After the recent clash between China and India in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, on Thursday, the Indian air force (IAF) launched a prime air exercise that covers the entire region of the Northeast.
The mega IAF exercise will last two days and cover almost all its frontline combat aircraft deployed in the Northeast. The Indian air force mentioned that it would include the last of the 36 Rafale in the force. They said, “FEET DRY! ‘The Pack is Complete.’ The last of the 36 IAF Rafales landed in India after a quick enroute sip from a UAE Air Force tanker.”
The Rafale aircraft was, in July 2022, into the 101 squadrons of the eastern air command of IAF at the Hasimara air base in West Bengal. Besides the Rafale jets, Sukhoi30-MKI is the prime asset of the IAF in the east.
As per the reports, the IAF has noticed an increase in Chinese air activity across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh. On 9th December 2022, Indian and Chinese troops engaged in a face-off near Yangtse in the Tawang sector, which injured soldiers from both sides.
Sources claim that Chines troops crossed the LAC, which triggered the Indian soldiers and left them with no other option than to contest in a “firm and resolute manner.” After the clash, soldiers from both sides received minor injuries and immediately disengaged from the area.