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by ParGha
15 Feb 2021 18:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

I don't think we have the means to transport Arjun on the LAC, or do we? Do we need to? And no we do not have a way to transport to LAC. Technically, yes, the new C-17s can lift an Arjun each from Chandigarh and land in Leh. "Do we need to?" is the more important question. From a purely m...
by ParGha
26 Jan 2021 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 5110
Views: 785334

Re: Internal Security Watch

Time to cut down their presence in the forces. Or they will repeat their behavior as they did during Op BlueStar. Reorganization along Zonal basis is far better than trying to muck around with quotas and other political bull$#!+. Zonal basis works for Madras Regiment and MEG -- if Tamil Christian, ...
by ParGha
26 Jan 2021 03:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

Great to see Galwan heroes being awarded for the bravery but I'm a little confused as to how the Army goes about determining if its a peacetime medal (Ashok ,Kirti etc ) and a wartime medal ( PVC,MVC etc ) , So while plenty of clashes against Pak in J&K have led to peacetime medals this one is ...
by ParGha
25 Jan 2021 17:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Potentially, someone like L&T can try out as there is a great need for these platforms given swarm drones are a reality The K30 Biho had outperformed ZSUs, and L&T already had a partnership with Koreans with the K-9 (Vajra) project. Unfortunately, it was one of the victims of the COVID-19 b...
by ParGha
14 Jan 2021 20:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1032
Views: 232142

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

The operational and obsolescence issues with Sterling aside, it was one of my favorite SMGs ever. The Sterling was the first real gun I was allowed to hold (unloaded, of course) as a 6-year old accompanying my grandpa to the canteen. It used to be a favorite for the point-man in a patrol; its high r...
by ParGha
14 Jan 2021 20:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1032
Views: 232142

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Is it 9mm? Then its Sterling replacement. Correct assessment. But no one wants a Sterling replacement: carrying one during IPKF and early days of the Kashmir Insurgency was a "shoot me first -- I'm an officer or radio operator" advertisement for enemies. The 9x19mm bullets couldn't penetr...
by ParGha
10 Jan 2021 19:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1032
Views: 232142

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Have any studies been done in India where they have quantified the benefits of BPJs & Patkas? A before-vs-after analysis: lives saved, injuries minimized etc? It is very hard to do a before/after analysis because other variables also changes over time (for example, violence went up 93-96, 00-03...
by ParGha
09 Jan 2021 00:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2515
Views: 229166

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Sirs, could someone please help this illiterate one with a translation. Thank you Kisaano ki varsho puraani maang poori hui: Rakesh Tikait Farmers' Long Time Ask Completed: Rakesh Tikait Nirnay ka swaagat Decision Welcome sarkaar ne kesaano ko aapni upaj kaahi bhi bhejne ki anumati de di Government...
by ParGha
07 Jan 2021 17:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4437
Views: 878988

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

The re-orientation of I Corps as a Mountain Strike Corps, if true, is the first big indication that IA is buckling up for a fight. Putting its Armoured Division into Army HQ reserve is a good first step. The Army HQ was a shell after it ceded 6 Mountain Division to a Strike Corps, and was reduced to...
by ParGha
03 Jan 2021 08:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

... what is the advantage of the PLA preparing for a war of lower probability than a skirmish of much higher probability? The PLA grew up preparing for wars with the United States (1948-69) and the Soviet Union (1969-91); it is in their institutional memory and culture to think of large-scale warfa...
by ParGha
02 Jan 2021 19:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

-Their soft underbelly - training and their two-year rotation of personnel has shown to be a major shortcoming. It even appears to dictate their strategy. This is a bit of a surprise. The Chinese recruitment, training and organization is geared for industrial-scale warfare. While it is a weakness i...
by ParGha
28 Dec 2020 21:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1032
Views: 232142

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Looks like (L to R): B&T, B&T, Sig, PKM, Carl Gustav, Sig, AKM, Sig, Sig, Sig... what a logistical nightmare!
by ParGha
28 Dec 2020 19:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

At this point in time its a waste of time to further work on the Arjun. The Army is wasting every ones time for not coming up with the GSQR of the FMBT and its assorted supporting vehicles. On the contrary, the Army wants (and NEEDS) to induct Arjun Mk2s and Abhays by 2026-27 -- it is better to foc...
by ParGha
22 Dec 2020 22:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 1032
Views: 232142

