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Indian Army to use double-humped camels for transportation, patrolling in Ladakh

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The camel urine provides consistent water source for them too.
So they will have to assign men and equipment to collect urine of camel? Bearing in mind a camel can urinate anywhere and anytime. In addition a distillation system would also be required, unless u want them to drink urine.
 

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US special operators seal team and Delta have used camels too. You can't use drones for resupply it's stupid you give away you position to the enemy.
Those teams are probably conducting secret missions thousands of miles from home, a more accurate comparison would be if the US army was using donkeys to watch their border.
 

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US special operators seal team and Delta have used camels too. You can't use drones for resupply it's stupid you give away you position to the enemy.
These camels are for patrolling and possibly transporting stuff to indian posts.

And to be honest ive never heard of US spec ops using camels in afghanistan. Could be wrong.
But makes no difference at LAC. Unless indians are going to raid chinese positions on camels. :lol:

But in this era if you have the capability to use drones for logistics its a great advantage and any military would take it.
The americans, israelis are all working on similar drones aswell as 4 legged unmanned drones.
 

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US special operators seal team and Delta have used camels too. You can't use drones for resupply it's stupid you give away you position to the enemy.
Chinese have an advantage, they have massive infrastructure to support their troops, roads, bridges, barracks etc indians dont.

Look at US, big dog or LS3 Mule pack.



They are developing these drones for logistic support in mountainous terrain.
Israelis are flying drones that can med evac casualties from combat zones.

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Chinese have an advantage, they have massive infrastructure to support their troops, roads, bridges, barracks etc indians dont.

Look at US, big dog or LS3 Mule pack.



They are developing these drones for logistic support in mountainous terrain.
Israelis are flying drones that can med evac casualties from combat zones.

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Mule pack is autonomous big difference... it isn't tethered to a human so enemies can disrupt or track the signals.
 

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Satellites know where you are
No there aren't enough satellites in the world for real time surveillance of every square inch of the earths surface. With enough satellites you'd be lucky to get a daily sweep of an area of interest.
 

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Mule pack is autonomous big difference... it isn't tethered to a human so enemies can disrupt or track the signals.
Do you think these would be used in combat? Do you think in a conventional war they are of much use?

These are basically to transport equipment in terrain otherwise inaccessible by vehicles.

Also if you are say china or us, jamming is the last of your worries.
In laddakh there is no covert ops. The chinese have simply walked in and annexed 1000 miles and indians are using camels to patrol whatever they hold.

There are like 200K PLA troops stationed in the region and indians are at the mercy of mother nature.
The comparison is just absurd.
 

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No there aren't enough satellites in the world for real time surveillance of every square inch of the earths surface. With enough satellites you'd be lucky to get a daily sweep of an area of interest.
If you are a super power than you can always spare a sat to monitor an active hotspot.

The chinese dont even need that when it comes to indians in ladakh.
 

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If you are a super power than you can always spare a sat to monitor an active hotspot.

The chinese dont even need that when it comes to indians in ladakh.
I get that you want China to humiliate India, China likely already has or will but lets not stretch reality into the realm of fantasy.
 

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So they will have to assign men and equipment to collect urine of camel? Bearing in mind a camel can urinate anywhere and anytime. In addition a distillation system would also be required, unless u want them to drink urine.
Thats the beauty of Indians they don’t require a distillation system they go organic — like cow urine.
 

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Thats the beauty of Indians they don’t require a distillation system they go organic — like cow urine.
You never know. Maybe it is something extra set specially aside for Chinese POWs. They already known to drink bat soup.
 

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Double-humped camels will now be used for transportation and patrolling by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh's treacherous terrain. This plan originally from three years ago will come into effect amid the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Areas like Daulat Beg Oldie or DBO and Depsang where these camels will be deployed at more than 17,000 feet are among locations where armies of both countries have mobilized in great numbers.

The animal is also known as Bactrian camel and is found in the Nubra valley of Ladakh at heights of over 12,000 feet. It is natural for the terrain. These camels are being reared at the defence institute of high altitude research in Leh by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Among those reared and trained is young Rangoli, a female camel born to Chinku and Tinku as part of the breeding programme undertaken by the institute in Leh.

After carrying out trials and doing a comparative study with a single-humped camel brought from Rajasthan, it was found that the double-humped camel is better suited for the task at hand.

Breeding of the camels will be done in Leh to ensure that the Army gets the required numbers. A source said current estimate is that of about 50 such camels will be commissioned for the Army.

"The double-humped camels are best suited for these conditions. They can carry loads of 170 kgs at more than 17,000 feet which is much more than the ponies that are being used as of now. They can survive without water for at least 72 hours," said Col Manoj Batra, a veterinary officer of the Indian Army.


The trials for these animals were carried out on Daulat Beg Oldie to test the abilities, officials said.

The double-humped camel was used as a material part of the trade for transport on the traditional silk route between Tibet and Ladakh.

A breed called Zanskar ponies were being used until now but it was felt that they are not as swift-footed for sandy terrains. The ponies, however, are good for climbing mountains and can carry loads of up to 40-50 kgs much lesser than the double-humped camel.

With numbers restricted to only 350-400 in Ladakh, the double-humped camels are rare.

The breeding will ensure that numbers keep increasing as per the requirement and that old ones can be replaced with the newborns.

The army is looking at enhancing its logistics and patrolling capabilities in the remotest of areas where there has been tension which includes DBO and Depsang plains.

The project was introduced soon after the Doklam faceoff of 2016 between the Indian and Chinese armies on the India-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction in Sikkim.

Chinese are show ponies. Name one nation that is afraid of the Chinese.
 

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