The Indian Air Force has initiated an air combat drill in northeastern states including Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, utilizing fighter jets, helicopters, other aircraft, and vehicles. This exercise takes place amidst the growing tensions between India and China along the eastern part of the Line of Actual Control.
The Pasighat Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh was part of the combat exercise and saw Mig and Sukhoi fighter jets landing and taking off, with their loud engine roars. People from Pasighat and nearby villages flocked to the National Highway near the ALG to catch a glimpse of the fighter jets, while being guarded by security forces along the roadside.
Although some local residents near the ALG have raised concerns about the noise from the exercise, many patriotic locals view the drill as a sign of India’s growing power. The ALG Pasighat is currently home to 5 fighter jets, ready to respond in the event of another conflict with China like the one in 1962. Despite the noise disturbances, many locals are proud of this demonstration of military readiness.
The Indian Air Force is currently holding a major air combat exercise with fighter jets and drones. According to source, this drill is particularly significant as, for the third consecutive year, China has reportedly deployed over 50,000 soldiers and a large arsenal of weapons along the border.