India-China Border: IAF Flies Su-30MKIs To Check Chinese Air Activity

Amid border tensions, Indian Army had deployed tanks and infantry combat vehicles near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

Jessica David

September 28, 2020

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On Monday (September 28), the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew Sukhoi-30 MKIs along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to check China’s enhanced air activity. On Sunday (September 27), the Indian Army had deployed tanks and infantry combat vehicles near the LAC in Chumar-Demchok area in Eastern Ladakh. China has started construction of at least 13 entirely new military positions including three airbases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports near the LAC in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff in 2017, according to a report by global security consultancy Stratfor.

The report also said construction of four of these new heliports started only after the current border standoff erupted in eastern Ladakh in early May. “The 2017 Doklam crisis appears to have shifted China’s strategic objectives, with China more than doubling its total number of airbases, air defence positions and heliports near the Indian border over the past three years,” it said. The report authored by security expert Sim Tack said China’s construction drive projects a future military capability.

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