Indian Army deploys BMP-2 Sarath IFV fighting vehicles to counter Chinese threat in Galwan Valley

However the Chinese army has withdrawn its troops amid de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army has deployed BMP-2 Sarath armored combat vehicles in Galwan Valley along with ground troops.
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BMP-2 Sarath tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Picture source Indian MoD press service)

The previous deployment of armored vehicles by China had been considered as a serious threat by the Indian army to the strategically important Darbuk–Shyok–DBO Road (DSDBO road). Deploying BMP-2 Sarath IFVs is a sign given by the Indian army it is ready to quickly and strongly react to any new suspect move from the Chinese troops.

The BMP-2 Sarath is an Indian version of the Russian-made BMP-2 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). In 1984, India has ordered 700 BMP-2 from Russia that were delivered between 1987 and 1991 (most produced in India). A total of 400 BMP-2 Sarath ordered in 1985 were produced under license in India.

The BMP-2 Sarath is fitted with a two-man turret armed with a stabilized 30 mm cannon 2A42 and a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun mounted to the left of the main armament with 2,000 rounds. Mounted on the turret roof between the gunner's and commander's hatches is a launcher for an AT-4 Spigot or AT-5 Spandrel ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) which has a maximum range of 4,000 meters.

The BMP-2 Sarath is similar to the Soviet-made BMP-2 but there is special protection mounted around the exhaust.