The Indian Air Force (IAF) is providing airlift support to Nation’s efforts to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus and the management of COVID-19.
The Air Force has airlifted nearly 25 Tons of essential medical supplies in the last three days from Delhi, Surat, Chandigarh to Manipur, Nagaland and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh. The medical supplies include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand sanitizers, surgical gloves, thermal scanners and medical personnel. Regular airlift of COVID test samples from the Union Territory of Ladakh to Delhi is also being carried.
The IAF has deployed its C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Super Hercules, An-32, HS 748 Avro and Dornier Do 228 transport aircraft for the airlift missions.
In addition, several quarantine facilities created at various IAF bases across the country, continue in a state of readiness. Medical care to Indian citizens evacuated from Iran and Malaysia is being provided at Hindan Air Force Station and Tambaram AFS respectively. COVID-19 testing laboratory at Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru is operational for testing.
Meanwhile, comprehensive measures have been taken to control the spread of the contagion at all bases of the IAF. Guidelines laid down by the Government of India are being strictly adhered to while ensuring that IAF assets and air bases are ready to support the National effort to fight the Corona pandemic.
“IAF stations are also continuing to provide meals and support to all people from the economically weaker section of the society residing in their neighborhood”, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.