India buys winter clothing from US and Europe for Ladakh troops

By India Today

India has made an urgent purchase of additional high-altitude winter clothing from US keeping in mind the needs of the enhanced troop deployment in Ladakh in peak winter amid the military tussle with China.

Winter clothing for Indian troops

The items have been purchased under LEMOA, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement (LEMOA) between India and US. The agreement facilitates logistical support, supplies, and services between the armed forces of the two countries. These include clothing, food, lubricants, spare parts, medical services among other essentials.

Sources informed that in order to meet immediate requirements, emergency purchases have also been made from European countries.

This is part of the massive stocking carried out by Indian forces of all essentials supplies like ration, winter clothing, high altitude tents, fuel as it gets ready for the long haul in Ladakh ahead of the winter.

Stocking on essentials ahead of winters

There have been seven rounds of military talks at the Corps Commander level to find a solution to the five-month-old standoff but the deadlock continues.

As part of operations to enhance supplies, the Indian Air Force’s transport aircraft are conducting frequent sorties to the Leh airbase bringing in troops and essential supplies that are being sent to forward locations.

The Indian Air Force has been in full swing. Fighter jets are seen flying frequently

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