LAC face-off: India scrambles to buy winter gear from US

LAC face-off: India scrambles to buy winter gear from US
India has bought high altitude warfare kits from the US on an urgent basis, officials with the knowledge of the matter said, a symbol that the South Asian country is preparing for an extended winter deployment after talks to ease tensions along its border with China stalled.
The Indian Army used an agreement which allows the 2 militaries to require logistical assistance from one another like buying fuel and spare parts for warships and aircraft, for the transaction, the officials said, asking to not be identified given rules for chatting with the media. The the Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement signed in August 2016 aims to market interoperability between the 2 militaries.
The worst standoff between the Asia neighbors in four decades has prompted India and China to maneuver thousands of troops, tanks and missiles to the disputed Himalayan border, while fighter jets are on stand-by. the push to accumulate the gear shows things will extend into the winter. The troops bully off at 15,000 feet, with temperatures dropping to -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit).
Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi pledged in September to scale back tensions along the three ,488-kilometer (2,167-mile) boundary referred to as the road of Actual Control.
Military and diplomatic talks on troop disengagement are “a add progress,” Jaishankar told investors and analysts at the Bloomberg India Economic Summit on Thursday.
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India so far sourced high-altitude kits for its defense forces mainly from Europe or China. S K Saini, the second-highest ranking general within the Indian Army, is on a scheduled visit to the United States Army Pacific Command to debate other emergency purchases and building capabilities.
The Indian Army didn’t discuss the high altitude warfare kits, but confirmed the visit of 1 of its top generals to the US A spokesperson at the US Embassy in New Delhi didn’t immediately answer a text message seeking comment.

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