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IAF highway landing near Pakistan border: what does it mean for India's aerial defense

Sep 09, 2021 23:10 IST | By Editorji News Desk

‘Defence and development can go hand in hand’ Union Minister Rajnath Singh said after inaugurating a 3-km long emergency landing strip at Satta-Gandhav stretch on National Highway 925 in Rajasthan’s Barmer on Thursday for Indian Air Force (IAF) planes.

NH-925 is India's first national highway to be used for emergency landing of IAF aircraft

Singh in his statement said that a total of 20 emergency landing strips, similar to the one in Barmer, are being developed across the country.

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A Hercules C-130J plane of the IAF, carrying  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat & Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria conducted a mock emergency landing. An-32 military transport aircraft and Mi-17v5 helicopter of the IAF also landed at the emergency landing facility (ELF), showing its complete operational readiness to act as an auxiliary military airbase.

Apart from the ELF, three helipads of size 100X30 mt have also been constructed. Situated near the India-Pakistan border, the ELF and three helipads have been developed so as to strengthen the security network on the western international border of the country.

Singh said that by creating a strip so near the international border, India has given a message that it will ‘stand up for unity, diversity and sovereignty' at whatever the cost.’

He added that the ‘creation of an emergency landing strip creates immense sense of confidence in the Indian psyche’.

This emergency landing strip, Singh said will be helpful not only during a war but also during the times of natural calamities. This facility will be used for road traffic flow on every day basis. It will improve the connectivity between villages of Jalore and Barmer districts in Rajasthan.

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