India to Use Double-Humped Camels for Patrolling at China Border, Report Says
19:30 GMT 19.09.2020
The double-humped camel was found to be best-suited for deployment in the high-altitude areas at the India-China border, as they can carry a load of upto 170 kg and go without water for 72 hours.
The Indian Army will deploy doubled-humped camels for patrolling and transportation purposes in eastern Ladakh amid the standoff with the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army (PLA) in the region, said a report in the Indian media.
While the plan to deploy camels has been in the pipeline for three years, the first batch of 50-60 camels will finally be handed to the Indian Army in the next five-six months, said a report by India Today. The camel type has reportedly already been tested for deployment with Indian troops.
A native of Ladakhâ€™s remote Nubra Valley, the double-humped camel will be used in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) and Depsang, the two high-altitude areas in the region where troops from India and China have been involved in a protracted standoff on account of differing perceptions of the de-facto border.
The news report underlined that the double-humped camels are being reared at a research station under the federal governmentâ€™s Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
Also known as the â€˜Bactrianâ€™ Camel, the animal can carry loads of nearly 170 kilogram and go without water for three days, as per officials cited in the report.
The double-humped camel will reportedly replace Zanskar Ponies, which were found to be less agile than the camel species in higher altitudes.
The Army had also tried introducing the single-humped camel into the Ladakh region before finalising on its double-humped cousin. The single-humped camel is usually found in the desert state of Rajasthan.
India has a long history of deploying camels in military operations. The Indian Armyâ€™s â€˜Camel Regimentâ€™ comprises nearly 1,200 camels. The unit, based in Rajasthan, has a record of participating in all but one Republic Day parade.
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