Monday, January 21, 2019

IAF shifts its focus to eastern-most tip

After making all six airfields in Arunachal Pradesh operational, the Indian Air Force has shifted its focus to Vijaynagar, the eastern-most tip of India, to upgrade landing facilities and make it operational by February-end.

There are six landing strips across Arunachal Pradesh where India shares a 1,100-km disputed boundary with China. In the past, a fighter jet landed in Passighat, a transport plane C-17 landed at Mechuka and a C-130 operated from Tezu. All six strips, called advanced landing grounds (ALGs), were used in a massive exercise of the IAF in April last year.

Vijaynagar in Arunachal (also known as Vijoynagar) is surrounded by Myanmar on three sides and the nearest road-head is at Miao, some 180 km away. For the locals, it is a four-day trek. An old airstrip exists in the valley. It is not in use since 2016.
20/01/19 Ajay Banerjee/Tribune

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