Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VII

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Postby Shankar » 04 Mar 2007 21:47

USS BOXER -OFF GWADOR COAST -0000 HRS


Major general Stoneway like learning from history ,its mistakes and its sudden twists and turns which made great battles legends and normal leaders toast of a nation .After all past was the present of yesterday and today is nothing but the history of tomorrow. History also has the uncanny ability to repeat itself ,at the most in importunate moment.

The battle of Inchon was perhaps one the most decisive and bloody of all battles fought by us marines and changed the nature and extent of Korean war forever. “operation chromite “ was the code for this invasion and took place and was a 13 day long operation starting from 15th September 1950 .As would be normal in the coming years in a multitude of united nations sanctioned and executed operations ,in the battle of Inchon the united nations force essentially consisted of forces from united states with small contingents from united kingdom, South Korea(comparatively large force but badly equipped and partly demoralized)Canada, Australia, Netherlands and France.

During the extended multi point amphibian landing operation the united nations forces first secured Inchon and using Inchon as a bridgehead quickly broke out of the beleaguered Pusan region .The united nations forces were led by General Mac Arthur
And his marines. The victory at Inchon allowed the series of counter attacks by united nations forces read us marines which eventually led to re capture of Seol.The tides of war changed again as the un forces reached the banks of yalu river when peoples republic of china exposed its cards. Thousand of Chinese army volunteers joined the battle supporting the north Korean army who by then were really on the run.The insertion of Chinese army “volunteersâ€

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Postby Shankar » 05 Mar 2007 22:19

GWADAR PORT -0100 HRS

Major general khan had no sleep this night . His mission was to protect the port city of Gwador at any cost from a sea borne invasion. He knew marine infantry operations are usually combined with strong air mobile support and complete air dominance. The chances of a Pakistani air force fighting of a determined coalition air offensive to achieve that level of dominance will be difficult if not impossible in the long run .But then that was not his problem for the time being .He was her with the specific order from the general in Islamabad to make the invasion a costly exercise ,enough to make American public cringe at the unending stream of body bags and put pressure on white house to stop the military adventurism in a far corner of the globe .

To start with to neutralize the advantage of massive air mobile offensive he has already deployed portable croatle missile systems all around the port and the international airport complex likely to receive maximum attention from the coalition forces. Both the approach channels to port were already mined in depth to make difficult for the heavy roll on roll off ships from sailing right into the piers and unloading quickly. Concrete tank traps were in position all along the double C shaped beaches which would slow down if not stop the first wave or two of the offensive ,all incorporating remotely detonable improvised explosive charges to maximize infantry causality Ground based observers were placed every 50 meters along the sand dunes with RPG and VHF communication sets to enable a real time picture of the battle to be formed in the command centre. The mobile radars were ready to be deployed with strict orders to energize only when the invasion actually starts.

The problem was lack of adequate cover for the heavy guns and mortar teams. The sand coloured bunkers housing the individual teams were not likely to stand day light scrutiny but in the night and dawn maybe the state of the art night vision systems of enemy will not be able to identify most of them until it was too late.

His surprise was the 1 km deep minefield which has been set up just at the high water mark all along the beach front. It is here where he intended to make the invaders stop in their tracks and then finish off with the 130 mm field guns and mortar attack from the flanks for the moment completely hidden in the surrounding sand and rock dunes .

He expected to trap the main invasion force in the mine field and then destroy them with heavy arty and close air strike as they try to disentangle themselves from the killing field ,still not grouped up, fresh from landing stress and the bridgehead yet to be formed .

He knew best way to neutralize a marine invasion is to deny them the beach ,not let them start the invasion and follow it up with massive defensive fire as they become feet dry.

His second advantage ,he hoped he will have ,was the weather. Sand storms are quite common in gwadar area during late mornings and early afternoons when wind velocity in excess of 20 meters/sec blowing in from the Iranian dessert is quite common. The actual line of sight is less than 100 meters and that makes many of the laser range finders and targeting pods useless. The landing ships themselves become vulnerable because of their low maneuverability in shallow navigation channels –an ideal target for surface to surface and surface to ship missiles like silk worm which he had plenty, courtesy peoples republic army .Small missile teams were located also along the coast under the cover of palm trees and dunes with orders to fire individually as and when a ship comes within range and then scoot before counter fire or air strike is called in.

Dozens of small special forces teams were patrolling the coast with recoilless rifles ,stinger missiles and anti armor missiles in total autonomous mode .So even if central command is taken off in the first hour of the battle ,they will resit the landing ,hopefully enough to increase the body bag count to unacceptable level .

Barbed wires were off course in place both sides of the deep minefield. Hundreds of pre stressed concrete bunkers were now all manned (built at the same time as the main port complex )

All in all it was a good defensive set up.

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Postby Hari Sud » 05 Mar 2007 23:07

Hi Shankar

Why is the combined force invding Gawadr port.

In your posts in and around Nov 30th, Pakistani nuclear capability is completely destroyed. They are no longer any threat to anybody, hence why risk invasion of Gwadar.

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Postby Shankar » 05 Mar 2007 23:20

GWADOR DEEP WATER PORT - BALUCHISTAN-PAKISTAN
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The presidential aircraft a citation with twin mirage escorts landed just as the dawn breaking out . It has been reported in the press that the battle hardened general was not comfortable flying into the border port city at all however the bad roads between islamabad and gawdor made it impossible to avoid .His primary reason of comming into this strategically important border port was to survey and finalise some of the free fall nukes as they are being dispersed around the country from peshawar to quetta to gawdor as in this case close to an air base but as far away as possible from indian border .Pakistani intel has indicated increase in india air deployements along the sind,rajastan border and also additional units being moved in including armoured elements in afganistan.

As on day gawdor had a sizable chinese military presence along with a sizable civilian presence involved in upgrading the port facilities .As a part of secret understanding between him and chineses premier the peoples republic of china have agreed to construct a set of nuclear strike proof silos in specified locations of pakistan to protect its strategic assets in the event of a nuclear shoot out . China has however not given any assurance on direct military involvement by comming into pakistans assistance in any overt way .

The so called bomb proof silos were to be made in hard rock almost 100 mtrs deep encased in prestressed extra strong concrete . Each silo shall be desiged to hold only one free fall bomb or warhead on a hydraulic lift .The top of the silo shaft shall be covered in removable concrete slab almsot 5 mtr thick topped by 100 mm thick stainless steel plate .To camoflage the silo a small earthen mound will be created on the surface with a single artificial palm tree on top to ensure quick recovery in a national emergency .No map will be kept and only the president and local army and navy/airforce commander shall be privy to the information about thier exact location around the port complex of gawdor .

For the media the story given out was president of pakistan shall be inaugarating the dry dock no2 in gawdor port complex and dedicate to the world maritime community .In the function to be held later in the day he will also than the chinese friends for thier continued support and announce free access for the plan ships to the port as a token of his nationas appreciation.

The importance of gawdor is its proximity to strait of hormuz or more simply the persian gulf.Apart from the 13 odd million barrles of oil that pass the region every day.It is also close to resource rich central asian republics all of which are kind of land locked and need a deep sea access to meet theie growing trade needs with the rest of the world.The president of pakistan apart from being a good military general wasalso an astute business man.As a ressult of his vision gawdor has developed today into a deep sea port ,natural gas termination station for turkmenistan-afganistan-pakisatn pipeline and a new natural gas liquification plant was comming up to convert the natural gas in lng and then export to the world . While the port facilities were almost exclussively buil by chinese army and nay personnel the lng facility was being put up by iranian oil company on soft credit to be paid out of its earnings over the next 15 years.

To bettre connect this facility with the rest of the country a coastal expressway was also under completion connecting karachi to gawdor .Like all pakistan govt project this roadways also had a military implication.While second strike nuclear weapons could be stored in farway gawdor they could if required moved surreptiously by road to naval air station karachi even when indian airforce have established the inevitable air superiority over entire pakistan air space ,and from their loaded on mirage /falcons to do the needful on western and northern India.

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 05 Mar 2007 23:56

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY BUILDING
NEW DELHI, INDIA
1015 HRS THURSDAY


Dr. Shivdev Singh was reviewing the files before him that had piled up since his morning visit to the PMO. Another sheet made by his secretary listed the countries whose foreign Ministries had called when he was not in his office. All of them had wanted to talk to him and ask about the state of affairs, but none were going to come forward and offer any constructive help, the Foreign Minister was sure. He could have called them back now, but that was an unproductive way of spending the early hours of the day. At any rate he had other things that needed doing.

First on the list had been to call the Bhutanese Ambassador over to the Foreign Ministry. This he did through his secretary. He had discussed the details of this meting with the PM before the Defence Minister had arrived. The PM in turn, had said that he would discuss this with the Defence Minister and the Home Minister before giving his final call. This had come just minutes ago, and there was no time to waste after that.

