In the fight against the second wave of Corona pandemic in the country, the Indian Air Force is continuously engaged in providing medical oxygen to various areas and in relief operations. Air Force transport aircraft and helicopters have flown over 732 to airlift 498 oxygen tankers. The Indian Air Force has been engaged in airlifting of oxygen since April 21, both within and outside the country.
A spokesperson of the Indian Air Force told a news agency that, “Air force pilots in the domestic sector have taken 634 consecutive flights for a total of 939 hours to airlift 403 oxygen containers. During this period, 6856.2 metric tons of oxygen were transported along with 163.3 metric tons of other equipment. For this operation against Corona, the Air Force has deployed 42 transport aircraft including six each C-17 and Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft and 30 medium lift C-130Js and AN-32 aircraft.The spokesman further said that the Air Force has also flown to more than nine countries including Australia, Britain, Germany, Indonesia and Singapore to deliver oxygen containers and other relief supplies. Air Force officials said that ‘Air Force aircraft in international areas took 98 flights to bring 95 containers from abroad. These flights have a total of 480 hours’.
He further explained that containers brought from abroad by the Indian Air Force can help carry 793.1 metric tons of oxygen. Air Force has deployed special teams and personnel for operations to bring oxygen and other relief supplies. The operatives in the operations are working under special protection. So that he can avoid any infection.