LAC Summer Vigil Extends Into Winter

In what may indicate a “frosty winter” ahead for the India-China military relations, the Army has extended its ongoing “operational alert” all along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto boundary with China.Operational alert by the Indian Army along the LAC entails high-altitude acclimatisation of a greater number of troops as the LAC along the Himalayan ridgeline is at heights that have rarefied oxygen  it takes around four weeks for acclimatisation of a human being.

Additional force is stationed at identified vulnerable points along the LAC. All military platforms like artillery guns, tanks, short-range shoulder-fired missiles have to be kept in a state of readiness. Also, the repair of all roads and bridges is done constantly.Confirming this to The Tribune, a top source said: “So far, no instructions have been issued to wind down the operational alert and it could get extended well into the winter.” Read More…

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