The Indian Army and Air Force has been asked to deploy more Fighter Jets and Tanks along the Indo-Chinese border as part of the measures taken by India to crank up its military deterrence against China along its land border as well the strategic defence command located at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian Army will be deploying more Tank troops near the Ladakh region.
India has resorted to this move in order to address the wide gap between the military strengths of both the nations, as Chinese defence equipment outnumbers that of India, nearly 3-to-1. The difference is huge.
The Indian Air Force will deploy additional Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, spy drones and missiles in the North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh after the ALG(Advanced Landing Ground) at Pasighat, in West Siang region is activated on Friday. An ALG is a strategic asset – an air strip built with temporary buildings around it, capable of operating helicopters and aircraft. An officer was quoted as saying, “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”
The ALG in Pasighat is the fifth such facility, after the ones at Ziro, Along, Mechuka and Walong, in the North Eastern region. There are two more such ALGs at Daulat Beg Oldi and Nyoma, in the Ladakh region. The facility will be inaugurated by Junior Home Minister, Kiran Rijiju and Eastern Air Command Chief Air Marshal, C Hari Kumar. Two more ALGs which are currently being set up at Tuting and Tawang will be operational by December 31st, 2016 and April 30th, 2017 respectively.
The government has also approved defence infrastructure development projects in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, a territory which can prove to be a strategic position if there are chances of a war happening. India has been regularly deploying its Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets, Poseidon-8I long range patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft and C-130J Super Hercules multirole transport aircraft to the Andaman and Nicobar Command, in order to counter China’s strategic moves in the Indian Ocean.
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