India is to commission a new naval airbase on its Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory to augment its strategic reach in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Indian Navy (IN) spokesperson Captain D K Sharma told Jane’s on 8 January that INS Kohasa – located about 300 km north of the archipelago’s capital Port Blair – will enter service on 24 January and initially feature a 1,000 m-long runway to support operations conducted by helicopters and Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft. The runway will later be extended to 3,000 m to enable operations to be carried out by fighters and other aircraft, he added.
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