srai wrote: All signs indicate IA's Akash Regiment is much larger than an Akash Group. We are consistently hearing reports which corroborates that an IA's Akash Regiment is equivalent to around 5-8 IAF Akash Squadrons (10-16 batteries). This is equivalent to 3 to 4 Akash Groups (at 4 batteries each).
srai, can you tell me what is a difference between a Group and a Regiment? When the number of batteries in the present ToE in a Regiment and Group are same, why will suddenly the Regiment be that much bigger than an IAF Squadron? And btw, the SA-6 equipped AD regiments are called Groups in IA.
And a more fundamental question - what will IA do with such a large formation? Especially, when such a large regiment will be nothing but composed of multiple Akash Groups? After all, each Akash Group is one single operational entity.
From the deployment perspective - IA will need a Akash Group (or missle regiment as they are known) for each of the Strike Corps at minimum to protect the mechanized assets. That is the main reason those ASPL are mounted on T-72 chasis - so that Akash Group can keep pace with mechanized forces.
Why would BDL produce 500 Akash missiles per year if the IA Akash regiment is only equivalent to one Akash Group (each with 288 missiles as rohitvats is pointing out)? This means for an order of 2 IA Akash regiment order, BDL would be able to produce all in just one year or so. It does not make sense to have that much capacity for an order of just 576 missiles.
You are basing your argument on the assumption that what Dr. Prahlada says about how many regiments IA intends to equip. He could be plainly wrong. And I think he is.
Just because he uses the 2,000 number and regiments in same breadth does not mean that IA Regiment has that many batteries. And why shoud it be? have you considered how such a large formation will be deployed? What is the efficacy of such a formation? It will after all be just a conglomerations of multiple Akash Groups. What use is that.
IIRC, IA has two SA-6 Groups - this will need replacement as well new regiments will need to be raised/converted. Those 2,000 missiles will be used to equip multiple regiments - which need to be spread across various formations. A single Corps may end up with more than one Akash Regiment in it's AD Brigade.