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Army Inducts Upgraded L70 Anti-Aircraft Guns Along China Border

The Army has already positioned a major variety of M-777 howitzer weapons alongside LAC. (File)

Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh):

In a significant increase to its hearth energy, the Indian Army has deployed a sizeable variety of upgraded L70 anti-aircraft weapons within the excessive mountains alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh along with its present M-777 howitzers and Swedish Bofors weapons, officers mentioned on Wednesday.

The deployment of the anti-aircraft weapons having a variety of three.5 km within the treacherous area is a part of a collection of measures that the Army has taken to bolster its operational preparedness alongside the over 1,300-km LAC in jap sector within the face of the 17-month standoff in jap Ladakh.

The Army has already positioned a major variety of M-777 howitzer weapons that have been first obtained three years in the past.

As a part of a excessive state of preparedness to take care of any eventuality, the Army models together with these of the “integrated defended locality” have been present process strenuous bodily coaching and navy drills every day. The “integrated defended locality” is a specialised unit comprising numerous arms of the Army together with infantry, air defence, and artillery.

Military officers mentioned the upgraded L70 weapons have been deployed round two-three months in the past in a number of key places in Arunachal Pradesh along with different delicate positions alongside the complete LAC and that their inductions have considerably enhanced the Army’s general hearth energy.

“The guns can bring down all unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned combat aerial vehicles, attack helicopters and modern aircraft. The gun has enhanced target acquisition and automatic target tracking capability under all weather conditions with high-resolution electro-optical sensors comprising a daylight television camera, a thermal imaging camera and a laser-range finder,” mentioned Capt Sarya Abbasi of the Army Air Defence.

“The gun is also equipped with a Muzzle Velocity Radar for enhancing the accuracy of fire. The gun has the ability to be integrated with tactical and fire control radars which give it more flexibility in its deployment,” she mentioned.

Capt Abbasi mentioned the legacy gun has now been reworked into a complicated air defence gun.

Another official mentioned the upgraded gun system that operates together with a high-end Israeli radar will be counted among the many finest obtainable air defence weapons in its class globally.

In the previous couple of months, the Army has additionally deployed variety of simply transportable M-777 extremely gentle howitzer weapons that are at occasions moved from one place to a different in Chinook helicopters relying on operational requirement.

“The addition of upgraded L70 air defence guns to the existing Bofors guns and recently inducted M-777 howitzers significantly enhanced the Indian Army’s overall operational capability,” mentioned a senior official on situation of anonymity.

The L70 weapons have been initially manufactured by Swedish defence agency Bofors AB in 1950s and India has stared inducting over 1,000 of them within the 1960s.

The legacy weapons have been upgraded by state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

Following the escalation in stress in jap Ladakh standoff, the Army has taken a collection of measures to spice up its operational capabilities within the jap sector bordering China that included procurement of all terrain autos, precision guided ammunition, high-tech surveillance gear, radars and weapons.

Officials mentioned enhancing fight functionality is a steady course of and it’ll go in sync with operational necessities and general safety scenario.

They mentioned an equal quantity of focus has been given to enhancing operational functionality within the northern in addition to jap sector.

The jap Ladakh border standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries erupted on May 5 final 12 months following a violent conflict within the Pangong lake areas and either side steadily enhanced their deployment by speeding in tens of 1000’s of troopers in addition to heavy weaponry.

The stress escalated following a lethal conflict in Galwan Valley on June 15 final 12 months.

As a results of a collection of navy and diplomatic talks, the 2 sides accomplished the disengagement course of within the Gogra space in August and within the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in February.

The final spherical of navy talks on October 10 resulted in a stalemate following which either side blamed one another for the deadlock.

In a robust assertion after the 13th spherical of talks, the Indian Army mentioned the “constructive suggestions” made by it on the negotiations have been neither agreeable to the Chinese facet nor might Beijing present any “forward-looking” proposals.

Each facet at present has round 50,000 to 60,000 troops alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) within the delicate sector.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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