IAF opens Walong Advanced Landing Ground Near China


The Walong Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh, which was abandoned after the 1962 India-China War, has been revived. The IAF’s Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, inaugurated the restored Walong ALG on Friday.

Air Vice-Marshal Manavendra Singh, senior Army officials and other dignitaries were present at the inauguration.

In 2013, it was decided that the abandoned ALG would be reconstructed and made fully operational.

The project was closely monitored by the Eastern Air Command’s chief engineer for northeastern projects and works department.

The project was completed within a record 21 months despite challenges like high-altitude location and difficulties in transporting materials and machineries.

Shillong-based IAF PRO Group Captain Amit Mahajan said the strategic location of Walong ALG will be a launching pad for air operations and also facilitate administration in the management of border areas.

Besides, the ALG will also provide air support in responding to natural calamities, evacuation, humanitarian assistance and supply of equipment and ration to troops posted in far-flung areas.

Located in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, Walong was one of the theatres of battle during the India-China war.

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