In September last year, the Indian Air Force landed an An-32 (photo) at Nyoma, for the first time in decades. In June this year, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony was flown to Nyoma to inspect the site. Plans to similarly develop the Fukche strip — south-east of Nyoma — have been dropped for now as a result of runway length limitations and swampy water pockets that flank the strip.
Air Marshal NAK Browne, Commander of the IAF’s Western Air Command indicated that the IAF’s newer generation fighters — he specifically flagged the Su-30MKI — could be based at Nyoma if necessary. He said the MKI had been specifically developed for high-altitude deployments and operations.