India Flexes Diplomatic Muscle, Counters China

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In the wake of constant boundary violation by China which aims to enhance army presence near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India has begun the exercise of deploying six Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) squadrons in the northeast region. The aim is to prevent Chinese jets, helicopters and drones against any misadventure in the region. Earlier, India has placed its most potent Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at Tezpur and Chabua.

IAF has started getting deliveries of the six Akash missile squadrons, which can neutralise multiple targets at 25-km interception range in all-weather conditions, earmarked for the eastern theatre, revealed the Defence Ministry sources.

“The Akash deployment in the region seeks to achieve meaningful and credible deterrence against China along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC). IAF has deployed the first two Akash squadrons at the Mirage-2000 base in Gwalior and Sukhoi base in Pune. The next six squadrons, as approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security, are to guard against any threat from the northern borders," said a Defence Ministry source.

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