Due to increased Chinese infrastructure development on its side of the border, India has decided to upgrade key airfields at Nyoma in Ladakh, which is less than 50 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), so that it can operate fighter jets and serve as a forward base.

A 2.7-kilometer runway with allied military infrastructure will be built at Ladakh’s Nyoma Airfield, with the runway’s alignment allowing large transport aircraft to land for quick movement of troops and material in this sensitive area.

The existing advanced landing ground in Nyoma sees Apache helicopters, Chinook heavy-lift choppers, Mi-17 helicopters, and C-130J special operations aircraft take off and land.

The Border Roads Organisation has issued a bid request, looking for contractors to complete the work. Nyoma is the country’s highest airfield, located 180 kilometers from Leh at an elevation of 13,000 feet.