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Old February 13th, 2017, 02:52 AM
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Snow scooters for Indo Tibetan border police

Expensive and sleek snow scooters, usually found at ice-capped tourist spots for adventure sport lovers, have for the first time being inducted for patrol by ITBP troops along the Sino-Indian frontier.

Five of these powerful scooters, procured from a US-based firm, have been deployed at high-altitude border locations of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim that overlook the Chinese PLA deployment on the other side.

Officials said the modern scooters, all costing around Rs 1 crore, can seat two personnel (driver and pillion rider) with their rifle and ammunition in tow and can negotiate a 45-degree slope on the hills and are supported by chaincase belts to help the 278 kg machine glide smooth and cut through the ice.

The force, as part of bolstering its capabilities to effectively secure the 3,488km border, had last year procured over six dozen SUVs and sent them to far-flung border areas for patrol and transport.

This is the first time that such scooters, used for tourist purposes in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and by defence forces for training, have been procured and inducted for operational roles by Indian Security forces.

“These snow scooters have been procured as part of the modernisation of the force to better equip the personnel on ground in rendering their duties in the hard areas they serve. These will act as force multipliers,” ITBP spokesperson Deputy Commandant Vivek K Pandey said.

The black and white scooters, 325 mm in length, are powered by hydraulic brakes for effective ground control and its carbureted ignition system can hold over 41 litres of fuel in one go and are one the most modern variants of such patrol vehicles produced in the world and used by global security forces who have icy terrains to guard.

The ITBP has sent these five vehicles to its mountain The ITBP has sent these five vehicles to its mountain training and skiing institute in Uttarakhand’s Auli where a select contingent of troops are being trained in its operations after which they will be sent to locations in Ladakh and Uttarakhand (2 each) and one to a border post above 16,000 feet in Sikkim.

Officials said the performance of these scooters will be analysed over few months and once found okay, more of such snow-terrain vehicles will be procured for the ITBP, primarily tasked to secure the Chinese frontier.

“The idea is to enhance the mobility of the troops in areas deep into the border locations and at high-altitudes. Once they are found to be useful, important locations on this border will be provided a cluster of these scooters for an entire patrol party to travel,” they said.

Last year, undertaking a maiden initiative, the force had purchased and deployed expensive SUVs, usually found zipping across roads in urban locations, at its high-altitude border posts along the Sino-India border to transport troopers.

The 80,000 personnel strong force is tasked with guarding the 3,488 km Sino-India border.

Its posts are in some of the harshest areas at this border with locations ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,000 feet where mercury often plunges to minus 20-30 degrees Celsius.






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excellent! should have had them earlier. now I hope they do the upkeep and keep them in running condition.
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I remember a news item when few defense ministry babus were sitting on purchases of some such devices for Siachen. George Fernandes made them go to siachen for a couple of weeks or so.
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Re: Snow scooters for Indo Tibetan border police

5 for 1 cr. Thats roughly USD 150K. These things -- even the highest end snowmobiles cost around USD 15K -- so these were procured at roughly double the cost. Great!
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Expensive and sleek snow scooters, usually found at ice-capped tourist spots for adventure sport lovers, have for the first time being inducted for patrol by ITBP troops along the Sino-Indian frontier.[/url]
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5 for 1 cr. Thats roughly USD 150K. These things -- even the highest end snowmobiles cost around USD 15K -- so these were procured at roughly double the cost. Great!
Do we know which specific models are being acquired?

The one pictured above seems to be a representative photo and not an actual model we're acquiring. That specific model has the MSRP of US $9k, plus freight & set-up. We've to add warranties, maintenance, tariffs, etc. as well.

http://www.polaris.com/en-us/snowmob...50-widetrak-lx

Regardless, a much needed upgrade.
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I remember a news item when few defense ministry babus were sitting on purchases of some such devices for Siachen. George Fernandes made them go to siachen for a couple of weeks or so.
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From Pakistan today
One of Fernandes' earliest decisions was to order that a full complement of snowmobiles be retained in the glacier and the two babus responsible for the delay visit the area and see for themselves why these vehicles were needed. Last month,
when he inspected the base hospital, he found that its central heating system had been out of order since 1994, with no replacement available since. His response was immediate.


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http://www.rediff.com/news/1999/jan/18sia.htm
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