Exercise Vajra Shakti

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Exercise Vajra Shakti

Postby Ujjal » 05 May 2005 00:34

Please post all the updates here including Pictures if possible. Admins - Please move the thread if you feel like. Thanks.

India Begins Major War Games Near Pakistan Border

India begins big military manoeuvres in Punjab

India begins war games


Indian Army begins seven-day land, air exercises

Indian Army Monday began a seven-day land and air exercises, the biggest since Operation Poorna Vijay in 2001, to carry out fast battle maneuvers in the nuclear backdrop, reports Press Trust of India.

The exercises, in which an infantry division and an independent armoured brigade are participating with air element, began in Nakodar near Jalandhar and was to test fire and move capability of the elite strike corp against a nuclear environment backdrop, army officers said.

The exercise code-named Operation 'Vajra Shakti' is to give shape to the recently formulated new army doctrine, which lays emphasis on rapid strike by brigade group level formalities.

"The exercise is also aimed at testing the armoured, artillery as well as infantry formations against electronic and chemical warfare," officials informed PTI.

The exercise, of which intimation has been given to Pakistan as part of new confidence-building measures enforced by the two countries, is bigger in scale than Operation Poorna Vijay, but at much lower strength than the Operation Brasstacks conducted in the Thar desert in Rajasthan in 1987, which involved both country's armoured divisions and the strike corp formations.

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Postby Ujjal » 05 May 2005 00:42

Army set for war exercise to test new doctrine


Army officers said the combat manoeuvres were not being held "near the border" and would involve "only a division" (around 15,000 combat troops, with another 8,000 support elements)
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Postby ramana » 05 May 2005 00:48

Request: Please post full text highlight singificant aspects.

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Postby Ujjal » 05 May 2005 00:52

Army begins seven-day land-air exercise
The exercises, in which an infantry division and an independent armoured brigade are participating with air element, began in Nakodar near Jullundur and was to test fire and move capability of the elite strike corps against a nuclear environment backdrop, army officers said.


"The exercise is also aimed at testing the armoured, artillery as well and infantry formations against electronic and chemical warfare," officials said.


Operation Vajra Shakti is also aimed at involving Senior Army Commanders in the control and conduct of air and land battle with large formations.

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Postby SaiK » 05 May 2005 01:01

Vajra Shakti

INDIA has begun war games involving 20,000 combat troops on its northern borders in the largest exercise since 2002 when war almost broke out with Pakistan.

Officers in New Delhi said the exercise, code named "Vajra Shakti" (Thunder Power), started in the plains of Jallandhar in Punjab state, which borders Pakistan.

They continue for a week.

"The exercise is aimed at testing the skills of the military's armoured, artillery and infantry formations against chemical, biological and electronic warfare,"
a senior commander said.

Artillery and heavy armour were involved in the manoeuvres to hone the battle-readiness of India's million-plus armed forces, he said.peAdvance notice of the exercise had been given to Pakistan to avoid any misunderstanding.






India and Pakistan fought major tank battles in the Jallandhar area during their second and third wars in 1965 and 1971.

In 2002, India deployed more than 500,000 troops on the border with Pakistan after blaming Islamabad for a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the federal parliament in New Delhi.

A 10 month confrontation developed between the two nuclear-armed rivals, sparking international concern of a fourth war between India and Pakistan. The United States and Britain led mediation efforts which eased military tensions.

Ties between India and Pakistan have since warmed and earlier this month Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visited New Delhi, with both sides agreeing their peace process had become "irreversible".

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Postby Ujjal » 05 May 2005 01:03

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Chinese team to watch Indian war games Puki News

NEW DELHI, April 30: India will display its military might to a Chinese delegation that would watch its new tanks in action through much of May but the proposed desert exercise will be held at a safe distance from Pakistan’s borders, thus not requiring Islamabad to be informed of it, official sources said on Saturday. Pakistan has already said that it would not be disturbed by the proposed armour exercise involving some 20,000 troops but left it vague whether it was expecting to be informed by India under their conventional defence-related confidence-building measures.

Now informed sources in New Delhi say that the distance from the border and the strength of the exercise did not make it mandatory for a prior advice to Islamabad.

The Tehelka weekly newspaper said the Chinese delegation at the exercise, a rare gesture by all accounts, was going to be part of the agreement between the two countries during the recent visit to New Delhi by Premier Wen Jiabao. “De-escalation of troops along the borders and exchange of military delegations have become a regular feature between India and China, “the newspaper reported, quoting top defence sources.


