IAF air­craft carry out trial land­ings on Luc­know-Agra Ex­press­way

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Three Mi­rage 2000 and three Su-30 air­craft of the In­dian Air Force car­ried out a ‘touch and go’ on a por­tion of the newly con­structed Agra-Luc­know Ex­press­way in Ut­tar Pradesh on Noven­m­ber 21, 2016. The por­tion of the Ex­press­way used for the pur­pose has an RCC con­struc­tion and has been re­in­forced and ap­pro­pri­ately marked to fa­cil­i­tate air­craft land­ings. The por­tion of the Ex­press­way used for the op­er­a­tions is lo­cated at Ganj Mo­rad­abad in Un­nao district of Ut­tar Pradesh.

Air Mar­shal S.B.P. Sinha, Air Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief Cen­tral Air Com­mand, was present at the venue to over­see the op­er­a­tions. Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav along with a num­ber of mil­i­tary and civil dig­ni­taries wit­nessed this unique feat by our air war­riors.

The aim of the ex­er­cise is to check fea­si­bil­ity of ex­press­ways be­ing used as al­ter­nate airstrips in case of dire emer­gen­cies or non-avail­abil­ity of run­way for any rea­son.

The en­tire op­er­a­tion be­gan with the first three Mi­rages com­ing over­head at around 1300 hours and cul­mi­nated with a touch and go by the fi­nal Su-30 fighter jet around 1330 hours.

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