Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Vips » 29 Feb 2020 21:53

Indian Army Upgrades Vintage Russian Schilka Air Defence System In Partnership With BEL.

The Indian Army on Friday, February 28, upgraded its Russian Schilka Air Defence system to a modern weapon platform. The 510 Amry Base Workshop (EME) in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh rolled out the advanced weapon. The 1980s vintage equipment has been upgraded by a joint venture between the Indian Army and the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

About the upgraded system
As per the BEL website, the upgraded system is an advanced air defence system against attacking aircraft and helicopters. The upgradation process included replacing the existing Radar, analog computer, engine, GTE with state of the art system and addition of air conditioning system for crew comfort.

Further, as per reports, the newly upgraded system provides drastic improvements in operational performance, accuracies, power consumption and MTBF. It also enables accurate identification, acquisition and tracking of targets while operating in an ECM environment.

Along with this, the new system is capable of firing aerial targets and accept cueing from external surveillance radar. The upgraded system is also capable of engaging enemy aircraft during day or night as well as in all weather conditions.

Upgrade System Features
According to Bharat Electronics Limited, the features of the upgraded system include the following:

3D Active Phased Array Radar
Single Target Tracking
Multiple Target Tracking due to Electronic Steering in Elevation
ECCM Features
Low Output Power
Optronic System (CCD/TI/ LRF)
Operator Comfort with Air Conditioner
User-Friendly Operator Displays
New Engine with a drastic reduction in fuel consumption
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) protection system

This modernisation program started in 2014 when the first upgraded Schilka was handed over. Today the last upgraded (48th) unit was delivered.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby tsarkar » 01 Mar 2020 23:38

shaun wrote:^^^^^
what will be the illumination radar

ADFCR

https://www.drdo.gov.in/air-defence-fire-control-radar
Air Defence Fire Control Radar (ADFCR) in conjunction with Anti-Aircraft Guns forms a Ground Based Air Defence system whose main purpose is effective point defence against air threats at short and very short ranges during day and night under all weather conditions. The system comprises of a X-Band Active Array Antenna based 3D-Search Radar, Ka-Band Tracking Radar, Electro-Optical Sensors for passive 2D-tracking & LRF for Radar independent ranging, Gun Control Unit, Power Generator, and a suitably equipped Commander's cabin mounted on a single High Mobility Vehicle. This system is capable of controlling more than two Guns simultaneously.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby tsarkar » 01 Mar 2020 23:40

Rakesh wrote:
Vips wrote:First truck mounted AK-630 is now ready for Army trials. Can be used to target Drones, Mortar and Artillery shells from a distance of 5 kms.

https://twitter.com/I30mki/status/12305 ... 57218?s=20 ---> OFB designed Air Defence Gun! Ugly, but good if it works as AK-630 is locally produced by OFB. Rate of Fire is 5,000 rounds per minute. Effective/Flat Trajectory range is 4,000 meters (13,000 ft). Ammunition storage is 2,000 rounds.

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Very good move that should have been done 2 decades back to replace the Bofors L40/60, L40/70 and ZSU-23-2.


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Postby Barath » 08 Mar 2020 08:07

https://eurasiantimes.com/indian-army-u ... tani-post/

India targeted pakistani army posts in cros border shelling in Kupawara sectr using artillery and ATGM. Video. Forget speculation on Spike ATGM.

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Postby sanjaykumar » 08 Mar 2020 09:50

^^fcku I thought they’d captured a Dalek.

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Postby jaysimha » 09 Mar 2020 17:08

Audio Codes Selected by HFCL for Major Indian Government Telecom Network

https://www.audiocodes.com/news/press-releases/news/audiocodes-selected-by-hfcl-for-major-indian-government-telecom-network

Leading Indian system integrator HFCL Ltd (formerly known as Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd) selected AudioCodes to provide the voice access infrastructure for a next-generation telecom network for the Indian Army under the Network for Spectrum (NFS) project

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Aditya_V » 09 Mar 2020 17:17

tsarkar wrote:
Rakesh wrote:https://twitter.com/I30mki/status/1230568579621257218?s=20 ---> OFB designed Air Defence Gun! Ugly, but good if it works as AK-630 is locally produced by OFB. Rate of Fire is 5,000 rounds per minute. Effective/Flat Trajectory range is 4,000 meters (13,000 ft). Ammunition storage is 2,000 rounds.

