Skip to comments.War game season in neighbourhood
Posted on 04/05/2010 9:35:46 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The armies of India and Pakistan are mobilising for separate large-scale war games on either side of the international border this month to experiment with concepts they will employ in the event of a war with each other.
Each side has informed the other as is normally done in peace time that it is conducting military exercises near the international boundary and that the movement of troops, tanks, guns and fighter aircraft is not a sign of aggressive intent.
Pakistan Air Force combat aircraft landed on and took off from a motorway on Saturday in an exercise named High Mark that will climax in a joint drill with the Pakistan Army in the desert region.
Elements of the Indian Armys 1 (strike) Corps, one of the largest and most powerful field formations headquartered in Mathura, have now started mobilising for exercise Yoddha Shakti for a month-long war game in Rajasthan that begins on April 15.
A source in the Indian Army said the force would validate new equipment, especially night-vision devices, and electronic monitors in an environment of network-centric operations.
Former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said in a news conference in February that one of his main concerns was the night blindness of the army.
The exercise will involve armoured and mechanised infantry regiments tanks and personnel carriers unmanned spy planes and aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Exercise Yoddha Shakti is part of a series to test the cold start doctrine that the Indian Army adopted for a conventional war with Pakistan after the stand-off in 2002 that saw full-scale deployment for a year. The stand-off did not escalate into a war.
Cold start implies that the army will launch an assault from bases immediately after the political signal is given,.
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