Thomas Howe, cargo charter account manager ACS London, recently helped with the fighter jet trials for the Indian Air Force. Jets from all over the World flew to India for the project which aims to acquire 126 medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the IAF. The various fighters are to be put through their paces in two sets of trials to be conducted in summer and winter, ranging from the snow-capped peaks of Leh to the extreme heat of the Rajasthan deserts and humid conditions of southern India.
Thomas helped by sending ground support equipment on four IL-76 aircraft. “Each set of trials lasts for a few weeks, so the aircraft needed GPUs, air conditioning units, ladders, etc”, he said. ”We transported everything they needed over to India, so that they were not without anything whilst there.”The operation, as far as our part was concerned, was a great success – the results of the trials however, will not be know for months”.