100 Indian Tanks Now Near China Border In Eastern Ladakh, More To Come


Tipu Sultan, Maharana Pratap and Aurangzeb are surveying the vast open valleys hugging the mountain ranges of eastern Ladakh, ready to counter any threat from China, which lies just across the border. If you are wondering how the three rulers, separated by hundreds of years, have come together, these  are the names of three tanks of a regiment the Indian Army has positioned about six to eight months ago in eastern Ladakh.

India did briefly use tanks here in the 1962 India-China war (five were air dropped) but they were withdrawn after the humiliating defeat. Now, the tanks of the Indian Army are back in Eastern Ladakh for good.

For strategic and security reasons, we will not identify the tank base in Eastern Ladakh  just a few kilometres from the India-China border. Nearly 100 tanks have been positioned near the border; more are expected soon. “The vast flat valleys along the mountain ranges allow for armoured movement; besides, there has been an increase in the force levels across the border  as well,” a senior officer who didn’t want to be identified said.

But maintaining tanks in these heights isn’t easy. “The air is rarified and temperatures go down to -45 degree Celsius, these affect the performance of the tanks,” Colonel Vijay Dalal who commands the tank unit said. The Indian military uses special lubricants and fuel to keep the tanks running, he said, and added that at least twice every night, the engines are revved-up to keep the systems in order. “It is indeed a very difficult task, but we have worked out a process to overcome these challenges,” he said as a set of three tanks maneuvered into potential attack positions.

The weather and the terrain are exacting for the soldiers. The air, thin in oxygen, makes it difficult to breathe. The fierce winds amplify the chill. The accidental touch of a piece of metal can lead to chilblains and other injuries. “We work, therefore the machine works,” quipped Major S Singh, the second-in-command of the unit who
christened his tank Tipu Sultan.

With repeated incursions at different points of the border, China has signalled its aggression. Its hefty investments in roads and airstrips have left India playing catch up in strategically crucial regions. The positioning of the tanks is meant to prove that India is determined to assert its authority and rights over parts that China tries to claim as its own.


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    • Yes, why these Muslims tyrants name be given to the Tanks. One could be named Shubbas Chandra Bose and the other named Sivaji. This is the work of Congress the Muslm party.The BJP government must rename
      all roads,iconic buildings etc. from these Muslim names.

  • let china know that today’s India is not that of 1962 when our army was deprived of weapons. Still we have caused much more casulaity to the chinese army then theywere expecting.

  • The Indian Army needs to rethink in naming the tanks of Mughal Invaders / Colonizers of India as Aurangzeb & Tipu Sultan. This thinking shows inferiority complex. It also the negative side of colonial education. There have been many Hindu & Sikh warriors in Indian History, why not name the tanks after them. I am really surprised that the Indian Army is using the names of murders & looters who did nothing good to India but forcefully converted thousands of Hindus, Sikhs & Buddhists. This is shameful.