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by rohitvats
29 Aug 2019 11:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4971
Views: 703148

Re: Internal Security Watch

X-Post: Indian Troops in Jammu & Kashmir For a long time, Pakistan has peddled that Indian has 700,000 troops in Kashmir. However, after the recent abrogation of Article 370 and GOI inducting more CAPF into J&K, absolutely rubbish numbers about strenght of Indian security forces have started...
by rohitvats
29 Aug 2019 11:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3709
Views: 673744

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Indian Troops in Jammu & Kashmir For a long time, Pakistan has peddled that Indian has 700,000 troops in Kashmir. However, after the recent abrogation of Article 370 and GOI inducting more CAPF into J&K, absolutely rubbish numbers about strenght of Indian security forces have started appear...
by rohitvats
29 Aug 2019 11:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Indian Troops in Jammu & Kashmir For a long time, Pakistan has peddled that Indian has 700,000 troops in Kashmir. However, after the recent abrogation of Article 370 and GOI inducting more CAPF into J&K, absolutely rubbish numbers about strenght of Indian security forces have started appear...
by rohitvats
27 Aug 2019 15:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1302
Views: 400799

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Yes, that's what I meant by hyper-local actions. However, even hyper-local actions will have to be backed by reserves and both sides have to be ready for escalation.
by rohitvats
27 Aug 2019 14:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1302
Views: 400799

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Has Pakistan been building up its Local Armed Forces in PoK to a level where it can straighten Line of Control or even intrude to a very deep amount at certain please ? Is Kargil II stirring in their minds ? Both countries dominate certain segments of LOC because of geography and alignment. And can...
by rohitvats
26 Aug 2019 00:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1125
Views: 309153

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Our understanding of MBRL is outdated. It WAS an Corps level Area weapon because of cost & inaccuracy. Around 4%-8% of range. Now at 50km, even unguided MRBL are 1%-2% of range, with INS 100m, GPS+INS 25m And IR guided with datalink potentially 5m. Using costly guided or PGM shells with shorter...
by rohitvats
24 Aug 2019 13:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Do we know the US will allow integration of Hellfire and Stinger for the LCH? Before Pakistan again became darling of USA, it was running low on stocks of most American weapons. One such weapon was the TOW missile - apart from being ground launched, this was also the standard ATGM of their AH-1 Cob...
by rohitvats
19 Aug 2019 15:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4163
Views: 800114

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

^^^Some really live their life on edge. The edge which most of us will never know about. While all human beings are equal, some people live lives which are beyond extraordinary. I'm glad that people like Major Mohit Sharma were born to Ma Bharati and lived amongst us. We're in eternal debt to soldie...
by rohitvats
18 Aug 2019 22:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3788
Views: 722430

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

^^^Karan M - If I remember the numbers from CAG Report, it was the delay in HAL meeting the delivery schedule because of which some numbers were shifted to CKD/SKD format. And even with this augmentation, the delivery timeline for 272 was pushed to 2020. IIRC, original delivery timeline was 2017/201...
by rohitvats
14 Aug 2019 21:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I'm not the brightest crayon in the pack when it comes to technical discussions but for starters, lets do a comparison between electro-optical system on both, Apache and LCH. For these are the main sensors on both. For reference, please check the video and content on Lockheed Martin website which gi...
by rohitvats
14 Aug 2019 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Rohit, nobody is questioning the use of helicopters in anti armor warfare. What Vivek and I are asking is what is it that the Apache gets us over and above what the LCH does? I was simply trying to amplify the fact that looking at Apache purchase from Eastern Ladakh or North-East perspective only i...
by rohitvats
14 Aug 2019 16:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Finally, some good fact based discussion on BRF. While I'll try to add points to this discussion later, some quick points - (1) Please remove any doubts about LCH acceptance by the army and IAF. This has been discussed few pages back as well. I had mentioned how LCH is critical for IA to achieve its...
by rohitvats
11 Aug 2019 13:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019
Replies: 105
Views: 26662

