We have seen that the territory to the west is strewn with canals and other water obstacles of varying sizes. So, it is but obvious that managing such obstacles should be one of the top priorities of the army.
Let us take a look at the pictures of canal crossing(s) during various exercises undertaken by the Indian Army.
Exhibit 1 - BMP-2 moves into a canal during a pre-training exercise at Suratgarh, Rajasthan.This picture was taken during summer exercise “Vijay Bhava” in mid 2011 where II Corps undertook maneuvers to test “operational and transformational” effectiveness.
Exhibit 2 - Exercise Pine Prahaar
BMP-2 crossing Sutlej River - So, apart from canals, IA seems to have planned for crossing of large water bodies as well. This may come handy in case bridges on rivers cannot be secured. However, the current of the river is an important parameter while judging the crossing point.
BLT - Bridge Laying Tank - used to bridge gaps (water/dry) and allow for movement of mechanized columns across.
Bridge on canal - this is how the bridge is placed on the water body.