China tests rocket capable of hitting critical Indian army bases near LAC, says report

Self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (SPMRL) produced by the People's Republic of China for the People's Liberation Army Ground Force. [Photo: Wikimedia/]

New Delhi: China’s People’s Liberation Army has reportedly tested a rocket near the Indian border along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) recently.

News agency ANI quoted local media and wrote that the PLA tested an advanced Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) at an altitude of more than 5,300 metres in the Xinjiang Region that could hit critical Indian military bases.

China is likely to deploy the PHL-16 MLRS on the Sino-Indian border, the media report added, as per Mint.

“Chinese Army conducted a live-fire training assessment for a new type of rocket mine-laying vehicle, in the Xinjiang region close to the Indian border of the Xinjiang Military Region. The multiple launch rocket system is expected to be deployed in the Himalayas,” as per the report.

The report comes hard on the hills of failed military talks between New Delhi and Beijing for the 16th time at the Chushul-Moldo border on Sunday.

On Sunday, the standoff between India and China at several friction points in eastern Ladakh continued. Indian and Chinese troops carried out the disengagement process in several areas in the region as a result of high-level military talks.

Last week, External Affairs Ministry of India Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has been looking at this “graded” process to restore peace and tranquillity on the border for progress in bilateral relations.


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