Ladakh: New army chief reviews operational readiness in Ladakh amid continued military confrontation with China | India News

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NEW DELHI: Army Chief General Manoj Pande on Thursday reviewed the security situation and operational readiness along the border in eastern Ladakh, even as the continued military confrontation with eastern China entering its third year now.
During his first visit to Ladakh after becoming army chief, General Pande was briefed on the situation by key commanders, including the head of the Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Upendra Dwivedi and the commander of the 14th Corps , Lieutenant General Anindya Sengupta.
“The high level of operational readiness maintained by the forces while undertaking a high rate of capability development was evident during the briefings,” an officer said.
General Pande also inspected new weapon systems and platforms deployed in the high-altitude region, including all-terrain vehicles and Israeli “Spike” anti-tank guided missiles.
“He will also visit forward areas during his three-day visit to Ladakh and interact with troops deployed along the Line of Actual Control in the most difficult and inhospitable terrain in the world,” he added.
General Pande’s visit comes at a time when there are still no signs of de-escalation in the troop standoff with China, which erupted after the People’s Liberation Army made multiple incursions into eastern China. Ladakh in April-May 2020.
With over 50,000 troops on each side deployed along the border, along with heavy weapons systems, China has so far refused to even complete the troop disengagement at Patrol Point 15 (PP-15) in the Hot Springs-Gogra-Kongka La. area, not to mention the larger issues in Depsang and Demchok.



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