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Indian Army to deploy M-777 ultra-light howitzer artillery along LAC in Arunachal Pradesh: Newsdrum

The government has given a major boost to infrastructure development along the nearly 3,500 km long LAC following the eastern Ladakh confrontation that began in 2020

Tezu: Almost all outposts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh will each have a large helipad for rapid mobilization of troops and military equipment as part of a mega push for the development of infrastructure, senior military officials said Friday.

Each of the outposts and army units are also linked to a fiber optic network and all will have separate satellite terminals to enhance overall surveillance and communication, they said.

The military has already deployed a large number of locally built remotely piloted aircraft, Switch, to outposts to monitor Chinese activities throughout the LAC.

“We are now giving a big boost to infrastructure development in the forward areas of the eastern sector,” Brigadier TM Sinha, commander of a mountain brigade in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, told a group of visiting journalists.

As part of the capability development initiative, the army has supplied its units in Arunachal Pradesh with a significant number of American-made all-terrain vehicles, 7.62mm Negev light machine guns from Israel and various other lethal weapons, the officials said.

They said helipads are being built at outposts to facilitate the landing and takeoff of Chinook 47(F) helicopters which were purchased from the United States under a deal struck in 2015.

The Chinook is a multi-purpose vertical lifting platform, which is used to transport troops, artillery, equipment and fuel and the helicopters are widely used to bolster India’s military readiness in the sector Oriental.

“The construction of the helipads will facilitate the operation of Chinooks in forward areas and ensure rapid movement of equipment and troops,” Brigadier Sinha said.

The government gave a major boost to infrastructure development along the nearly 3,500 km long LAC following the eastern Ladakh confrontation that started in 2020.

The army has deployed a significant number of easily transportable M-777 ultra light howitzers in the mountainous regions along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh.

The M-777 can be transported quickly in Chinook helicopters, and the military now has the ability to quickly move them from location to location based on operational needs.

The clash on the eastern border of Ladakh between Indian and Chinese military erupted on May 5, 2020 following a fierce clash in the Pangong Lake areas and the two sides have gradually increased their deployment by dispatching tens of thousands soldiers and heavy weapons.

Tensions have risen following a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley.

Following a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process in the Gogra area and the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake last year.

On Thursday, the two sides announced that they had begun the disengagement at Patrol Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area. Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the LAC in the sensitive area.