LCA has enhanced capability to operate across the water obstacles in Eastern Ladakh. Indian Army has deployed new assault vessel in Pangong lake. Other systems such Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle were also inducted. These vehicles will improve operational capabilities of the army

In a big boost to India’s military capabilities in Ladakh, the Indian Army has deployed a new assault vessel in Pangong Lake along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The Landing Craft Assault (LCA) will enhance operations along the LAC.

The Landing Craft Assault is much more versatile and has overcome the limitations of launch, speed and capacity. The LCA has enhanced capability to operate across the water obstacles in Eastern Ladakh. LCA has been indigenously developed by Aquarius Ship Yard Limited, Goa, officials said.

Not just this, several other big ticket platforms have been included to enhance the capabilities along the LAC. These platforms are crucial for Indian Army deployment.

Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle (IPMV)

There are large number of infantry soldiers at northern borders with no protection and limited mobility. This has been overcome to large extent by the induction of two types of high mobility vehicles. The first one is the Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle made by Tata Advance Systems Limited which is like a mini BMP. In addition to high mobility, this vehicle provides enhanced protection to the infantry soldiers inside it.

The Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle is an armoured personnel carrier that can be used for swift patrols and quick induction of troops for various missions like reconnaissance and offensive operations.

Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle

The second vehicle along with the Infantry Mobility Protected Vehicle for enhanced mobility of troops in Eastern Ladakh is the Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicle. It facilitates quick deployment of troops and will enable much faster reaction. The vehicles have been procured from Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. These are tailor made vehicles with high mobility, enhanced firepower and protection. It will facilitate in creating moral ascendency in our northern borders.

Mini Remotely Piloted Aerial System (RPAS)

Apart from the Air Force aircraft and the heron UAVs which have their limitations to operate at tactical level, Indian Army had restricted capability for surveillance, detection and reconnaissance at the level of infantry battalion and mechanised units. The RPAS has given all three capabilities to the battalion commander, and today, the Indian Army is much better in acquiring real-time information than our adversary at the tactical level.

Solar Energy Project For High Reaches Like Siachen

One of the most challenging terrain and operational sectors of the country is the Siachen Glacier. The complete power requirement in the area to operate various equipment was met only through captive generator supply. Use of kerosene oil and other conventional sources of energy were predominant. A solar photo-voltaic plant has now been installed to improve the overall energy requirements and also obviate dependence on fossil fuels. The solar plant has greatly augmented power supply at Partapur. The harnessed energy is being used for sustenance, security light, hospital and key installations.

Future Infantry Soldier As A System (F-INSAS)

Future Infantry Soldier is being equipped with three primary sub systems. The first sub system is the modern state of art assault rifle along with day and night holographic and reflex sights. Based on the need, a thermal imager sight or image intensifier sight will be used. The sights are mounted on the weapon and also on helmet to enable 360 degree visibility and accuracy in operational conditions.

In addition, to the primary weapon system, the soldiers will also be kitted with multi-mode hand grenade which has also been procured indigenously along with multi-purpose knife.

In conditions where mine threat is imminent, he will wear mine protective shoes. Second sub system is protection system. This gives protection through a specially designed helmet and a bullet proof jacket. It will also have modular pouches and harnesses to carry grenades, magazines, radio sets and other operational equipment.

The third sub system consists of communication and surveillance system. Each soldier will carry a radio set which is hands free and the section commander will also carry additional communication and surveillance devices for real time contact with his team.