China holds major aerial exercise close to eastern Ladakh, India keeping close eye

The Chinese Air Force recently held a major aerial exercise close to the Indian borders, an event closely watched by the Indian security agencies.

The Chinese Air Force recently held a major aerial exercise close to the Indian borders which was watched closely by the Indian security agencies. “More than 20 fighter jets of the Chinese Air Force participated in the aerial war games opposite the eastern Ladakh area,” top government sources told India Today TV.

The war games assume significance as the Chinese aircraft operations were conducted from the same airbases from where they had supported their Army last year, the sources said. India also has activated its fighter aircraft fleet, including the Rafale jets in the northern borders, to maintain its high state of preparedness in these areas, the sources said.

Sources said these military airbases under Indian watch include three opposite Eastern Ladakh — Kashgar, Hotan and Ngari Gunsa. The other bases include Shigatse, Lhasa Gongkar, Nyingchi and Chamdo Pangta, the sources added.

“Satellites and other forms of surveillance are being used to keep an eye on the seven Chinese military bases that are situated in Xinjiang and Tibet Autonomous Military Region,” the government sources told India Today TV.

The forward airbases of the Indian defence force have been equipped to take care of situations along the western and northern fronts and have seen extensive flying operations in the recent past.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has upgraded a number of these bases in recent times, including the construction of hardened shelters, the extension of runway lengths and the deployment of additional manpower.

Source: India Today

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