Indian Air Force contemplates deployment of Rafael fighter jets in Ladakh

New Delhi: – An important meeting of senior Airforce officials is scheduled to start on Wednesday, against the background of the tension created in the Ladakh region, with China. The situation in Ladakh will be reviewed in this meeting. An important decision regarding the deployment of Rafael fighter jets to be received in the next week could be taken during this meeting. A possibility of deployment of these fighter jets, capable of dodging the air defence systems and radars of the enemy, in the Ladakh sector, is being expressed. India has already deployed a huge fleet of fighter jets and helicopters in Ladakh.

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The meeting is being held in the presence of Air Chief Marshal RK Bhadauria, on 22nd and 23rd of July. Senior officials from the Indian Airforce informed that discussions regarding the tension in Ladakh and keeping the Rafael fighter jets, being received in the next week, in a war-ready condition, will be held during the meeting. India has signed a deal for 36 Rafael fighter jets with France and 4 of these were to arrive in India, in the last week of this month. But India had appealed to France, for the supply of additional fighter jets, in view of the tension with China. France has acceded to the Indian demand and a fleet of Rafael fighter jets, with additional jets, is arriving in India, on Monday.

The fighter jets arriving on Monday will be received at the Ambala airbase. Preparations are already underway to get these fighter jets war-ready. It could be discussed on Wednesday, regarding direct deployment of these new fighter jets at Ladakh. A decision to increase the level of preparedness, of the Airforce, at Ladakh also could be taken. In that case, deployment of Rafael fighter jets at Ladakh would be a strong warning for China. India has already deployed fleets of Sukhoi-30MKI, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 at Ladakh. In this scenario, Sukhoi-30MKI and Rafael fighter jets will pose a major challenge for China. Therefore, all the eyes and ears are set on the meeting on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, there is no deviation in the Indian stand on Ladakh and India has warned China to abide by the decisions taken in the military meetings.

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