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India closely monitoring Chinese surface-to-air missile batteries deployed close to LAC

During high-level talks, the Chinese side showed reluctance in disengaging from the remaining friction points at Gogra Heights, Hot Springs, Depsang plains and CNN Junction near Demchok.

The Chinese surface-to-air missile batteries, including their HQ-9 air-defence system with a strike range of 250 km, continue to be deployed close to Indian territory in Ladakh.

Top government sources told India Today TV that the Indian agencies are closely monitoring these
air-defence batteries, which may pose threat for Indian fighter aircraft and helicopters operating in the region.

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has continued deployment of surface-to-air missiles, including the HQ- and HQ 22, close to the Indian territory,” they said.

The HQ-9 air-defence missile system can track and hit targets at a distance of around 250kms.

“We are keeping a close watch on the air-defence systems and other assets positioned there,” the sources said.

Even though the two countries have disengaged from Pangong Lake area, the deployments by both sides remain firm.

During the high-level talks, the Chinese side showed reluctance in disengaging from the remaining friction points at Gogra Heights, Hot Springs, Depsang plains and CNN Junction near Demchok.

India has also made it clear that it would consider de-escalation only if there is disengagement by the Chinese from the friction points.

The Indian Army and other security forces have also started returning to the summer deployments in the Ladakh and other mountainous areas along the Line of Actual Control. Both the armies have many troops deployed at the border since last year.

The deployment of formations and troops in Sugar sector, Central sector, and north-eastern borders have also been strengthened.

Due to Indian tactical operations along the southern bank of Pangong Tso, Indian Army managed to secure disengagement from the Finger area. The two sides are continuing talks for further disengagement and de-escalation from other friction points in the area.

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