IAF Lands Its Largest Transport Aircraft C-17 Globemaster III In Arunachal Pradesh

| March 14 , 2018 , 14:02 IST

The Indian Air Force landed its largest transport aircraft, Boeing-manufactured C-17 Globemaster III at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. The Tuting airfield is close to the Chinese border.

The landing of the aircraft is seen as part of the IAF's move to strengthen its overall operations in the strategically-key border state. 

IAF spokesperson said, "The mission carried out today is a strategic leap in terms of operational performance demonstration and tactical air mobility."

"The C17 Globemaster carried out a historic landing at Tuting Advanced Landing Ground. The mission was executed flawlessly owing to its superlative performance and excellent flying skills of pilots," said another air force spokesperson.

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The C-17, bought from the US, is with the ‘Skylords’ squadron based at Hindon near Delhi.

Earlier, troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. The face-off ended on August 28.

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Some reports stated that China has been keeping its troops in north Doklam and significantly ramping up its infrastructure in the disputed area.

As per reports, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is likely to visit China in April. It is not clear whether she would be on a bilateral visit or for a meeting of defence ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to visit China in June.