new Delhi: After the current dispute on Indo-China border, the Indian Army is going to be more vigilant now. In the days to come, Sen is considering taking strong steps to prevent infiltration on the border from China. The top commander of the Indian Air Force will conduct a comprehensive review of the country’s air defense system in a three-day conference starting on Wednesday. It will also discuss the possible deployment of the first fleet of Rafael fighters in the Ladakh region in view of the border dispute with China. Military sources gave this information.
Sources said that commanders are also expected to discuss specifically to deploy the first fleet of about six Rafale aircraft in Ladakh sector by early next month. These aircraft are scheduled to be inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter fleet by the end of July. “The commanders will review the emerging security situation in the area and discuss ways to enhance the combat capability of the Air Force,” a source said. The conference will be chaired by Air Chief Marshal Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to address the Air Force commanders.
The Air Force has been doing night air combat patrols in the eastern Ladakh region for the past few weeks. Its purpose is probably to give a message to China that it is well prepared to deal with any sudden situation in this mountainous region. Several weapons systems of the Air Force participated in a military exercise at Stakna in East Ladakh on Friday during the Defense Minister’s field visit. In this exercise, the coordinated combat capability of the Army and Air Force has been demonstrated in dealing with complex security scenario in high altitude area.
The IAF has deployed almost all its front-line combat aircraft like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 at key Frontier Air Force bases in East Ladakh and locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Air Force has deployed Apache attack helicopters and Chinook helicopters to transport troops to various advance locations.
It is noteworthy that a day after telephone talks between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, troops from both countries from various confrontations in eastern Ladakh were back from July 6. The removal process started. Doval and Wang are special representatives of their countries for talks on the border issue.