Bhutan was in an interesting situation to say the least. It was caught up between the two warring parties and had no political influence or military power to back up its position in the frantic diplomacy going on. What military it did have was deployed right at the border, or fighting the insurgents in the south. The Royal Bhutanese Army was what it was only because of the Indian support it had received for the last few decades. Almost all the equipment was Indian in origin. But their courage was their own. The Indian Advisors with them had seen it first hand, the ULFA had the honour of tasting it in combat and China knew about it. As far as the world was concerned, the Royal Bhutanese army was independent only in its thoughts and character. And its courage in the face of fire was one of the last vestiges of its independence in this crisis, its only independent identity. In all other actions, especially external affairs, the disadvantage of being land-locked meant that the Indian Foreign Minister had more evocative powers with respect to the Bhutanese Ambassador than what the Bhutanese authorities would have liked. However, it was still a lot better than being gobbled up by China and being treated as its outlying provinces, and that meant that the meeting between these two people was more cordial and friendly than would otherwise have been the case. There was also a debt to be paid, but the Indian foreign Minister had no intention of bringing that up today.

A relatively short walk down the hall to receive him followed a short message from his secretary stating the arrival of the Bhutanese Ambassador. The usual pleasantries were exchanged while both men walked back to the main room. Each man had been awake for a long time, and his eyes showed. Tea was served formally, as was the seating arrangement, which belied the fact that these two men were close and informal friends. By normal standards the timing was very early for such a meeting, but desperate times called for desperate measures. It was time to get down to business. The Bhutanese ambassador was the one to speak first, much to the relief of the foreign minister who didn’t want the meeting to look like he was giving an order, which in effect it was.
“So, Dr. Singh, how may I be of service to you?â€

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Postby nits » 06 Mar 2007 13:44

[quote="vivek_ahuja"]

“They have already begun, Mr. Ambassador.â€

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Indeed, great scenario writing.

Postby HarshS » 07 Mar 2007 11:12

Agreed, the NE, Myanmar, and China scenario is really well-written. Kudos.

In the three years that our scenarios have been up and running, we've covered the world.
Bangladesh, NE, and China
Pakistan
California
South East Asia
Namibia
China
Pakistan
Myanmar.

Wow!

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Postby Shankar » 07 Mar 2007 21:31

FLASH BACK TO INCHON –KOREAN COAST-1950

About a week before the actual offensive a detailed recon manned by a joint group of intelligence officers,, from military intelligence. central intelligence agency along with a small team of special forces called commandoes at that time secretly landed near the inchon harbor and dug in .From their the observed and reported the defensive set up .the location of bunkers, the patrol pattern the weapons likely to be used and their estimated inventory, in short all about the capability of the defending force. For this purpose they used local fishermen to collect information about mud walls sea walls and enemy fortifications. They also managed to start up the abandoned light house on Palmi –Do, which made the whole process bringing in the heavy ships for quick unloading a whole lot safer.

The North Korean troops when alerted about the marine incursion responded in haste. An attack craft was sent with about a dozen men to check out the situation. Eugene clark used a medium machine gun mounted sampan to sink the north Korean attack craft quickly before any detailed reporting could be done. North Korean military acted ruthlessly –shooting to death 50 civilians who they thought helped the Americans.

Dummy invasion runs were carried out on the Korean coast far from the actual landing zones. The primary objective was to fine tune the timing of the landing waves, weapon and equipment mix in each wave and as suitable for selected multiple landing zones

As the scheduled landing time came close ,massed UN navy ships mainly destroyers and cruisers from US navy opened a devastating barrage on the coastal emplacements and started carrying mine clearing operation in the navigation channels particularly flying fish channel which was indeed quite heavily mined to prevent quick entry of the invading fleet. As the carrier forces started its coastal strike sorties destroyer squadron nine sailed right up to the inchon harbor and commenced a heavy naval bombardment with its guns on the hard shelters protecting the inchon harbor.

GWADAR 2012 -0200 HRS –USS BOXER

Major general stone way listened hard to the whispered report from advance team of navy seals and Indian paras reporting in position of still to take out gun emplacements around the harbor and the possible mined areas in the deep water channel form the way the Pakistani navy ships were avoiding particular stretches of the water . The captain in charge used his combat laptop not only to mark the position of the guns and machine gin positions which needed to be taken out before the landing can start but also indicated a possible safe marine and land ingress route on the coast and the marine channel since they were in use by the Pakistani defenders. The high resolution infrared video camera on his helmet coupled to his wrist GPS made the observation more detailed and effective. The incoming data was quickly incorporated on the tactical plot and also relayed thru encrypted satellite channel to the joint forces command in delhi as well combat information centers on board all the strike ships and carriers responsible for providing fire support to the invading force
INS VIKRAMADITYA – 0230 HRS –OFF GWADAR BAY

The deafening noise of first wave of six mig 29ks taking off with full combat load of gravity bombs and napalms hardly died when the second wave was being positioned on the flight deck .A quick check of the deck for foreign materials yieled pieces of rubber,small metal pieces and a chewing gum wrapper.All were carefully placed in an envelope and the deck was cleared for next wave to take off .The distance to target was less than 100 miles or 160 kms and even for a fully laden fulcrum the time to target was less than 10 minutes including take off and course correction.They went in low and fast all the way .As the distant harbor lit up with thunderous explosions of numerous 250 kgs dumb bombs alternating with white hot fire from the napalms the second wave took off and went for the second set of targets ,taking a circuitous route to alow the incoming fulcrums a straight approach .

A gap of 30 minutes as the first wave of fulcrums refueled and rearmed ,this time with luster bombs and 1000 kgs bombs for hard targets and enemy armor sighted during the first raid . The same pilots took off for another quick sortie as the second wave came back and started loading up with 2000 kg massive laser guided bombs for a secondary command centre one of the pilots spotted during his bombing run near the gwadar international airport.

24 sorties in less than 2 hrs and the crew and pilots of Vikramaditya got a much deserved 2 hr break from flight ops as the hornets from USS Carl Vincennes off armed with maverick anti armor missiles to blow to bits a regiment of T-80s reported by the navy seals 10 kms south east of gwadar .

The battle of gwadar –have just started

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Postby Hari Sud » 08 Mar 2007 05:30

Gentlemen

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Postby Kiran.Rao » 08 Mar 2007 11:48

Hari Sud wrote:Gentlemen

Edited version of Shankar's scenario Part 2 is ready. This version mantains sanctity of the Shankar's writing but has an added flavor of a bit more experienced writing and narration. Shankar has gone thru it and he likes it.

Other parts are being worked on.

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Hari,

Can you guide me on how to sign up ?

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Postby Shankar » 08 Mar 2007 21:52

USS BOXER -0230 HRS

The success of any marine assault is overwhelming force and fire power deployed in shortest possible time to create maximum shock and awe .Add to it the push forward motivation characterized by the words GO GO GO . However to sustain the initial momentum created out of shock and awe have to be sustained and for that some existing infrastructure needs to be utilized so that main body of regular troops can move in and secure what have been gained in the brutal first strike and the first waves can be freed up to advance further .Primary infrastructure have to be secured necessarily include regional airports close to landing zone ,port facility and interconnecting roads .

Major general stoneway have created the landing plan with text book precision . The first wave of Indian paras and navy seals were already feet dry and calling in close air support to neutralize strong points from their hideouts near and around the proposed beach head off gwadar bay .The next element in the chain was still not secure and the main landing cannot take place without that. He cursed and cursed but still the much awaited message was not coming. He was 30 minutes behind schedule and marine top brass from delhi have already started chewing his head off with constant advise and suggestions on how to push faster .

Peering down on the Dell laptop inside the darkened combat information centre of uss boxer he checked once again the final assault plan .

0200 hrs - commencement of air strike on harbor defense (IAF MIG 29K/USAF F-18A/E)
0230- secure Gwadar international airport
0330 – first air cavalry lands at gwadar airport
0330 – first wave of marines and Indian paras land at beachhead created by the pioneers
0400- naval bombardment starts ( IN /USN/RN)
0415 – First wave of marines/paras spread out from airport for a flanking attack on harbor defense
0445 – second wave of marines land 30 kms to east of port near Karachi-gwadar highway and move in to encircle the defending forces
0515 hrs- ist wave of marines break out and secure the berthing piers
0545 hrs – combined attack on harbor defense from three sides
0600 –sunrise
0615 – launch of hovercraft fleet
0645 – launch of amphibian troops carriers
0730 – first of the roll on roll off ships to berth at gwadar
0745 –second of the roll on roll off ship enters port channel
0800- second wave of air mobile cavalry lands in port area join the first wave of marines and break outwards to neutralize the city defenses
0900 hrs – engineers certify gwadar airport for fixed wing operation .
0930 – first fight of c-140 /IL 76 lands in gwadar with main battle tanks and air defense missile battery

The plan looked good on paper –agreed major general stoneway but then he also knew all the best laid plans made by computer geeks in air conditioned room hardly ever stand the first test of real blood and gore battle .

