Indian Air Force deployed its newly procured AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Ladakh amid border tensions with China, according to local media reports.
The American-made Boeing Apache helicopter is one of the most capable attack helicopter in the world. The helicopters will be able to provide close air support to the Indian Army soldiers currently engaged in a standoff with Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops.
The India-China border standoff took a violent turn on Monday night which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers. According to reports, there are also causalities in the Chinese side but is not officially released by the Communist government.
This is the first death of soldiers on the disputed boundary since 1975 when four Indian Army Assam Rifles soldiers were shot dead and marks a major escalation in the ongoing stand-off between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The Air Force has also deployed another newly procured aircraft, the Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, to provide logistics support to the Indian Army. The Air Force’s most capable Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets are also carrying out missions in support of the country’s Armed Forces.
According to local reports, the Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighter jet and Jaguar combat aircraft fleet have also been stationed at advanced positions “from where they can fly in at a very short notice to carry out operations”.