Over five thousand personnel of the Army’s Mountain Strike Corps will conduct exercises near the Chinese border in Arunachal Pradesh in October. It will deploy these troops to practice war-like conditions on the eastern front of the country. They have recently formed 17 Mountain Strike Corps. This is for the first time. Such a maneuver will take place near the China border. The Eastern Command had been preparing it for the last five-six months.
Army sources told the news agency, “it will involve 4 Corps personnel of Tezpur in the exercise. The Indian Air Force will airlift around 2500 soldiers of 17 Mountain Corps. For this, IAF’s latest transport aircraft C-17, C-130J Super Hercules and AN-32 will be used.
India will send these soldiers from Bagdogra in West Bengal to the battlefield of Arunachal Pradesh. The 17 Mountain Strike Corps personnel will be brought from the 59 Mountain Division and will be equipped with tanks, combat vehicles, and light howitzer machines.
IBG more capable of destroying enemy
Sources said that they could convert 17 mountain strike corps into Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) to make it more effective in times of war in mountainous areas adjoining China. For this, the renovation procedures of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat are being adopted. Once it turns into an IBG, it will gain the ability to target and destroy enemy targets more effectively.
IBG will lead the brigade
The IBG will be smaller than a division and will unite infantry, tank regiments, artillery, engineers and signals etc. It could lead the brigade in demolishing the enemy front in battle. They will form the first contingent of IBG from 9 Corps. It is currently deployed along the Pakistan border in Punjab. Two other IBGs will be drawn from 17 Mountain Strike Corps and 33 Corps. These are currently deployed for combat on the Chinese border in the Northeast.