China Stacking Up Fighter Jets Near Leh?

Satellite images seem to show fighter jets at the Hotan airbase.

Sohil Nikam

July 24, 2020

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China has apparently been found stacking up fighter jets near Leh, where the much-criticized clash between its troops and Indian soldiers had taken place last month. Satellite images, allegedly of the Hotan airbase, show the deployment of these jets in large quantities with no immediate reason for the same. Corps commander level talks are currently going on between the two nations with disengagements happening from both sides from time to time.

The satellite images from Hotan airbase in China apparently show 60 to 70 fighter jets. Most of the aircraft are of the J-7 and J-11 type. The Chengdu J-7 is used as an interceptor aircraft by the Chinese army, whereas the Shenyang J-11 is a fourth-generation twin-engine jet fighter that’s believed to have better manoeuvrability than the MiG-19. The Hotan airbase is situated 390 kilometres away from Leh, which is home to the disputed land of the Galwan valley.

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