The Indian Army got its first deliveries of new boats specially designed for water bodies in high altitude areas like Ladakh for fast and easy movement of troops and surveillance.
These patrolling boats are built by Goa shipyard Ltd. exclusively for the Indian Army for deployment at Pangong Tso along LAC. The army had ordered 29 such specialized boats in January amid the stand-off with China. The army needed boats for patrolling and surveillance and quick deployment of troops on the banks of the lake.
Special boats built for Indian Army
These boats are specially designed to move swiftly in the mountainous water body with sharp curves. Each of these boats can carry two dozen soldiers along with their weapons. The complete number of 29 boats will be delivered and deployed in the next four to five months as informed by the official sources. The boats are of two types one for ferrying troops with loads and the other for quick deployment of troops.
The Indian Army however has already deployed boats in the Pangong Tso buy new boats are much better in their capabilities, design, and speed. They are lighter and have anti-ramming capabilities.
The army has deployed the specialized boats with the quick reaction teams in the Pangong Tso as Army stays alert along the LAC. The Navy boats and Marcos have also been deployed in the region since last year.