Beijing: China is upgrading its Western Theatre Command air defence to challenge any threat from India. The Chinese military has also released photographs of a J-10 fighter jet, a lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft, along with J-11, a single-seat, twin-engine fighter jet.
The People’s Liberation Army’s website (PLA) informed on Tuesday that the jets are attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Western Theatre Command. Additionally, China has also implemented its stealth fighter, the J-20 recently, which is first in the region.
Notably, the Western Theatre Command is mainly responsible for mountain warfare at the border area with India as it looks after the security along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The LAC has been stretched to 3,488km including the high altitude Tibetan plateau.
In this regard, a Chinese military expert Song Zhongping said that this is a significant move for China as it has tried to strengthen its airspace control over the mountainous region. He further added that such upgradations have been conducted usually in south and east theatre commands at first.
Meanwhile, India and China have been trying to reset their diplomatic ties after the 73-day-long Doklam standoff in 2017 between the 2 sides in the Sikkim section of boundary.