news Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 05:30
IAF's Mirage-2000 landing on the Yamuna Expressway (Courtesy PIB) In a first, the Indian Air Force successfully landed a Mirage-2000 on the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura today at 6:40am. The exercise was conducted as part of IAF trials to use national highways as emergency landing for fighter aircrafts. IAF issued a statement stating, ‚ÄúThe aircraft made a practice approach on the highway, coming down to a height of 100 metres before landing off the next approach. The operations were conducted with active support from the government of Uttar Pradesh, Yamuna Expressway Authority, toll authorities of JP Infratech and the civil police." The¬†Hindustan Times¬†reports that IAF was also in talks with the government to convert the nearly 3km stretch into a road runway for which it will bear the cost of the project.¬†The road runway segment will not have electricity poles, masts or mobile phone towers and will be equipped with ground lighting systems. This is the first for India but countries like China, Pakistan, Sweden, Germany and Singapore also have road runways. Such runways have great importance when airbases are crippled in hostile situations. Here are some pictures and videos from social media.¬† Best video so far of IAF Mirage-2000 landing on the Delhi-Agra highway this morning. https://t.co/gHg42IRncP ‚ÄĒ Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) May 21, 2015 IAF's Mirage 2000 jet successfully test lands on Yamuna Expressway. Brilliant ploy to increase its on-road price! pic.twitter.com/fcEtefcIYS ‚ÄĒ R√∂hith Nair (@RohithNair) May 21, 2015 ¬† ¬† Sequence of Events leading to test landing of Mirage 2000 on Yamuna Expressway near Delhi. Set-1 pic.twitter.com/7Xhvpbi46N ‚ÄĒ Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) May 21, 2015 ¬†
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