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by ParGha
26 Mar 2012 07:00
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

On the other hand the issue of why private manufacturers are not involved is a different one. I think the reasons have been discussed again and again in the aviation related threads, but the technology constraints for a rifle are lesser than that for an aircraft. It has more to do with government p...
by ParGha
19 Mar 2012 19:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 980013

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

The sniper rifle is a Steyr SSG 69. The BSF also uses the same. The POF produces decent quality firearms.
by ParGha
08 Mar 2012 20:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012
Replies: 4311
Views: 211669

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012

Capability wise T-90 and Arjun are pretty much ahead on a tank to tank basis against both AK and T80. But the number of units they have that are equipped with the Night fighting equipment is more if the numbers are correct. Though this is less of an issue today then it was a decade ago, it is still...
by ParGha
23 Feb 2012 00:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Why the takleef at a perfectly innocuous statement that some groups have military traditions. Sure technology changes ... but it is some of those "achievements of history" that have saved the civilization in the past. And even today you need folks willing to go into harm's way. You are wr...
by ParGha
22 Feb 2012 19:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Self - Deleted : This discussion is pointless.
by ParGha
14 Jan 2012 19:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

A very well written article with much more than a semblance of truth. It should stoke the reform that is needed in the promotion system in Army. The sooner the better... http://business-standard.com/india/news/allchiefs-men/461720/ Over last thirty years, India has mainly been engaged in low-intens...
by ParGha
22 Dec 2011 00:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 980013

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Baloch represents only 3.6% of the Pakistani population, but 10% of army. How did that happen? Are they forced into the army? Not true. The Baloch represent less than 1% of the Pak Army. If you are basing your 10% number based on the Baluch Regiment, then its an archaic nomenclature. Even in Britis...
by ParGha
21 Dec 2011 22:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 629956

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

At the very least the professionals in the PA will seriously rethink the idea of reorganizing the Pak Army into an attrition-based fighting force modeled on the Chinese doctrine and posture of the 1970s. The Paks have historically not liked the Chinese doctrine (preferring a Turkey-like doctrine), b...
by ParGha
21 Dec 2011 21:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 629956

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Singha, Remember sometime back I had mentioned that older Chinese officers really prefer attrition-oriented warfare over manoeuver-oriented warfare? (That is, they trust artillery over armor). Well, it seems that the newer generation of leadership has its own notions. According to China Watchers, th...
by ParGha
07 Dec 2011 00:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

ramana, no need -- there is already an INSAS LMG with a longer and heavier barrel, which can be used in that role while in semi-auto (single shot) mode.
by ParGha
03 Dec 2011 22:33
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

khukri wrote:
Victor wrote:This is what it sounds like:
Image

Is this an actual weapon or somebody's rendering of a wet dream?

Whatever it is, it looks much better than the now-canceled OICW XM-29 (XM-29, Daewoo K-11, FN-2000... :shakes-head-in-disbelief:)
by ParGha
03 Dec 2011 22:28
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

FWIW, the newer Bulgarian AKMs (you can identify them by their black polymer furniture) are apparently falling apart after high-hundreds/low-thousands rounds fired; the much older East German, Polish and Romanian ones (usually with hardened plywood furniture) are doing just fine even after 5000+ rou...
by ParGha
02 Dec 2011 07:54
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

shiv wrote:I think too much has been made of one news item.

Considering the deals being made with IMI... perhaps this is so. :shrug:
by ParGha
01 Dec 2011 09:28
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

Unless an Indian private company buys off a foreign firm (like Mahindra's aerospace venture) I would anticipate a 15 to 20 year lag period before private industry is capable of meeting a big part if India's small arms needs. Until then it is OFB, DRDO and whatever we import. This much should be pre...
by ParGha
01 Dec 2011 08:14
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

The INSAS is simple, effective and rugged, but its derivates haven't panned out quite as well, and its obviously no substitute for the Tavor. It should be the other way around: Tavors are no substitute for the failure to produce INSAS to the rugged specs it was designed for. A Tavor, whose 5.56x45m...
by ParGha
01 Dec 2011 07:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

Aditya_V wrote:$83 is also pretty cheap
No, it was about the right market price at that time (1990s). What we are seeing now are prices being paid that have no relationship with current market prices...
by ParGha
30 Nov 2011 17:38
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

20 million for 3k Tar, 8.3 million for 100k Bulgarian AK's? Are the numbers correct? The article is a hit-job, but the price for the Bulgarian AKMs (~$83/unit) sounds about right. An acquaintance had witnessed the purchase of a batch of Romanian AKMs, where it was purchased around $80/unit. Last I ...
by ParGha
29 Nov 2011 22:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 629956

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

the chinese like to parade their later "type-N" , produce one token regiment and then move to "type-N+1" ... they are not facing any serious tank threat. More importantly, they don't like/trust tanks too much. The Chinese love their Engineers and Artillery. Most senior officers ...
by ParGha
22 Nov 2011 17:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

No such paradox; you are inducing self-paralysis through over-analysis. In fact in 1965, Premier Chou En-Lai did recommend Gen Ayub Khan to continue fighting an indefinite Maoist People's War (which the Chinese could have fast supported with first-hand experience {Japanese Occupation of China in WW...
by ParGha
22 Nov 2011 17:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

