Satellite images capture China’s PLA build-up in Ladakh

Share

China has not halted — and instead has ramped up — its military activity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a concentration of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery, and erection of structures.

satellite images of galwan valley
New satellite imagery, released by US firm Maxar Technologies, supports the claim that not only is the PLA holding ground in Galwan Valley but has also shored up its military positions in the area.
China has not halted — and instead has ramped up — its military activity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a concentration of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery, and erection of structures, including near the same point where Indian and Chinese troops clashed on the night of June 15, according to two senior officials and satellite imagery of the area on June 22.

The Indian army has observed a new structure, suspected to be an observation post, come up near Patrol Point (PP) 14, the site of the clash which left 20 personnel of the Indian army and an unconfirmed number of Chinese troops dead, said one of the officials cited above.

There was no official word from the army on either of the developments. India and China agreed to pull back from friction areas on Monday.

New satellite imagery, released by US firm Maxar Technologies, supports the claim that not only is the PLA holding ground in Galwan Valley but has also shored up its military positions in the area. One of the Maxar images too possibly points out a new and bigger observation post near PP-14. An Indian squad, led by the slain Colonel Santosh Babu of the 16 Bihar Regiment, had flattened some structures in this area including an observation post, on June 15.


The satellite images are from June 22 — the day senior Indian and Chinese military commanders reached a “mutual consensus to disengage” from all friction areas during an 11-hour meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC.

Officials and China watchers, who reviewed the images for Hindustan Times, said the visuals clearly indicated a Chinese buildup and also a new outpost for carrying out surveillance on Indian areas. But they also added that it was important to give the armies time to disengage and pointed to the complexities of satellite imagery.

“A large number of tented camps, military vehicles, heavy trucks and bulldozers are clearly visible on the riverbed. 

Road construction is also taking place. The Chinese positions are bang on the LAC,” said former Northern Army commander Lieutenant General DS Hooda (retd), one of the experts who reviewed the satellite imagery for HT. Hooda said the observation post appeared to have come up again near PP-14.


The Chinese buildup in other areas along the LAC including Depsang, Gogra Post-Hot Springs and Pangong Tso, hasn’t thinned either. The PLA’s armoured vehicles and artillery units remain deployed in Chinese areas facing Depsang and Gogra Post-Hot Springs sectors.

The army is keeping a strict vigil along the LAC and is fully prepared to respond to any provocation or adventurism by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said the second officer cited above. Given the observed build-up, the army is also prepared to keep its guards up till disengagement takes place on the ground on a verifiable basis.

But experts also said that it was important to be cautious.


The process of disengagement is likely to be arduous and challenging, and will require moving ahead cautiously in phases, as reported by HT on Wednesday.

“Disengagement can’t happen overnight. While the images are a cause for concern and somewhat reveal China’s intentions to hold ground near LAC in Galwan Valley, the result of the talks between senior commanders will not reflect on the ground in just two days,” Hooda said.

The interpretation of satellite imagery is also tricky and can result in reaching incorrect conclusions, said Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia (retd), a former director general of military operations.

“It’s about how you superimpose the LAC on satellite images. It allows you to reach your conclusions. However, some of the interpretation may be correct,” said Bhatia who heads the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, a defence ministry think tank.

China has deployed more than 10,000 troops in its ‘depth areas’ across the LAC in eastern Ladakh and the military buildup consists of fighter jets, helicopters, tanks, artillery guns, missile systems and air defence radars. India has matched the neighbour’s military moves.

While disengagement in some friction areas is believed to be a “low-hanging fruit” and can be achieved in a reasonable time-frame, the “real test” would lie in the restoration of status quo ante in the Finger Area in Pangong-Tso, where the PLA has set up permanent bunkers, pillboxes and observation posts, officials said. 

China watchers believe that the disengagement process is likely to be less complicated in the Gogra Post-Hot Springs and the Galwan Valley sectors, where there are no real issues about the alignment of the LAC, if Beijing abides by the understanding.

