Flying persistently for more than 40 days to transport life-saving gas oxygen within the country and bringing it from abroad amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday said it was also ensuring that there was no let-up in its missions to support the troops deployed along the border with China and Pakistan.
The Indian Army has been deployed in heavy numbers along the border with China since last year’s April-May timeframe to check the Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and other locations.
“The C-17 is capable of airlifting tanks right up to Leh. We are ensuring that we undertake 24/7 Covid-related operations and at the same time, not dent or minimise operational capabilities of supporting our troops in forward areas in case of any flare-up,” Group Captain Manish Kumar told India Today TV.
The officer is part of the operational planning for the operations of the 81 squadron, which operates the C-17s in the IAF at the Air Headquarters.