IAF base to be Andhra Pradesh, India
In early 2017, the two countries had a clash at Doklam along the disputed Sino-Bhutanese border. India’s relationship with China has been deteriorating for a while now, so the east coast of India is gaining strategic importance. Considering this, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to set up a strategic base in Andhra Pradesh (AP) and to strengthen its presence there. Currently, the IAF has a base at Arakkonam near Chennai while the Navy has a base at Vishakhapatnam.
A major helicopter training facility will be set up at Donakonda in Prakasam
The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, and the IAF top brass (leaders), have already held at least three rounds of talks for the project and identified land areas for the same. Infrastructure and Investments Principal Secretary, Ajay Jain, will be co-ordinating with IAF for this project.