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From: The Kingdom of Cochin

To: The Southern Tang

The Kingdom of Cochin invites Southern Tang to participate in a wide ranging military exercise called "Operation Brasstacks" to be conducted in the Xinjiang province in the Hami region.

Sd,

Gen. Mahesh Varma,

Commander,

Royal Cochin Defense Forces.

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ENCRYPTION LEVEL: 1
MESSAGE: 
TO: COCHIN
FROM: S-TANG
SUBJECT: BRASSTACKS
MESSAGE:
THIS CAN DEFINITELY BE CONSIDERED. WE WILL SEND TWO DIVISIONS, FIELDING SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED FORCES IN THE SOUTHERN TANG TO HAMI TO PARTICIPATE. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPURTUNITY.
MESSAGE: END

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Your divisions may proceed by road till the Cochin frontier where they would be provided trailers for further transit until Hami. We invite you to send your headquarters staff and senior officers to confer with our senior officers at the Exercise Range in Hami. Your aircrafts have to proceed to 42°25'26.20"N, 92°20'15.42"E, Forward Air Base Hami. The aircrafts would be contacted by the Strategic Air Defense Command and assigned secure air corridors for transit. Any combat aircraft you choose to send would be assigned fighter escort.

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Very well then. 15 squadrons of J-14s are heading to FAB Hami. 4 Squadrons of Chengdu 10s are also going, remotely controlled from... Chengdu!

When the tanks reach the border, they will be loaded on Cochin trailers.

Meanwhile, Senior General Lu will discuss operation plans with Cochin officials.

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Lt. Gen. Shankar Iyer, Chief of Army Staff of the Royal Cochin Army greeted Sr.Gen. Lu and conducted him to the Regimental headquarters of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Gosree Dragoons in Hami.

"Good morning, Gen. Lu and welcome to Cochin. We are glad that you accepted our invitations. So the plan we have in mind is to conduct a two stage battle exercise, the first stage being a non lethal ammunition full battle exercise and the second a live fire simulation range exercise."

"The first stage would be a test of our doctrines and battle strategies which would on analysis the mutual deficiencies which could be corrected. It would also ease the familiarization between our two armed forces. We are proposing an armor battle supported by air force, where your divisions would be the aggressor force and ours would be the defender force. We shall maintain station to the east of the 500kmsq exercise area, while you would be at the western end. We shall allow for 2 weeks of intelligence black out when the two forces agree not to use their reconnaissance systems and to deploy their units for battle. At the end of the third week the observation team formed by both our armies would signal your force to commence operations, providing no tactical warning to the Cochin forces."

"The Cochin forces would submit a border defense framework whose attack would be the warning to Cochin and hence forth the battle exercise could begin in earnest. We offer you the Alternate Air Base 1 at Hami as the staging ground for your air forces, while our forces would be using the FAB Hami as its staging ground."

"The exercise would be deemed to have concluded when either force attains 70% attenuation losses. Is that acceptable?"

"The second stage, the live fire exercise could be conducted at the Regimental Training Grounds of 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment which would be prepared for live fire simulation exercises by our Training Command. You may use our stock of ammunition, if you want."

"So are there any suggestions from your part, Gen. Lu?"

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---Three weeks later---

Observation Post

"Gen. Lu, the three weeks preparation are up. Why dont we start the exercise? As the offense team, the initiative would be for the Southern Tang team. They may start operations at their discretion."

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***0300 HOURS***

UH-3 fire filled the sky as the Cochin targets were lit up with lasers and 'decimated' with precision guided bombs.

Meanwhile, fire erupted all over Cochin lines as Type-99 tanks rushed the lines. With devastating fire, a squadron of X-02 Wyverns made an overflight to scan for enemy units, and seeing none, retreated to friendly skies.

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***0300 HOURS***

UH-3 fire filled the sky as the Cochin targets were lit up with lasers and 'decimated' with precision guided bombs.

Meanwhile, fire erupted all over Cochin lines as Type-99 tanks rushed the lines. With devastating fire, a squadron of X-02 Wyverns made an overflight to scan for enemy units, and seeing none, retreated to friendly skies.

The border units of the Cochin forces were taken by tactical surprise and a total of 35% attenuation was reported in the first hour of combat. The information being sent from the frontlines enabled the 3 ACRs to be aware of the strength of the attacks.

Orders were given to the frontline border units to withdrawn to preplanned secondary positions and smirmish platoons of tanks were dispatched to be roving teams for hit and run exercises. A total of 30 5 vehicle teams of 3 T100s, 1 BMP3 and 1 AXE were deployed. This would only be the delaying force to engage the enemy in a delaying battle trading space for time as a proper reconnaissance intelligence developed.

The first in the reconnaissance war are three MERAT AWACS which lifted off from Hami FAB and took stations providing a comprehensive aerial warning coverage over the battlefield. To protect them were one full regiment of Mig35 air superiority fighters.

Also taking to air were 6 S-RECO stealth reconnaissance drones integral to the ACRs. These truck launched drones patrolled over the battlefield gaining a comprehensive image of the enemy deployments and logistics lines. They would soon be joined by the high altitude stealth UAV, Raptors of RCAF.

