Learned from Doklam Experiance, Center no decided to give ITBP its own air wing soon to keep eye on misadventures of Chinese PLA (People’s lebaration army) on borders aligned with china. PLA is not stopping their intruding activities on border and this is what making center furious about developing infrastructure in Arunanchal Pradesh, Sikkim, Ladakh and uttarakhand.
Equipping our forces with advance technology and equipments will be helpful to keep an eye on transgression of PLA, build-up and construction activity across the border areas.
After the Doklam standoff, the government decided to beef up its border infrastructure and reconnaissance capabilities and home minister Rajnath Singh made two visits to the sensitive border.
ITBP has foiled many attempts by Chinese PLA last year and this year. Center is taking steps to keep eye on border and to make its forces more efficiant by providing them advanced tech and equipments like providing Toyota Fortuner and ATVs for border patrol . Few months earlier Home minister Shri Rajnath Singh told to build around 50 more posts along chinese border and government has made arrangements for the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Post to learn Chinese languages during their training.
For starters, two twin-engined helicopters are being procured, which will be used for recce, transportation of combat troops, evacuation of dead, injured and sick jawans, supplying rations and flying VIPs at altitudes of 16,000-18,000 feet in the Himalayas.
Sources said the ITBP helicopters will operate from its bases in Chandigarh and Borjhar (Guwahati), covering almost the whole 3,488-km-long border with China, from J&K to Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the northeast region, including Sikkim. The process to acquire the helicopters on wet lease has been initiated.
The helicopters will have several features to meet operational exigencies at high altitudes and reach forward locations. The twin-engine helicopters will be able to transport 8-10 troopers on a single trip, carry arms/ammunition/explosives to forward locations, fly for two hours without refuelling, have night flying capability and special features for slithering of troopers and dropping of rations. ITBP director general R K Pachnanda will be in command of the air wing.
The government has asked ITBP to make sure that pilots and crew are well acquainted with the border and they don’t cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC)/International Border (IB) under any circumstances. “The move is aimed at keeping an eye on Chinese activities across the border, including construction of roads, building permanent structures in disputed area across the LAC, PLA troop build-up and also to stay informed about transgressions into Indian villages and enhance mobility of our troops .