China deploying Type 96 MBTs on Tibetan plateau

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China deploying Type 96 MBTs on Tibetan plateau

March 17, 2010, (Sawf News) - China has for the first time in history deployed Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) in Tibet (Xizang) Military District.

The deployment was confirmed on March 16, 2010 by China Defense News [via China Defense Blog]

This news should give readers a perspective on the threat faced by India.

The Chinese T-96 MBTs are not there to suppress the Tibetean people, they are there to roll into adjoining India when the balloon goes up.

Across some sectors of the LAC, the Tibetan plateau runs well into Indian territory.

The presence of Chinese tanks will make it difficult for the Indian Army to contemplate counterattacks to ease Chinese incursions.

The question now should not be whether Indian border roads can or cannot support armor deployment on the Indian side of the plateau, but when will they be ready to do so.

If the Indian Army is serious about its intent to develop the capability to simultaneously engage across both our hostile borders, it needs to deploy light MBTs on the Tibetan plateaus and quickly build a road infrastructure to support their deployment.

The current deployment of Indian Armor near the LAC is too random to be effective, and logistically not well supported.
 

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indian army did have T-72's in the late 80's in ladakh. strange they were moved out in 1991!!!

there is a fascinating story by Group Captain A.G.Bewoor, VM. (Retd) who was instrumental in airlifting them there in IL-76's.

By 10 February 1988, 28 T-72 tanks, the very latest versions with laser range finders were in Leh. The first ARV was flown in on the 15th sortie and the second on the 30th. We said our farewells to the cavalry boys and held a very detailed debrief in Agra on the airlift. If this had to be done at Thoise, how would we do it? Now for the irony of it all. In 1990/91, the 28 tanks and 2 ARV's were retrieved from Leh by 25 Squadron IL-76's under command of then Gp Capt R V Kumar.
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/History/1990s/Bewoor.html
 

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in a platue....won't their movements be restricted to just the platue ?..soo..whats the threat here ?
 

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Is this because of the recent call to RFI to purchase some 300 light tanks ?

or is it because we are getting more Arjun's meaning their may be either more T-90's or Arjun's in this theatre as a result ?
 

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This is to be expected, China is being proactive and pushing its front line forces near the Indian border so in case of a conflict they can respond with overwhelming force. The Indian response on the other or lack thereof has been puzzling and incoherent. Hopefully the politicians will stop trying to pad their wallets with more bribe money and get their heads out of their butts.
 

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Everyone has forgot a point that any best tanks in the world in the plateau is a sitting duck. Why worry now. It is not a big deal to take out the tanks in that terrain. Morover the tanks can advance into the indian sectors as the train stops it from doing so.
 

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i dont think its possible to enter india with such heavy tanks on the eastern section. Indian army itself knows this and hence trying to procure lighter tanks to deploy in east. This is just a mere muscle flexing strategy by china.
 

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Is it true that the tibetan plateau runs in to indian region? I thought those only infantry can cross the border there.
 

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