Amid tension between China and India over the resolution of border issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari is visiting forward areas in the Ladakh sector.
The Chief of the Air Staff would be in forward areas of Ladakh that fall along the border with China. He will be meeting ground commanders from the Army and IAF troops who have been there since the hostilities broke out 18 months ago, top government sources told India Today.
Sources said VR Chaudhari would review the operational preparedness of his troops in forward areas of Ladakh. He will also be briefed about the Chinese activities across the LAC against the Indian front.
Even though VR Chaudhari took over as the Chief of the Air Staff on October 1, he has been dealing directly with the Chinese aggression as the Western Air Comamnd chief and then as the vice-chief who was in charge of operations in the Air Force.
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In his latest Ladakh tour, the IAF chief would be visiting bases near the LAC from where the troops have been guarding every attempt of border violation by enemy aircraft.
The IAF has also upgraded its facilities in the northern sector where troops have been stationed with the IGLA surface-to-air missiles to counter even slow moving choppers or unmanned missions.
The Air Force has also deployed the Rafale fighter aircraft at the Leh base along with the MiG-29 fighters to tackle any possible aggression. India and China have been in a military stand-off situation since April last year and have deployed a huge number of troops in the area.
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