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IAF’s C-130J aircraft makes night landing at Kargil advanced landing ground

Updated on: 08 January,2024 02:24 AM IST  |  New Delhi
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While IAF aircraft have operated from the advanced landing ground before, it was the first time that a transport plane made a night landing

IAF’s C-130J aircraft makes night landing at Kargil advanced landing ground

C-130J aircraft of the Indian Air Force carries out a night landing at the Kargil airstrip, in Ladakh. Pic/PTI

For the first time, a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a night landing at the high-altitude Kargil advanced landing ground near the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.


The night landing of the tactical lift aircraft with the elite Garud commandos on board at the Kargil airstrip demonstrated the IAF’s operational capabilities in the strategically crucial sector, people familiar with the matter said.


The night landing was carried out recently.


C-130J aircraft of the Indian Air Force carries out a night landing at the Kargil airstrip, in Ladakh. Pic/PTI

While IAF aircraft have operated from the advanced landing ground before, it was the first time that a transport plane made a night landing.

“In a first, an IAF C-130 J aircraft recently carried out a night landing at the Kargil airstrip. Employing terrain masking enroute, the exercise also dovetailed a training mission of the Garuds,” the IAF said on ‘X’.

The Kargil airstrip is located at an altitude of around 10,500 feet.

 It is especially boosting infrastructure at the Daulat Beg Oldi Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) as well as the Nyoma airstrip.

The Daulat Beg Oldi ALG is located close to the LAC at an altitude of 16,700 feet and is known as the highest airfield in the world.

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