Once again he tried to raise the combined seal par group leader on encrypted UHF and still there was no reply .
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GWADAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT-0230 HRS


Gwadar international airport was a small airport more like a regional airports in US .Apart form the national carrier Pakistan international airlines connecting gwadar to Karachi ,Turbat and Muscat a weekly flight by oman air and bi weekly flight by iran air was what constituted the entire flight schedule of the so called international airport.The construction of deep water port and related economic activity caused the airport to expand to accept wide bodied jets from China and Iran . The main runway was extended to 8000 ft and another secondary runway was quickly built .The total cost to Pakistani govt was 250 million us dollars.

This also made gwadar airport an ideal choice for staging the air mobile invasion,as long as the facilities can be quickly captured –without damage



Captain Nitin Parekh switched off the nagging beeper trying to draw his attention for an immediate response, which was some what difficult under the situation they were in. The entire perimeter of airport, was a 1100 volt electric fence (not told to him or lt Jane in the final brief on board Boxer) . To complicate the situation further he could clearly see even in darkness the sharp needle like horizontal antennas of an integrated motion detection system possibly radar activated or by body heat or both. There were three layers of razor sharp barbed wire 20 ft high all around the airport .A gap of 20 ft between the outer wire and middle was totally devoid of any structure or life form ,not even guard dogs which possibly meant a mine field with contact, remotely detonable mines. The perimeter road between middle and inner wire was constantly patrolled by jeep mounted commandoes in dark blue uniform equipped with light machine guns and assault rifles (MI6-courtesey US army).

In the last 30 minutes he has just managed to advance from the dirt track outside the airport perimeter fence to the outer perimeter wire and Lt jane form the seals were muttering unprintable compliments about policy makers in Washington who provided the humvees and MI4/M16 to the Pakistani army in the first place .

In the distance Nitin could see and hear the detonations and flashes of air strikes under way. The sea wind brought in the smell of cordite as he squeezed into a small depression on ground and took out the heavily insulated pliers . Lt Jane clicked on the jumper wires across an insulated post carrying the high voltage wire and he quickly cut it and slid down into the ditch. Only way they could get in to the ATC without detection was never getting up more than 300 mm from ground and the only way to do it was the rain water drain running all the way from the control tower/parking bay to outside.

His orders were specific – we need the tower intact –before 0230 hrs – and he was already way behind schedule.

4 fully armed mirage 3 s came out of parking bay smartly and switched on their landing lights as they moved purposefully towards the advance marine team and to the main runway.

It was a difficult wait as one by the mirages took off with thunderous roar and only then captain nitin could get back to the business of cutting perimeter wires. Time was running out and running out fast.

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Postby nits » 09 Mar 2007 11:46

Shankar wrote:USS BOXER -0230 HRS


Captain Nitin Parekh switched off the nagging beeper trying to draw his attention for an immediate response


Dream come true.... Thanks Shankar :D

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Postby Vipul » 09 Mar 2007 20:47

What? a Gujju in the armed services!!!!: :-? :shock: :eek:
Heard the joke about a Gujju making a settlement with the enemy instead of fighting? :wink:
No offense meant to the Gujratis here on the forum, i myself am one. :)

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Postby Shankar » 09 Mar 2007 22:07

[[u]b]FLASH BACK –INCHON KOREA 1950
GREEN BEACH 0600 A.M

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At 0600 hrs local time on September 15th 1950 the lead elements of US X th corps hit the green beach on the northern side of wolmi do island.The landing force consisted of rd battalion of 5th marines and nine M26 tanks from the first tank battalion.Some of the tanks were equipped with flame throwers and some had bull dozer blades affixed.The entire island was captured by mid day with just 14 casualities.North Korean casualities were many times heavier at nearly 200 killed and 136 taken prisnors of war.The landing force on green beach ahd to wait till 0750 hrs to allow for the tide to rise and allow the follow on group to land . To prevent north Korean form counter attacking extensive shelling from the naval support ships and almost continuous bombing by the carrier aircrafts were carried out. The second wave came ashore at red beach and blue beach.

The success was attributed to the element of surprise. North Koreans were knew an invasion was imminent bit not at the well defended port of Inchon.The role played by central intelligence agency in planting deliberate misinformation about landing zone is still not known but assumed significant. North Korean defenders expected the invasion will take place at Kunsan.As a result there defensive deployment was mainly in Kunsan area and a small force was responsible for the defense of Inchon. Surprise was in fact total and complete. The reinforcements reached only after the red and blue beaches have been taken over by the marines.The resident north Korean troops at Inchon was shaken and demoralized by shelling and napalm bombing denying them sleep and time to regroup.Their key ammo dumps and supply depots were almost totally destroyed even before the first of the invading force set foot on the beach

GWADAR BAY(NORTH) -0300 HRS

Colonel Rao held on firmly to the guard rail of giant american assault hovercraft carrying in the first wave of invasion force consisting almost entirely of Indian paras. Along with him 12 other similar air cushioned boats were all lined up ,waiting for the final signal from the beach .Each of the boats were carrying 48 fully armed paras and had a medium machine gun installed for self defense with two the soldiers assigned for air defense with shoulder fired surface to air missile launchers same as that used in air bases all over the country . Those were from the army air defense arty and first time over water that too at night .

Rao scanned the horizon with his infrared scope ,waiting for that elusive coded thermal visual signal but there was nothing .He was not aware of the delay in gwadar international airport and its chain effect in delaying the offensive. Unless the airport tower is under alliance control the whole mission was a no go .

GWADAR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -0245 HRS

Captain Parekh finished sliding over the mined stretch over an ultra thin carbon composite board as Lt jane shielded him from the ever vigilant radar sensors by putting up a screen of radar absorbing poly amide carbon fiber screen lined with insulating silica fibre for thermal insulation. Still going thru the 25 odd meters of mine fields belly crawling and keeping his weight distributed on all four to prevent pressure triggered detonation of plastic anti personnel mines ,took him almost 15 minutes . As he placed his metal storm gun in position facing outward rest of the team started getting in somewhat faster and then the whole group of 12 was in and went for the tower at a dead run.

Time for stealth was over.

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 10 Mar 2007 21:39

CHAPTER 2
SURGE CONTROL

IAF EASTERN AIR COMMAND HEADQUARTERS
MAIN OPERATIONS CENTRE
1100 HRS THURSDAY


“Sir, this doesn’t look good at all.â€

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Postby Shankar » 10 Mar 2007 22:25

GO – GO –GO whispered Lt Jane urgently in her throat mike and the seal-para team quickly dispersed thru out the air field perimeter neutralizing the defenses in total silence and absolute precision. Captain Parekh was already gone ,lost in the darkness with his heavy metal storm electronic fired hand held machine gun with an unbelievable firing rate of more than 100000 rounds per minute .His task to capture the air traffic control tower and direct the incoming waves of air cavalry expected any time .

The Pakistani defenders fought back bravely but that did not change the ultimate result in any way. Faced with overwhelming fire power and much better trained commando force equipped with weapons many of them have never even heard of, were quickly overpowered and killed in position. Small fire fights broke out all over the airport and one by one they died out as the invaders quickly gained control.

But Captain parekh knew the victory achieved at the cost of about 7 killed in action and equal number out of action with serious injuries it was only a matter of time before the Pakistani defenders will regain control endangering the whole game plan of invasion.He needed reinforcements and heavy fire power quickly .

In the distance he could see the the thermal image of at least a dozen T-80 s rolling out of the guard barrack and turning in towards the small groups of seal/paras who have dug in around the main run way and control tower and looking up to the sky for relief .

Lt jane clicked on to the tactical net and spoke urgently .Captain parekh picked up the very pistol and fired into the sky . As the brilliant green flare arced thru the night sky help was on the way .

It came in the form of a flight of four super hornets diving out of the night sky and equipped with infra seeker equipped maverick anti armor missiles hitting with uncanny precision the first wave T-80 s in a flurry of blinding flash and whip crack explosion.As they pulled up the next wave of 3 mig 29k came in at right angles and opened up with salvo burst of 80 mm anti tank rockets at the following tanks stopping them in their tracks. The hornets came back and this time emptied their 250 kg mark 82 and turned out and awy from the strike zone . The fulcrums came in again with guns blazing the six barreled gasha 306 weaving in a pattern of death and destruction .

And then there was silence .

