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IAF chief visits forward areas in Ladakh amid border tensions with China

NEW DELHI: IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari on Saturday visited Ladakh to review the operational situation and interact with personnel, amidst China's obdurate stand in resolving the 17-month long military confrontation in the high-altitude region.

ACM Chaudhari, in his first visit after taking over as the IAF chief on September 30, took stock of the operational readiness of his force, which included aircraft as well as forward-deployed radars, said sources.

With no de-escalation yet in sight in eastern Ladakh, the Indian armed forces are maintaining a strict vigil along the frontier. Having commanded the crucial Western Air Command for a major part of the face-off with China since April-May last year, the IAF chief is well-versed with the operational situation there.

Speaking earlier this month, ACM Chaudhari acknowledged China had upgraded its airbases facing India, with hardened shelters and other infrastructure to increase deployment of fighters and bombers there.

 

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