The biggest problem of Indian army to fight a protracted war with China: logistics support

 The biggest problem of Indian army to fight a protracted war with China: logistics support

Indian army convoys carrying supplies to Ladakh

[Global Times comprehensive report] amateurs talk about strategy, professionals talk about logistics. In the face of the turmoil surrounding the border conflict between China and India, the Indian Express admitted on the 5th that the Indian army is facing the biggest problem logistics support. According to the report, if India wants to fight a protracted war with China at the border, it must seize the limited supply window and reserve materials in advance.

According to the report, at present, the Indian army has deployed nearly three divisions in the so-called Ladakh area, of which two divisions are transferred from other war zones, which are subject to greater restrictions in terms of logistics support. Other new recruits face similar challenges. In the past six weeks, some Indian troops transferred from the plain to Ladakh have begun to use local stocks, and the storage materials of Indian army are rapidly consuming. The winter snowfall in the eastern Ladakh is very small, the internal traffic is smooth, and even helicopters can be taken off and landed. However, the economy of the region is backward, with almost no agricultural products or industrial supplies, and all supplies are dependent on imports from abroad. If they want to stay in the winter, the Indian troops deployed in the India China border area will face a long supply chain problem. Logistical constraints may ultimately determine the size of the long-term deployment of Indian troops in Ladakh. .

According to reports, at present, the Indian armys logistics materials are provided by the advanced winter warehouse at the rear of the Indian army, which can only be transported by two highways, and the transportation time may be as long as 18 days. Whats worse, land transportation can only be done in a few short summer months. When it snows in winter, land-based supply lines are interrupted. In the past, in order to reduce the supply pressure, the Indian army had to withdraw some unnecessary forces in winter according to the logistics calculation.

The Indian army officer in charge of the logistics work of the Northern Command disclosed that the supplies in Ladakh area usually need to be purchased from March. Regular replenishment of existing personnel is not a problem for the time being. However, if more troops are to be deployed in the region in winter and maintain a high level of combat readiness, more supplies must be transported from the place of purchase to the India China border, and logistics support will be a severe challenge. We have to determine the supply scale based on the logistics assessment in the last six weeks, order more supplies, arrange more transport vehicles and stock in order to deliver enough supplies to the front line in advance. To ensure that the front-line forces can rely on warehouse supplies for daily replenishment during the winter break-up of land supply lines. .

The officer disclosed that air transportation supply in Ladakh was also a major challenge. Due to the limitation of high altitude and weather, the use of Liecheng air force base is restricted. Once the temperature drops to a certain limit, the plane will not be able to take off with full load from Liecheng airport. In this regard, the US made C-130J transport aircraft performed well, while the Russian made Il-76 transport planes full load factor was seriously affected.

In addition, the report also mentioned that the winter temperature in Ladakh may drop to - 25 degrees Celsius. In addition to logistics supply, another challenge facing the Indian army is to provide adequate special cold protection equipment for high altitude areas. An Indian officer revealed that at present, the Indian army has not considered establishing a semi permanent military camp in Ladakh area. Under the current temperature, local Indian military tents can stay overnight, and the accommodation of additional troops is not a problem. But in September, soldiers will have to be provided with enough snow proof and cold proof tents for the winter. (Wang nianwang)

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