AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Sept. 27, 2020, 1:39 p.m.
New Delhi: There seems to be no end in sight to the military confrontation between India and China with the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) amassing massive numbers of troops and weapons on either side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
With the Chinese forces of the PLA reluctant to disengage from the confrontation points and the Indian Army consequently deciding to maintain high force levels at the LAC in Ladakh, the crisis seems set to continue well into the winter.
The Indian Army is preparing to continue the confrontation into the harsh winter months and deployed T-90 and T-72 tanks along with BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Chumar-Demchok area in eastern Ladakh on Sunday.
These combat vehicles can operate at temperatures up to minus 40 degrees Celsius and are expected to give a tough fight to the PLA in case the Chinese decide to take on the Indian Army in combat.
News agency ANI quoted Major General Arvind Kapoor, Chief of Staff,14 Corps as saying that the Indian Army is prepared all eventualities and the morale of the Indian troops is extremely high.
The Major General, who commands the 14 Corps, also known as the 'Fire and Fury Corps', asserted that the Indian Army is stocking up on rations and ammunition ahead of the winter.
"Winters in Ladakh is going to be harsh. We're absolutely in control as far as advanced winter stocking and forward winter stocking is concerned. High calorific and nutritious ration, fuel and oil, winter clothing and heating appliances are all available in adequate numbers," Major General Arvind Kapoor said.
"The 'Fire and Fury Corps' is the only formation of the Indian Army and also in the world to have actually deployed mechanised forces in such harsh terrain. The maintenance of tanks, infantry combat vehicles and heavy guns is a challenge in this terrain," he pointed out.
Several videos were released by the Indian Army on Sunday on social media which depicted the deployment of T-90 and T-72 tanks along with BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Chumar-Demchok area in eastern Ladakh on Sunday.
Watch the videos here: