In April, Chinese soldiers entered Indian territory at Daulat Beg Oldie and set up a group of nests, refusing to retreat for three weeks.
The area they had camped in was crucial for giving China's People's Liberation Army access to remote regions.
It took extensive negotiations between military commanders and diplomats of both countries to end that incursion.
Today, Air Force Chief NAK Browne said that the Nyoma airfield, strategically located in South Easten Ladakh where it overlooks a highway that's used by the Chinese army, will be expanded into a full-fledged airbase, allowing fighter planes and heavy transport aircraft to land here.
Nyoma is located at a height of 13,000 feet; India stopped using it after the war with China in 1962, but reactivated it in 2010.
India is also upgrading all the seven Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) in Arunachal Pradesh. All of them will be equipped for night landing, the Air Chief said.
These are not full-fledged air bases but landing strips which can be used to drop off troops and supplies. Some can be used for refueling fighter jets. The ALGs were deactivated after the 1962 India-China War. Developing them at a cost of nearly Rs 700 crore is part of the exercise to rapidly build infrastructure along the India-China border.
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