Nyoma Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), the air strip in Nyoma village located at a height of 13000 feet in South-East region of Ladakh, will be upgraded to a full fighter jet airbase in next two years by the end of 2024.
Interestingly, Nyoma is situated just 50 km from the Line of Actual Control. India’s move to upgrade is in response to China’s infrastructure development on the other side of LAC. Ability to operate fighter planes (such as Tejas and Mirage-2000) from this facility at a short distance from the LAC will strengthen India’s capability to deal with any misadventure by the enemy.
Currently, the IAF facility here handles sorties of C-130 Hercules transport aircrafts and helicopters. The Border Road Organisation (BRO) is to construct a new runway suitable for landings and take off of fighter planes.
The first landing of a fixed-wing aircraft at Nyoma took place on 18th September 2009 when an AN-32 transport aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) landed there.
Nyoma village in the Leh district in South-East Ladakh is home to Advance Landing Ground (ALG) of Indian Air Force. It is located on the bank of the Indus River.
Chushul, Fukche and Leh are other nearby airbases and ALG airstrips.