India-China standoff: IAF intensifies Combat Air Patrols in Ladakh

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Written by Varinder Bhatia | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2020 3:44:42 pm

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Unprecedented air activities were being noticed in Ladakh’s skies on Friday with different types of aircrafts conducting multiple sorties. The Indian Air Force has intensified its Combat Air Patrols (CAP) in the Ladakh region over the last few days following the LAC faceoff with China that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

The CAP appears to have been further intensified on Friday.

IAF intensifies Combat Air Patrols in Ladakh pic.twitter.com/c678mYuIZL

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A lot of men and material are also being ferried from Chandigarh air base to forward locations in Ladakh, sources say. The aircraft, which have been in action for ferrying troops and supplies, include the C-17, AN-32 and C-130.

IAF sources say that the Chinese have bolstered the presence of offensive air platforms at their airfields in Tibet. In response to that, the IAF has also stepped up its CAP in the Ladakh region, sources added.

People in Leh were seen shooting videos and taking pictures of the fighter jets and other aircrafts hovering in the sky since Friday morning. Local residents also fear that an intensified air activity in the region may be a signal that the tension at the LAC will escalate further.

There have also been large scale movements of convoys to Ladakh through the highways of Punjab, which have caused people to share photographs of these convoys on social media platforms.

The Srinagar-Leh highway is also closed for civilian movement as lots of troop movement is taking place on this highway.

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