外文标题：Breaking: India could take out Qinghai-Tibet Railway to cripple PLA
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway — which runs between Xining in western China’s Qinghai province and Lhasa in Tibet — could become a potential target for the Su-33MKI fighters of the Indian Air Force if a territorial dispute between China and India escalates into a full-scale war, according to the Kanwa Defense Review operated by Pinkov also known as Andrei Chang, a Canada-based journalist specializing in military issues.
Earlier this year, Beijing and New Delhi agreed to withdraw their respective forces from the disputed area of Daulat Beg Oldie in the Ladakh border region between the two countries. However, tensions remain as an official border was never drawn following a conflict in 1962.
Even though China’s military is more powerful than India’s, the People’s Liberation Army has several weaknesses near the contested border, the report said. China only has two main air force bases in the region — Gongga and Shigatse — and since they are very close to each other, the Indian Air Force could easily neutralize the Chinese fleet there in a short period of time. As for the other four air force bases in Tibet, none of them are able to accommodate advanced PLA fighters.
According to the Kanwa Defense Review, China’s second weakness is that the PLA units in Tibet rely too much on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway for supplies. Once the railway is cut off, it would be extremely difficult for the PLA to find a new supply line. There are 260 bridges and two tunnels within Tibet and India’s Mirage 2000 and Su-33MKI fighters would able to attack most of them with precision guided munitions.
IAF operates SU30MKI, not SU33MKI.
China Media after all.
But Kanwa Defense Review looks credible as even Xinhua the official China Government News agency reports their analyses.
Those MKI will be shot down before they get there, IAF is outnumbered by PLAAF in quantity and quanlity. This thread is a nonsense crap.
u should read article again. there is no number game.
Bull crap article written by a
Firstly, the Indian Air Force does not possess the so called SU-33MKI fighters!
Secondly, this news is as old as the Himalayas.
Thirdly, there is no way any country in the world within geographical limits, that can stop interdiction of their country’s assets.
Fourthly, it is as clear as day that all the infrastructure built by the Chinese in Tibet for movement of their ground forces are legitimate targets and part of the Indian Air Force’s battle plans.
Fifthly, the Indian Air Force is not an exhibition piece to be displayed only during air shows! They have a task to perform during war.
If India decides to bomb the Qinghai Tibet railway, PLA will have a reason to shell New Dehli 24/7 seeing China already having to destroy so much outdated ordnances.
I don’t think there is threat from PLAAF in tib%t.The main threat is from Chinese airborne divisions and its conventional ballistic missile force and the ADM network of China
Brahmos can take out the supply lines and railways of Chinese. With the increase of range it can strike deep into the enemy territory. Tibet is difficult to hold in case of invasion for chinese since supply lines has to pass through a tough terrain.
Restating the Obvious. Unless the IAF is run by novices(which they arent), they will look to attack the infrastructure and logistic lines of the PLA from the get go as part of their war effort. Now if they are going to get through or not depends on the target’s vulnerability in terms of its structure, its defences and approach.
So if the whole line has one Key bridge then chances are that even with a tough SAM and AAA coverage along with interceptors there may one or weapons that get through and take it out. But if there are redundant lines along this particular railway with three or more critical crossings.. then the IAF may succeed in reducing the flow but not stopping it. It may also take prohibitive losses depending upon the defence that the PLA puts up.
You need to remember IAF will be having air launched super sonic Brahmos missile with 300 kms range.
actually,we’ll rely more on Jaguars than Su-30 MKI for this kind of ops..remember,Jaguar Deep Penetration Ground Attack jet is exactly built for this kind of missions..
The silliest thing anyone could do is to employ valuable assets to strike a fixed target – something that missiles can do.
Wonder where the author has picked up his information from.
sooner or later , this could happen , but best is to avoid war !
actually Qinghai-Tibet Railway isn’t far from Indian border..though IAF needs to perform deep penetration attack for this job and should have to cripple it around Qinghai province.as for @sovcomflot ‘s airborne forces,China lacks that kind of strategic lift capability to quite some extent.they’re making new aircraft Y-20,but it’ll take some time before induction into forces..in the meantime,they’re ordering more and more used Il-76.and for helo airborne operation,helos aren’t quite suitable for that region.PLAAF uses Mi-17,which is quite poor performer in high altitude operations.IAF is itself victim of that.thats why IAF chose Helos which can operate comfortably in high altitude areas,like Siachen..but PLAAF lacks these kind of helos.
Stupid Indians! China will beat you into submission before your planes can even take off. You talk about two-front war. How about two-front air war. We have kicked your crap many times. This time we will do it alongside our Chinese brothers. India should learn to behave before we bring the stick!!!
1948 and 1971 were indian victories. 1965 was stalemate. 1962 was defeat . 1967 chola incident was victory but only because china feared ussr.
nope buddy..thats because we had superior observation post and means to fire arty more accurately..it has nothing to do with USSR..and 1965 is a stale mate???War started by capturing Akhnoor by PA,war ended by IA almost capturing Lahore..
Believe me ,china could have provoked another war with India ,but it was fear of Russian invasion that kept them off. There were already a lot of tensions due to sino-soviet split which culminated in the 1969 sino-soviet war skirmishes which was crushing defeat for China and nearly led to russian nuclear attack on china had Mao and CCP not backed down. In 1971 USA and China had nearly intervened in India but due to Russia threatening nuclear war both backed down.
There is a good book sword of the empire by maxim kalashnikov which has details about the events of sino-soviet split.
On 1965 ,there are differences of opinions of historians. Thats why I stated 1965 as stalemate.
there was no proof of what you’re saying..fact is that both sides never wanted to escalate to a full blown war.
As if China won’t retaliate & that too at a disproportionately larger level ?
In a territorial war between China and India, would Russia and the United States dare supply armaments to India considering China is far the largest trading partner of Russia and the United States?