Integrated Battle Groups on Pakistan, China borders soon

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News:Indian Army is planning to raise Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) along the borders with Pakistan and China that will help it carry out swift strikes in case of war.

Facts:

About Integrated Battle groups:

  • IBGs are brigade-sized, agile, self-sufficient combat formations which can swiftly launch strikes against adversary in case of hostilities.
  • Each IBG would be tailor-made based on Threat, Terrain and Task and resources will be allotted based on the three Ts.
  • They need to be light so they will be low on logistics and they will be able to mobilise within 12-48 hrs based on the location.
  • The IBGs will also be defensive and offensive.While the offensive IBGs would quickly mobilise and make thrust into enemy territory for strikes, 
  • On the other hand, the defensive IBGs would hold ground at vulnerable points or where enemy action is expected.The composition of the IBGs would also depend on this.

How is it different from existing formations?

  • IBGS ensure better integration and self-sufficiency as compared to the existing formations, allowing it to strike harder and quicker across the border.
  • A brigade during hostilities has to wait to be augmented by different types of units which increases the time to mobilise.