Agreed. Dense concentration of HVT. But what role do the SU30MK/Brahmos play in this? Andamans—yes but west of that?
Why? What is different about West of Andamans. Take off from peninsula - add 2000 km Su-30 radius + 300 km Brahmos range. Tkaes you all the way up to Persian gulf. Maldives and the Indian ocean sea lanes
Indian Ocean Sea lanes
Cosmo_R., If I say that with
Su-30 MKI + Brahmos
China's Sanya naval base - South of its hainan island is very much within range and can be taken out in an hostile conflict. Of course there is the question of avoiding the radars but range is not an issue.
Here is the deal., Su-30 MKi range is 2800 Kms + Brahmos 300 kms (tested to >400 kms) = 3100 kms is far greater than the 2100 Kms needed to bomb Sanya (Hainan) from Dibrugarh Assam.
Not done before? Peshawar was considered the edge where no one would reach, leave alone dare to reach and bomb them. Done and dusted in 1965 using canberra bombers.
Here Su30-MKI with Brahmos has a role to play in NE. All it has to do is take off from Dibrugarh, with two tanks and one Brahmos and several A2A missiles., 4 loaded with Brahmos and 4 as protection take off from Dibrugarh, turn towards Kunming, then to Nanning and fire their missiles. In fact, taking off from Dibrugarh and flying lo-lo within the protections of the mountains, the Su-30 MKI will not be traceable until they show up near Kunming.
Now not only they have to protect their south from super sonic Brahmos, but also protect their north.
Will Chinese assume that Indians will be sitting quiet with their "300 Km Brahmos" and "only one Brahmos per Su-30 Mki"? What happens if the Brahmos is now 900 Kms?