Ayni Air Force Base, also known as Gissar Air Base, is a military airbase in Tajikistan, just 10 km west of the capital Dushanbe. and 20 kilometers away from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK). This is India’s first overseas secret airbase. It has been secretly operated for 20 years. It can launch raids on Pakistan and Kashmir during the war.
During the Cold War, Ayni was one of the main military base of the Soviet Union. However, after the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, the infrastructure of the base deteriorated severely. India quietly took steps, negotiated with Tajikistan, and then spent $US100 million to renovate the airbase and extend the runway to 3,200 meters.
India is keen to establish military bases in Tajikistan in order to gain a strategic foothold in Central Asia. However, Tajikistan is Russia’s sphere of influence. The country’s military strength is relatively weak and it depends entirely on Russia’s protection.
Russia is stationed in Tajikistan with the 201st infantry division with a size of 7,000, as well as the air force. This base has always been the topic of the Three Kingdoms of Russia, India, and Tajikistan. However, India step up and help the Tajik air force to build a good and advanced airbase and a huge amount of money and Tajikistan lacked money, so the two countries hit it off at once, and Russia had nothing to do.
After the closure of US military bases in Central Asia in 2014, India became the second-largest foreign military force in Central Asia after Russia. Participate fully in the game in Central Asia.
However, in the event of a conflict between India and Pakistan, if Indian fighter jets from Aini Air Force Base can strike important cities such as the capital, Islamabad, Pakistan will be caught off guard.
The C-17 and C-130 J transport aircraft and fighter jets of the Indian Air Force can use the Tajikistan Air Force Base, so the base has always been the focus of the public.