Guwahati: In a move that is likely to boost operational capability of the Indian armed forces along the Sino-Indian border, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to fully operationalise seven advanced landing grounds (ALGs) in Arunachal Pradesh. This follows almost two years of repair and reconstruction in which more than Rs 700 crore has been spent.
IAF sources said that barring Tawang all ALGs will be ready by December. The ALG in Tawang will have the capability to handle landing and take-off of IAF’s latest transport aircraft C-130J Super Hercules.
These ALGs will have night landing capabilities that will hugely benefit the armed forces manning the disputed international border. These landing grounds can also be used for civilian flights, and thereby provide a major fillip to infrastructure development and tourism in the Northeast.
According to the IAF sources, local population and the Arunachal Pradesh Government have provided full support in the development of these ALGs.
Speaking to the media last month, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said that the upgrade of ALGs would enhance the economic development of the North-eastern region, especially Arunachal Pradesh.
It may be mentioned here that India is boosting its defence preparedness against its giant Asian neighbour and upgrading ALGs along the disputed border.
A similar project is on in Ladakh region. Currently the Air Force has one operational ALG at Daulet Beg Oldi. Now plans are afoot to develop one ALG at Nyoma and extend the Kargil airfield to enable fighter aircraft to take off and land.