Name: Sukkur Airport (IATA: SKZ, ICAO: OPSK)

Type: FOB (Forward Operating Base) and a small domestic airport.

Location: Sindh, Pakistan.

Coordinates: 27°43′19″N  68°47′30″E

Sukkur Distance from IB 97 km

Sukkur Distance from International Border  97 km

 

Sukkur airstrip 2.76km

Sukkur airstrip 2.76km

 

Aircraft shelters on end of runway

Aircraft shelters on end of runway

4 more aircraft shelters

4 more aircraft shelters

 

Sukkur Airfield, some construction is going on in April 2017

Sukkur Airfield, some construction is going on in April 2017

 

Possibly hardened bunkers at end of the airstrip

Possibly hardened bunkers at end of the airstrip

 

A twin engined aircraft on airstrip in front of hangars

A twin engined aircraft on airstrip in front of hangars

 

Unidentified structures

Unidentified structures

 

Swampy area near end of airstrip which gets flooded during monsoons

Swampy area near end of airstrip which gets flooded during monsoons

 

 

Sukkur barrage and bridge over Indus River

Sukkur barrage and bridge over Indus River

A small aircraft parked near the terminal

A small aircraft parked near the terminal

 

Barrage on Indus river

Barrage on Indus river

 

Sukkur Airfield is a dual use airport, but has limited military traffic. It is very near to the Thar desert.  The barrage shown above was a possible target for Indian offensive in 1971 as it is a vital piece of infrastructure irrigating much of the agricultural land nearby.

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This is an index post for a project collecting Google Earth imagery of military installations around the world, specially those of China and Pakistan. This post will have the list of posts created with post tag Google Earth.

  1.  Sukkur airfield, Sindh, Pakistan
  2. Peshawar Airbase, Khyber Phaktoonwa, Pakistan
  3. Shamsi Airbase, Pakistan
  4. Chandhar Airbase, Punjab, Pakistan
  5. Lora Lai, Balochistan, Pakistan
  6. Mushaf Airbase, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

 1) Former French spy accuses MI6 of smuggling arms to terrorists

Another example of use of “plausible deniability”  by western intelligence agencies. Link  

2) Pakistani Supreme Court orders action against illegal arms, vehicles in Quetta 

A country which effectively declares it’s whole provinces as lawless badlands, invites foreigners to administer others and disowns it’s own soldiers can surely follow this ruling. That too in three days  :))

SANA  PakTribune

3) We must pursue arms trade treaty : DNAIndia

The Indian government’s stance on the forthcoming Arms Trade Treaty leaves us somewhat uncertain. The first discordant note from India had come in 2006 when it abstained from voting on this resolution 61/89 along with a motley group of 24 nations when 153 nations had voted for the resolution.

Its antipathy towards the treaty processes was clearly manifested subsequently. In February 2012, the Indian delegate reminded the chairman of the Preparatory Committeethat as stated in resolution 61/89, the treaty document should be progressed in an open and transparent manner and on the basis of consensus. This has been seen as declining confidence in the proceedings.  (As if other nations which matter are very serious and India is being a tyrant by not playing ball)

Mind you, many Indian misgivings are in sync with the country’s security woes in which illicit transfer of weapons remains the focal syndrome. What continues to disturb the Indian establishment is not recognising the non-state actor ( Paki terrorists are hardly non-state) as the likely recipient of illicit arms. In the Indian experience, this is crucial to its interests; and also a valid global anxiety worth fighting for. Similarly, including technology transfer and manufacture under licence in the document would have no meaningful objective as they do not impinge in the basic theme.

Text in bold font is my addition

Article by Prashant Dikhsit 

 

4) Bankrupt  Zimbabawe buys weapons worth  R2.25 million($276,000) from South Africa

$276,000 looks like pocket change in a deal involving weapons, but it undoubtedly is a huge sum for a troubled nation like Zimbabwe. SA says that the arms were meant for internal peace-keeping and consisted of mostly non-lethal items like tear-gas.

Links: All Africa and News24

 

5) Russia: No sign Iran developing atomic arms, report

Russia says it has found no evidence showing that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, defying a recent IAEA report on Iran which alleged that the country has expanded its atomic work despite outside pressures.

Link 

 

6)  Russian manufacturer of AK-47 close to bankruptcy

200-year-old arms manufacturing company, Izhmash, is close to folding because the Russian Defence Ministry stopped buying the world’s most famous and effective assault rifle a year ago.

Link