China reportedly warned India against the deployment of the Brahmos supersonic missile in the North East. This comes just a few weeks after the government’s clearance to raise a new regiment which will be equipped with an advanced version of the Brahmos.
The new regiment will be deployed at Arunachal Pradesh, reported The Hindustan Times. The regiment would be developed for mountain warfare at a cost of more than Rs 4,300 crore.
PLA Daily, the official publication of People’s Liberation Army, has warned that India’s move could lead to “counter-measures” from China.
The Financial Express quoted sources as saying, “This version of Brahmos will have additional features such as steep-diving capabilities.”
“India deploying supersonic missiles on the border has exceeded its own needs for self-defense and poses a serious threat to China’s Tibet and Yunnan provinces,” the article in PLA Daily read.
It also warned India of increasing competitiveness and confrontation in the ties between India and China.
The article also said that other steps taken by India to increase its capabilities along with Indo-China border, such as the deployment of UAVs and Su-30 combat jets were part of a policy of “counterbalance and confrontation”.
It also added that the missile range of Brahmos, which is 290 kilometres, “cannot threaten China’s deep zones.”
NDTV quoted some sources in the Army as saying that the deployment of the Brahmos in Arunachal Pradesh should come as no surprise since India already uses several missile systems to defend its territory.
It has also made it clear that its decisions would not be influenced by China. "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,” NDTV quoted a top Army official.
The Congress on Tuesday said that these kind of mechanisms that the government must operate and this should also be applicable to Pakistan, Business Standard reported.
First Published On : Aug 23, 2016 20:14 IST