The new equipment received by the Army include unmanned aerial systems, quick reaction fighting vehicles, patrol boats and surveillance equipment.
The army has also received ‘future Infantry Soldier as a System’, anti-personnel mine ‘Nipun’, infantry protected mobility vehicle, rugged and automatic communication system, upgraded sights system for tanks and advanced thermal imagers.
Rajnath Singh exuded confidence that the equipment and systems will enhance the operational preparedness of the Indian Army and increase their efficiency. “It is a shining example of the country’s growing self-reliance prowess, in partnership with the private sector and other institutions,” he said.
Additionally, the new boats, Landing Craft Assault (LCA), equipped with advanced surveillance gadgets and other equipment, are being deployed to keep a strict vigil over the Pangong Tso lake.
“There are boats operating in Pangong Tso lake, however, they have limited capabilities. The LCA is much more versatile and has overcome the limitations of launch, speed and capacity. It has enhanced the capability to operate across the water obstacles in Eastern Ladakh,” the defence ministry asserted.
The defence minister asserted that the infrastructural needs of the Armed forces are increasing with constantly-changing times. He called for infrastructural development based on latest technology to help the Armed forces remain prepared to deal with future challenges.
Meanwhile, the Indian and Chinese armies agreed to work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues in eastern Ladakh at the earliest during their 16th round of high-level talks.
A joint statement issued by the two sides said it was reaffirmed that the resolution of pending issues would help in the restoration of peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the region and enable progress in bilateral relations.