IAF reopens old air base in Ladakh

May 31st, 2008 - 3:58 pm ICT by admin  

Srinagar , May 31 (ANI): An old air base in mountainous Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir , that was closed 43 years ago, was made operational by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday.

The air base was set up in 1962 during the Indo-China war and closed in 1965.

It overlooks the strategic Karakoram pass and is located eight km south of the Chinese border.
AN-32, a transporter plane carrying Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Western Air Command) P K Barbora landed at the Dawaltbaigh Oldi air strip around 0850 hours after taking off from Chandigarh .
In future, IAF plans to carry out AN-32 transport aircraft flights from Jammu regularly.

Beside AN-32, IAFs MI-17, MI-26 helicopters, Chetak and Druv helicopters can land at the helipad to ferry the much-needed supplies to troops deployed in the region.

The Dawaltbaigh Oldi air strip is strategically located on ancient trade route connecting Ladakh in India to Yarkand in Xinjiang , China .

It has also been reported that the IAF plans to revive airfields in Chushul and Fukche along the Indo-China border. (ANI)

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