Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

How easy is it for India to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon?

After killing China’s spy balloon, now America has refused to give its remains. The Foreign Ministry has also canceled the proposed visit of Minister Antoni Blinken to Beijing next month. China has criticized this harsh decision of America.

Here, an intelligence report of the US Air Force has created a stir in the whole world. In this report of April 2022, information has been given about the Chinese spying balloon. It has been said in the report that even before 2019, a balloon was gathering information by roaming in many countries of the world.

How did the Chinese balloon come on the radar?
According to the US Defense Department Pentagon, this 200 feet spy balloon was flying in the sky of Latin American coasts for the 5th time. After receiving information from Canada, the US agency came into alert mode and it was shot down in the Atlantic Ocean.

An official of the US Defense Ministry told the Washington Post that at first it seemed normal, but then information came from Canada, after which it was monitored. Later we shot it down with an F-16 jet. The weight of the balloon is approximately 2000 pounds.

When did this spy balloon come to India?
According to the intelligence report of the US Air Force, in January 2022 this balloon was seen flying near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. < /p>

Earlier this balloon was also found flying in the coastal parts of Japan in 2020. This balloon has also been seen in Colombia in February 2023.

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Actually, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an important base of the Indian Navy. Here the data of bottom depth, salinity, and sea temperature have been collected in water areas. This is important in submarine combat.

What is the preparation to deal with the spy balloon?
China also uses the underwater spying C-wing many times along with the balloon. To monitor this, India has kept an SVL vessel, which works for surveillance within the sea.

Indian Navy currently has 6 CVL ships in its fleet and work is underway on 4 more CVL ships, which will be inducted soon.

Is this enough?
India will still have to do a lot of work at the surveillance level to deal with China’s espionage. Let’s know in 3 points…

1. Jammer will have to be used in sensitive areas, so that it is not easy to get information. For this, sensitive areas will also have to be marked on a large scale.

2. Low-cost spy balloon-killing jets will have to be arranged, so that any suspicious balloon can be shot down.

3. China has also started proxy war in space as part of espionage campaign. In such a situation, India will have to take big steps in the field of space as well.

How does the spy balloon work?
120 feet wide and 130 feet long, this balloon can fly up to 37 km in the sky. It is filled with helium gas inside, while a solar panel is mounted on top. Because of this, this balloon keeps flying in the sky for a long time.

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The spy balloon is equipped with cameras, radars, sensors and communication equipment. It tracks things easily and keeps giving its information to the system. Not only this, this balloon remains very high and it is not easy to shoot it down.

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