Source: Hindustan Times

COMMENTS

Name

16 Bihar Regiment,1,1971 War,4,26/11 Terror Attack,2,Act East Policy,1,Admiral Karambir Singh,1,advanced multirole combat aircraft (AMCA),1,Aero India,10,Afghanistan,4,Africa,1,Agniveers,1,Ahmedabad,1,Air Asia,1,Air Bubble,1,Air Bubble news,1,Air Chief Marshal,1,Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha,1,Air Force Station Yelahanka,1,AIR India,1,Air-Independent Propulsion,1,Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft,1,Aircarft,1,Aircraft Carrier,1,Aircrafts,1,Airport Authority of India,1,Ajit Doval,1,Akash Air Defence Missile,2,Akash-NG Missile,1,Al-Qaeda,1,ALH Mk-III,1,Ambala,1,American Navy,1,American Predator drones,1,Amnesty International India,1,AMPHEX 21,1,Andaman & Nicobar Islands,1,Angara,1,Angara-A5 Space Rocket,1,Anti-radiation Missiles,1,Anti-tank Missiles,3,anti-torpedo defence system,1,Arabian Sea,1,Arakan Army,1,Argentina,2,Arjun Gun Barrel,1,Arjun Mark-1A,5,Armata Tank T-14,1,Armenia,6,Armenia-Azerbaijan War,5,Armored Vehicles,1,Arms Deal,1,Army,1,Army Commanders,1,Article 370,1,Article-II,1,Artificial intelligence,1,Artillery,1,Arunachal Pradesh,5,ASEAN,1,Assault Operations,1,Assault Rifles,2,Astra Mark 2 Missile,1,AstraZeneca,1,ATAGS Howitzer,2,Atal Tunnel,2,ATGMs,1,Atmanirbhar Bharat,5,Atmnirbhar Bharat,1,attari,1,Australia,6,AZAD Kashmir,1,Azerbaijan,6,B-1 Bomber,1,Balakot Attack,1,Balasore,1,Ballistic Missile Defence,1,Baluchistan,1,bangladesh,3,Banning of Chinese Apps,1,Beating Retreat,1,BECA Agreement,1,Beijing,2,Beirut,2,Belgian Malinois,1,BEML,1,Bengaluru,2,Bharat Dynamics Limited,1,Bharat Electronics Limited,1,Bharat Forge Limited,1,Bhawana Kanth,1,Bhutan,1,Bipin Rawat,5,Black Cats,1,Black Hawk Helicopters,1,Boeing,2,Boeing F-15EX Fighter Jet,1,Bolivia,1,BrahMos,6,Brazil,1,BRO,2,BSF,7,BSF Personnel,1,Budgam,2,C-295 Transport Aircraft,1,C-DAC,1,CAA,1,Cabinet Committee on Security,3,Cadet Amit Raj,1,CAPF,1,Captain Soiba Maningba Rangnamei,1,Captain Tom Moore,1,CDS,4,Ceasefire Violation,1,Chabahar_zahedan,1,Chamoli Glacial Outburst,1,Chandrayan-1,1,Chemical-Nuke-War,1,Chemical-Nuke-War Protective Gear,1,Chengdu J-20,1,Chennai,1,Chief of Defence Staff,4,Chile,1,China,115,Chinese AR-500 drone,1,Chinese J-18,1,Chinese VTOL Fighter Jet,1,Chushul,2,COAS,4,CoBRA Deputy Commandant,1,Cochin Shipyard,1,Col Quazi Zahir,1,Colonel Narendra Kumar Bull,2,Colonel Santosh Babu,1,Combat Air Teaming System (CATS),1,commission,1,Comptroller Auditor General (CAG),1,Congo,1,Corona Virus,1,Coronavirus,1,Coronavirus Vaccine,1,Covid-19,2,covid-19 pandemic,1,CRPF,12,Cyber Attack,3,Cyber Security,2,D.R.D.O.,25,DAC,1,Daily Knowledge Dose,3,Darwan Singh Negi,1,Dassault Rafale,2,DCNS,1,Defence,6,Defence Acquisition Council,1,Defence Budget 2020-2021,2,Defence Deal 