外文标题：Watch out China! IAF lands Super Hercules in Ladakh
In a subtle show of strength to China, the Indian Air Force on Tuesday landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world's highest and recently-activated Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control, the scene of a stand-off with Chinese troops in April.
The achievement will enable the armed forces to use the heavy-lift aircraft to induct troops, supplies, improve communication network and also serve as a morale booster for maintenance of troops positioned there.
"A C-130J Super Hercules landed at DBO, the highest airstrip in the world, at 0654 hours today. The Commanding Officer, Group Captain Tejbir Singh and the crew of the 'Veiled Vipers' along with senior officer touched down on the DBO airstrip located at 16614 feet (5065 meters) in the Aksai Chin area," the IAF said in a statement.
The airfield was reactivated by the IAF in 2008 after an Antonov-32 aircraft landed there from Chandigarh.
"Once again this strategic base in the Northern Himalayas gained importance when it was resurrected and reactivated by the IAF along with the Indian Army and made operational when a twin engine AN-32 aircraft from Chandigarh landed there after a gap of 43 years (in 2008)," the IAF said.
The decision to deploy the C-130J, which is capable of lifting up to 20 tonnes of load, was taken by the IAF considering the lower load carrying capability of AN-32s and helicopters.
"With this enhanced airlift capability, the IAF will now be in a better position to meet the requirements of our land forces, which are heavily dependent on the air bridge for sustenance in these higher and inhospitable areas," the Air Force said.
The tactical transport aircraft of the special operations squadron is capable of undertaking quick deployment of forces in all weather conditions, including air drops, besides landing on unprepared or semi-prepared surfaces.
It created history today by landing at such a high altitude, amid hostile terrain conditions.
"This achievement qualifies for the world record for the highest landing by an aircraft of this class," it said.
Incidentally, this was the same aircraft and crew that operated at Dharasu during 'Op Rahat' for Uttarakhand flood relief.
Chinese troops had pitched tents in Depsang Valley near Daulat Beg Oldie in April. They remained there for 21 days and left only after several rounds of flag meetings between the two sides.
by SAI RAM
India dares China
India on MOVE
by Ashwani Sharma
We salute Indian Troops... and also assure we are there to Backup our brave troops
I am more worried about Sonia,Rahul,Vadra and their stooges.They are more harmful to the nation.
10 years back 1 Chinese Yuan was equal to 5 rupees
Today,1 Chinese Yuan equals to 10 rupees.
The Chinese did not do that,but our anti-national leaders.
Amazing job performed by IAF.Your preparedness give us confidence to counter China's move.
by cPriti Goenka
Nice to hear this news..Thanks to Indian Air Force.. Jai Hind.. Jai Bharat
by cPriti Goenka
Very Good.. India The great
Can we drop all corrupt politicians on those mountains and let them die?
Re: Re: Good
by Tom Dick
Why? You want to spoil the mountains too?
Re: Re: Re: Good
No,vultures will eat them up.It will be clean fast.
Good, we have the capabilities
by Tom Dick
But why the Pakistanis still irritate us by shooting at our posts? Why can't we show some real strength there and stop it for once and for all.
now the chinese will wet their pants (laughing)!!
by murli menon
well.. certainly they will considering imbeciles like you are around. take a hike you do'nut..
Indians started dancing to their own tunes
Great work .But Right now our defence policy makers should sit and think at this point of time to have multiple airstrips instead of depending on one landing pad .Because who knows china may land the flights there first and claim that its their airfield and stop indian planes landing there.Think it's not the time to show off .There should be even railway track beneath the ground where trains can deliver arms and heavy guns near chinese border and that to which can withstand powerful missile attacks .Game is on
stop being brainwashed by media
by tim jim
I have visited china and met people th3re very eager to trade with india.
The rupee has collapsed.Soon we will be bankrupt nation if UPA is not thrown out.A condition will come when we will have to sell of C 130J for food or oil.
by abhijit mandal
we have shown our guts months back.. now its easy to do such things when chinese troops are not around.
we are shameless impotent.. they fire bullets and we send peace delegations on the pretex of being non-violent. its actually pissing in pants by fear. when pakistani troops fire on indian troops our only reaction is to gather evidence and beg international symphaty.
Re: haha ...
by denzel lobo
it would have been good for india if your ffffaaattther was iiiimmmppppoootent, we would not have heard from a anti national like you. stay in the borders for an hour and you will know how our army jawans protect us.. first lift 2 kilo dumbel uuu mandal then show your heroics.
It is good but too late & to small
by ANURAG SHUKLA
When we take note of this it is reminded that India-China border is more than thousand kilometer long & non reachable by even by army truck.We have no infrastructure along border for fast movement of armory.