The Indian Air Force has stepped in to provide COVID-19 relief. One C-17 of the Indian Air Force took off in the early hours of Apr 24 from the Hindan Air Base for Changi International Airport, Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore at 0745 am. After loading four empty cryogenic oxygen containers, it has departed Singapore and is en route to the Panagarh airbase for offloading of these containers.
Another C-17 of the Indian Air Force was airborne from the Hindan airbase at 08:00 am for Pune airbase. The aircraft arrived at Pune at 10:00 am. The jet was loaded with 2 empty cryogenic oxygen container trucks which were then flown to Jamnagar airbase. The same C17 aircraft is currently on its second shuttle from Pune to Jamnagar, with a load of 2 more empty containers.
One C17 transported two empty containers from Jodhpur to Jamnagar earlier in the day today.
One IAF Chinook helicopter and one An32 transport aircraft took COVID testing equipment from Jammu to Leh and from Jammu to Kargil, respectively. The equipment consisted of Bio Safety cabinets, centrifuges and stabilisers. These machines have been made by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and now given to UT of Ladakh to enhance testing.
As the nation takes big strides in its fight to contain and defeat the contagion, IAF reaffirms its commitment to meet all emerging needs in a professional manner.