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Brahmos to be deployed in NE

By Kalyan Barooah

NEW DELHI, Sept 23 � With Beijing upgrading its missile network across the Indian border, the Centre has cleared the decks for induction of an advanced variant of the 290-km range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile in the army for mountain warfare in the North Eastern Region.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) under the Ministry of Defence has been given the go head for induction of the fourth missile regiment in the army, highly placed sources said here today.

The sanction for induction of a regiment of the Block III steep-dive variant of the BrahMos was granted recently at a DAC meeting chaired by the Defence Minister, sources said.

The move is expected to enhance the lethality of army�s firepower in the North Eastern Region, sources said, adding that the steep-dive attack cruise missile was capable of hitting enemy targets hidden mountain shadow, sources said.

Taking cognizance of the military upgrade initiated by China, New Delhi has already inducted three regiments including two of the Block II variant, which are designed to precisely hit the enemy buildings or assets even in a cluster of buildings.

Sources said the moves came in response to the massive military build up by China and development of infrastructure across the international border in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). India too has gone in for massive upgrade of infrastructure by building road networks near the Chinese border. At least 70 strategic roads are proposed to be upgraded and built on priority.

Indian Air Force has already deployed two squadrons of the Su-30 MKI fighter jet aircraft in Tezpur and Chabua, besides raising two new mountain divisions for deployment in Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining areas.

The Pentagon had last month reported that China has moved its advanced long-range CSS-5 missiles near the border with India and has contingency plans ready to shift airborne forces at short notice to the region.

�To improve regional deterrence, the PLA has replaced older liquid-fuelled, nuclear-capable CSS-3 intermediate-range ballistic missiles with more advanced and survivable solid-fuelled CSS-5 MRBMs and may be developing contingency plans to move airborne troops into the region,� said the annual report, which is a mandated exercise on China�s military capabilities, intention, and strategy.

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Brahmos to be deployed in NE

NEW DELHI, Sept 23 � With Beijing upgrading its missile network across the Indian border, the Centre has cleared the decks for induction of an advanced variant of the 290-km range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile in the army for mountain warfare in the North Eastern Region.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) under the Ministry of Defence has been given the go head for induction of the fourth missile regiment in the army, highly placed sources said here today.

The sanction for induction of a regiment of the Block III steep-dive variant of the BrahMos was granted recently at a DAC meeting chaired by the Defence Minister, sources said.

The move is expected to enhance the lethality of army�s firepower in the North Eastern Region, sources said, adding that the steep-dive attack cruise missile was capable of hitting enemy targets hidden mountain shadow, sources said.

Taking cognizance of the military upgrade initiated by China, New Delhi has already inducted three regiments including two of the Block II variant, which are designed to precisely hit the enemy buildings or assets even in a cluster of buildings.

Sources said the moves came in response to the massive military build up by China and development of infrastructure across the international border in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). India too has gone in for massive upgrade of infrastructure by building road networks near the Chinese border. At least 70 strategic roads are proposed to be upgraded and built on priority.

Indian Air Force has already deployed two squadrons of the Su-30 MKI fighter jet aircraft in Tezpur and Chabua, besides raising two new mountain divisions for deployment in Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining areas.

The Pentagon had last month reported that China has moved its advanced long-range CSS-5 missiles near the border with India and has contingency plans ready to shift airborne forces at short notice to the region.

�To improve regional deterrence, the PLA has replaced older liquid-fuelled, nuclear-capable CSS-3 intermediate-range ballistic missiles with more advanced and survivable solid-fuelled CSS-5 MRBMs and may be developing contingency plans to move airborne troops into the region,� said the annual report, which is a mandated exercise on China�s military capabilities, intention, and strategy.