New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria visited Leh and Srinagar airbases to review the preparedness of the force, following the escalated tensions between India and China.
As per ANI, the IAF chief first visited Leh on June 17 and from there he went to the Srinagar airbase on June 18. Both these bases are closest to the Eastern Ladakh area and any fighter aircraft operations can be easily carried out in the mountainous terrain.
The Air Force has moved its frontline assets including the Sukhoi-30MKI, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar fighter aircraft fleet to advanced positions where they can fly in at a very short notice to carry out operations, said ANI.
Also the American Apache attack helicopters have been deployed in a bid to provide support to the Indian Army troops.
The Chinooks helicopters have also been deployed in and around the Leh airbase to provide the capability of rapid troops transportation and inter-valley troop transfer, in case such a situation emerges there. The Mi-17V5 medium-lift choppers are also playing an active role in the area in troops and material transportation there, according to sources.
The Indian Army has also moved fighter aircraft to forward bases and airfields.
This shows that India is all prepared to counter provocation by the Chinese troops and the Air Force is on high operational alert on the border area.