Indian Army Gets New Cold Weather Gear

29 11 2013

An aerial view of an Indian army camp at Siachen Glacier

The Indian Army has provided latest Swiss winter gear including trousers, jackets and gloves to jawans deployed in places such as Siachen Glacier to enable them brave temperatures that even go below minus 50 degree Celcius.

Jawans deployed in areas including Siachen Glacier, Kargil and Sikkim have been three-layered Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System and each set costs over Rs 35,000, Army sources said here.

The outermost layer of the winter clothing is made up of Gortex and can help troops in braving freezing temperature of up to minus 50 degree C, they said.

The winter gear has been imported by the Army from various Swiss winter clothing manufacturers including Black Diamond.

The Army has procured 40,000 such sets of clothing and the troops in some areas have already started using the kits, they said.

The need for replacing the existing kit was felt by senior Army authorities after it was found that the jackets and trousers in use were very bulky and troops were not finding them very comfortable, sources said.

After the Army started deploying troops to protect its territory in Siachen and other high altitude areas, several measures have been taken by the Government to improve their living conditions there.

The DRDO has also come up with integrated shelter huts which can provide protection to the soldiers against extreme climatic conditions of the Himalayan region.





Indian & Russian Mountain Troops Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Drills

15 10 2010

Russian and Indian mountain troops began conducting joint antiterrorism exercises on Friday Oct. 15, 2010 and will last through October 24.

Russia has sent more than 200 troops from its 34th Independent (Mountain) Motor-Rifle Brigade (ca. 25,000 troops), based in Zelenchukskaya the North Caucasus, to join the Indian troops in the INDRA 2010 drills.

The exercises will be conducted in Chaubattia in Uttarakhand India, a mountainous area near the country’s border with China and Nepal. For the first time Alpine troops from both countries are going to take part in the war games.

The Russian troops will be equipped with lightweight Permyachka Infantry Suits, which protect at least 80 percent of the body surface from small-caliber bullets and low-speed shrapnel.

The Indian and Russian military have conducted joint INDRA exercises since 2003, including biannual peacekeeping drills.

INDRA-2007 Photo Gallery: Here

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti)








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