Leh: IAF achieved another milestone when its AN-32 powered with a 10% blend of Indian bio-jet fuel took-off from Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh.
The aircraft was flight tested and performance validated at Chandigarh Air Base prior to the operational sortie to Leh. Leh at an altitude of 10,682 ft above mean sea level, is amongst one of world’s highest and most difficult operational airfield.
Bio-jet fuel is produced from non-edible ‘Tree Borne Oils’, grown and procured from the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh state. IAF’s efforts would assist in reducing carbon footprint and India’s dependence on crude imports.