The Indian Air Force (IAF) on 20 August 2013 landed its C-130J Super Hercules Transport Plane at the recently-activated airstrip of Daulat Beg Oldie Sector in Ladakh. Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip located at 16614 feet in the Aksai Chin area is the World’s highest airstrip and lies in the area across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where Indian and Chinese army troops faced a stand-off of about 21 days in April 2013.
Commanding Officer for the C-130J Super Hercules that landed at Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip was Group Captain Tejbir Singh. The team also included a crew of the Veiled Vipers. This achievement of the Indian Air Force has qualified for the world record for the highest landing by an aircraft of this class.
With this landing of the C-130J Super Hercules Transport Plane, the IAF has demonstrated its abilities of using a heavy heavy-lift aircraft at such heights in Ladakh region. This action will help the Air Force in inducting troops and supplies by improving communication network and maintenance of troops at such heights.
C-130J Super Hercules Transport Aircraft
C-130J Super Hercules Transport aircraft is capable of undertaking quick deployment of troops at great heights under all weather conditions including airdrops. It can also fit for landing on unprepared and semi-prepared surfaces and lift load up to 20 tonnes. Earlier, the aircraft was used in Dharasu region at the time of Uttarakhand Flood relief in Operation Rahat.
About the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Air field
Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Air field was reactivated by the Indian Air Force in 2008, when Antonov-32 was landed over there after a gap of 43 years from Chandigarh. Before 2008 landing, the airstrip was last used in 1965, during the war with Pakistan. With this operationalisation of the airstrip, the strategic base of the Northern Himalayas got reactivated and gained importance.
Who: Indian Air Force
Where: Daulat Beg Oldie Airstrip
When: 20 August 2013