Taken necessary action to handle any upcoming contingency on LAC: IAF Chief
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Taken necessary action to handle any upcoming contingency on LAC: IAFChief
The Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on June 20 reacted on the question over his visit Leh and Srinagar airbases amid the escalated tension between India and China at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh.
"We are aware of the situation, be it on LAC or beyond, be it their air deployments, their posture and kind of deployments.
We've full analysis and we've taken necessary action that we need to take to handle any contingency that may come up: IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
On June 19, the IAF chief visited Leh and Srinagar airbases to review the preparedness of forces.
While speaking at the induction of five Rafale aircraft into the Indian Air Force, French Defence minister Florence Parly said India will have an edge over the entire region in defending its people with the induction of Rafale fighter jets. She said India and France are writing a new chapter in defence ties. Five Rafale fighter jets were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force at a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria were present at the ceremony. Parly also expressed France’s support to the Make in India initiative. “We are fully committed to the Make in India initiative as well as to the further integration of Indian manufactures into our global supply chains,” she said. Watch the full video for more.
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The five Rafale aircraft were formally inducted in 17 Squadron 'Golden Arrows' of the Indian Air Force, at Ambala airbase on September 10. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly took part in the induction ceremony. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar were present in the ceremony. Rajnath Singh presented induction scroll of Rafale fighter jets to Group Captain Harkeerat Singh, Commanding Officer, 17 Squadron 'Golden Arrows' of the Indian Air Force. Defence Minister gave memento to French counterpart Florence Parley, at Rafale induction ceremony.
While addressing at the Rafale induction ceremony in Haryana's Ambala airbase on September 10, Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said, "We are adding a new chapter in Ambala and IAF's glorious history." "This induction could not have happened at a more opportune time considering the security scenario today (September 10)."
Amid China tension, Indian armed forces showed their preparedness at LAC. Indian army and Air Force demonstrated their capability to counter Chinese aggression. Indian forces are ready for the long haul with supplies being flown in to support increased troop deployment. 50,000 Indian troops are likely to remain stationed in Ladakh through the winter months. IAF's C-17 aircraft and Chinook choppers are reportedly being used to ferry personnel and supplies. Soldiers are being provided with specialised winter clothing, heaters, and arctic tents. Army is also working to keep its equipment in optimum shape during Ladakh's punishing winter. Army engineers and technicians were seen doing servicing and repair work on Bofors howitzers. Mobile spare bin lorries, or vehicles with wide array of spare parts, have also been deployed. Watch the full video for more details.
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Indian Air Force plays a pivotal role in transporting essential supplies to troops deployed at forward posts in Ladakh. It has also assisted in speedy induction of troops over the past few months. This joint capability of Army and IAF is more than adequate to sustain the forces which have built up in recent times. Major General Arvind Kapoor in Ladakh said, "Our logistics infrastructure has smartly built that any unit coming from outside can join the unit here, seamlessly and be effective." "Today, each jawan deputed at the frontline has the state-of-the-art winter clothing and tentage," he added.
The construction of the Atal Tunnel connecting Manali with Leh, which is the world's longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet, has been completed. The 9.2-km Atal Tunnel will reduce the travel time between Manali and Leh by almost 4 hours. It will also reduce the distance between the two by 46 kilometres. The tunnel has CCTV cameras at every 60 metres & emergency exit tunnels at every 500 metres. Fire hydrants have also been installed in case of any fire incident. The construction of the tunnel was completed in a span of 10 years. “The estimated period for completion of this tunnel was less than 6 years but it was completed in 10 years,” said Chief Engineer KP Purushothaman. Watch the full video for more.
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Three terrorists were neutralised during an encounter in the Batamaloo area of Srinagar. The encounter started when security forces were laying a cordon and search operation in the Firdousabad locality. The terrorists opened fire at the forces which led to the encounter in the area. The encounter began around 2:30 am on Thursday morning. One civilian identified as Kaunsar Riyaz was also killed in the firing. Two CRPF personnel, including an officer, were also injured during the encounter and have been rushed to the hospital. The Jammu and Kashmir police confirmed the killing of three terrorists in the encounter and added that a search operation is still underway in the areas. Watch the full video for all the details on the encounter.
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Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, on September 17 informed that three terrorists were gunned down by the security forces in the Batamaloo encounter which also saw a civilian dying, and a security personnel getting injured during the cross fire. "Three terrorists were neutralised today in an operation in the Batamaloo area of Srinagar. Unfortunately, a civilian died while a deputy commandant of CRPF got injured. The injured personnel had been admitted to hospital and is under medical observation," said Dilbag Singh.
Jammu and Kashmir Dilbag Singh on September 17 said that there were seven successful operations in Srinagar this year during which 16 terrorists, including militant commanders, were gunned down. "Out of 16 terrorists, five were from Srinagar and 11 belonged to other districts," he said.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 15 briefed members of Lok Sabha about the India-China border issues in the second day of the Monsoon Session. He pointed to the violent standoff at the Ladakh's Galwan Valley in June 15 by saying that Indian soldiers laid down their lives to ensure Chinese designs are foiled. "Given the growing friction along the Line of Actual Control, the senior commanders of the two sides in a meeting on 6 June agreed on a process of disengagement that involved reciprocal actions. Both sides also agreed to respect and abide by the Line of Actual Control and not undertake any activity to alter the status quo. However, in violation of this, the Chinese side created a violent face-off on 15 June at Galwan," he said.
After trying to change the status quo in the southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh, now the Chinese embassy in India has accused the Indian Army of violating the consensus reached during the talks between two sides. Responding to a media query by the Spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India, Counselor Ji Rong said that India troops illegally trespassed the Line of Actual Control and conducted violations which stirred tension in the border areas. The Indian Army had on Monday said that it thwarted Chinese Army's attempt to change the status quo in the Pangong Tso lake area. India and China have been engaged in a tiff along the Line of Actual Control since May 2020. The tension had also led to violent faceoff in the Galwan valley on 15 June which had led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers. The two sides have since been engaged in talks to de-escalate and disengage but not much progress has been made in this regard. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 17 said in Rajya Sabha said, "Chinese actions reflect a disregard of our various bilateral agreements. The amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 and 1996 Agreements. Respecting and strictly observing Line of Actual Control is the basis for peace and tranquility in the border areas."