The Indian Air Force on 6 August 2015 pressed into service its strategic airlift platforms, the C-17 Globemaster-III and the C-130 J Super Hercules, to send about 100 tonnes of food and medicines to India?s Eastern neighbour, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, which is reeling under floods and landslides due to unprecedented rains.
Yesterday, one C-17 aircraft delivered 48 tonnes of rice, noodles and medicines to Mandalay directly, while another airlifted about 45 tonnes to Guwahati. One C-130 airlifted 10 tonnes of relief supplies from Delhi and landed in Kalay at about 1300 hrs on 06 August 2015. The C-130J thereafter returned to Guwahati and delivered all the load brought in by the C-17 to Kalay in three sorties today.[content_block id=762 slug=ads1]
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The C-130 aircraft became an important element in this mission as the runway length at Kalay is just about adequate for operations by this aircraft and the formation of an air-bridge between the two bases was critical for efficient air delivery of load to Myanmar. The immediate extension of assistance to Myanmar is indicative of the strong ties of friendship between the two countries.[content_block id=765 slug=ads2]