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IAF re-activates Mechuka ALG

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 30 - In a major boost to the country�s rapid airlift capability for forward operations and troop deployment, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has re-activated its strategic Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) of Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The ALG, which was re-activated yesterday, was non-functional since 2013 following its reconstruction work along with the ALGs of Aalo, Ziro, Tuting, Pasighat and Tezu, an official release stated here today.

Located at an elevation of around 7,000 ft, the ALG has now been reconstructed and made broader and longer with many modern facilities, it said.

Situated along the international border, Mechuka was one of the strategic locations during the Indo-China war in 1962. The McMohan Line is around 40 km from Mechuka town.

The IAF had started its operations with Dakota and Otter in 1962 in the area and subsequently the Antonov-32, popularly known as AN-32, was operated till October 2013 before the reconstruction work was started, the release said.

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IAF re-activates Mechuka ALG

ITANAGAR, May 30 - In a major boost to the country�s rapid airlift capability for forward operations and troop deployment, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has re-activated its strategic Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) of Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The ALG, which was re-activated yesterday, was non-functional since 2013 following its reconstruction work along with the ALGs of Aalo, Ziro, Tuting, Pasighat and Tezu, an official release stated here today.

Located at an elevation of around 7,000 ft, the ALG has now been reconstructed and made broader and longer with many modern facilities, it said.

Situated along the international border, Mechuka was one of the strategic locations during the Indo-China war in 1962. The McMohan Line is around 40 km from Mechuka town.

The IAF had started its operations with Dakota and Otter in 1962 in the area and subsequently the Antonov-32, popularly known as AN-32, was operated till October 2013 before the reconstruction work was started, the release said.