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China tests its Sukhois at upgraded airfields in Tibet

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by Osiris, Sep 3, 2010.

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Stepping up its military activities in Tibet, the Chinese PLA has carried out a major exercise there with its Air Force that for the first time saw Sukhoi-30s being pressed into action. By operating Su-30s, the Chinese military was also able to test recently renovated airfields and runways.

    As per Indian assessment, there are now seven airfields in Tibet from where Su-30s can operate. Two of these have been built recently.

    While the exercise took place about two months ago, details have begun to emerge only recently and formed part of a detailed security review undertaken by Defence Minister A K Antony a few days ago. The Cabinet Committee on Security was also kept informed. The armed forces were of the view that there was no major cause for worry as India was also upgrading its capabilities.

    From what is known so far, this was a division-level exercise but was also ambitious because the PLA had moved a mechanised formation into Tibet for this purpose. This mechanised outfit is essentially part of the Rapid Reaction Force which have been developed by the PLA to cope with future “small-scale, high intensity regional combat and military operationsâ€￾.

    The RRF formations are usually equipped with hi-tech equipment, their personnel receive special training and they are considered superior to regular formations.

    The RRF along with the Air Force and a regular mountain infantry division carried out what was called a “joint defence and counterattack exercise in frigid high-altitude mountain areas and a complex electromagnetic environmentâ€￾.

    Since the beginning of the year, the PLA’s Tibet Military Command has been quite active, holding smaller exercises, testing the Tibet railway for carrying military equipment and increasing the frequency of regular drills. While much of this went unnoticed, sources said, what caught attention this time was the involvement of the Air Force and Su-30 operations.

    India, on its part, is watching the developments closely. While the Armed Forces see this as an expected response to India improving its military infrastructure in the Eastern Sector, including upgradation of the Tezpur airfield for Su-30 MKIs, the larger political concern remains due to the unpredictability of Chinese intentions.

    China tests its Sukhois at upgraded airfields in Tibet
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    We need those MMRCA planes like yesterday considering how fast those Chinese are building up their strengths
     
  3. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    MMRCA shd be extended to 200 and we need LCA MK-II as well........wo bhi jaldi :x:
     
  4. ankur

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    i read somewhere about india raising some kind of "offensive" corps besides raising two mountain division in the north -eastern sector to counter chinese actions.also i read in a CLAWS article(rather a bizzare argument) that IA has not modernised it's infrastruture in the NE sector because 'they somehow' believe that this will slow down chinese advance in case of a low intensity conflict.can u comment on these two points?
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    defence ministry has proposed the setting up of a Mountain Strike Corps and two Independent Brigades along the China border. The proposed corps would be India's fourth strike corps and the only one dedicated for offensive operations in mountainous terrain. (news on 27 Aug, 2010)
     
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    @marxist sir:can u provide a map(again if possible) showing airfields(old as well as recently developed) by chinese in TAR?
     
  7. prototype

    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    they r also planning to raise some rapid strike corps,which have the capability to move ultra fast,with preety much objective to launch offensive's around our eastern border
     
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    siegecrossbow 2nd Lieutant ELITE MEMBER

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    I am pretty sure that there is only one military air port in Tibet officially. There are, however, two civilian airports that are, without a doubt, military capable. How many air ports does India have on the Indo-Chinese border (both military and civilian)?
     
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    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    well i dont have detailed maps,but have some pics

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