Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal Anil Khosla, reviewed the operational readiness and infrastructure development of advance landing grounds (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh.

The visit was his first since taking up office in January this year, a defence communique said. During his three-day visit, Khosla visited ALGs at Vijaynagar, Walong, Pasighat, Tuting, Along and Mechuka.

The Indian Air Force has fully operationalised seven Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in Arunachal Pradesh after almost two years of rigorous repair and reconstruction, a move that promises to provide a major boost to the country’s operational capability.

The Rs 720-crore project to develop ALGs got an impetus in 2013, when the state government and the forces witnessed massive construction and development on the Chinese side along the 1,080-km border. The area remains a bone of contention between the Indian and Chinese forces where the line of actual control acts as the de facto border.

These ALGs will have night landing capabilities that could prove a big asset to the forces manning the borders. These landing grounds will also be used by the civil flights, providing a fillip to infrastructure and tourism in the region.