India will continue with its ongoing effort to slowly but surely build military infrastructure in the northeast to strategically counter China, which ranges from deploying additional fighters, helicopters and spy drones to raising of new formations.
“The emerging security scenario has the attention of the highest levels in our government. I can assure you that we have full support in the implementation of various plans in the Eastern Air Command’s area of responsibility,” said IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik on Wednesday.
“The empowered committee (on the northeast infrastructure development) under the vice-chief (Air Marshal NAK Browne) is continuously monitoring upgradation of the facilities, creation of new infrastructure and induction of assets in this region. I am sure this renewed thrust will significantly enhance our overall capabilities,” he said, after addressing the EAC’s commanders’ conference at Bagdogra.
IAF, on its part, has already based Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at airbases like Tezpur and Chabua.