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Uttarlai Air Force Station
Uttarlai AFS had been established in the Rajasthan state of India to cater to its one of the crucial needs which country’s Air Forces required for training while its forces kept expanding. As the provision to channelize the Air Forces had been strategically planned then the Uttarlai AFS setup proved an important respite. It was one such important need which ascertained that training could be conducted in a systematic manner at this airbase to groom the Air Forces from this base. Role of this airfield during the 1971 War has been well acknowledged indeed.
The period while India was already in the mood for 1971 War it required a complete preparation for the air strikes and to the counter attacks of all kinds especially at a time its relation with neighboring countries had strained. The proposal to establish the Uttarlai AFS had already been put before the authorities and it was already initiated by that time. It was a completely new training setup that was about to be inaugurated for its operation. Use of Uttarlai AFS or airfield proved effective during that period, and it indeed created history with the overall support offered to India’s armed forces during the war and thereafter.
Notable advantages of using Uttarlai AFS during India’s war was that this airfield had been developed into a forward airfield and could remain best suitable for all sorts of strikes. That is why it facilitated easy operation of HF-24 Maruts, Gnats, Hunters and MiGs while the country was fighting its crucial war and had to win it too to maintain total supremacy in the region. This airfield had played an important role during the war and after it ended. The training operations continued which also grew over the period. This airfield indeed saw a remarkable development during and after the war so did emerge into a prominent airbase.
Some of the notable attractions of Uttarlai AFS today are its memorials and the state-of-the-art facilities which turn it an ultimate airbase to operate. This airbase has the distinction of being used to fly the HF-24 Maruts for the first combat strike it had. There are countless such remarkable achievements of this airbase that have made it an important place used by the India’s security forces to maintain complete safety and security of the nation. Out of the many other elements that have been keeping Uttarlai AFS apart is the one decision by the authorities’ decision to dedicate Uttarlai War Memorial to Flt Lt P V Apte for the irrefutable contribution. Observers can best see and feel the Hawker Hunter in background while they do observe the war memorial here.
Uttarlai AFS has its modern runway which handles all sorts of Air Forces operations from training aircrafts to air strikes and all the required needs which an airbase can offer from its military runways. Its runway has been developed with the required tools and is being equipped with latest infrastructure to make it an impressive one for the best possible operation.
Location of Uttarlai AFS in the Barmer region of Rajasthan state is notable one for the Air Forces that run Kendriya Vidyalayas in Uttarlai city. They play pivotal role to develop proper system and to prove an effective choice for forces to maintain their training schedules and thorough alertness from all sorts of external attacks and or to keep vigil through maintaining the internal security.