China objected to India’s decision of deploying the supersonic BrahMos missile in Arunachal Pradesh, but the Indian Army has reportedly told them to bugger off. On August 22, the PLA Daily, an official mouthpiece of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, wrote that India should not deploy the missile or else there will be “counter measures”.
It said that the deployment of missiles “poses a threat to China’s Tibet and Yunnan province”.
Yet India is in no mood to be so influenced by Beijing.
Quoting army sources, NDTV reports: “Our threat perceptions and security concerns are our own, and how we address these by deploying assets on our territory should be no one else’s concern.”
The Indian Government allocated Rs.4,300 crore for raising a regiment in Arunachal Pradesh and arm it with an advanced version of the BarhMos.
The BrahMos is one of the world’s best supersonic cruise missiles. It can be launched from land, sea and air, and can hit targets 300 kms away flying at speeds of almost three times that of sound – the fastest of all.
Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,126 km border with China.
Recently, the Indian Air Force successfully modified a Sukhoi Su-32 fighter aircraft to carry a BrahMos. Two days ago, the Indian Air Force got a new Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat, just 100 kms from the China border. The ALG has been rebuilt to enable fighter jets like Sukhois to carry out missions from near the border and maintain air dominance in the region.