China using state of the art fabricated fortifications for Army at borders: Indian intelligence report
NEW DELHI - An intelligence note accessed by India Today shows that Chinese troops are erecting structures near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with a new type of fabricated fortification.
According to Indian intelligence agencies, they are being developed by the Defence Engineering Research Institute under the Academy of Military Science (AMS) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and have been distributed to the frontier defence troops.
The new fortifications are reportedly suitable for mountainous areas that have poor road conditions or are almost inaccessible by large machines. Sources say this is an indication of China's aggressive stance against India.
READY TO BUILD
The new fortifications aid the troops to quickly erect occasion-tailored fortifications or build well-designed battlefield engineering support systems.
It takes only a few hours for a platoon to use these fabricated fortifications to build an advance commanding post for a division or brigade in a matter of a few hours.
The report assumes significance as the Indian and Chinese armies were involved in a 75-day face-off at Doklam on the Sikkim-Bhutan border.
These attempts by the PLA to build roads and fortified structure are to keep India on edge.
So far the status quo has been maintained by the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who have stalled advances by the Chinese into the area that India claims as its own.
Sources say the Chinese also aim to build fortified structure with the intention of marking the territory as its own.