The Indian Air Force (IAF) has moved its fighter jets including Su-30 MKI jets, Apache helicopters to forward bases due to the ongoing tensions with China. Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria also visited Leh and Srinagar airbases, which would be the most crucial for any aerial operation against China.
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 in-air was posted by ANI.
Military chopper and fighter jet activity seen in Leh, Ladakh pic.twitter.com/1OoeEIPgrw
— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2020
The helicopter visible in the third pic was confirmed as an Apache by defence journalist Vishnu Som who also mentioned about the presence of MiG-29s in the region.
This is very significant – IAF deploys its new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in Ladakh … quite easily the most attack choppers in the world. Also upgraded MiG-29s spotted here. https://t.co/lT7sJB27F1
— Vishnu Som (@VishnuNDTV) June 19, 2020
These Apache helicopters have reportedly been deployed to provide air support to the Indian Army troops.
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.