NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of the recent face off between Indian and Chinese
3rd Oct 2014
NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of the recent face off between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh and the superior preparedness of the latter, home ministry is pushing for dedicated air support to be given to Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The force at the moment is dependent on Indian Air Force (IAF) for air maintenance (delivery of supplies) of its remote border outposts. The push for fresh acquisitions also includes 500 odd vehicles that the force is short of.
A tender for hiring of two choppers, with specifications closer to an MI17, from private players is already in the works for maintaining outposts temporarily. A further three choppers, as required by the force, may be acquired in the long run, said home ministry sources.
ITBP has several border outposts in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh which can be maintained only through air support. In Arunachal Pradesh, where roads are virtually absent, it can take several days of walking to reach outposts and weeks to comprehensively patrol borders. Choppers at exclusive disposal of ITBP can help the force a great deal in not just rescue of the ill and the injured and delivery of supplies but even surveillance of the border.