In a first, the Hercules of the IAF lands on the national road near Barmer | Jaipur News
Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the ELF and attended air operations there. Union Minister Jal Shakti and MP for Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, was also on board.
The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and other officials were present at the inauguration.
TOI had announced on Monday that Union ministers would fly the plane as part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the ELF, built under the supervision of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), where all types of IAF planes can land.
“Although this is the first track of its kind in the country, we are working on 19 similar projects. Of these, two more will be in Rajasthan, ”Gadkari said. The two of the state will lie between Phalodi and Jaisalmer as well as Barmer and Jaisalmer.
“By creating a gang so close to the international border, we have sent the message that we will defend the unity, diversity and sovereignty of our country at all costs,” said Rajnath Singh.
Gadkari said NHAI is willing to provide land for small airports in the region which would be used for defense as well as civilian purposes. “This airstrip is proof of the interoperability between the different departments. While it normally takes more than a year to build an airstrip, NHAI can do it in 15 days if the IAF wishes, ”he added.
Later, in Jaisalmer, Rajnath Singh introduced the Medium Range Missile Defense System (MRMDS) into the IAF. This missile unit was jointly manufactured by India and Israel, and the first missile base was installed at the air force station in Jaisalmer. Inaugurating the base, the Minister of Defense provided the key to the missile to Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria.