IAF deploys indigenous LCA Tejas fighters along Pakistan border

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Published: August 19,2020 09:10 AM
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August 19, 2020: Amid border tensions with China on the Ladakh front, the Indian Air Force (IAF) Force has deployed home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas along the Pakistan border.

August 19, 2020: Amid border tensions with China on the Ladakh front, the Indian Air Force (IAF) Force has deployed home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas along the Pakistan border.



"The LCA Tejas was deployed by the Indian Air Force on the western front close to the Pakistan border to take care of any possible action by the adversary there," government sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.





The IAF had earlier moved some of its frontline fighters such as Sukhoi-30s and upgraded MiG-29s to the Ladakh sector from other bases as part of India’s overarching plan to strengthen its military posture in the region where heightened tensions between India and China have upset the bilateral relationship.



The Tejas jets moved to the western sector are from the first LCA squadron consisting of IOC aircraft. The IAF’s first Tejas squadron was raised at the Sulur air base in 2016 with two aircraft and more planes joined the fleet progressively. The raising of the second LCA squadron in Sulur began this May.





The Tejas LCA jets from Sulur had taken part in Gaganshakti-2018 exercise that sought to test the IAF’s readiness and stamina for a two-front war with China and Pakistan.



 


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