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Purvanchal Expressway will challenge China, fighter planes will be landing here in emergency

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China is building new airports. Upgrading existing airports near the 3488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). Meanwhile, today Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh today. A 3.3 kilometer long runway has also been built on this expressway for littering. Fighter planes can be landed here in the most difficult conditions. There is also a similar runway on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

According to Air Chief Marshal (Retd) S Krishnaswamy, the newly constructed airstrips on the UP highways are part of the plans of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Roadsters are specifically designed to handle the weight of fighter aircraft such as the Mirage-2000H and transport aircraft such as the C-130J Hercules.

The former fighter pilot said, ‚ÄúDuring the 1965 and 1971 wars, the IAF almost lost its aircraft due to the bombing of air bases by Pakistani Air Force aircraft. Learning from that experience, the Air Force has decided to use these designated airstrips for round-the-clock temporary lighting on highways, mobile air traffic communication, refueling and post-launched take-offs.”

The Indian Air Force has remained silent about its operational plans. However, the fact remains that UP has two designated airstrips close to the airbase to supply fuel and armament to the landing of fighters or to transport aircraft in a worst-case scenario. Nearby airbases of the Kushbhar airstrip are Kanpur, Bareilly and Gorakhpur, which are front-line bases for launching against neighboring China.

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The Chinese Air Force is building underground bases across the LAC for its fighters in Kashgar, Hotan, Damxung, Lhasa, Shigatse, Ngari-Gar Gunsa, Bangda and Nyinmagchi. It is building new airports in Tashikorgan, Purang, Tingri and Luntse. In view of this, the Indian Air Force decided to make the expressway conducive for the landing of fighter jets.

The decision to construct these airstrips has been taken considering that PLA Air Force is building underground shelters for its fighters across the LAC.

Publicly available satellite images show tunneling activity with combat exploding pens at Damksung, Ngari-Gar Gunsa, Lhasa, Bangda and Nyingchi airports. It is quite clear that these underground facilities will act as C3I (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence) centers in case of hostilities against India. Satellite imagery also shows the presence of Chinese armed drones stationed at Nagari Gar Gunsa, just 100 km from Indian Demchok across the LAC.

Noting that the Chinese have decided to not only enhance the military infrastructure, but also to connect all border posts along the LAC with optical fiber, India has already established the Army’s Central Command as well as the Air Force in the region. Army bases have also been strengthened. The dustbin runway is part of this plan.

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