PUBLISHED: 01:04, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:04, Thu, Nov 5, 2020
The Indian Army received extreme cold weather clothing from the US for its soldiers deployed on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Tensions between India and China have soared this year due to clashes along borders.
Indian government sources told Asian News International: “An initial lot of extreme cold weather clothing from the American defence forces have been received and are being used by our troops there.”
The sources added that the Indian Army has a stock of 60,000 of the extreme cold weather clothing sets for soldiers deployed in Ladakh.
But due to heightened tensions, this year India needed an additional 30,000 sets as almost 90,000 soldiers are being deployed in the area due to China’s forces along the LAC.
Harsh winters in the Ladakh region mean that Indian Army troops need the clothing in order to continue their presence in the area.
The US has sent the Indian Army supplies to help in their battle against China (Image: getty)
The Indian Army received extreme cold weather clothing from the US for its soldiers (Image: getty)
Indian forces have added two additional divisions on the LAC that have been training for high-altitude operations for many years.
The US is also sending assault rifles to the Indian Army to help in their battle against China’s People’s Liberation Army.
Lieutenant General D. S. Hooda, a former Indian Northern Army commander, said there has not been “an expanded winter deployment since the 1962 war”, according to the Japan Times.
He added: “Both countries are digging in. It tells us that attitudes are hardening … we could see an extended period of tensions that could have unintended consequences.”
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WW3: Tensions between India and China have soared this year due to clashes along borders (Image: getty)