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From artillery guns to rockets, army improves capabilities in Ladakh | Latest India News

The Indian Army is rapidly improving its capabilities in the Ladakh sector with a variety of weapons and systems, including artillery guns, swarm drone systems that can perform offensive missions in enemy territory, longer range rockets range, unmanned aerial systems and high mobility protected vehicles. , while continuing to develop light tanks for mountain warfare, futuristic infantry fighting vehicles (FICVs) and purchasing new carbines, amid the lingering 30-month standoff with the Chinese military along of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), officials overseeing the military’s modernization said Monday.

The military’s focus on boosting combat capabilities along the disputed border with China is part of an overall plan to steadily improve its operational readiness to counter any challenge presented by the People’s Liberation Army. (APL), said one of the officials quoted above, who asked not to be named.

“Capability development is central to the Army’s strategy to counter China along the LAC. We are following a multi-pronged approach to strengthen our military posture. Emergency purchases are underway, government clearances for different projects are forthcoming, and the focus is on indigenization to build capacity,” he said.

The border standoff between India and China erupted in May 2020. While the two sides partially succeeded in disengaging rival soldiers from some friction areas on the LAC, talks are still ongoing to end the the stalemate that has derailed bilateral relations. The disengagement of soldiers from all friction points is absolutely essential before the de-escalation of the conflict can take place and, finally, the disinduction of troops and weapons.

“We have come a long way in the past two and a half years in terms of capacity development. A lot of new equipment has already arrived and a lot of material is planned for induction. We remain on our toes for any eventuality,” said a second official who also asked not to be named.

The army is continuing a major firepower upgrade in the Ladakh sector, modernizing its mechanized forces at a rapid pace and also equipping infantry with new systems to improve their capabilities and combat effectiveness.

“China respects strength, and we must mitigate the Chinese challenge from a position of relative strength. The strength demonstrated by the Indian Armed Forces along the LAC is observed by China. Thus, it is imperative to improve our combat effectiveness, operational readiness and defense readiness along the ALC, especially in eastern Ladakh where frontline soldiers from both armies are in close proximity. each other,” former director general of military operations Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia said. (retirement).

The army is implementing a series of plans to modernize its combat arms.

The increase in army artillery capabilities covers the induction of more K9 Vajra-T tracked self-propelled guns of 155 mm / 52 caliber, additional Dhanush towed guns of 155 mm / 45 caliber, the new system of 155mm/52 caliber Advanced Towed Artillery Gun (ATAGS), upgraded weapons named Sharang, longer range Pinaka rocket systems and precision ammunition as previously reported by HT. All these projects will boost the Aatmanirbhar Bharat (autonomous India) campaign.

The light tank is another key capability the army needs to deal with the increased threat that persists along the ALC. The future tank has already been named Zorawar in honor of the legendary general of King Dogra Gulab Singh, Zorawar Singh. The army expects the development and testing of the prototype light tank in three years. It will feature state-of-the-art technologies, including drone integration, active protection systems and superior situational awareness.

New indigenous capabilities for mechanized infantry include FICVs, night combat gear, anti-drone weapons, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. These capabilities will transform mechanized infantry into a more lethal, agile and integrated force capable of providing rapid and effective combat response, officials said.

The Indian and Chinese armies have held 16 rounds of military talks so far, but the issues at Depsang in Daulet Beg Oldi sector and Charding Nullah Junction (CNJ) in Demchok sector are still on the negotiating table.