Elite Indian Troops Practice Strategic Operations

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Even as Pakistan's Army battles Taliban fighters near the capital Islamabad, India's elite land forces, capable of hitting deep inside enemy territory, have begun exercises in Punjab along the Pakistani border.

The Ambala-based Kharga Corps, a rapid-action force of 15,000, is equipped to operate behind enemy lines and to carry out a proactive strategic role.

"The exercise is being conducted as a two-sided exercise to practice the elite Kharga Corps in their operational tasks," the Defence Ministry said in a May 4 statement. "The Army aims to validate its doctrine of proactive strategy through the exercises."

A senior Defence Ministry official said the weeklong exercise began May 3 at Barnala along the Indo-Pakistan border.

"A large number of tanks, infantry combat vehicles, artillery guns and specialist vehicles continued these maneuvers by day and night under near warlike conditions," according to the ministry's statement. "A parachute drop by airborne troops and other heliborne operations was also undertaken to supplement the offensive by the mechanized forces."

Indian defense forces have been preparing for operations behind enemy lines and incorporated a new military doctrine to this effect in 2004. The Army has 5,000 elite soldiers, trained at unknown locations by Israeli troops, who can swiftly enter enemy territory and even operate behind enemy lines, Indian Army sources said.

New Delhi has complained several times at international forums that Muslim terrorists from various groups are being trained deep inside Pakistan. Immediately after the Nov. 26 Mumbai terror attacks, it was debated in the media whether India should attack terrorist bases operating inside Pakistan

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This is good news...the better trained an army is the better it will fight
 

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This is good news...the better trained an army is the better it will fight

Absolutely. However, there are times when information about special operations and training is best kept, shall we say.. low key. Make the 'enemy' find the information and not hand it to them on a plate.
 

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IMO it is another move by India to let Pak know that we are ready if try a mischief to turn ur people's attention toward india.
 

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IMO it is another move by India to let Pak know that we are ready if try a mischief to turn ur people's attention toward india.
Yes, I understand that. However you must be careful when you wave a red flag. The bull may charge:wink:
 

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This is a good move by the India , we can not simply trust an adversary, which is not only unstable and kneeling down to Taliban and trying as best as it can diplomatically, to make our border unprotected so that they can do a mischief.

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Yes, I understand that. However you must be careful when you wave a red flag. The bull may charge:wink:
If this bull dares charge, it will be gripped by the horns, pirouetted in mid-air and launched straight into orbit.
 

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Yes, I understand that. However you must be careful when you wave a red flag. The bull may charge:wink:
If they are a bull, we are an elephant. And everyone knows bulls shouldn't take on elephants, even if the elephant is painted red.
 

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Guys, listen to what Dave is saying. The best surprise is when there is NO information. The enemy should not even know elite troops full capabilities. Around here most people don't even know what the capabilities of say the Navy Seals are. They just know they do a lot, and are bad a$$!
 

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But how much information is being given out in the above article that would affect the surprise factor in future battles?. Can any body dissect and explain?. As far as I think, not much specifics are given out but only a broad outline.
 

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No Information line is good. But ISI surely have knowledge of Rapid Action Force and they are probably more aware of these troops prowess than us couch soldiers. Also, this article doesn't mention anything specific except the no. of soldiers involved '15000' - every other is 'a large number'. Also, surely IA hasn't given up any trump card it might have on its sleeve to appease the media.

This news helps to project India's sterner stance this time around, but it also sends a message to us - the civilians who might be interested despite the election fever and probably a bit worried too about Pak's deteriorating situation - that IA is alert and prepared to carry out it's task regardless of political situation.
 

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But how much information is being given out in the above article that would affect the surprise factor in future battles?. Can any body dissect and explain?. As far as I think, not much specifics are given out but only a broad outline.
weeklong exercise began May 3 at Barnala along the Indo-Pakistan border[/U].QUOTE]A senior Defence Ministry official said the
"A large number of tanks, infantry combat vehicles, artillery guns and specialist vehicles continued these maneuvers by day and night under near warlike conditions," according to the ministry's statement. "A parachute drop by airborne troops and other heliborne operations was also undertaken to supplement the offensive by the mechanized forces."
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Lots of information there: Start and finish date, Area of exercise. Approximation of numbers. Use of helibourne and Mech' Troops. All snippets of information add to the jig-saw being built by the enemy.

Hopefully the information given to the press for release, is information they want released.
 

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Guys, listen to what Dave is saying. The best surprise is when there is NO information. The enemy should not even know elite troops full capabilities. Around here most people don't even know what the capabilities of say the Navy Seals are. They just know they do a lot, and are bad a$$!
Yeh, I know. We're just being a tad too jingoistic.

Still, the point about not handing any more information than is necessary to the enemy on a silver platter is well taken.
 

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Dave,
Good to see you here.
The exercise aside, this has elements of psyops for the consumption of interested parties.
 

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Boy, Delta - do you know how to coin a phrase or what!!! :)

"interested parties"..hmm, election time is it not?
 

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DEBKAfile - Israeli elite unit officers in big Indian anti-terror exercise

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

May 6, 2009, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

India's biggest ever counter-terror exercise took place this week on the plains of Punjab near the Pakistan border. DEBKAfile's military sources disclose that the three-day maneuver ending May 5 was staged by massed mechanized and parachute units of the elite Kharga Corps trained by Israel military instructors in India and Israel in the arts of operating in areas fought over by Taliban and al Qaeda, possibly even with biological or radiological weapons.

Dubbed "Hindi Shakti" (Indian Power), the drill testing this crack army corps' proactive operational strategy, used tanks, combat vehicles – some developed in Israel for striking terrorist targets in open land, artillery guns and a large number of parachutists. These crack Indian units received specialist instruction from Israeli elite and commando forces in tactics for pursuing combat operations behind enemy lines.

DEBKAfile notes that the Indian counter-terror exercise ended 24 hours before US president Barack Obama headed summit of the Pakistani and Afghani presidents, Ali Zardari and Hamid Karzai, at the White House on their combined strategies against the two terrorist organizations.

New Delhi's anti-terror exercise signaled the three leaders that, aside from the Americans, the only force capable of taking on Taliban and al Qaeda is India's elite army corps.
 

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