The army chief asserted that the preparedness level of the Indian Army along the LAC is ‘very high’ and that adequate forces are deployed in each sector to effectively deal with any eventuality.
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Army Chief General Manoj Pandey said on Thursday China The situation on the border is stable, but nothing is being said and adequate numbers have been deployed to deal with any untoward situation. Indian soldiers has been deployed. At a press conference in Delhi ahead of Army Day, General Pandey also said that troops deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have been able to maintain a strong position to firmly thwart any nefarious plan of the adversary.
The army chief asserted that the preparedness level of the Indian Army along the LAC is ‘very high’ and that adequate forces are deployed in each sector to effectively deal with any eventuality. He said that the situation is stable and under control, but nothing can be said. You are aware of ongoing negotiations where we have been able to resolve five of the seven issues and we continue to negotiate both at the diplomatic and military levels.
We are ready for any conditions
General Pandey said, ‘Our level of preparation is very high. We have deployed adequate forces and equipment in every sector to deal with any untoward situation. The army chief said that the ‘strategic balance’ of the troops done a while back has been completed.
“We have been able to maintain a very strong defensive position and have been able to unilaterally resolutely and decisively repulse any attempt by our adversary,” General Pandey said. His comments came amid a 32-month-long military standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh. Tensions between India and China escalated after a clash between troops from both sides at the Yangtze LAC in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector on December 9.
Terrorism is still supported from across the border
General Pandey said that the deployment of troops on the northern border by the Chinese side is continuing in the same manner and the number of Indian troops in the area is also the same. He said, ‘There has been a slight increase in the number of (Chinese) troops in front of our Eastern Command. We are keeping a close eye. The Army’s Eastern Command is headquartered in Kolkata and is responsible for the security of the LAC of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
When asked about the situation in Doklam, General Pandey said that all activities in the area are being closely monitored. Referring to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, General Pandey said that in February 2021, implementation of the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control (LoC) is underway. However, he added that cross-border support for terrorism and terrorist infrastructure still continues.
On the situation in the Northeast, he said that peace has returned to most of the states in the region. The army chief also said that a proposal to include women personnel in the army’s artillery units has been sent to the central government and is expected to be accepted. General Pandey said that the Army has decided that 2023 will be the year of transformation and the force has drawn up a specific roadmap for certain outcomes. He said, ‘This process will continue even after the current year.’
Challenges in the country’s security have increased
Asked whether the Russian aggression on Ukraine has created new complications in India’s security challenges along the LAC, as it might encourage China to adopt an aggressive posture, he said a detailed assessment is needed at the operational, strategic and tactical levels. has been analyzed. . Asked about the impact of the Ukraine conflict, the army chief said supplies had been affected but his forces would overcome the challenge.
He also told the press conference that the Indian Army will conduct a major military exercise with the armies of about 40 African countries in March. Along with the military exercise in Pune, the army is planning to hold a conference of the army chiefs of the participating countries. Responding to a separate question, General Pandey said that around 45 per cent of the Indian Army’s equipment comes under the vintage category and 41 per cent under current technology. He said, 12 to 15 percent of the machinery is state-of-the-art.
By 2030, we will reach 35 percent of current technology and 44 percent of state-of-the-art technology by 2030, the army chief said. Listing out the new initiative, General Pandey said the Indian Army has launched a standardized Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) program for its soldiers. When asked if the crack in Joshimath in Uttarakhand has affected the movement of troops, he said some troops have been shifted but there has been no impact on operational matters.
General Pandey did not respond to his predecessor General MM Naravane’s recent comments that formulation of a national security strategy was a necessity to pursue ambitious theater plans. The army chief said, “It is not appropriate for me to comment (on General Naravane’s remarks). But I think, a coordinated and tri-service response is essential to meet future security challenges and in this direction, I think, we need to get the right joint tri-service framework.
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