Indian Reflections: How to contain Pakistan and China with the help of Su-30?
The Indian Defense Ministry decided to reanimate the concept of two fronts. We are talking about a situation in which the Indian military command "sees" an attack on India from both China and Pakistan, and at the same time. It should be recalled here that recently these three countries (besides the Russian Federation and a number of other countries) are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), but the rhetoric of the Indian Defense Ministry is such that neither China nor Pakistan are still considered partners in the military sphere.
The Indian Ministry of Defense notes that at the moment, the People's Republic of China possesses approximately 2,1 thousand of combat aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters. The Vice-Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Manmohan Bahadur, notes that while it is possible to determine the J-20 in the air, but India may have problems if the Chinese begin to produce these planes in large series and use as the main threat from the air. Recall that not so long ago from India came the message that the Su-30 Indian Air Force spotted a Chinese “invisible” fighter.
The following is a comparison of the number of fourth-generation planes from the Indian Air Force and the Chinese Air Force. The Indian Defense Ministry estimates that India has 240 and India has 600. Plus, the problem with FGFA, a joint Russian-Indian project of an 5 generation aircraft, is once again reminded. In New Delhi, they believe that they "have lost too much time" on cooperation, which "did not lead to the creation of a full-fledged fighter of a new generation."
Indian Air Force exercises were carried out not only over the Himalayas near the Chinese border, but also in other parts of the country. Thus, bombing was carried out (and missile firing) at the landfills in the Ladakh region (within the state of Jammu and Kashmir) - near the Pakistani border. It is noted that reconnaissance aircraft were involved in air maneuvers in addition to the Su-30. The possibility of round-the-clock strikes against ground targets with repeated rotation of squadrons was worked out.
The military command of India believes that the maneuvers were successful, but at the moment they have revealed the following problem: in the case of real hostilities in the north-east and north-west of the country, new means aviation, which are mostly Russian Su-30s, may not be enough.
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