The Indian Air Force carried out a full war drill at the Agra Lucknow expressway in Uttar Pradesh. The expressway witnessed a barrage of fighter jet and cargo planes displaying various manouvers and formations.
The war drill is a standard exercise undertaken by the Air Force for making it operationally prepared for war time. IAF would also look into the feasability of using the expressway as ad-hoc landing / take-off strip for undertaking flying sorties during war time.
The IAF exercise has commenced its drill with an impressive short landing by the C-130 which on its landing roll itself will start off loading the Garud Commandos and their vehicle. Immediately on disembarking from the C-130, the Commandos have taken up positions on either side of the airstrip to cordon it off for the fighter operations.
This will be followed by three Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft, 2 formations of three aircraft each of Mirages and 2 formations of three aircraft each of Sukhoi-30. All fifteen fighter aircraft will carry out a roller/touch and go manoeuvre on the expressway. The C-130 will then return for another short landing to extricate the Garud Commandos.
The Agra-Lucknow Expressway is 302-km six-lane Expressway which can be expanded to 8-lane. The expressway starts from Agra to reach Lucknow via Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Oraia, Kannauj, Hardoi,Kanpur Nagar and Unnao. The 302 kilometer-long expressway was completed in a record time of 22 months at the cost of Rs 13,200 crore.