Fearing Indian Attacks, Chinese PLA Deploys Missiles, Anti-Aircraft Guns At Multiple Locations — Reports

The Chinese PLA has deployed surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft guns at multiple locations in the Tibet region fearing an attack by the Indian Air Force, according to reports.

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Indian daily Hindustan Times reported that surface-to-air missile batteries have been deployed in Tibet’s capital Lhasa, 228 kilometers from China’s de facto border with India. As many as 30 vehicles were seen moving heavy equipment in the area last month, the report said quoting Indian officials in New Delhi.

The PLA is redeploying and relocating its units along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two Asian neighbors have been locked in a border standoff in Eastern Ladakh for the past nine months or so. They have completed nine rounds of talks on the disengagement of troops without any breakthrough.

According to new reports, the PLA is again strengthening its positions with fresh deployments of troops, military vehicles, and artillery units along the LAC.

The Indian government has “sufficient evidence” indicating fresh deployment of 35 heavy military vehicles and four 155mm PLZ 83 SPH (Self-Propelled Howitzers) in sheds around the Shiquanhe PLA camp, about 82 kilometers from the LAC across Chumar in Eastern Ladakh, the report said.

Last month, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane had said that his troops were on a high alert not only in Eastern Ladakh but all along the northern border with China.
Meanwhile, the Indian government told Parliament on February 8 that the armed forces have started emergency procurement of certain arms and equipment in view of the Ladakh standoff, according to news agency PTI.
It said the military is procuring terrain and weather-specific equipment to ward off threats from the Chinese side.
Nearly 100,000 Indian and Chinese soldiers are currently deployed in Eastern Ladakh. Last month, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawatand IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria had carried out a comprehensive review of the deployment of India’s ground forces and air assets in high-altitude locations in eastern Ladakh.