2021,1,Defence Industry,6,Defence Insights,1,Defence Ministry,4,Defense budget 2021,1,DF-17 Ballistic Missile,1,DGQA,1,Dhruvastra,1,Difference Between LOC and LAC,1,Donald Trump,4,Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,1,Dr Vikram Sarabhai,1,Drones,2,Drones Attack,1,Ehsaas programme,1,Emmanuel Macron,1,Encounter,1,Enforcement Department,2,Euro Fighter Typhoon,1,European Union,1,Exercise SKYROS,1,F-35,1,F/A-18 Super Hornet,2,Farmer Protest,1,Farooq Abdullah,1,fast Petol Vessel,1,FATF,3,FBI,1,FBI Investigation,1,Festivals,2,Field Marshal Kariappa,1,Fighter Jets,5,Fiji,1,First Rocket Launch,1,fiscal year 2021-22,1,Fitness,4,FPfizer-BioNtech,1,France,7,Gabar Singh Negi,1,Galwan Valley,6,General Manoj Mukund Naravane,1,Germany,1,Ghazwa-e-Hind,1,Gilgit-Baltistan,1,Global,2,Golden Arrows Squadron,4,GRSE,1,GRSE yard,1,GSLV MK-II,1,Gulf,1,Guyana,1,H-20 Stealth Bomber,1,Hafiz Saeed,2,HAL,11,Hanwa Defence,1,Head-Mounted Display Systems,1,Heavy Lift Rocket,1,Helicopters,2,HELINA,2,Heron Drones,2,Hindustan Shipyard,1,HMS Queen Elizabeth,1,Hong Kong,1,Howitzer,1,IAF,5,ideaForge,1,IDEX,1,IED blast,2,Imran Khan,2,India,257,India-China disengagement,3,India-China Stand-Off,64,India-France,2,India-made Israeli Tavor X 95 rifles,1,India-Nepal air travel corridor,1,India-Pakistan,5,India-South Korea,1,India-US,3,Indian Air Force,52,Indian Air Force Day 2020,3,Indian Armed Forces,1,Indian Army,194,Indian Army Day 2021,1,Indian Coast Guard,5,Indian Defence News,339,Indian Defence Review,20,Indian Navy,33,Indian Ocean,3,Indigenisation,1,Indigenous Aircraft Carrier,1,Indigenous Rustom 2,1,Indo-Pacific,3,Indo-Pak war triumph,1,Indo-US,1,Indo-US 2+2,2,Information Security,1,INS Aditya,1,INS Himgiri,1,INS Kora,1,INS Mumbai,1,INS Sahyadri,1,INS Vikramaditya,1,INS Vikrant,1,INS Viraat,1,Insha Jan,1,Inspiration,7,International Defence Expo,1,Internet Shutdown,1,Interpol,1,Iran,7,ISI,2,ISIS,2,Israel,8,ISRO,9,ITBP,6,J-20 Stealth Fighter,1,J&K Reorganisation Bill,1,Jaisalmer,1,Jaish-e-Mohammed,5,Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD),2,Jammu & Kashmir,48,Jammu amp; Kashmir,3,Japan,6,JF-17,1,Joe Biden,4,K Sivan,1,KA-226T,1,KALI Secret Weapon,3,Kalyani M4,1,Karnataka,2,Kashmir,3,Kashmir Issue,1,Kavkaz 2020,1,Keerti Chakra,1,Kharga Corps,1,Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,1,Kiren Rijuju,2,Konark Corps,1,Kozhikode air crash,1,Kulbhusan Jadhav,1,Kulbhushan Jadhav,1,Kulgam,3,Kumar Base,1,LAC,31,Ladakh,21,Ladakh Face-Off,49,Lamp;T Defence,1,Lashkar-e-Taiba,8,LCA Tejas,4,Lebanon,1,Leh,1,Leh-Manali,2,Lieutenant General Sarath Chand,1,Lieutenant General SS Mahal,1,Light Machine Gun,1,Linda Thomas-Greenfield,1,Line Of Actual Control,2,Lithium Triangle,1,LoC,10,Lockheed Martin,2,Lok Sabha,1,Louisiana,1,loyal wingman,1,LRSAM,1,Lt