Indian Army augments its power along LAC including Tawang
Nation-State: The state of Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed the Indian army's deployment of artilleries along the Line of actual control (LAC), proving its dominance over the North-Eastermost part of India's Himalayan mountain.
Lately, ANI reportedly aired that the Army has significantly augmented its firepower along the 1300-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern sector, while also beefing up overall defences in the region, especially in the Tawang sector, by integrating various services in realtime through automation.
It has been reported that the artilleries includes upgraded L-70 air defence guns, M777 Ultra Light Howitzers, and automated and electronic fusion of Bofors and other artillery guns deployed along the LAC.
Maj. Rufus Johnson, a Company Commander who has been stationed in the LAC near Bumla, stated that the “integrated defended localities were set up at several locations along the LAC, like infantry, engineers, artillery, air defence, aviation and also the fighter aircraft of the Air Force, to respond to any international threat and counter them befittingly.
Similarly, Capt Sarya Abbasi of the Army Air Defence stated that"The guns can bring down all unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned combat aerial vehicles, attack helicopters and modern aircraft. The gun has enhanced target acquisition and automatic target tracking capability under all weather conditions with high-resolution electro-optical sensors comprising a daylight television camera, a thermal imaging camera and a laser range finder,"
The Indian Armies stationed in the harsh cold climatic conditions in Arunachal Pradesh are well equipped and ever-ready for any confrontation. The ANI on its Twitter handles Tweeted video footage wherein the Indian armies were seen serving duties in harsh conditions of climate.
The Chinese intelligentsia replied that "It seems that the artillery regiment with such poor mobility seems to have no other value except for its propaganda function. The M777 relies on the powerful air support capabilities of the United States, but India does not have"
Every time the Indian government have taken a stand, bolstering the nature of the Indian army, especially in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese counterpart have always thwarted it claiming those are the Indian government's propaganda.
After the skirmish between the Indian and Chinese armies, the Chinese side has ramped up the scale and duration of its military drills across the contested border in Arunachal Pradesh.
Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Manoj Pande stated that "The stand-off which erupted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh sector, and the reserve formations mobilised by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) last year are still deployed there"
According to the HINDU, India has contracted 145 M777 guns from BAE Systems, of which over 75 had been delivered. Three regiments had been deployed and the fourth was in the process of being raised, Director General of Artillery Lt. Gen. T.K. Chawla had said recently.
The M777 had given significant flexibility in employment options for long range fire power, one officer posted near the LAC said on condition of anonymity. “It can be airlifted by Chinook heavy lift helicopters to any forward location at short notice in case of any contingency,” the officer said.
In addition, the Army had long deployed the legacy and battle-proven Bofors guns along the LAC. They had now been made more effective and the response time significantly improved under Project Shakti undertaken by BEL, by integrating them electronically with the command centre and forward troops. _(Hindu)