The year 2021 was a mixed bag for the Indian defence establishment and clearly, quite challenging for the Indian Armed Forces, in terms of operational matters, even as there was a significant progress on key acquisitions and modernisation of defence forces.
If one has to touch upon a few of the key operational challenges the Indian defence forces faced this year, the continuing impasse at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China remains right at the top of the list.
Then, there was no headway in about a month-long anti-terror operation near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, after nine Indian soldiers were killed in firing exchanges with terrorists in October.
There were troubles in the northeast too. In November, the commanding officer of 46 Assam Rifles, his family and four other soldiers were killed by insurgents in an ambush in Manipur.