India has missiles. Which is the right one to use in Ladakh?

China wants War with India (Part 8):

China has withdrawn from three places in Ladakh

As per reports, after a discussion between National Security Advisor of India and Foreign Minister of China, yesterday night, Chinese troops have started to withdraw from at least three places. Withdrawal from Penang Tso is not yet clear. But this is not over. The war had started long ago and it is not going to end with this small retreat. The war between China and India is always on and will always be on till there is a Communist Party in either of these countries. Do not belive me? Read this headline in newspaper:

In 1962 Chinese troop had done the same thing before attacking the area behind it which was then called Aksai Chin and now we call it Aksai Hind. So retreat means almost nothing.

Indian Airforce had earlier started its war exercise in Ladakh.

The exercise which started yesterday has many purposes. Apart from practice the terrain it also exercise possible moves and resultant reactions from enemy. This is getting serious. Watch this:

Let’s revert back to the topic in hand about the Missile choices for India. India has so far deployed Astra and Nirbhaya Missiles. But there is another name. Brahmos, which is now India’s bread and butter missile. It is also unstoppable missile in the world.

Astra Missile

Astra is an all weather beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. It is the first air-to-air missile developed by India. It features mid-course inertial guidance with terminal active radar homing. Astra is designed to be capable of engaging targets at varying range and altitudes allowing for engagement of both short-range targets at a distance of 10 km and long-range targets up to a distance of 110–160 km

It means an Indian Fighter plane at the LAC can fire a missile and hit a target 160 Km inside the territory in the control of China.

Nirbhaya Missile

The missile is guided by a highly-advanced inertial navigation system which is also indigenously designed and developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), DRDO sources had told PTI. ‘Nirbhay’ missile can travel with a turbofan or turbojet engine. The way it functions is this: Soon after the cruise missile is able to achieve its designated altitude and velocity, the booster motor is separated and the engine automatically switches on taking further propulsion.

Akash Missile

Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) defense system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited for Missile Systems, Bharat Electronics, Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division and Larsen & Toubro for other radars, control centers, launcher systems in India. The missile system can target aircraft up to 30 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m. The Akash system is fully mobile and capable of protecting a moving convoy of vehicles. The launch platform has been integrated with both wheeled and tracked vehicles. While the Akash system has primarily been designed as an air defence SAM, it also has been tested in a missile defense role. The system provides air defence missile coverage for an area of 2,000 km2.

Now compare this with the missiles of China. China may have assault missile of long range but the same can be detected and shot down easily with the Askash Missile or other missiles. But Akash as SAM air defence is far more superior in technology and speed over the missiles of China. Similarly all these missiles are sleek and portable, unlike China which has to use huge trucks to fire and operate the missiles. And I have not yet talked about Brahmos in this article at all. There is a squadron of Sukhoi planes fitted with Brahmos missiles now waiting at Ambala Airbase for Orders.

Actually the position of technology is same with China. No country has given it any latest technology in any military field and technology of China has not progressed beyond reverse engineering. The fighter planes too have similar problems for China. See this video is about the fighter planes which both countries are not going to use as these are not for dog fight but mere air superiority:

Comparison of J-17 with Tejas

India has large squadron of Sukhoi SU 30 MKI which is made in India with Russian technology and Mig 29 which is a Russian plane. China rely of J-20 which it calls fifth generation plane with stealth but India air force asserts that it can detect J-20 without any difficulty and thus making the claim of stealth doubtful.

The China may have large inventory of everything it has, but number do not always matter. Especially with an enemy who is as large as India and has indigenous production of weapons it is relying and a short supply line due to geography.

But that is not the point. China knows it too well. Why then it keeps targeting the borders of Ladakh or Arunanchal Pradesh or Bhutan? There is a big strategy involved in this. Until India will call China’s bluff it will keep troubling India in the North. India is maintaining 90000 strong Mountain Force. It is the largest mountain ready army in the world. Such Large force entail huge expenditure. The real soft belly for China is in Indian Ocean. Unless India starts to caress this soft belly, China will keep troubling it in the North to keep India burn resources in North.

Next: The soft Belly of China in Indian Ocean. (Part 9)