China creates Defence system along LAC

In the move of strengthening its position along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), People Liberation Army (PLA) of China has created an integrated or combined air defence system comprising air force and army for its western theatre command. This wing is involved in operations along LAC.

Combined Air Defence System

This system was put through paces during exercise conducted recently at an unknown location under western theatre command. In the exercise, army elements were jointly training with air force while air force was commanding and controlling it.  About 10 PLA army units under western theatre command have been integrated in reporting chain to share inputs on early warning and exercise participation.

Background

Relation between India and China plunged to an all-time low after a deadly clash in Galwan Valley in June 2020. It led to death of 20 Indian soldiers and several Chinese troops. It was the first fatalities on LAC since 1975.

Ground Situation as LAC

According to Satellite images of May 2021, China has withdrawn its forces from around Pangong Lake and has relocated a large section of troops and equipment to Rutog County, where new military barracks were built since 2019.

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