An uneasy calm has prevailed on the Line of Actual Control since the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley on the India-China border. Several rounds of talks have also taken place at the military and diplomatic level between the two countries to remove the troops from the border. Even after this, there are many such points on the India-China border, where the armies of both the countries are standing face to face. On the other hand, as the snow is melting in this disturbed area of Ladakh, the Chinese army is increasing its
Still no hope of peace in Ladakh
At the beginning of winter last year, the armies of both countries withdrew their troops from both sides of the Pangong Tso lake following an agreement reached in the Corps Commander’s meeting. The Indian Army had an important strategic advantage on the southern bank of this lake. India had then hoped that China might withdraw its troops from Gogra-Hotspring, Depsang and Doklam, but it did not happen. China is still working to provoke India by deploying new weapons.
Both countries are deploying weapons on the border
This is the reason that seeing the suspicious antics of China, India has also started deploying new weapons on the border. The Indian Army is considering buying a Russian-made Lightweight Sprut-SD tank to deal with China in the high altitude areas of Ladakh. Not only this, four Heron TP drones procured from Israel will also be deployed for surveillance from LAC to LOC.
How dangerous is Russia’s Sprut-SD tank
Russia’s Sprut-SD tank is quite light in weight. Due to this, the sprout tank can be easily transported in hilly areas. Despite being light, the firepower of this tank is quite high. It has a 125 mm gun, which can be operated through remote control. Apart from this, this tank is also equipped with 7.62 mm machine gun and 7.62 mm quadaxle machine gun. This water- and land-operated tank can hit targets up to 7 km away with precision.
India will also deploy Heron drone
India can also deploy four Heron drones flying medium altitude from Israel on the Ladakh border. These drones are capable of flying up to an altitude of 35 thousand feet for about 45 hours. Heron TP drones are equipped with automatic taxi take-off and landing (ATOL) and satellite communication (SATCOM). Long-range surveillance cameras and other state-of-the-art equipment have also been installed in the drone.
China deployed PCL-181
The Indian Army has deployed the K-9 Vajra Self-Propelled Howitzer built on the technology of South Korea in Ladakh. In response to this, China has already deployed the 155 mm caliber PCL-181 self-propelled howitzer. Chinese media claims that a few days ago an improved version of it has also been deployed near Ladakh. This howitzer is said to be of 122 mm-caliber. The K9 Vajra is the first self-propelled gun included in the Army’s artillery. That is, no other vehicle is needed to carry it. It can move itself from one place to another. It does not sink on weak ground and moves along with the tank. This 155 mm / 52 caliber cannon can fire three shells in 30 seconds. Its range is up to 38 km.
China’s PHL-03 rocket launcher in front of India’s Pinaka
China has deployed the PHL-03 Long-Range Multiple Rocket Launcher System on the LAC. According to the report of Chinese media CCTV, 10 units of the new PHL-03 multiple rocket launchers have been deployed near Ladakh. Each unit consists of four crew members. It has 12 launcher tubes of 300 mm each. Whereas, in response to this, Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System has been deployed by India. Pinaka is basically a multi-barrel rocket system. With this, 12 rockets can be fired in just 44 seconds.
India’s Bhishma in front of Chinese light tank
China has deployed Type-15 light tanks in Ladakh. These tanks can react quickly in plateau areas to make combat deadly. Both Xinjiang and Tibet military commands are now operating these light tanks. The T-90 tanks that India has deployed in Ladakh are originally made in Russia from Russia. India is the third largest operator of tanks. It has about 4 and a half thousand tanks (T-90 and its variants, T-72 and Arjun) in its fleet. In India these tanks have been named ‘Bhishma’.