Sukhoi-30 jet of the Indian Air Force(IAF) landing on the newly constructed Expressway which has an RCC construction and reinforced and appropriately marked to facilitate aircraft landings indianexpress
A committee in this regard has been formed which will come out with specifications of such highway stretches which can double up as airstrips.
The 302-km-long six-lane expressway, which is India’s longest, is expected to considerably reduce the travel time between Lucknow and Delhi which usually takes 12 to 14 hours. indianexpress
The decision gets support from eight Indian Air Force fighter jets successfully landing on Agra-Lucknow expressway on its grand opening on November 21.
IAF’s Mirage fighter jet touches down during the grand opening of Agra-Lucknow expressway indianexpress
A 2-km stretch on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway has been built to facilitate landing and take-off of fighter jets in “war-like situations”. The exercise tested the quality of build of the expressway, and would also go a long way in aiding the Defence Ministry’s plan to use highways and expressways as possible landing and take-off strips.
These strips are usually 2-3.5 km long portions made of concrete with minimal space in the middle of the two sides of the roads. The middle barriers are quickly removed to provide access to the entire strips to the planes.
In comparison to India, Pakistan too has such expressways. The M-1 Motorway (Peshawar-Islamabad) and the M-2 Motorway (Islamabad-Lahore) each include two emergency runway sections of 2,700 m (9,000 ft) length each and these have been used by fighter aircraft as well as a C-130 transport aircraft on several occasions.
The Agra-Lucknow Expressway has a design speed of up to 120 kms per hour. It will have automatic traffic management systems aimed at reducing road accidents and helping even at the time of fog. The six-lane expressway is expandable to 8-lanes.