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by ParGha
03 Mar 2019 20:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 240
Views: 49096

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

To put it in perspective, the Bengal and Madras Native Horse Artillery and Rocket Troops were disbanded as early as the 1830s -- well before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 (Bombay Army never had a native horse artillery component). After the 1857 Mutiny, even the native field artillery regiments were comp...
by ParGha
19 Feb 2019 17:21
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Avadi HVF was setup in 1961 for strategic depth away from the Chinese bomber range (back then), as were many other defense factories in the South. The strategy was quite simple - low level technology (ex small arms) would be done in North India, medium tech in Central India, and high tech in South I...
by ParGha
19 Feb 2019 07:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Indian Armoured Regiments are organized along this basis: Troop >> Squadron >> Regiment. Above that, everything is a combined-arms formation. Only special purpose squadrons (currently only the Presidential Bodyguard Cavalry on operational duties) have a "Patrol" under a Troop; they are usu...
by ParGha
16 Feb 2019 22:14
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 159841

Re: Pulwama Attack

@Karan, what LTG Panag discussed is not anything new or secret. It has been in public domain since at least 2004. Not-So-Fun-Fact: One of the first operational missions for Rafale was to fly interpositional patrols between India and Pakistan in 2002, to prevent just such an operation from being exec...
by ParGha
05 Feb 2019 16:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

Colonial laws required all men with voting powers to own and maintain their muskets for militia service. Most men in the East coast kept standard .75 caliber Brown Bess muskets because it was easier to get bulk resupply from the British Army in case of another French and Indian War. The random calib...
by ParGha
06 Jan 2019 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3721
Views: 647402

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Singha, I stand corrected wrt ATGMS: Per rohitvats's excellent study on ATGMs in IA, even infantry battalions in mountain divisions are now reportedly authorized 2x Long Range ATGMs and 2x Short Range ATGM launchers with a normal complement of 8x missiles.
by ParGha
01 Jan 2019 17:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3721
Views: 647402

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Singha, the higher power engines are needed to climb in steep mountain roads. And IA battalions in mountain configuration don’t carry ATGMs. All that said, the most useful and flexible cavalry in the mountains will be UCAVs and helo-gunships. In a Dragoon role, you need ATGM detachments deployable b...
by ParGha
13 Dec 2018 18:04
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397676

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Aren't the BMPs' engines and transmissions getting past their 25-year service rating? At some point it will become more cost-effective to just buy newer and more capable IFVs than to play whack-a-mole with failing parts. At the same time, if IFVs are less relevant to India's evolving security condit...
by ParGha
30 Nov 2018 00:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 3721
Views: 647402

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

The opening for the "rise" was a high-risk gamble -- they basically drew away 30+ Soviet Divisions from European Theater on behalf of the West, and risked losing all of North China (and probably Tibet, if the USSR demanded India to open up a Southern Front) in the process. Opening of the W...
by ParGha
27 Nov 2018 20:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 1034840

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Human+ Exoskeleton will probably first appear with the naval divers, whose environment reduces some of the locomotion challenges. In Indian context, if you face another Kargil and the GOI orders you to fight without crossing the borders at locations of your advantage, a heavily armored mountain assa...
by ParGha
22 Nov 2018 20:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 275519

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

Not quite ancient or medieval history, but the Brits recently released some home videos of a senior ICS diplomat and his family being escorted through Iran by the secretive Indian Long Range Squadron (ILRS). Its war history states that the ILRS patrolled the Iran-USSR border, but this footage is rea...
by ParGha
22 Nov 2018 20:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion
Replies: 226
Views: 35708

Re: Joint Military Exercises: News & Discussion

The first two lot look like soldiers from the dear neighbor, and the last lot look like soldiers from Yemen/UAE -- so it suits their particular job profile well. For general duty, such long hair and beard in a desert full of fine wind-blown sand and scarce water is quite unsuitable. It also really g...
by ParGha
16 Oct 2018 22:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497347

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Katare, an Infantry Division in India has 14-18K men (19th Division is the biggest, with even more men). Armoured divisions have 12-14K men, but they are still larger than Soviet Tank Divisions of 9-10K men. A “Division” with just 6K men is a Joker Division... in 1999 the Matayan Brigade alone had m...
by ParGha
16 Oct 2018 18:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497347

