New Delhi has sent nearly 100 Russian-made T-72 tanks to Ladakh’s Chinese border due to the rising of tensions between China and India.
Seeking to increase its military presence in the mountainous region of Ladakh, in northern India, the Indian military has sent Russian-made T-72 tanks to Ladakh’s Chinese border which have became the third regiment placed in the area by India since 2014. The region is situated in a tense location between disputed Kashmir and Tibet.
“The vast flat valleys along the mountain ranges allow for armored movement; besides, there has been an increase in the force levels across the border,” an unnamed military official told India’s NDTV.
The tanks have been significantly upgraded to be better outfitted for the region’s climate.
“We have procured special additives and lubricants for high-altitude terrain such as winter-grade diesel and additives for the lubrication system, which prevents it from freezing in the tank,” Colonel Vijay Dalal told The Hindu newspaper.
Tensions between the neighbors have escalated recently. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy deployed three ships to the South China Sea.
China and India are also competing over Nepal. While Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli has expressed an interest in working more closely with the Chinese government, India is unlikely to surrender its own influence over the country.