Building up its infrastructure on the border with China,the Air Force has said it will soon be developing a fighter aircraft base at Nyoma in Ladakh that will shortly get Cabinet approval.
In addition,at least seven landing grounds in the Northeast that have been lying defunct for decades are being revived under a Rs 720 crore plan and would be available for all weather,day-night operations by 2016.
The Nyoma base,that is currently being used for helicopter and transport operations,lies close to the Line of Actual Control and can be used to supply troops that are posted on the difficult border that is frequently cut off from the rest of Ladakh due to snowfall. Once it is developed,Nyoma will be the highest fighter base of the Indian Air Force,given its location at around 13,000 feet.
Nyoma is an important location for both the Army and the IAF in the south east of Ladakh where we have good weather all round the year. The cost of developing the air base would be around Rs 2,173 crore and it will take four-five years to develop it, Air Chief N A K Browne said,adding that project is expected to be taken up by the Cabinet next month.
He said the seven landing grounds are also being operationalised in the Northeast. About Rs 720 crore have been released for these air fields and work started last week. These would be ready for operations by 2016-17, he said.