Sunday, March 13, 2016

IAF reactivates two landing grounds in Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi: Boosting the nation’s rapid airlift capability for forward operations and troop deployment, the Indian Air Force re-activated two upgraded Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) at Ziro and Along in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

“The ALGs will further enhance our existing operational capabilities in Eastern Air Command,” Air Marshal C. Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command said during the inauguration of ALG at Ziro.

He later inaugurated the ALG at Along. Further underscoring the significance he said that “the capacity build-up will enable operations by some of our new inductions including the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft”.

This will give the ability to rapidly airlift troops in case of hostilities or a standoff. India has belatedly embarked on a major drive to operationalise the ALGs which have not been in use for decades.

In the mid-eighties Vayudoot Airlines had operated from Ziro airfield and the IAF too had operated a flying detachment from for air maintenance. Subsequently the airfield fell out of use.
13/03/16 The Hindu
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