Pakistani war games to test anti-cold start strategy

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  1. DaRk WaVe

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    Pakistan to launch war games on eastern border


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    RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's military will on Saturday launch war games allowing thousands of troops to road test new tactics near its eastern border with India, a military official said.

    “The exercise is aimed at validating and refining newly evolved doctrines,” the head of the army's military training directorate, Muzammil Hussain, told foreign media in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, neighbouring Islamabad.

    The “Azm-e-Nau-3” or New Resolve exercise will mobilise 20,000 troops in the beginning, rising to 40,000 to 50,000 towards the end, he said.

    The exercises will involve all branches of the military, including the air force, and will focus on the possibility of “conventional war on the country's eastern border,” Hussain said.

    “We cannot remain oblivious to what happens on our eastern borders,” Hussain told reporters.

    “Pakistan desires peace and security both within and beyond,” he said, adding that maintaining peace and security is the army's “key strategic policy”. — AFP

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect...n+to+launch+war+games+on+eastern+border-hs-01
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

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    Another good excuse to pull troops from the western front and away from the WOT in Afghanistan.
     
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    ISPR Press Release


    Rawalpindi - April 5, 2010:

    The Army Field Exercise, titled Azm-e-Nau-3, is scheduled to be held from 10 April to 13 May 2010. The field exercise involves troops belonging to all arms and services and also includes Pakistan Air Force. The exercise is a culmination of a long and deliberate process of war games, discussions and logistic evolution of the Concept of Warfare that is fully responsive to a wide menu of emerging threats. The exercise is a concept validation stage of the operational thought process manifested in the form of tactical, operational and organizational aspects which would be validated and refined through the lessons learnt. The process commenced with Army War Games named Exercise AZM-E-NAU-2, conducted in February 2010.

    It is prudent to note that Pakistan Army follows biennial training system, wherein, training objectives set forth are to be achieved over a span of two years. The training remains mission oriented based on the obtaining security environment. The training is methodical and progressive, culminating into Map Exercise / War games / field exercises at various levels of command. In the light of vision of Chief of Army Staff a comprehensive training package in the form of "Year of Training" in 2009-2010 was planned and now Pakistan Army is all set to go in the field to validate those concepts which were formulated during the "Year of Training".

    A special feature of this exercise would be harvesting the technological achievements advancement in intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and communication means that have revolutionized warfare. These shall be optimally leveraged in the forth coming exercise. These capabilities are expected to act as force multipliers by reducing the fog of war for own troops, obviating enemy surprise and reducing own reaction time. All available surveillance and reconnaissance assets would be practiced / utilized in the exercise to validate their efficacy.

    PAF Exercise "HIGH MARK 2010" would be fully integrated with Army Field Exercise.

    http://ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-press_release&id=1233#pr_link1233
     
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    Come on, its a 'continuity of plans ' :D

     
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    EG- 40,000-50,000 troops in an exercise for 40 days does not seem strange to you??
     
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    to be honest i was kind of shocked at the number of Troops but still it was pre-planned , it seems to me that PA is feeling somewhat secured from Afghan Border(remember they have already No Operation in 2010) & moreover the integration of these 'games' with High mark seems to me like a practice to counter 'Cold Start '(i may be wrong just my feeling)
     
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    Trying to hot stop a cold start eh??

    Indian snoops better be on their mark to catch all the signals that come out from these exercises. Any info is vital when it comes to a war.

    Interesting statement from the very first report in this thread is as the person put it "possibility of a conventional war". What do we read into it? That there can be a 10% chance of a conventional war amidst threats of nuke war? Or is that pakistan realised that a nuke war is not going to happen and that indias cold start will force them to fight a conventional war so they better start preparing for it? I think its the latter. Well done Indian Army in coming up with a Cold Start that puts paid to enemy plans of a nuke war.
     
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    I feel that something is cooking on the border. They are conducting both PAF and PA exercises almost at the same time and that too involving large numbers of troops. Something is up. India better be ready.
     
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    Don't worry DD, while uncle sam is still there, they won't try anything.
     
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    What if they are planning some 26/11 type of attacks and thus pre-empt cold-start kind of offensive if India choses to attack. Never discount such possibilities. Pakistani generals are tactically brilliant but strategically stupid, we have to put up with both.
     
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    And hot on the heels of: Army war game in Raj along Pak border this month.

    There seems to be a good heightening of tensions between the militaries recently. Almost as if they're preparing for 'inevitable war'.

    I'd say Pakistan would need new validating of infantry tactics desperately. Judging from the way they fight their COIN ops, I'm none too impressed. Rudimentary outdated maneuvers, poor field intelligence and assimilation, and cautious, tentative advances with ill-defined goals have led to the conduct of counter-insurgency war in a manner that resembles 1970's style block-advance.

    The same exercise 'Amn-e-nau' was conducted in July last year, but with far fewer numbers. Let's see what becomes of this.
     
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    A few weeks ago PAF had also shut down parts of the highway in Peshawar to allow fighter jets to land, refuel re-arm and take off. We don't even have money in our pockets yet preparing for war with India on a weekly basis. Something is cooking.
     
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    Good preparing for the times when IAF has taken out their air bases. Good.
     
