China to utilized Occupied Aksai Chin for Logistics
Satellite images provide evidence that the People’s Liberation Army is upscaling its military structure in Eastern Ladakh near the epicenter of the standoff. Earlier, across the Arunachal Border surface to air missiles have been located through satellite images. Now, from the high resolution satellite images, it is clear that the PLA is constructing a helipad in the occupied Aksai Chin area near Ladakh. The alleged heliport is situated opposite to the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airbase operated by the Indian Airforce at an altitude of 16700 feet. The place is extremely close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and is 250 kilometers away from the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie road. The road which runs parallel to the LAC is a single option available to reach DBO if aerial options are not available.
After the standoff started the construction activities had been slowed down. Satellite images show that the large underground construction, probably a deeply constructed complex will all advanced facilities, is going on which will be a proper command and control Centre.
As far as the standoff is concerned the disengagement talks have been going on but anything constructive has yet to come out. The previous talks had taken place ON 6TH November.
Amid India China border tussle, Army is busy in keeping soldier warm
Since May 2020, the border tussle between the two giant neighbors, India & China is still going on. The standoff led soldiers to be stationed in the harsh winters of the Ladakh Region. Deploying soldiers in such an extreme temperature region is not easy. The climate becomes the most horrible enemy rather than a human one. Thus, the Indian Army has urgently placed an order for high altitude systems for soldiers deployed along the Indo-China Ladakh Border. To keep soldiers warm, the Indian Army has asked for the USA’s assistance to provide with Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) under a bilateral pact. This clothing will help soldiers to survive at -40 degrees Celsius.
The XIV Corps is responsible to keep the frontiers along the China & Pakistan Borders from Kargil to Ladakh safe. According to Corp commander Maj Gen Arvind Kapoor rations, fuels, oils, lubricants, heating appliances, ammunition, fuel, etc. have been supplied in adequate amount. According to Logistic in-charge, the indigenously manufactured Arctic tents that can safeguard living being in -20 degree Celsius and high altitude tents which can sustain temperature range of 40 to 50 degree Celsius along with winter clothing have been supplied in the forward areas where soldiers are deployed.
Foodstuffs from pre-cooked, packaged, canned items to food grains are available in Army warehouses.
38 BrahMos for Naval Warships
Indian Navy has proposed to acquire 38 BrahMos Super Sonic Missile for its warships. The missiles will be of an extended range which would be able to destroy the targets located 450 km away from the warship. The warship selected for the missiles is an under-construction Vishakhapatnam Class ship of the Indian Navy. Defence Ministry headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will likely approve it soon. The acquisition will cost 1800 crore rupees to the Indian treasure. Jointly developed by India and Russia, the Brahmos is the primary strike weapon of the Indian Navy. Many warships including INS Kolkata Class destroyers have been equipped with the 290 KM variant of the Brahmos.
From October till mid-November various ranges of trials of Brahmos have been conducted from numerous warships including INS Chennai to showcase its capabilities.
The missile has been indigenized by the Defence Research and Development Organization under its Project PJ-10 to find an export market for the missile.
Brahmos possess air, naval and land version which makes it the diverse weapon which can be used in any conventional warfare for different roles. After India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the green signal for the extended range of the missile was achieved.
The backbone of the Indian Airforce Sukhoi 30 MKI is also integrated with the Brahmos. A newly inaugurated airbase situated in South Indian state Tamil Nadu helps Su-30MKI to safeguards the maritime borders and to maintain the sovereignty of the nation and other developing neighboring countries in the Indian Ocean Region. Also, in November 2020, the aircraft has taken off from a Punjab based airbase to exercise its firepower in the Bay of Bengal region.
More missile trials in pipeline in the month of December
Series of trials of various weapons have been conducted in recent years. In the month of December more trials are in pipeline are as follows:
-A short range user trial of Prithvi II, a ballistic missile, is scheduled for 16th December. The missile test will be conducted in the night time which will be the third night trials of the missile in this year as the night weather is favorable for the test. 17th December has also been kept vacant for the test firing. The range of Prithvi II is 350 km.
-On 18th December, the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army will test fire the Agni IV, a long range ballistic missile. The range of Agni IV is 4000 km. The 20 meter long nuclear capable missile can hit any part of China and Pakistan.
-A flight test of a Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) has been planned next week to conduct a developmental trial. This is the crucial test as it is developed by the DRDO in partnership with the Israeli company Israel Aerospace Industries (ISI).
The MRSAM has been designed to put down aerial threats from the enemy like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, missiles, rockets, aircraft, etc. The Missile is powered by a Solid Propulsion System which is a dual-pulse system developed by the RDO.
Following are the main features mounted on the MRSAM (MRSAM Specifications)-
– The missile is 4.5 meters long.
– It weighs around 2.7 tonnes.
– It can carry payload of 60kg.
– The range of missile is 70km.
– It uses Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar to track, detect, the guidance of the missile, and to destroy targets.
– Advanced rotating phased array radar.
– Advanced active radar radio frequency seeker.
– The missile is nuclear capable.
– DRDO is planning for an extended range version to hit targets 150 km away.
– It can attack targets with a speed of Mach 2.
– Possess high degree of maneuverability.
The advanced seeker of the missile is an all-weather device that helps to detect moving enemy weapons.