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by ParGha
26 Oct 2020 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020
Replies: 68
Views: 11008

Re: Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict - 2020

Ralph Peters called it in “The War After Armageddon”.
by ParGha
23 Oct 2020 02:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8119
Views: 1079838

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: 2408
Views: 515863

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: 63
Views: 11821

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: 63
Views: 11821

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: 3698
Views: 1030760

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: 822
Views: 206636

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: 822
Views: 206636

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: 2434
Views: 407563

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: 822
Views: 206636

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: 41
Views: 7006

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: 41
Views: 7006

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: 41
Views: 7006

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: 41
Views: 7006

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: 41
Views: 7006

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.
by ParGha
03 Sep 2020 23:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 968187

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

This can be a problem. An army is supposed to focus its energies on a single decision point, not scatter them far and wide across a 3000km front. I wonder if this was not the desired outcome from the Chinese, get several Indian divisions tied down on the LAC thus relieving pressure on Pak on the LO...
by ParGha
31 Aug 2020 20:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 41
Views: 7006

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

NSN, September 13, 2106 The Indian Army is raising three additional mechanized infantry battalions to reinforce the armoured brigades in the strategically sensitive areas of J&K and Sikkim. Two of the battalions will be raised under the Mechanized Infantry Regiment, and one battalion under the ...
by ParGha
28 Aug 2020 18:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 41
Views: 7006

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut

The 2013 Daulat Beg Oldi Incident had been a wake-up call for the Army HQ. In reviewing the preparations for the DGMO, Lt. Gen. HPS Randhawa (retd.), had laughed out aloud when a XIV Corps Staff officer had repeated the Indian politician's standard party-line, "we will not give up an inch of ou...
by ParGha
27 Aug 2020 17:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 41
Views: 7006

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV. Kaalkut.

jamwal - sorry, I didn't notice that this was set in 2016. I have made the changes to align with your timeline: RECR to a cut-down RPD, 'Major' Barua of an indeterminate professional background (IB, DMI, FIU -- I'll let you decide, but I've given him a field-rank of 'Major' and IPS equivalent). I wi...
by ParGha
27 Aug 2020 03:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV Kaalkut
Replies: 41
Views: 7006

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XV. Kaalkut.

"The III Corps HQ cowboys are absolutely crazy. Keep your nose clean around them, but don't annoy them needlessly. If 32 SLI (AA) is going to end up in Dimapur, it may not be such a bad idea for you to build some rapport with them," Tegh Singh remembered the Adjutant's parting advice when ...
by ParGha
26 Aug 2020 22:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206636

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

The British are an island nation, so tanks are a "want", not a "need". India is a continental nation with adjacent hostile neighbors, so tanks are a "need", not a "want". A bad bet on armor, say in Iraq or Jordan, is only an embarrassment for the Brits. A bad ...
by ParGha
20 Aug 2020 19:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178043

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

If I was IA, I'd ask ARDE to develop MCIWS/AAR in 7.62 NATO, then throw open the design to all small arms makers to determine who can come up with the most reliable and cost effective implementation... Splitting design and build to two different entities is a terrible idea. It will only lead to end...
by ParGha
19 Aug 2020 23:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178043

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

Also why did SIG make two versions of the same rifle with 2 different actions? Seems very unusual. #1 Cost. The G2 Patrol is at least $600 more expensive than the 716i version. #2 Weight. The G2 Patrol is about 0.5kg heavier than the 716i version. For the average American hunter, if he has to spend...
by ParGha
18 Aug 2020 05:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178043

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

No mention of the mystery East German Wieger rifle? This was originally proposed as the replacement for SLR (everyone knew that the Steyr AUG was too expensive for the Indian Army): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieger_StG-940
by ParGha
17 Aug 2020 19:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178043

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

ks_sachin wrote:Tell me one original design by the OFB in small arms...


