New Delhi: Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Indian Air Force swings into action as soon as the nation sees the crisis of oxygen supply. The IAF has been flying on mission mode to transport oxygen from Singapore to India and to the states which need it the most. One C-17 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) got airborne at 2 am on April 24 from Hindan Air Base for Changi International Airport, Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore at 0745 am. After loading 4 empty cryogenic oxygen containers, it has departed Singapore and is en route to Panagarh air base 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.
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One C17 transported two empty containers from Jodhpur to Jamnagar earlier on Saturday.
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.
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