Kohima, March 30 (NE): The much awaited critical medical equipment related with Covid 19 was airlifted from Delhi to Dimapur airport, today, March 30, 2020, to meet the State Health and Family Welfare Department and NSDMA requirements.
Equipments including ventilators, PPE, Mask, Gloves, Sanitizers etc carrying approx 8 tons of medical load was airdropped. The task was undertaken by C130 J super Hercules of 77 squadron (special Air operations) based in Hindon Air base, which is used as a tactical airlift aircraft and was inducted in 2011. It has capabilities for quick deployment of special forces and airdrop in semi and unprepared runways and can operate at pitch dark in all weather conditions, said a report from DIPR.
In addition to the Nagaland state medical load, the aircraft further routed to Imphal airport to drop Manipur Government requirements of approx 5 tons.
The airlift support operation was possible because of the close coordination by State Government officials, Dimapur based project office (IAF), HQ EAC Shillong, Air Hq (VB), MoD and DRC, Nagaland house, New Delhi.
The State Government extended its gratitude to the IAF, for carrying out the tasking as requested during the critical hour. IAF has always been pro active contributing immensely towards State disaster management relief, support missions and in aid of civil administration for Nagaland state in the past also. The Air support missions have saved many public lives in remote areas of the State and has contributed immensely to the people, it added.