Adampur Air Force Base

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Adampur Air Force Station
आदमपुर एयर फोर्स स्टेशन
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IATA: noneICAO: VIAX
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Indian Air Force
Location Adampur, Punjab
Elevation AMSL 776 ft / 236 m
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Map
Adampur Air Force Station is located in India airports
Adampur Air Force Station
Adampur Air Force Station
Location of Adampur Air Force Station, India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
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31/13 2,755 9,039 Asphalt

Adampur Air Force Station is located in Western India, 21 kilometers northeast of Jallandhar,Punjab.It is the second largest military airbase of India. It lies within 100 km of Indo-Pak Border and home to No. 47 Squadron IAF and No. 223 Squadron IAF.

History

The base played a crucial role in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965. On September 6 1965, the PAF attacked Indian airfields at Pathankot, Adampur and Halwara.The attacks on Adampur and Halwara were failures. The Strike group turned back before even reaching Adampur.

On 7 September 1965, the PAF parachuted 135 Special Services Group (SSG) para commandos[1] at three Indian airfields (Halwara, Pathankot and Adampur).[2] The daring attempt proved to be an "unmitigated disaster". Only ten commandos were able to return to Pakistan,[2] the rest were taken as prisoners of war (including one of the Commanders of the operations, Major Khalid Butt). At Adampur these troops landed in residential areas where the villagers caught and handed them over to police.[2]

The Indo-Pakistani war of 1971 on western front started with Operation Chengiz Khan on 3 December 1971. Pathankot Air Force Station was hit and runway heavily damaged. Pathankot was covered by interceptors from Adampur following this first strike during the time it took the ground crew to repair its runway.[3]

During 1999 Kargil Conflict flying from Adampur AFB, Mirages of No. 7 Squadron IAF struck Tigerhill, Muntho Dhalo and Tololing.

Aircraft

Adampur Air base operates MiG-29B variants.

File:MiG-29B Adampur.jpg
A MiG-29 based at Adampur.

Future

A proposed domestic airport is to be built at Adampur. The Central government cleared the techno-feasibility report for setting up the Adampur Airport in July 2015. Airport Authority of India has inspected the proposed site of 50 acres of land after receiving No Objection Certificate from Indian Airforce.[4][5][6][7]

See also

References

  1. "The 1965 War: A view from the east". Rediff news. Retrieved 21 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pratap Chandra Lal (1986). My years with the IAF. Lancer Publishers. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-81-7062-008-2. Retrieved 22 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. “My years with the IAF” by Air Chief Marshal P C Lal
  4. AAI team examines proposed site for Adampur airport
  5. Punjab to build new domestic airport at Adampur
  6. Commercial Status for Adampur Airport Soon: Sukhbir Singh Badal
  7. Clamour grows for domestic airport at Adampur

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