The Indian Army has been publicly praised by an expert of the Chinese Army amidst the deadlock at the border. The expert said that India has the largest and most experienced military contingent in the world in terms of plateau and mountainous areas, which is equipped with some of the best weapons suitable in such an area on the Tibet border. In an article published on Tuesday by China's The Paper.com CN, senior editor of 'Modern Weaponry' magazine wrote that currently the largest and most experienced country in the world in terms of plateau and mountainous troops is India, not the US, Russia or any other European power.
His remarks come at a time when there has been a continuous standoff between the troops of India and China for more than a month on the Line of Actual Control. Huang wrote that with over two lakh soldiers in 12 divisions, the Indian mountain force is the largest mountain fighting force in the world. He said that since the 1970s, the Indian Army has increased the number of mountain troops and also plans to build a mountain combat corps with more than 50 thousand soldiers. Mountaineering is an essential skill for almost every member of the Indian Army. India has also recruited a large number of professional climbers and amateur climbers from the private sector for this work.
Referring to the presence of the Indian Army in Siachen, he said that the Indian Army has set up hundreds of outposts in the Siachen Glacier area at an altitude of more than five thousand meters and there are six to seven thousand combatants stationed there. The highest outpost is at an altitude of 6,749 meters. He said that the Indian Army is equipped with a large number of weapons prepared for procurement and domestic research and development, which are suitable for operations in mountainous and high altitude areas. The expert said that the Indian Army has also spent heavily on acquiring modern equipment such as the M777, the world's lightest 155mm Howitzer cannon and Chinook heavy transport helicopter from the US to augment its capabilities.
Chinook helicopter is capable of carrying heavy weapons including cannon. Huang wrote that there are many differences between the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, due to which the Indian Army has decided to equip itself with US-made AH-64E Longbow Apache Combat Helicopters so that it will not be completely dependent on the Air Force air base Lying. Regarding the flaws in the Indian armed forces, he wrote that the Indian Army, for example, is not fully self-sufficient in the weapon system. Especially when India buys a large number of state-of-the-art light weapons using Western capability, the supply of ammunition becomes a major problem.