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The Indian Army has significantly bolstered its combat capabilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, deploying its entire arsenal from cutting-edge firearms to the mighty M777 ultra-light howitzers. This move comes after earlier efforts to strengthen defenses and firepower in the Tawang sector.

The CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters have emerged as a game-changer, revolutionizing the army’s ability to transport heavy equipment like the M777s and reach remote outposts dependent on air supplies. Witnessing this firsthand, journalists visiting the eastern LAC region were treated to a live demonstration of M777 and 105mm Indian field guns in action.

An officer on the ground emphasized the Chinook’s transformative role, particularly in the challenging terrain of valleys, uneven ground, and dense forests. He highlighted its ability to carry massive loads, making it crucial for delivering critical equipment like the M777. This 4-ton howitzer, thanks to its compatibility with the Chinook, offers unmatched flexibility in deploying long-range firepower.

This deployment signifies not just an upgrade in weaponry but also a strategic shift in the Indian Army’s approach to border security. The ability to rapidly transport and deploy heavy artillery across challenging terrain demonstrates a proactive stance in deterring potential threats and protecting the nation’s territorial integrity.