Along with the first AWACS the first sir superiority fighters are also taking to air. A total of 2 regiments of Jadayu Mk.II stealth fighter bombers have taken to air and would engage any hostile aircraft with long range radar guided AIM-RL missiles. These missiles receive their guidance from the AWACS itself lending a fire and forget capability to the fighters themselves enabling to take evasive action from enemy attacks.

Along with the Air combat operations start another phase of aerial reconnaissance. 2 Merat ELINT aircrafts equipped with terrain scanning radar and infra red sensors scour the battle field hidden behind Cochin air space looking for enemy ground forces.

As soon as the enemy ground units were plotted the ground attack phase would begin.

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The presence of enemy aircraft above was noticed when units on the ground began being attenuated. Thus, the X-02 Wyverns were redeployed, and immediately began to stalk the MiG-35 aircraft. Being radar-stealth and having a minute infrared signature, the first sign of danger from the MiG-35 would have been a BVRAAM missile alert. Meanwhile the air defense battalion of the ground unit began firing S-400 missiles at all present radar targets in the skies, targeting the ELINTs and AWACS with their 500km range, due to their high radar signature. Meanwhile, Southern Tang satellites began taking constant portraits of the battlefield, and upon seeing such a small force being deployed against the T-99s, suspected a trap and commanded all ground forces to hold their ground. Meanwhile, UH-3 UCAVs returned to base for rearmament.

Meanwhile, in the Kuril Islands, a surpise was waiting for the Cochin forces in the form of a railgun strike, which was aimed at the Cochin units, but intentionally set to such an angle of attack that the round disintegrated in the earth's atmosphere during reentry from space. The small fireball, appearing over the Cochin forces would have served a physciological purpose well enough.

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The presence of enemy aircraft above was noticed when units on the ground began being attenuated. Thus, the X-02 Wyverns were redeployed, and immediately began to stalk the MiG-35 aircraft. Being radar-stealth and having a minute infrared signature, the first sign of danger from the MiG-35 would have been a BVRAAM missile alert. Meanwhile the air defense battalion of the ground unit began firing S-400 missiles at all present radar targets in the skies, targeting the ELINTs and AWACS with their 500km range, due to their high radar signature. Meanwhile, Southern Tang satellites began taking constant portraits of the battlefield, and upon seeing such a small force being deployed against the T-99s, suspected a trap and commanded all ground forces to hold their ground. Meanwhile, UH-3 UCAVs returned to base for rearmament.

Meanwhile, in the Kuril Islands, a surpise was waiting for the Cochin forces in the form of a railgun strike, which was aimed at the Cochin units, but intentionally set to such an angle of attack that the round disintegrated in the earth's atmosphere during reentry from space. The small fireball, appearing over the Cochin forces would have served a physciological purpose well enough.

The S-400 missiles being launched against the AWACS and ELINT planes were noted by the AWACS and immediately the Mig35s assigned to protect the AWACS's launched their own missiles to destroy the incoming missiles. By now since a proper intelligence about the disposition of ground troops was obtained the second part of the ground assault was called forth.

Two regiments of Su30s armed with GB4 Anti Armor Cluster Munitions Bomb took to the skies escorted by one full regiment of JM2 Stealth fighters. Here too they were assisted by the S-RECOs and Raptors which were not detected by the enemy. From an altitude of 50,000ft the 100 fighter bombers released their payload of 400 GB4 Canisters. The plastic case of the bomb would not be detected by any radar and was painted gray for this night attack.

As the canisters were falling the small radar transponders in their nose cones communicated with its brother bombs to position themselves evenly in the skies with tiny adjustments in their tail and fore fins.

At an altitude of 5000 ft the canisters separated, with each canister releasing 100 crow sized cluster munition. These magnesium/uranium alloy tipped high explosive warhead was guided by a small IR transceiver in its nose which was targeting the warhead towards a particular heat source in the ground. The sensors were all programmed to eliminate any heat sources lesser than that of residual heat of a tank, APC or a truck. On impact through a process known as self forging it would melt through the tank's top armor, where armor is generally the weakest.

Meanwhile the Strategic Command had obtained a track of all Southern Tang satellites in orbit and plans were afoot to disable them. The Bright Star systems were jacked up to full power and 60GWs of laser streaked up from 5 Bright Star locations to obliterate the Southern Tang missiles in the space. In the event this failed there was always the nano missiles stationed in space.

Concurrent with the aerial assault on the enemy forces the 3 ACRs launched their massive attack. Forward reconnaissance units of the enemy would be engaged by the Piranha stealth attack helicopters integral to each brigade and with the reconnaissance still being forwarded by the UAVs a complete tactical battle intelligence was available to the Cochin commanders.

It would be a high mobility mobile warfare. The priority would be the ground air defense units which were scouted out by the UAVs from their emission characteristics and thermal characteristics. They would be taken out by roving squads of Piranhas who too got access to the IVIS system. The SAM teams would be engaged by 12 inch rockets, TKM2 ATGMs and 12.5 mm MS HMGs. This would lead the way for the heavy armor units of the 3 ACRs which would come from three bearings to offer three fronts to the ST forces. These armor units would be supported by independent Battalions of 155mm SPGs which would stop-shoot-move constantly not remaining in any place for more than the 120 seconds required for one volley fire of 10 shells.

