IAF Current Affairs

The MTB: IAF launches Trans Himalayan Mountain Terrain Biking Expedition

Indian Air Force (IAF) launched Trans-Himalayan Mountain Terrain Biking Expedition (THE MTB) as part of its celebration of 86th Anniversary on 8 October 2018. The expedition was started on 17 Aug 2018 from Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in Ladakh for Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh. DBO and Kibithu are two forward most outposts of India in North and in East with DBO being highest airfield in the world located altitude of 16614 feet.

The MTB

The aim of MTB expedition is to promote spirit of adventure among Air Warriors to undertake daunting challenges and ‘Go Green’ initiative. The team for expedition consisted of 18 Air warriors (12 riders and 06 support staff) which also include two women officers. It is led by Wg Cdr S Sharathchandra.

The team covered distance of more than 4500 km through mountain terrain passing through states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. This is for first time IAF has undertaken mountain terrain biking expedition of such magnitude. Under this adventure expedition, IAF team will undertake involves camping and living outdoors, managing and surviving on  their own in snow, rain and extreme climatic conditions throughout the expedition.

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IAF launches Speedex Contract

Indian Airforce has formally launched The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment (SPEEDEX) contract. It was concluded in June 2018 between with Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd and Ashok Travel and Tours for air and surface component respectively.

SPEEDEX contract

The contract aims to overcome delay in piecemeal dispatch of consignment and to move operationally urgent stores by air and normal consignments by surface mode. This will facilitate door to door pickup and delivery facility with fixed timelines, lesser than speed post. It will help to enhance IAF’s support maintenance activities and improve operational preparedness.

Background

The ability to lift, shift and move is essence of sound transportation management. It has profound impact on all principles of military logistics. In the past, IAF had been using hired transport for movement of cargo to various IAF bases, which resulted in delay in dispatch of critically required stores. Therefore, overcome this delay and reduce time taken for transportation of items and ensure early availability of stores to the field units this contract was formulated.

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