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Chakrata Station
3042'N 7751'E

The Research and Analysis Wing, India's primary foreign intelligence agency, operates intelligence collection aircraft through the intelligence agency's aviation unit, the Aviation Research Centre (ARC). The aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art electronic surveillance equipment and long range cameras capable of taking pictures of targets from very high altitudes.

There are four RAW Aviation Research Centre operating bases: at Charbatia in Cuttack; at Chakrata near Dehra Dun on the Uttar Pradesh-Himachal Pradesh border; Dum Duma near Tinsukia in Assam; and at the Palam domestic airport in Delhi.

From 1981, RAW and the Intelligence Bureau established a network of as many as 30 training bases for various Sri Lankan Tamil armed groups in India. Centers were also established at the high-security military installation of Chakrata, near Dehra Dun, and in the Ramakrishna Puram area of New Delhi. This clandestine support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), some of whom were on the payroll of RAW, was later suspended.

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