The New Indian Express reported on 9th that in order to counter China’s “aggressive” infrastructure expansion, India would open five advanced airstrips next month. These advanced landing grounds, capable of landing all types of transport and military aircraft, are developed in Arunachal Pradesh (Southern Tibetan area of China).
It is reported that in 2011 Indian government planned to develop seven advanced landing grounds on strategic locations in Arunachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 720 crore (around 690 million RMB). According to sources, advanced landing grounds in Passighat, Ziro, Along and Mechuka will be ready by next month while the Walong air strip was ready a fortnight ago. And the Tuting and Tawangair strip are expected to be operational early next year.
The New Indian Express reported that the Indian government have been criticized for delayed infrastructure development in the eastern regions. Recently, the Indian side has learned that Chinese military is expanding six key civilian airfields in Tibet. In contrast, India recently opened three advanced landing grounds in Ladakh region, all close to the Line of Actual Control. India’s C130J Super Hercules touched down several times at these airports. Analysts say that strategically these transport aircraft allow swift movement of troops, artillery guns, armored vehicles and tanks.