NEW DELHI - Indian Armed Forces have planned to deploy the latest American weapons system at border with China.
The weapon system will be deployed first during war games exercise codenamed ‘HimVijay’ along Indo- China border in Arunachal Pradesh.
These latest weapons include M777 ultra-light howitzers and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.
The exercise HimVijay, planned by India in the northeast will mainly test the warfighting abilities of the newly-raised 17 Mountain Strike Corps in Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will also be a part of the plans which will provide the aerial elements for the real war-type drills.
As per reports, the 17 Mountain Strike Corps has been provided with the M777 Ultra Light Howitzers as they will be in an attack mode against the ‘enemy’ locations and would require the lighter guns during “HimVijay”.
Recently inducted American system planned to be utilized during the war games will be the Chinook heavy-lift choppers that were formally inducted into the Air Force on March 25 at the Chandigarh airbase. However, it is yet to be inducted in the Northeast by the Air Force.
The war games have been planned by the Eastern Command for the last six months and are being implemented by the Panagarh-based 17 Strike Corps and the Tezpur-based 4 Corps.
Reportedly, the Indian Army will induct a total of 145 M777 howitzers in service. These M777 Howitzers will be used mainly for warfare in mountainous terrains. The adoption is only due to its lightweight and ability to be airdropped by the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in the high altitude areas in the Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.
Over 5,000 troops of Mountain Strike Corps of the Indian will carry out a massive war game to practice real war-like situation on the eastern front of India.
As per official sources, the troops of the Tezpur-based 4 Corps will be deployed at a high altitude location to defend their territory. On the other hand, a brigade-sized force combined of over 2,500 troops of the 17 Mountain Strike Corps will be airlifted by the IAF to launch an offensive against them.
To airlift these troops, IAF will use C-17, C-130J Super Hercules and the AN-32 from Baghdogra in West Bengal and deploy them close to the ‘war zone’ in Arunachal Pradesh.