Indian Army to make emergency purchase of extreme cold weather tents for the troops deployed in Ladakh
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Army is set to place emergency orders for thousands of extreme cold weather tents, similar to what the forces in Siachen use, for the additional troops deployed in Eastern Ladakh in the wake of standoff with China. The orders will be reportedly placed to both the Indian and European suppliers.
The necessity of extreme cold weather tents in the wake of over 30,000 Indian troops deployed at the LAC frontlines in Ladakh, has been felt, since it is expected that the standoff with China may continue at least till the months of September and October, news agency ANI reported.
The report further says that even if the de-escalation from the Chinese side indeed takes place, Indian forces will have to keep their guards up for the future.
"All along the border, apart from weaponry and ammunition, the major focus of our emergency procurement would be on providing for habitat for soldiers," a top army source was quoted as saying by ANI.
The source further adds that the Chinese have already ‘started pitching in their special winter tents', and although Indian side continues to use such tents and temporary structures for securing Siachen glacier as well, but the need for a large number of such tents have been felt by the Army deployed in Eastern Ladakh.
To address any logistical shortcomings, as for the habitat, acclimatisation, weaponry, and ammunition – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given special financial approval worth Rs 500 Crore to the Defence Forces.
For the M-777 ultra-light howitzers which have been deployed across Ladakh against the Chinese build-ups, the army is set to make an emergency purchase of Excalibur ammunition for the same.
The two-month-long standoff with China has started to show the signs of de-escalation now, with the Chinese disengagement taking place at four friction points, including the Petrol Point-14 at Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian soldiers, and an unconfirmed number of Chinese PLA soldiers died on June 15th.
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