BSF to ditch camels to ride sand scooters

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  1. Ganesh2691

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    BSF to ditch camels to ride sand scooters

    JAISALMER: For the BSF, the ship of the desert may "sink" and "shrink" too, provided the hi-tech mode it is planning turns out to be viable.

    In a bid to keep up with the times, the BSF plans to introduce sand scooters to keep vigil along the Pakistan border. In this series, trials of special scooters and special four-wheeler vehicles from the US, China and other countries are going on in Jaisalmer. These petrol vehicles are priced well above Rs 6 lakh. The trial will continue till the end of July and if these prove successful, the vehicles will be used along with the camels to man the difficult desert terrain.

    Though sources say that camels may not be withdrawn right away, the BSF is planning to reduce its camel fleet in the future as their upkeep is a major concern for the force. Buying quality animals, maintaining the same and their upkeep is quite a task.

    Sources said the trial of 500cc ATV scooter Nebula Jaguar of Chinese company Nebula Exports was conducted in the third week of May.

    Later, the trial of Polaris field vehicles was carried out during the last week of May. The vehicles that were tried include Ranger 800, Ranger RZR 4-800 and Sportman. Similarly, trial of vehicles belonging to Maini Group was held in June.

    BSF sources said a panel has been formed at the headquarters in New Delhi and a report will be sent to the HQ soon after the trial. BSF will also send a recommendation to the Centre to acquire the ATVs.

    Armed with ammunition and other equipment, jawans conducted trials in extreme heat conditions.

    BSF to ditch camels to ride sand scooters - The Times of India
     
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    All BSF post in Rajstahn have deserted camels which find refuse no where but near the border. So as it is BSF can use camels. Moreover for PC there are no kickback in camels. Scooters will give hefty kickbacks..

    Moreover BSF does not have to cross border and own side of border is well developed now (indira Gandhi Gram Sarak Pariyojana)
     
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    Actually they will use both..
     
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    For what purpose... even villagers have stopped keeping camels...... Tractors have destroyed camels very badly....
     
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    BSF to ditch camels

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  7. Kunal Biswas

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    Villagers and Soldiers duties are not the same..
     
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    Advantages of scooter:

    1. Comfortable ride

    2. Really good in fast pursuit as it have a IC engines and fast deployment.

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    Advantages of Camel

    1. Need no fuel for longer distance..

    2. Excellent in LRP over desert outposts..

    3. Silent compare to scooter, Good in low profile movements..

    4. Large amount of logistics can be carried to great distance ( Ammo, Medicine, Food, Water )
     
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    vehicle sure has some advantage

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    but i sure will miss the camel band and march pass

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    hope they retain them for old times sake.
     
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    bsf can maintain the camel band as it looks aesthetic and pleasing reminding the preserved glorious past attached to such a magnificent armed force.
     
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    Hey I just found a word china in the post...AFAIK Chinese are to be considered rivals so are the chinese companies especially in defense related matters.So this means Chinese companies could also participate in bid to sale military hardware in India?
     
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    Camels can continue for long periods, but can sand scooters?
     
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    What gun is that soldier holding? Looks a lot like AK family.
     
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    The role of the Camel in desert has been taken over by a tractor so no one keeps camels.... Only when the gasoline becomes unaffordable will the tall animal return back......

    Sand scooters is an american Hawa. I would prefer a tractor any day.......
     
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    so called "Sand Scooter". Looks like a watered down Mahindra Axe.

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