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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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    160 Comments on this Story

    ASHIM KUMAR MUKHERJE73 days ago
    China is foolish country in terms war game.If war breaks out it is not important who will win.But the most important thing is the western strategy of slow poisoning the Chinese communist party by destroying integrated military power through India.our country is vowed to protect the border area even if it is compelled to go on war for Chinese belligerent policy.In that case China will loss huge military power and no option but to surrender to the western world with shameful condition in case of real war with them.In that case Russian military power will remain intact for its non involvement in war unless west Asia is affected.Therefore China should stop it's imperialist policy and stay with India in a peaceful coexistence by widrawal of all forces from the boundary area of Ladakh
    Stephen Santanu Goswami84 days ago
    AlObey supreme Love-God by surrendering, to save self and world.
    Love God creates by promoting surrender.
    Elements of an atom surrender to each other to form atom and molecules. When one surrenders to other persons, family and society is made. The quality of love in such surrendering determines the quality of that family and society. If there is godly love in surrendering, heavenly societies are made.
    But pride-devil promotes destruction of those by inducing pride-selfishness. Being infected by it we fell from love-heaven in this pride-devil's world of disintegration-suicide and destruction of others. As disintegration proceeds hellish spiritual blindness increases. It comes in the total blindness after death of body. That's soul disintigrating hell.
    Humanity is rushing to that by atomic war mutual suicide pact.
    But the few repentant souls cry out to Love God for deliverance from the suicidàl Pride-devil. Then through Jesus like saints love God shows the way to surrender in love even to enemies. So Jesus, Buddha and true saints neither fled nor fought with enemies but surrendered in love and forgiveness. That love god keeps their soul-parts integrated during torture and death. Love's nature is integrating uniting. The dross being removed by suffering, the saints become more powerful here and after death to save repentant people to build new Paradise of love in spiritual world.
    But those, who don't surrender but fight, began to disintigrate their souls progressively as
    Dillip Patnaik86 days ago
    Russia has very good relation with China. Russia has contract of 400 billion dollars to supply oil and gas to China. Russia is not very reliable. Russia wants to make money. The 3rd grader from the day one was oiling, buttering, massaging and pandering to Xi for his mercy. At the end Xi stabbed the 3rd grader. Now India is in danger along with bad economy. For 7 years the 3rd grader has never prepared India against the Chinese attack except blame game. Ladakh crisis is real and every Indian should be concern and the youths should join the force against the Chinese to protect the mother land.
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