JALORE: Indian Air Force created history when Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet, one of the advanced fighters jet of the Indian Air Force ,landed on a national highway in Jalore, Rajasthan on Thursday. Sukhoi-30 MKI was not the only aircraft which was landed by the Indian Air Force, but the a transport aircraft C-130J Super Hercules also did a landing at the Emergency Landing Facility at the Jalore.
Rajnath Singh, the current Defence Minister of India and Nitin Gadkari, the current Union Road and Transport Minister along with IAF chief RKS Bhaduria were the passengers of the transport aircraft when it landed on the emergency landing field on the national highway.
A special 3 kilometre stretch of the Satta-Gandhav section on NH925 has been developed by the National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) so that Indian Air Force can use it for emergency landings. Both Union Ministers inaugurated the emergency facility on the National Highway 925A, which comes under the Satta-Gandhav stretch in Barmer in Rajasthan and they witnessed number of operations that were conducted by the IAF on the emergency facility.
Previously, such mock drill was also conducted by the Indian Air Force in October 2017, but that time it was done at emergency landing stretch on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. Such, tests are taken by the Indian Air Force to determine the feasibility of landing on the state highways and the expressways, so that they can use it in the time of war or the other emergency situations. Currently, 27 other highways such as the Barmer one, are currently being jointly studied by the IAF and the NHAI to see that if the emergency landing strips can be developed on them.