Indian Air Force

‘Chinese air force heavily deployed in Ladakh theatre in support of PLA’: IAF chief

By Hindustan times

Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday said that China has heavily deployed the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) to support its army in the Ladakh theatre along with a large number of radars and missiles, even as he listed out the possible Chinese objectives for its actions at the northern border.

The air chief said the likely reasons for China’s actions along India’s northern borders could include planned escalation and an attempt to establish border claim lines and start border talks on the new positions, military signalling, domination efforts with escalation control and deployment and training of their Western Theater forces in real war-like scenarios wherein the Galwan Valley incident was an overreach.

Speaking at an event organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation, Bhadauria said China’s aim could also possibly be fine-tuning its strategy to enhance its military technologies and recognize and fill gaps to get its forces to synergise the structures the Chinese military has created over the last two decades.

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