Should get F/A-18 Hornets in extra numbers for maritime strike role, freeing Jaguars and Su-30MKIs from it. F/A-18 + P8I is a deadly combo and plethora of anti-ship munitions that nobody will dare cross the Malacca strait.For maritime strike role, it would be best to use our 12 strong P8I fleet (18 in future) and push for integration AGM-158C LRASM onto our P8I.
A single P8I should easily be capable of carrying 4 LRASM
Wiki says 12 tons for H-6 payload capability.Lmao.. atleast check what "strategic bombers" ChingChong have.
H-6.. It can barely carry 8 ton.
JH-7 .. Can carry 10 ton.
Su-30MKI missile truck... Can carry 8 ton .
THis is just some scumbag Import lobby activated through bribing..
At a conceptual level.Unless we are planning on sinking a USN CBG, these aren't white swans they are white elephants.
Better to have 20 more tejas mk1a with the same price of 1 tu1606 Blackjacks. A 60% availability means 3 complete airframes and the Russkies will demand an arm and leg to keep up the supply of spares. It will be maintenance intensive. No doubt about that. Now who are we scaring with 3 Blackjacks on standby with these fancy glide vehicles? What increased strategic advantage it gives in addition to the Arihant class SLBMs with 2*4 and 2*8 MiRV capable SLBMs. This is just the IAF ego to have some fancy Strategic strike option while the NAVY platforms has taken over as the premier strategic strike option from the days of Mirages in Gwalior tasked for Nuclear delivery
India still needs to destroy infrastructure in Tibet and might need saturation attacks against bridges , railway tracks to cut off Tibet from mainland.Well, both have the world No.1 navy targeting them from drive way. So, they all need a large bomber fleet to launch massive number of anti-ship missiles in a single wave. Americans claim that they can intercept 12 missiles in the same time, then attacker need shoot 24 missiles in one wave. With Su30, you will need 24 planes to do the job, but even with Chinese old H-6, you only need 4. Besides, these bombers' long range also provide more mission flexibility.
In the case of India, none of her top enemies can organise such a navy power in Indian Ocean in 20 years.
I would disagree in this particular case on these Russian bombers.At a conceptual level.
Strategic thinking and Tactical thinking should not be put in the same box, tactical thinking starts after strategic thinking ends.
Just like nuclear weapons prevented a lot of loss of blood of Indian soldiers in past decades, without nuclear weapons situation would have been even more unstable at the western, northern and eastern borders. in a similar manner having strategic long distance strike capability will find it's own use cases among future tactical thinkers twenty thirty years down the line.
the way power dynamics work is, " oh, they have a white elephant in their front yard of their fort, what else do they have in their basement that they are not telling us about". just like we frequently presume that U.S has some or other trick up their sleeve, here at DFI.
I would disagree in this particular case on these Russian bombers.
Our nukes and their delivery options are ambiguous since most of that was made using almost all locally made equipment with no publicity.
Case in point are our nuke subs ..
Everyone is guessing. We only go to know that a new one has been launched from satellite images.
On the bomber front a tailless stealth bomber derived from the ghatak/ucav would be a far better use of our resources. Especially in the keep them guessing front .
I mentioned USN cbgs cause there nothing else on sea or land that merits a large cruise missile firing bomber for India. + If navies are investing in anti missile tech the high speed of this bomber will not protect it .
But would it be "cool" to have tu 160s ?. absolutely
Our enemy China have all major cities far away from our border. And their upcoming naval bases will also be far away ( in Djibouti and south east asia. )Russia and China both consider the US to be their primary enemy - an enemy that is one entire ocean away, is protected by multiple layers of island bases in the pacific, and many nations' air forces on the other.
They need bombers that have enhanced range and payload to carry a few dozen cruise missiles close enough to launch at the US - to threaten US assets.
We dwell cheek by jowl with China and Pakistan - any and all stand off weapons brings there principal assets well within our striking reach.
Our aim should be ground their air force and not suffer the same fate. Your bombers wont get time to take off before the runways and hangars are cratered.
Use your standoff missiles Nirbhay and Prthvi (with clustered munitions) to destroy their air fields.
Let swarms of unmanned wingman drones take care of their IADS - open up their defenses, then see what Jaguars and Sukhois and Tejas can do to ground units.
Djibouti ko hit karne bomber loge? When one P17/Talwar/Delhi/Kolkata is all you need. And you want to hit cities with bombers?Our enemy China have all major cities far away from our border. And their upcoming naval bases will also be far away ( in Djibouti and south east asia. )
Have we saturated our defence in the Andaman sea ?Chinese will have CBG in Indian Ocean within a decade or two.
I get your point but .. what is the goal exactly ? Evict the Americans from Diego Garcia ?
Why do we even want strategic Bomber?When the budget permits. Right now priority is to shore up squadron numbers. We might see a program for bomber starting by 2030.
Chinese bases will multiply all over Africa and south east asia and central asia in near future. Stop living in past look at threats of future.Djibouti ko hit karne bomber loge? When one P17/Talwar/Delhi/Kolkata is all you need. And you want to hit cities with bombers?
Kya hai yeh? 1000 bomber RAF run on Hamburg.
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