Atlast gwadar air port was secure


FLASH BACK –INCHON –RED BEACH –KOREA 1950


The red beach forces made up of regimental combat team 5 used ordinary ladders to scale the sea wall and once the north Korean defenses were neutralized (killed of course) they opened the causeway to wolmi-do allowing tanks from green beach to enter the battle in force.Red beach invasion forces suffred 8 dead and 28 wounded .
Under the command of colonel Lewis Chesty Puller ,the first marine regiment landing at blue beach was significantly south of other two forces and reached the shore last.They also faced the stiffest north Korean resistance mainly from heavy machine gun emplacements on the beach .Both air strike and naval gun fire from destroyers were called in to silence the north Korean guns . It was perhaps one of the most successful coordinated air-naval bombardment in post second world war era. By the time the 1st marine regiment reached Inchon the north Koreans have already surrendered. So the comparatively fresh blue beach group was tasked with strengthening the beach head and prepare for inland invasion

LANDING SHIP AIR CUSHION (LSAC) FORCE ALPHA –GWADAR BAY -0330 HRS

There was no radio communication and no flashy light signals to betray the intention. As the giant clamshell door of the landing ship started opening up ,colonel rao looked up and could see the million stars and knew his time to go has come .It took time for the giant clam shell type roll off deck to open up and the hovercraft engines revved up one by one ,inflating the skirt and lifting almost 75 tons of load each consisting of everything from ammo crates to dry rations to field dressing boxes to dozens of fully armed paras with their weapons and communication gear .

The shore line (western beach –gwadar bay) was still more than 100 kms away and even intense naval gun firs of last half hour have not managed to silence the coastal batteries which were defiantly firing out at anything and everything that moved .

As the first of the heavy air cushioned landing ships cleared the well bay of the landing ship and pushed out over the waves, and before the onboard radars could even be switched on the four mirages came in out of the creamy wave tops and opened up with their twin defa cannon –stitching a line of explosive death from the waves thru the first of the boast and then back to the waves. All the three hovercrafts disintegrated in a shower of sparks. There were but a few survivors. As the Pakistani mirages pulled up for a second pass the migs on cap dived in, catching the mirages in the most vulnerable part of flight profile as they flattened out of the climb. Colonel Rao holding on to a piece of plank and bleeding from multiple would saw the fulcrums wing wink twice and the flash of archers white hot tail as it chase the lead mirage like an angry cobra and then the inevitable explosion in the distance .

That was last colonel Rao saw of the battle –then everything turned an inky black and cold.

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Postby Shankar » 11 Mar 2007 21:54

USS BOXER –GWADAR BAY 0400 HRS

Major general stoneway ducked behind the gun protection screen as the four mirages screamed in at unbelievably low altitude almost touching the waves and then let loose.It was over in less than fifteen seconds as one after another 3 of the heavy air cushioned landing crafts exploded even before they could clear the mother ship .It was a brutal and prcise strike as per text book and so was the way they were taken out by the Indian fulcrums with mathematical precision at the vey apex of their climb out . But that did not make accepting the death and bleeding marines any easier . As everyone jumped in to fish out the dismembered corpse and horribly mutilated wounded soldiers ,stone way using the control found only in seasoned marine focused on the job at hand . Time no longer was in his side .

Success in any amphibian or marine landing essentially depends on speed and surprise, not necessarily in that order. Again surprise, deception and confusion go hand in hand each complimenting the other to achieve the desired end of minimizing casualties and achieving the mission objective in exactly reverse order.

Today’s plan a brainchild of Stoneway had its element of surprise and confusion built in and he just hoped it will work he correct way. The floating bodies being fished out of water right at the moment did not really confirm so.He wished the first group was a mixed group of us marines and Indian paras instead of being fully Indian ,but then it was a necessity of war in the subcontinent .

But the key element of surprise was still intact . The take over gwadar airport and landing of a small force on gwadar beach have convinced the Pakistanis that gwadar is where the main force will land soon and reinforcements were being rushed from adjoining bases to reinforce gwadar port region –exactly as stoneway anticipated six months back .Latest satellite photos showed columns of heavy armor and arty being moved out of omara,pasani and jiwani being rushed along the newly built coastal highway for defense of gwadar ,stripping these bases and making them vulnerable to attack in strength from air and from sea .The Pakistani reinforcement convoys were themselves vulnerable to the massive air strike capability which would surely be generated in the next hour or so .All in all the battle was going the way it should except –those brave Indian dead who would never be part of the coming victory .

PAF BASE PASANI – 0400 HRS


Wing commander Altaf cut short his preflight as he turned his squadron of F-16 block 52
Into the main runway . The flash signal from command have just told him to initiate unrestricted hostile activity at coalition marines who have created a bridge head at gwadar and taken control of tower at gwadar airport .Theer were reports of some PAF success against air cushioned landing crafts and his superiors wanted him to make sure none of the hovercrafts make to land.The signal also required him to divert to gwadar airport if it is secure by then since sizable reinforcements were already under way from omara and Jiwani .
The commercial airport of Pasani, a remote coastal town on the Arabian sea , was in fact used by the us forces during enduring freedom apart from bases in Dalabandin and Jacobabad . In fact the marines were actually based there for “search and rescueâ€

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Postby Rahul M » 12 Mar 2007 09:24

vivek, you are exceeding yourself !! :D

keep it up !!

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Novel about a military coup in India

Postby Bolasani » 12 Mar 2007 17:57

Not sure where else to post this,

I saw this novel, Damage Control by Gordon Kent, about a military coup in India by a group of right wing extremists. Their sympathizers in the Indian Navy mutiny during a joint exercise with the US Navy and shoot down an US navy S-3 in the process. Oh, and they also manage to get three nuclear devices. And of course the 'brave and resourceful' Americans save the day.

Another wannabe Tom Clancy.

My take: A silly novel all in all from an author who has no idea about India.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Damage-Control-Gordon-Kent/dp/0007178778

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Postby Shankar » 12 Mar 2007 21:47

FLASH BACK KOREA -1950


Things went on smoothly for us marines once the all north Korean resistance was snuffed out at Inchon. Seebees and underwater demolition teams moved in quickly and pontoon bridges were set up and unexploded ordinance cleared up .The dock facilities were then used to finish unloading the landing ship tanks bringing in the reinforcements.
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According to Kim Il Sung “the original plan was to end the war in a month ,we could not stamp out four American divisions. We were taken by surprise when united nations troops and the American air force and navy moved in “

The North Korean response to the landing at Inchon was to rush in six columns of t-34 tanks (the same model which gave the soviets the mammoth victory in the battlefields of Kursk) .US responded by sending in two flights of F4U corsair squadron VMF 214 and carpet bombed the advancing tank column.It is said more than half the tanks were destroyed and only a single aircraft was lost to ground fire. The American army finished off what the airforce started . Counterattack by M26 Perishing tanks quickly destroyed the reminder of north Korean armored division and Inchon was finally captured .This was followed up quickly by US army corps of engineers making the railroad inland operational up to 13 kms .Simultaneously Kimpo air strip was also put back to operation and reinforcements and logistics requirement of the marines at Inchon strted flying in non stop 24 x 7 .An idea of the massive air lift operation can be gauged by the following statistics. By September 22 6629 vehicles,53822 troops and 25 512 tons of supplies were unloaded at Kimpo ,paving the way for push up the Korean peninsula .


MARINE LANDING FORCE BLUE DAZZLE –APPROACHING PASANI-0500 HRS

Major Manjit tightened strap of his Kevlar helmet and squeezed his eyes against the spray of salt water as the massive air cushioned boat went full throttle for the pasani beach .The speedometer read 43 knots and the marine captain driving the boat at that breakneck speed seemed impervious to speed or bad visibility ot the rough sea conditions
At more than 75 tons loaded up the boat was riding low and the giant air fans made conversation impossible . The soft glow of cockpit instrumentation was the only form of illumination and the inside looked more a compact version of modern combat aircrafts than a giant boat . It was difficult to believe such a heavy boat can actually float on a cushion of fan driven air thru the gigantic rubber skirts and not touching the water at all.

This is one landing capability US forces did not have in Korea. The marines acll them landing craft air cushion and this high speed fully amphibious hovercraft capable of carrying a 75ton payload at speed in excess of 40 knot up to a range of 200 miles allows the marines to land right on the beach with their supplies ,equipment and weapons at palce of their choosing on the beach, unload quickly and then the boats are ready for another ferry trip to being in the reinforcements.Though many militaries relies on less expnsive mechanized landing crafts US marines wanted the additional option of speed and ability to traverse difficult terrain like marshes and quick sand traps thereby considerably expanding the choice of potential and alternate zones .The air cushioned landing boats simply act as a fast ferry service operating between the mother ship and landing zone ,to bring in men and supplies and also evacuate the dead and wounded on the return trip allowing the wounded a better chance of surviving and possibly fighting another day.

