Kaalkut Chapter 33 – Excerpt

Gujarat Coast Day 2. 03:55 Hours A flight of eight maritime Jaguars belonging to No. 6 Squadron “Dragons” had taken off from Jamnagar around an hour back and were flying westwards over the blue waves barely 50 meters below them. Pilots of these aircraft had trained to fly over land too at a similar height, […]

Kaalkut Chapter 32 – Excerpt

Fuk Che and Demchok Day 1, 11:00 Hours Indian positions in Fuk Che and Demchok held by 70th Infantry and 79th Mountain Infantry brigades were faring slightly better than those in DBO. PLA had attacked these two positions with two Combined Arms Brigades (CABs), 12th and 182nd supported by elements of 76th Artillery Brigade belonging […]

Kaalkut Chapter 30 – Excerpt

Skies Over PoJK Day 1. 06:10 Hours Pakistan Air Force had sent fourteen Mirage-III and Mirage-V jets belonging to 15th and 25th squadrons from Rafiqui airbase to attack Indian ground targets. Eight F-16Cs of the 5th squadron and six JF-17s of the 2nd Squadron from Jacobabad airbase were flying with them to provide air cover. […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 5: Air Force

PLA AIR FORCE ORBAT & STRUCTURE In December 2011, PLAAF started creation of Air Brigade structure by upgrading 14 existing Air Regiment (AR) HQs and abolished 4 existing Air Division HQs. All the brigades were assigned to one of four Bases New Command Structure for fighter and ground attack aircraft is as following: PLAAF HQ […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 2: Composition Of Ground Forces

PLA has changed it’s command structure from Group Army, Division, Regiment to one comprising of  Group Army, Brigades and Battalions. Each of five Theater Commands has 2-3 Group Armies (total of 13) under its control which in turn have 4-6 CABs in combat and 4-7 brigades and independent battalions in supporting roles. Some of TCs […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 1 :Reorganisation of Chinese Military

In 2017, 18 Group Armies (GA, similar to Corps in other militaries) were reorganised into 13 GAs. Air Force, Navy, Rocket forces are being included in these new GAs under new designations. Previously 7 Military Regions(MR) have been converted into five Theater Commands (TC) Northern, Southern, Central, Eastern and Western.  Space, Cyber and Electronic warfare […]

Order of Battle of Chinese Armed Forces

I started researching about ORBAT (Order of Battle) of India, China and Pakistan in earnest after I started writing a military thriller Kaalkut. My aim at first was just to get a somewhat detailed idea of the forces which could be used to write a realistic scenario, but it turned in to a detailed project […]

Kaalkut. Chapter 20

9 February 2020 Pokhra, Nepal. Padam Giri took an appreciative bite of Tbetan Balep bread smothered with butter and chased it down with hot butter tea at his cousin’s small guesthouse in the hills. Normally, it’d be full of tourists but Corona virus related restrictions had been bad for business. Only two servants, one cook […]