The India Air Force’sC-130J Super Hercules is an advanced Mobility Special Operations Platform with a maximum payload of 20 Tonnes. It was inducted in IAF in Jan 2011.It can operate from Advanced Landing Grounds.
On 20 Aug 2013, it created history and entered Limca Book of Records by Landing at Daulat Beg Oldie at an altitude of16614 ft above mean sea level.
A Commemorative Postage stamp was issued on 06 Oct 2016 on induction of C-130 in IAF and to mark Air Force Day 08 Oct 2016. This stamp was printed in Security Printing Press Hyderabad by wet offset process and had a print run of 401590. A FDC is listed.
APS Cover Jan 2019 – Platinum Jubilee – No 10 Squadron Indian Air Force
No 9 Squadron of IAF was formed on 20 Feb 1944 at Lahore. The Squadron crest is “Winged Dagger and this squadron is known as “DAGGERS”.It took part in World War II in Burma sector and since then it has taken part in all major conflicts and battles. It has graduated from Vampires and Maruts to MIGs It received Presidents’ Standards in 1985. It was awarded two Vir Chakras in 1971 operations.
Squadron Leader H Moolgavkar was the Commanding Officer of the sqn in 1947-48 operations against Pakistan when he was awarded Maha Vir Chakra. He rose to the rank of Air Chief Marshal H Moolgavkar, PVSM, MVC, LOM and became Chief of Air Staff Indian Air Force from 1976 to 1978
APS issued a cover on 20 Feb 2019 to mark its Platinum Jubilee of raising.
APS Cover Jan 2019 – Army Hospital (Referral & Research) -Centenary
Army Hospital had a humble beginning as a 50 bedded ‘Indian Military Hospital’ in 1918. Army Hospital (Referral & Research) in New Delhi is today a tertiary medical care provider and apex research centre of Armed Forces Medical Services. It performs twenty thousand surgeries annually with thirty thousand admissions and an outpatient load of five lakhs
It has super speciality centres and employs cutting edge technologies.
APS issued a cover on 17 Feb 2019 to mark its Centenary Year (1918-2018).
APS Cover Jan 2019 – 136 Infantry Battalion (TA) Ecological, Mahar – First Raising
136 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Ecological, Mahar was raised on 09 Dec 2017 in Maharashtra . It is a specialised Army Departmental Ecological Bn raised primarily to improve the green cover in arid Marathwada region, on request and funding by Govt of Maharashtra.
In one year of raising it has planted 66,000 saplings, covered an area of 184 Ha for plantation, Water Harvesting by drip irrigation, Unit Nursery to reduce costs of saplings and Maint of saplings.
APS issued a cover on 16 Feb 2019 to mark its First Raising Anniversary.
APS Cover Jan 2019 – Army Dental Corps – 3rd Reunion
The Dental Services in Indian Army came into existence on 01 Feb 1941 with the commissioning of 07 Officers in the Indian Medical Service Dental IMS (D). The Indian Navy and Indian Air Force got their Dental Services in Apr 1943 and Apr 1945 respectively. On 26 Jan 1950, the name of the Corps was changed to Army Dental Corps. It became Additional Directorate General of Dental Services in 1995 and Directorate General Of Dental Services in 2001.
APS issued a cover on 16 Feb 2019 to mark its 3rd Reunion.