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Writing a novel --- need help!

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by BogeyOnSix, Mar 31, 2012.

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  1. Vritra

    Vritra Major ELITE MEMBER

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    The Indian armed forces are not an expeditionary force. It is a lot harder for them to deploy away from India than it would be for a nation like the US.

    Deploying abroad to the middle-east during peacetime, for example, is only possible if the GoI manage to secure airbases in a friendly middle-eastern nation, that too after being party to several military treaties and making certain bilateral concessions to said nation/s. As of now, there isn't any nation in the middle-east that would permit the IAF to operate out of their bases, not even Israel, but I suppose in your fictional world, this isn't a problem.

    In wartime, if India were to go to the aid of a certain nation, the process would be a whole lot quicker. But for realism's sake, it would be the Indian Navy that would be rushing to their aid, followed by the IAF. The IN air arm has its own mobile bases (carriers), and has a much wider field of deployment. You've got to consider whether the hostile nation has a navy capable of defending its coast, an air force that would prove a credible threat to the IN Air Arm's fleet strength, other nations that might intervene, international treaties that might be broken were any Indian armed forces to deploy on foreign shores, etc.

    Anyway, my point is (and I'm not being belligerent here) that using the IN as the basis of your novel would be far more realistic, but that's your decision.

    First, the armed forces would have to secure a safe transport passage, likely over the ocean. You'd have IAF and IN heavy lift aircraft fly in with critical food, housing, small arms, paramilitary troops, etc. The cargo planes will be accompanied by aerial refueling tankers and escort aircraft (most probably the Su-30MKI, or the T-50, since you're setting it in 2020). Heavier equipment like vehicles would have to be transported by sea.

    If anyone is injured on the frontlines, they get rotated out. If they suffers heavy loses, they get rotated out. Even after a particular unit has achieved objectives, they might have to stay on, depending on how stressed lines of communication are, or how far the deployed forces are stretched. Replacements usually take over when they can, to keep the strength up. Its the same with every modern army. I'd suggest watching "Generation Kill". Won't tell you anything about the Indian forces, but there's a lot of good stuff in there about the stress under which frontline units are expected to operate.

    As for general comments, try not to use Tom Clancy as an inspiration. He does away with tactics for the sake of drama all the time, so most of his stuff, no matter how realistic it might seem, isn't even close to what would actually happen, whether its warfare or espionage.
     
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    I download it....It's so beautiful song.....at last is it Su35
     
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    Pilots wear diapers on bombing missions - Hindustan Times
     
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    They do wear diapers but only on significant missions that involves long flight time and mid-air-refueling. Good stuff for the novel.
     
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    one of my favorite songs
     
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    He was IN's Harrier Fighter Pilot
     
  8. BogeyOnSix

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    Going by what you said, I could have it be that while Indian Air Force is not able to set up a proper airbase instead they give their support in terms of pilots, equipment, aircraft and expertise in air combat. Kind of like how Eagle Squadrons in WW-II were made of American volunteer pilots fighting in the RAF before the US entered proper into the war. Except in my case it's not volunteering.

    Also, using the Indian Navy's air arm was a good suggestion. I assume there would be some degree of overlap though I know Navy uses different aircraft. I guess they could provide both sea and air superiority along Israel's coast. The hostile forces do indeed have a superior air force. Looking at the map of the area, carriers make a lot sense and they could provide escort for bombers etc.

    One question,
    As I mentioned before could the IAF merely provide personnel and hardware/aircraft?
    Could you have IAF pilots flying from Israeli bases before (and if) they establish their own forward bases? It is a fictional world and I could have one of the member nations in Faction B allow it out of necessity. Obviously I would make it plausible.

    I actually have seen Generation Kill and was very informative/interesting. I saw the first few episodes and I will watch the rest. And as far as Tom Clancy is concerned well I only mentioned him because he's a well known military fiction writer
     
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