As the conflict between India and China prolongs at the Ladakh border, a question everybody is pondering over is how equipped our armed forces to spend harsh winter where the heights witness sub-zero temperature.
The picture of smart camps of The Indian Army in the heights of Ladakh that are reported from media and journalists covering defence may bring some solace.
The new Army smart camps being set up in Ladakh are in areas which receive 40 feet of snow with -40 degree temperatures in windchill. Proper heating, water and electricity provision. pic.twitter.com/xTPSePNmx2
— Vishnu Som (@VishnuNDTV) November 18, 2020
Hindustan Times reported that the Indian Army has completed the setting up of modern habitats for thousands of soldiers deployed in forward areas. It quoted officials saying that “apart from smart camps with integrated facilities which have been built over the years, additional state-of-the-art habitat with arrangements for electricity, water, heating facilities, health and hygiene has been created to accommodate frontline troops. The troops are not lacking anything and prepared to take on any challenge.”
Apart from this fresh development of smart camps, in September itself the Indian Army undertook a mammoth exercise of ensuring supplies in the heights for the winter season. Mint reported on September 27, 2020 that “In its biggest military logistics operation in decades, the Indian Army has rushed tanks, heavy weaponry, ammunition, fuel, food and essential winter supplies to high-altitude areas in eastern Ladakh to maintain its combat readiness through the treacherous winter of around four months.”
In October, India used its bilateral pact with the US to make an urgent import of 11,000 extreme cold gear sets.
While all these certainly bring confidence about Indian Army’s ability to prepare for the winter long haul in Ladakh, you may also like to read our earlier analysis, Examining Chinese Propaganda That It Can Beat India in Winter on Himalayan Heights.