Rajnath and Gadkari inaugurate emergency landing strip for IAF planes on national road in Barmer
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has developed the 3 km section of the Satta-Gandhav section of the NH-925 as an emergency landing facility for the Indian Air Force.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inaugurated an emergency airstrip on the Satta-Gandhav section on state road 925 in Barmer, Rajasthan, for Indian Air Force (IAF) planes .
An IAF Hercules C-130J plane, carrying the two ministers and Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat, made a mock emergency landing on the national highway on Thursday. The NH-925 is India’s first national road to be used for the emergency landing of IAF planes.
The two ministers also attended several air operations on Thursday on the emergency landing facility (ELF) of the NH-295.
The Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet also made a simulated emergency landing at the ELF in front of the two ministers. An An-32 military transport aircraft and an IAF Mi-17v5 helicopter also landed at the ELF, demonstrating its full readiness to serve as an auxiliary military air base.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) developed the 3 km section of the Satta-Gandhav section of the NH-925 as an ELF for the IAF. In October 2017, IAF fighter jets and transport planes made simulated landings on the Lucknow-Agra highway to show that these highways could be used by IAF planes to land in the event of a crash. emergency.
The Lucknow-Agra Highway, which is not a national highway, falls under the government of Uttar Pradesh.
The officials said PTI a total of 27 other highways, apart from that of Barmer, are currently being studied jointly by the IAF and the NHAI to see if emergency airstrips can be built there. The emergency airstrip, which was inaugurated on Thursday, is part of the newly developed two-lane paved shoulder of the Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandhav section with a total length of 196.97 km and a cost of 765.52 crore under the Bharatmala Pariyojana.
This highway project will improve connectivity between villages in Barmer and Jalore districts located on the international border.