IAF Station Panagarh will house a new squadron of C-130Js and 80,000 Indian Army Soldiers


  • The Indian Air Force will now stand up a new C-130J squadron at Air Force Station (AFS) Panagarh in West Bengal, located approximately 120 kilometers northwest of Kolkata.
  • Lockheed Martin will be contracted to construct the facilities of Panagarh.
  • AFS Panagarh currently serves as an ammo storage facility and shares its runway with the Panagarh civil airport and will also become the home of 80,000 Army troops of the newly formed 14 Corps.
  • The air base, of World War II vintage is being upgraded to meet the requirements of C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft that will start arriving in 2016.

Source: DefenceNews

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