IAF conducts touchdown exercise on Lucknow-Agra Expressway

ANI | Updated: Oct 24, 2017 13:18 IST

IAF conducts touchdown exercise on Lucknow-Agra Expressway

Unnao (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 24 (ANI): The first of 20 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts landed on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Unnao on Tuesday .

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 .

The exercise commenced with an impressive short landing by a C-130, which on landing, off loaded Garud Commandos and their vehicle .

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)