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Thoise: India’s Northernmost Air Base Against The China-Pakistan Two Front Threat

'The Himalayan Frontier', Part X in our series of on-the-ground reports from Eastern Ladakh and Siachen has 500,000+ views.

Indian Air Force Station Thoise and its gravity for India’s deterrence against the Pakistan-China two-front threat is the focus of ‘The Himalayan Frontier’, Part X, our series of on-the-ground documentaries from Eastern Ladakh and Siachen. “Thoise lies in Shyok valley. It is a base at such a location that assets deployed can be useful for both fronts,” Air Commodore D.S. Handa, Air Officer Commanding, Indian Air Force (IAF) Station, Leh told us. In this episode, we film the Indian Air Force’s assets including the C-130, Il-76, Mi-17, ALH Rudra, Apache and, the Embraer at the strategically located base in Ladakh. The two IAF stations in Ladakh-Leh and Thoise are critical for the Indian Army’s deployment at the Siachen Glacier.

Critical IAF Bases in Ladakh

The Thoise Air Force Station is an essential part of the military’s deterrent all along the AGPL- the Actual Ground Position Line and the LOC- the Line of Control with Pakistan as well as along the LAC- the Line of Actual Control with China. Continuing our series on India’s Pakistan-China two-front threat, ‘The Himalayan Frontier’, our team of Amitabh P. Revi, Rohit Pandita, and Karan Marwaha also visits the ‘Siachen Healers’ of the Army Medical Corps’, who save lives and limbs in the sector. We make a trip to the Indian Army’s ‘Veer Marathas’ to watch an India cricket match. As a matter of fact, we also meet local schoolchildren, on their first trip outside Ladakh, thanks to the Indian Army’s Operation Sadhbhavna and an Indian Air Force Il-76.

Editor’s Note: This episode was aired on March 22, 2024. It hit 100,000 Views on March 23. 200,000+ views on March 26, 300,000+ on March 30, 400.000+ views on April 19,and 500,000+ views on June 1, 2024.

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The Himalayan Frontier Series

Other episodes in the series:

Firstly, an exclusive interview with the then Northern Army Commander, now Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen. Upendra Dwivedi. In Episode I, he tells StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale that the “situation is stable but sensitive and not normal”. Secondly,the Indian Army Chief, General Manoj Pande speaks to Nitin Gokhale in an exclusive interview in Episode II. He points out that talks with China are continuing at both military and diplomatic levels. But also notes India is maintaining a robust posture along the LAC. Thirdly, Part III documents India’s Infra Thrust To Ladakh In Countering China & Pakistan in a ground report. Episode IV documents The Nimu-Padam-Darcha (NPD) Road: Critical Connectivity To The China-Pakistan Himalayan Fronts In Ladakh. Also, in Part V: The Director General of the Border Roads Organisation, Lt General Raghu Srinivasan speaks to us on the frozen Zanskar River ‘Chadar’ trail.

Additionally,  Episode VI is on The Indian Air Force & The China-Pakistan two-front Ladakh Threat. An interview with the Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Leh, Air Commodore D.S.Handa. Part VII is an on-the-ground report on The Indian Air Force’s China Challenge In Ladakh And A Slice Of Tibet. In Episode VIII: The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhuri speaks exclusively to Nitin A. Gokhale. And, in Part IX, we document the Siachen Glacier—A Triangular Wedge In The Pakistan, China Threat At The World’s Third Pole.

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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.