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Experience of large Armies in Small Arms replacement has been less than stellar. ... Most have avoided replacement of ammunition type. I would argue that there hasn't been a significant technical breakthrough in small-arms technology since the 1950s to justify a massive replacement. Countries have ...
by ParGha
19 Dec 2020 02:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

Correct on the first bit but I differ on the 2nd bit. India, on its own, decided it was not prudent to develop the border infra lest it makes the task of the invading Chinese easier. This was the official GOI policy following the '62 war. That's just for public consumption. Roads are not cheap and ...
by ParGha
17 Dec 2020 19:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

If you need to stop and clear the enemy, you need something heavier like a T-72 converted to HAPC/HIFV. Almost all new-build IFVs are getting heavy (into 30T+ range) — Warrior 2, Puma, Namer, T-15 IFV, etc. The Israelis have long re-purposed old tanks as HAPCs — Schot, Achzarit, Nakpadon, etc., And...
by ParGha
17 Dec 2020 03:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

2. What would be the ToE of the proposed Armoured Infantry Battalions? 3. Is the intention behind these Armoured Infantry Battalions to bring the concept of the RAPIDS down to a Bde level, instead of having just a different composition of Armd/Inf/Mech Bdes to make up the RAPID? Organization is pro...
by ParGha
16 Dec 2020 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

So do we need 4000 odd tanks? Probably not (fwiw, there are around 3000 front-line tanks, not 4K). About 20-30% of the Armoured Regiments may end up being converted to Armoured Infantry battalions, and another 20% may end up as light armored regiments and/or RSTA regiments. Don’t be surprised if th...
by ParGha
16 Dec 2020 17:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

jamwal wrote:Ah, you meant it that way. It looks interesting but I'll not be able to participate at this time, sorry. I've written around 35k words after this and it'll be really time consuming to rewrite all that.


Totally understand. Looking forward to reading it.
by ParGha
15 Dec 2020 22:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

Self delete to keep with the flow of the scenario.
by ParGha
09 Dec 2020 22:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2515
Views: 474440

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

Indian Army officers inherited an imperial mindset when it came to strategic thinking. By this I mean the following: land had no intrinsic value for a British officer fighting far away from home. It was something that could be traded for strategic gain. Not true. While the British may not have had ...
by ParGha
25 Nov 2020 20:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

''War is not a excel spreadsheet comparison of numbers as is seen on TV channels. It is ability to bring force to bear at right place taking full advantage of geography'' - Indian Military friends. It was illuminating for me as well when I first saw these concepts. Your Indian Army friends are gene...
by ParGha
17 Nov 2020 03:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

My thinking may be wrong but what exact military experience do we attribute to the chinese that allowed then to have an upper edge on us in 1962 relative to an Indian Army that had fought in every military theatre of WW2?. 1. Higher command experience - only one Indian officer, Colonel Thimmayya, c...
by ParGha
12 Nov 2020 18:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 159
Views: 29154

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

How it played out per Washington Post: In a matter of months, however, Nagorno-Karabakh has become perhaps the most powerful example of how small and relatively inexpensive attack drones can change the dimensions of conflicts once dominated by ground battles and traditional air power. It also highli...
by ParGha
04 Nov 2020 06:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 US election results discussion
Replies: 901
Views: 63123

Re: 2020 US election results discussion

Please discuss the results and any policy impacts coming out. Then shouldn't the thread by LOCKED until the results are out? We need to analyze the reality that comes out -- not hyperventilate on the basis of our insecurities and prejudices. You can spend a lot of time and energy analyzing a propos...
by ParGha
26 Oct 2020 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 159
Views: 29154

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

Ralph Peters called it in “The War After Armageddon”.
by ParGha
23 Oct 2020 02:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 10196
Views: 1388798

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Actually I'd prefer that the critiques focus on screaming autarky. They're nowhere close to reality in the process, and that is just as well. From my recent conversations with investors and entrepreneurs in India, there is a real and growing fear of License Raj 2.0 and Rent-Seeking Parasitism retur...
by ParGha
21 Oct 2020 18:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2477
Views: 570408

