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Army kicks off raising of 2nd division under Mountain Strike Corps, plans exercise in Ladakh

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  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Army kicks off raising of 2nd division under Mountain Strike Corps, plans exercise in Ladakh
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    • The Army had formally begun to raise the new 17 Mountain Strike Corps in January 2014
    • The new 72 Infantry Division will become “fully operational” in three years
    NEW DELHI: The Indian Army may be currently busy with the volatile situation along the 778-km Line of Control with Pakistan, but it is slowly and steadily also building requisite deterrence along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control with China.

    The 1.3-million strong Army has now kicked off the process to raise the second division of the new mountain strike corps for the "northern borders" with China despite an ongoing fund crunch, while it is also planning a high-altitude warfare exercise in Ladakhlater this year.

    Defence sources say the new 72 Infantry Division, with its headquarters at Pathankot, will become "fully operational" in three years. "The division will now be being raised with one brigade in the beginning. But it will have three brigades when it is fully formed and operational in around three years," said a source.

    The Army had formally begun to raise the new 17 Mountain Strike Corps in January 2014 to acquire "quick-reaction ground offensive capabilities" for the first time against China because its existing three "strike corps" were largely geared towards Pakistan.

    The 17 Corps, with two new high-altitude infantry divisions as well as armoured, artillery, air defence, engineer brigades spread from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, will be fully formed with 90,274 soldiers at a cost Rs 64,678 crore by 2021. "All adversaries respect strength, which comes from having the capability to strike across the border," Army chief General Bipin Rawat had earlier told TOI.

    Along with the Agni series of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, and backed by the deployment of additional fighter jets, tanks, conventional BrahMos supersonic missiles and the like in the north-east, the 17 Corps is part of the overall plan to achieve "credible deterrence" against the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
    China, incidentally, has re-organized its 2.3-million PLA into five theatre commands to crank up its offensive capabilities as well as establish better command-and-control structures. Its western theatre command now handles the entire LAC with India instead of the earlier Chengdu Military Region in the east and the Lanzhou Military Region towards the north, as was reported by TOI.

    Under the new 17 Corps, the 59 Infantry Division was the first to be raised at Panagarh in West Bengal. "With the 59 Division now almost fully operational, the focus now is on raising the new 72 Division. Initial planning for the 17 Corps to hold its first exercise at Ladakh in August-September is also now underway," said the source.

    The Army, however, has struggled to raise the 17 Corps, which envisages as many as 30 new infantry battalions and two Para-SF units, often cannibalizing from its critical war wastage reserves (WWR) in absence of dedicated funding.

    Another big problem has been the tardy pace of infrastructure development along the LAC. Only 24 of the 73 all-weather roads identified for construction along the LAC well over a decade ago, for instance, have been completed till now.

    But the projected delivery of the bulk of the 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers, which can be swiftly air-lifted to threatened high-altitude areas along the LAC, from March 2019 to June 2021 has come as a shot in the arm for the 17 Corps. The first two howitzers arrived in India on may 18 under the $737 million deal inked with the US government.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/india/arm...s-exercise-in-ladakh/articleshow/58884540.cms
     
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    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Hmm ... now how the hell is 72 on ground for sometime?:blink: Relocation out of raising locations? :D
     
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    SR-91 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Good development!!!!!!

    IA needs a much more role defined force packed with latest weapons and technology against a bigger n aggressive PLA.
     
  4. lca-fan

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    Army will equip new Mountain Strike Corp with Brahmos, Agni, M-777 and Apaches to challenge China
    Tuesday, May 30, 2017 By: Defence News


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    The Indian Army has begun recruiting men for the second infantry division of the first strike corps specifically trained and equipped to do battle against units of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) operating along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

    Despite a funding shortfall, the army is determined to raise the new 72nd Infantry Division that will be deployed to the northern border with China. Division headquarters will be at Pathankot in Punjab State.

    The division will become fully operational in three years and will have three brigades when fully formed.

    It will become part of the new 17 Mountain Strike Corps formed in January 2014. The corps provides quick-reaction ground offensive capabilities against the PLAGF and is the first strike corps organized specifically to combat the Chinese.

    The other three strike corps are trained and equipped to do combat against Pakistan.

    The 17th Mountain Strike Corps will fight in high-altitude combat. When fully organized, the corps will have over 90,000 men and will be equipped with tanks, artillery, helicopters, air defense and engineering units geared to fight in high altitude conditions.

    The corps has been designed mainly for offensive operations against the Chinese. It will operate the latest version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and Agni Nuclear callable Ballistic Missiles.

    The corps will also receive new U.S.-made M-777 ultra-light howitzers and additional Apache Helicopters recently ordered from the United States.

    The reason for the formidable firepower being bestowed on the corps is to achieve "credible deterrence" against the PLAGF.

    "All adversaries respect strength, which comes from having the capability to strike across the border," said Gen. Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.

    The other unit in 17 Corps is 59 Infantry Division stationed in West Bengal, which is fully operational.

    17 Corps will hold its first military exercise at Ladakh from August to September.

    http://www.defencenews.in/article/A...,-M-777-and-Apaches-to-challenge-China-262334
     
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    sangos Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Why not at LoC, valley and Siachen. On the job exercises. And by extension PoK.
     
  6. Indian Jatt

    Indian Jatt Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    We need them pretty fast, pakistan is the next unstable place on earth and we need Chinese to not interfere, and how we do it??
    Raise 4 more and place 2 in arunachal and 1 in ladakh and 1 in sikkim, which they call chickens neck....
     
  7. Notsuperstitious

    Notsuperstitious FULL MEMBER

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    We truly dont need to keep adding more manpower. We need more firepower, mobility and technology.

    I am afraid adding more troops ils going to result in too much overheads in the long run, thus adding more pressure on money available for modernisation.
     
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