“As a first follow-up to this defence cooperation agreement, a high-level Chinese military delegation will watch an Operation Bras stacks-like display of the Indian armoured might this summer in the searing heat of Rajasthan desert,” Tehelka said.

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Postby ramana » 05 May 2005 01:06

Its good for the PRC to know Indian capabilites first hand instead of from secondary sources.

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Postby Ujjal » 05 May 2005 01:09

So, here goes the news from Tehelka....

[url=http://www.tehelka.com/story_main12.asp?filename=Ne050705Breaking_ice.asp]
Breaking ice in the Thar
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India is conducting one of its biggest mock battles and the Chinese are special invitees to the war games

By Nitin A. Gokhale
Guwahati

An innocuous paragraph, hidden in the 21-point joint statement by India and China released at the end of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s four-day visit to India early this month, holds the key to one of the most significant confidence-building measures (CBMs) between New Delhi and Beijing.

“The two sides noted the useful exchanges and interaction in the military field and decided to further promote such exchanges and interaction. They agreed that broadening and deepening of defence exchanges between the two countries was of vital importance in enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two armed forces, and ensuring a peaceful environment in which they could pursue their respective national development objectives. The two sides decided to further strengthen effective contacts and exchanges in this field,” reads the paragraph.

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Postby surinder » 05 May 2005 08:18

Ujjal wrote:India will display its military might to a Chinese delegation that would watch its new tanks in action


Is it really wise to have the Chinese see this? Before 1962, Chinese managed to get an invite like this to Indian military practice and watched and evaluated the indian army. They apparantly had a pretty poor opinion of our army. So does it really make sense?

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Ujjal wrote:So, here goes the news from Tehelka....

[url=http://www.tehelka.com/story_main12.asp?filename=Ne050705Breaking_ice.asp]
Breaking ice in the Thar
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India is conducting one of its biggest mock battles and the Chinese are special invitees to the war games

By Nitin A. Gokhale
Guwahati

An innocuous paragraph, hidden in the 21-point joint statement by India and China released at the end of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s four-day visit to India early this month, holds the key to one of the most significant confidence-building measures (CBMs) between New Delhi and Beijing.

“The two sides noted the useful exchanges and interaction in the military field and decided to further promote such exchanges and interaction. They agreed that broadening and deepening of defence exchanges between the two countries was of vital importance in enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two armed forces, and ensuring a peaceful environment in which they could pursue their respective national development objectives. The two sides decided to further strengthen effective contacts and exchanges in this field,” reads the paragraph.

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Actually I don't mind it at all, this will keep the chinkies pssin in their pants and will think twice before doing anything stupid. If they come to believe how strong we are and how good our armed forces they will not be stupid to get their army butchered any time soon.

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Postby Abhijit » 05 May 2005 08:55

Folks, if the chicom are watching then it means the pakis are also watching. Ergo, IA wants PA and PLA to know what they are dealing with. Rest assured that what we show is but a small part of what we have and even smaller part of what we can do. Watch out for brown pants on Mushy == some useless nodong firing.

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Postby svinayak » 05 May 2005 09:43

ramana wrote:Its good for the PRC to know Indian capabilites first hand instead of from secondary sources.


PRC also saw similar excercise before 1962 war

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Postby Yerna » 05 May 2005 10:14

surinder wrote:
Ujjal wrote:India will display its military might to a Chinese delegation that would watch its new tanks in action


Is it really wise to have the Chinese see this? Before 1962, Chinese managed to get an invite like this to Indian military practice and watched and evaluated the indian army. They apparantly had a pretty poor opinion of our army. So does it really make sense?

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Their opinion about India army will not change by witnessing a war game.
And the chinese delegation will be just one officer at max, just like India sent a lone officer to the chinese war games, the pictures of which were plastered all over the net.

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Postby Aditya_M » 05 May 2005 14:22

relax guys... a little "show and tell" organized by the army will be sufficiently sanitized to not let the Chinese know what we are capable of doing....

the government might forget 1962 easily, the army never will

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Postby ramana » 05 May 2005 18:13

Yes a lot of water has passed through the Yamuna since 1962. If it werent for the advise about escalation, 1962 would have turned out very different. What happened in 1962 was a strategic surprise and a tactical setback. Also since 1962 there is the 'moo thod jawab' of 1967 at Nathu La and 1987 Sumdrong Chu. There is still Operation Checkerboard that can be dusted off. Yes PRC is a challenge but not an unsurmountable one.

