Monday, January 24, 2011

IAF proposal to use Mizoram airport

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has sought to use Mizoram’s lone civil airport in Lengpui village, nearly 38km from Aizawl, on a long-term basis to obtain help from the state government, to land its transport aircraft and park them there.
The topic came up for discussion on January 19 in Aizawl when the air officer commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar, called on Governor Lt Gen. (retd) M.M. Lakhera at Raj Bhavan.
The IAF has been using the Lengpui airport for occasional landings and take-off under a short-term arrangement worked out earlier with the state government.
A government statement issued in Aizawl stated that the IAF had proposed a plan to set up an air defence radar station along the state’s borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Mizoram has 404km and 318km-long international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh respectively.
The plan was discussed in detail during Gen. Lakhera’s meeting with Air Marshal Nohwar.
The station is likely to be set up on 300 acres at Zopuitlang village under Lunglei district in southern Mizoram at a cost of Rs 100 crore, a source in the IAF’s helicopter squadron 22 based at Kumbhirgram airport near here, said.


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