The military tension between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, which has been going on for more than a year, does not seem to end. This military standoff could go on for a long time. This is being indicated by the fact that the Indian Army has expressed its desire for 17 types of equipment, including special clothes to be worn in the harsh winters for its soldiers. That is, this year also, all the preparations are going on to stay in the high altitude areas on the LAC in winter. According to a report in ‘The Print’, the army will give preference to domestic companies for this under ‘Make in India’. The Army wants 17 types of special clothing and mountain climbing equipment. The report quoted defense sources as saying that the Army would give preference to indigenous companies for these special clothing and equipment in line with the ‘Make in India’ spirit. At present, most of these items are imported from other countries. According to the latest list released by the Army, it needs an Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (special clothing worn in severe cold in very low temperatures) annually from 50,000 to 90 thousand. An equal number of sleeping bags, rucksacks, high-altitude summer suits, multipurpose boots and snow goggles are needed. Apart from this, the army needs 12,000 special woolen socks, about 3 lakh pairs of gloves of two and three layers, 500 special chambers used to provide emergency treatment to soldiers deployed in very cold and high altitude areas. The Army also needs 3000 to 5000 Avalaunch airbags and Avalon Victim Detectors annually. A senior army official said these devices would be used in Siachen and other high altitude areas.
[Attribution to NBT]