Re: Ladakh Union Territory- 2019

Ladakh being a Union Territory should mean that many defense related infrastructure projects should be expedited. Plus, if you remember, Indian Army was suffering because of lack of firing ranges in Kashmir and Ladakh. The state government hadn't renewed the lease and permission. I'm hoping that all...
by rohitvats
08 Aug 2019 23:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Gentlemen, appreciate the concern but nothing above is of sensitive nature. Everything is from open source. For example, the details of 1987 plan is from a book by Ravi Rikhye which was published in India by Chanakya Publications. As for assessment and all that, similar thoughts are available in ser...
by rohitvats
08 Aug 2019 21:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Here is a map that I drew which gives a broad perspective of what was planned in winter of 1987: (1) 02 pronged attack on Skardu: - 1st: From Thoise - Turtok - Khapalu - Skardu along the alignment of Shyok River - 2nd: From Kargil- along Shingo River, which then meets Indus - and flows towards Skard...
by rohitvats
06 Aug 2019 21:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

OFB ready with new tank shell before Army changes target https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/ofb-ready-with-new-tank-shell-before-army-changes-target/articleshow/70538456.cms Army has invited request for proposal (RFP), from a whole gamut of ammunition the 125mm FSAPDS rounds were dropp...
by rohitvats
05 Aug 2019 20:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

deejay wrote:^^^ Rohit that attack from Gurez - the plan still exists.


I'm sure it does.

During Kargil, the AHQ reserve division, 6 Mountain Division, was sitting south of Zoji La at Sonamarg. Its anyone's guess from where it would've entered into POK.
by rohitvats
05 Aug 2019 17:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

How important is the road through Minimarg to Pakistan? , if I am right BSF reached there in 71 but withdrew. Well, this is an interesting coincidence that you should ask about Minimarg because I'm working on a blog-post where I analyze the Neelum Valley Sector, and Gurez forms the northern edge of...
by rohitvats
04 Aug 2019 13:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Rohitvats from your sources in the IA, what is happening on the LOC which can be public ally disclosed. Have we hit some NHJP Dam site and pushed back construction by a few years. Aditya - As a matter of principle, I never ask people any kind of operational/ORBAT detail from the people I know in Se...
by rohitvats
03 Aug 2019 13:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

HAL test pilot in an interview have put the LCH requirement for IA at 97 nos and for IAF at 65nos. It seems for IA Rudra has been increased to 78 nos and LCH decreased to 97 nos from 114 nos for a total of 175 nos. For IA will have 7 attack helicopter units of Rudra+ 9 attack helicopter units of LC...
by rohitvats
03 Aug 2019 12:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/1157238391609556992 ---> Domestic R&D spending as a percentage of GDP is well below one percent, while horrendously expensive 'flagship' programmes entirely built with foreign technology are being touted as sterling examples of modernity. And when it comes to...
by rohitvats
03 Aug 2019 12:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

- Light Combat Helicopter is central to Indian Army's vision of having a Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) at each Corps HQ level. - A CAB is to consist of 1 x Attack Helicopter, 1 x Utility Helicopter and 1 x Recce & Observation Helicopter unit. - Remember, IA has confirmed orders for 60 x Armed Dh...
by rohitvats
01 Aug 2019 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Posting some exchanges from Twitter on the aspect of Naval ALH and the saga of folding blades: (1) From: Admiral Arun Prakash - ex Chief of Naval Staff Not factual. IN issued LoI for purchase of 120 ALH fr ship ASW/SAR early 1990's provided HAL could install blade-folding kit. Since hyd/elect wz not...
by rohitvats
01 Aug 2019 15:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Cain Marko wrote: <SNIP>
Interesting. Can this be mitigated by using a layered ADS including the s400 + mrsam + Akash + Spyder?


These are defensive system which will act as deterrent against PAF and PA helicopter gunships. But completely useless against any ground campaign by PA in this sector.
by rohitvats
31 Jul 2019 20:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Unfortunately for Pakis there is no land to playwith as Lahore, Sialkot and rest Shakargarh area is critical for them<SNIP> This holds for India as well. - Pathankot is 25 km from international border. - The critical Pathankot - Kathua - Sambha road which connects rest of the country with Jammu and...
by rohitvats
29 Jul 2019 23:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

There is an error in my post above Akhnoor - A RAPID has 2 x Armored Regiments + 2 x Mechanized Regiments. Plus, 1 x Recce & Support (R&S) Regiment. These R&S can be tracked or wheeled, depending on terrain and requirement. The link below shows 17th Battalion, The Brigade of Guards. It i...
by rohitvats
27 Jul 2019 22:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5063
Views: 1016938

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Katare wrote:
Vivek K wrote:Four apaches!!!! OOOOOh! The Chinese are making Indian Dhotis to shiver in!

