Ladakh Standoff: India deploys shoulder-fired missiles against China at LAC

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat had warned China on Monday that India may opt for a military solution if talks fail to resolve the ongoing stand-off in eastern Ladakh.

Ladakh Standoff: India deploys shoulder-fired missiles against China at LAC
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Leh: The Indian Army has deployed shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles on strategic heights along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh amid the military confrontation with China.

"Indian forces have deployed troops armed with the Russian-origin Igla air defence system which can be used for thwarting enemy’s intent to enter into our air space,” India Today quoted government sources as saying.

These missiles are capable of knocking down enemy aircraft, including fighter jets and slow-moving helicopters. 


Government sources said that the Igala missile is a major threat to any enemy aircraft. If enemy aircraft come close and Indian soldiers use the advantage of heights, these missiles may prove to be fatal.



India has increased its surveillance by deploying radars and surface-to-air missile systems to monitor enemy air movement.


Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat had warned China on Monday that India may opt for a military solution if talks fail to resolve the ongoing stand-off in eastern Ladakh.


Indian and China have held several rounds of military talks, including lieutenant-general level talks. However, no solution has been found so far.


A mere couple of days after General Bipin Rawat's warning that India may take military action if dialogue fails to resolve the confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, China seems to have softened its attitude.


As an indication of China's changed attitude, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong described the bloody clash at the Galwan Valley as an unfortunate accident and a tragic incident in history.


The clash, which started on June 15 and continued into the next day, led to the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers and killed more than 100 Chinese troops.



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