IAF plans to make Andhra Pradesh strategic base

AMARAVATI: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has come up with main plans for Andhra Pradesh to make it a 'strategic base' and support its presence in the area in view of the growing strategic significance of the east coast.

Prime amongst them are IAF's plans to arrange a big helicopter coaching facility at Donakonda in Prakasam district.

The different plans put forth prior to the AP government are establishing a drone manufacturing facility in Anantapur district, a cyber safety centre in Amaravati and making Rajahmundry and Vijayawada airports asset positioning bases, best bureaucratic assets mentioned.

"In view of the growing strategic importance of the east coast and China moving fast, the IAF intends to strengthen its presence in the region. Setting up asset positioning bases in AP is part of the strategy," the bureaucrat aware of the deliberations mentioned on situation of anonymity.

IAF recently has a base at Arakkonam near Chennai, whilst the Navy has INS Dega in Visakhapatnam.

"On our part, we have constituted a task team to coordinate with the IAF on these projects. A preliminary ground survey has also been done to identify suitable locations and we have asked the IAF to submit detailed project reports," a best bureaucrat concerned in the process advised PTI.

The IAF, as a part of its option to support vigil alongside the east coast, has proposed the usage of current civilian airports at Rajahmundry and Vijayawada for positioning its assets - fighter and different plane.

Also, IAF helicopters and different plane that could be used for rescue and reduction operations in case of herbal calamities would be situated at those bases.

The IAF best brass has already held no less than 3 rounds of talks with leader minister N Chandrababu Naidu and mentioned the initiatives.

Last week, IAF Southern Command Chief Air Marshal B Suresh and his group held talks with the manager minister and got here up with a recent proposal to increase Air Force Enclaves at other locations in the state.

The state government first of all introduced 2,700 acres of land at Donakonda, alongside the abandoned World War-II airstrip, for the proposed helicopter coaching facility.

Subsequently, the IAF advised the state government that it required less extent of land and, accordingly 1200 acres has been identified for the challenge.

"About 300 acre of this parcel of land will be given to Airports Authority of India for civilian aircraft operations and the rest to the IAF for the helicopter training facility," a senior bureaucrat in the earnings department mentioned.


The IAF intends to arrange the drone manufacturing facility in Anantapur district since it is with reference to the Yelahanka Air Base near Bengaluru. The challenge price and different details are being labored out.


Meanwhile, the IAF has sought land at Suryalanka in Guntur district to enlarge the present Air Force Station. It has also sought allotment of land in Nellore and Bhogapuram (where a world civilian airport is proposed) for the Air Force Enclaves.


The leader minister directed infrastructure and investments most important secretary Ajay Jain to coordinate with the IAF in this.


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