Indian Air Force Opens Tajikistan Base

by Laurence on 10/4/2004 · 2 comments

From The Times of India, this report of regional military moves from Russia’s ally against China:

NEW DELHI: India’s first-ever military outpost on foreign soil, located at Farkhor, about 10 km outside Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, is ready to become operational by this year-end, without any fanfare.

Reliable sources in the government say the Indian Air Force (IAF) is pressing for an early decision on a suitable aircraft to be stationed at this military base. Operational requirements stipulate at least two squadrons to be stationed there.

Logically, experts say, IAF could opt for MiG-29s that are already in its inventory and can be flown in and out of the region.

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Nathan October 4, 2004 at 9:09 am

Glad to see there is still reporting being done on this. For a while, its existence was denied.

It’s a great move for India, what with both China and Pakistan so close to the base. I think it’s great for us too because it kind of reveals that the SCO is something of a lie and that claims of Chinese influence in the region are overstated. I also think that we should be continually strengthening our relationship with India (which certainly has flourished lately).

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