Historic landing by IAF’s C 130J-30 Super Hercules near LAC

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August 20, 2013

In a show of strength to China, IAF aircraft lands on world's highest airstrip at Daulat Beg Oldie

August 20, 2013

In a show of strength to China, IAF aircraft lands on world's highest airstrip at Daulat Beg Oldie

New Delhi: In a subtle show of strength to China, the Indian Air Force today landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world's highest and recently-activated Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control, the scene of a stand-off with Chinese troops in April.

The achievement will enable the armed forces to use the heavy-lift aircraft to induct troops, supplies, improve communication network and also serve as a morale booster for maintenance of troops positioned there.

"A C-130J Super Hercules landed at DBO, the highest airstrip in the world at 0654 hours today. The Commanding Officer, Group Captain Tejbir Singh and the crew of the 'Veiled Vipers' along with senior officer touched down on the DBO airstrip located at 16614 feet (5065 meters) in the Aksai Chin area," the Air Force said in a statement.

The airfield was reactivated by the IAF in 2008 with the landing of an Antonov-32 aircraft there from Chandigarh after it was last used in the 1965 war with Pakistan.

"Once again this strategic base in the Northern Himalayas gained importance when it was resurrected and reactivated by the IAF along with the Indian Army and made operational when a twin engine AN-32 aircraft from Chandigarh landed there after a gap of 43 years (in 2008)," the IAF said.

The decision to deploy the C-130J, which is capable of lifting upto 20 tonnes of load, was taken by the IAF considering the lower load carrying capability of AN-32s and helicopters.    


Courtesy: PTI

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