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Postby Singha » 05 May 2005 18:43

upto a certain stage one hides the true capability, beyond a inflection point it is more intimidating to show off the ability (the US does this well). looks like we are past that now.

big militaries who are secretive and evasive have plenty of weak points - soviet union, PRC, north korea, pakistan.

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Postby Manne » 05 May 2005 19:30

Gentlemen, can we do without the slurs please?

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Postby SaiK » 05 May 2005 19:42

aditya_m, what would be a sanitized view of a real-life mil exercise game. are you saying the chiniese visitor will be only shown a video? btw, chinese are humans too, and a shrewd one too. what you might intend to decieve would be planed always orthogonal to what your enemy percieves. perhaps, gets more information than required by just guessing all the probablities. they might even endup getting a bigger picture than what we might be capable off.

and no army would like to present its inferiorities..rather would like to show the best it has to put the right psy-ops live. i doubt very much we can show something in reality and at the sametime our videos and human intelligence records entirely different.

unless the brasstacks are visible, we are guessing.

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Postby himmi.sri » 05 May 2005 20:39

What if the same Chinese Officers are then sent to monitor a Paki war game... :evil:

They can anyways give points here and there... I know it doesn't make much Tactical diffrence but an enemy should be treated as an enemy...

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Postby daulat » 05 May 2005 20:51

visitors to such exercises usually see the massive firepower displays, sometimes they go on limited manouvres. rarely would they see anything that actually tells them anything they did not know. they might see incompetence or highly efficient fighting units - thats all psyops. they won't see too much of the C3I etc., so they won't know how decisions are being made and the battle space is being managed.

in my opinion, if the chinese see a massive firepower display then thats good. they'll go tell the paks to invest in more brown trousers.

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Postby Cybaru » 05 May 2005 22:41

What might be new is the chinese being allowed to visit. But normally during such exercises you will see tons of foriegn military diplomatic core who are given space to see it first hand. One man, who isnt in the loop really can;t tell whats going on over a 100 * 50 km swath. Satellites and recon units in the sky do a better job than man on the ground. Expect pakis to have all units in the sky... Ofcourse at a respectable distance though. They wouldn't want a repeat of the earlier atlantique event...

So its all good and not worth losing sleep over.

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Postby P Chitkara » 06 May 2005 20:43

One can be rest assured of the fact that the Army will never ever forget 1962.
That being said, there should be no cause for concern. And yes, 1962 was the result of bad decisions more than anything else. Had all options been exercised, results could've been quiet different.

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Postby SaiK » 09 May 2005 19:17

Vajra Corps launches air-land exercise in Punjab

Jalandhar, 9 May. (PTI): 'Vajra Shakti', the first large scale air-land exercise after Operation Parakram, to train soldiers in developed terrain and blitzkrieg warfare is currently under way in Nakodar, Ludhiana, Nawanshahar and Moga areas of Punjab.

Some 25,000 soldiers were participating in the war games from May 1-10 in "a two-sided exercise, conducted with realism" where a simulated live enemy of Red Land versus Blue Land were battling it out in developed terrain, a defence statement said today.

The major exercise, being held after two years, was witnessed by Chief of Army Staff General J J Singh, GOC (Western Command) Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman, Vajra Corps Commander Lt Gen P K Singh and other top brass.

Troops from the Panther division and Flaming Arrow armoured brigade, which are part of the Vajra Corps known as the "pivot corps" during operations, were involved in the exercise.

New weapons systems and surveillance equipment were fielded and the aim of the exercise was to train troops for their "operational tasks in developed terrain" for swift military operations and for "quick time" coordination and synergy between the army and air force, the statement said.

IAF sorties, with fighter aircraft neutralising "in-depth targets", and day-night attack helicopter missions in close coordination with ground forces were practiced "for degrading and delaying the enemy mechanised forces", the statement added.

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Postby SaiK » 09 May 2005 20:12

no news on the use of arjun or t-90s / or pinakas any hot pics here?

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Postby Abhisham » 09 May 2005 21:42

Alo NO T-72/BMP-2 has an upgrade package..even the recent exercise conducted by IRAN had upgraded T-72S. Seems things are progressing very slow :(

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Postby Jagan » 09 May 2005 21:44

Abhisham wrote:Alo NO T-72/BMP-2 has an upgrade package..even the recent exercise conducted by IRAN had upgraded T-72S. Seems things are progressing very slow :(


How do we visually differentiate an Upgraded T-72 or BMP? ERA Tiles?

