With rising threat from Pakistan and the assistance its gettign from China, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared a long-pending Indian Air Force (IAF) forward base close to Deesa in Banaskantha district.
It need be mentioned that the base would be near India’s western border in northwest Gujarat.
The base is expected to further augment the offensive capability of India against Pakistan.
It was informed that the CCS has cleared the initial investment of around Rs 1,000 crore to extend the runway, build fighter-pens and administrative facilities.
The air base is expected to plug the critical air defence gap between the Barmer and Bhuj air bases.
The decision was pushed by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The base will come under the Air Force’s Gandhinagar-headquartered South Western Air Command (SWAC).>