Infantry battalions guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Arunachal Pradesh are racing to equip themselves with a range of new weapons and systems to enhance their combat edge, with enhanced capabilities including light machine guns, assault rifles, rocket launchers, unmanned aerial vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and advanced surveillance equipment , officials familiar with the military’s modernization said Friday.
Helipads, capable of handling multi-mission Chinook helicopters, are also emerging in remote pockets for faster deployment of troops and weapons as part of an overarching infrastructure push, even as new satellite terminals along the border will provide high-capacity communications capabilities for planning. operation, said one of the officials above.
“Infantry battalions form the cutting edge of combat and are supplied with new military equipment for operational efficiency. Capability modernization is happening at a remarkable pace,” said Brigadier General Thakur Mayank Sinha, commander of the mountain brigade deployed in eastern Arunachal Pradesh. New releases include Israeli-origin Negev light machine guns, US-sourced Sig Sauer assault rifles, Swedish Carl Gustav Mk-III rocket launchers, original Swift drones, US-sourced all-terrain vehicles, and digital scopes for better spotting and identification. goals.
The focus is on capability development, infrastructure building and training to perform the assigned operational role, Sinha said. Construction of helipads to operate the Chinooks, which can carry the latest US-origin Army howitzers to forward bases, is in full swing, he added. The M777 ultra-light howitzer has become the centerpiece of the Army’s weapons deployment along the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China’s military surge, with the weapon’s tactical mobility giving the Army more options for increasing firepower in remote areas, officials said. he said.
The military’s sharper focus on the eastern sector comes at a time when India and China are locked in a border row in the Ladakh sector. The Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China on Thursday announced that their frontline troops have begun withdrawal from Patrol Point-15 (Gogra-Hot Springs area) in eastern Ladakh, with the breakthrough coming after the 16th round of military talks. held in July. This is the fourth round of loosening between the two armies.
Despite the withdrawal from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, Gogra (PP-17A) and now PP-15, both armies still have around 60,000 troops and advanced weapons deployed in the Ladakh theater. The army, which for decades had focused on counter-insurgency operations in the northeast, refocused its forces in the eastern sector to face challenges along the border with China.