IAF to enhance military flying in Northeast
Indian Defence News: With the increasing pressure on the Northern front from China, India is extending its footsteps to make their ground stronger by increasing its military flying in the Northeast as a large heliport will be operational in Tawang by September 2017. This will open up a new window for the Indian Air Force to enhance flying in areas close to the Sino-Indian border.
Moving towards East of India, Indian Army too is broadening the scope by creating a new aviation base in Assam to house a squadron of indigenous armed choppers.
An advanced landing ground (ALG) in the strategic Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh was to be completed by April, but was delayed by a few months with the new projected date of completion set for September 2017, sources said.
Though categorised as ALG, it would actually be a heliport as fixed-wing aircraft cannot operate from the monastery town because of its elevation and rarefied atmosphere.
The IAF may fly its Mi-series of Russian choppers as well as the indigenous advanced lightweight helicopters from Tawang.
In 2009, the Cabinet Committee of Security approved a Rs 1,000-crore IAF plan to upgrade eight existing ALGs under the Eastern Air Command. Those selected were Tuting, Mechuka, Along, Tawang, Ziro, Passighat, Walong and Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
In the last year and a half, the IAF activated six of them – Walong, Ziro, Along, Tuting, Passighat and Mechuka – even as the seventh one at Tawang nears the finish line. The force has given up on Vijaynagar for the time being in the absence of connecting roads.
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