Kakarat wrote:First to protect our soldiers from attacks we must shift from the present non armored platforms to Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected platforms
Kakarat Ji we have ample Cassipir and OFB built Yuktirath derivatives but for operations
. For non operational activities, like ferrying troops from operational areas to railway station for leave or training or picking up soldiers from railway station returning from leave and training and conveying them to operational areas, general transport is used. Also, the troops are unarmed when going on leave, because once they board the train and it departs the state, there is no need for the soldier to carry firearms. Assuming they are given firearms during transit, then it becomes a challenge collecting and depositing them back in the base armory as railway stations dont have armouries.
There is a security detail for such movements but they are often overwhelmed. In this case, a vehicle came from a service road laden with explosives after the security detail had passed ahead.
Also, MRAP vehicles have a logistics trail more than COTS vehicles. So more soldiers need to be deployed for maintenance and for transporting fuel for them. More weight means more fuel consumption. The Taliban often targeted American oil tankers.
The militants had intel of the movement. They would have observed previous movements. The attack is similar to the 2015 Manipur attack and the BSF Bus Attack near Udhampur.https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/bsf-jaw ... ly-1270050https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ ... 507222.ece
In the BSF bus attack, the security detail took out the terrorists despite being gravely injured.
As mentioned in the above article each bus carries 44 personnel and going by the number of casualties, looks like the Scorpio took out an entire busload.
Going forward, the civilians will lose their right to use the highway when a military convoy is moving.