninefields, creating bridges and being able to do field repair of damaged tanks. In addition, SP Arty, UAV and ground r...
by Anoop
09 Feb 2018 16:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Sir, what about their electric power grid, internet and television communication? Doesn't have to be hard kill, a rolling power and communication blackout achieved by cyber attacks or satellite disruption will cause the civilian population to be blind and deaf to the Pak govt's propaganda during a w...
by Anoop
09 Feb 2018 01:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Ramana, i believe it is none of those...and even if it were, those shouldn't be targets for us for obvious reasons. If we define the center of gravity as their critical vulnerability, not their stonghold, it is their image of PA as the sole protector and functioning arm of government in the eyes of ...
by Anoop
06 Feb 2018 10:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Deans, the problem is that down the road, the same issue can recur more frequently. Once the precedent is set, its difficult to reverse it. How many times can the PM intervene? What if political dispensation changes? The day to day functioning of the Army in the valley should be independent of these...
by Anoop
06 Feb 2018 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Is there a petition we can sign to protest both the FIR ruling as well as the filing? The ex-servicemen community is large. If they form the nucleus of this petition with support from the general public, perhaps the GoI will be compelled to do something. I realize that law and order is a state subje...
by Anoop
05 Feb 2018 19:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Sir, The LMG fire will have to be at an angle to the line of advance of its own troops, otherwise own troops will be hit by friendly fire. So, in a zig zag pattern, the entrenched troops will have the second line still facing the advancing troops even if the first line is overrun and so on. If the t...
by Anoop
04 Feb 2018 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Also, in the context of a conventional war (not COIN), wouldnt we prefer to avoid urban combat like the plague if we can? So can we outline possible reasons why we would have to? 1. It is a critical vulnerability of the enemy, the loss of which will lead to an end of the war. But when fighting a nuc...
by Anoop
04 Feb 2018 04:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Atreya Thanks for the outline and the link to the RAND report. I came across another report on the 2008 Battle for Sadr City, which has a lot of operational detail. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR160.html I like this because it is a much shorter engagement (2 months) compared to fighti...
by Anoop
03 Feb 2018 06:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497330

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

https://youtu.be/qFvdK3Yigs

This belongs in a discussion of military traditions. A very informative and engaging look at how individuals and units are molded in the Indian armed forces.
by Anoop
02 Feb 2018 02:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Sir, That would be squares, wouldnt it? Traditionally used as mobile pieces which closes gaps where they arise. But in this urban context, a built up location would give the same effect with houses facing different directions. And in turn, give enfilade position against the attacker on multiple dire...
by Anoop
01 Feb 2018 19:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Thank you, Atreya. But I am just quoting existing analysis! The CLAWS article has a map of the lines of attack. In a limited sense, 3 JAT movement from the north was a flanking movement with a detour of around 6 km, with another unit tasked with an attack on 3 Mile position to provide a firm base. T...
by Anoop
01 Feb 2018 18:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

Sir, thank you for kind words. But much more thanks for your time and guidance on these threads that give us the luxury of a framework to base our thoughts on. And most of all, for your service to our nation.
by Anoop
01 Feb 2018 11:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 338
Views: 28293

Re: Tactics & military craft

From my reading of the Battle of Dograi, the key factors to its success was inspired leadership from the CO on down and gritty troops. The Bn displayed a flair for quick advance in Phase 1, battle endurance from 7 to 20 Sep and tremendous courage in Phase 2 to close in and achieve the objective in w...

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