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Ladakh Standoff: Indian Army deploys domestically manufactured APCs against China at LAC

Sept. 17, 2020, 4:57 p.m.

Leh: There seems to be no end in sight to the military confrontation between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attempts to regain its lost advantage after the Indian Army captured several dominant heights in the region.

Tensions between India and China are increasing every day at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. 

Therefore, both the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China are conducting a massive build-up of war equipment and other weapons along the LAC in Ladakh. 

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh asserted on Thursday said that no force in the world can stop the Indian Army personnel from patrolling the India’s border in the Ladakh region.

“I want to make it clear, the clashes are caused by stopping patrols.” He said, ‘The patrolling pattern is traditional and well defined. No force in the world can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling. Our soldiers have sacrificed their lives for this,” Rajnath Singh said. 

Previously, Chinese soldiers of the PLA were seen deploying drones to supply them to monitor several areas along the LAC. Recently, pictures released by a Twitter handle reveal that India has also deployed two new Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) in Ladakh, which will strengthen the Indian Army during the upcoming winter.

These two vehicles are TATA-DRDO WhAP (also known as Kestrel), and Kalyani M4 light strike vehicles.

Kestrel, developed jointly by India-owned DRDO and private industrial TATA, is an 8-wheel amphibious armored person carrier capable of achieving speeds of upto 100 km/h on roads and 10 km/h in water.

Mainly manufactured by a South Korean company called Paramount Group, the Mbombe-4 (M-4) is a 4-wheel light armored vehicle that complements the APC and armored car differentials.

According to experts, the Kalyani M4 partnered with Tata Castel makes for an interesting combination of armor and speed. While Kestrel delivers the armored punch that speeds up an attack. According to the company, the Kalyani M4 can go up to 140 km / h carrying 6 crew members, including the driver.

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