Very good move that should have been done 2 decades back to replace the Bofors L40/60, L40/70 and ZSU-23-2.

These could be very useful in protecting frontline Army Hq's, Ammo stores from Paki PGM and Bombs from attacks like 27 Feb-20

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Postby Manish_P » 17 Mar 2020 14:26

Does BRF have a thread where issues like these are discussed/explained? Our veterans, even after their service, are one of the primary sources of inspiration and recruitment for the next gen. Their grievances, specifically with regards to changes in policy and how it affects them is not understood by lay persons.

Pressure on the decision makers (Politicians and babus), to reverse harmful decisions, needs to come not just from the veteran associations but also civilian groups.

Secondly, the behind the scenes players (specifically the malicious ones) need to be tracked and rebutted. In this age of social media with it's viral spread, misinformation warfare (and it's use by inimical forces - inside and outside the country) needs to be identified and refuted.

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Postby VinodTK » 18 Mar 2020 02:24

Indian Army now world’s largest ground force as China halves strength on modernisation push
New Delhi: With approximately 1.4 million personnel, the Indian Army has become the world’s largest ground force, pulling ahead of China, which cut down its strength by half and is instead focusing on its navy, air force and technology.

According to the Defence of Japan 2019 report, released late last year, China has the third largest ground force in the world following India and North Korea, with approximately 9,80,000 personnel.

The Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) was always regarded as the largest army in the world with an approximate strength of two million soldiers.

India, which has been keenly watching the PLA’s modernisation, is just in the initial stages of building a leaner and modern technology-enabled force as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.

However, while China has been working on a massive modernisation of its force, India’s modernisation plans for its large personnel-driven force have been stalled by a cash crunch and a constantly increasing pension.

The Indian Army has so far carried out four transformation studies and is working on trimming its force by about 1.5 lakh personnel, which could take a minimum of five years.


Hard to believe Indian army is larger than PLA!!

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Postby Vips » 18 Mar 2020 06:08

In the year 1988 PLA was 4 million strong and it has been declining in numbers since then.

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Postby fanne » 18 Mar 2020 07:32

I think it will have significant impact on their fighting ability in the Himalayas. They need to be tech advanced (and hence low numbers) to face US off it east cost. US is not coming in millions but in a very lean and mean manner. They have no choice to go lean and mean.
In the Himalayas, can you have a supposedly small but very advanced force? They have very large logistic lines, very few places to fight and fly planes from. They will achieve breakthrough at few places, but what about rest of the front. Can they be so advanced to maintain and resupply that breakthrough?

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Postby mody » 18 Mar 2020 17:46

Consider the countries with which China shares its land border. India, Mongolia Russia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Russia, North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan (through the Wakhan Corridor), Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Except India, none of the other countries pose any threat to the Chinese. In the past, The soviet union also posed a threat and China needed numbers. Now Russia does not pose the same kind of threat. Besides China also needed large numbers, to keep its own population under check. Now perhaps the communist party is confident of its unchallenged grip on power and its internal police forces, to keep the population in check.
In the current scenario, China's main threat is from the ocean on its south east and east coast and hence a powerful navy, airforce and a potent missile force are much more important for China. Also, for power projection beyond its own borders, the Navy, missile force, space and cyber warfare as also having overseas military bases is much more important for China, than sheer numbers of its ground forces. China is moving ahead on all of these fronts very very rapidly.

In contrast, for India, the main threats are from the two countries that it shares the longest land boundaries with, China and Pakistan, as also the internal security situation, mainly in J&K. The need to rationalize the manpower for the Indian military is paramount we need to move forward fast in reducing the total manpower by minimum of 100K to 150K. A lot of the non-essential staff like drivers, carpenters etc. should not be part of the military. The military should outsource these civilian duties. The full military pay, benefits to the personnel and the family and later the pension is a big drain on the defence budget.
A stronger Navy, Air-Space force, cyber warfare capabilities are urgently needed, however, the land based threat for India is very unique in the world today.

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Postby kit » 18 Mar 2020 19:15

VinodTK wrote:Indian Army now world’s largest ground force as China halves strength on modernisation push
New Delhi: With approximately 1.4 million personnel, the Indian Army has become the world’s largest ground force, pulling ahead of China, which cut down its strength by half and is instead focusing on its navy, air force and technology.

According to the Defence of Japan 2019 report, released late last year, China has the third largest ground force in the world following India and North Korea, with approximately 9,80,000 personnel.

The Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) was always regarded as the largest army in the world with an approximate strength of two million soldiers.

India, which has been keenly watching the PLA’s modernisation, is just in the initial stages of building a leaner and modern technology-enabled force as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.

However, while China has been working on a massive modernisation of its force, India’s modernisation plans for its large personnel-driven force have been stalled by a cash crunch and a constantly increasing pension.

The Indian Army has so far carried out four transformation studies and is working on trimming its force by about 1.5 lakh personnel, which could take a minimum of five years.


Hard to believe Indian army is larger than PLA!!


looks like with the new tank order of more than 300 T90s IA is likely to have the biggest mechanised forces in Eurasia ! .. are we trying to clobber both China and pakis at the same time ?!

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Postby kit » 18 Mar 2020 19:16

One would think smaller , meaner, nimbler forces are better in the new age warfare., but then isnt the IA being re orgnized along these lines ?

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Postby Manish_P » 18 Mar 2020 21:05

Concur on the meaner and nimbler part. But with our internal challenges (some of which are likely to increase in the 1-2 decades ahead) we do need more boots-on-the-ground too. Unless there is an exponential increase in that other uniformed part of our security apparatus.

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Postby Barath » 19 Mar 2020 10:44

kit wrote:One would think smaller , meaner, nimbler forces are better in the new age warfare., but then isnt the IA being re orgnized along these lines ?


Two different things. one is that organizationally, the IA is going to IBG, whch as a fighting unit are smaller, meaner, nimbler, more integrated.
Second, as part of that re-organization and presumably things like IDS, and integrated logistics, the Indian army is likely to go down in size by 1.5 lakhs out of 1.4 million. Which as right-sizing goes, 10% is tinkering, compared to hina's restructuring.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Yagnasri » 19 Mar 2020 11:52

We are looking and two and half front war now. The half front is there almost everywhere within the nation. We are seeing how people are shouting for closure of 500 cities and towns. Numbers are needed in this situation. But we also need to look at more internal security forces than IA doing internal security work.

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Postby Manish_P » 19 Mar 2020 12:09

^ +1

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Postby Vips » 19 Mar 2020 18:56

Yagnasri wrote:We are looking and two and half front war now. The half front is there almost everywhere within the nation. We are seeing how people are shouting for closure of 500 cities and towns. Numbers are needed in this situation. But we also need to look at more internal security forces than IA doing internal security work.


Just a few examples of open hand facility given to the state police or paramilitary forces would quickly shut these buggers. Taking advantage of the opposition,left forces and anti modi journalists to organise marches and call for shutting down cities is one thing and the prospect of meeting your maker is another.
The blood thirsty jihadis had got the message in Gujarat. If needed the law and order maintaining forces will reinforce it on an all india basis.Good thing all state police/paramilitary forces will soon be carrying the INSAS and other automatic assault rifles and not the vintage .303 rifles.

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Postby Deans » 19 Mar 2020 19:31

fanne wrote:I think it will have significant impact on their fighting ability in the Himalayas. They need to be tech advanced (and hence low numbers) to face US off it east cost. US is not coming in millions but in a very lean and mean manner. They have no choice to go lean and mean.
In the Himalayas, can you have a supposedly small but very advanced force? They have very large logistic lines, very few places to fight and fly planes from. They will achieve breakthrough at few places, but what about rest of the front. Can they be so advanced to maintain and resupply that breakthrough?


My book `2022 India's 2 front war' deals with just this matter. Its been exactly a year since its published. Available in India on kindle (royalties go to the Army battle casualties fund).

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Postby fanne » 21 Mar 2020 09:04

Thanks, with the lockdown, one more book to read.

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Postby V_Raman » 21 Mar 2020 10:16

Rakesh wrote:
Vips wrote:First truck mounted AK-630 is now ready for Army trials. Can be used to target Drones, Mortar and Artillery shells from a distance of 5 kms.

https://twitter.com/I30mki/status/12305 ... 57218?s=20 ---> OFB designed Air Defence Gun! Ugly, but good if it works as AK-630 is locally produced by OFB. Rate of Fire is 5,000 rounds per minute. Effective/Flat Trajectory range is 4,000 meters (13,000 ft). Ammunition storage is 2,000 rounds.


2000 rounds ammo storage - does that mean it can fire only for 24 seconds or does it mean 2000 minutes?

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Postby manjgu » 21 Mar 2020 10:45

24 secobds onlee

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Postby rajkumar » 21 Mar 2020 14:30

manjgu wrote:24 secobds onlee


However they are never fired in continuous mode. At best 10/20 rounds at a time

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby srin » 21 Mar 2020 14:48

V_Raman wrote:
Rakesh wrote:https://twitter.com/I30mki/status/12305 ... 57218?s=20 ---> OFB designed Air Defence Gun! Ugly, but good if it works as AK-630 is locally produced by OFB. Rate of Fire is 5,000 rounds per minute. Effective/Flat Trajectory range is 4,000 meters (13,000 ft). Ammunition storage is 2,000 rounds.


2000 rounds ammo storage - does that mean it can fire only for 24 seconds or does it mean 2000 minutes?


That's not how they work. The engagement window is very small (function of the speed of the aircraft as well as the short effective range of the guns) - so the objective is to fire in short bursts - 1 second or so - and try to send as many rounds downrange as possible.

2000 rounds is quite adequate. That's similar to what a Tunguska or a Shilka has. But I wish there was some more light shed on the sensor package - the radars and the EOTS. And they probably should have a few manpads mounted on the truck as missile option too.

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Postby manjgu » 21 Mar 2020 22:45

A 10 Warthog has 1100 rounds.. Hawker Hunter had 150 rounds per gun ( 4 guns) ( firing at 1200 round pm) .

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Postby VinodTK » 23 Mar 2020 19:13

From DailyExcelsior: 2 BAT commandos, 2 militants among 7 killed on Poonch LoC
AMMU, Mar 21: When most of the world including Pakistan itself is badly hit by Coronavirus pandemic, its troops continued evil designs and tried to commit major terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir by pushing Border Action Team (BAT) commandos and militants on the Line of Control (LoC) in Degwar sector of Poonch district in the wee hours of this morning prompting immediate retaliation by the Indian Army in which two BAT members, an equal number of militants and three enemy troopers were killed.
Sources told the Excelsior that Pakistan army was regularly resorting to mortar shelling and firing on the LoC at Degwar, Kirni, Kasba and surrounding sectors of Poonch district and only a day before a mortar shell had landed in the heart of Poonch town but didn’t explode averting a major catastrophe.
In early hours of this morning, Pakistan army tried to facilitate infiltration by four militants including two BAT commandos into the Indian territory from Degwar sector of Poonch. The Indian troops, who were maintaining high alert on the LoC, observed movement of infiltrators.
Simultaneously, Pakistani troops opened firing from their forward posts to facilitate infiltration by the BAT commandos and militants to which the Indian side retaliated, leading to heavy exchanges.
Finding themselves trapped, the BAT commandos and militants tried to escape but were caught in heavy volume of firing by the Indian side in which all four were killed. Their bodies are reportedly lying on the LoC.
In exchange of firing and shelling between Indo-Pak troops, two bunkers of Pakistan army were hit in which at least three Pakistani troopers were killed and two to three others were injured. However, there were no casualties on the Indian side.
“A major terror plot backed by the Pakistani troops has been foiled with the killing of two BAT commandos and two militants, apart from three Pakistan troopers, who were facilitating the intrusion bid by resorting to firing and shelling on forward Indian posts to give cover to the infiltrators,” sources said.
The BAT commandos generally comprised hardcore militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfits who had been trained by the Pakistan army. However, sometimes, the Pakistan army regulars also try to infiltrate for the BAT action, sources said, adding that slain BAT commandos as well as militants were well trained and were carrying with them sophisticated weapons and explosives for causing destruction on the Indian side.
Asserting that the Pakistan army plot was aimed at either targeting forward defence posts along the LoC or infiltrate and attack a strategic installation in Poonch, sources said it was successfully thwarted by the Indian troops with swift action in which the intruders were targeted and eliminated.
However, they said, two Pakistani bunkers from where the enemy troops were raining mortars and bullets to give cover to the infiltrators, were hit in retaliatory action by the Indian Army in which at least three Pakistani troopers were killed while two to three others were injured.
Bodies of two BAT commandos and as many militants were lying on the LoC and hadn’t been taken away by the Pakistan army so far to their side. However, the Pakistani troops were seen carrying dead and injured jawans to the hospital after the bunkers were hit in the Indian retaliatory action.
Slain BAT commandos and militants seemed to be aged between 22 to 25. While the commandos were wearing combat dresses, the militants were in Pathan suits, sources said, adding they were equipped with deadly assault rifles with which they resorted to random firing to cause casualties of the Indian Army personnel after being trapped in the firing but were killed within few minutes of the Indian action.
Since August 5 when the Central Government had abrogated special Constitutional provisions of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan army has been regularly violating ceasefire on the LoC in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch besides Kupwara and other sectors in Kashmir.
In the process, Pakistan army has also tried to facilitate several infiltration attempts by the BAT commandos and militants towards the Indian side but has failed miserably.
In retaliatory action by the Indian Army, Pakistan has suffered heavy casualties and infrastructural damage.
A day before, Pakistan army had targeted Poonch town and the mortar shell had exploded near the BJP office at Jarnaili Mohalla but didn’t explode and failed to cause any casualties. It was safely defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad yesterday.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby V_Raman » 24 Mar 2020 01:59

srin wrote:
V_Raman wrote:
2000 rounds ammo storage - does that mean it can fire only for 24 seconds or does it mean 2000 minutes?


That's not how they work. The engagement window is very small (function of the speed of the aircraft as well as the short effective range of the guns) - so the objective is to fire in short bursts - 1 second or so - and try to send as many rounds downrange as possible.

2000 rounds is quite adequate. That's similar to what a Tunguska or a Shilka has. But I wish there was some more light shed on the sensor package - the radars and the EOTS. And they probably should have a few manpads mounted on the truck as missile option too.


Thx for the explanation.

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Larsen & Toubro wins 'large' contract from Indian Army for advanced IT-enabled network.

Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro on Tuesday said it has won a 'large' contract from the Indian Army for setting up an advanced IT-enabled system to operate the Armed Forces network under the Network of Spectrum (NFS).

Though the company did not mention the exact value of the contract, as per its project classification, the value of a large order ranges between Rs 2,500 crore and Rs 5,000 crore.

The Smart World and Communication Business of L&T Construction has secured a large order from the Indian Army to establish an unified network management system to manage, support and operate the countrywide Armed Forces Network under the NFS, the company said in a statement."This is an extremely crucial and sensitive project for the Ministry of Defence and we are proud that the Ministry has reposed their faith in our technical, engineering and solutioning capabilities to execute this project," said SN Subrahmanyan - CEO a Managing Director,Larsen & Toubro.

It involves creating a centralised network monitoring, management and control system for all the seven layers under NFS which interconnects 414 Defence stations, he added, describing the scope of the mandate.

The project involves the creation of a resilient Cloud-based IT infrastructure on Infrastructure as a service (IAAS) model. The scope also includes Next Generation Operations System and Software based Unified Network Management System, Eight Network Operations Centers (NOCs) consisting of National NOCs, Disaster Recovery NOCs, Regional NOCs, Security Operation Centers, Tier III Data Centres and Training Infrastructure, the company said.

The facilities under this project will allow real-time monitoring of the complete IT network backbone of the Indian army and provide complete visibility of deployed Network assets, leading to optimal utilization of resources, it added.

The project is to be implemented in 18 months followed by three years of warranty and seven years of Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) during which L&T will provide managed maintenance services.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Barath » 08 Apr 2020 15:56

The firearm blog looks at a version of an Indian AK-203 from DefExpo 2020...

https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/202 ... an-ak-203/

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby vikassh » 09 Apr 2020 19:47

Kupwara encounter: Why the army is watching the LoC
https://www.rediff.com/news/column/kupwara-encounter-why-army-is-watching-the-loc/20200408.htm?print=true

Kupwara encounter: Why the army is watching the LoC

Even as India battles the COVID-19 threat on a war footing, it cannot lose sight of the threat building up in Kashmir, cautions Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain (retd).

IMAGE: Then army chief, now Chief of the Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat looks across the Line of Control into Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Photograph: ANI Photo

While we may not be able to confirm the rumour that Pakistan was attempting to push COVID-19 afflicted people into Pakistan occupied Kashmir and thence possibly into India through Kashmir, no one could have doubted that the threat from COVID-19 would in no way dilute Pakistan's obsession with Kashmir.

In fact a cursory glance at some curated recent Pakistani media output confirms that the Kashmir obsession continues unabated.

This was evident too from Pakistan's Health Minister Zafar Mirza's attempt to flag Kashmir during the SAARC video conference on COVID-19 on March 15, 2020.

The reported long encounter between the Indian Army and terrorists on the Shamshabari range north of Kupwara in the first week of April 2020 stands testimony to what was anticipated this season.

Five terrorists probably owing allegiance to the Jaish e Mohammad and infiltrating across the LoC from Dudhnial were killed, but five Indian Army Special Forces personnel too were martyred in the bargain.

Before any further analysis, a word on the nature of this operation is important to put at rest any speculation about the professionalism displayed by the Special Forces personnel during the encounter.

The area of contact lies high up on the Shamshabari range where levels of snow can exceed 10 to 15 feet with soft snow from recent snowfall being over 3 to 4 feet deep.

Movement is greatly restricted and the LoC fence, which is the anti-infiltration obstacle system, lies buried deep under ice during this season.

This is the most opportune time for infiltration attempts as another month from now efforts by the Indian Army's Corps of Engineers to refurbish the anti-infiltration obstacle system would be underway on a war footing just like they have been each year for the last 15 years; an earlier effort to refurbish is not possible due to the presence of ice and snow.

Photograph: Umar Ganie for Rediff.com
Terrorist groups know this well enough and risk large scale attempts to get through at any cost.

The degree of difficulty in counter infiltration is high even though telltale signs of terrorist movement on soft snow are a sure giveaway.

The challenge is response since covering even a kilometer on foot in such conditions may take a couple of hours.

Thus, when the infiltrating JeM track managed to get through the gaps between deployments of the infantry unit, patrols discovered the trail on soft snow.

Search elements from adjoining posts responded too, but movement constraints prevented completing an early contact with the terrorist group which descended into a deep gorge.

The troops who the group had managed to bypass then also deployed to prevent its exfiltration after being discovered.

To overcome inevitable movement delays Special Forces squads were dropped by helicopter closer to the gorge area.

One of the squads while moving along a cliff at night to establish contact unrealisingly stepped on an ice cornice and fell into the gorge and onto the terrorists.

A virtual close quarter battle ensued in which all five terrorists were killed and the six man squad lost five of its members.

There are bizarre and unpredictable contingencies which arise in such terrain, climatic conditions and operational environment.

This was one of those contingencies, but the grit and valour displayed by the Special Forces troops is indeed praiseworthy.

Reports suggest some more terror groups are awaiting an opportunity to infiltrate.

Perhaps the snow levels may daunt them, thus forcing attempts to lower altitude areas.

Troops along the LoC in Kashmir can never discount any part of the LoC to be outside the ambit of infiltration attempts.

The level of desperation in Pakistan is now palpable. It is important to get seasoned terrorists back into Kashmir, reorganise the militancy to deliver body blows and hope like hell that the comprehensive measures being undertaken by India to stabilise do not gel with the population.

Two of the eliminated infiltrators were Kashmiris from Shopian who had exfiltrated to PoK in 2016-2017.

Their level of training as seen in the encounter appeared to be high and their return was an imperative to add substance to the flagging South Kashmir.

Photograph: Umar Ganie for Rediff.com
One of the important factors in the future strategy will be to ensure that terrorist numbers are kept under manageable limits through detailed surveillance over youth vulnerable to recruitment.

In addition, traditional hot spots of Tral, Shopian and Kulgam must be kept under constant pressure to prevent new concentrations and fresh hideouts.

