Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sun 19, Nov 2017 05:00 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
Photo News
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
NA rep. row deepens with ‘loan-gate’ while Kashag cites trust, performance deficit
Katy Perry joins list of artistes banned from China
China issues localized Internet censorship rules in Tibet
Have asked China to allow UN body to meet detained Panchen : Canadian Minister
If Chinese govt agrees, I will return to Tibet at once: Dalai Lama
Growing public anger as Kashag reluctant to give clear statement on NA Rep. row
Forbes lists Tibetan woman in its 30 under 30 social entrepreneurship list
Tibetan monk released after completing five-year term
Tibetan President in Scandinavia urges support for MWA
PEN Tibetan Center honors imprisoned Tibetan writers
 Latest Photo News
Tibetans participate in a candle light vigil to mourn the passing away of Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo in China, TCV Day School, July 14, 2017 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Gaggal airport, June 11, 2017. The Tibetan leader is scheduled to give a public talk on "Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in our World" at the University of California San Diego on June 16, 2017. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama bestows the chenrezig empowerment, Theckchen Choeling, McLeod Ganj, May 27, 2017 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
PLA Air force ramps up fighter activities in Tibet
Phayul[Friday, August 18, 2017 03:26]
By Tenzin Dharpo

A Shenyang J-11 Chinese fighter in action. file photo
A Shenyang J-11 Chinese fighter in action. file photo
DHARAMSHALA, Aug. 17: The Peoples Liberation Army’s Air Force has reportedly increased the number of fighter jets as well as fighter exercises in Tibet. The rise in the Air Force movements is seen as Beijing’s preparedness in the event of any escalation in the tension with India.

The Chinese airbases in Tibet have seen rise in the number of fighters in the recent months; the Lhasa-Gonkar base alone risen to a 25 fighter fleet adding to the total number of fighter planes in Tibet to 48, many of which are the Shenyang J-11 fourth generation fighter jets known also as the “super weapon” and are the equivalent of American and European made Super Hornet, Euro-fighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale.

Chinese Air Force TU-154 aircraft used for surveillance has also been deployed over Tibet.

The number of sorties or exercises by Chinese fighters has also drastically increased. A direct parallel could be drawn of the standoff in Doklam, which began over few months ago; the number of sorties rose to 268 in May, 164 in June and 166 in July in stark contrast to 32 in February, 19 in March and 17 in April.

The PLAAF was established at around the same time when Chinese forces first began invading Tibet in 1949. The largest Air force in Asia as of 2016 has over 398,000 personnel and 3000 aircrafts, more than India but significantly smaller than the Russian and the American Air forces in terms of both quality and the quantity of aircrafts. The PLAAF has till date been deployed in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Sino-Vietnam war.

UK economist and politician Meghnad Desai earlier in the month said that the Doklam row could escalate into an all out war between the two nations beginning at the plateau and unfolding in various other theatres of war.

Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
After Larung Gar, Yarchen Gar demolition underway
ITN condemns sentencing of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement activists
China’s interference in religious practices in Tibet widespread: US Report
PLA Air force ramps up fighter activities in Tibet
Photo Galleries
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2017 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online