Indo-China Border: Chinese Army Deploys Fighter Jets At LAC

China has deployed J-11 and J-16 fighter jets in increased numbers to counter Indian Air Force at LAC in Ladakh after the arrival of Rafale jets.

Jessica David

August 12, 2020

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The Indian media has been highlighting the latest deployment of Indian Air Force’s (IAF) fighter jets like Rafales, newly-acquired helicopters like Apache and Chinook and reconnaissance drones from Israel but there has hardly been any news on Chinese deployments. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed J-11 and J-16 fighter jets in increased numbers to counter IAF at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indo-China border. According to the US Air Force’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI), as of July 28, China had 36 aircraft and helicopters.

These aircraft and helicopters were placed at the Hotan airbase in China’s Xinjiang region near the disputed northeastern Indian territory of Ladakh. CASI Research Director Rod Lee said that their imagery “suggests that there is at least some flight activity, so these aircraft are not just parked for show.” Indian and Chinese troops clashed at the LAC in June, which resulted in 20 Indian Army casualties and an unconfirmed number on the Chinese side.

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