Here is what the Indian Army’s biggest logistic operation looks like

Elias Hubbard
September 28, 2020

An Indian Army official, Major General Arvind Kapur, Chief of Staff 14 Corps based in Leh, while speaking to an Indian publication, India Today, said - "Our logistic infrastructure is smartly built in a manner that any formation coming from outside, in "Plug & Play" mode, can join the units here seamlessly and be effective".

As the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh has failed to show any significant improvements despite several rounds of talks on diplomatic and military levels, the Indian Army has strengthened its preparations in the area.

The T-90 tanks have deployed to the Depsang plains in sub-sector north (SSN) where the Chinese troops have prevented Indian troops from patrolling in patrol points (PPs) 10-13. These tanks have the ability to operate even at minus 40 degrees Celsius. Maintenance of tanks, infantry combat vehicles and heavy guns is a challenge in this terrain, " he told ANI. "High calorific and nutritious ration, fuel and oil, winter clothing and heating appliances all available in adequate numbers".

The Major General further said, "Winters in Ladakh going to be harsh". Along with this, training and honing of crew skills and drills will remain constant through the winters.

Defence ministry sources said the army was increasing its military readiness at high altitudes to deal with any provocation from the Chinese who are "adamant" about not pulling back from India-claimed territory.

The Indian armoured regiments have the capability to reach the LAC within minutes if they are required there and did so recently, when the Chinese activated their tanks after the August 29-30 incidents when India occupied several heights near the southern bank of Pangong lake. It is one of the critical points where a thrust by Indian tanks threatens Aksai Chin which was captured by China in 1962. Both sides had agreed not to add any more troops along the frontline and refrain from unilaterally changing the ground situation.

However, no breakthrough could be achieved by India and China on the disengagement which means that both sides will keep their troops at the forward post in Ladakh sector during winters when temperature dip to as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius.

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