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    Ladakh standoff: India's allies pitching in with weapons and ammunition

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    Allies are pitching in with commitments to deliver urgently needed weapons for the armed forces.

    India's allies pitching in with weapons, ammunition amid Indo-China standoff
    NEW DELHI: As Indian troops remain dug in at Ladakh in a prolonged standoff with China, allies are pitching in with commitments to deliver urgently needed weapons and ammunition for the Indian armed forces. France has promised to deliver additional Rafale jets next month, an in-service Israeli air defence system is expected soon, precision artillery rounds will be sent by the US, and Russia will make early deliveries of ammunition and weapons worth $1 billion.

    The commitments have been made after top-level bilateral talks and a key meeting in the capital at which it was decided that emergency financial powers will be given to the armed forces to prepare for a prolonged standoff in eastern Ladakh.

    The first set of cutting-edge Rafale fighter jets – equipped with perhaps the world’s best long-range air-to-air missiles – is expected to reach India by July 27. As per the initial plan, four fighters were to reach the home base at Ambala next month but sources said that France has now made a commitment to send additional Rafales in the first batch. A total of eight aircraft are nearing certification but it is unclear how many additional fighters could be delivered early.

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    Ferried by Indian Pilots
    The planes will be ferried by Indian pilots who have been trained in France and will be fully combat ready when they arrive at Ambala. Sources said that in support of early delivery, France has committed that it will deploy its aerial refuelers to ensure that the jets make it to India with just a single hop.

    Key defence supplier Israel – which showed its commitment as a reliable partner during the Kargil war too – is expected to deliver a much-needed air defence system that will be deployed along the border. Sources said that the unnamed air defence system is likely to come from the current holdings of the Israeli defence forces and would supplement the Ladakh sector. This would be useful as the Chinese side is said to have deployed its newly acquired S-400 air defence system in the sector as well.

    India’s largest defence supplier Russia has pledged urgent delivery of weapons, ammunition and missiles that India asked for during the recent visit to Moscow by defence minister Rajnath Singh. A detailed list has been shared by India for several dozen requirements that would cost in excess of $1 billion and a commitment has been received from Russia of delivery within weeks.

    Given that most land-based systems such as tanks and armoured carriers are of Russian origin, India is looking for a variety of ammunition that will be required in the event of a larger conflict. The air force is looking for urgent supply of air-dropped bombs and missiles while the army requires anti-tank missiles and man-portable air defence systems for the border.

    India’s newest strategic partner – the US – has already been helping out with vital intelligence and satellite imagery that give military planners clarity on the border situation. Sources said that the US has invited India to share a list of all requirements with a commitment to be of assistance at the earliest.

    In particular, additional Excalibur artillery rounds have been ordered on an emergency basis. The precision attack rounds with a range of over 40 km are used in a variety of artillery guns in the Indian inventory, including the M 777s that are designed for mountain warfare. These rounds are known for their accuracy and damage potential and have been tried and tested by the army.
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    149 Comments on this Story

    Sivakrishna T10 days ago
    Immediately ban Xiaomi & Oppo. It is time to completely eliminate Chinese companies products from India for greater good.
    Rabia Javed11 days ago
    such a weak show off by Indians cannot make china defeat. they need more courage and moral training to fight chinese. In fact India did not learned from the recent failure it faced from Pakistan by loosing there one pilot. I must say India is very courageous in loosing its soldiers.
    Dr Anand P Gupta11 days ago
    The first round in which the Dragon displayed its mastery of deceit and deception went awfully awry for the fire spewing beast.NOW iNDI AWAITS , WITH THE ENTIRE NATION UNITED as one people, thesecond round in which the Dragon shall forever forget the 1962 etape. Dragon forgets that soon after 1962 it crushed the armies of its all weather "iron" friend - Pakistan despite the Dragon's threatening India. It again crushed the ALL WEATHER FRIEND in 1971 when the said Friend split into two and it left behind over NINETY THOUSAND OF ITs Armies PRISONER OF WAR. Even in 1999 Kargill war the said all weather friend was running around helter skelter looking for cover and pleading for mercy Any ill conceived venture by the Dragon and its all weather lackey shall meet a stll horrible fate. Now the free world is wise to your dirty game and may be boycotting your shoddy imitation of western goos in large quantities .Aopt the maxim of " Liberty,eqality, frarternity, equity,justice and morality" if you want to live peacefully in a civilised world
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