Defence

India Is Upgrading Two Key Airbase On China Border — Latest Satellite Imagery Here

Swarajya Staff

Apr 30, 2024, 11:36 AM | Updated 11:35 AM IST


Chabua Airbase
Chabua Airbase

India has been extensively upgrading two of its key airbases near the boundary with China, as shown by the latest satellite imagery.

One of these is the Bagdogra Airbase, located in West Bengal's Darjeeling, in the vulnerable Siliguri corridor, also called the 'Chicken's Neck,' which connects the states in the northeast with the rest of India.

The latest satellite imagery shows that the runway at the airbase has seen major improvements over the last few months, and new hardened shelters, used for the protection of aircraft during attacks, have also been constructed.

Bagdogra Airbase in West Bengal's Darjeeling
Bagdogra Airbase in West Bengal's Darjeeling

Similarly, the Chabua Airbase, located in Assam's Dibrugarh, has also undergone significant upgrades, as shown by imagery from March 2024.

Chabua Air Force Station in Dibrugarh.
Chabua Air Force Station in Dibrugarh.

The upgrading of infrastructure at airbases is not happening in isolation.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has been building roads and bridges along the boundary with China at a breakneck pace, despite China deploying thousands of soldiers on the Line of Actual Control since April 2020.

In March of this year, the BRO finished linking the crucial Nimmu-Padum-Darcha (NPD) road, providing a new and faster way to reach Leh in Ladakh from the rest of India.

This 298-kilometre road creates a third route to Ladakh, which is shorter than the existing two routes available to the military until now.


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