NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force (IAF) combat jets have been scrambled several times in the last few weeks in the country’s northeastern borders in response to growing tensions with China, a defence source confirmed.

Speaking to Janes, the source said that the IAF has been conducting the scrambles based on existing operational readiness platform (ORP) protocols.

Indian media has reported that the IAF’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI jets had been scrambled as a response to Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) moving towards the Indian side of the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC). However, it is unclear if this course was accidental or deliberate.

According to a video released on social media, Indian and Chinese troops had a violent hand-to-hand confrontation on 9 December, near the Holy waterfalls on the Indo-Chinese border. Janes

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