IAF’S AN-32 Lands at LEH with Indigenous Bio-Jet Fuel

  • First indigenous biofuel-powered IAF aircraft AN-32 land successfully in Leh.
  • powered with a 10% blend of Indian bio-jet fuel took-off from Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, 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.
  • landing and taking-off an aircraft at Leh, is challenging due to reduced power output of the aircraft engines in the rarefied atmosphere, turbulent wind conditions and proximity of mountainous terrain.
  • Evaluating the aircraft here validates the capability of the aero-engine to operate smoothly with
    bio-jet fuel at the extremities of the operational envelope.
  • Bio-jet fuel is produced from non-edible ‘Tree Borne Oils’, grown and procured from the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh state.
  • The technology of the fuel was produced by CSIR-IIP in 2013.