It is too far to match the Chinese army, because now the Indian army should master the art of tunnel warfare. | Pro IQRA News

It is too far to match the Chinese army, because now the Indian army should master the art of tunnel warfare.

 | Pro IQRA News

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There has been a huge increase in infrastructure development on India’s northern borders under the Narendra Modi government, particularly in the construction of roads and modernization of airports. The original plan to make the border roads at par with China’s roads was done by the Congress-led UPA government in 2007 itself, but the current government that came in 2014 fixed a huge budget for it and took the actual control by expanding these roads. There was a strong conflict in the implementation of this plan to take the Line of Control (LAC). The infiltration of the Chinese army in April-May 2020 and the subsequent heavy deployment of the army made it more necessary.

It is noteworthy that the construction of roads up to the LAC without any precautionary deployment of the army made the initiative of attack by the Chinese army in April-May 2020 successful and India lost control of more than 1,000 square kilometers of land in Ladakh.

Director General of the Border Roads Organization, Lt. Gen. Rajeev Choudhary has expressed hope that India will be at par with China in terms of roads in the next three-four years. However, according to the comparative assessment of the infrastructure of both countries on the border by “India Today”, we still have a long way to go. My own assessment is that as the nature of warfare increasingly relies on ‘Precision Guided Munitions’ (PGM) and drones, we are lagging behind in strengthening the security of permanent defense and logistics infrastructure.

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Battlefield transparency and PGM

The basic means of surveillance and reconnaissance in the form of satellites, aircraft, drones, radar, electronic jamming etc. clearly informs the army about the targets on the battlefield. These targets can be directed at PGMs or drones deployed in the air or on the ground with a 90 percent success rate. To thwart command and control, they can be blocked through electronic and cyber means. Threats can be further reduced through the use of firepower and missiles.

The war between Russia and Ukraine is a good example of what a technological battlefield is like. But the issue is relative in nature and active and indirect countermeasures can be taken against all types of threats. In such an environment, a well-rehearsed defense can gain a clear advantage over an attacker who is forced to take open action to gain ground. Unless there is a huge difference between the two sides in terms of technique, technique alone cannot guarantee the defeat of a comparatively weaker defensive side.

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