Bharat Express

Big Guns Take Off In Arunachal Pradesh As The Army Conducts Drills Amid The LAC Dispute

The Army conducted high altitude exercises called Buland Bharat in Tawang.

Buland Bharat exercise conducted by the Army

Buland Bharat exercise conducted by the Army

In yet another drill to hone warfighting capabilities and synergize contingency operations in the midst of heightened tensions with China, large artillery guns have boomed in Arunachal Pradesh as part of a high-voltage combat exercise conducted by the Army in the eastern theatre.

Big artillery guns have boomed in Arunachal Pradesh

During the high-altitude integrated surveillance, the Army used 155-millimetre Bofors howitzers, 105-millimetre Fens guns, and 120-millimetre mortars, among other sophisticated weapons systems and firepower training exercise known as Buland Bharat in the vital Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

A wide variety of artillery weapons have been deployed along the entire 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) as a result of the military conflict with China in eastern Ladhak, which has entered its fourth year since the people’s liberation army made multiple incursions into Indian territory.

Artillery weapons deployed along the LAC

The previous 105mm field guns, the Bofors-upgraded Dhanush and Sharang guns, the Pinaka and Smerch multi-launch rocket systems, the brand-new M-777 ultra-light howitzers, and the winterized K9 Vajra propelled tracked guns are among these.

The Army and IAF have been conducting a series of exercises to test their battle readiness in the eastern sector in response to China’s increased activity along the Sikkim-Arunachal Pradesh frontier, which resulted in the clash between rival troops at Yagtse in the Tawang sector on December 9.

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According to sources, the Buland Bharat exercise involved the coordinated use of artillery and infantry surveillance and firepower capabilities in close cooperation with special forces, aviation units, and Central Armed Police Forces.

According to a source, the exercise confirmed plans to destroy designated targets with high-volume firepower, synchronised firing from artillery guns, and infantry fire support with radar.
The IAF has developed the new S-400 Trium surface-to-air missile system, which can detect and intercept at a range of 380 kilometres, in addition to the Rafael and Sukhoi 30MKI fighters at Hadimara, Chabua, and Tezpur.