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/in-drone-era-tanks-must-adapt-to-last-longer-155904 In drone era, tanks must adapt to last longer Even the well intentioned good General Hooda has not a single word for Ghatak or Rustom but advocating in favor of Valkryie. If cost is the issue, then what be...
by ParGha
11 Oct 2020 03:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operational Art or War Doctrine
Replies: 64
Views: 18158

Re: Operational Art or War Doctrine

ParGha ji, universal conscription was only practiced by select countries and that too for relatively short periods of human history. When Clausewitz talks about "people's participation", he was specifically talking about universal conscription that was introduced by the French Revolutiona...
by ParGha
10 Oct 2020 20:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operational Art or War Doctrine
Replies: 64
Views: 18158

Re: Operational Art or War Doctrine

Clausewitz says after 18th century, national will represented by people became added to the dyad between Executive or the ruler and the military or Army. Col Summers in his book "On Strategy" says however the mass casualties of the 20th century disenchanted the public and reduced their ro...
by ParGha
07 Oct 2020 23:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 4233
Views: 1235372

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

But if we think from chinese POV on economic planning, this missile is way cheaper than the hulls that China churns out by dozens and moor for photographs Nice! That said, it shouldn't only be from the Chinese POV. This kind of asymmetric thinking, planning and preparation is crucial to economic su...
by ParGha
07 Oct 2020 16:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

How to fight a tank war under an opfor UAV umbrella. Very good points made here. Worth a read https://rusi.org/publication/rusi-defence-systems/key-armenia-tank-losses-sensors-not-shooters The Key to Armenia’s Tank Losses: The Sensors, Not the Shooters Jack Watling RUSI Defence Systems, 6 October 2...
by ParGha
06 Oct 2020 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

It seems to be driven by finding a worthy replacement for the PT-76 light amphibious tank, which has proven to be a very successful concept for Indian conditions. The PT-76s were great light tanks in 1960s and 1970s ; Lt. Col.(later Brig.) Mehta's 45CAV was able to pull of many surprises because th...
by ParGha
30 Sep 2020 23:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 3535
Views: 723426

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

There were some fundamental differences between the PLA in 1962 and now. The PLA in 1962 was a battle hardened army, with all its senior officers fighting us, having survived the Korean war - which was a ruthless Darwinian test. By contrast hardly anyone in IA had combat experience. To be precise, ...
by ParGha
29 Sep 2020 23:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 1130
Views: 283698

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

BMPs belong to Mechanized Infantry and Guards battalions -- not Armoured Regiments. If it says "Gadra" (I haven't seen the video), it is probably 6 Mech Inf (ex 1 GARHWAL).
by ParGha
22 Sep 2020 06:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

NSN, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Gunfights and heavy artillery exchange was reported late last night in the Chhamb Sector of the Pakistani Controlled Kashmir. Residents of Paraganwala and Jattian Mira were woken up to the sound of helicopters, and informed our correspondent that they heard gunfire ...
by ParGha
18 Sep 2020 18:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

Jamwal-ji, I'm going to play the opposing-force (OPFOR) for a few rounds. I'm assuming Chapter 10's Heron strikes are in the near-future? To build off of it... The Air Security Wing (ASW) was now running the show, and the only role left for Colonel Bufang Liu was to sit back and watch the Pakistanis...
by ParGha
12 Sep 2020 17:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

I had no idea that women were involved too, or is it fiction ? It is a fact. SFF has female soldiers, especially radio operators and medics, from day one: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DI0HkFnWsAEHSsV?format=jpg&name=900x900 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DI0GBjkWAAAfQGN?format=jpg&name=small In...
by ParGha
11 Sep 2020 22:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

The Som & Namdol Backstory Disclaimer: I have liberally mixed facts and fiction to create a backstory for Som and Namdol. My apologies if this offends anyone. I'll stick to future-focused possible military scenarios in subsequent posts. "Tea plantations were being squeezed tight by ULFA an...
by ParGha
09 Sep 2020 07:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 60
Views: 12654

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

jamwal wrote:@ParGha sahab, can you consider writing something about Som and Namdol?
No sahab/waheb for me :) Sure, I'll give it a shot.

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