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IAF reopens Daulat Beg Oldie (Leh)

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:19 pm    Post subject: IAF reopens Daulat Beg Oldie (Leh) Reply with quote

http://tinyurl.com/6nuhow
ECONOMIC TIMES

IAF Aircraft lands at the highest Airstrip in the world
31 May, 2008, 1720 hrs IST, PTI

CHANDIGARH: History repeated itself when an Indian Air Force (IAF) fixed wing aircraft (AN 32) landed at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), the highest landing airstrip in the world on Leh Division of J and K this morning after a gap of 43 years, defence release said here today.

The crew members of the historic flight was led Gp Capt S C Chafekar, the release said.

The Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), where the aircraft landed, has an unpaved surface - kutcha strip and is located in the Aksai Chin area at a height of 16200 feet (4960) meters near the strategic Karakoram pass and very close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

The release said that DBO is an important army forward area post which links the ancient silk route to China and base was built during the Indo-China conflict in 1962.

Packet aircraft of the IAF operated from DBO between 1962 and 1965. In 1996, an earthquake caused some loosening of the surface soil making this base unfit for further fixed wing aircraft operations.

The release said that regular operations by AN 32 class of aircraft will be initiated in due course of time.

Landing at DBO will not only enable India to induct army troops, improve communication network but also serve as a great morale booster for maintenance of the troops positioned there, the release said.


IAF is planning to open two more bases near the LoC.
Other plans include new Sukhoi bases in the North East and one for the Andamans also.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:58 pm    Post subject: Re: IAF reopens Daulat Beg Oldie (Leh) Reply with quote

karatecatman wrote:

Other plans include new Sukhoi bases in the North East and one for the Andamans also.


Yup, Sukhoi's are coming to tezpur.

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