posted on Oct, 28 2013 @ 12:13 AM
Rising precision attack capability of India
Three missiles - Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, Prithvi II short range ballistic missile, and Shaurya short range ballistic/hypersonic missile,
all with advanced INS and GPS (GLONASS system), give India the capability to strike almost all targets of military significance with conventional
This puts Pakistan's army top echelons in crosshairs. This capability has been acquired rather recently - Prithvi II inductions began in 2003,
Brahmos in 2009, and Shourya in 2011. Pakistan has no defence against any of these three missiles.
In addition, MLRS batteries can now target several Pak army bases, due to induction of longer range rockets.
As I said earlier, the most significant development is Shaurya missile. This missile can be launched from safe locations far from the
border/battlefield, and can cover all targets of military significance. It is a Mach 6 missile that travels a highly modified ballistic trajectory,
giving it characteristics of cruise missiles.
Of course India continues to have earlier stocks of Prithvi SS150, SS250, SS350, and Agni-1 missiles. These missiles are meant to be used with nuclear
warheads. There is some talk that older Prithvi missiles are to be retired. This may mean that nuclear role is transferred to Agni-1. It is also
likely that older Prithvi missiles are used in conventional role against large targets like army bases.
India has acquired smart shells from Russia, and has developed LGBs and smart shells locally as well.
All the above give a capability boost to Indian Army that is unprecedented in South Asia. Pakistan's army also has many precision weapons though its
arsenal size will be limited by resources and lack of local development.
I reckon that Pakistan has no real offensive capability against India. The small scale skirmishes on the border and sometimes spectacular special
force cross border raids do not tilt the balance in Pakistan's favour. If anything, these incidents increase the allocations and seriousness, that
may ultimately work against Pakistan if the balloon goes up in near future.