- Feb 16, 2009
After the successfullreopening Daulat Beg Oldi and Fuk Che airfields in Ladakh last year, India is now working to soon open the Neoma Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) this year for the Indian Air Force (IAF) which is situated close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Alhough these airfields will be used primarily to support troop movement in event of a crisis , these should be ready for tourism . In a later phase, the airfield at Neoma will also be converted into a full fledged runway .
"This new ALG is coming up at Neoma in east Ladakh, which will, in all probability, be converted into a full fledged runway, like any other runway to cater for the future tourism requirements also in the region," IAF's Western Air Command Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal P K Barbora told reporters. Neoma is not as close to the LAC as Daulat Beg Oldi or Fuk Che are, but it will be close enough to support military operations too. The airfields were operated by the Indian armed forces during the 1962 Sino-Indian war, but closed a few years later. "Not as close (to China) as DBO, Chushul or Fuk Che. But it is in a pretty comfortable place," Barbora said.
news extracts and confirmed by :- india-defence.com