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Army inducts upgraded L70 anti-aircraft guns along China border

Prime News, National, Defence, Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), October 21:- In a major boost to its firepower, the Indian Army has deployed a sizeable number of upgraded L70 anti-aircraft guns in the high mountains along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh in addition to its existing M-777 howitzers and Swedish Bofors guns, officials said on Wednesday (October 20).

The deployment of the anti-aircraft guns having a range of 3.5 km in the treacherous region is part of a series of measures that the Army has taken to bolster its operational preparedness along the over 1,300-km LAC in eastern sector in the face of the 17-month standoff in eastern Ladakh.

The Army has already positioned a significant number of M-777 howitzer guns that were first received three years ago.

As part of a high state of preparedness to deal with any eventuality, the Army units including those of the “integrated defended locality” have been undergoing strenuous physical training and military drills on a daily basis. The “integrated defended locality” is a specialised unit comprising various arms of the Army including infantry, air defence, and artillery.

Military officials said the upgraded L70 guns were deployed around two-three months ago in several key locations in Arunachal Pradesh in addition to other sensitive positions along the entire LAC and that their inductions have significantly enhanced the Army’s overall firepower.

“The guns can bring down all unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned combat aerial vehicles, attack helicopters and modern aircraft. The gun has enhanced target acquisition and automatic target tracking capability under all weather conditions with high-resolution electro-optical sensors comprising a daylight television camera, a thermal imaging camera and a laser range finder,” said Capt Sarya Abbasi of the Army Air Defence.

“The gun is also equipped with a Muzzle Velocity Radar for enhancing the accuracy of fire. The gun has the ability to be integrated with tactical and fire control radars which give it more flexibility in its deployment,” she said.

Capt Abbasi said the legacy gun has now been transformed into a sophisticated air defence gun.

Another official said the upgraded gun system that operates along with a high-end Israeli radar can be counted among the best available air defence guns in its class globally.

In the last few months, the Army has also deployed a good number of easily transportable M-777 ultra-light howitzer guns which are at times moved from one place to another in Chinook helicopters depending on operational requirements. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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