Sunday, September 26, 2021

Indian Air Force conducted landing exercises on expressway

Military aircraft of Indian Air Force on October 24 performed breathtaking landings and takeoffs on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Unnao, showing that highways can be used as landing strips in case of any emergency.

As part of its exercise, over a dozen IAF aircraft, including Sukhoi Su-30 supermaneuverable fighters and C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft touched down on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, The Hindu reported.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) operates 53 bases across the country and the purpose of this exercise, according to the IAF, is to develop emergency landing capability if its bases are rendered incapable during war.


In exercises also take part the Mirage-2000 fighters and SEPECAT Jaguar jet attack aircraft.

Personnel display skills next to an Indian Air Force Hercules C-130J aircraft that landed on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, during the drill. PTI

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