Indian and Chinese troops at the centre of the escalating conflict in the East of Ladakh to new Delhi is forced to attract a large number of troops in the area after Beijing and amassed forces that otherwise must be carried out yearly military exercises.
In The Indian air force was in a state of high alert for several weeks now and a large ferry missions were launched to take supplies and troops in Ladakh. In addition, the Chinese air action – optional the su 27, is believed to have been deployed at the airbase Hotan in Xinjiang is closely monitoring and deployment is reflected on the Indian side.
In the PLA has several air bases in the vicinity of Tibet with Khotan housing the most weapons, but they suffer from a debilitating problem – most of them are located at altitudes of over 4,000 meters, making it difficult for fighters to take off with a full weapons load and fuel. Several Indian air bases, on the other hand, located in the plains of Punjab and Haryana, giving them an advantage.
While the PLA can take on a high altitude, deploying tankers, Indian military strategists have always been wary of that during the conflict, air bases in Pok can be transferred to China.
Sources claim that limited activity can be observed in Skardu airbase, and Il-78 tanker of the PLA landed there a few days ago, except for some Pakistan transport aircraft of the air force. Skardu is located just 100 km from the Leh air base and has recently been expanded to Pakistan.
In August last year Skardu base was used by the Pakistani JF 17S on their way to the base of the PLA in Hotan on joint exercises. The Shaheen series of exercises involving j 10S from China and a Pakistani aircraft JF 17 was carefully monitored by India and held in the area opposite Eastern Ladakh.
In the last two years there has been a significant increase in the activity of the air in Tibet. While the PLA used for the deployment of their fighters on forward bases only in summer but all year round deployment has now become the norm.
Latest satellite images show that another airbase is located about 200 km from lake Pangong TSO is also being improved to work more recently, in may of this year. In Ngari air force base Gunz in Tibet, the case of the su-27 fighters and work on expansion of the runway continues.
In the past, Pakistan had no qualms what other people to use their airbases and military camps. During the campaign in Afghanistan in 2001, American troops were in the enclaves in several Pakistani air bases to support combat operations against the Taliban.
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