New Delhi. The standoff between India and China in Ladakh for the last one year is still going on. Tension may be less, but China has definitely realized the power of India within the last one year. Therefore, he has equipped the soldiers posted on the LAC with new weapons. In the summer of last year, two disputes started in Eastern Ladakh and it is still going on. The Chinese soldiers who did not even come out of their bunkers except for patrolling in the winter season, they sat on the LAC throughout the winter. In this one year, China, taking lessons from the power of the Indian Army, has started breaking it.
According to sources, the Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher BM-21 grade included in the artillery of the Indian Army is stationed on the LAC. Therefore, China has also deployed Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher PHL-11 122 mm in Eastern Ladakh. It can fire 40 rockets at a time. Recently, China has practiced this in the Tibet Autonomous Region. This launcher has 122 mm rockets. This is a self propelled rocket launcher. It is seen as the backbone of the Chinese army.
Not only this, China is going to replace the Armored Type 63 Armored Person Carrier currently in use in Eastern Ladakh with the new ZBL-09, also known as Snow Leopard. This armored vehicle has a seating capacity of 3 crew and 7 to 10 soldiers. This vehicle has a rear door and if you want to get out of it in an emergency, then it can be removed from the top of this vehicle. This vehicle also has a firing pit for the soldiers sitting inside, from where bullets can also be fired. The main gun of this vehicle is 30 mm, while a 7.62 mm machine gun is also fitted. This combat vehicle also has 2 anti-tank guided missiles.
At the same time, to take its equipment and logistics to the inaccessible places in all-weather areas in Ladakh, the Chinese Army has included a special all-terrain vehicle which is fully fit for long-range logistic support missions. It can easily work at an altitude of 5 thousand meters i.e. 16000 feet. It has been specially designed for Platu and it can carry 1.5 tones of luggage at a time. This vehicle can be easily climbed even in a height of 35 degree angle.
China has also been paying special attention to its helicopter operation in high altitude areas for some time, for which it has made its own Z-10 Attack Helicopter and Z-20 Tactical Utility Helicopter and it has been deployed in Tibet. Recently, China has also done an exercise of Z-20 for night operation, but it did not prove to be so effective in high areas, so China has bought 3 variants of MI helicopters from Russia. A total of 500 MI helicopters have MI-171E, MI-171SH, MI-171LT out of which 140 have been delivered.
To counter the Indian Army’s tanks, China has also deployed a large number of light tanks in Tibet. This Type 15 light tank has been designed for rapid combat in the Platu area, but it cannot compete with the Indian tank T-90 and T-72. It has a range of around 3 kms and due to its light weight, it can easily move in the region of Tibet. In the past years, China has also deployed the PCL 181 truck mounted 155 mm self-propelled howitzer. In 2019, it was included in the Chinese Army. China claims that it can fire shells up to 40 km from that cannon. With this gun, the 152 mm Toad Gun Howitzer and 130 mm Type 59-1 Toad Field Gun being used till date are being replaced.
Not only this, the third generation Assault Vehicle Dongfeng Mengshi has also been deployed in the Tibet Military Command. It is an Off Road Tactical Armoured Vehicle which is being used by the PLA Border Defense Troops. Recently, these assault vehicles have also been delivered in the Xinjiang Military Region. China’s Anti Aircraft Regiment near the LAC is equipped with HQ-17 surface-to-air missiles that can hit any aerial target from a distance of 12 km. In order to increase its air power, China is replacing its entire fleet of 300 to 350 old fighter J7s with the fourth and fifth generation J-16 and J-20 which are stationed in the Tibet Autonomous Region. However, no matter how much China tries, it will not be easy for it to fight in such a high area in front of the Indian Army.