The Agra Lucknow expressway on Tuesday will witness a barrage of fighter jets and cargo planes displaying various formations and maneuvers as the Indian Air Force shall be carrying out a full war drill at Bangarmau in Uttar Pradesh on October 24.
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.
So here is a look at the how the exercise shall unfold and what lies in store with the formations and manouvers likely to be executed by the fighter jets and Garuda Commandos
The IAF exercise will commence 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 will take up position on either side of the airstrip to cordon it off for the fighter operations.
This will be followed by 3 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.
C130 lands at 10am and from10:15 Am onwards 25min blocks are given for various formations. All timings are subject to weather conditions
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.