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India set to begin operations in its Tajik air base

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:18 am    Post subject: India set to begin operations in its Tajik air base Reply with quote

Tajik air base is ready, gives India its first footprint in strategic Central Asia
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 24:India's first ever air base in Central Asia at Ayni in Tajikistan is now ready and the Defence Ministry has sought a mandate from the Cabinet Committee on Security to begin operations.

India refurbished the Ayni air base, 10 km north-east of Dushanbe, at the cost of over Rs 80 crore under a trilateral defence agreement with Tajikistan and Russia. Under the trilateral agreement, India, Russia and Tajikistan will have command and control of the air base by rotation and a contingent of Defence Services personnel is already in Ayni after military contractors completed construction last December.

India has plans to put a squadron of Mi-17 V1 helicopters at Ayni with logistical support coming from Russia in the landlocked Tajikistan. While Russia is operating fighters from this base, New Delhi does not want to commit fixed-wing platforms for Ayni. The Indian Air Force has already given flying training to Tajikistan air force personnel under the agreement.

Conceived in 2002 under the NDA regime, the Ayni air base allows India rapid response to any emerging threat from the volatile Afghanistan-Pakistan arc including a terrorist hijacking like the IC-814.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent step! one wonders how the hell they are going to take choppes over there. Moreover, that base will come in handy if Pak does any mischief at Kargil or Siachen. We will hit them from both the sides.

Here is Google Earth photo showing Ayni, Kabul and Kargil



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strategical importance.

Good for India.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great move.
Better monitoring Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good move....helps in keeping a watch over Afghanistan
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good move....helps in keeping a watch over Afghanistan

Rather South of Afghanistan Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rather South of Afghanistan Smile
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But India does need bases to monitor Pakistan and China ... Afghanistan at the moment is not a big threat from the national security point of view
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question is not whether we have the fire power but will our politicians have the balls to do an entebbe in an IC 814 type situation!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Question is not whether we have the fire power but will our politicians have the balls to do an entebbe in an IC 814 type situation!

Well dude at the time of IC 814 hijacking there was no anti-hijack policy so our troops couldn't open fire or raid the aircraft ... the policy wa introduced in 2003 i guess. So now in such a situation no babus interfering
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

folks!!
click on the link below to see the satellite photo of IAF base in Tajikistan. I feel proud of it

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and here is the quote from the Wikipedia

Wikipedia wrote:

Farkhor Air Base (37°28'15"N 69°22'56"E) is the only Indian military base situated in a foreign country, at Farkhor/Ayni in Tajikistan. The base is located 130 kilometres (80 miles) south east of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan just 2 kms from the Afghanistan border. The agreement between the two countries was signed in 2003 and ratified in late 2004. It stipulates the presence of the Indian Air Force and Indian Army to be permanently stationed there, and ward off any external threat to the country's security. Work on the base commenced immediately and the air base is expected to be in full operational readiness by the end of 2006.[1] Details of the composition of the base are not known but it is speculated that Indian military matériel acquired from Central Asia might be stationed there. Almost seventy percent of India's arms are procured from Russia and former Soviet republics.

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1 History
2 Strategic location and geopolitical implications
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[edit] History
In 2001, the India military opened a 25-bed hospital at the base at Farkhor to treat Afghan Northern Alliance members injured in fighting with the Taliban, including military leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was rushed there after the suicide attack against him. After the September 11 attacks, Tajikistan offered its bases, including Farkhor, to the United States in its war against terror. The Indian military hospital unit was relocated inside Afghanistan with the progress of Northern Alliance forces. The U.S. had initially shown interest in the base, but that did not proceed any further. (See also Karshi-Khanabad and Ganci air bases.)

Reports began circulating in April 2006 that the Indian air base at Farkhor/Ayni in Tajikistan was operational. Both Indian and Tajik officials issued immediate denials, but they did admit that India had been renovating the base since 2002. Moreover, Russian sources confirmed that indeed such a base existed and that it was co-located with the Russian air base at Ayni, which is part of Russia’s own determined drive to rebuild its military presence and capabilities in Central Asia. When fully operational, the Indian base is expected to host 12 to 14 MiG-29 fighter bombers, according to various reports. [1]

The exact origins of the offer of the Farkhor/Ayni base to India are not clearly known, but the Indian Ministry of External Affairs passed on the offer to the Ministry of Defence, headed by then Defence Minister George Fernandes who seized on the opportunity. The agreement was signed by former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmonov during Vajpayee's visit to that country in 2002. Tajikistan and India share close relations, with the Tajik President visiting India many times. Common issues between the two nations include peace, security and stability to the region around Afghanistan. India has also invested in hydroelectric power and is a major donor to Tajikistan.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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HAWK21M wrote:

Rather South of Afghanistan Smile
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But India does need bases to monitor Pakistan and China ... Afghanistan at the moment is not a big threat from the national security point of view

Thats what Im saying"South of Afghanistan" Smile
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AKLDELNonstop wrote:
Question is not whether we have the fire power but will our politicians have the balls to do an entebbe in an IC 814 type situation!

Well dude at the time of IC 814 hijacking there was no anti-hijack policy so our troops couldn't open fire or raid the aircraft ... the policy wa introduced in 2003 i guess. So now in such a situation no babus interfering


Absolutely right. It's very different now. Policy has advanced to even shoot down the aircraft --- at least it exists on paper.

Anyway, the real hero of IC-814 then was Capt Devi Sharan and his crew!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - this is rather good news and quite unexpected at that!

Good luck to the Indian forces and I hope they maximize the benefits of this cooperation deal with Russia/Tajikistan.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good luck to the Indian forces and I hope they maximize the benefits of this cooperation deal with Russia/Tajikistan.

Now this gives me a feeling that we're gonna get all Russian 126 new fighter aircrafts (if at all we're buying in reality-not in the media)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

US claim for the aircraft deal is weak, and even they know that. You cannot expect to clinch the deal with your very first entry.

Moreover, I am surprised by the abscense of French Rafale at Aero India 2007. Have they given up or are just too sure about it?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Moreover, I am surprised by the abscense of French Rafale at Aero India 2007. Have they given up or are just too sure about it?

Im not sure if they've given up but definately they're not too sure about it because they know India has better relations with Russia than France. So maybe they've given up
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still feel Majority of Russian Equipment,But a few US ones too.Keep the Mood happy & have a variety even if the cost would be a bit higher due Variations in Fleet due Stores Inventory.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IAF base there has been operating since 2001. First there was a Army field hospital then a squadron of MiG 29's moved there about a year back. Airfield is jointly mamaged by Russian's.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one thing nobody has been able to answer is how are they able to fly Mig-29 to the base without facing the ire of Pak and China.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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one thing nobody has been able to answer is how are they able to fly Mig-29 to the base without facing the ire of Pak and China.

Good question Shocked
Maybe some special international permission just like how USA sent its B-2s and B-52s to Iraq and Afghanistan or maybe in some trasport plane like IL-78 (would it fit??? Rolling Eyes )
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the_380 wrote:
some trasport plane like IL-78 (would it fit??? Rolling Eyes )


IL-78 is a mid-air refuller. it's IL-76 that heavy weight transporter. Ahmmm well they usually fly to Dubai and then hop across via Iran.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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one thing nobody has been able to answer is how are they able to fly Mig-29 to the base without facing the ire of Pak and China.
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via the gulf for positioning Smile

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