Indian Air Force activates Forward Bases along Chinese Border

Indian Air Force activates Forward Bases along Chinese Border
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KOLKATA: The Indian Air Force has without any fanfare added more teeth to its capabilities in the east by commissioning Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh, about 150km northwest of Kolkata, in the middle of thestand-off with China in Doklam, Times of India has reported. .

AFS Arjan Singh became fully operational, with its full complement of six C-130J Super Herculeus strategic aircraft, in the last week of July. The Doklam stand-off with China started a month earlier.



Panagarh is the second location in the country, after Hindan in Ghaziabad, to have a base for the C-130J aircraft. 
Technicians and engineers from Lockheed Martin have been building hangars and other facilities for these aircraft at Panagarh for over two years. 

A senior IAF official in New Delhi said an Ilyushin Il-78 mid-air refueller has also been based at Panagarh to extend the endurance of Eastern Air Command.

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