Gen. CP Mohanty,1,Made in India,2,Maharashtra,1,Make in India,2,Maldives,2,Manipur,1,Maritime,1,Maritime Exercise,1,Maritime Theatre Command,1,Mariya Didi,1,Mark-III ALH,1,Masood Azhar,3,MEA,13,Medium Calibre Guns,1,Mehbooba Mufti,1,MH-60 Romeos,1,MiG-19,1,MiG-21,1,Militants,1,Military Coup,1,Military Exercise,2,Military Modernization,1,Military Transport,1,Ministry of Defence,6,Mirage-2000,1,Mizoram,1,MK-III,1,MoD,3,Modern Haitat for troops,1,Modernization,1,Morocco,1,MoU,1,MPATGM,1,MQ-9B Drone,1,Mumbai,2,Mumbai Attacks,1,Myanmar,7,Narendra Modi,11,NASA,4,National Conference,1,National Security Adviser (NSA),1,National Security Guard (NSG),1,NATO,1,Naval Support Vessels,1,NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats,1,Navy,3,NCC,1,NDA,3,Nepal,3,NETRA,2,Neutron,1,Nguyen Xuan Phuc,2,NIA,6,Niger,1,Nigeria,1,Nike-Apache Rocket,1,Nirmal Jeet Singh Sekhon,1,Nirmala Sitharaman,2,North Korea,1,Northern Command,1,Norway,3,Nowshera,2,Nuclear Deal,1,Nuclear Installation,1,Nuclear Missile,1,OFB,1,Operation Meghdoot,1,Opinions,19,Optical Fibre,1,Ordnance,1,Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation,1,Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine,1,P-17A-Class Stealth Frigate,1,Pakistan,59,Pakistan army,1,Pakistan border,4,Pangong Lake,4,Pangong Tso,1,Paramount Group,1,Pavithra Wanniarachchi,1,Pentagon,1,Peru,1,PFI,1,Phantom Awacs,1,Philippines,2,Pinaka Rocket Launcher,2,PLA,17,PLAN,1,PLARF,1,PLASAF,1,PM Oli,1,PM Rally 2021,1,PoJK,2,POK,2,Poland,1,Poonch,6,Porta Cabins,1,pro-Donald Trump armed protests,1,pro-Navalny protests,1,PSLV,1,Pulwama,4,Pulwama terror attack,9,punjab,3,Purulia,1,PVC,1,Qatar,2,QRSAM,1,R K S Bhadauria,2,Rafael Advanced Defense Systems,1,Rafale,13,Raise 2020,1,Rajasthan,1,Rajnath Singh,24,Rajouri,5,Ram Nath Kovind,1,Republic Day Parade 2021,3,Riots in America,2,RKS Bhadauria,2,RLV-TD,1,RSS,1,RTEG,1,RUAV Drone,1,Rubaiya Sayeed,1,Rudram,3,Russia,13,Rustom-2,1,S Jaishankar,12,S-400 Missile System,2,SAAB,1,SAARC,1,Sabarmati Riverfront,1,Sachet,1,Sainik School,1,SANT,1,Saudi Arabia,1,Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI),1,Scorpene Submarine,1,SeaKing choppers,1,seaplane,1,Sekhon Statue,1,Self-help,1,Senkaku Islands,1,Serum Institute of India (SII),1,SHADE,1,Shaheen (Eagle)-IX,1,Shahid Beheshti,1,Shaurya Missile,2,Shivangi Singh,2,Shoaib Akhtar,1,Shopian,3,Siachen Glacier,5,Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW),1,Smart Shooter,1,SMASH 2000 Plus,1,sniffing dogs,1,Social activist & reformers,2,Social Media,1,Solar Powered Ferry,1,South Asia,1,South China Sea,1,South China Sea,6,South Korea,3,Southeast Asia,1,Southern Command,1,Southern Naval Command,1,Space,9,Space Agency Roscosmos,1,Space Situational Awareness,2,SPAD-GMS,1,Sri Lanka,2,Sri Lanka#039;s