Additional air defense equipment was deployed along the actual border with China in eastern Ladakh (union territory of India) by the Indian armed forces, Asian News International news agency reported June 27, citing sources in the country’s government.
To the border with China, anti-aircraft missile systems of Indian production Akash were deployed. It is reported that this complex has been modified to work in the highlands.
According to government sources, the air defense systems deployed in Ladakh are necessary to prevent any aggressive actions by military aircraft and helicopters of the PRC.
The decision to deploy additional air defense systems was made after an increase in the activity of Chinese aviation along the control line in eastern Ladakh.
Sources also said that India would soon receive from one of the friendly countries an effective air defense system that could be deployed in Ladakh and protect the area.
Recall that relations between India and China escalated after a clash between the border between the two countries in Ladakh, where 20 Indian troops martyred . Beijing does not report any losses incurred by the Chinese side. But more than 40+ Chinese soldier were killed & 100+ seriously injured in the clash.
Akash is a surface-to-air missile with an intercept range of 30 km. It has a launch weight of 720 kg, a diameter of 35 cm and a length of 5.78 metres. Akash flies at supersonic speed, reaching around Mach 2.5. It can reach an altitude of 18 km and can be fired from both tracked and wheeled platforms.