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Indian Army Troops in Ladakh ddn’t have Access to Critical Missiles during Doklam-Standoff. Indian Army’s Mountain Strike Corps didn’t have missiles when Doklam-standoff was at its peak The Comptroller Auditor General of India revealed that due to the absence of air-conditioning, the constructed facility could not be used for storage of missiles. Last year as the stand-off between India and China at the Doklam plateau in Bhutan peaked, a Mountain Strike Corps (a part of the Indian Army) formation positioned in Ladakh put on an alert realised that they didn’t have critical missiles because the ammunition dumps didn’t have air conditioning. Ammunition, especially missiles, need to be stored in “controlled conditions.” The newly raised Mountain Strike Corps is tasked to operate along India-China border. In a shocking finding, the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) said, “As a result of the absence of air-conditioning, the facility constructed could not be used for storage of missiles. The Division Ordinance Unit of the Formation (DoU) also confirmed in August 2016 that due to non-availability of air-conditioning in the missiles sheds, no missiles were held by them.

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