India deploys troops with shoulder-fired missiles in key areas in japanese Ladakh


New Delhi, August 25

The Indian Army has additional bolstered its fight readiness in japanese Ladakh by deploying troops with shoulder-fired missiles in a number of delicate areas within the backdrop of accelerating actions by Chinese helicopters within the area, official sources have mentioned on Tuesday.

“These missiles have a range of two to five km and they are capable of bringing down low flying helicopters and aircraft,” they added.

The deployment of a sizeable variety of troops with shoulder-fired missiles got here as a part of India’s total method to considerably ramp up fight capabilities of the Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) in japanese Ladakh.

There had been a rise in actions by the Chinese Air Force within the area up to now few weeks following which the Army had determined to deploy troops with shoulder-fired missiles, the sources mentioned.

The Indian Army has considerably elevated deployment of troops and weaponry, together with tanks and artillery weapons, in varied delicate sectors alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) up to now few weeks.

The IAF has additionally considerably enhanced deployment of its frontline jets, assault helicopters and transport fleet in all its key bases guarding the airspace alongside the LAC.

It has enhanced deployment of its air defence methods within the area.

The IAF has already moved a sizeable variety of its frontline fighter jets together with Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 plane to a number of key air bases, together with Leh and Srinagar.

It has additionally deployed Apache assault choppers and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to move troops to varied ahead areas.

The frontline fighter jets have elevated their sorties in Ladakh and close by areas.

India and China have held a number of rounds of army and diplomatic talks within the final two-and-half months however no important headway has been made in decision of the border row in japanese Ladakh.

The formal strategy of disengagement of troops started on July 6, a day after a virtually two-hour telephonic dialog between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on methods to convey down tensions within the space.

However, the method has not moved ahead since mid-July.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has pulled again from Galwan Valley and sure different friction factors however the withdrawal of troops has not moved ahead in Pangong Tso, Depsang and a few different areas, sources mentioned.

In the 5 rounds of Corps Commander-level talks, the Indian aspect has been insisting on full disengagement of Chinese troops on the earliest and fast restoration of established order ante in all areas of japanese Ladakh previous to April.

Even as each side have been engaged in diplomatic and army talks, the Indian Army is making elaborate preparations to keep up its present power of troops in all key areas in japanese Ladakh within the harsh winter months. PTI



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