At a time when the Chinese PLA is conducting exercises at their training areas opposite Eastern Ladakh, the Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria paid a visit to Leh to assess the operational preparedness of the troops posted there.
Sources said that he was briefed on the operational preparedness and the ongoing operations along the Indo-China border by the officials at the Leh airbase. The chief was also briefed extensively about the air maintenance operations in support of the Indian Army and the paramilitary forces there, they said.
The IAF has two major bases in Leh and Thoise which help it look after both China and Pakistan border. It has also deployed troops at the forward locations all along the eastern Ladakh sector including the Nyoma advanced landing ground and the airfield in Daulat Beg Oldi.
The Chinese Army is holding exercises, which includes its Air Force and Army, close to locations from where they diverted troops towards the Indian front last year.
Rafale aircrafts are also regularly deployed in the sector along with MiG-29 fighters which have been based there for a long time now. The Air Force has also flown extensively since last year in support of the Indian Army by helping it get its tank and infantry combat vehicles at a fast pace.