Saturday, July 3, 2010

India to Set-up of Mountain Strike Corps and Two Independent Brigades along Chinese Border

The Indian security establishment is considering the largest-ever upgrade of military capabilities along the China border as it tries to catch up with the militarily advanced neighbour. Sources told that the defence ministry has proposed the setting up of a Mountain Strike Corps and two Independent Brigades along the China border. The proposed corps would be India's fourth strike corps and the only one dedicated for offensive operations in mountainous terrain. When contacted, a senior Army official looking after media affairs denied any such move. Presently, Indian Army is engaged in raising two mountain divisions along the border with the giant neighbour. The proposed strike corps and two independent brigades would be separate from the two divisions being raised, he said. The Army proposal, now under consideration at the highest levels of the government, envisages an expenditure of Rs 9,500 crore.
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