We may have to prepare to fight battle across borders: Gen Rawat

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JAMMU:  Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has declared that Army may have to prepare to fight the battle across the borders in contact with adversary and declared that enemy of the nation will be dealt with sternly and troops were ready to meet with any eventuality.
In a statement after his return to New Delhi on Saturday night from six-day Russia visit, Gen Rawat declared that enemy of the nation will be dealt with very sternly and that troops were ready to fight enemy across the border. “We may have to prepare to fight battle across the borders in direct contact with enemy. At the same time, we should also be prepared for non contact warfare,” he said.
He added that when adversary can prepare and launch operations against us he may not be even aware if non contact war is going to become precursor of attrition warfare. “The line between mobilisation, warning and final combat will be very vague,” the Army chief asserted.
Amid fears of U S sanctions over the S-400 deal with Russia, Gen Rawat asserted that India follows an independent policy and was also keen on getting the Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems from Moscow.
India and Russia had on Friday signed a multi-billion-dollar deal to procure the S-400 Triumf air defence system, which could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Gen Rawat held talks with military officials of that country to enhance bilateral cooperation. He said the Russians were very keen on associating with the Indian Army and defence forces. “Because they do understand that we are a strong Army, capable of standing up for what is right for us, based on our strategic thought process,” he said.
Gen Rawat said India was looking forward to procuring Kamov helicopters and other weapon systems and technology from Russia.