IAF fighter jets land on Lucknow-Agra expressway, conduct 2 minute drill
The Indian Air Force conducted a touchdown exercise on the Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district about 65 km from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on Tuesday.
Why 20 IAF jets will land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway
The exercise is being conducted to test the capability of the IAF to land its fighter jets on highways in the event of an emergency or in a war-like situation.
This is the first time a transport aircraft - a Super Hercules, which can carry 200 commandos - is landing on an expressway. Inducted into the air force in 2010, each plane costs nearly Rs 900 crore.
Jaguar, Mirage 2000 And Sukhoi-30MKI to land
Three Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft will be the first to land, followed up by six Mirage 2000 aircrafts flying in two formations and then, two more formations of three aircraft each of Sukhoi-30MKI.
This is not for the first time
IAF had performed the first such touchdown and take off in May 2015 when a Mirage 2000 fighter had performed the feat on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi. Later in November 2016, IAF Su-30MKIs and Mirage 2000s had landed and taken off from the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.