Pune 04 May 2017 (PCP NEWS) : The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is now in a very serious mode, Monday’s incident of mutilation by a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) saw a change of tactics on the Indian side. An aggressive defence minister, Arun Jaitley admitted publicly that the bodies of BSF constable Prem Sagar and Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment had been mutilated, and insisted that the “sacrifice of these soldiers will not go in vain” , earlier incidents had not been made public. The army has vowed revenge for the barbaric killing of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Prem Sagar. The BRAMHOS would be an important component of any concerted Indian cross-LoC strike capability.
Army Vice-Chief Lieutenant General Sarath Chand said, “Humko kya karna hai woh hum yahaan bataana nahin chahte hain. Apni karyavahi hum apne aap karenge, at a time and place of our choice (I don’t want to give out here what we intend to do. We will take action at a time and place of our choice).”
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley also sounded a warning on Monday, “The country has full confidence and faith in our armed forces, which will react appropriately to this inhuman act. The sacrifice of these soldiers will not go in vain.” The Army’s Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General A K Bhatt, warned of retaliation during a phone call to his Pakistani counterpart. A defence ministry release stated: ‘The DGMO of the Indian Army conveyed that such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.’
Former army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who was also the government’s spokesperson during the 1999 Kargil conflict, said the time had come for India to teach Pakistan a lesson “which will put their Army on the back foot and compel them to desist from interfering in J&K.” It seems too that the increased incidents of mutilation accompanies the deteriorating situation inside Jammu and Kashmir. Just as Delhi doesn’t want to draw attention to its own inadequate handling of the crisis there, so Pakistan wants to broadcast it to the rest of the world.
The Army has begun weighing its options to retaliate against Pakistani forces on the Line of Control, after their troops, employing jihadi extremists, killed and beheaded two Indian soldiers near Poonch on Monday, top generals said. In what might be an un-linked development, the Army on Tuesday test-fired a BrahMos land-to-land missile, demonstrating what an official release described as ‘the weapon’s unmatched lethality of hitting the center of a designated target with ‘bull’s eye’ precision’.
The Government is now getting five important wepons.
India signed a deal worth Rs 5,000 crore with the United States for 145 ultra-light howitzers (M777). Manufactured by BAE Systems, M777 is a 155mm 39 caliber towed gun that can strike over extended distances, regardless of terrain. At least two M777 light howitzers are expected to be delivered in June to India this year. While 25 howitzers will be imported, the remaining 120 will be made in India by BAE Systems and Mahindra Defence.
Private sector defense major Larsen and Toubro inked a 720-million Dollars deal with South Korean company Hanwha Techwin (HTW) to provide Indian Army with 155 mm mobile artillery guns. The gun is an enhanced version of HTW’s K9 Thunder with the modifications to meet the requirements of the Indian Army. Generally, artillery guns are towed by trucks but self-propelled guns are either mounted on a wheeled or tracked chassis, allowing them to move on their own.
India recently signed deals worth 2 billion Dollars to buy advanced medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (MRSAM) from Israel. The MR-SAM, a land-based version of the long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) for the navy, will have a strike range of up 70 km. The deal envisages 40 firing units and around 200 missiles. It is designed to provide protection against a variety of aerial threats. The deal will be implemented by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
India sealed a 8.7-billion Dollars deal with France for 36 RAFALE Fighter Jets in September 2016. Manufactured by Dassault Aviation, the first Rafale warplane will be delivered to India between September 2019 and April 2002. The delta-shaped plane, featuring canard forward stabilizers, weighs 10 tons, has a wingspan of 10.8 meters (35.4 feet) and is 15.3 meters long. It can take off after 400 meters (yards), fly distances of up to 3,800 kilometers (2,360 miles) and has a combat radius of more than 1,000 nautical miles (1,850 kilometers).The Rafale can fly as fast as Mach 1.8 to 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) per hour, or nearly twice the speed of sound.
India signed a deal for S-400 TRIUMF Air Defense Systems from Russia worth over $5 billion. The long-range air defense missile system has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km. India and Russia have been in talks for over a year for the purchase of at least five systems of S-400 that will be a game-changer in the region.
India’s military expenditure grew 9 percent in 2016, making it the world’s fifth largest spender at $55.9 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). Inadequate punishment fails to deter Pakistani violations, while an excess could set off a cycle of escalation that could spiral out of control. PCP/DJ 11 30