The Indian Air Force (IAF) is carrying out a joint operation with the Indian Army in Ladakh in light of high tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control, India Today has reported.
The IAF has deployed its premier Sukhoi Su-30 to carry out a high-altitude air dominance exercise in the crucial sector. The IAF has also commissioned newly acquired Chinook helicopters to rapidly ferry high-altitude acclimatised men and materials across various points on the border.
The Sukhoi Su-30 jets are thus also responsible for creating a safety envelope for their movement.
The report adds that the IAF is working in close coordination with the Indian Army and the speed of its transportation operations has been commended by experts quoted in the report.
This exercise will ensure an additional supply of firepower for the Indian Army whose troops are already deployed in various key sectors along the LAC to ensure both air and land domination in the region.
It was reported a few days ago that the IAF had also deployed its Apache attack helicopters and MiG-29s in the region.
This development comes amid reports of China opening a new front in Depsang Plains near Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO), the northern most area along the LAC.
The Chinese soldiers are building up presence at a point called Bottleneck. Indian patrols moving towards Patrolling Points (PPs) 10, 11, 11A, 12 and 13, which lie close to the LAC, have to pass through Bottleneck.
The Bottleneck point is located around 7 kilometres away from an Indian base at Burtse, which is manned by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and lies on the newly built 255 kilometre long Darbuk-Shyok-DBO road.
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