IAF successfully lands aircraft using night vision goggles

The IAF can now conduct safer and more effective night missions in low-light environments using NVG technology.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently achieved a significant milestone by successfully landing a C-130J aircraft using Night Vision Goggles (NVG) at an Advanced Landing Ground in the Eastern sector. This achievement emphasizes the IAF’s enhanced operational reach and defense preparedness.

The Eastern sector includes the northeastern Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, and Bihar. Additionally, it maintains a 6300-kilometer international border with China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

Using NVG technology, the IAF can now conduct safer and more effective missions in low-light environments. This also improves the IAF’s capacity to efficiently launch and complete night missions.

The IAF shared two clips on X. One video depicted the aircraft’s seamless landing using NVG, while the other provided a view from inside the aircraft window. Both video were green, as is typical for NVG sights.

aircraft using Night Vision Goggles
Source: NDTV

The IAF shared this accomplishment, stating, “Achieving another significant milestone, an #IAF C-130J aircraft carried out a successful Night Vision Goggles aided landing at an Advanced Landing Ground in the Eastern sector.” The IAF posted two videos with the caption, “IAF continues to expand capabilities, reinforcing commitment to safeguard nation’s sovereignty by enhancing operational reach and defense preparedness. #HarKaamDeshKeNaam.”

IAF’s C-130J and C-17 strategic airlift 

Over the past decade, the Indian Air Force has significantly enhanced its capabilities with the induction of strategic airlift aircraft, particularly the C-130J Hercules in February 2011 and the C-17 in September 2013. Both the C-17 and C-130 have proven their strategic lift capabilities in various missions within India and internationally, including operational joint training exercises, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions, Vaccine Diplomacy during the Covid-19 pandemic, and evacuation operations.

The C-130J is an advanced aircraft with a two-pilot flying station and Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities. It has fully integrated digital avionics that enable all-weather, day-night operations with Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) and infrared thermal imagery. The aircraft also has colour multifunctional liquid crystal screens and Head-Up screens (HUD), as well as modern navigation systems such as dual inertial navigation and GPS, which enhances its operational versatility across a variety of terrains.

The C-130J is designed to operate on rough and unprepared environments, and it includes a digital moving map display, low-power colour radar, and fully integrated defensive systems. The aircraft’s extraordinary capabilities were displayed during a nighttime evacuation of Indians from an unprepared airport in Sudan, demonstrating exemplary skills of IAF pilots. In January of this year, the IAF marked a significant milestone by safely landing a C-130J aircraft at the Kargil airstrip at night.

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