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Postby Rakesh » 09 May 2005 21:47

AFAIK, no upgraded Indian T-72s will have ERA tiles, including the ones undergoing the gold standard upgrade. For more details, please read here;

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/LAND-FORC ... Rhino.html

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Postby A Sharma » 09 May 2005 21:49

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The Indian Army today tested for the first time its new War Doctrine on short-duration intense wars in the nuclear backdrop baring a whole range of newly-acquired force multipliers from battlefield satellite imagery to UAVs and night vision capabilities.

Troops from infantry, armoured and mechanised formations carried out fast battle manoeuvres as part of war games code-named 'Operation Vajra Shakti' on either side of the river Sutlej, just 110 kms from the border with Pakistan, for nine days, fighting operations conducted in pitch darkness.

"This exercise has demonstrated that the Indian Army is more than ready to face any challenges thrust on us," Chief of Army Staff Gen J J Singh told reporters at the site of the war games.

An infantry division and an independent armoured brigade participated with air element testing fire-and-move capability of the smaller elite strike formations against a nuclear environment backdrop, army officers said.

For the first time, army tested its battlefield satellite real-time imagery to map the entire built up terrain of the exercise area comprising Jalandhar and its outlying areas like Nawashahr, Nakodar and Moga.

The Israel-built Loros radars, which enable commanders to get on moving television screen about 30 to 40 kms area around the battleground, were also tested in operational conditions for the first time.

"The exercises were held to validate our new battle procedures or war doctrine to ensure that it percolates to the lowest unit," the Army Chief said.

"In the war games more than 25,000 troops were in action aimed at testing the armoured, artillery as well and infantry formations against electronic and chemical warfare," Singh said making it clear that tanks, armoured vehicles and other equipment in the exercises were made NBC proof.

Operation 'Vajra Shakti' also aimed at involving senior army commanders in the control and conduct of air and land battle with large formations to train soldiers in developed terrain and blitzkerg warfare.

The first exercise after Operation Brasstacks in 1987 and Operation Poorna Vijya was to train troops for their "operational tasks in developed terrain" for swift military operations and for "quick time" coordination and synergy between the army and air force, Brig Sanjiv Madhok of the Vajra Corp told reporters.

IAF sorties, with fighter aircraft neutralising "in-depth targets", and day-night attack helicopter missions in close coordination with ground forces were practiced "for degrading and delaying the enemy mechanised forces," he said.

"It was a two-sided exercise conducted with realism and a high degree of integration of surveillance equipment to enable top field battle strategist to get battle details 'in one package," Brig Madhok said.

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Postby Abhisham » 09 May 2005 21:57

Jagan wrote:
Abhisham wrote:Alo NO T-72/BMP-2 has an upgrade package..even the recent exercise conducted by IRAN had upgraded T-72S. Seems things are progressing very slow :(


How do we visually differentiate an Upgraded T-72 or BMP? ERA Tiles?


No no there is a big IR searchlight next to the gun..thus no upgrade package for the T-72. AFAIK BMP upgrade supposed to get a new TI sight + Grenade launcher +other goodies.

Rakesh DRDO itself has developed a ERA package for T-72 and even the upgraded varient showcased in defence expo was with a comprehensive ERA package. There is no point to if the upgrade package doesn't take in to consideration armour boost.

Also the news article is a bit flawed. There is nothing like LOROS radar. LOROS is a optical unit that carries a combined day and night sighting system connected to a Laptop. I Presume they are talking about BFSR-MR (medium range)

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Postby Ujjal » 10 May 2005 04:23

Blitzkrieg! Army goes hi-tech with satellite imagery

Interestingly, the Army is also using feeds from the Technology Experiment Satellite (TES), launched by ISRO in October 2001, which can beam one-metre high-resolution images of troop and armoured movements while orbiting in the sky, said sources.




"We have used a lot of force-multipliers like satellite imagery, UAVs, long-range reconnaissance and observation systems (which consist of night cameras, videos and laser-range finders) and night-vision devices," he added.





Near-war scenario: Army gets ready

GAG (Jalandhar): About 80 km from the international border with Pakistan, the banks of Sutlej river have been a hotbed of military activity involving 25,000 troops for over a week.

With a clear thrust on going for the enemy's jugular without wasting time, the Indian Army carried out offensive combat manoeuvres in a 'hostile' environment to test its new war doctrine during Exercise Vajra Shakti. The doctrine mandates that military operations be conducted swiftly to notch victory in short-duration, high-intensity conflicts that can erupt at short notice.

