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Wednesday, 02 December 2020 12.53 PM IST

India deploys T-72, T-90 tanks in eastern Ladakh’s Chumar-Demchok area to counter China

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has deployed T-90 and T-72 tanks along with the BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles which can operate at temperatures up to minus 40 degree Celsius, near the Line of Actual Control in the Chumar-Demchok area in Eastern Ladakh.

While India has deployed T-72 and heavyweight T-90 tanks, China has deployed its lightweight Type 15 tanks.

India and China are engaged in a conflict for almost five months and with the arrival of winter, the Indian Army's armoured regiments are ready to take on the Chinese Army at altitudes of over 14,500 feet - the world's highest battlefield for tanks and infantry combat vehicles along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

Indian Army is battle-ready to face the Chinese Army

For countering the Chinese People's Liberation Army's deployment of armoured columns, the Indian Army is battle-ready to face the Chinese Army with its T-90 and T-72 tanks along with the BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles.

Ladakh is notorious for harsh winters with temperatures dipping to minus 35 degrees in the night during winters coupled with high-speed freezing winds.

“The Fire and Fury Corps is the only formation of the Indian Army and also in the world to have actually deployed mechanised forces in such harsh terrain. The maintenance of the tanks, infantry combat vehicles and heavy guns is a challenge in this terrain. To ensure crew and equipment readiness, adequate arrangements are in place for both man and machine,” Major General Arvind Kapoor said.

Mechanised infantry which is the advanced part of the Indian Army has experience of working under any weather condition and any terrain.

Indian Army in Eastern Ladakh is logistically well prepared

With features like high mobility ammunition and missile storage, the Mechanised infantry has the capability to fight for a longer duration.

The Indian armoured regiments also have the capability to reach the LAC within minutes and it was on full display when the Chinese activated their tanks after the August 29-30 incidents when India occupied several heights near the southern bank of Pangong lake.

The Chief of Staff of the Fire and Fury Corps has said the Army is logistically prepared to tackle the harsh weather, with special winter clothing and other facilities such as fuel, spares and assemblies in place.

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TAGS: T-72, T-90 TANKS, LADAKH, CHUMAR-DEMCHOK AREA, CHINA, LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL, EASTERN LADAKH, CHINESE ARMY, T-72 TANKS
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