but a decent analysis of fuel dumps is also essential. Difficult I am sure.
will these planes not be transferred to the bases in case of conflict?
Actually refineries and major fuel depots are easily visible and I will be posting more info about them in due course
But the grind is set to get deeper.
Seeing PLA sites on otherwise uninhabited heights or along highways is easy - but spotting them in Lhasa or Nyingchi is more difficult. I have marked 40 or 50 sites where the PLA is present but most of them together cannot account for 200,000 troops. The biggest ones I saw could probably house a 1000 or 2000. So where are the missing troops?
Today after a dedicated search I found 3 sites in Lhasa which can probably house several thousand troops. Lhasa is important in light of a discussion I had earlier with Shaurya. Typically acclimatization requires a few days or weeks at about 3500 meters before the troops go to higher altitudes like 4500 or 5000 meters. Lhasa seems to be the ideal spot
That apart I have been looking for army trucks and vehicles. Although I have spotted them parked as well as in highway convoys - the only really large concentration of vehicles I found was in Golmud with 100s of tanks, trucks and even what appear to be trucks to carry missiles (minus the missiles) But I want to find some heavy vehicles elsewhere too. Not just in Golmud 800 air-kilometers from the Indian border
The main Tibet railway starts at Xining and goes east to Golmud and then goes 900 km south up the permafrost to Lhasa. So the tanks/trucks at Golmud are just 12 hours away from Lhasa by train. But Golmud is at 2800 meters - not high enough for acclimatization and the train is oxygen enriched. So there must be a body of troops (probably in Lhasa) getting interim acclimatization. at 3000-3500 meters.
There are other issues. At least part of the troop strength is for internal security in Tibet. Also because Tibet food supply is marginal - food has to be shipped in. The more the troops, the more the food. And the best route is the train. Train route video coming up soon.