IAF conducts touchdown exercise on Lucknow-Agra Expressway
This is the first time that transport aircraft are landing and taking off from an expressway in India . The public gathered in large numbers to watch the exercise .
Two AN-32 transport aircraft, three Jaguars, six Mirage 2000, six Sukhoi 30 MKI's and two C130J are the part of the drill . One unit of Garud Commandos also skyfalled and slithered from a transport aircraft .
Immediately on disembarking from the C-130, the commandos took up position on either side of the airstrip to cordon off the area for fighter operations .
The AN-32, which is a Russian-origin military transport aircraft, has been in the IAF since 1984 .
Later, a Mirage 2000 fighter jet landed on the expressway . This plane was inducted into the IAF in the mid-80s and has a proven flight safety record .
Two IAF Sukhoi fighters carried out a flypast . (ANI)