IAF Chief to Dedicate Phalodi Airbase to Nation Today

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik is going to dedicate the Phalodi air field in Rajasthan to the service of the nation today, reported ANI.

It is being seen as a step towards bridging gap in air defence in the western sector.

The Phalodi airfield, replete with modern infrastructure, is strategically situated between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur and will straddle the distance between the two airbases.

The IAF said that the airfield was prepared to undertake all kinds of operations, said report.

In the inauguration ceremony, various fighter formations will carry out flypast and first fighter aircraft will land at the base, said report.

Besides Air Chief Marshal Naik, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Western Air Command (SWAC) Air Marshal P S Bhangu will also be present in the ceremony, report said.

In April 2000, the Union Government approved the construction of Phalodi air base with specific consideration to the geo-political scenario and the need for in-built flexibility in operational requirements.

In July 2001, the IAF, established a Care and Maintenance Unit (C and MU) at Phalodi.

The Government’s sanction for establishment of Air Force Station Phalodi was accorded with effect from July 2006, and the Station under SWAC has been functioning independently since then.

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