World's highest fighter airfield to be built in Ladakh

Dristi Sharma
Dristi SharmaSep 12, 2023 | 13:01

World's highest fighter airfield to be built in Ladakh

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has announced plans to construct the world's highest fighter airfield in Ladakh's Nyoma region. The official announcement came on Sunday (September 10), and the project's inauguration is scheduled for today, September 12, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presiding over the laying of the foundation stone at Devak Bridge.

Cost: The construction of this airfield in the challenging terrain of Ladakh will require an estimated budget of around Rs 218 crore.

  • An airfield is a designated area of land, often equipped with prepared runways, where aircraft can take off, land, and operate.
  • Airfields can serve various types of aircraft, and the one India is currently building is intended for military fighter planes.

13,000 feet above sea level 

  • Nyoma is situated at a high-altitude location, boasting an elevation of 13,000 feet above sea level. This poses unique challenges for aviation due to the lower air density and reduced oxygen levels at such heights.
BRO India will be constructing World's highest fighter airfield at Nyoma in Ladakh. Shilanyas of this project will be done by Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh on 12 Sep 23 from Devak Bridge in Jammu. Jai Hind! Jai BRO!!
- BRO on X

The Significance

  • Wondering why this airfield is needed? It holds immense strategic importance. Located a mere 46 kilometers away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, it stands as the closest airbase to China.
  • This proximity allows for swift and efficient transportation of both personnel and essential supplies, making it a crucial hub for mobility in the region.
  • The existing Nyoma airstrip currently features a mud-based runway, facilitating the landing of specialized cargo aircraft like the C-130J and helicopters, as reported by India Today.
  • However, upon the completion of the new runway, larger transport aircraft will be able to operate from Nyoma, thereby expanding the Indian military's strategic reach.

In addition to the airfield project, Defense Minister Singh is set to inaugurate and dedicate 90 infrastructure projects valued at Rs 2,941 crore, all of which have been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today.

According to Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry, the head of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a total of 295 projects valued at Rs 11,000 crore have been successfully completed in just the past two to three years, as reported by ANI.

Last updated: September 12, 2023 | 13:31
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