IAF airlifts record 463 tonnes of load in 6 hours to airfields, drop zones in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: To evaluate its own ‘Rapid Airlift Capability’ and to enhance crew currency in the role, the Western Air Command of the IAF Tuesday in a single wave airlifted a record 463 tonnes of load from its airbase at Chandigarh to airfields and drop zones in Ladakh, a statement said.

The effort was accomplished with the aid of a fleet of 16 fixed wing transport aircraft comprising of C-17 Globemaster, the Ilyushin-76 Gajraj and the Medium lift Tactical aircraft, Antonov-32.

All aircraft were loaded and took off from Chandigarh airbase early in the morning. The entire wave was accomplished in little less than six hours, the statement said.

“Airlift of approximately 500 tonnes, in the achieved time frame, in a single wave, happens to be a record which enhances the assessment of the Command’s capability towards rapid and heavy airlift.

“The command is entrusted with the air maintenance of the entire northern region of the country and under normal operating circumstances airlifts close to 3000 tonnes of load per month,” the statement said. PTI