India sent again attacking Apache helicopters to the conflict zone in Ladakh [video]
NEW DELHI, (BM) – Indian Armed Forces deployed for second time the Apache combat helicopters to the border conflict region with China near Lake Pangong Tso in the Ladakh region, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. This is against the backdrop of Delhi’s demands for the withdrawal of Chinese troops from the disputed territory.
In the area of the border conflict between India and China, the Apache combat helicopters of the Indian Air Force were seen. They made a demonstrative flight over a mountainous area near Lake Pangong Tso in the Ladakh region. It is worth noting that combat helicopters of this type are very well suited for attacking the enemy in mountainous terrain.
However, it is worth noting that both sides have not yet used firearms and, especially, military equipment, during the conflict. Both India and China are still trying to resolve the dispute through negotiations. The Indian side is demanding the withdrawal of Chinese troops from the disputed territory, as well as the withdrawal of additional units deployed by the Chinese in the border areas.
In turn, China accused India of escalating the conflict and illegal construction in the disputed Galvan river valley. Both sides are building up their military presence in the region, but have not yet taken decisive action. Earlier, we reported on the deployment of Indian aircraft in the conflict zone.
Recall that the situation on the border between India and China began to tense up after a clash between the border guards of these countries in the area of Lake Pangon Tso and a major fight in the border state of Sikkim.
Both sides pulled additional forces into the region. On the night of June 15-16, a new clash occurred, during which, according to the latest data, 23 Indian soldiers were killed. China’s losses are unknown. Both sides announced the withdrawal of troops in the conflict zone, but at the same time strengthen their military groups.
India throws Apache attack helicopters and Su-30 fighters east to Ladakh
First time when India sent Apache helicopters to Ladakh was on June 20 as we reported then.
TASS, citing military sources, reported that “Apache attack helicopters with air-to-ground Hellfire missiles, as well as Chinook helicopters capable of delivering artillery to high-altitude regions have been relocated to the east of Ladakh,” TASS reports.
Also at the advanced air bases were placed Su-30 MKI, MiG-29 and Jaguar fighters. For the transfer of military equipment used heavy transport aircraft S-17 Globemaster, S-130J Super Hercules and An-32.
In addition, the Indian Navy strengthened the grouping of warships in the waters of the Bay of Bengal.
“These actions are a clear signal to Beijing that New Delhi is ready to escalate the military conflict on the line of actual control in Ladakh,” the newspaper said.
India bought 21 MiG-29 fighters and began upgrading 59 available of them
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on July 2 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.
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.
China will use J-20 fighter in a war with India
The Sputnik news service published an interview with a military analyst, Indian Air Force veteran Vijainder Thakur. In an interview with correspondent Rashikesh Kumar, Thakur said that China’s main goal in this regard is to gain a strategic advantage in the border areas.
Moreover, as the expert notes, the deployment of air defense systems at high altitudes can play a negative role for those who carry out such an arrangement. In fact, we were talking about the “weaknesses” of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system if the complex was placed high in the mountains.
From the material: “The average height of the Tibetan plateau is about 4.5 thousand meters. S-400 systems, located at an altitude of about 500 m, will be able to effectively detect aircraft and UAVs over long distances – long before they enter the airspace of the region. But if you place the S-400 at high altitudes, the mountainous terrain may not allow them to detect aircraft flying at an altitude of about 5 km.”
The Indian expert said he was skeptical that China would decide to deploy its next-generation J-20 fighter jets near the borders with India. According to V. Thakur, China might need such airplanes in case of a full-scale war with India, but “China will not gain anything from such a war”:
“In any case, a total war with India would lead to an even greater alienation of China from the rest of the world. Such alienation would be a serious threat to the continued rule of the CPC [Communist Party of China – ed.]”
India has deployed a quick-reaction air defense system to the Ladakh
According to a new report on June 28 India has deployed a quick-reaction air defense system to the Ladakh region, as both super powers continue to beef up their forces along the disputed border.
As part of the ongoing build-up in the sector, the air defense systems of both Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the sector to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there”, government sources told ANI.
Meanwhile, sources from the Indian government told Russia’s Sputnik News that the situation remains tense along the Line of Actual Control, as they have deployed their Sukhoi-30 fighter jets and strategic bombers to the area to protect their territories.
On June 15th, the Indian and Chinese troops clashed near Galwan Lake, resulting in one of the deadliest border battles in years.
The Indian Ministry of Defense reported that they suffered 20 dead and 76 wounded, while the Chinese side did not report their casualty toll.
US and Russia are trying to prevent a war between India and China
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.
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.
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.
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