Hasimara Air Force Station

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Hasimara Air Force Station
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Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorIndian Air Force
LocationHasimara, Alipurduar district, West Bengal
Elevation AMSL340 ft / 104 m
Coordinates26°41′53″N 089°22′08″E / 26.69806°N 89.36889°E / 26.69806; 89.36889
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,743 9,000 Concrete
Source: ourairports.com[1]

Hasimara Air Force Station (ICAO: VE44)[1] of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is located in Alipurduar district, West Bengal, India. Hasimara is located strategically near the Indo-Bhutan border. It is also the closest Indian air base to the Chumbi Valley - the tri-junction between the Indian state of Sikkim, Bhutan and the Tibet Autonomous Region. The first batch of a detachment from No.4 Squadron flown in there from AF. Kalaikunda on 9th. I 233498 LAC. Thomas.

K. T was among the six. The air field was under construction by H.C.C. A Malabar Special Police battalion was already there. The only shopping place near was Hamilton Ganj.

History[edit]

It is established in the sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal after the Sino-Indian War of 1962, completed 50 years of operational existence in April 2013. The Airforce station was activated on April 7, 1963, when an IAF Caribou aircraft landed and dropped off its first Station Commander, Wing Commander DG King-Lee. The decision to establish the air base here was taken after the 1962 war, which had just ended. The airbase took active part in the Indo-Pak conflict of 1965 and the Indo-Pak war in 1971.

It is home to No. 22 Squadron IAF and No. 222 Squadron IAF in India.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The airport is situated at an elevation of 2,066 ft/630 m above mean sea level. It has one runway with concrete surfaces: 11R/29L measuring 9,000 by 148 feet (2,743 by 45 m). From 1 April 2019 domestic flights from here will take off from here under UDAN III scheme by government. Zoom Air will run flights from here to Kolkata.

Assets[edit]

In 2018-19, Hasimara Airforce station currently houses a squadron of Mikoyan MiG-27 which are being phased out. From May 2020, the IAF will house the first batch of 36 latest Dassault Rafale fighter jets at Ambala Air Force Station and Hasimara Air Force Station.[3]

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