Lucknow: Combat aircraft including Rafale or Sukhoi on 340 km long Purvanchal route in Uttar Pradesh will soon be able to take off and take off from the airstrip being built on Purvanchal route. A 3.2-km strip is being developed on the Expressway near Sultanpur district, where fighter jets can land and take off.
Additional Chief Secretary of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, Avnish Kumar Awasthi said, "This strip is being developed in such a way that any fighter aircraft can be able to land and take off. It is part of the Express Way and we the Indian Air Force "We are constantly in talks in this regard." Awasthi, a 1987 batch IAS officer, is overseeing the expressway projects in the state.
The official said that 85 percent of the total work of Purvanchal Expressway has been completed and they hope to complete it by March. In 2017, 16 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft undertook landing and touch-and-go maneuvers on a section of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft then landed with Special Forces commandos as part of the drill. The Center has taken the initiative to develop roads and highways for convenience, which allows fighters to land and take off in times of crisis.
The Indian Army has long identified the threat of war from two fronts. Situations like border dispute with China and war with Pakistan are both active at the same time. Due to this, the government is emphasizing on the development of infrastructure for the armed forces. The Indian Air Force, the Border Roads Organization, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the state governments are working together to ensure that the quality of the road or expressway is useful for landing and takeoff of IAF aircraft. Earlier, the Prime Minister's Office had also issued instructions in this regard, after which all the stakeholders started working together. Road construction agencies are designing the roads and highways in consultation with the Indian Air Force to ensure that fighter jets can use this infrastructure as needed.