Karan M wrote:Possible replacement for OSA-AKM.
It is listed as SA-6 replacement as well in some news briefs along with OSA.
The two SA-6 Missile Groups in Indian Army were with 1 and 2 Strike Corps, respectively. Simply because these two Corps hold most of the armor & other prime assets and they were given the best SAM AD asset available at the time. But do note that these SAM Groups were not part of the armored division but AD Brigade held by the Corps HQ.
If you look at induction of Akash into the Indian Army, first two regiments have gone to Pivot Corps. Since these Corps are not expected to go too deep into Pakistan, Akash can provide AD umbrella to them.
QR_SAM is a genuine mobile SAM and in my opinion, Strike Corps will become the first customers of this type. Secondly, what needs to be seen is whether it becomes organic to AD Brigade of Armored Divisions or is held at Corps HQ level. My bet is on latter.
Reason being, the distributed nature of deployment that is possible allows batteries to be detached from the regiment and give AD cover to sub-units.