IAF practices drill on Agra-Lucknow Expressway
IAF has practiced drill on Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Planes of the Indian Air performed touch-and-go landings on a stretch of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, starting with a 35,000-kg C-130J Super Hercules aircraft that dropped special forces commandos to secure the landing zone as part of the special drill for the fighter jets that will follow. This is the first time that the C-130J transport aircraft is joining the Indian Air Force's special drill to land planes on the expressway. The IAF had earlier landed its Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets on the Yamuna Expressway and the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Several countries allow their air force to practice landing on and taking off from large highways in order to ensure air operations continue even when an airbase has been knocked out by enemy forces or natural disaster. This is the first time a transport aircraft - a Super Hercules, which can carry 200 commandos - is landing on an expressway.