Monday, August 20, 2018

IAF to set up temporary landing sites

Thiruvananthapuram:  With armed forces completing one of the biggest rescue operations south India witnessed in recent times, Indian Air Force (IAF) will be pitching in more aircraft and set up temporary landing sites in various districts for smooth conduct of relief operations in flood-affected areas, especially to air drop food items and medicines.

According to defence ministry figures, the armed forces have saved around 23,000 lives so far, besides providing medical aid to more than 2,000 people. They were also able to restore locations, clear landslides and construct temporary bridges.

“Operating surface for aircraft and helicopters has been a major challenge we faced along with bad weather, management of airspace, maintenance and replacement of machines. We don’t have to depend on airports alone, but can land anywhere and operate. All we need is a firm ground with minimum required strength for landing, and a temporary arrangement to fill fuel,” Southern Air Command AOC-in C (air officer commanding in chief) Air Marshal B Suresh told reporters here on Sunday.
20/08/18 Times of India

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