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Harsh Winter Ahead: India Pushes Tonnes of Supplies to Ladakh amid Border Faceoff with China

File photograph of an Indian military convoy strikes on the Srinagar-Ladakh freeway at Gagangeer.

On Tuesday morning, a succession of the IAF’slarge transport plane landed at a ahead base in Ladakh, carrying males and supplies, as fighter jets roared overhead.

  • Reuters LEH
  • Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 11:53 PM IST


From deploying mules to massive transport plane, the Indian navy has activated its total logistics community to move provides to 1000’s of troops for a harsh winter in Ladakh the place a faceoff China has been underway since months now.

In current months, one in all India’s greatest navy logistics workout routines in years has introduced huge portions of ammunition, tools, gasoline, winter provides and meals into Ladakh, officers mentioned.

The transfer was triggered by a border stand-off with China within the snow deserts of Ladakh that started in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand fight. Twenty Indian troopers had been killed whereas China suffered an undisclosed variety of casualties.

Both nations are negotiating to resolve the confrontation, however neither facet has backed down. The Indian navy is now set to maintain troops deployed alongside the treacherous, high-altitude border by way of the winter.

Eastern Ladakh, the place the flare-up occurred, is usually manned by 20,000-30,000 troopers. But the deployment has greater than doubled with the tensions, a navy official mentioned, declining to supply precise numbers.

“We have mirrored the increase in Chinese troops,” the official mentioned, including the Indian navy was well-prepared however didn’t need additional escalation or a chronic battle.

Temperatures in Ladakh can fall properly under freezing, and troops are sometimes deployed at altitudes of over 15,000 toes, the place oxygen is scarce, officers mentioned.

Since snow blocks mountain passes into Ladakh at the very least 4 months each winter, Indian navy planners have already moved greater than 150,000 tonnes of supplies into the area.

“All the supplies that we need have already been pushed to wherever they are required,” mentioned Major General Arvind Kapoor, Chief of Staff of the Army’s 14 Corps.


On Tuesday morning, a succession of the Indian Air Force’s massive transport plane landed at a ahead base in Ladakh, carrying males and supplies, as fighter jets roared overhead.

Soldiers with backpacks streamed out and had been checked for COVID-19 signs at a transit facility, the place they awaited additional transport.

The supplies are saved throughout a community of logistics hubs. At a gasoline, oil and lubricant depot close to Leh, Ladakh’s fundamental metropolis, a hillside was lined with clusters of inexperienced drums.

At storage services at a close-by provide depot, containers and sacks of ration – together with pistachios, immediate noodles and Indian curries – stood in tall piles. At one other base close to Leh, tents, heaters, winter clothes and high-altitude tools lay stacked.

From these depots, the supplies are pushed to logistics nodes by vehicles, helicopters and, in some notably tough elements, mules, officers mentioned. “In a place like Ladakh, operations logistics is of huge importance,” mentioned Kapoor. “In the last 20 years, we have mastered it.”

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