India builds ‘China wall’ with tanks in Ladakh, jets in northeast
New Delhi: India is slowly cranking up its conventional military deterrence against China along the land border as well as the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with the deployment of additional Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, spy drones and missiles in the northeast as well as tank regiments and troops in eastern Ladakh.
Under the overall plan to progressively boost both military force-levels and infrastructure to address the stark military asymmetry with the People’s Liberation Army, the IAF will activate its Pasighat advanced landing ground (ALG) in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Described as “a strategic asset” capable of operating aircraft and helicopters, the ALG will be inaugurated by junior home minister Kiren Rijiju and Eastern Air Command chief Air Marshal C Hari Kumar. “The ALG will not only improve our response time to different operational contingencies, but also the efficacy of the overall air operations on the eastern front,” said an officer. While ALGs have also been activated in Daulat Beg Oldi and Nyoma in Ladakh, Pasighat is the fifth ALG to become operational in Arunachal. Times of India