Amid tensions with China, India plans major changes in monitoring system on LAC

From Bhupen Goswami

GUWAHATI : Army Eastern Command Chief Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on Tuesday said he has visited units deployed at forwarding locations in Arunachal Pradesh along the Indo-China border. Lt Gen Chouhan interacted with the soldiers during his two-day visit to Arunachal on Sunday and Monday and urged them to demonstrate professionalism in their conduct while maintaining peace and harmony on the borders while all events are well prepared together.

 Chouhan appreciated the achievements of the units for maintaining high level of operational preparedness and appreciated their tireless efforts towards assisting the local population and civil administration in the development of remote and remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh, a defence official said. However, a senior official of Tezpur Gajraj Corps Division of the Indian Army told the correspondent that India is going to take steps to streamline the northern border monitoring system with its neighbour China. Now, the activities of china’s People’s Liberation Army will be monitored round the clock through drones, sensors, reconnaissance aircraft and electronic warfare tools. The purpose behind giving such a big boost to surveillance capacity is to keep a close watch on every attempt at infiltration every moment.

Meanwhile, China is working to build infrastructure in its border at a rapid pace. That is why India has also decided to make the mechanism for monitoring and intelligence gathering on LSCs of a high order. A Defence Ministry source said, “Like the 778 km long Line of Control with Pakistan, troops cannot be deployed continuously on the LAC. Therefore, the existing monitoring capacity needs to be upgraded so much that there is a constant news of the activities. Meanwhile, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has almost developed the Border Observation and Surveillance System (BOSS). It has several sensor systems.

The Army has signed a Rs 140 crore deal with an Indian company last month. Switch drones of advance version will be purchased under the deal. A source said, “The arrival of such drones will bring about a major change in our nigarani system at the strategic level. Battalion commanders and troops on the LAC will get clear photographs of the moment. Officials say the manner in which China has developed military infrastructure and deployed its troops from eastern Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh is expected to further escalate tensions this summer.

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