The Chinese have created enough infrastructure in Tibet and linked up their assets on the plateau with Pakistan through the Karakorum highway. The enhanced capabilities have forced the articulation of a possible two front war that we may be faced with, someday. The acceptance of such a threat has impacted on our otherwise slow decision making process adequately enough to speed up infrastructure development in the Northeast and raising of two additional infantry divisions. However, a critical component that is central to realisation of full combat potential of our army, remains unaddressed, largely. We have not been able to procure a single artillery gun since we purchased 400-odd Bofors 155mm Howitzers 25 years ago. At the moment we are saddled with guns of various calibers and indifferent vintage in our inventory. The Indian 105mm Field Gun and its lighter variant for the mountains are the basic field guns. The Russian 130mm guns are the backbone of our medium artillery, with the Swedish Bofors 155mm howitzers, complimenting them. We also have the 120mm mortars that need an upgrade. There is a smattering of other calibers that make little or no difference to the larger inventory.