Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman at Thoise in 2017
|Elevation||3,070 m (10,070 ft)|
|• Spoken||Hindi, Ladakhi, Urdu|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Thoise or Thoise Airbase is a military airfield (ICAO: VI57) and small village in Nubra region of Ladakh, India, occupying the only large piece of flat land in the area. The airstrip is a critical facility enabling a quick inflow of men and material from the Indian interior to Siachen, a glacier, helipad and battleground near the Actual Ground Position Line between India and Pakistan.
Thoise is nearly 16 km from Hundar, 25 km from Diskit and the road further leads to Turtuk which lies near India-Pakistan Line of Control (LoC). It is about 160 km from Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Thoise is reached via the Khardung La mountain pass, one of the world's highest roads used by motor vehicles.
Thoise is out of bounds for civilians. The last checkpost is at Hundar, at a bridge where photography is not permitted. Indian Oil Corporation Limited is building an oil depot to serve the Indian Army. The construction project is in progress and is monitored from Chandigarh.
THOISE is not a real name but an acronym: Transit Halt Of Indian Soldiers Enroute (to Siachen). Thoise is about an hour and 20 minutes' flight from Delhi. Air India has limited flight operations from "Thoise" to Delhi (Flight AI 3832). Jet Airways operated flights to THOISE until decision was made to curtail operations due financial non viability towards the end of January 2019. With less than 12 qualified commercial pilots world over, this is an extremely tricky airfield to operate into. Special background clearance and multiple stringent skill tests must be passed by the pilots in order to be able to operate to Thoise.
On 30 Apr 2019, Group Captain Sandeep Singh Chhabra of the Indian Air Force achieved the rare distinction of having completed 1,000 incident-free landings of the Russian-origin heavy lift IL-76 aircraft at Leh and Thoise.
Military and Air Base
Due to the extreme conditions and lack of connectivity with the outside world, IAF aircraft have been instrumental in the resupply of this remote region. IAF’s IL-76 aircraft are all operated by No.44 Squadron, which is based at the Chandigarh Air Force Station. Capable of airlifting up to 45 tonnes of payload, these aircraft have played an instrumental role in ferrying men and equipment, including tanks, artillery gungs and construction equipment to the northern sector. They have also airlifted large quantities of relief material during disaster management in cases of natural calamities, and have undertaken overseas missions. O
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