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C-130J Super Hercules With Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Makes Field Landing On Rajasthan Highway


New Delhi:

A C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, carrying Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Roadways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, completed an ’emergency field landing’ on a national highway in Rajasthan’s Barmer this morning.

The ‘field landing’ of the C-130J Super Hercules (to be followed by fighter aircraft like Jaguars and Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs landing and taking off), is to test the quality of road infrastructure as emergency airstrips for the country’s armed forces in the event of rescue or military operations.

A video of the landing shows the aircraft safely touching down on the road, as a small crowd of people, which included Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, look on from a safe distance.

Shortly after the Super Hercules touched down, a Sukhoi fighter jet also landed.

A total of 12 highways in different states, including the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, have been identified as potential emergency landing airstrips, news agency ANI reported.

The airstrip on a three-kilometre stretch of NH-925A in Barmer is the first on a national highway.

The government has said the ELF will normally be used for smooth flow of vehicular traffic. But, during operations for Indian Air Force, the service road will be used for road traffic. It (the ELF) will be able to handle all types of IAF aircraft, the government added.

In addition, three helipads have been constructed in Kundanpura, Singhania and Bakhasar villages; all three have been built in consultation with the Air Force and Army and will help strengthen armed forces’ security network and operational readiness on the country’s western border.

With input from ANI





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