Tensions between India and China continue along the Line of Actual Control. For its efforts to strengthen its presence and deployment in the Pangong Lake area in Ladakh, the Indian Army has contracted the acquisition of 12 boats. These boats will be fully armed. Also it will be used for patrolling and rapid deployment of troops in and around that area.
According to ANI, these boats are being built by Goa Shipyard Limited with Shipco de Gama facility. It will have guns on both the front and back and will be capable of carrying troops.
The Indian Army entered into a contract with M / s Goa Shipyard Limited for 12 fast patrol boats for monitoring and patrolling large water bodies, including those in high altitude areas. Their delivery will start from May 2021.
Army officials said, “The boats will be operated and maintained by engineers. These boats will be important in ensuring security along the boundaries / control lines spread over vast water bodies in high altitude areas. ” He said high-speed and maneuver boats would be equipped with state-of-the-art onboard systems.
In the initial phase of the conflict with India, Chinese troops used a large number of boats to transport troops to the areas of Finger Five and Finger Six. India also has a number of boats stationed there and the new boats will enhance the Indian ability to move around the lake which has been a dispute between the two countries for a long time.