China sent 5th-generation J-20 fighter jets near the Sino-Indian border
WARSAW, (BM) – Indian media reports of sightings of Chinese 5th-generation J-20 combat aircraft at the Hotan base, just 320 kilometers from the disputed demarcation line in the Himalayas, in the Xinjiang region, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24.
The machines on the parking planes were photographed by a commercial satellite and the first ones to be tracked by Chinese internet users. On the other side of the border, the HAL Tejas light fighter squadron has been deployed, and more Rafale are also appearing.
It is unclear whether there are only two or more J-20 Wēilóng spotted aircraft at Hotan. A pair of such machines would not change the balance of forces in the region and would allow sending a patrol at most once every 2-3 days.
Meanwhile, to carry out two missions a day, it would be necessary to dislocate up to 12 machines, and therefore a significant percentage of efficient Chinese machines of this type, the number of which is estimated today at 25-40 copies. As this is a new type, some of them must be used for testing and training.
So it is not known how seriously the People’s Republic of China decided to deploy its best airplanes to the west, and to what extent it is a purely propaganda operation, or whether it is a test aimed at checking how the operation of the J-20 looks like in difficult mountain conditions.
Especially since so far most of the PRC machines are kept in the east of the country, where they can be used in possible fights for the disputed waters of the South China Sea, or for the invasion of Taiwan.
India and the border in the Himalayas seem to be secondary areas from Beijing’s point of view after all, especially when operating from bases on plateaus north of the Himalayas does not allow the planes assembled there to take full advantage of their capabilities.
It should be noted, however, that recently, among others, 40 J-10 Měnglóng multi-role aircraft and six H-6 bombers armed with KD-63 cruise missiles. They joined the forces operating in the region on a daily basis.
On the Indian side, aviation units armed with Su-30MKI and MiG-29, including those belonging to the navy capable of landing on MiG-29K aircraft carriers, have also been brought in recently. In recent days, not far from the borders with Pakistan, but also close to the disputed areas in the province of Ladak, the first of the two squadrons created, equipped with domestically produced Tejas fighters, moved from the Sulur base.
Other Dassault Rafale fighters arriving from the production line in France are also to be transported to the region.
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