Lucknow-Agra E-way to be closed as IAF plans touchdown exercise today

This is for the "first time" that transport aircraft (AN-32) will "land and then take off" from this highway, an official said.

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Lucknow, Publish Date: Oct 23 2017 12:33AM | Updated Date: Oct 23 2017 12:33AM
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The Lucknow-Agra Expressway will be closed for commuters from 10 AM tomorrow till 2 PM on October 24 as the Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to conduct a major touchdown exercise involving 20 planes, including the AN-32, Mirage 2000 and Sukhoi 30 MKI, on the highway.

This is for the "first time" that transport aircraft (AN-32) will "land and then take off" from this highway, an official said.

According to PRO, Defence (Central Command), Gargi Malik Sinha, the IAF will conduct the aircraft touchdown exercise on the Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in Unnao district.

"It is for the first time that any transport aircraft will land and then take off (on the highway). The AN-32 are meant for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The aircraft can bring a large amount  of relief material and can also help in evacuating people," Sinha said.

In all, 20 aircraft including AN-32 transport and fighter planes like Mirage 2000, Jaguar, Sukhoi 30 MKI will take part in the exercise, she said. "Two AN-32 planes will participate in the October 24 Expressway touchdown," the PRO said.

To ensure a smooth conduct of the touchdown by IAF aircraft, traffic restrictions will be placed on the Agra- Lucknow Expressway for general public from October 23 to October 24.