<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are landing on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in a special drill.The aircraft, including two AN-32 transport and fighter planes such as Mirage 2000, Jaguar, Sukhoi 30 MKI are taking part in the exercise.The exercise is being conducted on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in the neighbouring Unnao districtIn a first for India, a Mirage 2000 multi-role combat jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) test-landed on the Yamuna Expressway in May 2015. In November 2016, six fighter jets of the IAF touched down on the newly-built Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The Indian Air Force (IAF) has cleared 12 national highways (NHs) as emergency landing airstrips that will enable rescue operation teams to reach affected areas easily, an official responsible for executing the project said.Although there was initially a proposal to develop a total of 21 NHs into airstrips, for now 12 highways have been cleared, with three of those connecting Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — all Maoist-affected areas — which witness vagaries of nature like floods and cyclones almost every year.

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