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Offline Cincinnatus

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India Deploying Massive Force to Chinese Border
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:36:12 PM »
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Re: India Deploying Massive Force to Chinese Border
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 11:52:40 PM »
This story is long on innuendo and short on facts.

The Japanese "carrier" is not capable of carrying fighters or strike aircraft.  It is only capable of carrying helicopters; although with modifications it could carry the F-35B.

The Vikrant is replacing a carrier (INS Viraat)designed during WWII and commissioned originally by the Royal Navy in the late 50s.  The Viraat only carries a small number of Harriers.  Vikrant will not be commissioned until 2018 with Viraat out of service by 2020.  Vikrant is only going to carry about 20-30 aircraft.  It is not really a power projection platform.  The only carriers out there capable of that are those of the US Navy, France's Charles de Gaulle, and to some degree, the Russian's Kuznetsov although right now it's air wing is fairly limited, but that might be rectified after a major refit.

And a carrier is absolutely worthless to India in a war with China.  It will be a war between armies and air forces.

The Indian military already has the capability to launch an invasion if it wants to; it does not need the C-130J to do it.

Both sides have IRBMs pointed @ one another and are not going to risk a nuclear escalation for no good reason.
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Re: India Deploying Massive Force to Chinese Border
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 12:10:13 AM »
Also, China, India, and Pakistan have a long history of posturing at each other and engaging in low-level border skirmishes all the time.

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