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Army inducts new weapons, combat vehicles in Ladakh

LEH: Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi on Friday visited forward posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh sector and reviewed operational preparedness of the troops.

Dwivedi was on a four-day visit to Ladakh.

Official said Lt Gen Dwivedi visited forward areas at Lukung in Eastern Ladakh and also reviewed induction of new weapons and equipments to the Army engaged in conflict with Chinese troops for last about two years now.

He interacted with Field Commanders and troops deployed at forward places.

Besides weapons, Indian Army has also inducted Infantry Combat Vehicles into its fleet.

"One can easily drive the Infantry Combat Vehicle and the driver can see 1800 meters away from it. The weapon mounted on it can be controlled from inside," the officials said.

Lieutenant General Dwivedi also honoured 84-year-old Army porter Tsetan Namgyal for his services during the 1962 operation in Ladakh, officials said.

He was working with Param Veer Chakra awardee Lieutenant Col Dhan Singh Thapa during the 1962 operation in Ladakh.

Though disengagement by both India and China has taken place in some of the areas, conflict persisted at many other posts.

"Visit of the Northern Command chief will boost morale of the troops deployed in forward areas," sources said.

India and China held the 14th and 15th rounds of the Senior Commanders' meeting in January and March respectively. Another round of talks between India and China militaries is expected to take place shortly.

As a result of the military talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake and in the Gogra area.

India has been consistently maintaining that peace and tranquility along the LAC were key for the overall development of the bilateral ties.

Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive sector.



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