At a time when the ambitious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program) is yielding significant results, there are some key points the Hindu government should bear on mind, to fight with a hostile and mighty army in the Northeast in the very uncertain near future. Let us summarize some of them:
- While Chinese has built a well connected network of highways and railways over the last three decades, and have reportedly stationed their air defence units and mobile ballistic missile launchers in the entire Tibetan plateau, posing a direct threat to Indian forces, India has a lack of motorable roads which hamper its capability to deploy mechanised infantry units, self propelled artillery systems and truck mounted missile batteries.
- Recent reports highlighted the fact that the Indian Army and special operations troops urgently require helmet mounted night vision goggles, Level 5 bullet proof Kevlar vests, thermal imagers, satellite navigation equipments (SatNavs) and hand held laser designators (for guiding laser guided artillery shells to targets).
- Also, the outdated automatic assault rifles and the lack of shoulder mounted anti tank guided missiles hamper his capability to cause significant damage to intruding hostile forces in the Northeast.
- While Chinese has built a huge fleet of nuclear submarines posing a direct threat to military and civilian Indian ports in the event of an armed confrontation, the design of the proposed second indigenous aircraft carrier hasn’t yet been finalised and the Indian navy lacks a credible underwater based second strike capability.
- The outdated Russian made Igla MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defence Systems) hamper Indian capability to cause significant damage to intruding hostile forces in the Northeast.
- India also lacks hypersonic Theatre Ranged Ballistic Missiles (TBMs) on the lines of the Russian Iskander systems to neutralise Chinese TEL BMD (Ballistic Missile Defence) and AAD (Advanced Air Defence) batteries installed in Tibet, as the Indo-Russian BrahMos 2 hypersonic cruise missile project is yet to see the light of the day.
In the eventuality of a war with China, the country will need to blind the enemy`s reconnaissance satellite coverage over the Indian peninsula. But unfortunately, India lacks an effective surface launched/air launched capability to shoot down enemy satellites in the low earth/medium earth orbit.