Over the past few years, India’s frontline soldiers have witnessed a slow but massive technology transformation, not just in terms of weapons, lighter bulletproof jackets, ballistic helmets but also in getting situational awareness of their area of operations.
Be it along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, the average infantry soldier is better equipped, something which was earlier unique to the Special Forces.
ThePrint, which was on a visit to the LoC recently, witnessed new systems that have been deployed, which makes the soldier more aware of his surroundings, besides getting new protective and firing gears.
“The regular infantry soldier along the LoC has indeed seen a massive transformation. He is better equipped, has lighter gear to carry, and is more aware of his area of operations,” a source in the defence establishment said.
Sources point out that the biggest reason behind this technological upgrade is the emergency financial powers that have been delegated to Army Headquarters for procurement of equipment besides the already existing Army Commanders’ Special Financial Powers (ACSFP).
The emergency procurement powers were given to the Services immediately after the 2016 surgical strikes and also after the Balakot strikes and during the ongoing standoff with China along the LAC.
Amid all the seven Commands, the Northern Command gets the biggest chunk, both in terms of emergency procurement and also the ACSFP.