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by ParGha
08 Jul 2011 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2412
Views: 326397

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: 954
Views: 176982

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: 2412
Views: 326397

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: 909542

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: 909542

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: 4143
Views: 769473

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: 4143
Views: 769473

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 20:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 1360
Views: 123886

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
27 Jun 2011 19:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4143
Views: 769473

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: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The downside of imported arms
Replies: 42
Views: 6389

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 ...
by ParGha
09 Jun 2011 22:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2412
Views: 326397

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

By the 4th C CE the Sakas had established semi-permanent settlements and even cities, which were vulnerable to much more superior Gupta infantry (especially Indian longbowmen) and siege-engineering (catapults, rams, elephants and fire). Once these were systematically razed, the Sakas could be absorb...
by ParGha
09 Jun 2011 17:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2412
Views: 326397

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

Mmm... isn't this thread supposed to be focused on the military aspect of Indian history? FWIW, the Huna (White Huns, unrelated to the Yellow Huns who invaded Europe), eventually overran the Guptas and not the other way around. The Gupta successes had been primarily against the Sakas in earlier cent...
by ParGha
05 Jun 2011 21:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

and the local rat has got itself just the penile botox shot it needed - around 100 free M109A5 surplus guns from its patron. the chinese would be working strongly on SP guns like PLZ45 among other things, and they seem to have a real fetish for 300mm rockets. all in all, we are not in a comfortable...
by ParGha
05 Jun 2011 18:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

rohitvats wrote:All the pics of BM-21 that I've seen in IA service have formation signs of their respective Command.So, IMO, these were/are being held as centralized assets.

rohit, the Army/Command insignia or the Corps insignia? Rocket assets are usually Corps assets in most modern militaries...
by ParGha
04 Jun 2011 20:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 970254

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

The Russian refusal to sell China the SU-33 carrier fighter forcing it to secretly acquire an aircraft fron Ukraine and reverse-enginer it,has set back the PLAN's carrier ambitions by a few years. Does the PLAN even have carrier ambitions? From most of the literature I have read, the PLAN is more f...
by ParGha
04 Jun 2011 00:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Thanks for that. What I am still curious about is infantry shooting standards in the IA The basic infantry courses have the extended target at 300m that you are expected to hit 5/6 times from a static, prone position with INSAS open sights. I guess you can call it a base standard, but it is rather ...
by ParGha
03 Jun 2011 19:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Given the comments made therein on Indian army marksmanship standards and infantry tactics, I wonder if anyone more knowledgeable can shed some light or provide some insights into the strengths/deficiencies of infantry training in India and comment on the comparions made in the link. Indian infantr...
by ParGha
03 Jun 2011 17:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011
Replies: 6593
Views: 717333

Re: China Military Watch - Jan 11, 2011

Please take the strategy/geopolitics discussion to appropriate forum. WRT Russia using Chinese money to build defenses against the Chinese, you also need reliable and willing manpower to man those defenses and Russia isn't going to get that with Chinese money alone.
by ParGha
02 Jun 2011 20:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2954
Views: 214530

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Relatively speaking it (the 6,500 crore (US$1.44 billion) spend) hurt them more than it hurt us. Was well worth the money, IMHO. If the Big Idea was to plausibly cop-out of playing the beaters in the Great Taliban Hunt of 2001-02, it was the price they calculated worth paying. $1.44B USD was a smal...
by ParGha
02 Jun 2011 18:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2954
Views: 214530

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

All of the puki efforts at all these different negotiations is to keep us from pulling away too far where they wouldn't be able to keep up. This is their real reason for always wanting talks on everything not peaceful coexistance. In the specific case of Siachen, both sides have good reason to keep...
by ParGha
02 Jun 2011 18:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2954
Views: 214530

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

To be honest, in 1965 there werent as many cards with us on the table to "settle" anything... Except, of course, a couple of minor cards like the Pakistanis running low on war stocks and the Chinese not making any efforts to open up the promised second front. The whole Pakistani operation...
by ParGha
01 Jun 2011 23:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2954
Views: 214530

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

In Mid-/Late-December 1948 the pickets were pulled from the Haji Pir Pass for the winter, the Paks promptly took over, and the ceasefire went into effect on Jan 1, 1949.
by ParGha
01 Jun 2011 01:15
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4653
Views: 925103

Re: Small Arms Thread

ramana wrote:IA should seek 100% reliability! Why settle for 99.7%? That way they will keep improving for ever.

