Amidst the continuing standoff even after two years of the clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, the Northern Army Commander Lt. General Upendra Dwivedi on Friday visited the forward positions at Lukung where he reviewed the newly inducted weapons and equipment for the Indian Army.
Lt. General Dwivedi is currently on four days visit to Ladakh where he took stock of the security situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where the Chinese troops are on the other side.
Eastern Ladakh witnessed clashes between troops of both sides on the night of 15 and 16 June 2020 in which 20 Indian soldiers and 38 Chinese troops were killed in hand-to-hand combat in sub-zero temperature. Thereafter, both India and China have been upgrading their weaponry in the cold desert region. The Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh has also witnessed skirmishes between soldiers of the two countries.
Northern Command of the Indian Army has posted on its tweeter handle three pictures of Lt. General Dwivedi examining a newly inducted field gun, a 51mm Light Machine Gun and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The Northern Army Commander also appreciated the tremendous contribution of Indian Navy and Indian Airforce towards operational readiness of Northern Command in true sense of Jointmanship.
The Northern Command has also posted a photo of the Exercise Blitzkrieg by the Aksai Chin Warriors who validated performance of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) in treacherous super high- altitude terrain; enhancing their battlefield mobility and operational readiness.
Lt. General Dwivedi visited forward areas of Eastern Ladakh and witnessed EX SAMGHAT – Unarmed Combat Package by fusing 4 Traditional Indian Martial Arts. He commended the martial spirit of soldiers.
Lt. General Tamul Verma, DG EME, also visited the recently established Tanks Medium Repair Facility in High Altitude Area in Eastern Ladakh and complimented the unit for operationalising the facility to enhance mission reliability in record time.
Indian Army is engaged in enhancing its firepower in the eastern Ladakh. The Army has upgraded its vintage air defence and Bofors guns, besides bringing in the new Ultra Light artillery guns.
Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member of Parliament from Ladakh, had some time back tweeted a photograph of the Indian Air Force’s Garud commandos. “Armed with Negev Light Machine Guns, Tavor-21 AK-47 assault rifles, Garud Special Forces operatives have been deployed in forward locations along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh,” he wrote on Twitter.