India has installed a land-to-air missile defense system in Ladakh in the Himalaya Mountains after the border conflict with China.
According to the report in the Times of India newspaper, officials stated that the defense systems of the Indian army were placed in the area to prevent a problem caused by the Chinese fighter jets and helicopters.
India’s step came after China increased the activities of fighter jets and helicopters along the Actual Control Line (LAC) between the two countries.
The medium range air-to-air missile defense system “Akash (Sky)” was developed locally by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
The process that increases tension in the region
The process that caused conflict and resulted in the conflict that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers on June 15 in Ladakh region in the northeast of India started with the entry of Chinese soldiers from three points in May to Ladakh region, where they set up tents and military outposts.
It was stated that the Chinese soldiers did not pay attention to the repeated verbal warnings about “leaving the region” and another issue of controversy between the two countries was in the conflict between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the province of Sikkim.
After the soldiers of the two countries faced in the east of Ladakh region and in Sikkim province, the eyes were turned to this region.
On the other hand, it was announced at the beginning of June that the foreign ministry officials of the two countries discussed the increasing tension at the border through video conferencing. India reported that it agreed with Chinese officials that the dispute was overcome through peaceful negotiation, and the Beijing administration announced that the two countries reached a consensus on tensions.
Much of the 3,500-kilometer borderline between China and India causes sovereignty debates between the two countries. The Beijing administration claims “90 thousand square kilometers” in the Arunaçal Pradesh state of India, which it calls “South Tibet”, while New Delhi argues that 38 thousand square kilometers of area covering the Aksai Chin plateaus are occupied by China. While the parties could not resolve their sovereignty disputes despite the long-standing negotiations, the tension between the two countries increased in 2017 as China attempted to extend a border road in the region to a controversial plateau.