Aiming to improve its war preparedness, the Indian Air Force will be conducting a new type of drill wherein its fighter jets will be landing and taking off from the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Experts said that such drills have become necessary due to growing tension with China as well as Pakistan. In a war situation, enemy fighter jets usually target major installations such as aircraft bases. If runways are destroyed, the fighter jets won’t be able to take off and the air space would become completely exposed. This is why it is good to have alternate options such as an expressway. To test the same, the Indian Air Force will be conducting landing and take-off from a specific section of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. The Air Force will be conducting the drill on October 24.
Different types of planes will be tested during the drill such as AN-32 transport plane, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jets. The drill will be conducted on a stretch of expressway located near Bangarmau in Unnao district, which is around 65 kilomerters from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. As a precautionary measure, the stretch of expressway has been closed for general traffic and this restriction will remain in force till the drills are completed on October 24. Experts said that several countries already have various highway options ready to be used as alternative in case the runways are destroyed. For example, there are many highways in Switzerland that the military has identified to be used as emergency runways.