Army chief briefs PM Modi on China, Pakistan border situation

The situation along the Pakistan front has been volatile with an increase in ceasefire violations.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2014 7:39 pm
gen-suhag Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is understood to have briefed him about the situation along the borders with China and Pakistan.

The Army chief gave a presentation to him on important issues, Army sources said in New Delhi.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was present during the briefing, they said.

The briefing came soon after the Army chief visited the northeastern region to review the operational preparedness of the formations deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Gen Suhag had also visited Panagarh in West Bengal to review the progress made by the force in raising the recently-sanctioned 17 Mountain Strike Corps, whose formations would be deployed from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in northeast along the LAC.

The situation along the Pakistan front has also been volatile with an increase in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the International Border.

Soon after the Prime Minister took over, the Army had briefed him on several issues including the shortages of arms and ammunition being faced by the force.

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    Ajay Krishna
    Sep 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    India should immediately revamp its military to prepare for a multifront war with China and stan. Yes its going to be multifront with elements in Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka supporting China & stan. India may also have to face UAE and Saudi Arabia. It should be note that stan nukes are also for Saudi Arabia's security. If stan is threathened, Saudi Arabia may also intervene. Hence we should have a 3 prong strategy i.e. Immediate (1yr), medium (1-10 years) and long term (10yrs). IMMEDIATE future - (OBJECTIVE) we should look at holding China and defeating stan incase of a fullfledged war. This capacity has been grossly eroded in the past 15-20 years. We need to increase the war reserve to atleast 6 months. Replace obsolete weapons with immediate import. We also need to give "Political Support" for liberation of Balochistan, Sindh and Pashtun majority areas in stan. Similary support to Tibet, East Turkestan, Inner Mona and Hong Kong in China. We should also launch covert operations to neutralise the terror threat with use of special forces or cover intelligence operations of R&AW or DIA. R&AW's cover intelligence operations was stopped by IK Gujaral government. This needs to be restarted immediatley, if not already done by the Modi government. MEDIUM TERM (1-10yrs) - OBJECTIVE - Reunifiation of stan with medium term occupation and liberation of Tibet and East Turkestan. For this objective, we should immediately order purchase of weapons being developed indegenously on a large scale. For example, we need atleast 12000 tanks to counter both China and stan against the current strength of 4000. We need large number of ALH Dhruv, Pinaka MBRL, ballistic and cruise missiles. If these weapons are ordered immediately, it will take 5-6 years to for India to achieve equllibriam on a quanative basis. We also need to immediatley increase our nuclear weapons, which by estimates of international agencies is less than that of stan. We should have enough nuclear weapons to counter both stan and China. We should also increase the size of the army by increase the number of corps from 13 to 40. Each corps should have 4 division of 15000 men. It will take the strenght of the infantry to 2.4 million. This can been achieved in the medium run due to large young potion. We should also immediately acquire fighter jets, transport planes and various type of choppers. The IAF will play a critical role in any war. We should increase the strength of fighter jets from current 600 to 6000 by 2020. This can be done by acquiring jets from Russia, US, Europe and indegenously. The Navy should acquire atleast 90 submarines by 2020. The SSK and SSG submarines can be obtained through import and made in India transfer of technology. SSN, SSGN and SSBN can only be developed within the country, apart from taking lease like the INS Chakra. The submarine fleet is critical to stop the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean as well as in the South China Sea. The Navy should also go for induction of atleast 5-6 Carrier Battle Groups. We should also start the 4th service, the marines. It should have a strength of 10 corps in the first 5 years. We should also develop special forces, cyber and space capabilities on an aggressive basis. LONG TERM (10yrs) - OBJECTIVE - Complete integration of land (military wise) gained from stan into the Indian Union & destruction of the middle kingdom i.e. the heartland of China. For the destruction of China, we need to have both offensive and defensive capabilities on a large scale. For defensive capabilities, we need to have quantatively and qualitatively missile and air defence. Superior holding capacity of all the 4 services. For offensive capability we need both Army and Airforce to place enough resources in Tibet and East Turkestan to attach main land China. The Navy and Marines should have similar capabilties in East Asia to dessimate the Chinese coastal areas. For this to succed, we need to have large scale intelligence capability in China along with support of anti communist party people. India will then be able to set up a new friendly regime.
  2. Z
    Sep 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    China has developed aircraft carrier killer missiles. India should immediately step up. And develop sir Craft Carrier Killer Missiles which can take on Chinese upcoming Air Craft Carriers. WAKE up DRDO and wake up RAW....
  3. Z
    Sep 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    Well said Ajay Krishna.. True patriot of India. India needs to secretly step up SLBM Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles SLBM's with nuclear missile capability... Since china is patrolling all around India including as far as the Arabian Sea with their Nuclear missile tipped Submarine Launched ballistic Missile Submarines very recently... This is a major danger for India. What if China's nuclear submarines launch attack on Bombays nuclear civil reactors... India should also immediately step up SLBM with Nuclear tipped missiles that can be purchased from Russia and Israel and possibly the US too. Indian DRDO and RAW should immediately recommend purchase of a few SLBM Capable Submarines that can patrol and watch the China's SLBM movements and counter them and show them that India is also watching them. These SLBM Submarines with nuclear capability should be able to patrol the CHina Sea just like China is monitoring even upto Bombay's Arabina sea. DRDO and RAW PLEASE WAKE up. ALSO, India should start developing Hypersonic Missiles with nuclear tipped capability to be capable of hitting deep Chinese Targets with HyperSonic speed.... ALSO, INDIA SHOULD develop Satellite WarFare Triad Capability... Since Chinese have weapons to destroy our satellites with satellite killer missiles. India should also immediately develop Satellite Killer Missiles immediately to counter China.
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    Sajal Liza
    Sep 8, 2014 at 8:40 am
    Thisis an open secret that who is inclined to upgrade and modernize its military equipmentsin South Asia. India is having territorial disputes from ever country which itshares border. The new elected government also clearly notifies its aggressiveintentions towards the neighbor. Within this entire scenario, little is left toblame on others. India is in full mood to be provocative for war. It is reallysurprising for a state to itself allow limited conventional war as embedded inCold Start Doctrine.