Ladakh Standoff: IAF may deploy Rafale fighters on LAC as deterrence against China

With tensions easing following gradual disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), negotiations to restore the status quo continue between high-level military delegations from Indian and China.

Ladakh Standoff: IAF may deploy Rafale fighters on LAC as deterrence against China
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Leh: China has been forced to agree to withdraw from the dispute points on in eastern Ladakh following the thrashing at the hands of vastly outnumbered Indian soldiers at the Galwan Valley.


With tensions easing following gradual disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), negotiations to restore the status quo continue between high-level military delegations from Indian and China.


The Indian Air Force (IAF) however, does want to take any chance and continues to maintain strict vigil along the LAC.


By the end of this month, India is going to get a batch of the Rafale fighter aircraft later this month. The delivery, which originally envisaged four Rafale fighter planes to be sent from France to India, will see the arrival of six of the lean, mean, fighting machines following a special request from the IAF.


These aircraft are scheduled to reach the IAF base in Ambala on July 27.


“Air and ground crews have undergone full training on the aircraft including advanced weapons systems over the last one year in France,” an official was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.


The top commanders of the IAF are scheduled to meet on August 22 to discuss where the Rafale aircraft will be deployed. These fighter planes may be deployed on the LAC due to the ongoing military confrontation between India and China.


The IAF has deployed many of its frontline fighter aircraft on the LAC including the Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30, and MiG-29. The newly-acquired Apache attack helicopters have also deployed at the forward bases along the LAC.




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