Eye On China, Air Force Plans To Make Andhra Pradesh Strategic Base

Indian Air Force plans to set up a major training facility in Andhra Pradesh. (Representational)

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh: 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has come up with major plans for Andhra Pradesh to make it a ‘strategic base’. Prime among them are IAF’s plans to set up a major helicopter training facility at Donakonda in Prakasam district.

The other plans put forth before the Andhra Pradesh government are establishing a drone manufacturing facility in Anantapur district, a cyber security centre in Amaravati and making Rajahmundry and Vijayawada airports asset positioning bases, top bureaucratic sources said.

“On our part, we have constituted a task team to coordinate with the IAF on these projects. A preliminary ground survey has also been done to identify suitable locations and we have asked the IAF to submit detailed project reports,” a top bureaucrat involved in the process told PTI.

The IAF, as part of its strategy to strengthen vigil along the east coast, has proposed the use of existing civilian airports at Rajahmundry and Vijayawada for positioning its assets – fighter and other aircraft.

IAF currently has a base at Arakkonam near Chennai, while the Navy has INS Dega in Visakhapatnam.

“In view of the growing strategic importance of the east coast and China moving fast, the IAF intends to strengthen its presence in the region. Setting up asset positioning bases in Andhra Pradesh is part of the strategy,” the bureaucrat privy to the deliberations said on condition of…

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