First time ever in Indian History a road turns to road runway when IAF Mirage 2000 fighter Jet lands on Yamuna Expressway. On 21st May 2015 in morning (Thursday) the entire Indians witnessed this amazing moment near Mathura as a trial run of IAF Mirage 2000 by Indian Air Force to test the capability of emergency landing of fighter aircraft on expressway.
Unforgettable Achievement for India
Jet lands close to 118 milestone of Yamuna Expressway around 6:40 A.M., senior IAF officers said that Indian air force has planning to activate more such tests on national highways in the future. In Today trial, all amenities such as make safety services, shift Air Traffic Control, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set in place by Indian Air Force.
IAF said that this operation was conducting in coordination with Superintendents of Police and District Magistrates of Agra and Mathura. IAF revealed that such type of landings can be done only in emergencies. The length of 308 km expressway is expected to cost Rs 13,000 crore and their air strip portion is 3 km stretch, location is not yet decided. It will pass through Firozabad, Etawah, Mohanlalganj, Kannauj, Mainpuri and Shikohabad.
Central Air Command and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, was in a meeting on Monday and had completed a formal presentation to state government regarding convert 3 km straight stretch of upcoming Agra-Lucknow expressway into India’s first road runway.
The IAF would bear the cost of the project and develop that stretch according to its technology and standards. Force will do a site selection for runway that particular stretch of road should be straight level, free of water logging, free of floods and situated at non-undulating round without any slope.
Road runway will not have masts, mobile phone towers or electricity poles. During landings there shall be portable ground lighting systems that can quickly placed on roadsides to guide aircraft.
Know the Mirage 2000
A single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter ‘Mirage-2000’ was manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation. It landed on expressway reportedly took off from Gwalior squadron of Indian Air Force.
It is First road runway in India, for emergency landing in strategic areas. Mangalore and Mumbai are also considering strategic locations where these types of landings can be happen. Sweden, Germany, China, Singapore and Pakistan are among countries that have road runways.
- The stretch will have to be exactly straight, leveled and laid on non undulated ground.
- The segment will not have any electric poles or masts on its sides or mobile towards around it.
- Its surface will be thicker than normal. Any divider will have to be such that it can be removed quickly.
- Portable ground lighting that can be quickly placed on the roadsides to guide aircraft will be kept handy.
This is the great achievement for India as IAF Mirage 2000 fighter Jet lands on Yamuna Expressway and it happens first time ever as road landing. After this unforgettable success the IAF has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future.