Wednesday, May 12, 2021

IAF plays critical role in fight against COVID-19; India Navy brings back more Oxygen from overseas

In an effort to help the civil administration in the fight against the global pandemic, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been flying overseas as well as domestically airlifting empty Oxygen tankers and cylinders as well as delivering medical supplies. These empty tanks are coming from the ASEAN member countries, the Gulf countries as well as members of the European Union (EU). The medical relief materials as well as empty cylinders from countries like the US, the UK, Russia, Japan, Canada, South Korea and Egypt among many others have arrived on their military aircraft.

Since April 24, 2021, the IAF has dropped 139 empty tankers at the Ranchi airport in different sorties. From Ranchi they were sent to Jharkhand for refilling of the Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) before being dispatched to various states either by road or on board trains.

The transport aircraft have the capacity to carry huge empty tankers (of 10 MT -20MT) and cylinders and by airlifting a lot of precious time was saved.

IAF deployed C 17, C 130J, AN 32, IL 76, and other small aircraft which have been ferrying around the essential medical materials as well as tanks and cylinders on priority basis.

C17 Globemaster has airlifted 35 tonnes of COVID medical supplies from Frankfurt, Germany. This load was flown to Mumbai on May 11, 2021. The plane had taken off from Hindan Air Base and after flying nonstop for 12 hours landed in Frankfurt airport. And in a quick turnaround, flew back with the load after clocking non-stop 10 hours and reached Mumbai.

Internally, C-17 aircraft has airlifted 2 tankers from Indore airport to Jamnagar, and 2 cryogenic oxygen tankers from Agra to Jamnagar.

According to the IAF, early morning on May 12, 2021, the aircraft took off from Agra and has already landed back at its base in the city.

12/05/21 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express

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