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IAF successfully conducts night vision goggles-aided landing in Eastern sector

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has achieved a significant milestone by successfully landing an aircraft using night vision goggles (NVG) for the first time on an advanced landing ground in the Eastern sector. The IAF‘s official account shared this achievement, stating that an “IAF C-130J aircraft carried out a successful Night Vision Goggles aided landing at an Advanced Landing Ground in the Eastern sector.”

Enhanced Operational Capabilities

The Eastern sector of India encompasses northeastern states such as parts of Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, and Bihar. It also oversees the protection of a 6300 km long international border with China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.The use of NVG technology allows the IAF to conduct safer and more effective operations in low-light conditions. This advancement significantly enhances the IAF’s ability to effectively embark on and conclude night-time missions, bolstering the country’s defense capabilities.

IAF’s Commitment to National Security

The IAF uploaded two clips showcasing the successful landing operation. One video depicted the aircraft’s smooth landing through NVG, while the other clip provided a view from inside the aircraft window, both displayed in green, typical of NVG visuals.

This achievement is part of the IAF’s ongoing efforts to continuously improve its skills and “safeguard nation’s sovereignty by enhancing operational reach and defense preparedness,” as stated on their official account. They further emphasized their commitment with the phrase “Har Kaam Desh Ke Naam.”

Historical Significance

Earlier this year, the IAF successfully conducted a night landing by the same aircraft (C130-J) at the Kargil airstrip for the first time. This airstrip is located near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Ladakh region.

While the IAF has a history of operating the An-32 multipurpose transport aircraft from the Kargil airstrip, primarily for civilian transportation between Kargil, Srinagar, and Jammu, especially during severe winters, until recently, night landing capabilities were not available at the Kargil airstrip.

During the 1962 Sino-Indian war, the IAF’s 43 Squadron’s An-12s were operational in Kargil, Leh, and Thoise in Ladakh, highlighting the strategic importance of the region.

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