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By Ian Castle

This all-new quantity chronicles the occasions that climaxed at the box of Austerlitz in a single of the main well-known battles of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). not just used to be it the 1st crusade that Napoleon waged as Emperor of France, but in addition the 1st nice try for his Grande Armée. The Emperor himself appeared it as his maximum victory and it certainly received him a mastery of Europe that might stay unbroken for nearly a decade. so much money owed of the crusade have before been dependent virtually completely on French assets, yet following broad study within the Austrian files Ian citadel is now in a position to supply a much more balanced account of Austerlitz.

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Even if one were to discard the simple bean-counting methodology for an assessment of comparative technological capabilities, New Delhi maintained a definite edge over its adversary. 2 help in ascertaining the technological advantage enjoyed by IAF. Prior to 1982, the Pakistan Air Force was dependent on Chinese and old American technologies that were no match for the Indian Air Force’s aircraft inventory. The qualitative dimension was denoted by a limited number of different versions of French Mirage III (33) and Mirage V (62).

Negotiations were con- Development of Threat Perception 31 ducted with Washington for the transfer of AWACS on the grounds that they were needed to beef up security against Soviet forces. The US government looked at the prospects seriously but decided against it because of the cost factor and the implication it would have on the South Asian regional military balance. The technology of these aircraft based on an advanced real-time command, control, communication, and Intelligence (C3I) system could be used by the PAF in keeping track of India’s forward deployments.

Unlike ‘Operation Gibraltar’, which had led to a medium-intensity conflict with the adversary, the Pakistan Army felt confident that the nuclear capability would deter India from reacting aggressively the way it had done in 1965. Caught between a lowintensity conflict situation and the possibility of a nuclear war, India would be forced to solve the Kashmir issue. The plan drew a blank, New Delhi resorting to a more hostile stance against Islamabad. In the intense bilateral skirmishes that ensued, an unarmed Pakistani Naval surveillance and ASW aircraft was shot down by the Indian Air Force in August 1999, killing sixteen officers on board.

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