Indian Airforce Commanders at a top-level brainstorming meet on Wednesday are expected to discuss the deployment of Rafale aircraft in the Ladakh sector by early August. The aircraft are scheduled to be inducted into the IAF fighter fleet by July end. A commander said, “The commanders will review the emerging security situation in the area and discuss ways to increase the combat capability of the IAF”. The conference will be chaired by Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to address the IAF commanders, says ZEE News. In view of the recent bloody face-off between Indian and Chinese army personnel, India does not intend to leave any things related to its territorial integrity to chances. Indian Army will definitely remain extra vigilant at Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh to prevent Chinese troops from intruding on Indian territories. Sources said that the Indian Army is set to take strong steps in the near future to prevent infiltration by Chinese troops at LAC. The top commanders of the Indian Air Force are scheduled to conduct a comprehensive review of the country’s air defense system in a three-day conference starting on Wednesday. The IAF has been doing night air combat patrols in the eastern Ladakh region for the past few weeks to give a message to China that it is well prepared to deal with any sudden situation in this mountainous region. During Rajnath Singh’s visit to Ladakh on Friday (July 17), several military systems of the IAF had participated in a military exercise at Stakna in East Ladakh. The coordinated combat capability of the Army and Air Force in dealing with complex security scenario in high altitude areas was demonstrated in this exercise, says ZEE NEWS citing informed sources. The IAF has deployed almost all its front-line combat aircraft like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 at key frontier IAF bases in East Ladakh and locations along the LAC. The IAF has also deployed Apache attack helicopters and Chinook helicopters to transport troops to various advanced locations. Meanwhile despite protest by China, US Nimitz (CVN 68), US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and world’s largest warship armed with F/A-18F Super Hornets as well as F/A-18E Super Hornets, is set to exercise with the Indian Navy near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The aircraft carrier Nimitz has arrived in Andaman with a 90 fighter jet for this purpose.The US-India Passex -passing exercise- involving the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group off the Andaman and Nicobar coast in Malacca Strait will send out a strong message to China which has been trying to aggressively expand its borders by illegally encroaching on land and sea belonging to its neighbours. The show of strength by the US Navy with the Indian Navy will be a clear signal to the expansionist regime in Beijing, defence experts opine.