Mizoram airport base for IAF jets

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  1. prototype

    prototype Regular Member

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    The Indian Air Force will permanently station at least four combat jet fighters at Lengpui air-port, 38km from Aizawl, a strategically-placed state girdled by Myanmar and Bangladesh.

    The decision followed the clearance of the proposal to set up a hi-tech surveillance radar in southern Mizoram’s village of Zokhawtlang on the Indo-Myanmar border.

    Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar, the commander-in-chief of the Eastern Command of the IAF in Shillong, who was on a one-day trip to Mizoram on Thursday, discussed the prospect of an air force combat facility in Mizoram’s lone airport of Lengpui with chief minister Lalthanhawla at his residence that day.

    The airport at Lengpui is owned by the Mizoram government.

    Air Marshal Nohwar pleaded with Lalthanhawla to extend the Mizoram government’s help in arranging land for stationing these fighter planes towards the western boundary of the runway and setting up of its facilities, including construction of hangars and undertaking other civil constructions there including the office and residential quarters.

    Lalthanhawla, according to official sources in Aizawl, had promised all possible help.

    This Rs 3-crore radar facility and the jet station in Lengpui civil airport are indicative of the IAF’s desire to make its presence felt in Mizoram as part of a new security perception of New Delhi in the strategic northeastern zone.

    At present, the IAF has combat facilities in the Northeast in airports such as as Shillong, Silchar, Chabua in Upper Assam and Tezpur.

    http://http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110606/jsp/northeast/story_14074815.jsp
     
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    How do they are planning to use a Civillian Airport has a fullscale functional IAF base?
    Who will have the Jurisdiction over the Base?
    Can be airport handle extra traffic and maintenance?

    It took them decades to realize the importance to plan to set up an air defence radar station in the Eastern frontier. Besides, We already station Sukhoi-30 aircrafts at Tezpur airbase. Its the only active bases in the Northeast which can be used for Fighter Aircrafts, Others Airbases can be only for Helicopters or rotary aircrafts.
     

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