New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force (IAF) will carry out a full-strength exercise on a highway in the central state of Uttar Pradesh later this month.
Unlike last November's touchdown attempts by eight Jaguar fighter jets, the IAF will conduct a drill with MiG-29, MiG-27, MiG-21, Tejas, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar fighter jets on the Agra-Lucknow highway. Apart from these aircraft, the IAF has also planned to bring its Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Ilyushin Il-76 and Lockheed C-130J transport aircraft to the drill to be held on October 24.
The Uttar Pradesh local administration told Sputnik that all necessary arrangements have been made at the Agra-Lucknow expressway to host the drill.
"Last year, the IAF had sent a generic plan to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for the utilization of highways as landing strips during eventualities at 21 locations," government sources had earlier told Sputnik.