Atotal of 91 landing craft air cushions were built for the USMC between 1984 and 2001 and this was followed by regular upgrades ,routine refurbishments and mid life capability enhancemement programmes . Understandably this kind of amphibian capability does not come cheap and that includes its maintenance and upgrade programmes.The expected life cycle of this air cushioned boats is 30 years . The upgrade programme included replacement of command control communication and navigation sub programme by replacing the original LN 66 radars with more powerful P 80 radars . Another program introduced open system architecture in the electronics based on modern commercial off the shelf items. The engines were upgraded to ETF 40 B configuration giving more lifting power in high ambient temperature and of course reduced fuel consumption generating increased range. The byonacy box was replaced to minimize corrosion problem, hull design was improved and their fatigue limit extended. Deeper skirt was also introduced o minimize high speed drag and reduce maintenance

In the distance the deserted beach of eastern beach of northern Psani came into view on the radar scope and the 12 boats turned in unison towards the land as the first of the falcons of Pakistani air force came in a screaming high speed dive .The 4 marine harriers earmarked for the protection of the group used their thrust vectoring capability to to literally turn on a dime and went up to meet the new challenge .

It was not a fair fight particularly when the Pakistani falcons had the height advantage . Proximity of the marine harriers made use of long range weapons by the fulcrums risky .The numbers for the first few minutes of the engagement was in favor of the Pakistani falcons and 2 of the harriers paid the price as they tumbled out fo the sky in a flaming heap as the amraams fired by the falcons got them quickly. Only one of the falcons was hit but still flew with fire on its port wing and the pilot could eject before it expoded upside down . The rest of the falcons quickly dived for the waves and sharply turned towards land in a mad dash for the security of land and alternate home base .The navy mig 29ks now launched their r-27ERs and then lit the after burners to give another close in shot . The sharp command from the air battle commander brought them back to their primary duty –of giving protection o the landing fleet and rest of the falcons escaped unhurt . Much later it would be known 2 more falcons were splashed by the navy fulcrums once the confused radar tracks were analysed.

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Postby Shankar » 14 Mar 2007 00:01

BLUE DAZZLE FORCE –PASANI -0600 HRS

The first of the landing crafts touched the whitish sands of pasani beach and quickly turned around before deflating the skirts and Indian paras tumbled out in organized chaos. The Pakistani defenders opened up almost at once from their hidden concrete pill boxes and everyone hit ground as the gunners on the landing crafts returned fire .The air liason officer started screaming for immediate air support and major jagtap crawled out of the shadow of the giant rubber skirt of the landing ship . Unloading of the equipment started quickly and as luck would have it the first to come out was a 12.7 mm medium machine gun and a giant pack of dried parathas . The ammo belts were in some other cartons .Next came the 81 mm mortars and at least this time the shells were packed alongside and quickly a mortar team was detailed to set it up and return some kind of return fire at the machine gun emplacements located in the first few minutes .

Jagtap was pushing his company to dig fox holes in hard rock like sands of the beach when the bullet caught him on just over the left ear and went straight thru leaving a deep scratch on the scalp and blood started streaming down over his eyes immediately even before he was violently spun into the beach by the impact .For a minute everything was blissfully black and then one of the eyes started focusing back to reality. Fortunately it was a light scratch but so much for the protection of Kevlar helmet against a 12.7 mm high velocity bullet thought Jagtap as he quickly tied removed the deformed helmet.taped around a field dressing with a dab of gooey antiseptic and put the helmet back on.The congealed blood on dried up black camo paint surely did not made him the most handsome man in the army for the time being thought jagtap as he grabbed the nokia battlefield communicator and contacted force commander on USS Boxer .

In the distance he could see the first of the 81 mm mortar shell leap off the launch tube for a not so distant target and explode harmlessly on the roof of the concrete pill box. Angry eyes of the machine gun winked once again and two members of the mortar team went down and laid very still .

Jagtap knew that machine gun post had to be silenced before rest of his compant get decimated as he quickly issued the orders. A small group quietly detached itself from the main landing force and strted crawling towards the machine gun post while the rest of the team laid down a devastating covering fire chipping of off millions of pieces of concrete and making the Pakistani gunners keep their head down and aim bad .

Lt arun crawled fast and crawled hard as he used the last of the dawns darkness to approach the gun post .Rifelman sanjay was right next to him as neared the firing window of the pill box and then like a striking puff adder quickly stood up and threw in two frag grenades one after another and dropped to ground .He knew the grenades were fused short and still the concussion effect of close explosion took his breadth away. Dirt sprayed all around with bits and pieces of human anatomy .Arun did not have time to admire his handiwork as he went around the rear entrance and dropped two more grenades and ducked once again behind the concrete wall . This time the Pakistani machine gun went truly silent.
Even before Arun and Jagtap could go back to their lines the single super hornet came in low and fast wrecking the line of pill boxes with 20 mm cannon fire makinga neat line on the sand joining the bunkers and then pulled up quickly as the pill boxes disintegrated one after another in a mass of smoke and fire .

In the eastern horizon sun god kept his date on schedule

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Postby Hari Sud » 14 Mar 2007 08:54

Gentlemen

I am nearing completion of Part 5 of Shankar's scenarios. It is a massive 180 page edit. I have only done the first edit. It took me three weeks. It is much better readable, but not yet at the same level as Part 2 was. Usually in a major edit job, it has to be done a few times.

I am not proceeding with second edit of Part 5, partly because response for copy of Part 2 edit was poor. Only a dozen or so people requested copies. I started this work because as I was reading the BR posts, everybody wished some editing of Shankar's work. As the edited parts became available, reponse to have them seemed to be poor. These were all free.

Hence Part 5 will stay at first edit level only.

Other editing job of the remaining Shankar's scenarios - let us think it over.


Should you like to have Part 2 & Part 5 of Shankar's work, please e-mail me at

hsud@rogers.com


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Postby Hari Sud » 14 Mar 2007 08:54

Gentlemen

I am nearing completion of Part 5 of Shankar's scenarios. It is a massive 180 page edit. I have only done the first edit. It took me three weeks. It is much better readable, but not yet at the same level as Part 2 was. Usually in a major edit job, it has to be done a few times.

I am not proceeding with second edit of Part 5, partly because response for copy of Part 2 edit was poor. Only a dozen or so people requested copies. I started this work because as I was reading the BR posts, everybody wished some editing of Shankar's work. As the edited parts became available, reponse to have them seemed to be poor. These were all free.

Hence Part 5 will stay at first edit level only.

Other editing job of the remaining Shankar's scenarios - let us think it over.


Should you like to have Part 2 & Part 5 of Shankar's work, please e-mail me at

hsud@rogers.com


Thank you

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 14 Mar 2007 20:43

PHALCON AWACS (CALL SIGN: VICTOR)
FLYING OVER EASTERN ASSAM
1145 HRS THURSDAY


The picture was complete now. The mobile Indra radar had been installed in the hills near Kohima and was giving a complete picture east of the hills into Myanmar. This included the loyalist C3I centre at a range of about fifty kilometres directly east, which was now under the protective umbrella of the SAM systems being set up near this radar site. Having a seat equivalent to an eagle’s nest was helpful to the missile crews, who were now sharing the data from the radar systems. So was the Phalcon crew as well. The message was the same to one and all: the skies were clear.

The Chinese had pulled back all the way so that there was nothing on the radar screens other than the odd rebel piloted aircrafts that were attacking one target or the other. Two of the rebel A-5s had actually attacked the village of Shirang, twenty kilometres southeast of Singkaling Hkamti, where a probable location existed for an ammunition dump according to DIA, but the place was far enough from the Spyder systems so that the flight remained untouched, by Indian weapons, that is. That flight had been engaged by the Loyalist SAM systems with enough competence so as to bring down one of the A-5s on the return leg. The Indian radars had seen it all on their screens as it happened, and the Indian missile crews were discussing what they had seen and how they could use the evasive tactics of the enemy against them.

The fact remained, however, that the Indian armed forces in general did not have any missile systems at Singkaling Hkamti or even near it, so that in most of these engagements the Indian air force was merely watching. The Para commandoes that had been inserted earlier were yet to establish preliminary contact, and the SOCOM C-130J carrying the necessary communications gear for establishing higher-level contact was still sitting at Jorhat, awaiting instructions from the SOCOM HQ to go to Singkaling Hkamti. The Spyder systems were also awaiting deployment, with two IL-76s having deployed the systems to Jorhat from where they could be sent by road to Singaling Hkamti. But the events that had taken place belied the fact it had still been only half a day since the orders had come through, and despite the thinking of many that things should happen instantly, they didn’t take place that way. Everybody would have to wait, and so while Air headquarters eagerly placed all pieces in place, the aerial ISR had gone up, and all fighters were armed and ready for combat.

The Phalcon crew had been up for a long time now, and it was beginning to show both in the way they looked and the way they performed. Even so, spirits were high, and the anxiety now was about when it would begin, and not whether it would begin at all. The controllers were looking at the data being sent from all the ground radars in the hills around them. The North-eastern region has a interesting geography, with the massive Himalayan peaks to the north and the Arakan hills in the east, as well as several peaks to the south of Assam, making it like a bowl, surrounded by mountains from all sides. Assam itself holds the valley between these peaks and the river Brahmaputra flows through this valley in its downward journey to the sea. It meant that there were walls on nearly all sides of the region, and the military advantage it held was a double-edged sword. From an air war standpoint, these hills meant that the side holding them could indeed use to shield his movements from the other side, but it also meant that the other side could sneak up on you because of the restricted line of sight, unless you had peepholes in the walls, that is.

