- China said BrahMos missile not warranted in Arunachal
- How we deploy assets is our business, say army sources
- New, upgraded variant of BrahMos inducted by army recently
The Chinese army in its mouthpiece yesterday said, "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 BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile which can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It can carry warheads weighing up to 300kg, and strike targets on land and at sea. It has been in service with the army since 2007 and is currently being tested for use by the Air Force's Sukhoi-30 fighters.
The new regiment includes around 100 missiles, five launchers on heavy-duty trucks and accompanying hardware and software.
China claims parts of Arunachal Pradesh as its own and both sides have contesting claims on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is the defacto border between the two countries. India's recent moves to strengthen its border have included building several new roads and high altitude airstrips to give its troops better control of the region.
Sources in the army point out that the deployment of the BrahMos (a missile co-developed with Russia) in Arunachal Pradesh should come as no surprise since India already uses several missile systems to defend its territory.