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Air Chief Marshal Raha will also visit other adjoining airbases at Kalaikunda, Salua and Purnea in the next couple of days," Birdi added.
However, in 2003, with growing terrorist threats, its importance as a strategic air base to provide air cover to the capital was realised, as Hindan-based fighters could reach the skies over New Delhi within five minutes as compared to the 15-plus minutes it would take from other closest bases, namely Sirsa, Ambala Air Force Base and Chandigarh Air Force Station, and thus Hindan was reactivated and area around it was cleaned up.The Army has also raised a Mountain Strike Corps headquartered at Panagarh to secure the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China along the northeastern states such as Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.India plans to use the Super Hercules, not only for air support to troops stationed at inaccessible areas along the LAC but also for quicker deployment of Special Forces and equipment in case of exigencies. I am an limbo, i am a solo lover and loyal to the end.I am 26 elements and i am the only sol sating my pan, I lost my Dad last six jesus and now i got only my mum.Kolkata: Thursday was a special day for Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh, West Bengal, when two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 'Veiled Vipers' squadron based at Air Force Station Hindon was stationed here in the presence of Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.
Air Force Station Arjan Singh (formerly known as Air Force Station Panagarh) has been upgraded to accommodate a second squadron on Super Hercules for which an order has been placed with Lockheed Martin.
A new transport squadron will be raised at AFS Arjan Singh to operate the Super Hercules aircraft.
Presently, two AN-32 squadrons operate out of the Jorhat airbase in Upper Assam, while a flight of Avro aircraft undertakes VIP communication duties from Borjhar airbase, Guwahati.
Special Forces are already playing a vital role in counter insurgency operations in the northeastern states."A fly-past by a single C-130J was timed to coincide with the air chief's visit to the newly built hangar facilities at the airbase even as the second aircraft was parked at the tarmac for static display.
The air chief interacted with the air warriors of the airbase as well as Lockheed Martin officials.
In 2006, Indian Air Force shifted its 74th Anniversary celebration venue from Palam Airport in Delhi, to Hindan to avoid airspace closure for commercial traffic, where the Air Force Day Parade cum investiture ceremony was held on 8 October, and an air display by 66 aircraft.