India will demand the withdrawal of Chinese troops on today’s talks
NEW DELHI, BEIJING, (BM) – Negotiations at the level of commanders of the Indian and Chinese ground forces corps began on Tuesday in Chushul from the Indian side of the line of actual control (LFK), which divides the two countries, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Hindustan Times and several sources in the command of the ground forces.
On the Indian side, Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, commander of the 14th Corps of the Indian Army, takes part in the meeting, and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military District of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), takes part in the meeting.
This is the third round of negotiations at the level of corps commanders. The first two rounds were held in Moldova on the Chinese side of exercise therapy. According to military sources, during the June 22 talks, the parties agreed on a mutual separation of troops in East Ladakh.
It is expected that the Indian side in the negotiations may demand the withdrawal of Chinese troops and the restoration of the status quo in a number of strategic disputed areas, including in the Galvan River Valley, where clashes between the border guards of the two countries recently occurred, as a result of which both sides suffered losses.
On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the area of the Galvan River in the Union territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, no firearms were used – sticks and stones were used. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed, 76 wounded, sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.
The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes took place in early May with the participation of about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. Subsequently, India and China said they were making efforts to maintain stability.
Gathering of military forces
China began deployment of large military group to the border with India, which, in particular, including many tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles.
On published footage is visible countless infantry fighting vehicles waiting to be dispatched on railway platforms, Type-96 tanks on tractors, as well as the arrival of units at the deployment site.
At the same time, a large convoy of Indian military trucks was deployed towards the disputed region.
The intervention of Russia and the United States
US President Donald Trump said on June 21 that the American side is negotiating with India and China and is trying to help these countries overcome problems in relations.
“We are negotiating with India, we are negotiating with China. They have big problems,” Trump quotes TASS.
He noted that the situation was “very tough” and that India and China had already reached physical clashes.
“We will try to help them,” the American leader added.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Moscow hoped that India and China would show diplomatic and political wisdom in order to prevent new exacerbations.
“Of course, we are worried about this incident, and we hope and are confident that both New Delhi and Beijing will show diplomatic and political wisdom so that they can independently find out wording without interference from any states that will allow them to avoid further such exacerbations,” said a Kremlin spokesman.
New Delhi asked Moscow to speed up deliveries of S-400 missile system
As we reported on June 22 India asks Russia to speed up the delivery of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system [SAM) against the backdrop of worsening relations with China.
The Government of India has begun to fill the gaps in the country’s defenses by stockpiling and completing procurement. The country is preparing for the worst-case scenario, including a war on two fronts, according to the Indian The Economic Times.
India is interested in accelerating the delivery of Russian S-400 Triumph. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will discuss such an opportunity during a three-day visit to Russia. An urgent need arose due to tensions on the Sino-Indian border.
Moscow has postponed the delivery of air defense systems worth $ 5.4 billion until December 2021 due to the proliferation of COVID-19. India paid for the purchase of the S-400 last year.
China, which has strong strategic cooperation with Russia, has already acquired an air defense system. This fact only adds to the problems for India. According to the sources of the Indian newspaper, the Armed Forces of the country were ordered to be prepared for any surprises.
India seeks to explore the distribution of supplies. An accelerated schedule can be developed taking into account the historical military relations between the two countries.
Another key issue for discussion with Russia is the reliability of supplies. The agenda of the Minister of Defense of India consists of two parts. The first is to speed up the procurement of spare parts for the Sukhoi and MiG aviation formations in the country.
Fearing a future conflict with China, India hastened to order new Russian tanks
According the sources from Russian miiltary industry India is considering buying Russian tanks on the basis of the Armata platform.
“The product is being prepared for export. India showed interest in him,” said the interlocutor of Zvezda newspaper. According to him, experts decide what of the equipment of the latest tank can be exported and what not.
The fact that India is considering the purchase of Armata tanks is also mentioned in the military-analytical publications of the country. Note that such publications in the Indian media do not appear for the first time. So, in 2018, Indian Defense News reported that India plans to purchase 1,770 modern tanks to replace the obsolete T-72 and T-14. Armata is a candidate for this deal.
The interest of foreign customers in armored vehicles on the Armata platform was reported by CEO of Uralvagonzavod Alexander Potapov in February 2018. According to him, most likely, talk about export deliveries will be conducted only after the tank is acquired by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
It was previously reported that serial deliveries of promising T-14 tanks on the Armata platform to Russian troops will begin in 2021.
The T-14 Armata is the first tank in the world that implements the concept of network-centric warfare in its design concept, where the T-14 is used primarily as a reconnaissance, target designation and fire adjustment system for self-propelled guns, SAM and T-90 tanks from its tactical support link.
In addition, it is the first tank in the world with an uninhabited tower. The crew of the car is in a sealed armored capsule in front of the hull. This allows you to ensure its safety in the event of an explosion of ammunition. The crew of the tank can operate in a chemical attack or nuclear war.
The difficult situation between the two countries has exposed hidden behind-the-scenes marketing games
First, on June 22 US has warned India that MiG-29s and Su-30s wouldn’t help against China. The political attack was aimed at preventing the United States from preventing a new deal to buy new Russian Sukhoi fighters.
The American columnist of Forbes, David Ax, recalls that recently it became known about the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a shootout along the disputed Indian-Chinese border, passing through a towering mountain range. He also notes that, according to media reports [Forbes – ed.], forty-three Chinese soldiers were injured in the clash.
“It is not surprising that India this week allegedly placed an order with Russia for $780 million for 33 fighters with Russia, which is enough to equip or re-equip two squadrons,” the publication says.
It is known that New Delhi plans to acquire 21 MiG-29 fighters and several Su-30.
The Indian Air Force has long planned to purchase additional aircraft to strengthen the existing arsenal of service, consisting of about 230 Su-30s and 60 MiG-29s. New Delhi also plans to acquire 83 local Tejas light fighters, as well as 144 foreign medium-sized fighters, in the coming years.
At the same time yesterday [June 29 – ed.] Russia warned India that Rafale fighter will not help them against China. This statement was made to show India that the Su-30 is in no way inferior to the French Rafale, on the contrary – it surpasses it.
According BulgarianMilitary.com sources India is likely to receive by July 27 the first batch of six Rafale fighter jets which are expected to significantly boost the combat capability of the Indian Air Force.
One of the important issue of the Russian experts was the Rafale fighter cost. As noted by Military Review, open Indian sources called an incredible price – each Rafal costs the Indian budget more than $ 200 million!
This is two and a half times more expensive than the fifth-generation American fighter F-35 and about three times higher than the amount by which the J-20 buys China for its air force.
In other words, for 36 French-made Rafale fighters that will appear in the Indian Air Force, China can respond with three times as many of its fifth generation J-20 fighters – for the same money.
Another Russian military specialist noted that J-16 is likely Russian Su-35. If we compare its characteristics with the characteristics of the French Rafal, then the aircraft produced in France is not exactly called having an advantage.
For example, the maximum Rafale speed is about Mach 1.8, and the J-16 is Mach 2.2. The Rafale practical ceiling is about 3.8 km lower than the same J-16. Even in engine thrust, the Chinese Su-35 is superior to the French combat aircraft.
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