In my prior post, I mentioned gaining access to the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project through a bombing range utilized by the Indian Air Force.
Below is that bombing range… Not all the pictures are not up to normal Velvet Rocket standards in terms of focus or composition, but given that we were not supposed to be here anyway (and especially not on what is supposed to be a secure military site), the volume of unexploded ordnance laying about and the desire to avoid being bombed, this was a short visit.
The road we took out onto the range:
This is the target. The point is to come as close to the flag as possible:
A view across the range… The Indian government signed a lease of 50 years with the local Nyishi tribe for use of the land as a bombing range and there are about 8-10 years left on the lease now. During the early decades of the bombing range’s existence, fatalities were not uncommon as scheduled bombing runs were not always well communicated to the local communities.
A bunker on the edge of the range:
The bombing is observed and assessed from towers like this on the edge of the range:
The Indian Air Force jets that conduct the bombing take off from the military town of Tezpur.