Army moves to raise integrated battle groups for greater punch across Pakistan, China borders

The Indian Army plans to soon begin raising new integrated battle groups (IBGs) that can mobilize fast and strike hard across the borders with Pakistanand China, as part of its ongoing endeavor to reformat its entire war-fighting machinery and sharpen the “Cold Start” doctrine.

Army sources on Wednesday said the “lethal and agile” IBGs have been “test-bedded and exercised” in wargames held last month, which saw the participation of a “strike (offensive) corps” and “a holding (defensive) corps” under the aegis of the Western Command headquartered at Chandimandir.

“The plan is to raise two to three IBGs in the plains of Jammu, Punjab and Rajasthan for the Pakistan border by October-November. The ones meant for China will come up under the new 17 Mountain Strike Corps being raised at Pannagarh (West Bengal) later,” said a source.

Largely centered around T-90S main-battle tanks, along with a mix of infantry, artillery, air defence, signals and engineers, and backed by attack helicopters  Read More

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