India China Border News: India moves planes and helicopters to forward-looking China-based bases | India News
The new construction includes the new Apache attack helicopters, which are “tank killers” with their Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and rockets, and Chinook heavy-duty helicopters, capable of transporting howitzers and troops to advance high-altitude areas, being deployed in Ladakh.
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“China has crossed our red lines by brutally killing 20 of our soldiers in a premeditated attack (in the Galwan Valley, eastern Ladakh, on June 15). We are fully prepared for any spiraling matrix scaling. All necessary measures have been taken, ”said a senior military officer.
The People’s Liberation Army (EPL), which is clearly not in the mood to withdraw, also continues to build up its forces throughout the 3,488-kilometer-long LAC. This is especially true at ongoing troop confrontation sites in the Galwan Valley region, Pangong Tso (Tso means lake), and the Gogra-Hot Springs area, as well as other areas such as Depsang and Chushul in eastern Ladakh. .
PLA troops, for example, have built dozens of new fortifications from “Finger-4 to 8” (mountainous spurs 8 km apart) on the north bank of Pangong Tso. Since early May, they have been blocking all west-east Indian patrols in the area, as previously reported by TOI.
Similar is the situation in the Galwan and Hot Springs areas, with China also increasing the number of its J-11 and J-8 fighters, as well as long-range bombers at its Hotan and Kashgar air bases in Tibet, the sources.
India, meanwhile, has induced frontline fighters Sukhoi-30MKI, MiG-29 and Jaguar to advanced air bases, with IAF chief Marshal-in-Chief of War R K S Bhadauria visiting in silence. Leh and Srinagar Wednesdays and Thursdays to review operational readiness in the region.
The IAF has fully activated all of its air bases off the northern borders with China, from Leh, Srinagar, Awantipur and Bareilly to Tezpur, Chabua and Hasimara in the northeast, to further strengthen its military posture.
Although China can deploy more than 20 fighter squadrons from its eight main air bases in Tibet and other airfields northward during a conflict, it suffers from a limitation in terrain because the weapon and fuel transport capacity of its aircraft is limited due to at high altitude. and rarefied air in the region.
While Indian fighters are engaging in intense “combat air patrols” due to the “heightened alertness” in the region, C-17 Globemaster-III, C-130J “Super Hercules” and the AN-32 transport aircraft have formed ” an airlift ”from Chandigarh to Ladakh to transport soldiers and weapons systems to advance areas on regular departures.
In a decisive change from its previous policy, India is now determined to impose costs on China for its salami-cutting or cartographic aggression tactics on large territory, as TOI first reported.
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