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The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday, September 18, inaugurated the resurfaced runway at the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh which will enable operations by military transport aircraft at the base near the China border, The Economic Times reported. 

Eastern Air Commander Air Marshal RD Mathur and Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan jointly inaugurated the runway.

Defence Spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said, “The airfield is important not only for the local administration in extending their reach to the residents of this remote area but also crucial from a strategic point of view.”

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“The ALG will assist ineffective management of our borders with Myanmar and facilitate the launch of joint operations by Indian Army and Air Force for the defence of the Vijaynagar salient,” Singh added.

Air Marshal RD Mathur, while interacting with the locals and ex-servicemen at Vijay Nagar, commended them for their unflinching dedication to the nation and expressed the hope that air connectivity with the rest of the country would open a world of opportunities for them.

Several other high-ranking officers of the Army and the Air Force were also present on the occasion.

As part of efforts to strengthen military infrastructure along the China border, eight ALGs had been reactivated by the Air Force to enable aircraft operations along the border with China.

The ALG was first opened by the Indian Air Force in 1962 and was operational until 2016, but thereafter was declared unfit for fixed wing aircraft such as transport planes. The ALG’s runway was damaged. Only military helicopters could land there. Repairing the runway was difficult because there was no road connectivity to the area, preventing supplies from reaching on time. Later, the Indian Air Force (IAF) with the local authorities ‘resurfaced’ the runway, which now allows fixed wing aircraft to land. 

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