Chennai Sholavaram Airstrip

March 13, 201913 days 1310
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) is setting up its first East Coast Air surveillance base at the unused World War 2 era Sholavaram airstrip.
  • If operational, this air surveillance base at Sholavaram will help the forces to secure the 2,500-kilometre coastline covering Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
  • IAF is planning to station few attack helicopters here. This would bolster INS Rajali, the Indian Naval Station at Arakkonam, which carries out surveillance through Boeing P8I.
  • In Sholavaram, a small airstrip is to be developed under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN) of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry.
  • Sholavaram air strip was created by the British during World War II.

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