Indian Army -- News Folder -- June 2003

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Postby member_201 » 02 Jun 2003 01:04

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Postby Div » 02 Jun 2003 19:22

Fire at Amy depot in Rajsthan, ammunition ruined
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India's big eye scours skies for jets, missiles from China, Myanmar
(AFP, 02 June 2003)


Some 50 men in a dark room poured red-eyed over consoles as loudspeakers gave out details of two 'enemy bombers' with fighter jet escorts screaming into Indian airspace from a Chinese airfield in Tibet. 'Fire controllers' scrambled interceptor jets with cannons and rockets from one of the 19 eastern Indian military airbases dotting the Himalayan foothills and 'shot up' the two intruders before they entered an imaginary 'weapons release line' to attack plum targets. Wargame over, journalists visiting the secret air defense radar unit for the first time cheered but the personnel manning the facility were as tense as if in real combat. "Every minute of the day, 365 days a year they are scanning skies beyond our boundaries," said Group Captain Raja Singh, chief commander of the unit, one of India's strategic big eyes on its 1,900-kilometre (1,178-mile) border with China.

Journalists were told not to photograph, take notes or reveal the radar's details, but Singh said it was the brain of a complex air defense chain monitoring possible intrusions into the far eastern Indian frontier states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur from Chinese territory or Myanmar. Singh's Air Defense Direction Control (ADDC) looks 500 kilometers (310 miles) into China with a 10-tonne revolving mast and is the collecting bin of data from a chain of monitors which begins with soldiers on frontier posts. "The ADDC selects the weapons to use from a choice of surface-to-air-missiles, aircraft, air defence artillery, et cetera," he said of war assets worth 8.3 billion US dollars deployed in India's seven far eastern states which border Bhutan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar. "We cannot let down our guard," he said, apparently dismissive of latest efforts for rapprochement which led Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (news - web sites) and Chinese President Hu Jintao to hold talks for the time Saturday during their trips to Europe.

Vajpayee, whose orders to carry out nuclear tests in May 1998 soured ties once again with China, is also set to pay a state visit to Beijing later this month -- the first by an Indian premier since 1993. India and China fought a bitter border war in 1962 and India still accuses Beijing of occupying 38,000 square kilometers (14,672 square miles) of territory in Kashmir (news - web sites). China, meanwhile, lays claim to 90,000 square kilometers (34,749 square miles) of Arunachal Pradesh state. Indian intelligence sources allege that China in recent months has helped Myanmar set up listening posts along the border. ADDC commander Singh, who individually has the power to trigger a war, cited lessons from the conflict in Iraq (news - web sites) where US air defense missiles destroyed friendly British aircraft.

"We profile the intruder to avoid friendly fire casualties and also to avoid wasteful air efforts." Singh conceded the role of India's air defense was under strain from new military technologies now with China and Pakistan, which has fought three wars with India since 1947. "Ballistic missiles, supersonic jets and smart weapons have created a greater role for air defense and out here we are looking at an active role of causing maximum attrition," Singh said. The ADDC facility, manned by 300 air force and other personnel is one of India's six air defense zones which are integrated in war with the navy and the army. Sources told AFP that organizations such as Singh's ADDC are a key part of India's newly set-up command and control. Just as Vajpayee and Hu were meeting in Russia, India's defense ministry released its annual report which described the ballistic and nuclear power balance between the Asian neighbors as 'asymmetrical', favoring China.

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Postby Amitabh » 09 Jun 2003 22:44

MTU defies the downward trend
(Jane's Defence Industry - 01 June 2003)


With military vehicle engines, 2002 recorded a 15% increase in sales. This success, says the company, is based predominantly on export orders from the armed forces of India, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the US. MTU is benefiting from a strong demand for established engines. Series 880 and 870 engines are part of the procurement programmes of European and Asian armed forces. In 2002, the Spanish Army ordered 239 Series 873 engines for the Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT). Ten European countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and, since 2002, Greece, are users of the Leopard 2. An order for 155 Series 838 engines for the Indian 'Arjun' MBT has laid the foundation for a further rise in sales.




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Postby Phil » 15 Jun 2003 21:16

Army HQ surprised by Sarp Vinash deployment
(Intelligence Online, 04 June 2003)


The army headquarters has instructed army commanders to take prior permission for deployment of division-strength troops after it was surprised and dismayed by the movement of nearly ten thousand soldiers from assorted units in Operation Sarp Vinash against Pakistani terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan took adverse notice of the troop movement in the middle of a peace initiative, and the army headquarters was surprised, although that was partly the intention and also since army commanders have the authority to deploy a division-strength force without clearance from New Delhi. Under the new directive, all force-level deployment of division strength and above must be cleared by army headquarters, although commanders retain their authority to independently move smaller number of troops, but while keeping New Delhi in the picture.

The Northern Command gathered together ten thousand men from various sectors and forces, including the Romeo force and other formations located in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu. The original plan approved by army headquarters was limited to helicopter gunship operations and search-and-destroy missions but since this did not clear the entrenched terrorists in the Hill Kaka region of Surankote, the Northern Command moved a whole division of men for the attack. Top sources say that the attack surprised New Delhi as much as the terrorists, and it is suggested that the operation would have leaked if it had been sent for clearance to the army headquarters. Army commanders also now have to submit monthly updates to headquarters about deployments in insurgency areas and must inform about mobilising for civilian duties like elections, riot-control, etc.

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