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According to report in ” The Hindu “, The Army has deployed new landing docks and speed boats for patrolling on Pangong Tso Lake in Eastern Ladakh, matching Chinese deployments on the 14,000-foot-high lake. The induction has given us a huge boost in patrolling capability, and we now have boats that can compete with the adversary,” a defence source said. According to the source, the landing craft can carry 35 troops or one jeep and 12 personnel, while the speed boats can reach speeds of 35 knots.

Early in 2021, the Army signed two contracts for landing craft and speed boats, which were delivered in the second half of 2021. At the end of December, the Army signed a 65 crore contract with Goa Shipyard Limited for 12 specialised patrol craft.

The second contract was signed with a private manufacturer in Goa for 17 troop-carrying, flat-bottom fibre glass landing docks. The landing craft can carry 35 troops or one jeep and 12 personnel, while the speed boats can reach speeds of 35 knots, according to officials.