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Part of the confusion is probably because people are using a mix of British/Commonwealth and German/American terminology for combined arms units. AFAIK, in India: Company+ Level - Combat Team Battalion+ Level - Combat Group Brigade+ Level - Combat Command Division+ Level - Integrated Battle Group No...
by ParGha
08 Oct 2018 18:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

ParGha what is your take on who gets what of Sig and Caracal? Does it really matter when the whole effort seems to be about lining someone's bank account? This Sig + Caracal deal works out to a blended rate of about $3,000 USD/rifle -- for comparison, the US Government pays FN to build M4s at about...
by ParGha
05 Oct 2018 17:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

Smaller purchases of CZ-75s were indeed made for some Armored Corps officers, Central Excise and Delhi Special Branch. One of the best pistols ever made, and Indians got them for <$30 a piece. Same with early AKs for <$80 a pop for the paratroopers. If that is a “scam”, I wonder what we should call ...
by ParGha
17 Sep 2018 20:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397676

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Tsarkar-ji, if you take out the armor and the main gun, it is a missile carrier - no longer a tank. It too has an important role in th future, but it does not replace a tank.
by ParGha
17 Sep 2018 20:29
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397676

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

An aircraft flies in and out of the battlefield back to safe and clean hangars, so it can be loaded out with sensitive sensors; a tank is supposed to fight it out in the mud for days on end while getting peppered with small-arms and artillery shrapnel. Too much dependency on fancy electronic sensors...
by ParGha
05 Sep 2018 18:32
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397676

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Who spots the targets at 8kms? It is very difficult for the TC to look for targets that far ahead and not lose situational awareness of his 3km—0.8km primary AOR. It may be better to assign that work to a FAO-type role, who orders missile fire or calls in fire from a NAMICA. That also makes a case f...
by ParGha
31 Jul 2018 06:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

The design process is evolutionary, and no one has done such a drastic pivot -- even the Japanese, with their much more advanced industrial base, shaved off only 6 tons between Type 90 (50T) and Type 10 (44T).
by ParGha
11 Jul 2018 17:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4019
Views: 662761

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

“The Beckoning Isle” - one of the most realistic books on Indian special operations I’ve ever read. Col Sapru is very humble and grounded in his narration, while still being proud and respectful of all his men achieved in the general cluster-eff. I’m still trying to figure out if 1st Para Cdo picked...
by ParGha
02 Jul 2018 18:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

Sachin, I don’t have any experience with the SLR and it is hard to parse the marketing hype from reality. One thing you have to remember is that 7.62x51mm has a strong recoil, and IA is going to be equipping an army of not only the large men from the northwest and the south, but also the 5’2” ~50KG ...
by ParGha
02 Jul 2018 17:50
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

SP isn’t the most reliable source, but it resonates with what I have read about T90 and Armatas from many Russian analysts: over complicated, maintenance hogs which decrease unit autonomy at marginal technical advances. IA would have been better off sticking to T72s and upgrading them with better en...
by ParGha
02 Jul 2018 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

ramana, the Russian planes come with Makarovs (9x18mm) as part of standard equipment. Despite what you see in movies, most pilots don’t have enough training to fight it out against even a lightly armed police force. If someone is really feeling Rambo-ish, they can always apply to get an AK74SU (or a...
by ParGha
20 Jun 2018 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

Long stroke or short stroke or DI does not matter. It matters a lot - a long-stroke gas-piston rifle is more tolerant of dirty ammunition, but direct impingement will choke very soon. It is easier to shoot precisely with DI rifles and make them lighter, but you lose the resiliency of the gas-piston...
by ParGha
20 Jun 2018 17:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

Serious question - is INSAS a bad rifle? It is a good enough design, which is poorly manufactured. To put it in perspective, it is the same fundamental design as the SIG550 series being bought by the NSG (long-stroke gas piston action in 5.56x45mm). It can be simplified and modernized a bit, but th...
by ParGha
13 Apr 2018 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

7.62x51mm battle rifle in full-auto mode? Very few men in the Indian Army outside the giants of the Bodyguard Cavalry and a few other individuals here and there will be able to control a light rifle firing on the happy-switch!
by ParGha
12 Apr 2018 18:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

ramana wrote:How many Independent Armored brigades?