Wtf is that suppose to mean?


Drivel like this is supposed to be some deep insight into defense matters worthy of posting and sharing on BRF....you should've learned it by now.
by rohitvats
24 Jul 2019 12:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4896
Views: 1185318

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I think that IAF should phase out Mig-29s and Jaguars. The cost of these upgrades are probably every bit as costly as a new LCA. If a BRF Oldie, who's spent years on this forum, makes statements like these, and there is actually a discussion around the topic - well, it simply highlights the decline...
by rohitvats
23 Jul 2019 14:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Indian Army is strengthening the 180 degree arc around the Shakargarh bulge. Consider these two developments: 1. Akhnoor based 10 Division has been converted into a RAPID. Which means 10 Division now has 2 x Armored Regiments + 1 x Mechanized Regiments. Akhnoor as we know, features prominently in al...
by rohitvats
21 Jul 2019 23:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Thanks for the link Rohit, and for your excellent compilation. I made a comment on your blog but it’s not visible yet probably because you need to review it. If you don’t see it either and it’s lost in the ether then I will resubmit by logging in I've seen your comment and published it as well. Wha...
by rohitvats
21 Jul 2019 03:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

To get the full picture on IBGs it will be necessary to look at the units used to raise them. Apparently they will be raised out of existing formations. One indicator so far is that 14 RAPIDS lost its armoured brigade to an IBG, and will now be deployed in Uttarakhand/HP. 14 RAPIDS is from 2 Corps ...
by rohitvats
16 Jul 2019 16:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3221
Views: 929259

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

To understand what capability S-400 adds to IAF and air defense scenario, please re-read the interview of Air Chief linked somewhere on the forum. The keyword is - Layered Air Defense. IAF is going from Point Air Defense to Layered Air Defense. Earlier, the best missile based AD that IAF had were SA...
by rohitvats
14 Jul 2019 01:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4289
Views: 725133

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

- Does Akash-1S also have active seeker or are we looking at active RF seeker on Akash NG? - Also, if Akahs-1S does have active seeker, does mid-course guidance still happens through Command Guidance mode with missile seeker becoming active in terminal phase. - Why do we have Command Guidance model ...
by rohitvats
14 Jul 2019 00:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

^^^I'm already working on something with respect to IBG. Will take a weeks time on higher side.
by rohitvats
10 Jul 2019 13:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Actually, in 1965 war, it was the AHQ in Rawalpindi which was controlling multiple divisions directly. Pakistan Army had only one Corps i.e - 1 Corps. This was also very big in size and commanded a total of 8 Divisions. IV Corps was raised post-haste in 1965 itself because 1 Corps, with such large n...
by rohitvats
09 Jul 2019 17:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

I think we need to wait for more literature to come out before commenting on the proposed Integrated Battle Groups (IBG). Having said that, the concept of battle groups is nothing new and has existed in one form or another from before WW2. At its most basic level, a battle group consists of a core g...
by rohitvats
09 Jul 2019 15:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3221
Views: 929259

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

This article in The Tribune, while on ASAT test and program, has some interesting details about the seeker-tech on NAG. Posting relevant parts: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/decoding-the-anti-satellite-weapon-test/751313.html Infrared seekers use what is called Focal Plane Array (FPA) of...
by rohitvats
09 Jul 2019 15:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1125
Views: 309153

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Why those two? For accuracy we have to evaluate the cost of their delivery mechanisms too. Personally, I don't see the need for the Excalibur. We have rockets with pinpoint accuracy and higher range now. I don't know the exact costs, But I can't see how they will be very dissimilar. Indranil, few p...
by rohitvats
07 Jul 2019 20:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4362
Views: 804211

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

As per my conversation with Nitin Gokhale, not all Division HQ will be done away with. Only some. Having said that, the concept of having a Major General command an IBG, which basis the information available, seems like a strengthened brigade, seems bizarre to me as well. For comparison, a Brigade C...
by rohitvats
02 Jul 2019 17:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3221
Views: 929259

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

For LCH Helina is completing development provide services don't ask for a missile to hit a tank hiding in a cave! New dispensation is going to question unreasonable requirements on DRDO weapons only. Its not only about the missile but the guidance system as well. If you want Mi-35 to fire HELINA (w...

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