These were the radars that had been deployed on the western slopes of the hills in Myanmar, and similar positions in the north. It was however, easier in the north than the east, primarily because in the east, these hills were followed by plains and that improved the view. In the north, the hills lead to more hills and so on, so it was a losing scenario any way you looked at it. There were massive electronic holes in the north that needed to be plugged by airborne radar only, because ground radars simply could not do the job, unless deployed in large numbers, and numbers was a luxury the IAF did not have at this time. It was planned therefore, that the IAF’s homegrown AEW aircrafts would be deployed closer to the border in the north and none deployed in the east, where the ground radars would work wonderfully. They would transfer their data to the Phalcon AWACS who would fly over Assam only, being much more valuable in relative terms than the AEW aircrafts. While this included risk to the concerned AEW aircraft and its crew, it had to be done. There was no choice in the matter. At the moment, that AEW aircraft had just taken off from Kalaikunda and was flying into the region via west Bengal and Sikkim.

The Phalcon was flying in a loop extending East-West over Assam. It was escorted by three SU-30MKIs instead being supported by an IL-78 tanker further to the south and west. The ISRN commander was inside the cockpit to talk to the flight crew. Outside the blue sky was visible and there were no clouds worth speaking of. Perfect day for flying, and the Phalcon pilot, a Wing Commander, realized that he probably wasn’t the only one to have commented on that aspect. Except for the high speed of his heartbeat, he had no indication whatsoever that the same blue skies he saw outside his aircraft were going to host the most intensive and deadly air combat battles in more than a century of flight.

The thoughts of the ISRN commander were not spoken but they still kept coming back to him. I might not make it out of this alive...what if the Chinese have anti-radiation missiles that could reach us? What then? We are just a big juicy target for them with no defensive capability. But at least we have the sukhois with us now, to protect us. What about that AEW aircraft flying right next to the Chinese border? What is that crew thinking about the threat to them? If the Chinese launch an Alpha-strike on that flight and its escorts, what will be the reaction time before our own heavy fighters can engage the threat? Will the Chinese be able to engage that flight and its three escorts before we can reach to help? It’s my responsibility to take care nothing happens to them, but the enemy’s not a fool either, is he? No…I have to improve their security somehow. I can probably… the thoughts were interrupted by a shout from the controllers in the back.

“Inbound, inbound! I have a lot of fast moving inbounds heading towards radar station echo and the C3I centre in Myanmar. These can’t be aircrafts damn it…shit! We got inbound cruise missiles! Seem to be heading towards our radar sites in eastern Kohima hills. I don’t know how they might have located the…â€

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Postby ksmahesh » 14 Mar 2007 21:11

Hi Vivek,
Please donot keep us on tenterhooks. Write the next part and post ASAP. The tension to wait for 36 cruise missiles is simple "three" much :roll:. Will Indians retaliate with Brahmos??:x

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Postby Rahul M » 14 Mar 2007 21:58

vivek , you forgot to take into a/c UAV from both sides.
(you are doing absolutely gr8 on the scenarios right now) :D

which are:
india's existing nishant, the israeli ones and the 3 future projects on the anvil now.

on china's side the asn-206 is one I know of. of course older firebee knock-offs are there.

look here:
asn-206


images of asn-206

overview of chinese UAV's :
global security
sino-defence

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Postby Shankar » 14 Mar 2007 22:33

[b]BLUE DAZZLE FORCE -PASANI BEACH 0500 HRS[/b]

About an hour past the landing and still the battle was going nowhere. Few mortar batteries set up onthe beach was doing their best and close proximity of the defenders made it difficult to bring in sizable close air support from the allied aircraft who so far have been restricted to using their guns and light gravity bombs for fear of doing a blue on blue .

The armored support was still not available. The soft sand of pasani meant the first wave of T-72s got stuck the moment they disembarked from thier landing ships and now a small group of engineers were busy laying down a layer of light aluminium alloy strips all the way to comparatively hard sand up on the shore line under merciless machine gun fire and most of blue dazzle forces fire power was locked up in an attempt to keep the Pakistani defenders off their toes .

Only way to extricate the t-72s were to winch them up but for that they needed an anchor point . Only one available was the blown out shell of a pill box just taken out and the as the 1 inch thick multi strand steel wire was wound around the structure the tank crew engaged the wing and gunned the engine .Black smoke belched from the exhaust and the wire became taut but still the heavy tank refused to move . Havildar sri ram moved in to check the D shackle and then the wire snapped with a vicious whiplash taking his head cleanly off .His headless torso stayed up right for a few seconds spraying bright red arterial blood on the arid sands of balochistan then fell with spasm of death. About the same time the Pakistani machine gunner who had been watching the drama opened up and took three more soldiers who have moved in to retrieve the dismembered body.

Ten more minutes passed before the second rope was put around the winch drum and the process of extricating the tank began .This time the driver was slow to apply power and all crinks in the steel cable smoothened out . Like a wallowing elephant the t-72 shook itself free from the deadly embrace of wet sand and came up on the beach and then using its own power climbed out of the water line .

Things speeded up after that .Using the first tank on sold sand as anchor other 11 tanks started to haul themselves out and in the next 30 minutes all the twelve of the squadron was on ground and the paras used them as fire sceen to advance .

The whiplash crack of first 120 mm high explosive anti tank shell was a welcome noise as first of the concrete pill boxes loacated barely a kilometer up on the beach exploded in a plume of dust and stone chips .The lead tank swiveled its main gun and fired once again and one more bunker went into dust .

The secod wave of another 12 t-72 came out of the landing crafts and joined the tweHlve already on the beach. This time the Indian tanks opened fire in salvo targeting the complete line of Pakistani beach defenses and the result was spectacular. Each T-72 fired 10 rounds each and 120 rounds of high explosive shells devastated the prepared defenses on the coast . The tanks advanced 500 mtrs and fired one more salvo and first of the searchers brought along by the alliance force took to air making the battle more precise and deadly. It was no win situation for the first line of pakstani defenders and they quickly fell back to their second line of prepared defenses along the rolling dunes of the semi dessert terrain .

It was time to call in the attack birds and so they were called . The mig 29s this time loaded with 1000 kg napalms came in low ,leaving behind a curtain of flares and chaff packets form the land ward side and dropped their load one by one along the ridge line pushing the defenders out of their defense into the open as the air around them seemed to boil and simmer as the thickened petroleum jelly used up the life giving oxygen from air and heated it to more than 250 degree centigrade.

The T-72 waited till the fulcrums have cleared up and then closed in another 500 mtrs and then opened up with their 12.7 mm co axial machine guns . Then they withdrew to shore line and the super hornets came in with their load of 500 kg mk 82s ,dropping stick after stick with deadly precision cued in by their synthetic aperture radar and then broke off quickly and once agin the T-72 closed in and let loose a volley of HE shells before opening up with the machine guns and then with drew once more for the third wave of strike aircraft to come in.


The paras moved in even before the shock and awe of the air strike was over .The demolition team moved up the beach quickly and strarted setting up demolition charges on the deserted bunkers and blowing them up several at a time.one of the bunkers had a big catche of mortar shells and it went up with a loud flash and bang .The crater formed was almost as big as an Olympic sized swimming pool.The column of dark acrid smelling smoke rose 500 ft into air and visible even to the crews of the landing ships still few km fpm the beach.It also happened to kill the young Lt Khalid who was in charge of demolition .

The real battle of pasani have just started

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 15 Mar 2007 01:35

HILLS TO THE EAST OF KOHIMA
NAGALAND, INDIA
1155 HRS THURSDAY


The missiles were several minutes out now. The mobile radar system located in the hills of kohima had three main locations where the radars themselves were based and a central command and control centre at a fourth location. There were several other nodes for communication located throughout and this count did not include the locations for the Spyder missile systems deployed nearby in the same hills. In all, there were over a dozen targets that the Chinese had marked out to be eliminated in order to crush the Indian anti-air system in the Nagaland hills. In doing so, they would also clear the path for their main strike composed of literally several dozen fighters and another two dozen bombers that was tasked with the destruction of all concentration points for III Corps units assembling to enter Myanmar.

The Chinese had ensured that each of the dozen or so targets located by their satellites just an hour earlier were to ht by three missiles each. This would ensure that at least one missile would get through to all the targets in the event that the Indian Spyder systems proved as deadly as their intelligence suggested it was. The idea was that if a target is saturated with enough missiles, even the most potent of anti-missile systems having a hundred percent chance of hit would not have barely enough time to track, engage and destroy all targets. They would either run out of missiles or destroy maybe several missiles before the remaining missiles fell upon them.

