India Latest satellite images show situation far from normal at Ladakh's Pangong Tso. 1 august

krzepice1976

DEFCON Staff
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On Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin claimed: "The situation on the ground continues to cool down and de-escalate". Images captured by space firm Maxar Technologies on July 29, suggest that contrary to claims made by its foreign ministry, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) after the earlier partial withdrawal from finger four has not moved back any further.

Earlier India Today reported that PLA had initiated a partial withdrawal from the road level areas but continued to hold the top ridge lines at finger four. The PLA still seems to be holding the top ridgeline positions at finger four.

New images explicitly shows additional build up by the PLA at finger five and finger six along the Pangong Lake. The additional infrastructure includes prefabricated huts, new tents and storage at finger six.

At finger five, which is closer to the point of confrontation, the PLA has raised additional tents. Chinese floating dock and boats at finger five are also captured in the satellite imagery.

 

rudemarine

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Did anyone expect the Chinese to pull all the way back and not reinforce the positions they really wanted in the first place. India needs to stop playing the fool. China has the high ground against your troops! Good job.
 

Drumboy44

DEFCON Staff
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India operationally deploys two LCH prototypes near disputed border with China


India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has deployed two Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) prototypes in support of Indian Air Force (IAF) operations in the country’s Himalayan region of Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) where the Indian and Chinese armies have been locked in a standoff since early May.

One of these twin-engined multirole rotorcraft conducted a simulated attack on a high-altitude target, after which it landed at “one of the most treacherous helipads in the region”, said HAL in a 12 August statement without identifying the exact location for security reasons.

The company added that the locally designed, 5.5 tonne helicopter demonstrated its “quick deployment prowess to forward locations in extreme [freezing] temperatures”.

Official sources told Janes that the move also confirmed the LCH’s ability to operate day and night at altitudes over 4,000 m.

In February HAL inaugurated a facility in Bangalore to build 15 LCHs by the end of 2020 as part of a limited series production run. A total of 10 of these platforms would be for the IAF and five for the Army Aviation Corps (AAC). Thereafter, the AAC is expected to order 114 LCH’s and the IAF 65 helicopters.

Powered by two Shakti turboshaft engines the LCH has a maximum payload of 500 kg, an operational range of 550 km, and a service ceiling of 6.5 km, the latter of which enables it to operate in the 4,700 m-high Siachen Glacier in the Himalayas in support of Indian Army troops in the region.

 
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