Indian Air Force

IAF boosts night flight ops, force sees it as game-changer

With the fresh developments on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh towards the end of August, the Indian Air Force has intensified night flights along the border by its combat aircraft.

This would be a ‘game changer’ because training by night will strengthen the IAF’s capability to conduct full spectrum operations at the Line of Actual Control on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to the LAC.

The capability is fuelled by upgrades to the MiG-29, including advanced avionics and extensive training of IAF pilots ,said Group Captain (retd) R K Das. Leh is not a permanent fighter base, but detachments of aircraft are sent there on a regular basis. The MiG-29s are carrying out extensive, round-the-clock flights from Leh, which will also help the force validate geospatial data to enhance its capabilities in night operations, he said.

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