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Thread on what I call 'Project Deep Eyes':
•Even as talks continue with China to further deescalate at the LAC, it bears repetition that India does not go around grabbing territory.
•It is China which has a history of incursions.
•So, how do we preempt these incursions? (1/8)
Recall the latest standoff at 3 points in Galwan Valley & near Pangong Lake, East Ladakh.
Initiated by China's PLA mid-April, the incursion, Indian Express alleges, caught us napping.
But, how could ITBP & Army have got early warning of China’s dirty designs on the LAC?
As is well known, in 2014, twin-engine patrol boats & long-range high-res camera were acquired for surveillance of & across the Pangong Tso.
Military planners wanted this due to past history of various incursions by the Chinese forces.
How did it go & what did it yield?
(3/8) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C, Northern Army Command, on an interceptor boat in Sept 2019.
Sources say Army boats proved to be a major deterrent to Chinese transgressions on Pangong (evident from newsreports from June 3, 2015 'clash' of boats instigated by China).
However, the ITBP’s long range camera project was seriously curtailed for reasons sketched below.
10-12 integrated long-range cameras were to be installed along the China LAC at vital points. Strangely, this was not approved. Delhi bureaucrats gave nod for only 1 device.
Overcoming challenges, the long range cam was installed at height of over 15,300 feet!
(5/8) 'Deep Eyes' system. (Pix obscured)
The system peered DEEP into Chinese territory (15,000 metres x).
Live video from location was to be transmitted to Leh HQ & New Delhi to provide real time inputs to ITBP & IA.
Strangely, babudom shot this down as well. Result: even a test system got strangled in infancy!
(6/8) Hill top installation. Elevation around 4600 m. (Pix obscured)
Our warriors fight bravely & make the supreme sacrifice in battle.
As a Fauji child, I wish the bureaucrats had gone all out to enable this critical acquisition for the Leh Corps.
Interestingly, the same system was also planned for Siliguri Corps!
Sources say highly placed government functionaries intend to soon take note of this matter.
I pray that they cut through the bureaucratic red tape to ensure installation of advanced early warning surveillance systems at our borders.
Jai Hind ki Sena!
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