Amid the ongoing tension with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Air Force has deployed its newly acquired Apache attack helicopter in Ladakh along with upgraded MiG-29s.
A picture of the deadly chopper and ighter jet flying in-air was posted by ANI. The Apache helicopter is visible in the third pic and was spotted along with the upgraded MiG-29s.
The Air Force has also deployed another newly procured aircraft, the Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, to provide logistics support to the Indian Army. The Air Force’s most capable Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets are also carrying out missions in support of the country’s Armed Forces.
This news comes amid reports of the IAF moving its assets including fighter jets to the forward bases and air fields in wake of the ongoing dispute between India and China at LAC.
The critical front-line assets of the IAF, including the Sukhoi-30 MKI, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar fighter jets, have been moved to the advanced positions so that they can fly in at a very short notice to carry out operations.
The increased deployment also includes regular Combat Air Patrols, besides flying a host of surveillance aircraft, including by intelligence agencies and the Navy’s P8I aircraft, defence sources said.
Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria has reportedly made a hush visit to Leh and Srinagar air bases Wednesday evening after high-level meetings with the government.
Following the meetings, the Navy and the IAF had been put on high operational alert.