One thing that the Indians had at the moment was a very clear idea of what was happening. The radars were functioning properly, and they showed that the missile-inbound-vectors were changing slightly, as each missile headed for its own target. The missile themselves were unknown to the Indian armed forces in terms of performance and range. It was possible that these were the new HN-1/2/3 series missiles having minimum range of around six hundred kilometres. If so, it confirmed the thoughts of all people taking the data from these radars that the missiles had been launched from within china itself, possibly in the Yunnan province, as against an earlier theory that they had been fired from within Myanmar on the basis of range of al previously known Chinese cruise missiles. And if this was indeed the case, this was unfortunately, the first public demonstration of this missile.

Therefore, the one thing that the DIA was looking for was all available intelligence on these missiles. As a result, the radars continued to track the inbound missiles as they headed towards them. In any case, mobile though they were, it was physically impossible to move any of these systems within a span of a few minutes. So the obvious other alternative was to keep them operating and hand over as much tracking data that could be transmitted to the missile crews waiting to engage the missiles.

That being said, it was physically impossible to replicate the mental strength of the crews concerned who volunteered to stay and try and eliminate the massive missile threat descending upon them rather than run away as fast as possible even when told to do so. Their country needed all available information from them right then, and also needed them to fight it out and try to survive along with their equipment and systems, and this they did in the highest traditions.

When the missiles passed over Singkaling Hkamti and headed west towards the border which was now an even dozen kilometres away, the ground control station for Radar site Echo shut down voice communications with Victor One and established contact with their local Spyder systems crews via VHF systems. The radar plots however, continued to be transmitted via secure data links to Victor One and then on to EAC HQ where all people were staring at the screens silently as they prayed for the radar and missile crews sitting in the hills in Nagaland. The first Indian SAM leapt out of the Tatra truck launcher in front of a massive cloud of dust and smoke and streaked across the blue sky at its target beyond visual range. Several officers were standing outside with their binoculars to try and spot the flash from the impact of the two missiles. Several other thin grey streaks leapt off the other hills and also headed east on their trajectories as all the Spyder missile systems began engaging their targets. The first volley was of six missiles.

The radar plots showed the outbound SAMs and the inbound cruise missiles as they headed for each other. The closure rate between them was massive and within seconds the first blips on the screen merged, broke into several smaller blips and disappeared from the screens. Outside, the first flashes were spotted visually on the binoculars against the bright blue background. In all there were five flashes. Seconds later, another volley of six missiles reached out into the sky and travelled east before they too arced down and hit most of their targets that were now going into terminal mode. Four more flashes were spotted, this time without binoculars.

Now the things became chaotic. Another volley of six missiles destroyed another four cruise missiles before the missiles reached their targets. In all, thirteen cruise missiles had been eliminated when the first leakers went overhead and started diving into the targets. The final volley claimed another two missiles that were the rearmost in the group of inbound missiles and that was that. In all, it had been impossible to stop all the missiles at any rate. The range of the Spyder systems was too small to begin any engagements early on and as far away as possible, and as a result, the tie of engagement had been too small for any useful engagement to take place. The Chinese had launched too many missiles in any case, and it was debatable as to whether any system could have done the job one hundred percent, but even so, the Spyder systems had performed their use as best they could, and indeed, half of the inbound missiles were no more.

The rest hit their targets as programmed to do so. Even though the Chinese had taken care to allocate three missiles to each target, the Spyder system had messed up their plans by shooting down all three missiles designated for a particular target and leaving another set untouched. This meant that while the Chinese wanted a kill on all targets, they now had overkill on some and no kill on another. One of the overkill targets was a radar site located on a hilltop near a place called Saramati, and that hilltop took the full brunt of three missiles targeted.

The ground shook as one by one the three missiles hit the hilltop with thousand pound warhead and the initial orange yellow explosion was centred right where the radar was located before a cloud of dust and smoke covered it up. The cloud had barely gone up when the second and he third missiles hit the same location again and again, and the missive hilltop cloud of dust and smoke against a blue background now resembled an exploding volcano. Then the ground shook once again as other targets were hit. The shockwaves were travelling through the hills and by the time command centre of the radar network took a hit from one of the two missiles targeted on it, the hill tops of Nagaland were nothing more than several large pillars of smoke and huge clouds of dust visible to at all nearby villages. People rushed out when the ground shook with the explosions, and were now staring at the hills covered with black smoke and dust as they wondered what had happened to their once beautiful green hilltops.

The system worked until the last. All radars were transmitting their data to the Phalcon AWACS via data links until they were knocked out and went offline. When the final missile hit the base holding the mobile command centre, the last data transfer from base Echo ceased transmissions and the entire radar network for the Myanmar theatre was shut down. With that all screens taking the data from radar network Echo went blank throughout the eastern air command.

The Air defence for the northeast against the expected massive PLAAF alpha-strike was now severely compromised.

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 20 Mar 2007 22:53

DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY OPERATIONS
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NEW DELHI
1245 HRS THURSDAY


The first attack by the Chinese had been mostly successful, and had resulted in the first Indian casualties of the war. But the war wasn’t over yet. Not by a long shot. It was clear that the Chinese missile strike against the Indian radars was not the precursor before the main attack as many had expected it would be. As more and more time passed it had become clear that the attack was a retaliatory one and an escalation no doubt, but it was still only retribution for shooting down the Chinese warplanes earlier in the day. And there the Chinese had stopped. There were no more attacks on any other Indian installation. It was now clear that they were looking to see how and when the Indians would respond, if at all they would, as the Chinese intelligence was now apparently telling their comrades in arms in Beijing.

It also made perfect sense from the Chinese point of view. By restricting their initial strike to this first one, they could theoretically get away with it in front of the world by saying things like: ‘it was a strike to prevent the IAF from bombing civilians in Myanmar and causing bloodshed’ to ‘the Indians provoked us, but hey, we are the good guys. We just attacked enough to stop them from attacking our socialist comrades again’. In addition, waiting for a response from the Indians meant that if the Indians did respond, it would be seen as an all out escalation and then the Chinese would have all possible excuses to leap at the Indians. If they didn’t respond, that is if the politicians in New Delhi could not summon the courage to strike back and escalate the conflict all out, well, then both sides revert to stalemate conditions with the additional losses that the Indian air force loses incurred when their radars were struck and destroyed along with dozens of its officers and men.

And the reverse of the same equation wasn’t true. The Indians were the ones who had been struck, but if they responded, the world would hold them responsible for escalating the war further and not taking the Chinese offer to stop the ‘provocations’. And if New Delhi didn’t respond, they would bear the wrath of a billion of their countrymen for not acting to avenge their soldiers who had been killed in the hills of Kohima. As a result, the military responses were really something that had by now taken a life and process of its own. And the death of those Indian servicemen was now the catalyst that would accelerate these military operations on the Indian side in terms of aggressiveness and determination.

The bottom line was that the war was now unstoppable, and the thought that this process was now unstoppable was a result of the simplest of logic to a politician when to a simple man it could be the most baffling of processes. Unfortunately for the Defense Minister, it all made sense to him as well and the inherent analogy with a politician didn’t make his day any better.

Not that the Chinese wanted my day to get any better in the first place…the Defense minister thought as he went through the report in front of him detailing the first cruise missile strike to take place in active operations in the subcontinent. The room he was sitting in was again the same room that he had sat in the morning. The people were familiar too, with the CAS and the COAS sitting in front of him along with their usual adjutants who were standing. The only person not sitting was the CNS, but he would be called soon to present his report on the Indian naval deployments in the Bay of Bengal. The defense minister put down his glasses and the report on the table in front of him before speaking to his audience. There were no preliminaries this time.

“What I want to know is how did these ******** come to know about our radar deployments in the hills of Kohima?â€

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Postby Shankar » 21 Mar 2007 00:39

super -got me hooked at last -all the best

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Postby Rahul M » 21 Mar 2007 02:56

vivek this is top notch stuff !! :lol:

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Postby Sudhanshu » 21 Mar 2007 03:50

:) Forget the book!!!

Lets all contribute to make a movie on this.

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Postby sanjchopra » 21 Mar 2007 04:33

Great stuff, vivek and shankar. keep it up.

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Postby ksmahesh » 21 Mar 2007 04:51

Movie is great idea. I second that. But first let us have complete script, what say?

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Postby Kiran.Rao » 21 Mar 2007 16:47

Vivek, next installment quickly pls.The wait is killing.

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Postby Devendra » 21 Mar 2007 16:52

good job vivek
waiting for the next post

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 21 Mar 2007 23:19

OPERATION NORTH-SWIPE
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES


Operation NORTH-SWIPE was an adjunct to the set of operations under the code name of EAST-SWIPE designed with the simple and primary objective of dismantling the complete Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence capabilities of the Chinese assistance program to the rebels in Myanmar. But it was more than just an adjunct. It was a complete set in itself. Essentially, the only commonality shared by this plan with the others was in the method of its execution.

