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India sent a clear signal to China by conducting a joint naval exercises with Japan

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Joint naval exercises of India and Japan are a strategic signal for China, said Rajaram Panda, a researcher in the Indian Parliament and a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Council on Foreign Affairs, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Rediff.com.

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According to the scientist, general naval exercises are an ordinary event for both countries. However, the timing of the current exercises is not random, since they took place in the context of a military confrontation between India and China in Ladakh.

At the same time, the Naval Self-Defense Forces of Japan were cautious in describing the maneuvers as “promoting mutual understanding.”

The representative of the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi, Toshihide Ando emphasized that “the content of these exercises is tactical preparation and training of interaction without any specific scenario.”

However, according to Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Director General of the Indian National Maritime Fund, India used the exercises for “strategic communication”, and the naval forces were there “not for military purposes, but as a signal.”

In view of the confrontation in Ladakh, India put its navy on high alert and deployed forces and means to impede the possible operations of the Chinese navy.

Recall, June 28 completed the joint Indo-Japanese naval exercises in the Indian Ocean.

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We also recall that India and Japan strengthened their relations by holding the first dialogue on defense and foreign affairs in the 2+2 format in November 2019. They are currently concluding a mutual agreement on military logistics to further strengthen their strategic partnership.

China may have to fight on two fronts, Pakistan is also in the game

As we reported on July 1 Pakistan has moved two divisions of troops along the line of control in occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According the Economic Times sources, Chinese officials are holding talks with cadres of terrorist outfit Al Badr to incite violence in J&K, as per intelligence inputs, indicating clearer signs of a China-Pak collaboration on the border.

Pakistan has moved almost 20,000 additional soldiers to line of control to match Chinese deployments on the LAC in the east. The level of troops Pakistan has deployed is more than what it did after the Balakot air strikes. Pakistani radars are believed to be fully activated all along the region too.

Sources said there have been a series of meetings between Chinese and Pakistani officials in recent weeks, followed by amassing of troops in Gilgit-Baltistan, the area that adjoins Ladakh on the north.

The buildup comes at a time when thousands of Chinese soldiers have been aggressively deployed along LAC in eastern Ladakh, apart from intrusions at several points that has led to a tense standoff.

According to intelligence reports, Chinese officials have undertaken meetings with cadres of the Al Badr, a Pakistan-based terror group that has a history of wreaking violence in Kashmir. “The assessment is that China may provide support to revive the organisation. This is among the signs we have received that indicate Pakistan and China are collaborating on the ground,” sources said.

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Amid tensions in the region, Pakistan has accused India of terrorism

As we reported yesterday [June 30 – ed.] the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan said that the responsibility for organizing the attack on the stock exchange building in Pakistan’s Karachi is to India.

“We have no doubt that this [attack on the stock exchange – ed.] was committed by India,” Khan emphasized. The prime minister also noted that the terrorist attack in 2008 on civilians in Indian Mumbai was carried out with the aim of “sowing uncertainty” among the Pakistani authorities.

The head of government called the deaths of security guards and a police officer during an attack on the stock exchange a “sacrifice” made for the country. The dead “prevented a serious incident that was planned by India”, as the attackers had a large arsenal of ammunition. Perhaps the militants intended to take hostages, Khan explained.

India continues to purchase Russian weapons and equipment

Yesterday [July 4 – ed.] we reported that Russians are conducting an intensive advertising campaign to encourage India to buy short-range “Pantsir-S1” anti-aircraft systems.

A statement by one of the representatives of the Indian Ministry of Defense was also reprinted, which was supposed to assess that: “Russian Pantsir-S1 sets, due to their high mobility and versatility of use, are what India needs to strengthen the potential of its anti-aircraft defense, and which can be highly effective oppose the dangers of using unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition, Pantsir-S1 can be easily integrated into a broader air defense network and can work together with S-400 batteries that the Indian side requested earlier.”

But the Russians are also taking advantage of the current situation in India. It is not without reason that, for example, “Pantsir-S1” would be useful in the Ladakh region, where territorial disputes have been going on between India and China for years, and where there has recently been a clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers.

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India bought 21 MiG-29 fighters and began upgrading 59 available of them

The Indian Ministry of Defense has approved the purchase of 21 MiG-29 fighters from the Russian Federation to strengthen the country’s air force’s combat readiness, BulgarianMilitary.com recalls on July 2.

As the PTI news agency reports citing sources, such a decision was made on Thursday at a meeting of the Defense Procurement Council, which was chaired by the head of the Indian military department Rajnath Singh.

According to the agency, the Indian Air Force will also purchase an additional 12 Su-30MKI aircraft, which are produced by the Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd under a Russian license.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense approved the proposal to modernize 59 MiG-29 fighters already in service with the country, PTI points out. The agency emphasizes that the decision to purchase and modernize the aircraft was taken against the backdrop of a worsening relationship between India and China.

According to the Indian government news agency PIB, the cost of purchasing from Russia 21 MiG-29 fighters and upgrading 59 aircraft of this type will be about $ 980 million, and the acquisition of 12 Su-30MKI will be about $ 1.35 billion.

The US has warned India not to rely on Russian fighter jets in combat

On June 22 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.

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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.

David Ax notes that all new fighters are part of the effort to increase the air force from 28 front-line squadrons to 40, the number of which New Delhi considers sufficient to fight simultaneously with Pakistan and China.

“These 28 squadrons fly on a stunning variety of fighters, including Indian and Russian types, the French Mirage 2000s and Rafales, and European Jaguars,” recalls an observer for the American publication.

Tom Cooper, an author and aviation expert, expressed his surprise that the Indian Air Force wants the Su-30 and MiG-29 to meet the extraordinary requirements for a pair of aircraft squadrons. Su-30, although it seems impressive on paper, in comparison with Western models does not have performance and combat efficiency.

David Ax explains that Cooper’s point of view is this: for decades, the Mirage 2000 was a more effective fighter in the Indian service than the Su-30. Rafale, the successor to the French-made Mirage, is also one of India’s finest fighters. However, the Indians ordered a total of 36 Rafale.

“The Su-30 not only does not have the latest high-precision air-to-ground ammunition, but also does not work well with high-altitude air bases supporting Indian operations along the so-called border,” the Forbes publication says.

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The lighter MiG-29 is better suited for the Indian Air Force than the Su-30. However, this does not mean that the old MiG is the right choice for New Delhi.

What happened?

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.

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At the same time, a large convoy of Indian military trucks was deployed towards the disputed region.

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