Fukche

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Fukche Advanced Landing Ground
Aerial view of runway of Fukche Advance landing ground.jpg
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorIndian Air Force
LocationLadakh, India
Elevation AMSL13,700 ft / 4,176 m
Coordinates32°56′15″N 79°12′48″E / 32.93750°N 79.21333°E / 32.93750; 79.21333Coordinates: 32°56′15″N 79°12′48″E / 32.93750°N 79.21333°E / 32.93750; 79.21333
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Fukche is located in Ladakh
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Fukche is located in India
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Fukche near the LAC

Fukche Advanced Landing Ground[2] (ICAO: VI66)[1] is an airfield in the Demchok sector of the union territory of Ladakh, India. It was built shortly after the 1962 Sino-Indian War and was revived in 2008.

Location[edit]

The Fukche Landing Ground is located at a distance of 2.5 kilometers[3] of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China in Indian union territory of Ladakh, near the junction of the Koyul Lungpa river with the Indus River.

There is an unmetalled road from Fukche to Demchok, 34 km southeast at the southern tip of the Indian-controlled Demchok sector.

History[edit]

The airfield had been out of use after the 1962 Sino-Indian war. It was reopened on 4 November 2008 by the Indian Airforce, when an AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Airforce successfully landed on the airfield.[4][5]

Facilities[edit]

The airfield has an unpaved gravelly runway of 2 miles length. It accommodates small transport aircraft, meant for inducting or recycling troops at the border.[5]

See also[edit]

Military bases

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fukche Airbase Code". World Airport Codes. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ Fukche Advanced Landing Ground Airport, airortguide.com, retrieved 10 October 2019.
  3. ^ "IAF aircraft lands at a forward base on India-China border", Thaindian News, 4 November 2008, archived from the original on 12 February 2009
  4. ^ "IAF craft makes successful landing near China border", NDTV News, 2008, archived from the original on 5 September 2012
  5. ^ a b Sujan Dutta, IAF lands on Ladakh strip, The Telegraph, 4 November 2008.

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