India to Allocate Three More Divisions to China Border

By Bharat Shakti

Irrespective of how the current standoff in eastern Ladakh is resolved, the Indian Army is in the process of reorganising its deployment along the Himalayan frontier to be better prepared to take on an aggressive China. In the bargain, three additional divisions will be deployed along the northern borders.

As a result, a Corps designated for the Pakistan border will now be oriented towards the northern border. Similarly, the lightly held Central or Middle Sector of the boundary with China will now witness additional deployment to plug the gaps that existed so far.

The Mathura-based 1 Corps, one of the three strike Corps meant for Pakistan border, will now re-orient itself to be an offensive formation for eastern Ladakh. This will be in addition to the existing Leh-based 14 Corps that currently looks after security of eastern Ladakh.

The Allahabad-based 4 Division and the Bareilly-headquartered 6 Mountain Division will form the core of 1 Corps meant as a strike formation for eastern Ladakh. In effect, the Udhampur-based Northern Command will now have one more Corps for utilisation in Ladakh.

Incidentally, The 33 Armoured Division based in Hisar—one of the three Armoured Divisions in the Indian Army—is likely to be kept as an Army Headquarter reserve meant for deployment according to the evolving situation.

However, the Palampur-based 39 Division, currently stationed in eastern Ladakh (rushed in after the Chinese belligerence last summer), will eventually go back to its peacetime location and will continue to remain as the Northern Command reserve force to be deployed wherever required.

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