Mindstorm wrote:If a similar situation will arise, the bulk of the conflict (that will obviously be immensely more serious and extensive) will obviously shift to the exchanges between the respective Ground Forces component; the clashes in the air between the two Air Forces and the damages that those will be capable to inflict (if not paralized by the horrendous losses that them will suffer, in particular IAF, from the opposing air defenses) will appear like nothing more than background noise
The situation we were analysisng is instead the much more probable minor clash on the border were, at a maximum, some squadrons of the IAF and PLAAF will be involved, here the side that will know the times and procedure for war-time operations of the enemy will gain a very distinctive advantage because will be capable to program its missions accordingly.
That makes sense. IAF officers are somehow adamant that India enjoys aerial supremacy over China in that region. They put forward various reasons like high altitude in Tibet means PLAAF will have to operate with a reduced payload. The problem with this line of thinking is that PLAAF, PLA realises this as much. Consequently, they rely more on their massive IRBM, cruise missile regiments placed in Tibet.
It would have been much more interesting to figure out how Russia approached this conflict. I suspect Russian heavy and light bombers armed with Kh-101/102 flying well inside Russian airspace could have very easily targeted PLA ground positions in the mountains.
Perhaps Russia would have come up with some path breaking technology. For instance the border clash with China in 1969 encouraged the Soviet Union to design the Myasischev M-25 sonic boom generating aircraft designed to kill troops on the ground with overpressure.
Bottomline is, Russians/Kremlin understands warfighting having fought wars for the last 2 centuries in Europe and in Asia. Indian leadership doesn’t have that kind of experience, nor do they have that kind of foresight. Indian soldiers fought wars on behalf of the British, Uzbeks, Afghans and Arabs. Ergo, India could only develop shock troops but never could develop a military leadership.
GarryB wrote: In terms of helicopter support I would say their new Ka-226T would be their best choice, though improvements in its self defence suite would be required to operate near enemy forces.
Self defence suits for the Ka-226T are probably available in Russia. Not sure if Indian Ka 226T will be devoid of any such suits.
GarryB wrote:One of the most potent weapons the Soviets had in Afghanistan was the 160mm mortar which is big and heavy but also very powerful...
India operated the 160mm mortar but I understand Indian Army no longer uses it. Being very heavy, it's difficult to carry it in the mountains.