The Army split its ranks into Blue Land (friendly) and Red Land (hostile) forces during the exercise to immerse its troops into a realistic battle simulation and to develop battle models based on the new doctrine.

The Blue Land forces, portraying the Indian Army, capitalised on rapid mobilisation and offensive action to crush the enemy. Army chief Gen JJ Singh, who was at Gag on Monday to evaluate the exercise, said, "We can't simulate a real war scenario better than this. The exercise has given us confidence to come out with flying colours if we are challenged."

As enunciated in the war doctrine, Army's Special Forces supported Blue Land's quest for decisive victory. The involvement of the IAF in Vajra Shakti demonstrated the joint combat capability of the...


.armed forces to execute Air-Land operations to gain advantage in battle.

IAF's Mi-17s were used for executing small team insertion and extraction of para commandos to execute specialised missions. Vajra Shakti also saw MI-35 helicopter gunships armed with night fighting capabilities provide air cover to T-72 tanks unleashing their full fury on the enemy.

An impressed Gen JJ Singh said the Army and Air Force had been successful in achieving synchronisation and synergy between their efforts during the exercise. The results of Vajra Shakti are significant given that it sought to validate a doctrine that required a holding corps, as against a strike corps, to launch offensive operations.

Force multipliers like unmanned aerial vehicles, satellite-imaging equipment and surveillance radars were also used for collecting battlefield information and devising operational plans. The exercise, conducted by Jalandhar-based Vajra Corps, involved troops of the Panther Division and Flaming Arrow armoured brigade. Western Army commander Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman, Vajra Corps GOC Lt Gen PK Singh and DGMO Lt Gen Madan Gopal were in Gag to witness the culmination of the exercise on Monday.


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Postby Rangudu » 10 May 2005 04:32

Non upg T-72s are dead meat in today's battlefield, even against TSP. Even their older TOWs can blast them.

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Postby Jagan » 10 May 2005 04:40

SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION OF IAF IN EXERCISE VAJRA SHAKTI
New Delhi : May 9, 2005

Exercise Vajra Shakti – is a joint Army AF exercise being conducted in the Punjab sector. This exercise was jointly planned by the Indian Army’s 11 Corps and Air Force’s 1 Tactical Air Centre which is an integral part of this Corps. Combat units from bases under Western Air Command (WAC) are participating in this exercise. The ability of air power to marshal resources from diverse and far flung bases ranging from Gwalior to Pathankot into the area of operations has been practiced during this exercise. The participating Air Force units have played a crucial role during all tactical aspects of the exercise.

As many as 130 sorties have been flown till date by IAF fighters, helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in conjunction with the Army to make their plans a resounding success. The exercises that have been flown included reconnaissance by UAVs and fighters, air strikes by fighters and attack helicopters and special heliborne operations in conjunction with Army Commandos. The IAF has made wide-scale use of laser designation to simulate destruction of pinpoint targets that would have been otherwise difficult to detect and destroy from the air, a problem that was regularly being faced during Kargil operations. Additionally heliborne operations were practiced to overcome well defended river obstacles replicating the spectacular success of the bridgehead at Tangali over Meghna River in the 1971 War.

This Exercise in Joint Operations exemplifies the success that can be achieved if there is total integration and synergy between Air Power and surface forces. The Army and the Air Force regularly carry out such exercises to improve interoperability. However, this was the first large-scale exercise with troops carried out in the Punjab sector after Op Parakram.

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Postby Rupak » 10 May 2005 04:56

I wouldn't worry too much about not seeing upgraded T-72 tanks in this exercise. Recall that the units involved are 15 Infantry Div (including organic armd regt) plus and indpendent bde.

The priority for upgraded tanks is of course the Armd Divisions. Which means a requirement for at least 700 tanks. It will be sometime before T-72s are displaced entirely by T-90s and sometime yet before we see upgraded tanks in Armd Regts and Indp Armd Bdes.

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Postby ssmitra » 10 May 2005 08:23

A question for the experts?

The jawans in the pics hosted by ujjal don't have any BPJs or camo

the Sikh jawan doesn't even have the standard "pagri" camo
are these sanitised pics for the press or am I missing something

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Postby jrjrao » 10 May 2005 13:22

Army tests new war concepts
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Gag (Jalandhar), May 9
To validate its newly conceptualised operational doctrine and battle drills in the backdrop of a nuclear environment, the Army conducted a massive 10-day field exercise, which concluded here today. The exercise, designed to cater for short and intense wars, saw the integration of real time surveillance capabilities with operational planning and execution and operations in a networked battlefield.

