meet the requirements of our land forces who are heavily dependent on the air bridge for
sustainence in these higher and inhospitable areas.
The tactical airlift aircraft of the special operations squadron the “Veiled Vipers” which
airdrops and landings on unprepared or semi prepared surfaces created history today by
landing at this altitude and hostile terrain conditions. This achievement qualifies for the world
record for the highest landing by an aircraft of this class. Incidentally, this was the same
aircraft and crew that operated at Dharasu during “Op Rahat” for the Uttarakhand flood relief.
Today’s achievement will enable the forces to exploit the inherent advanced
capabilities of the aircraft by increased capability to induct troops, improve communication
network and also serve as a great morale booster for maintenance of troops positioned
there. It is also a projection of the fact that the IAF is capable of operating in such inhospitable
terrain in support of the Indian Army.