Six known (2, 3, 6, 14, 16, 23), plus one more reported: https://www.bharat-rakshak.com/ARMY/tod ... oured.html
by ParGha
04 Apr 2018 18:30
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Ramana, light tanks (Stuarts, AMX-13s and PT-76s) were used to devastating effects at Poonch, Zoji La, Chushul and the riverine deltas of Bangladesh. Given that Indian border is mostly mountains, marshes, jungles and fine sand deserts, the light tank regiments will always outnumber the heavy tank re...
by ParGha
04 Apr 2018 01:46
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397676

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

FICV program, properly planned and executed soon, can also fulfill the light tank requirement with a Main Gun System in a 20-22 ton solution that shares a lot of common parts with the ICV (hopefully tracked and not wheeled). Not to mention the usual ATGM, mortar carrier, command vehicle, ambulances,...
by ParGha
03 Apr 2018 15:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2403
Views: 355318

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

Local Kashmiris often surrender, especially if there is a political or IB guarantee of some back room deals. Plenty of Ikhwanis, SPOs and even Territorial Army personnel come from surrendered militants. It is a practical measure.
by ParGha
25 Mar 2018 18:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3736
Views: 497347

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Rakesh, is the AFV being referenced here the wheeled Tata Kestrel or some other tracked IFV? Are they planning on acquiring both, since there are both wheeled and tracked battalions in the Mech Inf Regt (not sure about the Guards)? If so, what is the tracked AFV called?
by ParGha
07 Mar 2018 21:57
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 263725

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

The closest parallel to the Arjun story is that of the Japanese GSDF MBTs. With the 50 ton Type-90s, they started building heavy tanks approaching the Western-style approach taken by Leopards, Challengers, Abrams, etc. However the Japanese found that these heavy tanks could only cross 65% of the maj...
by ParGha
07 Mar 2018 17:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 275519

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

LTG SPP Thorat recommended fighting at the road-heads and not at the peaks; no one in the army ever wants to fight a guerrilla war — they are devastating for the culture and organization of an army. In fact, LTG Harbaksh Singh, who authorized the creation of the Army Commandos during the 1965 War hi...
by ParGha
01 Mar 2018 12:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4610
Views: 786377

Re: Small Arms Thread

One thing I don’t understand: people b!+(# endlessly about 5.56x45mm being inadequate and unsuitable for COIN/CT operations... so how come the spec ops troops, who presumably have a lot of discretion to buy what they wish, end up with 5.56x45mm Tavors, Sigs and M4s after paying thousands of dollars?
by ParGha
03 Feb 2018 05:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 275519

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

Nachiket, it is untrue that the Deccani Sultans and the Mughals were unaware of guerrilla warfare. Hundreds of Maratha sardars served in Deccani armies as irregular cavalry (including Shivaji's family). Even more Uighurs and Turkmen served in Mughal armies, men who had grown up riding almost before ...
by ParGha
03 Feb 2018 04:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 275519

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

Maratha forces were not particularly mobile cavalry centric in Shivaji's time -- his could barely assemble enough cavalry to get a low ranking mansabdari from the Mughals. Later he also paid his army a regular salary, and didn't want an expensive large cavalry on the books -- so he kept the size to ...
by ParGha
15 Jan 2018 16:25
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 3547
Views: 397676

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

arjun chassis with a smaller engine + more internal fuel should also be made into a 155mm low velocity siege cannon thing for infantry support role. this will supplement the usual BMP2 cannons which are not so effective in dense urbanized areas and hollow cement block houses which are common in rur...
by ParGha
10 Jan 2018 23:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Two and Half Front War Scenario
Replies: 209
Views: 21653

Re: Two and Half Front War Scenario

Singha-ji, The Paks are quite keen to fight, and they have large pools of excess and unemployable man-power to spill plenty of blood. 1948, 1965, 1971, 1999, 2011-Present prove this point. Of course, all of it melts away when Indians go on the offensive and threaten their fauji-feudal-mullah setup i...
by ParGha
10 Jan 2018 21:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Two and Half Front War Scenario
Replies: 209
Views: 21653

Re: Two and Half Front War Scenario

While I cannot predict anything, I would like to make a comment on "war" in general - since the thread is about war, and I see this form a historic perspective of wars in general. Historically different cultures have evolved a concept of total war, continuous war, 1000 years war, "aa...

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