Indian Air Force Fighter Jets Successfully Land On Lucknow-Agra Expressway [WATCH]

| October 24 , 2017 , 10:51 IST

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday successfully landed a series of its fighter jets and C130 transport planes on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway as a part of a special drill to practice landing IAF planes on public roads in case of a war-like emergency, or for disaster relief and humanitarian purposes.

The IAF pilots will be able to hone their skills in landing the jets on public roads during the exercise being conducted in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh government for the first time on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway since it was inaugurated in November last year.

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The first plane to land was a C130 transport plane with Garud commandos, and the other IAF jets include Jaguars, Mirages, SU 30s.

Vice chief of IAF Air Marshal SB Deo termed the event as an "important operational achievement" since highways can be very important during times of crisis when usual runways are not available.

"We have done it earlier where we have the Mirages land on this highway and I'm very happy that the government has taken this very serious step, every new highway that has been made has provision, wherever straight leg permits, it will be made capable of handling fighter aircraft," Deo said to news agencies.

According to Road and Transport Ministry officials, similar landing operations will be conducted on 12 other highways, which include 3 in connecting Maoist-affected areas in Odisha, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh.

Watch the landing below: