Over the last few years many in the western world have argued that india is not well equipped to implement the cold start doctrine esp due to lack of big guns and no purchase of it since Bofors. I have a feeling that IA probably does not need towed guns like Bofors to implement cold start and in fact it could be a liability in the field. Cold start doctrine calls for rapid push into enemy territory and we don't have to lay a siege for it using those guns. We need to finish our major campaign in the first 72 hours after which it is going to be a case of holding and consolidating before the world powers bring both sides to the table. This is where Indias air power will be used. Air superiority to be established using MKIs and ground targets to be destroyed by Mirage and also extensive use of helicopter gun ships. Use of MLRS which presents more mobility would also serve better. Tanks are the symbol of occupation and india has a lot of it though some of them may be aging, but they still are capable and will provide rapid thrust in tandem with massive use of aerial power. The current exercise in Rajasthan is probably validating just that.