Super Power Capabilities
With the induction of C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 J aircraft, IAF has got a power boost, as was demonstrated at Hindan

C-17 Induction ceremony at Hindan
C-17 Induction ceremony at Hindan

It is a happy season at Hindan air force station. Not only because it is the new home for the Indian Air Force’s tactical and strategic airlift capabilities, but also for its endless list of achievements in recent times. Some of these have been, landing at the highest air strip in the world, long and unrefueled sortie all around the country and daring rescue missions during flood relief operations. The icing on the cake, however, is the Air Force Day parade which provides a perfect opportunity for the air base to showcase its newly acquired platforms, apart from the participation in air display.

Currently, Hindan operates its latest acquisitions,C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft, which have been acquired from the US. Apart from these two heavy lift platforms, the air force station also operates Mi-17 1V medium-lift helicopters which are used mainly for VIP communication. Some of the Cheetak-Cheetah helicopters are also based at Hindan for search and rescue (SAR) missions.

“Hindan will be very crucial to any future war,” proudly said Air Officer Commanding, Hindan Air Force Station, Air Commodore Anil Sabharwal. “To fight a war, arms, ammunition, fuel, men and material can be made available only if we have heavy tactical lift and strategic lift capability, and those capabilities are available at Hindan,” he added. The C-17 can carry up to 70 tonnes of load and more than 150 fully geared combat personnel. On the other hand, C-130J can carry about 20 tonnes of load and 128 armed personnel inside the aircraft. Both these aircraft have the ability to land in very short air strips.

Earlier, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had indicated that it has upgraded itself for a possible two-front war with China and Pakistan. In an exercise codenamed Live Wire, which took place early April this year, the IAF tested all its latest capabilities including connectivity and network centric operations. It also prepared the standard operating procedures (SOP). The northern, eastern and western commands simultaneously performed operations during the exercise, which incidentally was the biggest IAF exercise so far, and simulated the two-front war scenario.
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