After a long standoff between India and China at Line of Actual Control, People Liberation Army has created an integrated or combined air defence system comprising air force and army for its western theatre command. This wing is involved in operations along Line of Actual Control.

China’s Combined Air Defence System

The Combined Air Defence System by China was put through paces during exercise conducted recently at an unknown location under western theatre command. In this exercise, army elements were jointly training with air force while air force was commanding and controlling it.  About 10 People Liberation Army units under western theatre command have been integrated in reporting chain to share inputs on early warning and exercise participation.

Backdrop

India and China Relations plunged to an all-time low after a deadly clash in Galwan Valley in June 2020. It led to death of 20 Indian soldiers and more than 35 Chinese troops. It was the first fatalities on Line of Actual Control since the year 1975.

Ground Situation as Line of Actual Control

According to Satellite images, the People’s Republic of China has withdrawn its forces from around Pangong Lake and has relocated a large section of troops and equipment to Rutog County, where new military barracks were built since the year 2019.

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