The Indian Army has decided to further arm its troops stationed at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the Chinese border after being repeatedly attacked by China on the east side of its border.
First, the Galwan and now the recent Tawang clashes have forced Indian military officials to join heads to enhance their military capabilities in the area.
According to the report, the Indian Defense Ministry will consider an important proposal of the army to prepare light tanks for deployment on the China border at a meeting later this week. A proposal to procure 354 tanks will be discussed at a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry.
The Indian Army has issued some clarifications regarding the features of its future light tank which was named ‘Zorawar’. The tank has been named after the legendary general who led several successful victories in Tibet, which is now controlled by the Chinese military.
Indian military officials have said that the Indian Army will be equipped for all emergencies in high-altitude areas, minor regions and islands besides removing the problems faced by medium combat tanks and their use in plains, semi-deserts and deserts.
The Indian Army has inducted a large number of T-72 and T-90 tanks into the operational areas.
However, these tanks were primarily designed for operation in plains and desert areas while they have their own limitations when operating in high-altitude areas. They face a similar disability when working in the Run of Kutch area.
On the other hand, India’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is engaged in major infrastructure development works along the border areas and the government has planned to connect all border villages in Arunachal Pradesh with good connectivity roads.
Besides the road, the BRO is engaged in the construction of two key tunnels in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang and West Kameng districts that will become a game changer for Indian security forces in view of security issues along the international border.