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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: 8486

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: 8486

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: 8486

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: 8486

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: 8486

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 609793

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: 155132

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: 155132

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: 155132

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: 155132

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: 2406
Views: 365251

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 819725

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 901078

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: 155132

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: 155132

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 561852

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 4004
Views: 792768

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.
by ParGha
23 Sep 2011 20:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 609793

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

PRC has officially one-child policy for a long period of time, that means the little Chinese emperor has 2 parents and 4 grand parents to take care off (if he is married, add wife plus her 6 lineage). Moreover PRC cares very little for individual citizens and largesse of socialistic things like foo...
by ParGha
16 Sep 2011 20:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 561852

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

For example, only one of the three bdes in a RAPID are mechanized - the balance two can be mechanized using wheeled APCs. Similarly, the infantry division of Strike Corps can be motorized - this will solve the biggest drawback - the partial mechanization of Strike Corps. But I have no idea why the ...
by ParGha
12 Sep 2011 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 561852

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

From what I understand, I see two advantages- the first is that a smaller unit is now capable of accomplishing what earlier (say 15 or 20 years back) required a much larger unit. For instance, an IA armoured division with the right amount of engineering and artillery support would be able to accomp...
by ParGha
12 Sep 2011 18:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 561852

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

For eg the Armoured Division , Regiment equation would have still remain the same had we been a only T-72 force or say operated most type of it, what impact does qualitatively better systems like Arjun Mk2/Mk1 or even T-90 have on the number and force structure since you can achieve much more with ...
by ParGha
24 Aug 2011 17:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 155132

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

video of a terrorist who got trapped under debris of house after a gunfight. army asks if he is pakistani , he swears not pakistani and "didnt do anything", but after { while } attempting to pull him out { one of the soldiers positively identifies him as a militant "wohi dadi wala&qu...
by ParGha
22 Jul 2011 15:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BSF, CRPF and other Paramilitary Forces Discussion
Replies: 864
Views: 187512

Re: BSF, CRPF and other Paramilitary Forces Discussion

Paramilitary forces get 67,500 new AK 47 rifles , 15,000 guns, 32,500 pistols from Europe on anvil The European weapons being procured include 2,800 Swiss SIG-551, SIG-553 and SIG-556 assault rifles, 700 SIG pistols, 44,500 Glock-17, Glock-19 and Glock-26 pistols from Austria and 12,756 MP-5 sub-ma...
by ParGha
12 Jul 2011 00:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 913355

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

And that is another gross generalization with respect to Kargil. Any inflitration to bye-pass and isolate the PA posts on ridges could have very well meant crossing over to other side of LoC. ... What the PLA did in 1962 was to overwhelm the IA by inflitration through routes which we did not know e...
by ParGha
11 Jul 2011 19:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 913355

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Chinese, IMHO, will again try human waves. OT, but this gross stereotyping of the Chinese threat is a distressing and alarming trend in Indian defense analysis. First off, the Chinese rarely used human wave tactics even in the 1962 India-China battles. The human wave is a very specific type of atta...
by ParGha
09 Jul 2011 17:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 287517

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

er, ParGha, I distinctly remember you (yes!! it was you :P ) saying spearman/pikemen can be trained in a few hours for team combat. I disagreed at that time, maybe I did not understand you better. In Southern style Kalaripayattu, the spear is considered the final level and was much used in small te...
by ParGha
09 Jul 2011 05:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 287517

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

For a stand-off weapon though, it would seem that the bow and arrow would be much more effective than the spear? It generally was, and like all weapons even today it would have been even more effective if the archers were protected from a rush/testudo by a contingent of spearmen in a combined-armed...
by ParGha
08 Jul 2011 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 287517

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

that's very debatable, everything else being equal, trained spearmen almost always lost to trained swordsmen. which is why all ancient militaries eventually moved to swords for their core army. Everything is not equal: To be a proficient spearman capable of fighting individually, you will inevitabl...
by ParGha
08 Jul 2011 22:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 934
Views: 151495

Re: Indian Army History Thread

ramana, "Mercenary" is as good a term for them as "sepoy" or "fauji" -- all equally misleading. Mercenary is someone primarily motivated by money; a sepoy is a Turkic word meaning a mounted soldier (we ironically differentiate the infantry "sepoy" from the cav...
by ParGha
08 Jul 2011 20:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 287517

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

In packed-ranks melee fighting, spears are also more easier to train with and provide greater reach (especially against horsemen) for the common infantryman. A long spear/billyhook and a short-sword/dagger combo was more useful for the commoners than long and cumbersome swords for their style of fig...
by ParGha
08 Jul 2011 19:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 848462

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

From what I know, the 1st Armoured (Black Elephant) has always been known as the Fakr-i-Hind or Pride of India. The Poona Horse is sometimes referred as the Hand of Allah, because of its role in the Battle of Kooshab (Anglo-Persian Wars), where it launched a desperate attack against superior Persian...
by ParGha
06 Jul 2011 20:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 848462

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Do the Indian Armed Forces have good strategists? For e.g in the 60s Lt. Gen. Harbaksh Singh was reputed to be the best tank battle strategist after WWII. First off, employing a mechanized formation is an operational art -- not in the realm of strategy. Strategy would be to employ this formation, p...
by ParGha
30 Jun 2011 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4036
Views: 681231

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

But I wonder if there is a proper doctrine, which then translates to proper training, about when SF will be used. Used at the borders or in J&K is a given. What do you mean by this? All training stems from doctrinal principles. Take the simplest text-book example: How do you do an opposed river...
by ParGha
30 Jun 2011 16:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4036
Views: 681231

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

TAR-21 is the primary weapon for all Paracommandos.....? , some times we can see they are using AKs Sometimes, yes -- but it would be hard to pick out the operators specifically from the thousands of other regular forces, police and militants who also use AKs, and I would be impressed if you did. M...
by ParGha
28 Jun 2011 20:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The Future of Armed Forces - delving into science fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1521

Re: THE FUTURE OF ARMED FORCES -delving into science fiction

Singha: I agree with the notion that societies will become casualty-averse as they grow richer, and it will have important implications on future military technology and training. Even countries like China and Russia, which used to be very casualty-tolerant, are shifting their design and training do...
by ParGha
28 Jun 2011 20:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 1360
Views: 104295

Re: BR Forum Feedback

Rahul M, I think it will be an interesting thread to discuss the long-term future of military technology (>50 years into future). It will necessarily be science-fiction. This is how I (and maybe GD) interpreted gakakkad's recently locked thread. If this seems too far-fetched for the Mil Issues Forum...
by ParGha
28 Jun 2011 18:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The Future of Armed Forces - delving into science fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1521

Re: THE FUTURE OF ARMED FORCES - delving into science fictio

The Starship Troopers' Mobile Infantry concept is widely believed to have inspired the US Future Soldier Program, which in turn drives similar infantry modernization programs world (including FINSAS). I know for a fact that The Starship Troopers is one of the most popular science fiction novels with...
by ParGha
27 Jun 2011 19:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4036
Views: 681231

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Plus we need a few companies in reserve - we barely have that. Taking into account - time for training etc. the poor guys have hardly any rest. In actual operations, you need 1/4th of the fighting force in the reserves - this the formula around which the army is organized; for example, a battalion ...
by ParGha
20 Jun 2011 18:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: The downside of imported arms
Replies: 42
Views: 5487

Re: The downside of imported arms

The IN however has the best track record of all and is the service helped the least! had we not stopped sub building in the '80s,we would'v been far ahead of all ASin navies. Absolutely Philip. With the Navy being the Cinderella of the services due to all the land wars we fought - they have had to ...

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