BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – India deployed Apache attack helicopters and fighter jets in East Ladakh in order to strengthen its defenses after the clashes between Indian and Chinese military personnel, the Times of India reported, citing military sources.
“Apache attack helicopters with air-to-ground hellfire missiles and Chinook helicopters capable of delivering artillery on high-altitude areas have been redeployed to East Ladakh,” the source was quoted as saying.
The source said the Indian military transferred the heavy transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Super Hercules and An-32 to the East Ladakh region.
In the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Navy strengthened its grouping of warships. “These actions are a clear signal to Beijing that New Delhi is ready to escalate the military conflict on the line of actual control in Ladakh,” The Times of India emphasized.
Regarding the clashes in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that “India wants peace and friendship, but supporting sovereignty is the main thing.”
“The hands of the armed forces have been untied to take all necessary measures,” the Indian Prime Minister emphasized during a video conference with leaders of various political parties of the country, during which the situation on the border with China was discussed.
On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the area of the Galwan River in Ladakh.
According to Indian army sources cited by local media, no firearms were used. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed, 76 more were wounded.
While the Chinese Ministry of Defense has not commented on their casualties, Indian media outlets have alleged that between 40-45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.