We capture the historic moments of Super Hercules transport aircraft which landed at the Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip in Ladakh
In a show of strength to China, the Indian Air Force landed its C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the world's highest and recently-activated Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control, the scene of a stand-off with Chinese troops in April.
The achievement has enabled the armed forces to use the heavy-lift aircraft to induct troops, supplies, improve communication network and also serve as a morale booster for maintenance of troops positioned there. The airfield was reactivated by the IAF in 2008 with the landing of an Antonov-32 aircraft there from Chandigarh after it was last used in the 1965 war with Pakistan.
We take you to 2011, when the C-130J-30 Super Hercules was inducted into the IAF.