INDIA TO DEPLOY HOME-GROWN STINGER-STYLE MISSILES FOR AIR DEFENCE AT THE CHINESE BORDER: CHINESE MEDIA

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The missiles, designed to counter low-altitude aerial threats at close range, are similar to the US-made FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-surface missiles. Tensions along the Asian nations’ contentious border have been simmering since a confrontation in June 2020.

As militarization in the region accelerates and hostilities between the two nations reach their third year, India will purchase portable air defence missiles to deploy along its borders with China.

According to a statement issued late Tuesday, the Defence Acquisition Council, led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the procurement of the very short-range missiles that may be carried by troops.

“In light of recent events along the northern frontiers, there is a need to focus on effective air defence armament systems that are man portable and can be deployed swiftly in tough terrain,” according to the ministry.

The missile is created and developed by the Indian research organisation DRDO and is similar to the FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-surface missiles built in the United States.

Such defence missile systems have proven effective in recent battles, and the Pentagon is supplying Ukraine with at least 1,600 Stinger missile systems to counter Russian air raids.

Tensions have been simmering along the Asian nations’ disputed border since the June 2020 encounter, the bloodiest in more than 40 years, killed at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers.

The battle was centred on the Himalayan area of Ladakh, along the 3,488km (2,170-mile) Line of Actual Control.

Last month, troops battled near the border in Arunachal Pradesh, a border state in northeast India.

Such defence missile systems have proven effective in recent battles, and the Pentagon is supplying Ukraine with at least 1,600 Stinger missile systems to counter Russian air raids.

Tensions have been simmering along the Asian nations’ disputed border since the June 2020 encounter, the bloodiest in more than 40 years, killed at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers.

The battle was centred on the Himalayan area of Ladakh, along the 3,488km (2,170-mile) Line of Actual Control.

Last month, troops battled near the border in Arunachal Pradesh, a border state in northeast India.

Military commanders from the two Asian countries have met 17 times in an attempt to ease the border situation, but progress has been slow.

As militarization in the region accelerates and hostilities between the two nations reach their third year, India will purchase portable air defence missiles to deploy along its borders with China.

According to a statement issued late Tuesday, the Defence Acquisition Council, led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the procurement of the very short-range missiles that may be carried by troops.

“In light of recent events along the northern frontiers, there is a need to focus on effective air defence armament systems that are man portable and can be deployed swiftly in tough terrain,” according to the ministry.

The missile is created and developed by the Indian research organisation DRDO and is similar to the FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-surface missiles built in the United States.

Such defence missile systems have proven effective in recent battles, and the Pentagon is supplying Ukraine with at least 1,600 Stinger missile systems to counter Russian air raids.

Tensions have been simmering along the Asian nations’ disputed border since the June 2020 encounter, the bloodiest in more than 40 years, killed at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers.

The battle was centred on the Himalayan area of Ladakh, along the 3,488km (2,170-mile) Line of Actual Control.

Last month, troops battled near the border in Arunachal Pradesh, a border state in northeast India.

Military commanders from the two Asian countries have met 17 times in an attempt to ease the border situation, but progress has been slow.

The Defence Ministry of India has also approved the procurement of domestically manufactured anti-tank missiles for helicopters and Brahmos anti-ship missiles for its warships.

The total cost of the military hardware was 42.76 billion rupees (US$522 million), but the government did not specify how much each of the three components was expected to cost.

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