The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has revealed the deployment of the tank killing WZ-10 attack helicopter, the rough equivalent of the U.S. Bell AH-1 SuperCobra, to its Western Theater Command that includes China’s border with India.
India last June said it had reinforced Indian Army units defending its border with China in the tense Ladakh region with more tanks, troops and armored fighting vehicles amid an ongoing Chinese military build-up.
The Indian Army deployed some 100 specially modified Russian-made T-72 main battle tanks along its mountainous frontline border in Ladakh, a key geostrategic region located along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. LAC is a demarcation line separating Indian-held territory from Chinese-controlled territory.
This is only the second time in half a century India has deployed tanks to this region, a signal of the unease China’s unceasing military build-up over the past few years is causing in Delhi.
The armored regiment to which the newly deployed troops and tanks belong will raise to a full brigade the Indian Army units in the region. Two infantry regiments are already in place.
PLA said an undetermined number of WZ-10s (also called the CAIC Z-10) were delivered to the Air Defense Brigade of the PLA 13th Group Army under the Western Theater Command. This command is part of the Chengdu Military Region that encompasses the Xizang/Tibet Autonomous Region, Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou.