Indian Air Force airlifts empty oxygen tankers to refill and speed up distribution across the country

Currently, India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus and several states are floundering with the shortage of medical oxygen and beds due to the surge in the cases.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has airlifted empty oxygen tankers and containers to refill them from several stations across the country to speed up the distribution of oxygen in treating COVID-19 patients. According to reports IAF has also airlifted doctors and nurses from Kochi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Visakhapatnam for various hospitals in Delhi. 

Currently, India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus and several states are floundering with the shortage of medical oxygen and beds due to the surge in the cases.

Reportedly IAF has deployed its transport aircraft C-17, C-130J, IL-76, An-32 and Avro and has kept its Chinook and Mi-17 helicopters on standby.

In a statement, the Defence Ministry said that the IAF's C-17 and IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft have begun airlifting empty oxygen tankers from their place of use to filling stations across India to speed up the distribution.

Furthermore, it read, the C-17 and IL-76 have also transported a large quantity of load containing bio-safety cabinets and autoclave machines for the setting up of an extra COVID test facility in Leh- Ladakh.

Eight empty cryogenic oxygen containers were airlifted from Begumpet in Telangana to Bhubaneshwar by a C17 aircraft and one empty container was transported from Indore to Jamnagar. Staff and equipment of the IAF Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) were transported from Jorhat in Assam to Hindan in Ghaziabad by a C130 aeroplane.

Last year also the IAF ran various sorties to deliver medical and other essential types of equipment required to curb the pandemic.