While Chinese PLA troops came deep inside Indian territory in Ladakh and blocked the construction of a canal, the Indian Air Force took one major step in the far east to counter a possible threat from China.
An IAF C-17 Globemaster landed on the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.
WATCH: Indian Air Force lands C-17 Globemaster at Mechuka (Arunachal Pradesh) at an elevation of 6200 feet pic.twitter.com/QZWQtw5QlV
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The ALG is situated at an elevation of 6,200 feet above sea level. The town was one of the key areas of battle in 1962 Indo-China war.
A Globemaster is a transport aircraft which is capable of carrying upto 150 troops. With its successful landing on the ALF, the Indian Air Force can now boast of a stronger defence structure and quick response capability along the Indian border with China in the state.
Previously, the IAF’s main fighter the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI made successful landing at the ALG in Pasighat. India has been quickly developing other ALGs in Arunachal Pradesh, which were left ignored for a long time following the 1962 war.