NEW DELHI- Days after the clash in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang, high-resolution images indicate that China has deployed a large number of drones and fighter jets at key airbases in Tibet, which have a range close to that of India’s Northeast.
These pictures have been received from MAXAR at a time when the Indian Air Force (IAF) is also continuously conducting combat air patrols in the sky of Arunachal Pradesh due to the increased air activities of China. In the past few weeks, the Indian Air Force has also flown its fighter jets on at least two occasions when they spotted Chinese aircraft close to violating the Indian border in the skies over Arunachal Pradesh.
China deployed 10 aircraft at its Shigatse Airport. This has been revealed in the satellite image. These images have been released by Maxar Technologies. According to this, China’s military activities were seen about 155 kilometers away from the Indo-China border i.e. LAC.
China has increased activity at its airbase near the North-East border. The number of fighter jets and drones has increased here. China’s activities are clearly visible in the satellite image of Maxar Technology.
Apart from the Soaring Dragon drone, temporary aircraft shelters are also visible in the image. The Soaring Dragon drone was brought in 2021. It is used for surveillance, espionage and attack. It can fly continuously for about 10 hours. It is being told that this drone can also transfer data for cruise missile attack so that it can hit the target on the ground.
Fighter jets were also seen at Bangda airbase on December 14, 5 days after the clash in Tawang on December 9. These were flanker type fighter jets i.e. Chinese version of Sukhoi-30. Sim Tak of Force Analysis says that the increase in China’s air combat capability in the Tibet region can have a big impact on the Indian Air Force.