The primary focus will be on breaking this combine, from the begining to end. Since we don't know WHY they have combined, let us generally say conciliatory gestures, concessions and bribery of appropriate types can be tried on CH to leave PK in the lurch. When it escalates to a shooting war, the fi...
by ParGha
21 Nov 2011 19:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

Waiting is a mistake. Waiting encourages the super powers and WKK types to portray subsequent Indian action as aggression, not retaliation. ... This isn't because we don't have the strength. This is because all we do is wait. Wait for what, exactly? If you cannot dominate the political narrative an...
by ParGha
21 Nov 2011 06:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

The question here is, what is the Indian objective? If the objective is to have a security architecture for the region and the time frame is what will work with TSP in the short term (10-20 years), who's gains can be transferred to the next generation to manage the medium and long term. co-option i...
by ParGha
21 Nov 2011 06:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

Like ParGha said, we should destroy a section of Pakis in precision strikes every time they do something Paki. Just to be clear, I did not say anything about "precision strikes"; cluster munitions, HE artillery, fuel-air mix "dumb" bombs and flood-waters can destroy a massed and...
by ParGha
20 Nov 2011 20:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

IF we accept BK's overarching strategic philosophy that Pakistan does not matter, China is the threat of the present century: then there are serious problems with the value of it. Because any way you game it, you end up with Game Over: China Wins. In fact, we on BRF come up with endless scenarios a...
by ParGha
19 Nov 2011 21:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

First the official political objectives are yet to be spelt out - officially there are none beyond not loosing territory, so a lot of these are to explore how a co-option template might work. False. The political pre-conditions and post-conditions for the current military doctrine, Active Defense, ...
by ParGha
19 Nov 2011 20:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 12748

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

There is truth to the fact that India has a threatening posture against TSP. If and when, this posture is reduced TSP will act more normally or not is something that we will have to manage. False. Pakistan has maintained a disproportionately threatening posture vis a vis India from the very beginni...
by ParGha
07 Nov 2011 19:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 727062

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

Aditya, the Chinese are not interested in any more territory in this area (it is hard enough for them to defend what they already have; they make periodic noises about Tawang only to take pressure off of Askai Chin)... if there is conflict in the future, the main theater of action will be on the sea...
by ParGha
01 Nov 2011 21:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

pmund, military ranks have historically been granted to certain civilians since time immemorial and continues to be done so world-wide. IA is far more republican and discriminating in its disposal of this honor than most armed-forces in the world, so it cannot be faulted for doing what militaries ha...
by ParGha
21 Oct 2011 20:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

As battalions rotate through 54 div, they'll gain amphibious warfare experience. tsarkar, Isn't it better for the Navy raise its own Marine Corps? For many - no, most - Army officers, "Amphibious Operations" means crossing rivers and canals - particularly to the West. I am sure they can l...
by ParGha
21 Oct 2011 15:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Wasn't 54 supposed to be an air mobility division during Gen Sunderji's days? Oh! that was typical of General Sundarji. He announced the converstion of division with-out assets in place. Yes, the Army Plan 2000 called for 2 Arimobile divisions and MOD/GOI signed on the plan but as we know, nothing ...
by ParGha
12 Oct 2011 19:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

On a related topic, has anyone read Thomas E Ricks' excellent series on the auftragstaktik concept? Could someone tell me how the IA operates, in this sense? http://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=6017&p=1163956#p1163956 Indian Army is generally behfelstaktik (top-down comman...
by ParGha
04 Oct 2011 23:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: CT & COIN Operations in India: News, Images and Discussion
Replies: 2446
Views: 419994

Re: CT and COIN operations in India: News, Images and Discus

I for one have never understood the tactic of announcing on a loudspeaker and asking pigs to surrender , as upon hearing this the pigs inevitably open fire and cause casualties on our side.The terrorists seem to have figured out some of these standard protocols which may need another look. Psycholo...
by ParGha
03 Oct 2011 18:49
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 936898

Re: Small Arms Thread

There is a specific shell-catcher (sort of semi-cylindrical closed mesh) for the INSAS that you can attach to the carrying handle (an otherwise useless feature)... it is supposed to be used when moving on the range in exercises. Jugaad is used when it is not available.
by ParGha
30 Sep 2011 20:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 976411

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Given the shape of the Indian sub-continent, which naturally thrusts itself deep into the heart of the Indian Ocean, it continually intrigues me as to why the Indian leadership went for aircraft-carriers over long-range naval bombers as its strategic tool of choice in the southern seas? The aircraft...
by ParGha
30 Sep 2011 19:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

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by ParGha
30 Sep 2011 15:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 216780

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

<SNIP> A quick question though, don't the officers generally come to Kasmir for COIN after serving 1-2 years in their parent arms?? What is parent arm? The Regiment or the Corps they are originally commissioned into. 20% of the RR is supposed to come from armor and artillery, and another 20% from t...
by ParGha
27 Sep 2011 18:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 629956

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

According to wiki, it also has a 4-man stick carrying capability. If IA adopts it, will it be an infantry asset or an armored asset? Hopefully it goes to infantry/mountain brigades and be the first step towards pushing combined-arms doctrine down to the unit level.
by ParGha
27 Sep 2011 18:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 865299

Re: Indian Military Aviation

It is interesting to note that M2K drivers are also carrying Makarov pistols. I thought only the pilots of the Russian planes used it (Russians ship it as standard gear)... I would've guessed that others used the Indian FN35s in M2Ks, Jaguars, LCAs, etc.

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