China is continuing to make its way into Tibet with all the military equipment. Well, India isn’t anywhere less. India is making all its efforts to scale up its military infrastructure in border areas.
We just heard that Indian Air Force is ramping up its infrastructure in the North East.
With the Doklam standoff running in its second month and both the countries flexing muscles, there has been a lot of action in the North East India, into the mountainous terrain.
The Union government has approved the deployment of the ‘Brahmos missile’s Block-III version’ in Arunachal Pradesh.
The version is made to counter China’s massive build-up of military infrastructure all along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control.
Strategic roads are also being planned and worked on along the borders of China. The army has also deployed the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles at bases in Arunachal and Sukhoi Su-30MKI.
An army official spilt this out: “The focus on upgrading aircraft capabilities is massive.” Well, it is the need of the hour, and the quick mobilisation of men and equipment is an urgent requirement.
And because taking transporting men and equipment to high mountainous regions is next to impossible, they are upgrading their flying capabilities.
The IAF will fly its Mi-series of Russian choppers as well as the lightweight helicopters from Tawang.
The IAF (Indian Air Force) is upgrading eight remote ALGs (Advanced Landing Grounds) in Arunachal. The army official added names such as Aalo, Tuting, Mechuka, Tawang, Ziro, Pasighat, Walong and Bijaynagar.
The official also said, “The Army’s aviation squadron would be operational in Likabali, Assam from October and the indigenous armed Rudra choppers would be housed there.”
The Army’s first armed helicopter unit in the North East will have 10 aircraft, and a large heliport will also be operational in Tawang by September.
Talking about missiles, BrahMos-A; an air launched version of the BrahMos will also be fitted into the aircraft. They will weigh 2.5 tonnes and will carry a warhead of around 300kg.
Apart from all this, IAF is also equipping 40 Su-30MKIs with BrahMos and has moved Su-30MKI squadrons near the China border.
The official mentioned that moving all the equipment to the border will allow IAF to carry out attacks deep inside the Chinese province of Yunan.
Source: Indian Express