The strategy – part of the Cold Start doctrine – will enable the Army to swiftly mobilise and hit hard with multiple conventional military strikes across the Pakistan border.
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At the forefront of the exercise is Mathura-based 1 Corps, one of the three principle `strike corps’ of the 1.18 million strong Army. It also includes `offensive elements’ of the `pivot corps’ under the South Western Command headquartered at Jaipur.
The intense offensive manoeuvres will be backed by long-range artillery and the Air Force.
In combat operations, airborne assaults are almost always at night
The Army initiated the Cold Start doctrine since it took a month for its strike formations to be forward mobilised under Operation Parakram in the aftermath of the terror attack on Parliament in 2001. However, by then, Pakistan had managed to shore up its defences.