India has invited bids to build a high-altitude airfield at Nyoma in Ladakh, situated less than 50 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Upon completion, the upgraded airfield will be capable of supporting fighter aircraft operations and will serve as a response to China’s rapid infrastructure development on its side of the border. It is expected to be ready for use within two years.
The upgraded airfield, which is expected to be operational for fighter aircraft within two years, is estimated to cost around 214 crore rupees. The 1,235-acre site for the new airfield will feature a 2.7-kilometer runway with accompanying military infrastructure. The runway will be designed to allow aircraft to land in both directions and will be over 45 meters wide. It will be located near the Leh-Loma Road and will serve as a strategic asset for the rapid movement of personnel and material in the sensitive region. The Border Roads Organization has invited bids from contractors to complete the project.