India makes ready to match PLA firepower

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  1. AK471993

    AK471993 Regular Member

    Jan 18, 2011
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    In an effort to meet the challenge of growing military might of China, the Government has given the nod to some key projects, including creation of a new artillery division, a special forces unit and purchase of three aircraft for long-range reconnaissance.

    The raising of a new artillery division (each division has more than 200 long-range guns) will be completed by the end of 2011 while the special forces unit, also to be raised and trained in the same time span, will aim to perform strategic role behind enemy lines in case of hostility. The three reconnaissance aircraft will be acquired, most probably from Israel, by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), sources said.

    The nod for these crucial steps came two weeks back, sources said, adding that the artillery division and the special forces unit will work alongside two mountain divisions which were created last year. Each division has 10,000 soldiers and they are specially trained for mountain warfare on the eastern front.

    The process of equipping them with state-of-the-art equipment was in progress, sources said, adding that the new artillery division would also be equipped with ultra-light howitzers.

    Incidentally, India has two artillery divisions at present and needs to urgently acquire new long-range guns as the present arsenal is outdated. The artillery needs more than 1,000 guns and it would cost about `20,000 crore. However, the Army has not bought a new artillery gun in the last 20 years in the wake of the Bofors controversy.

    As regards the special forces unit, the battalion strength group (1,000 men) will be trained for destroying logistical lines, electricity plants and other war-supporting efforts behind enemy lines.

    Explaining the significance of this unit, officials said it would work in close coordination with intelligence agencies and used as a “national asset”. The trained commandos of this unit will carry out strategic strikes.

    The Army currently has seven special forces battalions and most of these are engaged in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in Jammu & Kashmir and the north-east.

    However, their counterparts in the US, UK and Russia are deployed for much more sensitive and crucially important strategic assignments and New Delhi has also decided to go the same way.

    The need for the exercise arose after the Chinese Army conducted a military exercise, Stride, in 2009. This exercise showed the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in launching a focused attack using the artillery and special forces unit in mountain warfare.

    India, at that point, lacked those capabilities and the Government, therefore, gave the go-ahead for acquiring “matching capabilities”, sources said.
  3. badguy2000

    badguy2000 Respected Member Senior Member

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    what PLA stresses on now is not "firepower" any more,but "precise-strike"& the integration of C4ISR.

    that is why PLA invests so heavily on space tech and communication tech.
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  4. smartindian

    smartindian Regular Member

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    Mysore, Karnataka, India
    yes yes , but dont hype you pla in front of us , we know is it capacity ,
  5. vikramrana_1812

    vikramrana_1812 Regular Member

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    Army to showcase BRAHMOS, T-90 tanks at R-day parade

    Posted On: Jan 23, 2011
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    BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile

    [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]NEW [/FONT][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]DELHI[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] (PTI): Showcasing India's military might, the [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]Army[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] will display the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, T-90 main battle tanks (MBT) and Advance Light [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]Helicopter[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] (ALH) 'Dhruv' at the Republic Day parade on Wednesday.

    "Marching contingents on the Rajpath would include mounted troops from 61st Cavalry, mechanised columns and eight regiments of the Indian army followed by a flypast of Advance Light Helicopter Dhruv from Army [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]Aviation[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] Corps," said parade second-in-command Brigadier Kuldeep Singh.

    The parade would be commanded by the GOC of the [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]Delhi[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] Area, Major General Manvendra Singh.

    Brigadier Singh further informed that the one-and-a-half hour long parade would begin with national salute followed by presentation of Ashok Chakra posthumously to Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, who died fighting a suicide attacker during an attack on the Indian High Commission at Kabul.

    "The parade would begin with the three Paramvir Chakra awardees marching on the Rajpath which would be followed by the mounted cavalry troops, mechanised column and ALH Dhruv," said Colonel AS Mahela while briefing about the parade.

    Besides BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, army contingent would also feature PMS bridging columns used by the troops to make temporary bridges.

    The army contingent would be followed by the tableaux from Indian [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]Navy[/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] and Indian Air Force.

    While Navy is showcasing [COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]aircraft [/FONT][COLOR=#0054E3 ! important][FONT=inherit ! important]carrier[/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR] INS Viraat, IAF's marching contingent would be followed by the tableaux of Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) and Aerostat Radar.

    DRDO while showcasing Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas' trainer version in its tableau, would also present Soldier Support Systems and one of its radars.

    From Air Force, a total of 28 aircraft and helicopter would enthral the audience with their flypast and other airborne manoeuvres.

    The parade would be followed by the marching units of central para-military forces like Border Security Force (BSF), Assam Rifles (AR), Indian Coast Guards (ICG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Delhi Police.

    The march past would culminate with National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) cadets marching down the Rajpath.

    This year, the numbers of tableaux have been increased to 23 from last year's 21, while the number of cultural programmes has remained the same with five different activities.

    The motorcycle display team at the end of the parade would consist of men from Signal regiment of the Indian Army.

    On Beating the Retreat ceremony, Col Mahela said, "Indian Air Force would be this year's coordinating service for beating the Retreat Ceremony. Total 12 military bands from all the three services would participate in it. The tunes which would be played this time are mostly Indian."
  6. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

    Aug 17, 2009
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    never to underestimate your enemy
  7. p2prada

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    May 25, 2009
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    Holy Hell
    Everybody is working for that. But it is not always achievable. Even US Army relies on its not so smart artillery.

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