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PLA now has vehicle-mounted howitzers in Tibet

IANS  |  Beijing 

China's People's (PLA) now has new vehicle-mounted howitzers in to enhance the high-altitude combat capability of its forces in the region bordering

These howitzers were used in the Chinese artillery brigade during the 73-day military stand-off with in 2017.

The deployment of these cannons came in the light of China's unresolved border disputes and anti-activities by pro-independence forces and terrorists, according to military analysts in a report.

Of the 14 neighbours, was yet to solve its border disputes with and

Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, confirmed to on Monday that the has a 52-calibre cannon with a range of over 50 kilometres and shoots

Zhao Gancheng, Studies at the for International Studies, told the daily that the military investment in had been rising, but was primarily meant for defence and not to provoke conflict with neighbouring countries.

The PLA troops stationed in Tibet need to improve their combat capabilities in plateau areas and strengthen their willpower in extreme weather as they are primarily responsible for the border defence against terrorists and foreign invaders, he said.

Last week, a news report said a new generation much swifter lightweight battle tank, which could easily be deployed in Tibet in the event of a conflict with India, has been handed over to the PLA.

The Type 15 light tank, which has better mobility than other armoured vehicles, was displayed at an exhibition in last month on the occasion of and opening up.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 18:28 IST