But the most important factor will remain countering infiltration from PoK since there is a surety about that and vast scope exists along the over 300 kilometre-long LoC in Kashmir itself.

Considerable scope for infiltration exists in Jammu too with efforts to subsequently reach the Kashmir valley by transport arranged through the network of over ground workers.

What is certain is that the use of technology by the army is becoming a force multiplier and more of this should be integrated from the plethora of startups in India that are doing some yeoman work.

It may seem surprising that under such intense pressure from the FATF Pakistan continues to pursue a policy of sponsored terror in Kashmir unmindful of the economic impact of the misdemeanour it pursues.

If in the worst of times that the world is passing through Pakistan perceives its national interest to be the pursuit of a kinetic campaign in Kashmir through acts of terror, there is little else that India can do except to redouble its capacity to neutralise this and undertake every offensive measure to compel Pakistan to withdraw from the calamitous path it is pursuing.

In the post COVID-19 period Pakistan's deep state may further throw caution to the winds expecting India to be deeply committed to the recovery process and thus less prepared for response.

A high visibility act in Kashmir or elsewhere could be on the cards. The module for this too could come from PoK and would depend upon successful infiltration for that.

Among other options, spectacular acts need not be aimed at the hinterland where it could be difficult to reach.

The model of 2015-2016 stands out for its potential for adoption. This model focused on shallow infiltration to target installations in near vicinity of the LoC discounting deep movement to the hinterland.

The Uri and Mohra attacks in the Jhelum valley were a result of this. It was simply an adaptation of the normal pattern of infiltration.

The LoC remains quiet for the present, but the possibility of forcing change in deployment pattern through actions by Pakistani border action teams against Indian patrols remains live.

These can be offset by swift counters across or proactive measures as per the strategy adopted by field commanders.

The first flush of the season for infiltration has witnessed as much desperation as visible in the political stance taken by Pakistan's leadership.

Even as India battles the COVID-19 threat on a war footing it cannot lose sight of the threat building up in Kashmir.


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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Ashokk » 20 Apr 2020 03:22

Gaurav Arya on the LOC with the Bihar & Assam regiments

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Postby chetak » 26 Apr 2020 23:05

from the sundayguardianlive, excerpt from an article written by natwar singh, who was thrown under the bus by the mafiosi family during the oil for food scandal.


Radhakrishnan was an exceptionally witty man.

The King of Greece came to India on a state visit. President Radhakrishnan (he had succeeded Dr Rajendra Prasad) welcomed him at Palam airport. “Your Majesty. You are the first King of Greece to come to India on invitation. Alexander the Great came uninvited.”

During the war against China in 1962, US Ambassador Kenneth Galbraith asked the President whether Lt General B.M. Kaul had been taken prisoner by the Chinese. The answer was: “It is unfortunately untrue.” General Kaul’s performance during the Sino-India conflict was an unmitigated disaster.


as indeed was the pathetic performance of general pran nath thapar (23 May 1906 – 23 June 1975) who let down the Indian Army as the fourth Chief of Army Staff during the 1962 war.

both were chacha favourites.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Aarvee » 28 Apr 2020 14:51

chetak wrote:from the sundayguardianlive, excerpt from an article written by natwar singh, who was thrown under the bus by the mafiosi family during the oil for food scandal.


Sir, link please.

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby shaun » 28 Apr 2020 14:55

Aarvee wrote:
chetak wrote:from the sundayguardianlive, excerpt from an article written by natwar singh, who was thrown under the bus by the mafiosi family during the oil for food scandal.


Sir, link please.


https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opin ... hakrishnan

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby chetak » 28 Apr 2020 15:30

Aarvee wrote:
chetak wrote:from the sundayguardianlive, excerpt from an article written by natwar singh, who was thrown under the bus by the mafiosi family during the oil for food scandal.


Sir, link please.


pse don't expect to be spoon fed.

the details are all there: sundayguardianlive and natwar singh.

a cursory google would have got you the link, no

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Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Postby Aarvee » 28 Apr 2020 15:56

chetak wrote:
a cursory google would have got you the link, no


Apologies sir, I didnt realise this was a recent article, thought it was an old archived one.


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