Indian army will create integrated battle groups (IBGs). They will be able to rapidly mobilize and perform powerful strikes across the border with Pakistan and China, The Times of India newspaper informed on June 19.
These groups numbering 5,000 military personnel will operate on a permanent basis rather than being formed only for the period of military actions or drills. These groups will include military personnel from the ground troops, armored units, artillery and engineering units, as well as maintenance and logistics, and support units. IBGs will be equipped with air defense systems. Attack helicopters will support their actions.
Citing army sources, the newspaper mentions drills held in May, proving that IBGs represent a “maneuverable and lethal” force.
By this November, two or three groups will be stationed along the border with Pakistan in the lowland areas of the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan, and later in the state of West Bengal along the Chinese direction.
The newspaper highlights that the creation of the IBGs is probably the most important step in restructuring the entire Indian military machine.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency