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Indian Army Beefs Up Border: HQ UB Area Transforms into Operational Corps

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The Indian Army is poised for a strategic shift in the northern sector, as its Headquarters Uttar Bharat (HQ UB) area undergoes a major transformation. As reported by The Indian Express, the area will be converted into a full-fledged operational corps, marking a significant shift from its current focus on peacetime duties to actively securing the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Currently headquartered in Bareilly, HQ UB functions as a static formation, overseeing peacetime establishments and training facilities in Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh. Additionally, it manages the crucial LAC sector spanning Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, known as the central theatre.

This transition to a corps represents a substantial upgrade in the region’s operational capabilities. A corps typically encompasses diverse elements from all arms and services, including infantry, armor, artillery, and engineers, along with substantial reserves. This integrated structure allows for swift and coordinated action across various domains, enhancing overall response readiness.

Furthermore, a corps typically comprises three divisions, each housing roughly 15,000 to 18,000 troops. This translates to a significant troop surge along the LAC, bolstering India’s defensive posture and deterrence capabilities.

This strategic move highlights the Indian Army’s proactive approach towards safeguarding its borders. By transforming HQ UB into a dedicated operational corps, the army aims to achieve:

  • Enhanced Operational Readiness: The integrated structure of a corps facilitates quicker decision-making and coordinated action, ensuring a more agile and effective response to security challenges.
  • Strengthened Deterrence: The substantial increase in troop presence along the LAC sends a clear message of India’s resolve to protect its territorial integrity and deter potential aggression.
  • Improved Command and Control: The streamlined chain of command within a corps structure optimizes command and control, leading to improved communication and coordination across various units.

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