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IAF jets turn Agra Expressway into runway. Here's how

Breathtaking touch-and-go landingsPTI
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Breathtaking touch-and-go landings
Fighter and transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) today performed breathtaking touch-and-go landings on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, showing that highways can be used as landing strips in case of any emergency.
The IAF jetsPTI
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The IAF jets
Over a dozen IAF planes, including Mirage-2000 fighters and Sukhoi 30s, besides 35,000 kg C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, took part in the exercise near Bangarmau in the district, about 65 km from Lucknow.
The show-stopperPTI
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The show-stopper
The transport aircraft are meant for humanitarian assistance and relief operations during floods or any other natural calamity
Drill will test the readiness of IAFPTI
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Drill will test the readiness of IAF
The exercise will test the readiness of the Air Force in situations like war, humanitarian assistance or disaster relief.
Three-hour-long exercisePTI
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Three-hour-long exercise
The three-hour-long exercise began with IAF's Special Forces Garud commandos getting off the C-130J transport aircraft with their vehicle and taking "positions" on either side of the expressway to secure "their airstrip" for the fighter aircraft.
Super HerculesPTI
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Super Hercules
This is the first time a transport aircraft -- a Super Hercules which can carry 200 commandos -- landed on the expressway. Inducted into the Air Force in 2010, each plane costs nearly Rs 900 crore.
Not for the first timePTI
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Not for the first time
Mirage-2000 fighters and Sukhoi-30 MKI -- which form the backbone of the IAF's fighter fleet -- have landed on the Yamuna Expressway in the past too, but it was for the first time that a transport aircraft landed on it.

A Mirage-2000 had landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi for the first time in 2015. A similar exercise was conducted in May 2016, when a Mirage-2000 fighter plane touched down on the expressway.

Last November, six Sukhoi-30 jets touched down on a 3.3- km stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

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