Eye on China: India, US to Conduct drill near LAC in Oct

SOURCE: The Tribune News

The Indian and US troops will conduct a two-week-long military exercise in the high-altitude areas near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), starting October 14.

The venue is near near Auli in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 10,000 ft. The India-US joint military exercise is named “Yudh Abhyas” and this will be its 15th edition.data-multi-size-validation=”false” data-enable-refresh=”30″

The joint exercise will end on October 31. India has a long history of high-altitude warfare.

The two countries operate many common planes and surveillance assets, including the C-17 and C-130 special operations planes, attack copter Apache, and heavy-lift copter Chinook.

The Indian Navy’s two ‘Predator’ drones — on lease from the US — which were used to keep an eye on China during the Line of Actual Control crisis, could also be used.

The India-China boundary in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh is designated as the ‘Central sector’ and is the only sector where the two sides have exchanged a map, yet not agreed on the final alignment of the Line of Actual Control.

In the other areas such as Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, the two sides have not even exchanged maps of what is the perception of the LAC.

Seminar on China to begin today

The Eastern Command of the Army will organise a two-day seminar starting Thursday to refine its understanding of the Sino-India boundary dispute, the Chinese strategic thought process and military transformation. It will include talks and panel discussions by eminent subject matter experts, diplomats, academicians and senior military dignitaries. Lt Gen RP Kalita, Eastern Army Commander, will also participate. TNS

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