The Indian Air Force is preparing to carry out a full war drill on Agra-Lucknow Expressway at Bangarmau in Uttar Pradesh. The drill has been scheduled to start on 24 October.
According to an Indian Television network “more than 20 aircrafts and cargo planes of the Indian Air Force will participate in the war drill on the expressway.”
The NewsNation quoting “Indian Air Force sources” as saying that Sukhoi, Tejas, Mikoyan MiG-29, Dassault Mirage 2000, Jaguar, MiG-27ML, MiG-21, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Ilyushin Il-76MD and Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules will take part in the drill. The official was further quoted as saying that “all the planes will take off and land on the Expressway.”
The NewsNation also quoted Indian Maj Gen KV S Lalotra (Retd) who served in important command and staff positions as saying “We have to identify the places where our jets can land and take off during wartime if the enemy manages to destroy our major A-strips.”
Maj Gen Lalotra commanded the strategic 17 Mtn Division along the Indo-China bprder at Sikkim and was the ADG Territorial Army.
According to NewsNation 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.
Last year IAF lauded a French Dassault Mirage-2000 fighter jet on the Yamuna Expressway near Raya village, Mathura, as a part of trials to see how many highways could be used for war-like emergencies.—PPA