While awaiting Vivek's next post, here is something on India-China airforces. Chinese sources believe that India holds a massive air superiority over China.Andre has been writing on Chinese military for years. He reads China's mind and their distinct disadvantages.India holds air power superiority on border with China
By ANDREI CHANGPublished: Aug. 26, 2008 at 11:49 AMhttp://www.upi.com/Security_Industry/20 ... 219765795/
HONG KONG, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- In the event of a conflict with China, Indian military units stationed along the eastern part of the Indian-Chinese border could make full use of the 13 military and civilian airports in the frontier region.
Helicopters and transport planes could quickly deliver troops to the scene of the conflict, and fighter aircraft could use these airports for take-off and landing.
Among all these airport facilities, the Tezpur Airport has the most modern, full-fledged installations. It is here that eight Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters of the Indian air force are due to be positioned in the next few months. The Amritsar Air Base is very close to the Indian-Pakistani border, but it is also adjacent to the western part of the Indian-Chinese border. A total of 29 reinforced aircraft hangars have been built at this airport.
The Gwalior Airport south of India's capital, New Delhi, is the gateway for the Indian air force's strategic bombers. The No. 1 and No. 7 Nuclear Attack Squadrons -- armed with French-built Dassault Mirage 2000H/TH fighters -- are stationed at this air base. Several Jaguar attack aircraft also have been seen fielded at this airport, which has very sturdy aircraft hangars.
The Gwalior Air Base is less than 340 miles from the Indian-Tibetan border and about 310 miles from the Indian-Pakistani border. This indicates that India pays equal attention to China and Pakistan in deploying its nuclear attack power.
The No. 24 and No. 20 Squadrons, stationed at the Lohegaon Air Base near Pune, are armed with Sukhoi Su-30K and Su-30MKI fighters. The No. 20 Squadron received its first Su-30MKI fighters between 2000 and 2004. The earlier model Su-30K fighters, received from Russia in 1997 and 1998, are scheduled to be returned to Russia in exchange for a new batch of 18 Su-30MKIs.
The two squadrons are now equipped with 39 Sukhoi Su-30MKI Phase I/II fighters. It looks as if the Su-30MKI fighters, soon to be deployed at the Tezpur Air Base, will also be Phase II Su-30MKIs assembled in India.
The No. 20 Squadron is the best fighter unit of the Indian air force, equivalent to the 9th Regiment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army air force's No. 3 Division. It is based in the southern part of the region, apparently positioned as the air force's strategic reserve unit.
Yet oddly, no reinforced aircraft hangars have been built for the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs at this airport. Instead, the aircraft are stationed on an open apron. Considering the hot weather conditions in southern India, the reason for this is unclear. There are also several Jaguar attack aircraft based here.
The extensive buildup of airports in the border region, the performance features of the aircraft deployed there and the capability to quickly project troops in the area show that New Delhi's apprehensions about a threat from the north are quite strong. Still, India now has a clear advantage over China in terms of preparedness for a conflict in this region.