IAF chief RKS Bhadauria has reached Leh on an unscheduled visit to oversee the operations of the air force at a time when its fighter aircraft is on a high operational alert along the borders with China. The Air Force chief started his undisclosed visit to Leh and Srinagar air bases on Wednesday evening after holding a top security review meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
"The IAF Chief went to Leh and Srinagar airbase on a two-day visit. The two airbases have now stationed frontline fighter jets from central and south India to tackle the requirements on the China border,” the top government source told media.
The Indian Air Force has also moved its fleet of Mirage 2000 which carried out the Balakot airstrikes last year to a base near the Ladakh region from where it can fly over Pangong Tso and other areas in a matter of few minutes.
The Su-30s have also moved forward to locations from where they can handle any untoward situation in the northern borders. The Apache attack helicopters and Chinook choppers have also been deployed in Ladakh to provide all essential support on the ground as against the Chinese military buildup with along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Apache is suited for air-to-ground attack mode operations and it can be successfully deployed in open areas.
Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander refused to comment on the air chief’s visit or movement of fighter aircraft fleets to forward areas near China border. The Leh airfield has also seen the deployment of twin-engine fighter planes which can carry out any operations in high altitude locations.
The frontline airbases in Srinagar, Ambala, Adampur and Halwara have also seen the induction of aircraft with lethal long-range capabilities to carry out operations over the past few days. The IAF base in Bareilly is also on high alert for operations around the Tibet region. Air Force has activated its air bases in the northeastern states as well to prevent any misdeeds by the Chinese army.