rohitvats wrote:For a country the size of India and given its operational requirements...3 Armored Divisions is a proverbial drop in the ocean...so the 3500 MBT number is not sufficient..IIRC Israel has 8 Armored Divisions...
And need to see the increase in numbers (MK-1) and additional numbers for MK-II in context with planned expansion of IA--conversion of ID into RAPID and planned IBGs, which again are likely to be armored bde centric....so we definitely need more tanks....otherwise how do we expect to "knock off" PA and swift and brutal offensive in a two front war....
PS: independent armored brigade has 3 Armored Regiments+1 Mechanized Regiment+1 Medium Regiment (130/155mm*18 guns)
Can someone give the Threat Analysis to comprehend the requirement?
It maybe worth mentioning (I saw a post mentioning Ladakh and North Sikkim) that unless one sees the terrain in Ladakh and North Sikkim, one would not know whether it is ideal tank country! It is just not that one releases tanks, constrictions, boulders etc makes movement slow and can be pulverised from the air.
Tanks inherent protection is speed and dispersion. Mountainous areas don't provide the same.
China has built 8 new airfields!
Planning force levels at various areas is quite a task by itself.