US plans high-tech monitoring along LoC
16 May 2002
The Times of India
LONDON: The United States plans to speed up moves to introduce high-tech monitoring equipment along the Line of Control as part of an urgent effort to ''prevent a full-scale conflict'' between India and Pakistan. The Jammu killings by Islamist insurgents, are likely to drag ''Washington not only into the mediation role that it was resisting only three months ago, but also into a sales drive for sophisticated radar and infra-red vision equipment for what it hopes will be better policing of the ceasefire line,'' The Times daily reported from Washington. While US is ''working on moves to introduce high-tech monitoring equipment along LOC'', the Times daily, did not elaborate on the project. ''Even before the attack (in Jammu), India had already hinted that it was considering a limited military action against Pakistan for failing to curb the militants. There was no indication yesterday what form that retaliation would take or when it might be launched,'' the newspaper said. In the first big American sale of military equipment to India, New Delhi agreed last month to buy Fire Finder radars worth $146 million. It can pinpoint the location of enemy artillery and provide instant target coordinates for return fire.