Along with this ground artillery, the Airborne Artillery Platforms now come into play.

As soon as the ground air defenses are neutralized the Metac AAPs shall come into play. These 4 engine turboprop planes are equipped with 105 mm Field guns, 27.5 mm Recoil less guns and 12.5 mm Gatling cannons. They are also armed with 6 AAMs for emergency actions.

These units would engage the enemy's supply and logistics columns with their recoil less guns and cannons. Flying at about 10000ft they would wreak absolute havoc on the supply lines. A total of 25 Metac AAPs have taken to the air. After mauling the enemy units they would join the ACR's armor units, Piranha units, artillery units and the second wave of cluster attack bombers to take out the remaining enemy forces.

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The fireball created over the Cochin skies caused an immediate DEFCON ONE alert in the Strategic Command and a couple of GG19 ICBMs were rearmed with GOABs to take out the rail gun site , which was being plotted now by Strategic Command satellites.

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The GOABs took out a large portion of the attacking army. Meanwhile, the S-400 launchers reloaded and waited to fire again. Also, X-02 Wyverns continued piercing the Cochin units. They continued firing their massive armory of AAMs, and circled the area at high speed. At closer ranges, many stealth fighters/bombers of Cochin appeared either visually or on their close range InfraRed sensors. When they were detected, the X-02s swooped in with guns blazing. They didn't need to kill their aircraft. Once a round had pierced the aircraft and the hull integrity was compromised, their radar cross sections suddenly appeared on Anti-Aircraft battalions radar and they fired. Meanwhile, the railgun was recalibrate towards the sky, and once their onboard sensors detected the presence of satellites, they fired solid rods into the sky. Also, the ICBMs were intercepted with S-400 systems onboard the railgun platform (yes for your information this is my aircraft carrier). The ICBMs that made it through the missile barrage were dispatched by the onboard close range laser defense system.

On the ground front, the turboprops attacking the supply lines found themselves under attack from good old fashioned portable Igla MANPAD missiles. Usually ineffective against modern aircraft, slow flying turboprops flying at 10000 ft proved to be like shooting pickles in a barrel.

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With the attenuation in ground forces brought about by the cluster munitions attack the armor units started closing in on them and decimating them. With the tactical information still being gained from the S-RECOs and Raptors every move of the opposition was determined and encountered before it was fully in place.

The heavy artillery SPGs now started working in unison. Battalions of 15 SPGs travel about as a team, getting target information on IVIS from their regimental commanders in a fire-look-fire-move mode. Supporting them were the roving companies of MLRS who were designated artillery killers again gaining target information from IVIS and from the millimeter wave radars carried by S-RECOs which track and plot artillery systems when they fire and once noted their radar/IR characteristics would be noted by the integrated Recon system governing the S-RECOs and tracked wherever they went.

The artillery and MLRS were firing at enemy units well behind the Cochin line which was composed of the massed armor units of the 3 ACR regiments. In the high mobility warfare of hammer and anvil, reconnaissance platoons of tanks and Piranhas herd armor formations to ambushes built by mass armor and artillery to decimate them. The 130mm uranium tipped shells ripped through the battlefield air to pop off the turrets of enemy tanks.

In every case the AXE jeeps with ATGMs would engage the enemy units firing two rounds and then running away luring them to traps made by the APCs and MBTs of the ACRs.

Meanwhile in the skies, the RCAF units engaged the ST units in BVR warfare, hitting them at ranges of 120, 70 and 40 km in fire and forget modes and taking vertical dives when shot against presenting zero doppler cross section. Only those aircrafts which survive the three barrages of AAMs would get close enough for visual range combat and would then find themselves pitted against the RCAF's integrated systems network in which even IR guided missiles are IFF capable and no friendly fire is possible. They would find themselves against a barrage of further AIM-H heat seeking missiles.

Those MIRV warheads that would reenter the opposition airspace would fall to their designated trajectories and then keep falling as they are only blank warheads. Of the MIRVs inbound about 80% would reach their designated targets,ie, the railgun platforms.

The Metac AAP crew would be rattled when attacked with MANPOR SAMs, however they would retaliate with launching a number of flares and chaff, being a transport, they are able to carry more and better power flares to confuse the shorter range SAMs. The launching coordinates would be noted and saturated with 105 mm artillery fire and raked with gatling cannon fire.

As soon as the first Cochin satellite would be neutralized , the Strategic Command would initiate the Randomizer protocol which would cause the satellites of Cochin to start a series of Brownian Random movements which would invalidate any attempts to track them. Along with them the IR sensors on the nano satellites would start actively tracking the ST satellites and would move towards them. The nano satellites are basically nothing but space capable IR guided missiles which would obliterate the satellites in question.

OOC: Is railgun truly usable in RP? Also you do not have an SDI. Besides rods from the sky? Isnt there a GM ruling about that?

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