Ahead of its transgression in Barahoti area in Uttarakhand, Chinese People’s Liberation Army has used a sophisticated aircraft for spying into Indian territory.
India’s intelligence agencies have said that the Chinese aircraft TupolovTu 153M aircraft equipped with modern radar system and HD cameras carried out two to three sorties earlier this year in the middle sector falling in the areas of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
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To avoid detection by radar, the aircraft flies at an altitude of above 40,000 feet and can go up to 60,000 feet and can click pictures and other cyber and communication signatures at that height.
The aircraft is equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which provides broad-area imaging at high resolutions even in inclement weather or in night time.
The systems take advantage of the long-range propagation characteristics of radar signals and the complex information processing capability of modern digital electronics to provide high resolution imagery.
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Sources said the information about the flight was shared during exchanges with foreign intelligence agencies.
Earlier this month, at least 20 to 25 Chinese troops had entered into the demilitarised area in Barahoti pastures in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand earlier this month, besides flying its helicopters in the Indian air space for over five minutes.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops sent back an Indian civilian team and claimed it to be their land and recognised it as ‘Wu-Je’. It was apprehended that it could have carried out aerial photography of the area during its reconnaissance mission. The chopper was identified as Zhiba series of attack helicopter of the PLA.