In­dia builds ‘China wall’ with tanks in Ladakh, jets in north­east

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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

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