The Indian Air Force has carried out its first successful trial of landing a combat jet on Yamuna expressway. The IAF’s Mirage 2000 successfully landed near Mathura.
The Mirage 2000 aircraft landed at about 6:40am, senior IAF officers said, adding that the Indian Air Force has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future.
In the future, more of national highways will be utilized for emergency landing by fighter aircraft.
Make shift arrangement of air traffic control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and others were put in place to make it successful experiment.
“The operation was conducted in coordination with district magistrates and superintendents of police of Agra and Mathura,” an IAF statement said.
The pilot first made a practice approach on the highway coming down to 100 metres before final landing on the very next approach.
In Highmark II, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) validated this concept of fighter operations from motorways five years ago in April 2010. The PAF used two of its fighter jets (F-7PG and Mirage V) to show off its capability of using motorways as runways.