Jan 7, 2012
In a ceremony held on 07 Jan 13 at Air Force Station Phalodi, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the Chief of the Air Staff, inaugurated the new Medium Lift Helicopter (MLH) Complex for raising the new Mi-17 V 5 helicopter unit at Phalodi, located between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. The airbase is strategically located and equi-distance between the two airbases.
Inauguration of these Pre-engineered hangars, biggest of their type in the IAF, would add to the operational capabilities of this new air base. The Air Chief was briefed about the operational activities undertaken by the Station. The base would be utilized during the forthcoming exercises – Iron Fist on 22 February 2013 and Live Wire in mid- March 2013, according to Col SD Goswami, Defense spokesperson(MOD).
Browne is also scheduled to visit Bhuj airbase during the two day visit to south-western air command Sector. As also the Commodore Commandant of 16 Squadron called ‘ The Cobras’, this would be his first visit to Bhuj after taking over as the Chief of the Air Staff.