Bad intentions! China now building new fighter aircraft base near Ladakh, India on alert, China developing new airbase for fighter aircraft operations near Ladakh
An old banner put up by the Indian Army near Pangong Tso Lake in Eastern Ladakh  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
- China is building a new airbase near eastern Ladakh
- Fighter aircraft will be operated from this new airbase
- India is closely monitoring the activities of China
New Delhi : China is developing a new airbase in the city of Shake in Xinjiang province, which is near eastern Ladakh, in an attempt to address the problems associated with operating its fighter jets along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India.
News agency ANI quoted government sources as saying, ‘This new air base is being built between the existing airbase of Kashgar and Hogan. From Kashgar and Hogan airbases, China has been running fighter jet operations on Indian borders for a long time. The new air base, now being prepared for combat operations, will prove to be more helpful to the Chinese Air Force in the region.
Upgrades being done for fighter planes
According to sources, there is already an airbase in the city of Shake and it is being upgraded to operate fighter jets. It will soon be ready for the operations of fighter aircraft. Work on this has been expedited.
The distance between existing airports in China close to the LAC for operating fighter jets is around 400 kms, but Shaqche airfield will help bridge this distance once operations begin.
India’s eye on China’s activities
Indian agencies are also eyeing an airfield at Barahoti near the Uttarakhand border with China, which has deployed a large number of unmanned aircraft and is continuously flying over the area.
Recently, the Chinese Air Force had renewed exercises near Indian territories. Chinese Air Force aircraft mainly took off from Hogan, Kashgar and Gar Gunsa airfields. India had its eyes on this and India was fully prepared to face any situation.
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