Indian Air Force Jets land on Agra-Lucknow Expressway.

More than a dozen aircraft of the Indian Air Force touched down and took off as part of a special drill on a 4km stretch of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Tuesday.

The exercise saw a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft make a short landing on the highway, around 65 km from Lucknow. Garud Commandos disembarked from the aircraft, on foot as well as on a Gypsy, onto the highway-cum-runway.

It took off again, after which around 15 fighter jets touched down or made low overshoot over the highway. This is the first time a transport aircraft participated in such an exercise in India.

The jets included three Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft, two formations of three aircraft each of Mirage 2000s and two formations of three aircraft each of Sukhoi-30.

An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet lands on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway during an IAF drill.

C-130J Super Hercules:

The aircraft, powered by four Rolls Royce engines, can be used for a variety of missions such as special operations, combat delivery, peacekeeping, low intensity conflict, search and rescue, disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

Personnel display skills next to an Indian Air Force Hercules C-130J aircraft that landed on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

Built by US aerospace major Lockheed Martin, it can carry out precision low-level flying, airdrops and landing in blackout conditions. It is operated by 15 countries including the air forces of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Italy.

Mirage 2000:

The aircraft was inducted into the IAF in the mid-80s and has proven its sound flight safety record. A Mirage 2000 can fly from Gwalior to Delhi in less than 15 minutes.

An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet lands on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

Su-30 MKI:

The IAF has contracted 272 Su-30 MKI fighter planes out of which nearly 240 have been delivered. The remaining 32 fighters are likely to be inducted over the next three years.

The first 50 jets came in ready from Russia, the remaining were and are being built under licence by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Seven Su-30 jets have crashed since 2009, while one is still listed as missing. The IAF inducted its first Su-30 fighter at the Lohegaon air base in Pune in June 1997.


The Jaguars are deep strike fighter planes, capable of carrying nuclear payload.

Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft fly over the Lucknow-Agra Expressway during an IAF drill.

News credits to Hindustan Times and photo credits to PTI.


wow! Thats amazingly cool!

1 Like

I know, right?! I found it interesting and share-worthy too. Glad you liked it!


It could be used in the future if the roads won’t become like the typical Indian ones. 😀

Hope they maintain the road


True. All expressways in India are generally well-maintained but the roads are absolutely horrible. They should take measures and execute them to make roads better and not give road-lay contracts to corrupt groups.


This is really cool! I wish I was there…

1 Like

Only India would allow this…

It was a completely planned Air Force Drill that was done only to ensure the safety of citizens and not cause any harm to them. I don’t see a problem with this 🤔


I heard about this in News yesterday, It can be helpful during a war situation


It’s a great idea to allow planes to take off from roads, and to ensure pilots have the proper training to. In a war where it could be possible that your runways are all bombed out or where you need to launch planes from somewhere without an airport, roads work just fine. Think of it as a runway with lane markings!

Singapore has done this as well in the past, so it’s not just limited to India.



Thanks for the information! Nice to see more countries supporting this :D

1 Like

That is pretty cool, Kudos for putting on an informative topic, well explained!


Thank you! Glad you liked it 👍

1 Like

I kinda have the feeling that you don’t like India…

On another note, this is really cool!


I had no idea the Jag was still in service. Thanks for sharing that, it’s nice to see that they’re still flying somewhere. I’ve got fond memories of seeing them in the UK.

1 Like

You’re very welcome! Glad you liked it :D
Hope to see them in more countries, seems like pretty legit aircraft for an Air Force (I might be wrong, I’m not into fighters and military aircraft).

This is really cool!

At least Finland and Sweden do this sometimes, here in Finland the roads are really wide sometimes so the planes can land there more easily.


Credits to the Finnish Defence Forces

I’ve heard some countries make highways also a suitable runway, I believe it is for war, and a disaster scenario.


It’s a fairly standard technique taught in fast jet training. As a FOB (Forward Operating Base) might entail running off roads as airfields would be a pretty early target in a conflict.

The MiG 29 has doors which close off the main intakes and sucks air in over the top of the wing through louvres to allow it to operate off gravel strips!


I love the mirage!! It’s such a pretty jet!!

1 Like