Seven Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in India’s Northeast, abandoned after the 1962 war with China, are now operational on the Indo-China border, Deccan Herald has reported.
As per the report, these upgraded ALGs are located in Tuting, Mechuka, Along, Wallong, Ziro, Tawang and Pasighat. Work on refurbishing another ALG in Vijaynagar is currently on-going.
Either abandoned or destroyed during the 1962 war, the ALGs had been lying ignored for a long time. However, in 2009, the Ministry of Defence had announced that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is upgrading them in order to boost the operational capability across the border in the Northeast. The work started in 2013 and has now been completed.
With the operationalisation of these ALGs, IAF will now be able to operate Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft, transport aircraft AN-32, helicopters and C-130J Super Hercules among other new inductees to force’s fleet.
This has been a part of the defence ministry’s plan to give a push to the required infrastructure across the border with China.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.