Conducted by 11 Corps under the aegis of the Western Command, the exercise involved about 25,000 troops from the Panther Division, the Flaming Arrow armoured brigade and other units along with tactical offensive support from the Air Force.

The exercise began on May 1 and was undertaken in the Nakodar- Ludhiana-Nawanshahr-Moga area.

Briefing media persons at the exercise location, which is about 80 km from the international border, Brig Sanjeev Madhok, a brigade commander, said that an exercise of this scale was being held after several years. “The exercise is being held under as realistic a war scenario as possible,” he said.

Chief of the Army Staff, Gen J.J. Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieut-Gen S Pattabhiraman, Director-General, Military Operations, Lieut-Gen Madan Gopal, and GOC, 11 Corps, Lieut-Gen P.K. Singh, were among the top officers who witnessed the concluding manoeuvres of the exercise today.

The Brigadier said that the exercise was designed to train troops for a proactive action against the enemy in a developed terrain. Synergy and jointmanship between the Army and the Air Force was also a key factor in the exercise, he added.

The imaginary situation created for the exercise pitted Blue Land forces against the adversary Red Land forces across the Sutlej which simulated the international border with Pakistan. The battle scenario depicted relations between the two adversaries deteriorating and the Blue Land forces going in for a pre-emptive offensive and a rapid advance into enemy territory.

The exercise consisted attacks and counter-attacks by either side using heavy armour, artillery fire and air support. The scenario also catered to the use of special forces and attack helicopters.

Under the simulated conditions, the battle continued for nine days with the Blue Land forces advancing up to 30 km into enemy territory and further expanding their hold on the enemy. By this time, the strike corps would be in a position to launch a massive offensive.

Air Force sorties were launched, both for Blue as well as Red forces. While fighter aircraft neutralised targets in depth, attack helicopter missions were flown during day as well as night for degrading and delaying enemy mechanised forces. In addition, a quick link-up was also established with heli-borne forces launched behind enemy lines.

Officers participating in the exercise said that a high degree of integration of surveillance equipment with battlefield management was also achieved, so that commanders were able to take quick and rational decisions and apply their resources optimally. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and satellite imagery were also used for gathering information.

The Army also displayed its latest hi-tech surveillance equipment, which included the Israeli-made long range radar observation system, hand held thermal imagers, imagery interpretation vehicle, which had download satellite images and print blow-ups in field conditions, communication equipment and armoured vehicles.

A demonstration of small team insertion and exfiltration (STIE) by helicopters was also given. This showed how a special forces teams can be dropped behind enemy lines and then quickly exfiltrated. Demonstrations of a canal bridging and mechanised assault and close air support by Mi-35 helicopter gunships was also organised.

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Postby darshand » 10 May 2005 16:31

JRJ you missed something important!!!

jrjrao wrote:Army tests new war concepts
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050510/main8.htm

The imaginary situation created for the exercise pitted Blue Land forces against the adversary Red Land forces across the Sutlej which simulated the international border with Pakistan. The battle scenario depicted relations between the two adversaries deteriorating and the Blue Land forces going in for a pre-emptive offensive and a rapid advance into enemy territory.


Thats a big change in our posture. Now waiting for our politicos get some b@lls. :twisted:

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Postby Babui » 10 May 2005 17:28

Seems to me that the 'Cold Start' doctrine (given IA's current capabilities) is probably 1 (less than Corps size) level force advancing 10-20 miles inside enemy territory to establish a 'bridgehead' and throwing enemy formations in disarray. While the enemy's Army Reserve North and South are mobilizing to break up this 'bridgehead' (could be a couple of 'bridgeheads' in the Punjab and Rajasthan sectors); the IA's Strike Corps comes in (after 8-12 days) to strike the enemy at the least expected spot while the enemy is massing and in operations to beat back the initial 'bridgehead'. That way we accomplish our aim of destroying enemy forces without crossing any 'redlines' that could trigger a nuclear exchange.

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Postby Singha » 10 May 2005 17:42

> imagery interpretation vehicle, which had download satellite images and print blow-ups in field conditions

this is news. and obviously a longtime BR demand. the next step is to transmit it directly into commanders camp/truck/tank screen(s).

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Postby Vick » 10 May 2005 17:50

The sat IMINT is near realtime battlefield surveillance. The next logical leap is to have airborne SAR platforms along with sat IMINT giving true realtime ISR info to the C3I people.


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