The Indian Air Force has opened an airfield in the Rajasthan desert along the border with Pakistan.
The Phalodi airbase is located in the centre of the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bikaner triangle and will bridge the air defence gap in the western sector.
The airfield will be capable of operating all types of fighter, transport and rotary wing aircraft.
It will also boost the facilities available for fighter operations at the Jaisalmer and Jodhpur airbases.
The Indian Government approved the airfield in April 2000 after considering the geo-political scenario and the need for in-built flexibility in operational requirements.