Reports say that government officials in India are investigating UFO sightings along the China-India border. The Indian military authorities are puzzled by a total of 100 UFO sightings that occurred along the China-India border between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15.
According to The Times of India, Indian Army troops deployed along the China-India border from Ladakh in Jammu, Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India have reported more than 100 sightings of UFOs in the last three months.
The yellow orbs appeared to rise from the horizon on the Chinese side and cross the sky slowly for three or four hours before disappearing.
Indian military authorities are concerned about the sightings. Army agencies, including the Air Force, the Defense Research and Development organization (DRDO), National Technical and Research Organization (NTRO), and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have not been able to identify the luminous objects.
According to The Times of India, the 14 corps, the Army unit in charge of military deployment along the Kargil-Leh and the frontiers with China, sent reports to the Army HQ in New Delhi after an ITBP unit in Thakung, near the Pangong Tso Lake, reported sightings.
The military authorities along the more than 2,000 mile-long China-India border have ruled out low-orbit Chinese satellites or drones, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Official reports described the UFOs as ULOs, that is, Unidentified Luminous Objects.
Military personnel who reported sightings say the UFOs glow when they are observed in daytime as well as after dark.
After reports of several sightings, the Indian Army installed mobile ground-based radar units and spectrum analysers at Pangong Lake, on top of a mountain between India and China. A UFO was spotted visually but the radar did not pick it up. This suggested to Army technicians that the objects were not metallic.
A team from the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle observed the ULOs for several days, but they were unable to say what the yellowish spheres were. However, they ruled out the possibility that they were meteors or planets.
Indian Army officials are concerned about their inability to identify the objects and some officials are concerned they could be some new Chinese surveillance equipment being tested.
Official sources say there were similar reports about five years ago, but the reports were not taken seriously at the time.
Daily News and Analysis India reports that a suggestion by some officials that one of the object be shot down by heat-seeking weaponry was turned down because it could trigger tensions in the region.
Some Intelligence experts have said that the objects could be part of a psychological operation by the Chinese army and that the objects could be "Chinese lanterns."
Daily News and Analysis India reports:
"The scientists and experts suspect that this could be one of the Chinese gimmicks to launch some lanterns which have a capability of attaining a height between 500 metres and 2000 metres and puzzle the Indian forces braving the chill and unfriendly terrain along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)...
"Chinese lanterns are... constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. The flame heats the air inside the lantern and makes it airborne as long as the flame stays after which it sinks to the ground."
Two years ago, the Indian air force investigated UFO sightings that were finally explained as Chinese lanterns. Although Indian experts remain uncertain what the ULOs are, they have ruled out extraterrestrial objects and visitors.
According to The Huffington Post, an Indian astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar, said: "There is no evidence of the UFOs being of extraterrestrial origin. The implication of them being alien objects is fancy, not fact."