Chilling satellite images confirm both countries are pursuing wide-ranging buildups along four critical air bases to prepare for a “military confrontation”.
Images show India increasing the deployment of its premier Su-30MKI fighter jets at Bagdogra and Hasimara air bases in West Bengal.
The jets will soon be capable of striking land targets with the advanced BrahMos – the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world.
An “even greater level of activity” was visible of the Chinese air bases near Lhasa and Shigatse, according to US geopolitical intelligence company Stratfor.
China has moved it’s KJ-500 airborne early warning and command aircraft, components of the HQ-9 long-range surface-to-air missile system and Soar Dragon unmanned aerial vehicles at Shigatse Peace Airport.
It comes as the country displayed pictures of highly capable Chengdu J-10 Vigorous Dragon multirole fighters and Shenyang J-11 fighters recently.
Photos showed the incredibly powerful jets taking part in combat exercises in the country’s western region.
Chinese military expert Song Zhongping said the deployment of more high-tech jets was due to “border tensions with no resolution in sight”, reported Express.co.uk.
He said: “The upgrade is urgent because in China’s western region, relations with India have been strained due to the border tensions, with no resolution in sight.
“India is gearing up already, so it’s necessary for China to prepare for a possible military confrontation. And in these mountainous areas, superiority in the air is of utmost importance.
“Strengthening the 3.5-generation fighter jets or even stationing more advanced fighters has been urgent for the People’s Liberation Army.”
India’s M Matheswaran, a retired Air Force marshal, stated it is China threatening its neighbour and that New Delhi did not have a “force size” large enough to threaten China.
He said: “It’s not India threatening China, it’s that they’re threatening India.
“I don’t think India has the force size to threaten China at the moment.”
China and India faced off last year in a tense military standoff on the Doklam Plateau on the disputed Line of Actual Control in the Himalayas.
The plateau lies at a junction between China and the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
The land is currently disputed between Beijing and Bhutan. India supports Bhutan’s claim over it.
While tensions have calmed since then, both sides continue to build up their ground forces at the inhospitable terrain.
By: Daily Star UK
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