Reactivation of abandoned Air Force airstrips

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  1. Tanmay

    Tanmay Regular Member

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    During World War 2, many military airstrips were constructed by British-American forces for defence of India. Post independence such airstrips went into disrepair and were encroached upon. You can see large number of such airstrips in and around Bengal region due to threat of Japanese invasion in WW2.

    However with the IAF ramping up capabilities many of them are being revived especially to function as emergency landing strips. The government is also interested in these strips for UDAN scheme as they don't have to acquire private land with time, cost and court case liabilities.

    Some interesting things about these airstrips:

    1) British-American influence on design. Compare the aircraft dispersal pattern/blast pen pattern with our usual airbases.

    2) Almost all of them are with 2 cross runways.


    Starting this thread to track the progress.
     
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  3. Tanmay

    Tanmay Regular Member

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    Sholavaram Airstrip (near Chennai, Tamil Nadu)


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    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...orld-war-ii-airstrip/articleshow/68237609.cms



     
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  4. Tanmay

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    Surichua Airstrip (West Bengal)
    It's supposed to act as emergency airstrip for Panagarh AFS which houses 6 C-130Js (Hindon AFS near Delhi has another 6 C-130Js).

    Kalaikunda AFS has Su-30 MKIs. Kalaikunda AFS was built by Americans. Even today Cope India exercise between IAF and USAF is held at Kalaikunda.

    Quoting wikipedia

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    Same old story of encroachments.

    https://www.telegraphindia.com/stat...ed-during-world-war-ii-operational/cid/228119
     
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    Deesa Airstrip (Gujarat)

    Deesa is a small airstrip (<1km runway) in Gujarat.
    Have a look at its location. It's meant to fill the 300km gap between Bhuj AFS (Gujarat) and Uttarlai AFS (Rajasthan) which can be exploited by PAF.
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    In 2018, GOI cleared it to become a new air base. Apart from upgrading the airstrip, the IAF will be building blast-proof pens to keep fighters.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/india/sto...-air-base-for-iaf-at-deesa-1195974-2018-03-23
    2010 GE imagery
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    2019 GE Imagery
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    While the runway has not been extended, it has been repaired over years.

    However new construction can be seen around and they look like private buildings and not IAF residential areas. Looks like usual civilian construction is taking place around to make quick buck by selling prime properrty near upcoming civil cum military airport. So there is little room for a spacious airbase with blast pens.

    Trivia:
    Phalodi AFS was also designed to be another such gap filler frontline airbase. Even after a decade has passed it has NOT got blast pens or Pechora SAMs though it bases Sukhoi squadron.
     
  6. Subham Show

    Subham Show Regular Member

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    There is a ww2 airfield in madhIauganj near durgapur n panagarh operated by the USAAF
     
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  7. Tanmay

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    Not aware of the location. can you send its coordinates?
     
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    Badangi Airsstrip (near Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh)

    Badangi Airstrip is a WW2 airstrip used by Royal Air Force. It consists of two cross runways. Its located around 90km from Vishakhapatnam.

    Vishakhapatnam is one of the biggest cities on eastern coast and a major port. It has extensive military facilities too. Vishakhapatnam International Airport operates as a civil enclave within INS Dega (a Naval Air Station ). As a result civil operations are faced with constraints from military flights. The airport won't keep pace with the rapidly expanding civil growth of the city.

    Badangi Airstrip was a proposed solution for the Navy to relocate some of its operations there and free up space for civil ops at Vishakhapatnam Airport.

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    Badangi Airstrip reactivation plans in 2013

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...-reactivated-by-Navy/articleshow/25344686.cms
    https://www.telegraphindia.com/indi...e-plan-to-revive-bobbili-in-andhra/cid/318904

    2015 News : Badangi airstrip likely to be ready by 2018
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...-to-be-ready-by-2018/articleshow/48799927.cms


    2018 news :
    https://www.thehindu.com/news/citie...-of-military-flying-slots/article24374851.ece
    https://www.thenewsminute.com/artic...ssenger-flights-vizag-airport-kicks-row-82787


    Basically there has been no progress. GE imagery of 2019 shows that farmers are still using the airstrip to store crops. So the navy hasn't even taken back the control of the land from illegal squatters.
     
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    Navy tried.....cpi became headache....cpi was able to lie innocent farmers that navy will snatch ur pady lands etc etc...uneducated farmers protested...it was during AP telangana bifurication time....state government wasn't stable...so they left it....navy should kick pansy lazy ass Airport authority from INS dega....its navy's land why should compromise...demand for seperate airport was rising from last 15 years....these govt babu's did nothing....
     
  10. Subham Show

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    Search the name madhaigunj airfield in google earth m u will get it.
    Also look for Piardoba airfield , bishnupur
     
  11. Tanmay

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    Phaphamau Airstrip (near Prayagraj, UP)

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...th-c130-at-allahabad/articleshow/63844468.cms

    IAF shows its might with C130 at Allahabad
    TNN | Apr 20, 2018, 02.48 PM IST
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    ALLAHABAD: The Indian Air Force, on Friday morning, showed its might and expertise at the airfield of IAF at Phaphamau when the huge C130 Hercules of the IAF landed at the airstrip, which was not in use since the II World War.

    The aircraft, which took off from Delhi, reached Phaphamau at around 9 am. The forces showed how this aircraft can be landed anywhere and help evacuation of large number of men in case of any eventuality.

    A crisis was created at the airfield wherein as Hercules landed at the airstrip, the injured, who were undergoing treatment by the doctors of the forces in the tents around the airfield, were quickly shifted inside the aircraft. The idea was to meet out any challenge of mass causality like if the main airstrip of Bamrauli is bombarded, this airstrip, which is lying abandoned for several decades, can be made functional and aircraft like C130 can land and evacuate the injured persons.

    Talking to media, Air Vice Marshal, Rajesh Isser said, “The entire exercise of landing, picking up injured people and taking them to the nearest city, equipped with handling critically injured people is to create confidence among the masses that IAF is there for helping the country to meet out any eventuality”. The exercise is also helpful to show that IAF, and this airfield, in particular, could be of vital importance in view of mammoth religious gathering such as Kumbh, he added.
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    good but we need fighter planes so that we can use these airstrips , IAF planes numbers are falling like hairs . Govt is slow in modernization of IAF .
     
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