The Indian Army (IA) has shelved plans to raise a new 90,270-strong Mountain Strike Corps (MSC) that was set to be deployed along India’s disputed border with China.
Senior IA officers told Jane’s on 18 July that the establishment of the proposed ‘17 Mountain Strike Corps’, the creation of which had been approved by the Ministry of Defence in July 2013 for an estimated INR600 billion (USD875 million), has been put on hold due to an enduring financial resource crunch.
“The MSC project has been indefinitely postponed, given the army’s continuing paucity of funds,” said military analyst Major General Sheru Thapliyal (retd), adding that “it is difficult to predict if and when this could be revived”.
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