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    Jingoism aside [​IMG] dawgz,


    I think there are some elementary errors in Pakistan's conduct of war. Theirs is an ad hoc strategy, a firepower-intensive approach against a low-technology opponent, whose effectiveness is suspect. Modern warfare is about precision-strikes and a surgical, cleaved-out approach, even at times of fighting a conventional enemy. It is expensive, with the use of guided munitions and the like, which is why it has to be precise. The Pakistani Army may have realized that, and have evolved countermeasures and a new doctrinal strategy they want to test with their air force. If so, we must use the opportunity for an intensive aerial surveillance and photointerpretation, radio surveillance and clandestine HUMINT penetration of the task.
     
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    Hope for the best, plan for the worst :)
     
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    India, Pak to launch major wargames at same time


    NEW DELHI: In a coincidence that has the potential of raising tension levels, the Indian and Pakistani militaries would be conducting major wargames later this month virtually within shouting distance from each other.

    Both exercises, involving thousands of troops, aim to test offensive strategies in the event of an armed conflict with the other side and will have active participation of their respective air forces.

    The Indian Army will launch its month-long wargames in mid-April in the Thar desert. Called 'Yodha Shakti', the games will involve one of its three principal 'strike' formations, the Mathura-based 1 Corps.

    It will practice a 'pro-active' war strategy revolving around the objective of mobilizing fast under 'the cold start' doctrine and striking hard across the border to pulverize the enemy.

    Around the same time - from April 10 to May 13 - Pakistan will conduct its 'Azm-e-Nau-III' (new resolve) exercise, described as its biggest wargames in two decades, to train for a conventional war with India.

    The manoeuvres will be held near the border in the country's Punjab and Sindh provinces - close to Rajasthan's Thar desert.

    Pakistan's exercise will be massive. "It's aimed at validating and refining newly evolved doctrines," the head of Pakistan army's military training directorate, Muzammil Hussain, said in Rawalpindi. Azm-e-Nau-III will mobilize 20,000 troops in the beginning, rising to 40,000 to 50,000 towards the end, he said.

    The Indian Army, learning lessons from the slow mobilization during Operation Parakram - the 10-month forward troop mobilization after the December 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament - will practice launching self-contained and highly-mobile 'battle groups,' with Russian-origin T-90S tanks and upgraded T-72 M1 tanks at their core, within 96 hours.

    "The exercise will be a two-sided, day-and-night affair, with rapid and deep offensives being undertaken by the battle groups to assault and capture 'enemy' territory. It will also validate our logistics infrastructure as well as new acquisitions," said a senior officer.

    The wargames will also have a big IAF component in the drive to achieve greater synergy. Both the western and southwestern IAF commands have stepped up coordination with the different Army commands in the western theatre to synergize efforts to build "an integrated and organic" air-land war-fighting machinery.

    Though the Indian armed forces may be now raising two new infantry divisions and an artillery brigade as well as deploying Sukhoi-30MKI fighters in the eastern sector to counter China, they are not diluting their traditional focus on the western front with Pakistan.

    The forces, in fact, are reinforcing their offensive punch along the entire western front. For one, IAF will operationalize a forward airbase at Phalodi in Rajasthan on Tuesday. Jaguars will be the first fighters to land at the new airbase on Tuesday to mark its inauguration by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik.

    The Phalodi airbase, strategically located since it falls in the middle of the 'triangle' constituted by Jaisalmer, Nal (Bikaner) and Jodhpur airbases, aims to plug operational and air defence gaps in the western front.

    "The 24x7 airbase, equipped to handle potent fighters like the Sukhoi-30MKIs and heavy-lift aircraft, will provide us
    with requisite flexibility," said a senior officer.

    This comes even as the newish South-Western Army Command (SWAC) at Jaipur, established as the sixth operational command of the 1.13-million strong Army in 2005, is fully up and running now.

    With the Mathura-based 1 'Strike' Corps and Bhatinda-based 10 'Pivot' Corps under it, SWAC is responsible for offensive operations on the western front in conjunction with the Chandimandir-based Western Army Command (WAC), which controls the Ambala-based 2 'Strike' Corps.

    Northern and Southern (which has the Bhopal-based 21 'Strike' Corps) Army Commands, at Udhampur and Pune respectively, will of course play crucial roles in the event of a war but it will be SWAC and WAC which will assume the pivotal roles.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...wargames-at-same-time/articleshow/5763799.cms
     
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    Pakistan(I mean ordinary people) has no money, but PA has all the money in the world. What more, it doesnt even have to impose tax on its rich people of Pakistan for that. All the money is demanded from America and Unkil politely obliges. So, PA can afford as many war games as possible.
     
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    Codenamed Yodha Shakti, the annual exercise will also validate its post-Op Parakram 'Cold Start' war doctrine that envisages swiftness in inflicting maximum damage to enemy forces.

    "Yodha Shakti will be held for a month from mid April to mid May in the Pokhran ranges and it will validate battle concepts of a Strike Corps with use of its mechanised troops and close air support from IAF's fighter aircraft and attack helicopters," Army officers said here today
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    i was indeed Right Indians will practice Cold Start & Pak will practice its counter
     
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    Hence, the forerunner: "And hot on the heels of" [​IMG]
     
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    Yodha Shakti is an Amazing Name!
     

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