India plans US$1bn mountain strike corps to counter China

India is building a new 62-billion-rupee (US$1.02 billion) mountain strike corps to counter China along the China-India border in the northeastern part of the country, according to a report from the New Delhi-based Hindustan Times.

The report said General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, is set to visit the Kolkata-based Eastern Command before the end of the month to track the progress of the new 17 Corps, which is being set up to counter China’s reconnaissance and intelligence along the 4,057-kilometer Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries. The corps is likely to be operational by 2022, the report said, adding that it is expected to reduce China’s combat power advantage over India from the current ratio of 3:1 to 2.1:1. Continue reading

Intel on presence of Chinese subs in Indian Ocean makes waves

A leaked Indian government document indicated that Chinese submarines have ventured into the Indian Ocean region frequently and have posed “a grave danger to India’s security interest.”

The document, originated from the Indian Defense Ministry, is called “Indian Navy: Perceived Threats to Subsurface Deterrent Capability and Preparedness,” and was obtained by the newspaper Hindustan Times. Continue reading