SHILLONG: The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, commenced his tour of the Northeast’s forward areas with a significant visit to the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Vijaynagar on Tuesday.
Situated in the remote reaches of Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, this ALG holds immense strategic importance due to its proximity to the Indo-China border.
“The CAS Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari began his tour of forward areas in the North East with a visit to the Advanced Landing Ground at Vijaynagar… Vijaynagar is India’s easternmost ALG, to which the IAF first began air transport ops in 1962. As part of the efforts to enhance air connectivity to the NE, it was upgraded in 2019 & continues to host the IAF’s transport aircraft that fly to this remote region,” read a statement released by the media coordination centre of the Indian Air Force.
During his visit, Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari engaged with air warriors stationed at the ALG. He commended their dedication and efforts in maintaining air support to the remote and challenging areas of the country.
In a parallel event marking the end of an era, the iconic MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft from the No 4 squadron of the Indian Air Force took its final flight over Uttarlai town in Barmer, Rajasthan.
The MiG-21 Bison, a stalwart of the IAF for decades, flew alongside the advanced Su-30 MKI as part of its farewell journey.
The Indian Air Force is in the process of phasing out its MiG-21 squadrons, a transition that signals the end of an era for these legendary aircraft. They are set to be replaced by the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1A fighter jets, marking a significant step forward in the indigenisation of India’s air defence capabilities.