The Indian Army aims to promote Indian companies when it comes to procuring high-altitude clothing and equipment for its soldiers posted at glaciers like Siachen. In August 2018,PTI reported that the Army was giving final touches to a long pending project to manufacture specialised clothing, sleeping kits and equipment for its soldiers deployed in Siachen.
India incurred around Rs 800 crore annually in import of extreme cold weather clothing and mountaineering kits for its soldiers. These are sourced from countries like U.S, Canada, Australia and Switzerland. It was therefore, deemed fit to produce other items like thermal insoles, snow goggles, ice axe and boots indigenously only.