At Nyoma, how the IAF turned a sandy surface into a smooth landing ground for its An-32

One of the main reasons that seem to have upset China is the creation of border infrastructure on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control or LAC. When roads, passes, bridges and high landing grounds come up in inhospitable terrains, they do cause discomfort to the adversary. And when these become operational, the threat gets a little too real for those manning the posts on the other side of the border.

Daulat Beg Oldi, or the DBO, and the Fukche trial landing success was a great morale booster for my entire squadron and an encouragement for me. There was a mood of ‘ye dil mange more’. Therefore, Nyoma was identified in 2009 to be the next destination because of its strategic importance.

But before we move on to discuss the actual planning and trial landing, let me narrate a very interesting episode.

Why we need information security
In January 2009, military journal Jane’s Intelligence Review published an article titled ‘Mountain Tensions: India strengthens air bases near China’ by Brian Cloughley, a South Asia analyst and former defence attaché to Pakistan.

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