Tank brigades to be deployed near China border

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  1. p2prada

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    This is certainly new.

    http://www.business-standard.com/in...-tank-brigades-to-defend-china-border/486647/

    A pretty neat move. But I suppose it will take time to implement, especially if new tanks are to be ordered.
     
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    I wonder if we can achieve an asymmetric advantage if we do not place tanks in the region?
     
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    WTF. Looks like the Chinese are preparing for war?!! :twitch:

    What's the need to deploy half a million troops on the Sino-Indian border? The IA doesn't even have half that number deployed on the LAC.
     
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    Most of their troops are needed to handle internal disturbances. Tibet is very large.

    Apart from that we have a massive presence in Kashmir and the North East, similar situation for us too.

    We had 10 Mountain divisions and are adding a few more. Two were recently setup.

    Don't ask me how many and where, I don't know all that.
     
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    Northeast is probably new, But tanks are deployed in Ladak area for some long time now..
     
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    If the author of this article has a little knowledge of chinese military Region, he won't include Lanzhou Region as the basis for any anti-india motion, which is almost 2000 kilos away from the india border, not to mention how difficult it would be to climb the huge mountains between Lanzhou and Chengdu region.
     
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    That is not the troop's job. It is taken care by armed police divisions. The troops in tibet got only one thing in mind: the possible attack from india!
     
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    What about the light tanks we were developing along with the polish? I've not heard about them for a while.
     
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    I hope now it is clear as to what is the connection between Lanzhou and India.

    Therefore, the author appears to know what he is talking about!
     
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    In my view this move is not Anti-China or something but regular up-gradation of border defense..

    No news..
     
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    What would be the employment of light tanks and the tasks assigned?
     
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    To provide anti-tank protection against enemy tanks also to provide fire support for infantry in both defense also in offense..
     
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    If they are talking about T-90s, those are not light tanks. :)

    But how many tanks are needed to hold off one or two divisions of troops?

    The author is not talking about corps level deployment. 6 Regiments for both sides.

    Anyway isn't it mostly for a defensive posture?
     
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    I don't think a light tank has any hope in hell in confined spaces since they will be moving line ahead in most of the places.

    The Chinese too in the East cannot roll down any armour for it will be line ahead as there is no space for classical armour tactics.

    In the Western Sector, there are places where one could move classically, but after some areas have been traversed it will become line ahead.

    I would leave it at that!

    I would prefer to have 'suitcase' RPGs as the Egyptians had in the Sinai and do the same devastation with cheap, mobile and hard to detect teams to take on the Chinese armour as they move in the restricted space.

    Note, while some of the areas may appear tank country, the huge boulders strewn around like a lunar landscape would slow the speed and they will be with their hatches up to move safely.
     
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    Ladakh front can benefit from tank deployment but how do you use tanks in the northeast terrain?
    Are there any examples from history where such terrain saw tank battles?
     
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    The Tibetan Plateau is a fine tank country.

    Reaching it is the issue!
     
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    Drop from air?
     
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    Light tanks against heavy tanks in Tibet... not a comfortable outcome.
     

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