As tensions continue to escalate on the Indo-China border ahead of next month’s highly anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the military from both countries brace for a potential war in the east of Ladakh.
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While keeping an eye on the volatile situation in the region, Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Monday (October 5th) that while the Indian Air Force (IAF) has not yet taken action to deliver the first blow, it had been prepared for war since the shock of the Galwan Valley.
Recently, New Delhi has made significant efforts to strengthen border security with the deployment of additional troops, massive stockpiling of rations, equipment, weapons, winter clothing and tents suitable for high altitudes and to the terrain of difficult climatic situations in the East. Ladakh.
In addition, according to reports, the country has also deployed a large number of T-90 and T-72 tanks, cannons as well as BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles in several sensitive areas such as the areas of Chumar, Depsang and Chushul from the region.
Bhaduria, while calling the move “India’s determination to deal with any eventuality,” said:
“(The) deployment of combat-ready units in response to the stalemate along the LAC in the North is indicative of our operational state today,”
We are in a very good position and there is no doubt that in any conflict scenario there, China can get the better of us.
While responding to a question from a journalist regarding the IAF approaching to strike India after the clash in the Galwan Valley which resulted in the deaths of around 20 Indian soldiers, Bhadauria said
“Did we almost knock? No. But were we prepared for it? Yes. “
India, which has added steel to its air threat with the acquisition of 36 Dassault Rafales from France, five of which have already arrived in the country and officially inducted, the country believes it has a solid base to compete. with the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army. (PLAAF).
Officially created in November 1949, the PLAAF is the largest air force in the world, consisting of five branches including aviation, anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles, radar and an airborne corps, it fails to keep close to the western military or even tell India when it comes to efficiency.
While India’s air fleet includes all-weather MiG-29 multi-role planes, Su-30 MKIs, Mirage 2000s alongside Rafales, most Chinese fighters are the result of copying and reverse engineering, and therefore have less powerful jet engines. and are also less reliable than a western plane.
The Chinese have a fair share of modern fighter jets at their disposal, including the Chengdu J-20, with China becoming the second country in the world to equip a stealth fighter designed and produced in the country.
In September, fighters participated in a simulation exercise to shoot down 17 enemy fighter jets, presumably Rafales, while avoiding any return fire, according to Chinese reports. Many experts, however, have called these exercises psychological warfare.
However, while songs of praise are still on Chinese lips when it comes to stealth fighters that have similarities to the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, the J-20 is considered far from it. the finished item they are actually supposed to be. be.
They lack over-maneuverability due to their traditional exhaust nozzles and underpowered engines, which make them unable to be truly superior to Indian Rafales.
Moreover, as China struggles to produce an engine powerful enough for fighters within their borders, they have been forced to opt for a foreign design from Russia to improve its performance in an effort to to be at the same level as the best Indian fighters.
Earlier, Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa pointed out how India’s advanced Rafale fighters are superior to any Chinese fighter, including their best J-20 fighter.
“If the IAF is successful in destroying enemy air defenses and suppressing enemy air defenses, then the Chinese outdoor fighters at Hotan Air Base and Gonggar Air Base at Lhasa Airport are fair targets. . Some 70 Chinese planes are unprotected in Hotan and some 26 planes could be parked in a tunnel the PLA was building at Lhasa air base, ”Dhanoa said.
Rafales have an advantage over most Chinese fighters due to a lethal weapon in their arsenal known as the Meteor, which is a ramjet-powered, radar-guided air-to-air missile beyond range. visual (BVR) with an estimated range of 120 to 160 km.
Unlike all Chinese planes, the Rafale which is used by the French Air Force and Navy, as well as the Egyptian and Qatari Air Forces, have seen a lot of action with a 100% success rate in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria while China is the most advanced stealth fighter aircraft – J-20, has no combat experience and therefore remains unreliable.
According to a senior Indian Air Force official who declined to be named, Rafale planes will spearhead the attack, first taking up PLA ground positions and preventing Chinese PLAAF planes to enter, though a war with China ensues.
“So far a war seems like an unlikely option, but there is no certainty that it will not happen. If this is the case, the Rafales are tested to drive from the front, unlike Chinese planes which are carbon copies of Western planes without their efficient engines ”.
It is true that China has strength, but the war is won not only by strength, but by combat experience, and if there was a duel between India’s best fighter and that of the China too, we know that France will take care of it at the end of the day. ”