Cater­pil­lar ATVs to Trans­port ITBP Men Along China Border Soon

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NEW DELHI. Af­ter SUVs and snow scoot­ers, ITBP troops de­ployed along the Sino- In­dia fron­tier will soon have all-ter­rain am­phibi­ous 'cater­pil­lar' ve­hi­cles to un­der­take pa­trols and op­er­a­tional move­ments in the icy heights of the re­gion.

The force has de­cided to pro­cure at least two such gi­ant rub­ber­band belt rolling ve­hi­cles to trans­port troops on high-alti­tude de­ploy­ment, along with their arms and ammunition, along the China border in the Ladakh re­gion. "We are in the fi­nal stages of procur­ing these ve­hi­cles. The tri­als have been suc­cess­ful and they will be used for trans­port of troops. These am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cles suit our re­quire­ments in the high-alti­tude ar­eas," stated, ITBP Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Kr­ishna Chaud­hary .

The all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATVs) are adept at ma­noeu­vring at low tem­per­a­tures and can carry about a dozen troops at a time. The fi­nal clear­ance, a se­nior of­fi­cer said, is awaited from the Union Home Min­istry af­ter which the ITBP will place orders for two such gi­ant ma­chines from a US-based firm at a cost of around Rs 9 crore.

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