India to deploy additional troops along China border

June 9th, 2009 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS  

Itanagar, June 9 (IANS) India will deploy additional army troops and build infrastructure, including airstrips, along its international border with China, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (retd) J.J. Singh.
“To develop India’s capability to effectively meet the future security challenges, deployment of more troops along the India-China border is necessary,” the former army chief told reporters here Monday.

He said two army divisions, each comprising around 25,000 to 30,000 personnel, along with artillery, medical, signals and engineering support, would be positioned along the 3,500 km long international border.

“The exercise would be completed in a phased manner in the next few years along with development of roads and other infrastructure along the borders,” Singh said.

“Increase of the force level, and improvement of weapons, fighting platforms, intelligence acquiring and other equipment are aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the Army troopers to effectively meet any sort of challenges,” he added.

Meanwhile, after stationing the Sukhoi Su-30MKI war jets in Tezpur, 180 km from Assam’s capital Guwahati, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will post another squadron of its frontline jets at the Chabua air base under its policy to boost security in the northeast.

“On June 15, four Su-30MKIs will land in Tezpur for a symbolic induction, making the airbase the third in the country to house the combat jets,” a senior IAF official told IANS last week in New Delhi.

India and China had gone to war in 1962 following territorial dispute.

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