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Additional items such as Sig Sauer rifles, Negev Light Machine Guns (LMG), Carl Gustaf-Mk3 84 mm rocket launchers, digital spotter scopes, fuel cell chargers for patrols, all-terrain vehicles, and satellite terminals will be inducted for the infantry soldiers in the Rest of Arunachal Pradesh (RALP) beyond the Tawang sector. M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers backed by Chinook heavy lift helicopters will also be part of the overall capability enhancement in the region.

Brigadier T.M. Sinha said the army is focused on training inductees, as well as improving surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The army has also been building infrastructure in both the hinterland and border areas.

Officials stated that these new helipads at forward areas are large enough for CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. This gives significant advantage on the ground.

In the backdrop of China’s massive upgrade across the LAC, India also has a major disadvantage. It is acknowledged by an official stationed in the area. The pace of China’s modernization is very fast and Indian modernization is also pushing and catching up.