I would rather have an INSAS or an AKM than a MSMC. At the present 2.98kg empty load, I just don't see it as worthy of trading in the tactical flexibility offered by the assault rifles. Keep improving.
by ParGha
18 May 2011 06:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 624877

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Ouch for the T-90: Chief of Army (Russia), General Aleksandr Postnikov says in this article, that Russian-produced army equipment is worse than even the Chinese. General illustrated this with example of T-90, the 17th modification of a MBT first made in 1973, with a current price 118 million roubles...
by ParGha
18 May 2011 04:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Rupak and PArGha what happens if the IBGs operate on a very broad front (using new communications technology) without too much concentration of numbers? Will they still be rich targets for TSP jewels? Dispersion will make them less vulnerable to the special weapons (and also A-100s and SRBMs with H...
by ParGha
18 May 2011 03:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Rupak, You are correct -- going back I see that he does strictly talk about the IBGs as divisional-sized combined arms formations: ... Cold Start doctrine conceptualises a number of “integrated battle groups” (IBGs; divisional-size forces) launching limited offensive operations to a shallow depth......
by ParGha
17 May 2011 21:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

ParGha Yes I do recall seeing Gurmeet's writing about Division plus supporting arms (armd bde), but I am not convinced that these do away for Corps level. I agree that the distinction between pivot and strike corps may be blurred and the nomenclature will have to be reconsidered, but you will still...
by ParGha
17 May 2011 20:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Rupak, The IBGs are still in conception, but by most accounts it is a Di-Division Plus formation. As per some proponents like Brig Kanwal, its artillery component itself will be 36 guns more than a standard artilley brigade (64 guns under full strength) -- so it cannot be a simple composite brigade ...
by ParGha
17 May 2011 17:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Pivot Corps will engage right away. What this quick reaction of strike corps does is reduce the TSP hope of International mobilization against Indian retaliation. Future such coercion will be with global missile strike postures. And this brings out the kraken. Don't bet on it, sir. The Chinese just...
by ParGha
14 May 2011 02:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

marut, are these your assertions or your chaiwalla's? The principles of war have not changed: always try to hold the high ground, and always try to control your logistical lines. You are asking Indians to foresake both to the benevolence of others. That is bull$#!+. If the defense of India begins at...
by ParGha
13 May 2011 22:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

marut, your chaiwallla is unaware of the promise made after the IPKF Sri Lanka episode -- Indian military will never again get militarily involved in civil conflicts of another country without either UN sanctions or the 100% commitment of the political leadership to complete the task. Compared to Af...
by ParGha
09 May 2011 23:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Singha, yes, the US infantry battalion TOE has a lot more firepower than its Indian equivalent. But your questions are somewhat confusing: MMGs are RifCoy assets in the US, Bttn assets in India. M249s are technically equivalent to the INSAS LMGs (both are squad/section assets), but can used linked a...
by ParGha
04 May 2011 04:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4143
Views: 769473

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

Don't get me wrong. I am all for covert operations and taking out these pigs. But how can one draw a parallel between this "Operation Osama" and the Indian situation. He is drawing the parallels in the principles, not the particulars. India has its own advantages and disadvantages when it...
by ParGha
04 May 2011 04:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4143
Views: 769473

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

I didn't know that Para Signals are also known as Pathfinders. It was an interesting titbit. The Pathfinder Company is a specialized recce unit for Indian airborne formations recruited from all para-qualified personnel, it is not exclusively Signals. The only time it was homogenous was during WW-II...
by ParGha
02 May 2011 21:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4918
Views: 699745

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Too much geostrategery on the MMRCA thread... an interesting tid-bit, Rafale's first carrier-ops were during the June of 2002, when it flew interposition patrols between India and Pak.
by ParGha
25 Apr 2011 22:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 974963

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

rohitvats wrote:What you refer to is 340(I) Mech. Brigade which is now with XII Corps. There is 91 Infantry Brigade, part of 54 ID, which is based in Trivandrum for the amphib. role. I guess, it flows from the supposed role of 54 ID as Indian intervention force.


Got it, thanks!
by ParGha
25 Apr 2011 21:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 974963

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

rohitvats wrote:^^^There is a dedicated Brigade for amphib. ops based in Trivandrum.

IIRC it was re-roled as an Independent Mechanized Brigade?
by ParGha
25 Apr 2011 20:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 909542

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Sachin,
Don't know about now, but back in 70s and 80s the CMP used to provide the "muscle" for DMI staff. Sometimes jobs would come up where using even toughened NCOs from infantry units (usual source for such work) was a morale/political liability, that's when the MPs were brought in.
by ParGha
21 Apr 2011 04:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 974963

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Right, and please note that the current COAS, Gen. VK Singh, has had to unsay many of those things and salvage the situation diplomatically. One of those things being, there is no such thing as the Cold Start Doctrine. This was not specifically directed at shiv (he was talking about nuclear doctrin...
by ParGha
20 Apr 2011 23:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 974963

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

VK Singh had to say that because the Americans had started to ask MMS if Cold Start was something they were planning if the next terrorist attack happened. The Pakistanis were giving the excuse that India has the Cold start and they can't redeploy to the west. Nope. The general clarified that India...

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