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IAF conducts night trial on emergency landing strip in Bijbehara

Chinook helicopter was used in the trial which was held from 03:45 to 04:30 am
11:15 AM Apr 02, 2024 IST | GK Web Desk
iaf conducts night trial on emergency landing strip in bijbehara
IAF conducts overnight trial on emergency landing strip in Bijbehara
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Srinagar, Apr 02: The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted a trial run on 3.5 km-long emergency landing strip on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district last night, officials said on Tuesday.

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An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the IAF conducted at least nine trials on the strip during the night, which started at around 03:45 am and concluded by 04:30 am.

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“During the trial, traffic was diverted through an alternative route, while areas on both sides of the strip were completely sanitised, and a three-tier security was put in place," he added.

He said the trials conducted by the IAF were aimed at ascertaining the feasibility of landing for which Chinook helicopter was used.

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Chinook helicopter, operated by the Indian Air Force, is a versatile heavy lift aircraft that plays a crucial role in various military operations, including troop transport, disaster relief, and logistics support.

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Construction of the airstrip began in 2020 at a cost of Rs 119 crore. The strip can be used for strategic purposes as well as during natural calamities for rescue and relief operations.

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