India vs China: Indian Air force deploys Akash air defense missile system in Eastern Ladakh sector
Border tensions between India and China have now taken a different mode as Indian Air force moves its Akash Air Defense missile systems in the eastern Ladakh to counter a potential aerial threat from the Chinese Air Force. According to the reports, India has deployed its Advanced Air defense system Akash after China moved Chinese fighter aircraft and helicopter activities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
As part of the ongoing build-up in the sector, the air defence systems of both Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the sector to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there
Government sources told ANI
Earlier we saw the US media described the border skirmish incident in the Galwan River valley where both India and China have deployed troops in recent weeks as “the most serious clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers so far.” confirming 43 casualties on Chinese side but offering no further details about them.
According to ANI, in the last couple of weeks, the Chinese forces have brought in heavy air superiority aircraft like the Sukhoi-30 and its strategic bombers to the rear locations which have been detected flying near the Indian territory maintaining the 10 km plus distance from the boundary.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly moved a sizeable number of its frontline Sukhoi 30-MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 aircraft, and Apache attack helicopters to several key airbases including Leh and Srinagar in the last five days.
According to another report in The Economic Times, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is currently visiting Russia, is likely to push for faster delivery of the S-400 Triumf anti-missile system. Russia is believed to have delayed delivery of the $5.4-billion system to December 2021 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the report adds.
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on June 20 said the IAF is “well prepared” and “suitably deployed” to counter any security challenge along the border with China and even hinted that his force has flown combat air patrols in the Ladakh region as part of heightened preparedness.
India and China are holding another round of Lt. General-level talks on June 22 to discuss ways to de-escalate tension between the two sides. The talks were scheduled to happen at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Chushul sector. The Indian delegation at the talks is being led by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen. Harinder Singh.
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