Indian Air Force fighter jets touch down on Lucknow-Agra Expressway

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The C-130J Super Hercules landing will showcase the ability of Garuds to carry out an assault behind the enemy lines.

While this is the second such exercise by the IAF on the expressway in eleven months, "What is different this time is that fighters as well as transport planes will perform a touchdown", said Gargi Malik, spokesperson for the IAF's Central Air Command (CAC).

On November 21 past year, six Mirage and Sukhoi jets had performed an air show and carried out maneouvres on the expressway.During the Tuesday exercise, traffic on the expressway will be diverted from milestone 219 near Araul in Kanpur district to milestone 324.According to Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority, all the traffic going toward Lucknow will be diverted from Araul intersection toward Bilhaur trisection covering 6 km. They supply relief material in calamities such as floods and earthquakes, while also being used for evacuation. While the aircraft was still in motion, Garud commandos disembarked from the C-130 to secure the landing strip.

The much-larger transport planes, An32 and C130 Hercules, will make their first landing on the road. The commandos will take position on either side of the airstrip to cordon it off for fighter operations.

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The Lucknow-Agra Expressway will be closed for commuters from 10 AM tomorrow till 2 PM on October 24 as the Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to conduct a major touchdown exercise involving 20 planes, including the AN-32, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30 MKI, on the highway.

With such an "touchdown" exercise, India has joined China, Germany and Sweden to become the first country to do so.

The IAF has contracted 272 Su-30 MKI fighter planes out of which almost 240 have been delivered.

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