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IAF to set up UAV facility at Leelabari

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NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Nov 12 � The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to establish its UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) facility at the Leelabari Airport in Lakhimpur district. The facility, which will deploy drones, is meant for reconnaissance along the Indo-China border.

The preliminary survey for the installation of the UAV facility has already been conducted by the IAF in and around Leelabari and an Israeli firm has been given the contract to construct it. Seventy-five bighas of land have been acquired by the IAF near the Leelabari Airport for the Rs 200-crore project.

Meanwhile, the Israeli defence firm has concluded its field studies at the Leelabari Airport and is awaiting departmental clearance to start the works. Though the IAF will use the Leelabari Airport for UAV missions, the civil aviation services will not be affected.

It may be noted that air services to Leelabari from the rest of the country have been suspended since the last couple of months due to the closure of the subsidy to the national carrier. The concerned public here have demanded operation of flights by private airlines at the Leelabari Airport for passengers not only from this part of the State, but also from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and its capital, Itanagar. Jet Airways, which operates a daily flight on the Imphal-Guwahati-Kolkata-Bengaluru-Pune route, can add Leelabari at least twice a week for the benefit of this region, a section of the people said.

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IAF to set up UAV facility at Leelabari

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Nov 12 � The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to establish its UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) facility at the Leelabari Airport in Lakhimpur district. The facility, which will deploy drones, is meant for reconnaissance along the Indo-China border.

The preliminary survey for the installation of the UAV facility has already been conducted by the IAF in and around Leelabari and an Israeli firm has been given the contract to construct it. Seventy-five bighas of land have been acquired by the IAF near the Leelabari Airport for the Rs 200-crore project.

Meanwhile, the Israeli defence firm has concluded its field studies at the Leelabari Airport and is awaiting departmental clearance to start the works. Though the IAF will use the Leelabari Airport for UAV missions, the civil aviation services will not be affected.

It may be noted that air services to Leelabari from the rest of the country have been suspended since the last couple of months due to the closure of the subsidy to the national carrier. The concerned public here have demanded operation of flights by private airlines at the Leelabari Airport for passengers not only from this part of the State, but also from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and its capital, Itanagar. Jet Airways, which operates a daily flight on the Imphal-Guwahati-Kolkata-Bengaluru-Pune route, can add Leelabari at least twice a week for the benefit of this region, a section of the people said.

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