Source: India Today
The Indian Army is ready to welcome a new range of landmines to blast off enemy troops and terrorists trying to step onto Indian soil at Pakistan and China borders.
Indian Army set to induct new landmines at Pakistan and China borders.
Shedding off its vintage weight, the Indian Army will soon welcome a new range of landmines which includes Nipun, Vibhav, Vishal, Prachand and Uluk to blast off enemy troops and terrorists trying to step onto Indian soil at the borders.
“A new range of mines is under development right from anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. This has been necessitated as all our mines were vintage,” Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane said in Pune. “Each type of mine will get inducted as and when it meets user requirements which will be soon,” he said.
The Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers under Engineer in Chief Lt Gen Harpal Singh is getting a new set of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines which will act as the first line of defence against enemy infantry and armoured columns or terrorists trying to infiltrate into our territory.
The anti-tank and anti-personnel mines are part of a display where the Corps of Engineers are showcasing the indigenous equipment that has been inducted into the Army by it for carrying out operations against the enemy and defending its own areas.
“Indian Army is going to induct 7 lakh indigenously developed ‘Nipun’ anti-personal mines which carry a potent mix of RDX,” an Army officer said. He said the mine has been developed by an Indian firm in partnership with the DRDO.
As a counter to enemy tank regiments, the corps of engineers are carrying out trials of the Vibhav and Vishal – the next generation of Indian-made anti-tank mines. These highly effective mines have been developed for the Indian Army by DRDO, and are at an advanced stage of user trials.
The new anti-tank mines have greater stopping power against enemy tanks due to their advanced design and sensors, Army officials said.
The Prachand, Ulka and Parth landmines are also some of the new mines that are coming up for induction into service in the near future, the officials said.
The Indian Army has also started the induction of high-head water pumps to provide water to troops deployed at high altitude areas along the Line of Actual Control with China.
“Indian Army started inducting 200 high-head water pumps which can help pump water and fuel to locations at higher altitudes. At least 200 of these pumps are being inducted into the Corps of Engineers under the emergency procurement powers,” said the officials.