Indian Air Force Strengthens Operations with Nyoma Base’s New Paved Runway

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Nyoma Base: In a strategic move mirroring China’s rapid developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Air Force (IAF) has paved the runway at its Nyoma airstrip in Eastern Ladakh. This development enables the IAF to conduct operations with transport planes and attack helicopters from this crucial location.

Nyoma air base in Ladakh

Strategic Importance of Nyoma Base

Once fully operational, the Nyoma base will possess the capability to launch and recover aircraft, as well as conduct minor maintenance tasks. Despite allied infrastructure being two years away, the newly paved runway stands ready to accommodate transport planes, marking a significant advancement in the region’s military preparedness.

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Nyoma, situated on the banks of the Indus River, approximately 180 km southeast of Leh at an altitude of 13,700 feet, holds strategic significance due to its proximity to the LAC, just 30 km away. Previously utilized by helicopters and special operation planes, Nyoma’s natural flat terrain now boasts a modernized, black-top runway.

Last September, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh initiated the establishment of the Nyoma base, laying the foundation stone for the ambitious project. Under the supervision of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the Rs 214-crore undertaking encompasses the construction of essential infrastructure, including the paved runway.

Strengthening Military Readiness

Following the military standoff with China along the LAC and the Galwan Valley clash in June 2020, the IAF intensified its efforts to enhance operational capabilities in the Ladakh region. This included airlifting troops, tanks, infantry combat vehicles, radar systems, and artillery guns to the area, facilitating rapid deployment and bolstering border security.

During the standoff, the IAF conducted round-the-clock surveillance and intelligence gathering using Su-30 MKI and Jaguar jets. Additionally, squadrons of Rafale and MiG-29 aircraft were deployed in Ladakh to reinforce air defence capabilities and combat readiness.

The installation of advanced radars and surface-to-air guided weapons at frontline bases along the LAC further underscores the IAF’s commitment to maintaining air superiority in the region.

The development of the Nyoma base represents a crucial milestone in India’s efforts to bolster its defence infrastructure along the northern borders, ensuring readiness to respond effectively to emerging security challenges.

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