20 IAF aircraft to land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway next week

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20 IAF aircraft to land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway next week

The aircraft will land and then take-off from the Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district.

20 Indian Air Force aircraft will land on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district on October 24 as part of a touchdown exercise, said PRO, Defence (Central Command), Gargi Malik Sinha.

"The IAF will be conducting the aircraft touchdown exercise on the Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district," PRO, Defence (Central Command), Gargi Malik Sinha said.

The PRO further added that the aircraft will land and then take-off from the expressway and from Oct 20 there will be traffic blockade to prepare the highway stretch for the touchdown exercise.

Sinha further elaborated, " It is for the first time any transport aircraft will land and then take off from the expressway. The AN-32 are meant for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during floods or any other natural calamity."

This is not the first time that IAF aircraft will land on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

In fact, last November also Indian Air Force's fighter jets had touched down on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway after it was inaugurated by the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

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

With inputs from PTI.