Operation EAST-SWIPE was ambitious in its aims by all standards. Further, the target themselves were numerous. And it had only increased since the last few days. The Chinese assistance program in Myanmar was gathering momentum in addition to building up to massive proportions. There were several aspects to the program. The first was that of logistics. The Chinese were bringing in massive amounts of war supplies into Myanmar via the Yunnan province. Large number of the Chinese version of the AN-12s and a dozen IL-76s were bringing in arms, ammunition, food and medical supplies for the rebels in Myanmar. A hub and spoke system was in place and smaller transports were going from the main logistical nodes to the smaller dispersal airstrips throughout Myanmar. This needed to be shut down.

The main targets for this case were the central Chinese airbases in the Yunnan province. Since an aircraft strike was not possible, missiles were the solution. Here also, the Brahmos could not be used because of range limitations. The last choice therefore was a strike by ballistic missiles, but which instead was a very sensitive decision that New Delhi had not made as yet. As a result the planners at the DGMO were scrambling to find alternate methods of destroying these targets with no luck so far.

Second, the Chinese were supplying a lot of electronic intelligence to the rebels, and that needed shutting down too. This involved the destruction of several mobile radar stations in Myanmar as also the destruction of any ELINT/SIGINT aircraft that was within range of the SU-30MKIs. This was objective number two.

Third, the Chinese C3I centres in the Yunnan as well as in Myanmar were to be levelled to the ground. This would render the Chinese chain of command broken and disoriented and -allow the Indian army to pile across the indo-myanmar border without serious opposition. These target were within range of the Brahmos missiles and the respective targets had been located and marked, with the missiles deployed in the jungles of Nagaland and awaiting launch orders a few hours before the Indian army’s 57TH Mountain Division crossed over into Myanmar. That’s where the scope EAST-SWIPE ended and that of NORTH-SWIPE began.

The one aspect worrying the Indian planners at the moment was that once the main PLAAF alpha strike began, the IAF would quite literally fighting for its survival in the air for the first several hours. During this time, it would be unable to provide any CAS sorties against the rebels in Myanmar or anywhere for that matter. There was a dimension of warfare that could upset the Indian army’s plans during that time: airborne assault.

The ideal Chinese or indeed any military airborne assault would follow close on the heels of the main aerial strike by fighter-bombers and air-superiority aircrafts. Especially if the enemy air force could be overwhelmed by the scope and magnitude of the attack. During this time, the enemy air force would be struggling to hold control of the skies and that would allow the lumbering transports to Para drop a larger number of airborne troops and their equipment behind the enemy lines before their transports could come under any threat.

Indeed, if the friendly aircrafts had secured air supremacy over the concerned airspace, the airdrop could continue without any interference. If they had not secured air supremacy, they would instead buy time for the airborne troops to deploy themselves. The plan was idealized and didn’t take into consideration a lot of parameters, but it could still work, provided luck was on the side executing the attack, and the Chinese had every intention of following up their alpha strike with an attack of this kind.

DIPAC had recently submitted a set of satellite imagery to the IAF and the Indian army showing the two-dozen odd IL-76 aircraft parked on a massive flight line on a military airfield about two hundred and eighty kilometres inside Chinese territory. Also visible in the photographs were the hundreds of men in full combat gear milling bout while several dozen PLA vehicles were being laagered near the aircrafts. They had given the game away for the Chinese. The vehicles were the new model airborne infantry support vehicles intended to be dropped along with airborne troops to give them some modicum of armoured firepower. A few of the photographs even showed the vehicles being loaded individually onto the rear ramps of the IL-76s. it was obvious that an airborne invasion was being planned. The only mistake made by the Chinese was the close proximity of their staging airfield from the border. Indeed, their choice might have been made keeping logistics in mind, as also the flight time required to support those airborne infantry deployed in enemy territory. However, the location also made the Chinese airbase vulnerable to attacks.

It seemed obvious therefore, that they considered that the Indian armed forces would to strike back in china itself, not likely restricting itself to attacks against Chinese targets in Myanmar where already preparations to survive such an attack were being made.

The Indian army had a rude surprise in store for the proud Chinese airborne troops.



THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS
ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
1320 HRS THURSDAY


The first Brahmos missile leaped out of its transportation and Launch Canister (TLC) on top of a massive ball of orange-yellow cloud of gases and then continued to move upwards as the ball of gases turned into a pillar behind the rapidly accelerating missile. Soon the missile itself was not visible, and the officer of the missile regiment followed the trajectory only by the trail of gases streaking behind it and visible in a bright blue afternoon sky. Three more trails of smoke were visible from the mountaintops.

Before the first trail had even dispersed, another set of missiles leaped upwards and went towards its target. It had only been seconds before the first missile had been launched, and yet it seemed like an hour. The missiles were being fired in a Salvo Firing mode, and the necessary gap between the missile launches was to avoid friendly missile fratricide by a minimum of time possible. The third missile fired from its TLC along with three others in the hills and the even before the cloud of dust and smoke had cleared, the three empty launcher tubes were being lowered into the horizontal position onto the bed of the Tatra Land mobile launcher truck. NORTH-SWIPE phase-I was now in motion as the twelve Brahmos missiles screeched towards their targets at continuously increasing speed until they broke the sonic barrier inside china for the first time.

The location of the missile launches was now sure to be compromised, as the trajectory of the cruise missile told that tale. The Chinese were sure to have radars tracking the missiles in their initial phase as they went vertically up before turning north. It was one of the drawbacks of cruise missiles in the mountains. They had to go vertical enough for them to clear the hills before going into the mid-course and then the terminal phases. It was during the latter two stages when the Chinese would lose track of the inbound missiles as they went to altitudes of 10-15m using terrain following navigation systems.

The Chinese therefore would have no idea as to what target was being attacked, thus precluding any chance of missile interception, detection or even target dispersal. The targets would therefore be hit hard and hit fast. The only thing then remaining for the Chinese to do would be to attack the Indian launching vehicles and units, and they had the information for that already in their hands.

But the Indians were not foolish either. As soon as the TLCs had retracted to their horizontal positions and locked there, the trucks pulled out of their locations in the Himalayan foothills. Their routes had already been decided and the drivers drove as fast as they could because they were intelligent enough to know that the enemy was coming. The trucks pulled back onto the roads they had left only minutes earlier and the drove southwards.

Twenty kilometres down they again pulled off the main road and drove towards another set of Tatra trucks parked under protective camouflage. These were the loading vehicles having several loaded TLCs and the cranes needed to load them onto the launcher trucks. The next set of Brahmos missiles were loaded and the launchers again packed up to move out, after of course, the Battle-Damage-Assessment or BDA, pending the end of phase-I. But that didn’t stop the procedures for phase-II. After the loading was complete, the loader trucks went further south to their next location as the current clearing then turned into the phase-II launch site for the launcher vehicles.

The Chinese airborne troops had no idea what was descending upon them as there was no sound because the missile was supersonic, no radar warning of attack and zero visual sighting for something flying in such a speed profile at tree top altitude. As a result, the PLAAF IL-76s and most of the Chinese airborne troops were parked in the open on the main tarmac when the missiles began their final dive into the targets.

There was no warning.

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Postby Malay » 21 Mar 2007 23:54

A bit confusing.


It seemed obvious therefore, that they considered that the Indian armed forces would to strike back in china itself, not likely restricting itself to attacks against Chinese targets in Myanmar where already preparations to survive such an attack were being made.


I thought India planned to attack only Chinese interests in Myanmar as against the anticipated strike on the Chinese mainland itself? Then howcome India launched BrahMos in the yunnan province of China? Wont that be a direct act of war against China rather than proxy strikes?

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Postby vivek_ahuja » 22 Mar 2007 00:13

A bit confusing.


Quote:
It seemed obvious therefore, that they considered that the Indian armed forces would to strike back in china itself, not likely restricting itself to attacks against Chinese targets in Myanmar where already preparations to survive such an attack were being made.


I thought India planned to attack only Chinese interests in Myanmar as against the anticipated strike on the Chinese mainland itself? Then howcome India launched BrahMos in the yunnan province of China? Wont that be a direct act of war against China rather than proxy strikes?


oops, a typing error there in my post :oops:
can anyone tell me how to edit the posts here?

malay,
the import of the statement was a bit confusing because of the typing error, but the missiles were launched at the chinese airbase not in the yunnan province but in Xizang province north of arunachal pradesh. read it carefully, its all there. brahmos cant reach yunnan from the NE because of range problems. check the post.

as for an act of war, the scenario has dealt with the fact that the chinese had attacked indian radars within india itself, not in myanmar, killing indian servicemen. so its more of an act of retribution than anything else. tit for tat.

also, guys, i think i really need to put the maps here. but i don't know if the maps i got are public material or not, can anyone tell me where i can download detailed maps of the NE?


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