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India closely watching Chinese air defence batteries deployed near LAC: Report

By Livemint

Indian security agencies are keeping a close watch on the Chinese surface to air missile batteries which continue to remain deployed close to the Line of Actual Control near eastern Ladakh.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has continued the deployment of surface to air missiles including the HQ- and HQ 22 close to the Indian territory in view of the ongoing tensions, government sources told ANI.

The HQ-9 is a reverse-engineered version of the Russian S-300 air defence missile system and can track and hit targets at a distance of around 250 kilometres.

“We are keeping a close watch on the air defence systems deployed by the Chinese along with other assets positioned there,” the sources said.

They said the recent reports suggest that the number of fighter aircraft at the Hotan and Kashgar airfields have been reduced but the numbers keep fluctuating from time to time there, they said.

Even though the two countries have disengaged from the Pangong lake area but the deployments by both sides continue.

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