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India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, China

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  1. Virajith

    Virajith Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    India has launched a major plan to construct underground shelters for storing missiles, rockets and ammunition close to the borders with Pakistan and China. Apart from providing better logistics on the front in the event of a war, these underground dumps will also ensure critical war-fighting ordnance is better protected from enemy attacks as well as the weather.

    Sources said Army chief General Bikram Singh is keen that at least 2,000-2,500 metric tonnes of ammunition that is “expensive and operationally important†should be stored in such underground shelters in the operational areas of the Northern and Eastern Army Commands.

    With Beijing being considered the “real long-term threat†despite the current tensions with Islamabad along the Line of Control, two pilot projects have been taken up for construction of “underground and tunnelled†storage of ammunition in Leh and Sikkim along the “northern borders†with China.

    Initially, Army, DRDO and other experts had selected five sites in the north-east and two in J&K for the underground shelters. The choicewas narrowed down to a site each in Leh and Sikkim with the help of “geo-technical reportsâ€, which looked at 40-50 parameters, for the pilot projects.

    “Once the first two projects take off, similar ones will be undertaken along the western border with Pakistan. The underground shelters will make it difficult for the enemy to detect and destroy our ammunition dumps. Both China and the US store most of their ammunition in tunnels, caves and other underground shelters,†said a source.

    At present, only around 4.5 lakh of the 8 lakh tonnes of ammunition authorized for the Army has proper storage facilities in the shape of modern and fire-resistant ammunition storage sheds or storehouses.

    The rest is stored mostly in the open, exposed to the weather. This often leads to explosions, fires and “mishandling of ammunition incidents†causing regular deaths as well as destruction of ammunition. A devastating blaze at the Khundru ammunition depot in J&K in August 2007, for instance, had killed over 20 people and destroyed several thousand tonnes of ammunition.

    India also plans to construct as many as 18 tunnels in states like J&K, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, along the borders with Pakistan and China, for faster troop mobility. These tunnels will also be able to store crucial war-fighting assets like missiles as well as provide NBC (nuclear, chemical, biological) protection without the threat of detection by enemy satellites and spy drones, as was earlier reported by TOI.


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    Re: India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, Chin

    sounds good
     
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    Re: India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, Chin

    For years i have been calling for ground based missile silos for ICMBs.
     
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    Re: India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, Chin

    Finally someone heard you call out!!
     
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    Re: India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, Chin

    About 18 underground tunnels housing missile systems, supplies, ammo, vehicles etc. are being built along the
    Chinese border.
     
  6. Foxtrot

    Foxtrot Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Re: India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, Chin

    Good decision......but how do u protect underground ammo dump from bunker-busters......and also the entry points to the underground dump..????
     
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    Re: India launches plan for underground ammunition dumps along borders with Pak, Chin

    m sure this threat is also became the part of the parameters mentioned in the report
    they will designed n constructed at cetain depth at certain.location where direct hitting is not possible to a extent or well hindered
    but i think govt should not announce this kind of strategic moves in open media
    let there secret agencies to do some work
     
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