The 5.56x30mm MSMC and "Amogh" were fairly innovative, and there is room to also produce the "Amogh" in 9x19mm now that the 5.56x30mm has gained some customers in the Indian Coast Guard and some state police forces.
by ParGha
09 Aug 2020 18:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4311
Views: 742889

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Wish they had added alpine-warfare gear to the list (unless I missed it): heavy-duty parkas, synthetic-fur caps, gloves, snow-boots, inner-thermals, blizzard-goggles, climbing equipment, tents, heaters, skiing equipment, ATVs and snow-mobiles. Some of these are already made in India, Bangladesh or V...
by ParGha
06 Aug 2020 19:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2452
Views: 351796

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

YashG, the Doji Bara famine killed 11 Million in North Karnataka / South Maharashtra; the prime recruiting grounds for historic Maratha, Rashtrakuta, Chalukya armies, and even today the grounds for Maratha Light Infantry. It is a little hard to build a nation-state when 25% of your support base is d...
by ParGha
05 Aug 2020 18:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206636

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

If anyone can point to earlier APC requirements in the army, I would be grateful. In 1960s and 70s, APCs were the sole requirement for the Indian mechanized battalions. Wheeled APCs were favored for easier and cheaper maintenance, and OT SKOT were imported from Czechoslovakia. The Yom Kippur War ch...
by ParGha
28 Jul 2020 19:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030760

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

In an R&S tracked battalion, the BFSR and NAMICAs (and BMPs) work as a single team. The Nag missiles are meant to be launched after the enemy armored column is spotted by the BFSR, and the BMPs have taken position to channel the enemy towards own armor/ambush location.
by ParGha
27 Jul 2020 22:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030760

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

The Nag saga is frustrating. First there was a requirement that it should be able to lock on, in extreme ranges, in Rajasthan heat. (why not use main gun or wire guided missiles like konkurs in this scenario?). The NAMICAs are meant for GUARDS and MECH INF R&S (Tracked) battalions. They can &qu...
by ParGha
24 Jul 2020 16:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206636

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Training school. Part of the Armoured Corps Center and School.
by ParGha
22 Jul 2020 23:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206636

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

How are they getting the T-90s into Ladakh? The IL-76s were barely able to take off from Chandigarh with stripped-down T-72s, so I'm curious if they have up-engined the IL-76s to lift heavier T90s or they are transporting major components separately? FWIW, the tanks that fly to Ladakh never come bac...
by ParGha
18 Jul 2020 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 968187

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

RaviB wrote:According to this article Rafales are coming equipped with Storm Shadow missiles, with the first ones expected in Ambala in 2 weeks.


Ah, ok. If it is part of regular Rafale acquisition, then I am not so worried for India.
by ParGha
18 Jul 2020 20:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 968187

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

Maybe knowledgeable members can tell us about use cases and why the Chinis are afraid of this? I am not too familiar with air systems, but I have worked with the vendor and one of its controlling firms. I couldn't understand the Tweet very clearly. Does it mean that India is buying Storm Shadow mis...
by ParGha
16 Jul 2020 19:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206636

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Why not take a jeep with modern ATGM. 100% agree that light tanks are an obsolete concept, with neither the versatility of an IFV nor the fighting power of an MBT. The Chinese probably developed it as an export tank for poor Third World countries, but they ended up with an up-engined model when the...
by ParGha
07 Jul 2020 19:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178043

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

nachiket, the one advantage of a 20-round magazine is that you have a lower-profile in the prone position on flat ground / shooting downwards. Ideally you have a mix of 20- and 30-round magazines. sachin summarized what I meant about the RR correctly.
by ParGha
06 Jul 2020 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion
Replies: 842
Views: 178043

Re: Small Armaments & Infantry Equipment - News & Discussion

No 5.56 is not adequate hence the switch to 7.62x51 and 7.62xx39 for RR. While IA was trying to match US doctrine with the switch both the principal challengers Pakistan (G3) and China (AK-47 family) did not switch to the lower caliber. I wonder who were those responsible in IA for selecting the 5....
by ParGha
05 Jul 2020 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206636

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

aditp, in the past the DRDO mounted the Arjun's 120mm main-gun on a T-72 hull and realized that it had too much recoil (see DRDO Tank-EX ). If L&T has excess/unused capacity, it is better off producing K-10 reloader for the K-9 Vajra, and partnering with the Koreans for serial production of the ...
by ParGha
25 Jun 2020 17:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4365
Views: 816165

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

This story brings a question to mind, apart from Gurkhas and Sikhs who else wields melee weapons? Anyone can wield a melee (close-contact) weapon - dedicated, or improvised. Every soldier with an assault-rifle is issued a bayonet, and drilled in its use. Many also acquire combat knives. Then there ...

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