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11 airspace violations in 2009

delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2009 00:15 IST
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Chinese military aircraft violated Indian airspace five times in May-June 2009, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Monday.

He told the Rajya Sabha that 11 airspace violations had taken place during the last one year, including six by Pakistani aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Two US cargo planes also violated Indian airspace.

Antony said five Chinese aircraft, including four helicopters, had entered Indian airspace between May and June this year. Two Chinese helicopters each violated Indian airspace in Ladakh sector on June 21 and 24. Earlier, a slow-moving aircraft had entered Indian airspace on May 13, Antony said in response to a query.

The Pakistani UAVs entered Indian airspace in December 2008 and during January, February, March and September this year. A medium-sized Pakistani aircraft violated Indian airspace in August 2009.

Antony said the government had taken up the matter with the countries concerned.

US cargo planes entered Indian airspace without permission on June 19 and October 10.

The government has said it was giving careful and special attention to infrastructure development in areas along the border with China to meet its strategic and security requirements.

“The government is giving careful and special attention to the development of infrastructure in the border areas opposite China, in order to meet out strategic and security requirements and also to facilitate economic development of these areas,” External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Krishna said there were reports that China was developing a railway line from Dali to Ruili on the China-Myanmar border and was planning to extend the Qinghai-Tibet railway line to connect Lhasa with Khasha on the China-Nepal border.