India Full Proof Defense Plan: In view of China’s preparations on the LAC adjacent to eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has also geared up. To protect tanks and cannons from the eyes of the enemy, from 3D Permanent Defense Bunker to Modylur Shelter for 24 thousand soldiers and tank bridges and new air-fields are being prepared on DSDBO road adjacent to Galvan Valley. For patrolling in Pangong-Tso Lake, the Indian Army has completed matching the preparations of China.
After the battle of Galvan Valley in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army is constantly busy sharpening its military preparations. This is being done because even though China has done disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) adjacent to eastern Ladakh, still 50-60 thousand soldiers of China are still stationed close to the border. Tanks, cannons, missiles and aircraft of China’s PLS army are also stationed close to LAC. According to highly placed sources directly related to the defense of the country, in the last two years, that is, after the violence in the Galvan Valley, the Indian Army has made its preparations to ‘match’ China.
Modular-shelter for 22 thousand soldiers
In the last two years, special accommodation facilities have been prepared for 22-24 thousand additional soldiers. For these soldiers, the Indian Army has made such modular-shelters which give 15 degree heat even in minus (-) 20 degree winter. Also, these are such shelters which are erected within a week. They can also be taken to another place if needed.
Before the Galvan Valley violence, a division of the Indian Army was stationed in East Ladakh, in which about 20-25 thousand soldiers were deployed. But in May 2020, when China started a dispute by deploying 50-60 thousand soldiers here under the guise of maneuvers, the Indian Army also deployed 20-25 thousand additional soldiers here. But modular shelters were built for them to live in the harsh winter at an altitude of 16-17 thousand feet in eastern Ladakh. In these shelters, care was taken not only for the cold, but also for water and electricity, and arrangements were made for soldier-energy and fuel cell (generator).
To overcome the shortage of water in the cold desert of eastern Ladakh, artificial ponds were built so that the soldiers could be supplied with water for 24 hours. In case of freezing of the pond, water is being supplied through pump from under the frozen water.
Apart from this, technical-storages have been made to protect 450 tanks, cannons and military-vehicles from the enemy. According to sources, these are 3D Permanent Defense Structures (Bunkers) which are not affected even by enemy tank bullets. During the trial, the Indian Army has tested it by firing a shell on it from a distance of 100 meters from its T-90 tank. For these 3D structures, the Indian Army has taken help from IIT located in Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and some start-ups. These bunkers have been designed in such a way that extreme cold does not affect the performance of these tanks and cannons.
Tanked Class-7 Bridge
The 255 kilometer long DSDBO i.e. Durbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi, which is considered to be a very strategic road in eastern Ladakh, is completely ready. It used to take three days to reach DBO from Durbuk, now it can be reached in six hours only. There are a total of 37 bridges on this road. Of these, all the bridges up to point 130 have been made Class-7 bridges, that is, on which even tanks can easily pass. The work of making the rest of the bridges Class-7 is going on fast.
Separate road to reach China’s Karakoram Highway
Currently this is the only DSDBO road to reach DBO. But BRO i.e. Border Road Organization is now working on a different access road which goes from Susoma to Murgo. Susoma falls on the way from Leh to Siachen. Murgo is an area very close to LAC which is close to Daulat Beg Oldi.
Separate Access to Eastern Ladakh
To reach eastern Ladakh, the Neemu-Padam-Darcha-Leh road has now been constructed from Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Till the disputed Demchok and Hot-Spring areas adjacent to the LAC, the BRO has laid a network of such roads where vehicles can be run at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour.
indigenous bridge system
According to sources, the capabilities of combat-engineers have increased by three to four times in the last two years. For this, the Army’s Corps of Engineers has been given different types of indigenous bridge systems to new mines and mine-warfare equipment. The new indigenous bridge systems that have been given to the army include 15 meter long Sarvatra-Bridge, 22 meter long Bridge-Layer-Tank and 46 meter long Modular Bridging System. Apart from this, short span bridges (5-10 m) and 100 m long floating-foot bridges are included. All these temporary bridges can be erected by the combat engineers of the army on any river-drain and canal within a few hours so that soldiers and military-vehicles can cross easily.
Combat-engineers have been equipped with new mines and mine-warfare equipment to prevent Chinese tanks and soldiers from entering eastern Ladakh. For this, Mechanical Minefield Marking Equipment, Self-Propelled Mechanical Mine Layers, Self-Propelled Mine-Barrier and Trawl Assemblies have been provided so that landmines can be laid in the enemy’s path. Apart from this, Mine Scattering System and Minefield Breaching System are included to neutralize the landmines while entering the enemy’s territory.
Patrolling of India in Pangong-Tso Lake
Like the Chinese Army in the very beautiful but disputed Pangong-Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has also included fast patrolling boats and landing-craft (boats) in its stockpile. These boats prepared by Goa Shipyard can carry 35 soldiers. Even a jeep and 12 soldiers can be taken from one place to another in these boats at a time.
BRO’s equipment now with the army
BRO’s heavy excavators, light weight rock-drillers have also been given to the army so that the operational-track can be prepared as soon as possible if needed. According to the information, so far 150 kilometers of such long tracks have been prepared under the Northern Command of the Army. Eastern Ladakh is also a part of this Northern Command.
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