Muslim Council (SLMC),1,Srinagar-Leh,2,St Mary Magdalene,1,Stealth Destroyer,1,Student Death,1,Subhas Chandra Bose,1,Submarine,1,Sukhoi Su-30MKI,1,Sukhoi Su-30s,1,surveillance aircraft P-8I,1,Swarnim Vijay,1,Swarnim Vijay Varsh,1,SWITCH UAV,1,Switzerland,1,T-90 Bhishma MBT,2,TADA Court,1,Tahawwur Rana,1,Taiwan,6,Taliban,1,TATA Airbus Deal,1,TATA Group,1,Technology,14,Tejas,2,Tejas Mark II,2,TEJAS MK-1A,4,Terrorist Encounter,1,Terrorists,5,Terrorits,1,The Resistance Front (TRF),1,Theaterisation,1,theatrisation,1,Thumba,1,Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launch Station (TERLS),1,Tibet,2,Togo,1,Tour of Duty,1,TPCL,1,Transport Air Bubbles,1,TROPEX-21,1,Turkey,4,Turkey-Pakistan Nexus,1,Twitter,2,Type-928D Assault Boats,1,UAE,3,UAV,3,Ukraine,1,UN,2,UN Security Council,1,Unified Command Operations,1,United Nations,7,United Nations Peacekeeping,1,United States,16,US,31,US Navy,1,US Capitol,1,US elections,1,US-China,2,US-China economic and security review,1,US-India,1,UTTAM,1,Vagir,1,VCOAS,1,Vehicles,1,Verba Man-Portable Air Defense Sytem,1,Victoria Cross,2,Vietnam,2,Vijay Diwas,1,Vikas Kumar,1,Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC),1,VK Singh,1,Vladimir Putin,2,VT-AXH Accident,1,War Heroes,2,Warrior Drone,2,Washington DC,1,weapon,1,Weapons,33,White House,1,World,219,World Health Organization,1,World War 1,1,Wuhan,1,Xi Jinping,2,Xi Jinping News,1,Xiaomi,1,Yasin Malik,1,Yudh Abhyas,2,
ltr
item
Defence News: Indian Defence News, IDRW, Indian Armed Forces, Indian Army, Indian Navy, Air Force: Satellite images capture China’s PLA build-up in Ladakh
Satellite images capture China’s PLA build-up in Ladakh
China has not halted — and instead has ramped up — its military activity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a concentration of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery, and erection of structures.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-00VVX6k6J_M/XvQgBjvaB6I/AAAAAAAAOYM/903qC4_YEMANZmP46VGADWKFd_L2W3urgCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/theindianhawk.com.webp
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-00VVX6k6J_M/XvQgBjvaB6I/AAAAAAAAOYM/903qC4_YEMANZmP46VGADWKFd_L2W3urgCLcBGAsYHQ/s72-c/theindianhawk.com.webp
Defence News: Indian Defence News, IDRW, Indian Armed Forces, Indian Army, Indian Navy, Air Force
https://www.theindianhawk.com/2020/06/satellite-images-capture-chinas-pla-build-up-in-ladakh-indian-army-news.html
https://www.theindianhawk.com/
https://www.theindianhawk.com/
https://www.theindianhawk.com/2020/06/satellite-images-capture-chinas-pla-build-up-in-ladakh-indian-army-news.html
true
161742447869945643
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU TOPIC ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content