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Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft recently conducted operations from the Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) in the northern sector of the Kashmir valley as part of the ongoing exercise Gagan Shakti-24, the Defence Ministry announced on Thursday.

IAF aircraft can operate from such restricted landing surfaces during Emergency Landing Facility operations, and they can also conduct Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Relief operations.

According to the ministry, many personnel were transported and then made an airborne landing at night using Chinook, Mi-17 V5, and DHRUV MK-III helicopters.

“The IAF also intends to conduct comparable exercises in collaboration with State Government administrations to activate ELFs in additional industries. Coordinated landing and operations will be conducted by a number of IAF fixed and rotary wing platforms.

In addition to allowing IAF aircraft to operate from these restricted landing surfaces, emergency landing facility activities enable them to conduct humanitarian assistance in disaster relief missions to offer support and relief during times of natural calamities.

“The capability to operate by night on these stretches of highways and the capability to transfer troops from such surfaces will greatly enhance the operational capabilities of Indian Armed Forces,” the ministry stated in a statement.

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