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RISING CHINA-INDIA TENSIONS FUEL DRONE DEPLOYMENT ALONG LAC



  May 22, 2024

RISING CHINA-INDIA TENSIONS FUEL DRONE DEPLOYMENT ALONG LAC



CHINA'S TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS

China has showcased its advanced military technology, including the machine-gun-toting "robodog," during the China-Cambodia wargames. This exercise, known as "Golden Dragon," involved around 2,000 troops and featured live fire exercises, anti-terrorism training, and humanitarian drills. The robodogs, equipped with remote-controlled capabilities and machine guns, were a highlight, demonstrating China's technological advancements in military robotics.

China's only overseas military base, besides Djibouti, is now operational in Cambodia. This base enhances China's ability to deploy warships and coastguard vessels quickly, increasing its strategic footprint in Southeast Asia and providing access to vital sea lanes such as the Straits of Malacca.

INDIA'S DRONE DEVELOPMENT

In response to rising tensions, the Indian Army has deployed its high-altitude logistics drone, "Airawat," along the China border. Airawat, named after the mythological elephant, can navigate the treacherous Himalayan terrain and reach heights of 5,000 meters. It can conduct autonomous flights with a robust payload capacity, making it suitable for logistics and reconnaissance missions.

Additionally, the Indian Army's Central Command has integrated advanced technologies, including the Multi-Utility Legged Equipment (MULE), which is a robotic mule capable of carrying thermal cameras, radars, and small arms. These technologies are being showcased to enhance operational preparedness and maintain high standards of professional excellence.

DRONE WARFARE IN THE HIMALAYAS

The past decade has seen several confrontations between Indian and Chinese troops, with drones playing an increasingly significant role. UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are essential for operations in the challenging Himalayan environment. They provide logistical support, border surveillance, combat damage assessment, artillery observation, and search and rescue missions.

China has deployed a variety of UAVs along its border with India to support its military operations. These UAVs, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and catapult launches, are ideal for the rugged Himalayan terrain. They enable the Chinese military to maintain "last mile" connectivity, ensuring supplies reach remote outposts despite geographical challenges.

INDIA'S DRONE ACQUISITION

India is also ramping up its drone acquisition programs. It has used MQ-9B drones leased from the US for reconnaissance along the Indo-China border and plans to import 31 more to enhance its drone capabilities. Additionally, India operates Israeli Hermes 900 UAVs, known as Drishti 10 Starliner, for surveillance missions.

The increased focus on drone technology is a direct result of the ongoing tensions with China. Both nations are investing heavily in drone development to gain a strategic advantage in the region. As drone warfare becomes more prevalent, both countries are likely to continue enhancing their capabilities to secure their borders and maintain a technological edge.

CONCLUSION

The rising tensions between China and India have led to significant advancements in drone technology and deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Both nations are leveraging their technological innovations to enhance their military capabilities, with China showcasing its robodogs and India deploying its Airawat logistics drones. As the geopolitical landscape evolves, drone warfare will play a crucial role in the strategies of these two Asian giants.



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