Prepared to battle a full-fledged conflict in winters in Ladakh: Army

Arun Joshi
Jammu, September 16

The Indian military has drawn comparisons between its preparedness and capability to climate the intense situations within the icy Himalayan heights and declared that it’s “well prepared for the prolonged standoff in eastern Ladakh” the place PLA troops have created an explosive state of affairs.

A spokesman of the Northern Command mentioned: “Altitudes in Ladakh range from High to Super High Altitude and there is a lot of snowfall, after the month of November up to 40 feet of snow is experienced. Coupled with this, temperature dipping down to minus 30-40 degrees is a usual phenomenon. Wind chill factor makes matters further worse for the troops. The roads also get closed due to the snow. But despite all this, most encouraging part for India is that the Indian soldiers have a huge experience of winter warfare and are psychologically tuned to operate at short notice. While this fact is known to the world, the operational logistics capabilities are hardly known.”

Rebutting China’s state media, significantly Global Times, that the Indian military wouldn’t be capable to stand up to the cruel situations in Ladakh heights, the spokesman mentioned that it may be greatest attributed to the “ignorance” of Chinese media.

“The Indian Army is fully prepared and more than capable of fighting a full-fledged war even in winters in Eastern Ladakh.”

The spokesperson mentioned that logistic functionality pertains to mobility, habitat and billeting, high quality companies from well being, particular rations, restore and restoration, heating methods, high-quality weapons, ammunition and high quality clothes. While a lot of this functionality existed earlier and troops may merely plug and play, quite a bit has additionally been boosted since May this yr when China confirmed first indicators of aggression.

The Indian military has expertise in Siachen the place situations are way more demanding than the frontiers with China. Traditionally there have been two routes for shifting into Ladakh, that’s by way of Zojila and Rohtang Passes.

Recently, India commissioned the third highway from Darcha to Leh which is way shorter distance-wise and fewer liable to closure. Completion of Atal tunnel on the Rohtang route has power multiplied the logistic capacities.

“In addition, we have a large number of airbases with the help of which we can maintain the army well. Modern snow clearing equipment has also been placed on these routes to keep them open beyond November, thus giving us more time for daily maintenance of the troops,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Special gas and lubricants for tanks and armoured personnel carriers have additionally been “stocked adequately, together with spares for his or her upkeep”. Water factors and tube wells have been established for the troops and animals like mules and yaks. The residing barracks have additionally been ready that are comfy and heat. Facilities such because the central heating system are a number of the excessive factors of those amenities. Ammunition of varied sorts together with small arms, missiles and tank and artillery ammunition have additionally been adequately stocked. The medical system can also be in place for any eventuality.

Compared to Indian troops which are battle-hardened bodily and psychologically, Chinese troops are principally from city areas and never used to hardships or extended deployment beneath subject situations, the spokesperson mentioned.

“China’s concept has always been to win the Wars without fighting, hence if they create conditions for war, they will come across a better trained, better prepared, rested and psychologically hardened Indian troops. These worries have been percolating the minds of Chinese troops and are visible in Chinese media,” the spokesperson added.

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